As a member of the firm’s International Practice Group, Scott Galt understands that government actions increasingly affect companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. To manage those added risks on overseas transactions, Scott handles international corporate compliance issues and global transactions for foreign and domestic companies in a wide variety of industries. His knowledge of local legal requirements in many countries helps organizations develop worldwide networks while saving time and money.
As globalization continues to take hold, Scott advises on compliance with U.S. export controls, economic sanctions, anti-boycott laws, embargoed country transactions, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also assists with licensing and regulatory issues involved in the export of U.S. products under the Export Administration Act (EAR), the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). By developing compliance programs, helping with implementation, and/or auditing and reviewing current programs, Scott can spot problems and provide guidance on implications and limitations.
When a company wants to grow their business internationally, Scott guides it through the issues that can arise with global expansion. Whether it’s corporate formation, entity selection, structure, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, regulations, or international franchising, he works to ensure that each agreement contemplates appropriate procedures and local laws, minimizes tax implications and risk, and fulfills the client’s goals.
Scott also brings a litigation perspective to his international work, acting as national counsel for a number of large regional clients for whom he handles a wide variety of high-dollar commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. His experience also includes representing corporate and individual fiduciaries and related parties engaged in trust contests, will contests, and reformation suits.
Within the St. Louis community, Scott is active with many cultural institutions, sitting on the board of several of them.