WilmerHale has a long record of success in assisting clients on policy advice; World Trade Organization and other international treaty-based trade and investment disputes; bilateral and multilateral negotiations; sanctions and export control; and domestic anti-dumping and other trade remedy proceedings. Our fully integrated team, which spans the United States, Europe and China, includes a former United States Trade Representative who served as the chief US architect and negotiator of China’s entry into the WTO; USTR General Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel; Chairman of the WTO Appellate Body and Director-General of the European Commission’s Legal Service and DG Competition; International Trade Counsel for the US Senate Finance Committee who also served in the US Department of Commerce’s Import Administration; and senior trade law advisor to the European Commission. The team also includes US and European government officials, ambassadors and cabinet members, and lawyers with backgrounds in international finance, intellectual property, energy, technology, advanced manufacturing and other sectors.
We have represented companies and industries from the US, EU and more than 30 other countries before administrative, judicial and legislative bodies throughout the world.
In the area of opening world markets, we have had landmark victories, representing Boeing in successfully challenging European subsidies to Airbus in the largest WTO case in history; a coalition of leading high-tech companies in successfully challenging EU efforts to undermine the seminal Information Technology Agreement; and US companies in multiple sectors in high-profile market access disputes with the governments of China and India.
In advising on trade policy and trade negotiations, we have helped develop or shape key trade initiatives and legislation both in and outside government, including Congress’ landmark grant of Permanent Normal Trade Relations to China; negotiating priorities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations; Congressional implementation of various US free trade agreements; and trade-related provisions in Internet, patent and drug importation legislation.
In assisting companies in unfair trade investigations, we obtained the lowest duty rate among the Big Three auto companies in an antidumping and countervailing duty case brought by China; convinced the US Commerce Department and International Trade Commission to impose and maintain antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports from multiple countries that injured our US chemical industry clients; and in the biggest US antidumping case against China to date, our clients were the only Chinese producers that were found to be not subject to duties.
In assisting companies with respect to government restrictions on technology exports and economic sanctions, we successfully represented one of the world’s largest international shipping groups with respect to the application of sanctions imposed under ISA/CISADA, and we helped a major US government contractor develop ITAR compliance policies and training programs required for provision of logistics services to the US military at more than 50 forward operating bases in Afghanistan.
In addition, the team assists companies on a range of other issues that arise in connection with their international operations: compliance with anti-corruption laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; compliance with anti-money laundering laws; inbound foreign investment into the United States, including review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States; and cross-border corporate advice.