Opening World Markets and Ensuring a Level Playing Field INTERNATIONAL PRACTICES

We help clients develop strategies to open (or re-open) world markets and/or ensure a level playing field with their foreign competitors.

Our approach is truly interdisciplinary and is anchored by a deep understanding of the relationships among international trade and investment rules, domestic law in various jurisdictions, and global policy, politics and business strategies. Our team has years of experience in private practice, at all levels of government and, for several of our lawyers, in legal, strategic and board-level positions in the business world.

We help businesses in a range of sectors successfully address foreign government measures that impede their ability to export, invest and otherwise operate internationally. We identify emerging legal, regulatory and economic policy trends that affect the commercial and political landscape; keep clients informed about international policy-making and standard-setting processes, as well as trade and investment negotiations; and help them understand political, legal and regulatory challenges in specific markets. Clients rely on us to help anticipate and seize opportunities in the global marketplace, resolve global or other cross-border disputes, or to guide them through complex negotiations or policy and regulatory discussions in an international or cross-border setting. We frequently address market imbalances resulting from foreign government subsidies, discriminatory measures benefiting clients' foreign competitors, or State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) issues. 


We cover the full range of key economic sectors, including technology, finance, (advanced) manufacturing, energy and professional services. 

Recent issues that we have been involved with include:

  • opportunities in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations;
  • Europe's Digital Single Market Strategy and related policy initiatives;
  • the EU-US Privacy Shield and ongoing discussions about US, EU and global data protection and privacy, data security and cybersecurity issues;
  • China's environment for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection, including patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets;
  • data localization measures and restrictions on cross-border data flows in various countries;
  • global climate negotiations and domestic energy and natural resource policies;
  • US and China strategies to successfully avert the implementation of a proposed technical barrier to trade in China;
  • foreign-government support for competitor companies and SOE issues;
  • the development and implementation of a strategy to avoid negative outcomes on IPR-related issues in a range of international fora for leading medical technology companies;
  • financial services-related market access restrictions in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Latin America, India and China; and
  • politically and strategically sensitive global M&A transactions and investments.