An international business partnership
By Davy Karkason
Founding Attorney

Please note Transnational Matters PLLC is a law firm, offering legal services to investors, businesses, and other entities. Transnational Matters law firm cannot invest nor partner with any business.

International business partnerships are crucial in today’s global economy. By partnering with companies from different countries, businesses can access new markets, expand their customer base, and increase revenue streams. These partnerships also provide opportunities for sharing resources, knowledge, and technology, which can lead to innovation and growth.

The process of pursuing an international business partner may involve the following steps:

a. Research potential partners: Identify potential partners in your target country by using online resources, trade publications, and business networks. Look for businesses that have complementary products or services, and that share your business values and goals. Networking is an important part of finding an international business partner. Here are some steps you can take to network and find potential partners:

  1. Attend trade shows and industry events: Attend trade shows and industry events in your target country to meet potential partners and learn about the local business environment.
  2. Join business associations: Join local and international business associations that focus on your industry or target market. These associations can provide valuable networking opportunities and access to industry contacts.
  3. Utilize online resources: Use online resources such as industry forums and business networks to connect with potential partners and build relationships.
  4. Work with local business experts: Work with local business experts such as lawyers, accountants, and consultants who have experience in your target market. They can provide valuable insights and introductions to potential partners.
  5. Leverage your existing network: Reach out to contacts in your existing network, including suppliers, customers, and industry partners, to see if they have any recommendations or connections in your target market.
  6. Attend embassy events: Attend events at your target country’s embassy or consulate in your home country to meet potential partners and learn about business opportunities in the target market.

When networking, it is important to be clear about what you are looking for and what you can offer. Be prepared to share your business goals and values, and be open to building relationships over time. Finally, remember that building relationships take time and effort, so be patient and persistent in your networking efforts.

b. Contact potential partners: Reach out to potential partners via email or phone to introduce yourself and your business. Be clear about what you are looking for and what you can offer. When reaching out to an international business partner for the first time, it is important to be clear, concise, and respectful. Here are some tips on what to say in your initial outreach:

  1. Introduce yourself and your company: Start by introducing yourself and your company, and provide a brief overview of your business and its goals. This will help the business partner understand who you are and what you do.
  2. Express interest in the partnership: Clearly express your interest in partnering with the business and explain why you believe the partnership would be mutually beneficial. Be specific about what you are looking for and what you can offer.
  3. Highlight relevant experience: If you have relevant experience working in the partner’s industry or in their target market, highlight this experience and explain how it can benefit the partnership.
  4. Provide context: Provide context for your outreach by explaining how you found the business partner, and why you believe they would be a good fit for your business.
  5. Request a meeting or call: Request a meeting or call to further discuss the potential partnership. Be flexible with scheduling and time zones, and offer to accommodate the partner’s schedule.
  6. Express gratitude: Close your outreach by expressing gratitude for their time and consideration, and reiterating your interest in building a partnership.

Here’s an example of an outreach message:

Dear [Partner’s Name],

My name is [Your Name], and I am the CEO of [Your Company Name]. We are a [brief description of your company]. I came across your company while researching potential partners in [Target Market], and was impressed by your reputation and expertise in [Industry/Market].

We are interested in exploring a partnership with your company, as we believe that our products/services can complement each other and create mutual benefits. We have experience working in [Industry/Market] and are confident that we can offer value to your business.

I would like to schedule a call or meeting with you to discuss the potential partnership further. Please let me know if this is something that would be of interest to you. I am flexible with scheduling and happy to work around your schedule.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best regards,
[Your Name]

c. Build a relationship: Once you have identified a potential partner, work on building a relationship with them. This may involve exchanging information, meeting in person or via video call, and discussing potential business opportunities. Building a strong relationship with an international business partner is essential for long-term success. Here are some tips for building a positive and productive relationship with your partner:

  1. Communicate regularly: Regular communication is key to building trust and maintaining a strong relationship. Schedule regular calls or meetings to discuss progress, challenges, and opportunities, and be responsive to emails and other forms of communication.
  2. Be respectful and culturally aware: Show respect for your partner’s culture and customs, and take the time to learn about their business practices and communication preferences. Be aware of potential cultural differences and strive to find common ground.
  3. Be transparent and honest: Build trust with your partner by being transparent and honest about your business practices and goals. Avoid making promises you can’t keep and be upfront about any potential challenges or risks.
  4. Focus on mutual benefits: Keep the focus on mutual benefits and be open to compromise. Work together to find solutions that benefit both parties and be willing to make adjustments as needed.
  5. Take the time to build a personal connection: Building a personal connection with your partner can help strengthen the relationship and create a sense of trust and understanding. Take the time to get to know your partner on a personal level, ask about their family and interests, and share information about yourself and your business.
  6. Follow through on commitments: Follow through on your commitments and deliver on your promises. This will demonstrate your reliability and build trust with your partner.
  7. Plan face-to-face meetings: Plan to meet in person whenever possible. Face-to-face meetings can help build stronger relationships and create a sense of shared purpose.

Building a strong relationship takes time and effort. Be patient, persistent, and open to feedback and suggestions from your partner. By working together and focusing on mutual benefits, you can build a successful partnership that lasts for years to come.

d. Conduct due diligence: Before entering into any formal agreements with your international business partner, conduct due diligence to ensure that they are a reputable and reliable partner. Here are some steps you can take to conduct due diligence on an international business partner:

  1. Conduct a background check: Start by researching the business partner’s background and history. This may involve reviewing their website, social media profiles, and any news articles or press releases about the company.
  2. Verify credentials: Confirm that the business partner is a legitimate business entity and has the necessary licenses and permits to operate in their country.
  3. Review financial statements: Obtain copies of the business partner’s financial statements and review them carefully. Look for red flags such as inconsistencies or unusual transactions.
  4. Check references: Contact references provided by the business partner and ask about their experiences working with the company.
  5. Review legal history: Check for any legal disputes or regulatory issues that the business partner has been involved in, both domestically and internationally.
  6. Check reputation: Research the business partner’s reputation in the industry and in the local business community. Look for any negative reviews or complaints.
  7. Visit the business: If possible, visit the business partner’s facilities and meet with their staff. This can provide valuable insight into their operations and culture.

It is important to work with legal professionals who have experience in international business law to ensure that you are complying with all applicable laws and regulations. They can help you navigate the legal complexities of the due diligence process and provide guidance on any potential risks or red flags.

e. Negotiate terms: Once you have established a relationship and conducted due diligence, negotiate the terms of your partnership. This may involve discussing pricing, delivery schedules, quality standards, and other details of the partnership. Negotiating a partnership with an international business partner can be challenging due to potential cultural and language differences. Here are some tips on how to negotiate a successful partnership:

  1. Understand your partner’s business culture: Before entering into negotiations, research your partner’s business culture to understand their communication style and negotiating tactics. This can help you avoid misunderstandings and show respect for their business practices.
  2. Define your goals and priorities: Be clear about your goals and priorities for the partnership, and be prepared to explain how the partnership will benefit both parties. Develop a clear understanding of your partner’s goals and priorities as well, so that you can work towards mutually beneficial outcomes.
  3. Determine the scope and terms of the partnership: Define the scope and terms of the partnership, including the duration, responsibilities, and expectations of both parties. Be open to compromise and flexible in your negotiations.
  4. Establish clear communication channels: Set up clear communication channels and protocols to ensure that both parties are kept informed and up-to-date on progress and developments.
  5. Address potential risks and challenges: Identify potential risks and challenges to the partnership, such as differences in business practices or legal and regulatory issues. Work together to develop strategies to mitigate these risks and challenges.
  6. Agree on a framework for resolving disputes: Develop a framework for resolving disputes, such as a dispute resolution clause in the partnership agreement.
  7. Seek legal advice: Consult with legal and business experts who have experience in international partnerships. This can help you navigate potential legal and regulatory issues and ensure that the partnership is structured in a way that is beneficial for both parties.

Successful negotiations require flexibility, open communication, and a willingness to compromise. By taking the time to understand your partner’s business culture, defining clear goals and terms, and addressing potential challenges, you can negotiate a partnership that is beneficial for both parties,

f. Formalize the partnership: Once you have agreed to the terms of the partnership, formalize the agreement through a written contract. Be sure to have legal professionals review the contract to ensure that it is legally binding and enforceable in both countries. Drafting a contract for an international business partnership requires careful attention to legal, cultural, and business considerations. Here are some tips on how to draft a contract for an international business partnership:

  1. Choose the right language: The language used in the contract should be clear, precise, and legally binding. If the parties are from different countries, it is essential to choose a language that both parties can understand. Consider working with a translator or legal expert to ensure that the contract accurately reflects the terms of the partnership.
  2. Include all relevant information: The contract should include all relevant information about the partnership, including the scope of the partnership, the responsibilities of each party, the duration of the partnership, and the termination provisions.
  3. Specify payment terms: The contract should clearly specify payment terms, including how and when payments will be made, and what happens in the event of late payments.
  4. Address intellectual property issues: If the partnership involves the creation or use of intellectual property, the contract should address ownership and usage rights.
  5. Address dispute resolution: The contract should include a dispute resolution clause that specifies how disputes will be resolved. This may include mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
  6. Include provisions for termination: The contract should include provisions for terminating the partnership, including the conditions under which the partnership can be terminated and any notice requirements.
  7. Consider local laws and regulations: The contract should be drafted in accordance with the laws and regulations of the countries in which the parties operate. It may be necessary to consult with legal experts from both countries to ensure that the contract is legally binding and enforceable.

g. The contract is a legally binding agreement between the parties, so it is important to ensure that it accurately reflects the terms of the partnership and is clear and unambiguous. Work with legal experts and business partners to ensure that the contract is tailored to meet the specific needs and requirements of the partnership.

  1. Implement the partnership: Implement the partnership by following the terms of the contract and building a strong working relationship with your international business partner. A successful international business partnership is one where both parties benefit and achieve their objectives. Here are some signs that indicate a successful international business partnership:
  2. Mutual trust and respect: A successful partnership is built on mutual trust and respect. If both parties trust and respect each other, they are more likely to communicate openly and work together effectively.
  3. Shared vision and objectives: A successful partnership requires both parties to share a common vision and objectives. If both parties are aligned in their goals, they are more likely to work towards the same outcomes.
  4. Strong communication: Clear and open communication is essential for a successful partnership. Both parties should communicate regularly and openly, and be willing to listen to each other’s perspectives.
  5. Effective problem-solving: Challenges and problems are inevitable in any partnership, but a successful partnership is one where both parties are able to work together to overcome these challenges effectively.
  6. Fair and equitable sharing of benefits: A successful partnership is one where both parties share the benefits and risks fairly and equitably. If one party feels that they are not receiving a fair share of the benefits, the partnership may be at risk.
  7. Positive results: A successful partnership should produce positive results for both parties. This may include increased revenue, improved efficiency, or expanded market reach.
  8. Longevity: A successful partnership is one that lasts over the long term. If both parties are committed to the partnership and work well together, the partnership is more likely to endure.

Remember that a successful international business partnership is built on a foundation of mutual trust, respect, and shared objectives. By focusing on open communication, effective problem-solving, and fair sharing of benefits, both parties can achieve positive results and build a long-lasting partnership.

It is important to be patient and persistent when pursuing an international business partner, as building relationships and negotiating agreements can take time. It is also important to be aware of cultural differences and communication barriers that may arise when working with partners from different countries. If you have any questions about an international business partnership, contact Transnational Matters today for more information.

Please note Transnational Matters PLLC is a law firm, offering legal services to investors, businesses, and other entities. Transnational Matters law firm cannot invest nor partner with any business.

About the Author
As a lawyer and the founder of Transnational Matters, Davy Aaron Karkason represents numerous international companies and a wide variety of industries in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. He is dedicated to fighting against unjust expropriation and unfair treatment of any individual or entity involved in an international matter. Mr. Karason received his B.A. in Political Science & International Relations with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. If you have any questions about this article you can contact Davy Karkason through our contact page.