Harris Bricken

Harris Bricken is a boutique international law firm with lawyers in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Barcelona and Beijing. Our focus is on small and medium sized businesses that operate internationally and on multinational companies that require specialized legal assistance.

We have lawyers licensed in China, Russia, Spain, Germany, Australia and various states in America. Our language capabilities include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Though we are small in size, we are big in reputation, both for our legal knowledge and for the relationships we establish with our clients.

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The insanity of the war on drugs needs to stop. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Roughly 40% of Americans live in jurisdictions where some form of marijuana use is legal– that’s over 130 million people. Marijuana companies trade on stock markets. Former Congressman John Boehner, once a staunch opponent of legalization (“unalterably opposed” were his own words), now makes millions promoting marijuana. The industry generates…
This note discusses legislation proposed for this year’s Oregon legislative section. Specifically, Senate Bill 408, titled “Enforcement Reform,” that seeks to amend the statutes governing recreational marijuana and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (“OLCC”) promulgation and application of administrative rules. The chief proponents of SB 408 are the Oregon Retailers Association of Cannabis (“ORCA”), the Oregon Cannabis Association and F.A.R.M.S. Inc. The bill is sponsored by Senator Prozanski. From our perch representing marijuana…
I recently relocated to Washington, D.C. to join our East Coast practice group and have been inundated with inquiries surrounding the legal framework of recreational cannabis (i.e., marijuana and hemp) in the nation’s capital. So, in light of this overwhelming interest, I thought I’d briefly summarize this issue for our readers. Marijuana In November 2014, D.C. residents overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, a ballot measure that legalized the possession and cultivation of small amounts of…
Co-Authors: Steven Rudmann + Nadja Vietz It is a great time to acquire vacation property in Spain, but important to thoroughly understand the legal and tax implications. In early 2020, market prices for vacation properties in Spain were rising, as they steadily had been since 2015. Then in March, COVID-19 hit the country hard. A long lockdown followed, during which tourism fell to zero. Airports and popular tourist destinations resembled ghost towns. The pandemic’s impact…
Virtually any time that there are transactions involving cannabis company mergers, cannabis company acquisitions, or cannabis real estate sales, and in many cases involving the sale of assets of a cannabis company, the parties are likely to encounter a concept called “closing” in their purchase agreements. Closing isn’t necessarily unique to purchase and sale situations and can be happen in other types of contracts as well, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll focus…
A foreign company entering Mexico must decide on the form of business entity it will use to conduct its Mexico operations. There are three options: Representative office, which cannot enter into legal transactions in Mexico but can promote the products or services of the foreign company, or conduct activities such as market research; Branch office, which is permitted to sign contracts with Mexican counterparts, as well as receive revenue from local entities, but whose actions…