International Trade

About

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 immediate result is 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 globally 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., anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard measures (in the US and other key markets around the world)
  • One of the world's largest and most active practices, led by the Geneva office, in the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • 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 with 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
  • In-depth industry knowledge, ranging from honey to semiconductors and advanced steel products; we know our clients’ business.

 

A dynamic practice shaped to meet our clients' needs

Few trade problems are purely legal, and having lawyers working alone is not always the best approach to helping a client. We bring an inter-disciplinary approach, combining quantitative, legal and policy expertise with decades of experience. 

Like our clients, we deliver our services across borders, often with teams that speak the local language and are culturally sensitive. Our professionals are located in the main trade regulatory centers—including Washington, Brussels, Geneva, Mexico City, and Tokyo—and they work together in integrated teams whenever necessary to help our clients. We deliver a world of trade expertise to our clients.

 

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To find out more about our work with international sanctions please click here.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Ranked Global Band One
Chambers Global 2020
International Trade/WTO 

"Excels in trade remedy, customs and sanctions work, and is notably strong in CFIUS-related matters. Also maintains a strong trade defence practice, successfully representing governments and major conglomerates. Notably active in anti-dumping and safeguard investigations in both Europe and the USA."
Chambers Global 2020
International Trade/WTO 

"Full-service firm advising on US and Asia trade remedy cases, as well as customs regulations and FTA developments. Strong regional footprint in Asia, with team members based across Japan, China, Singapore and Thailand."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
International Trade / WTO—Asia Pacific Region

"Highly regarded team that continues to draw praise from clients and peers alike for its impressive and comprehensive international trade and WTO practice. The firm is heavily involved in mandates across Asia, the USA and Europe, and has strengthened its position in the last of these with several notable lateral hires. The firm excels in trade remedy, customs and sanctions work. Also maintains a strong trade defence practice, successfully representing governments and major conglomerates."
Chambers Global 2018
International Trade / WTO

"They are a great firm. They are professional, knowledgeable and have extensive experience in the field."
Chambers USA 2018
International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy—Nationwide

"Top notch service level. If any firm can make an impact as an international firm in Geneva, it is White & Case. They network very well."
Chambers Europe 2018
International Trade / WTO—Switzerland

"According to clients, White & Case demonstrates 'outstanding customer orientation' as well as 'profound knowledge of legislation in combination with a perfect understanding of the politics involved in trade issues.'"
Chambers Europe 2018
International Trade / WTO—Belgium

"Market commentators commend the firm for its ‘fantastic worldwide trade practice.'"
Chambers Global 2017
International Trade / WTO

"When it comes to trade disputes, 'the team is very strong,' according to a source, who adds: 'Particular strengths are their depth of technical knowledge and communication quality – both oral and written.'"
Chambers USA 2017
International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy—Nationwide

International Trade Practice Group of the Year: 2015
Law360