International business expansion – factors affecting business success

International expansion is usually considered when either: an international demand for the business’s product or service is received by, or made known to, the business; or the business is actively looking for new opportunities for growth. A business that has reached its potential in the domestic marketplace will be required to look beyond domestic boundaries

Restrictions on foreign investment

Many countries impose restrictions on inward foreign investment as part of their foreign investment policy. Typically, restrictions are imposed on two types of foreign investments: foreign equity in an enterprise established in the country; and foreign direct investments in particular sectors of the economy of the country – usually transport, communications, real estate, finance and

Legal aspects of an international business

An international business will need to keep in mind the legal aspects of going global and the various laws governing international trade and investments, from policies introduced by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to the rules contained in the General Agreement for Trade and Tariffs (GATT) and Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and legal principles

Foreign business or branch office registration overseas

If you are intending to expand overseas, you may be required to register your business in certain jurisdictions for a variety of reasons, such as: a business intending to carry on trading activities; a business intending to establish a branch or share transfer office; a business that has indirect taxation obligations, eg, VAT and/or sales