Trade and Investment Policy INTERNATIONAL PRACTICES

Working closely with a range of practices from our Regulatory and Government Affairs Department and other teams within the firm, we assist clients in navigating multifaceted challenges involving regulatory and other barriers to their investments, trade and the business environment generally.


Our multi-sectoral practice and the combined depth of experience of our lawyers allow us to advise clients on issues pertaining to technology and intellectual property; energy, natural resources, clean technology and the environment; national security; financial regulatory and institutional policies and laws; and legislation, regulation and policy developments regarding information technologies, the Internet, telecommunication services, data protection, securities and corporate governance.

Recognizing the importance of addressing our clients' strategic objectives while minimizing legal and reputational risk, we handle crises, respond to government or congressional investigations and requests, identify and address multi-state and global challenges and opportunities, evaluate and address public policy risk, and provide strategic support for proposed business transactions and initiatives. In the United States, Europe, China, and elsewhere in Asia and around the world, we identify, develop and execute strategies to defend or advance a position—whether anticipating and responding to fast-moving events, or working over the longer term to craft and implement legislative or regulatory solutions to complex problems.

The Team

Members of our team also assist clients with the broader public policy and media dimensions of the challenges they face, and develop broad, multifaceted advocacy or public policy campaigns. In the United States, the firm draws on a deep and bipartisan roster of former senior- and mid-level government officials, including a former US Trade Representative; former Deputy Treasury Secretary for International Affairs; former US Secretary of the Interior; and former General Counsels of the Defense Department, Treasury Department, National Security Council, FBI, CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The team includes lawyers with White House experience; former staff from key US congressional committees, including the Senate Finance Committee; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Many team members have been part of the US CFIUS process either at the senior or working level, or have experience with CFIUS or other investment review processes in the United States and elsewhere.

In Europe, our team includes a former Ambassador to Germany; former Director General of the European Commission's DG Competition and head of the Commission's Legal Service; and a former German Minister of Transportation. We are widely recognized as one of the first firms to have entered the Brussels market at the time of the Jacques Delors Commission Presidency in the 1990s, and continue to be an integral part of the most prominent trade and investment policy discussions in Brussels and the EU Member States. 

Experience

Representative experience includes:

  • advising a foreign government on key aspects of the EU intellectual property regime for automobiles and automotive parts;
  • representing a large European telecommunications company in connection with the CFIUS review of its acquisitions of two US wireless companies;
  • representing a major US business association in the development of every major US trade act since 1981, including the latest round of Trade Promotion Authority discussions;
  • assisting clients in nearly 100 US congressional and federal government inquiries and investigations in the financial services, energy, government, healthcare and technology sectors;
  • working with several clients on key trade and compliance-related concerns raised by Europe's comprehensive chemicals regulatory framework (REACH);
  • assisting clients in developing and implementing a legislative and administrative strategy to liberalize the US export control system for information technology products;
  • advising a US telecommunications company on how to use the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) to establish and offer services in various Asian countries;
  • persuading the European Union, on behalf of EU importers and foreign exporters, to abandon plans to change its import regime for an agricultural product;
  • working with numerous clients on Iran and Russia sanctions and compliance issues;
  • representing a leading US supplier of communications equipment, software and services on the CFIUS review involved in its merger with a European counterpart, including a renowned research and development organization;
  • representing a leading Chinese financial institution in obtaining US bank regulatory authority approval to open a branch office in New York (not subject to CFIUS);
  • advising a large European defense company in connection with CFIUS investigations involving the acquisition of the electronics unit of a major US defense contractor; and
  • working on various aspects of EU and US energy, climate change, financial services and technology legislation and related negotiations, disputes and advocacy campaigns.