When a landlord leases to a U.S. company affiliated with a foreign company, whether a parent company or sister company, the landlord's being able to collect on a lease guaranty from the foreign company can be tricky. Before deciding about the guaranty, consider:

  • Obtaining detailed financial and corporate information on the guarantor
  • Determining who at the foreign company is authorized to execute the guaranty and have the signature authenticated from the guarantor's foreign country
  • Whether the guarantor has any assets in the U.S.
  • If the foreign company's principal(s) will also guaranty the lease
  • Requiring the guarantor submit to the landlord's venue, U.S. laws and jurisdiction
  • How notice and service of a lawsuit will occur upon any default
  • How the landlord will collect the judgment, including whether the judgment will be recognized in the guarantor's foreign jurisdiction
  • Requiring the guarantor provide collateral here in the U.S. (e.g. letter of credit)

Above all else, keep forefront in the documentation of the guaranty how to enforce the landlord's rights.

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