Many times I have referred to in-house attorneys in one country retaining law firms in another country. Several posts consider the challenges of doing that (See my post of Jan. 4, 2006: advice regarding cross-border firms; Jan. 4, 2006: foreign firms charge higher rates to non-national clients; Oct. 19, 2007: how to find foreign firms; Dec. 10, 2007: how to find and retain foreign firms; and Feb. 12, 2006: not a buyer’s market in many countries.).
Other posts look at the frequency of the practice (See my post of Jan. 3, 2007: many major firms in France are American; Aug. 5, 2007: infrequent retention of foreign counsel; June 28, 2009: two domestic for every one foreign firm hired; Jan. 19, 2008: hire two firms in each country where you need counsel; June 26, 2009: external counsel outside your country.).
Benchmarks associated with so-called foreign counsel also appear (See my post of April 10, 2006: whether to count foreign trademark associates as external counsel; Aug. 21, 2005: large numbers of foreign trademark counsel; Aug. 7, 2007: many international matters involve trademark local counsel; and June 26, 2009: perplexities about the term “foreign law firm”.).
As usual, some of my items are one-offs (See my posts of June 20, 2007: less use of panels or preferred counsel overseas; and Feb. 7, 2007: surveys of law firms overseas.).