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Risk Assessments for Global Business Owners

When it comes to assessing your company’s international risks,  Harris Sliwoski is the perspective your business is missing.

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Harris Sliwoski’s Risk Assessment provides high-level insight and better enables you to make your most important decisions. We typically look at some or all of the following:  

  • Relevant laws and regulations 
  • Currency and payment issues 
  • Company structuring issues  
  • Supply chain management issues
  • Political and cultural risks
  • IP Protections 
  • Litigation Avoidance
  • Personal and personnel risks
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Independent and Focused Access to Answers.

Our risk assessment packages give your team high-level insight from premier international business attorneys and experienced in-country business specialists.

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Benefits of Risk Assessment

  • Clear and sound advice  
  • Smart and tested solutions  
  • Guidance on strategies to address complex situations 
  • Actionable information to protect your business
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Virtual consultations 
  • Follow-up legal help available 
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“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

user icon Three Continents Foods LLC

This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

user icon Wil Crummer, CEO PRO Farms

Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

user icon Joseph Axelrod, General Counsel Irwin Naturals

When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Goes Into a Risk Assessment?

The risk assessment process starts with recognizing the hazards your organization and its employees face. These hazards can include physical elements that harm employees, along with digital factors that risk employee or consumer data. A risk assessment also means determining the likelihood of those hazards causing harm.

Is a Risk Assessment a Legal Requirement?

While risk assessment is a useful practice, the legal necessity depends on where your business operates. In the United States, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires businesses to identify hazards and consider the risks, but there is no formal law that requires a risk assessment. OSHA expects businesses to respect standards set by entities in their industry, such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or the American National Standards Institute.

In contrast with the U.S., the United Kingdom, the European Union, some Canadian provincesChina and some other nations require some form or risk assessment in specific situations.

Can I Do My Own Risk Assessment?

It is possible to perform a risk assessment independently, but most businesses outsource the process. Independent risk assessments aren’t ideal because some hazards require specialized training and tools to recognize. While a large corporation may have the resources to employ risk assessment experts, most small and midsize organizations require outside assistance.

There are various ways to seek external risk assessments. OSHA offers an on-site consultation program to help smaller businesses perform risk assessments. Working with a qualified law firm for risk assessment is another option that provides several advantages. Experienced lawyers understand your obligations inside the United States and when conducting business abroad. Lawyers also offer litigation capabilities if you need them.

When Should a Risk Assessment Be Done?

It’s best to conduct regular risk assessments. An annual risk assessment schedule is acceptable for many businesses. Others, especially those operating in high-risk environments or those facing risks that change between projects, should conduct more frequent assessments.

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