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Whether you are relocating a single manager to Guangzhou or hiring a team to set up in Rio, we have the agility, experience and resources to help you manage your mobile workforce.

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Mayer Brown’s Global Mobility & Migration team manages not just visa and work permit authorizations, but the full gamut of global mobility issues that our clients face on a daily basis. We provide our clients with the oversight they require to run an efficient business and the confidence that comes of knowing that their compliance needs are covered.

To thrive in today’s economy, the most enterprising and successful businesses depend on a global—and increasingly mobile—workforce. In a given year, a company may transfer dozens or even hundreds of personnel to new work venues, both domestic and international. To coordinate such moves, companies must contend with a web of local, national or international regulatory requirements, visa and work permit bureaucracies, complex tax regimes, and a host of other legal and compliance challenges.

Whether a client is relocating a single project manager to a branch office in Guangzhou or hiring an entire team to set up operations in Rio, we have the agility, on-the-ground experience and dedicated resources, including state-of-the art technology, to help clients anticipate, monitor and manage the movement of their people. With offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and a worldwide network of relationships with highly qualified local counsel, we are able to offer our full suite of services around the world.

Our Clients
Our clients include small and mid-size companies or start-ups that are dipping their toe into international waters for the first time, as well as Fortune 500 companies with upwards of 10,000 employees who regularly travel and work internationally. For large organizations, overseas assignments can require hiring or relocating employees to and from a dozen or more countries.

In addition to serving businesses of all sizes, we have substantial experience advising celebrities and high-net-worth individuals on their immigration needs, including individuals contending with complex relocation challenges, such as potential exclusion from a destination country.

Clients of all types turn to our Global Mobility & Migration team because of our long list of achievements in this area and because of our reputation for world-class counsel on legal and regulatory matters that are of paramount importance to their success.

Our Global Network 
We capitalize on both our own lawyers practicing in the world’s principal financial centers—in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East—and a carefully nurtured network of internationally experienced lawyers in other countries with whom we have worked closely for a number of years. This network allows us to draw on the experience of lawyers we know well and to reduce cost by utilizing our existing experience of local laws around the world. In every instance, the lawyers dedicated to the practice are fully immersed in the mobility area and therefore can provide the immediacy and accuracy of specialized advice in this critical area, which is essential to our clients.

Technology Designed for Global Business
Staying on top of the regulatory requirements for business travelers and international expatriates is a complex process. Mayer Brown uses advanced technology to help clients get the job done and to provide them with customized reporting employing traffic light coding to simplify tracking of key deadlines. We also develop key compliance training tools online, for high-risk issues such as management of global traveler programs or certification of third-party supplier compliance with governing visa laws.

With the benefit of Mayer Brown’s world-class IT and administrative support, we are able to give each client a clear view of their global team via a secure extranet accessible on desktops, laptops and mobile computing platforms.

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