Overview

Our International Trade group is dedicated to helping clients meet the challenges of the global economy. Clients turn to us for our experience in taking advantage of global market opportunities and avoiding liability under international trade rules. We advise U.S. and non-U.S. clients on a broad range of U.S. laws and programs affecting trade in goods and services (imports and exports) and foreign investment. We also represent companies and sovereigns in international trade negotiations and disputes, and assist them with trade policy matters.

We use international trade rules to help clients level the global playing field by increasing access to foreign markets or remedying unfair trade practices at home. We provide strategic advice on a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, agency investigations, court litigation, World Trade Organization and Free Trade Agreement negotiations and dispute settlement, and lobbying the U.S. and other governments.

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Experience
Representative Experience
  • Advising U.S. importers and exporters on their compliance with laws and regulations covering customs, export controls and economic sanctions, and defending the companies and/or their employees in disclosures to and enforcement actions by the U.S. administrative agencies that regulate U.S. trade flows.
  • Advising U.S. companies and their foreign affiliates on complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
  • Representing a major U.S. information services provider in its efforts to obtain and preserve access to major Asian markets, including China.
  • Representing a large multinational company on market access issues in South America.
  • Representing major U.S. importers (e.g., SunEdison) and foreign exporters (e.g., Vietnam’s shrimp industry) in trade remedy matters – antidumping duties, countervailing duties and safeguard measures – to reduce or prevent barriers to international trade. We also represent U.S. producers (e.g., Geo Specialty Chemicals) in these same kinds of cases when they suffer from unfair import competition.
  • Representing a U.S. state in a foreign challenge to its tax regime.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on all aspects of its accession to the WTO. Worked with Congress and senior executive branch officials to conclude the bilateral agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia that allowed Saudi Arabia to join the World Trade Organization.
  • Representing the government of Brazil and the Brazilian regional jet industry before the DSU Article 22.6 and ASCM Article 4.11 Arbitrator, resulting in an award to Brazil of the right to withdraw concessions granted to Canada in the amount of US$247,797,000. (Canada – Export Credits and Loan Guarantees for Regional Aircraft (DS222))
  • Representing the Argentine Chamber of Oil Seed Manufacturers and the Argentine government before the WTO panel and the Appellate Body, which found that Chile’s price-band mechanism and safeguard measure violated provisions of the Agriculture Agreement, the Safeguards Agreement and GATT 1994. (Chile – Price Band System and Safeguard Measures Affecting Agricultural Products (DS207))
  • Representing Japan in its successful challenge to several aspects of the U.S. antidumping regime. By representing Japan’s MOFA and METI, we provided Japan with strategic advice during all phases of the dispute and drafted its submissions to the WTO panel and the Appellate Body. (U.S.– Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Products (DS184))
  • Representing Brazil, Japan and Korea in WTO challenge to U.S. steel safeguard. (U.S. – Definitive Safeguard Measures on Imports of Certain Steel Products (DS 252))
  • Representing Brazil and assisting Canada before the WTO panel and Appellate Body in a landmark proceeding – the first to raise significant issues under the TBT Agreement. (EC – Measures Affecting Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos (DS135))
  • Representing Indonesia in defending its National Car Program. (Indonesia – Measures Affecting the Automotive Industry (DS54/55/59/64))
  • Representing the governments of the African and Caribbean ACP States before the first WTO panel and Appellate Body hearings in EC – Bananas, the longest-running WTO dispute to date. We also advised on implementation. (EC – Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas (DS27))