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 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, London, 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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Ranked Band One:
Chambers Global 2024: International Trade/WTO
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024: International Trade/WTO
Chambers China 2024: International Trade/WTO
Chambers USA 2023: International Trade – CFIUS Experts

Ranked Tier One:
The Legal 500 EMEA (Switzerland) 2024: WTO
The Legal 500 USA 2023: International Trade: CFIUS
The Legal 500 USA 2023: International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy

International Trade Practice Group of the Year: 2015, 2022, 2023

"White & Case has a highly-regarded team that is routinely picked out for its impressive and comprehensive international trade and WTO practice. It hosts an impressive international offering, comprising market-leading teams in Japan and China, as well as highly rated practice groups in Washington, Brussels and Geneva [offering]:

  • Experience in trade remedy, customs and sanctions work, and notable strength in CFIUS-related matters.
  • An impressive trade defence practice, successfully representing governments and major conglomerates.
  • Notable activity in anti-dumping and safeguard investigations in both Europe and the USA.
  • An imposing presence in the Asia-Pacific region, frequently handling WTO disputes with Japanese and Korean elements."

Chambers Global 2024: International Trade/WTO

"What is nice about working with White & Case is that I can have an issue that needs to be covered globally, and they can provide advice that is synthesized and useful on a global level."
Chambers Global 2021: International Trade/WTO