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International Trade Litigation and Policy

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The most successful multinational businesses know that international trade can optimize supply chains and offer access to untapped markets. Understanding the rules of global trade—and how to use them—can make the difference to your company’s trade or customs disputes, to the protection of your company’s reputation and brand, and to your company’s bottom line.

Global trade is governed by a complex and dynamic system of both national and international laws, which are influenced by political and commercial interests. Our team of international trade lawyers offer you outstanding strategies and solutions.

Members of our International Trade Litigation and Policy Group have represented large multinational corporations, regional trade organizations, and governments, and served in senior political advisory roles. We offer more than mere technical regulatory advice. And as tried and tested litigators, our reputation telegraphs clearly that we will never back down from a fight.  We are prepared to litigate for our clients’ interests in any forum around the world.

We offer the following services to our clients:

  • Anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) and other trade remedies

We represent both Petitioners and Respondents in trade remedies actions in the United States and around the world. We prioritize building ironclad administrative records to give our clients an edge when enforcing or challenging government agency determinations.

In the United States, we represent clients in trade remedies cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Trade Representative, as well as the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • Customs litigation and audits

We represent businesses in litigation involving U.S. Customs rulings, including valuation and classification rulings, to ensure your global transaction costs stay as low as possible. We also provide boots-on-the-ground counsel when Customs audits threaten to expose unknown liabilities.

In addition to defending our clients in unexpected audits, we help our clients pro-actively manage global compliance risk with Quinn Emanuel’s Complementarity AnalysisTM and PAIRTM Programs. Utilizing Complementarity AnalysisTM members of Quinn Emanuel’s International Trade Litigation and Policy Group provide clients with expert counsel on how to harmonize business models with local regulations, politics, customs, and traditions to leverage economic, supply chain, and regulatory policy efficiencies. Our lawyers also offer clients multi-disciplined, company-specific PAIRTM Programs—Plan Anticipate Integrate Respond—to develop global life, safety, property preservation, and business continuity programs for international operations, which are launched in close cooperation with internal personnel and external interlocutors. While these strategies and programs ideally should be designed with clients well before an unforeseen lawsuit or crisis unfolds, we are experienced in addressing and solving any immediate challenge.

  • International trade dispute settlement

We represent governments and corporations in international trade dispute settlement proceedings. We have experience bringing and defending cases before the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body and NAFTA tribunals.

  • Trade Agreement Negotiations

Our lawyers have broad experience representing countries in a number of high profile international trade negotiations, including the accessions of Vietnam and China to the World Trade Organization, the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the NAFTA renegotiation.  Whether the negotiations concern goods market access, trade remedies, services, or complex disciplines like those on technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, our lawyers know how to transform ambitious objectives into concrete realities.

  • Economic and trade sanctions

We represent clients facing high-stakes investigations and prosecution in connection with U.S. economic and trade sanctions. We advise on matters related to cross-border transfers of sensitive information and materials, as well as liabilities arising out of business transactions with sanctioned individuals and entities.

  • Cyber espionage

Cyber theft of trade secrets can happen at any time. Multinational businesses are always at risk. In conjunction with our Crisis Law team, we help our clients manage the initial fallout of cyber espionage and relentlessly pursue those who attempt to benefit from stolen knowledge. Our experts can uncover the source of even the most complicated cyber attacks, allowing our experienced lawyers to conduct evidence-based litigation to achieve the best results for our clients.

  • National security issues

We represent clients whose international businesses are at the core of the national security interests of governments. We advise on compliance issues and policy, as well as special government investigations directed at national security concerns.

  • Global trade policy

Leveraging decades of experience advocating for trade policy issues in Washington, D.C., Geneva and Brussels, and boots-on-the-ground operational and legal experience throughout the globe, our lawyers understand and can address rapidly and comprehensively the seismic shifts in policy that can impact our clients’ interests. We work to keep law- and policy-makers informed and stay ahead of the curve so that our clients are prepared for any development.

You play to win—so do we.

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