We have a fully integrated team of lawyers and trade specialists in the United States, Europe and China, with years of experience representing US and foreign clients across the full range of international trade and investment issues. Our lawyers include Professor Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, the first chairman of the WTO Appellate Body and for many years Director-General for the Legal Service and the DG Competition of the European Commission; Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, a former US Trade Representative (USTR) and a member of the Clinton cabinet; a former USTR general counsel; in Beijing, the former Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy and the General Counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce in China man our offices.
Both the European and the American sections of our international trade practice are regularly listed at the top of the relevant rankings. Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business consistently recognizes our practice and describes us as "a very impressive group." We regularly assist our clients in all areas of foreign trade and payments law and international trade policy–from representing them before national and international courts and authorities to advising them in complex negotiations of trade politics. Our experience includes:
- Preparing and establishing positions in bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations for companies, associations and for countries, and assisting in the enforcement of their interests.
- Supporting companies and countries in connection with the preparation and implementation of WTO dispute settlement procedures, including European Communities - Sugar Subsidies, United States - Softwood Lumber, Brazil Desiccated Coconut, United States - Foreign Sales Corporations and European Communities - Measures Affecting Large Civil Aircraft.
- Representing our clients in antidumping, anti-subsidy and protective duty proceedings and in export control matters in Brussels and Washington