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International Trade Law

International Trade

Government actions increasingly affect companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. Whether governments are negotiating multilateral, regional or bilateral trade agreements, or revising national laws and regulations, the involvement of governments has a direct impact on the rules governing international trade. While the ultimate goal may be a more liberalized trading system, the immediate result is just as likely to be a thicket of rules, procedures and exceptions. This can mean an even more difficult business environment.

Our International Trade group helps clients manage the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. Our practice extends throughout the globe and provides a range of services designed to match the scope of global trade regulation and to answer the needs of our clients wherever and whenever they arise.

Practice highlights

  • An interdisciplinary global trade practice with lawyers and trade professionals operating in 13 countries
  • One of the world's largest and most active practices in trade remedies, i.e., antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguards measures (in the US and other key markets around the world)
  • One of the world's largest and most active practices in the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), led by the Geneva office
  • An active practice helping companies facing national and multinational export control restrictions and sanctions
  • Broad experience assisting companies in defending their intellectual property rights in Section 337 import investigations
  • A global team to assist companies related to customs matters in all key markets
  • A knowledgeable team that thoroughly understands the bilateral and regional trade agreements that affect our clients' interests
  • Trade due diligence advice to assist corporate clients in M&A transactions
  • Extensive experience working with sovereign governments, including assistance in drafting the trade laws of many countries, including Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China
  • In-depth knowledge concerning a wide array of high- and low-tech goods, including uranium, crude oil, steel, bicycles, lumber, textiles, semiconductors, cheese, flowers, fish and shrimp and many others

A dynamic practice shaped to meet our clients' needs

The lawyers and other professionals in our trade practice believe the best way to serve our clients is through the use of interdisciplinary teams located around the world. This approach increases our efficiency and allows us to address our clients' trade issues with the best possible talent in our network quickly and effectively. Moreover, by deploying a multicultural and multilingual global team, we are able to communicate and negotiate with local trade officials in a manner that serves the best business interests of our clients. This gives us an important competitive advantage in the worldwide marketplace.

 

AWARDS

"Extensive global network, including well-established teams in Brussels, Tokyo, Beijing and Washington, DC."
"Entrusted with high-stakes trade remedies proceedings initiated by governments across the world, as well as matters concerning export controls and sanctions."
Chambers Global 2014 (International Trade/WTO)

"An impressive international offering, recognized for its trade remedies practice at domestic and WTO levels."
Chambers USA 2014 (International Trade/WTO)

"The response times are good, and the advice is clear and pragmatic."
Chambers Europe 2014 (International Trade/WTO – Belgium)

"Although they’re a large firm, they work well together. They’re our go-to firm for international matters."
Chambers Asia-Pacific Region 2014 (International Trade/WTO)

"A firm of choice for both leading corporates and sovereign entities"
The Legal 500 United States 2014 (International Trade)

"An excellent example of a global network. They’re really global, really integrated and the quality of their people is consistently high."
"This firm is highlighted for its exceptional international footprint, offering local coverage in Brussels, Geneva, Tokyo, Beijing and Washington, DC."
Chambers Global 2013 (International Trade/WTO)

"An excellent amount of talent – very clever and flexible."
Chambers Europe-wide 2013

International Trade Practice of the Year 2011 – 2012
US News and World Report–Best Lawyers 2011

International Trade
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Government actions increasingly affect companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. Whether governments are negotiating multilateral, regional or bilateral trade agreements, or revising national laws and regulations, the involvement of governments has a direct impact on the rules governing international trade. While the ultimate goal may be a more liberalized trading system, the immediate result is just as likely to be a thicket of rules, procedures and exceptions. This can mean an even more difficult business environment.

Our International Trade group helps clients manage the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. Our practice extends throughout the globe and provides a range of services designed to match the scope of global trade regulation and to answer the needs of our clients wherever and whenever they arise.

Practice highlights

  • An interdisciplinary global trade practice with lawyers and trade professionals operating in 13 countries
  • One of the world's largest and most active practices in trade remedies, i.e., antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguards measures (in the US and other key markets around the world)
  • One of the world's largest and most active practices in the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), led by the Geneva office
  • An active practice helping companies facing national and multinational export control restrictions and sanctions
  • Broad experience assisting companies in defending their intellectual property rights in Section 337 import investigations
  • A global team to assist companies related to customs matters in all key markets
  • A knowledgeable team that thoroughly understands the bilateral and regional trade agreements that affect our clients' interests
  • Trade due diligence advice to assist corporate clients in M&A transactions
  • Extensive experience working with sovereign governments, including assistance in drafting the trade laws of many countries, including Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China
  • In-depth knowledge concerning a wide array of high- and low-tech goods, including uranium, crude oil, steel, bicycles, lumber, textiles, semiconductors, cheese, flowers, fish and shrimp and many others

A dynamic practice shaped to meet our clients' needs

The lawyers and other professionals in our trade practice believe the best way to serve our clients is through the use of interdisciplinary teams located around the world. This approach increases our efficiency and allows us to address our clients' trade issues with the best possible talent in our network quickly and effectively. Moreover, by deploying a multicultural and multilingual global team, we are able to communicate and negotiate with local trade officials in a manner that serves the best business interests of our clients. This gives us an important competitive advantage in the worldwide marketplace.

 

AWARDS

"Extensive global network, including well-established teams in Brussels, Tokyo, Beijing and Washington, DC."
"Entrusted with high-stakes trade remedies proceedings initiated by governments across the world, as well as matters concerning export controls and sanctions."
Chambers Global 2014 (International Trade/WTO)

"An impressive international offering, recognized for its trade remedies practice at domestic and WTO levels."
Chambers USA 2014 (International Trade/WTO)

"The response times are good, and the advice is clear and pragmatic."
Chambers Europe 2014 (International Trade/WTO – Belgium)

"Although they’re a large firm, they work well together. They’re our go-to firm for international matters."
Chambers Asia-Pacific Region 2014 (International Trade/WTO)

"A firm of choice for both leading corporates and sovereign entities"
The Legal 500 United States 2014 (International Trade)

"An excellent example of a global network. They’re really global, really integrated and the quality of their people is consistently high."
"This firm is highlighted for its exceptional international footprint, offering local coverage in Brussels, Geneva, Tokyo, Beijing and Washington, DC."
Chambers Global 2013 (International Trade/WTO)

"An excellent amount of talent – very clever and flexible."
Chambers Europe-wide 2013

International Trade Practice of the Year 2011 – 2012
US News and World Report–Best Lawyers 2011

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