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Doing business in the US

Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in the US to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in the United States
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

USA company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Country Report: United States
Overview published by Atradius covering the country's most important business sectors, key indicators, political and economic summaries and outlook. Updated in February 2019.

International Business Guide: United States
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.

Doing Business in the United States
A guide published by PwC which provides an overview on taxation, 2018 edition

Exporting

On our Exporting to the US page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
Organisation comprising the American Accounting Association (AAA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Financial Executives International (FEI), The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). The committee provides guidance on enterprise risk management, internal control and fraud deterrence.

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

NYSE Regulation
Information from the New York Stock Exchange on corporate governance topics, including listing standards, rule filings and forms.

Law and regulation

Intellectual property rights in the United States of America
Intellectual Property Office, June 2014
Guide produced by the UK IPO on how to protect and enforce your IP when trading with the United States of America. It covers IP rights; laws, treaties and reciprocal agreements; protecting your trademark; copyright; protecting inventions; protecting designs; trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements; and IP enforcement and dispute resolution.

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company in the United States
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Intellectual property rights in the United States of America
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office on protecting and enforcing IP rights when trading in the US.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

British American Business Inc
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain and the the USA.

British-American Business Council
Transatlantic business network.

US Chamber of Commerce
Business federation representing more than three million businesses and organisations.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in the United States

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in the Territories and Possessions of the United States 
Analysis of the business environment in the territories and possessions of the United States, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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