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The ‘exceptional’ team at Hogan Lovells US LLP has ‘deep industry knowledge’ and is ‘strong across the board’ of all facets of international trade work. Co-head Deen Kaplan is ‘always positive even in the face of adversity’ and is praised for his ‘ability to simplify complex legal issues to a business audience’. As well as his expertise in relation to cyber-related matters, Kaplan is viewed as ‘a very safe pair of hands’ at representing clients across a range of trade remedies matters; he continues to act for the government of Ontario in numerous major trade matters with the US including the long-running softwood lumber dispute and also acts for US Grains Council in several global trade disputes including in litigation brought by China. Co-head Beth Peters is also noted for her litigation expertise as well as her trade policy nous, which is informed by her ‘strong relationships with high officials in government’. Praised for his ‘very deep knowledge and expertise in trade controls’, Brian Curran excels at national security matters relating to export controls, economic sanctions and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews. Curran recently provided CFIUS advice to Delta ID on its potential sale to Sweden-based company Fingerprints Cards. The arrival in February 2017 of former Assistant Secretary at the Department of State, Andrew Keller, adds credibility to the firm’s sanctions and policy expertise in light of his central role at the government developing and shaping sanctions policies in relation to Cuba, Iran and Russia. Formerly a US trade representative (USTR) general counsel, Warren Maruyama is another member of the team with governmental experience and uses this to good effect on behalf of many global corporations seeking trade policy advice. Other recommended practitioners include the ‘very clear thinking’ AleksanderDukic, who excels at export controls and sanctions matters; the ‘very professional and thorough’ Craig Lewis; Stephen Propst, who has niche expertise advising satellite and telecoms clients on the specific controls applicable to these industries; the ‘very structured’ Robert Kyle; and T Clark Weymouth, who is ‘an excellent lawyer in financial and corporate matters’ and ‘has long experience in forensic due diligences’. The team is rounded out by the expertise of seasoned practitioners, Jeanne Archibald and Mark McConnell, who specialize in CFIUS and trade litigation work, respectively.

Jointly led by Brittany Prelogar and Edward Krauland, the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides ‘a very strong service’ to corporates and sovereign governments across the spectrum of matters, from export control and sanctions advice to high-profile litigation including prominent World Trade Organization (WTO) mandates. On the trade remedies front, the firm has a ‘first-rate reputation’ for representing respondents in high-stakes anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters. As well as his work negotiating bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations, the ‘superbMark Moran also has vast experience representing private parties and governments before the WTO and the US courts and federal agencies. Alongside Matthew Yeo, Moran continues to represent the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council in the long-running softwood lumber dispute with the US. Formerly a legal officer at the WTO’s appellate body, Pablo Bentes has significant insight into its machinations and is representing the government of Brazil as respondent in a WTO case concerning its tax regime brought against it by the EU and Japan. Particularly active in Latin America-related mandates, Lucinda Low has a focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters and regularly assists clients in ensuring robust compliance programs are in place. Eric Emerson is ‘absolutely superb at handling anti-dumping matters’ as well as other trade remedies and trade policy work, and is particularly accomplished in matters involving a nexus to China. Other recommended practitioners include Matthew Yeo, who excels at WTO disputes; Stewart Baker, for CFIUS issues; Susan Esserman, who has a significant focus on US-India and US-China matters; and Richard Cunningham. The arrival in May 2017 of Brian Egan from the US State Department and in October 2017 of former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Beatrice, significantly enhances the firm’s capabilities, particularly in relation to sanctions and export controls work.

Able to leverage the expertise of numerous ex-government officials and of experts from across the firm’s global network including practitioners in London, Geneva, Beijing and Hong Kong, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a popular choice for governments and private entities across customs, export controls, economic sanctions and trade remedies matters. As part of his broad-ranging contentious and non-contentious expertise, team head Thomas McCarthy has a focus on representing defense and aerospace clients in export control matters which are subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); he is currently acting for a large domestic aerospace and defense contractor in a wholesale review and assessment of a significant number of ITAR agreements to ensure compliance with State Department regulations. The arrival in January 2017 of the ‘excellent’ Kevin Wolf from the US Department of Commerce (DOC) enhances the firm’s export controls capability, particularly in light of his role as the central strategist and implementer of President Obama’s Export Control Reform Initiative. Bernd Janzen has ‘significant insights into the inner workings and psychology of the Department of Commerce’, having also formerly served at the office and is noted for his trade litigation expertise. The ‘exceptional’ Spencer Griffith is also recommended for trade remedies where he is appreciated for his ability to ‘quickly grasp the political issues that governments often deal with that are outside of the "fact" based realm of cases’; he recently secured a notable victory for the government of British Columbia in the trade subsidy case regarding supercalendered paper imported to the US from Canada. Lars-Erik Hjelm is noted for his customs law expertise.

Headed by Lawrence Schneider, Arnold & Porter’s 11-partner team is ‘excellent for respondent trade remedies work’ and regularly acts for foreign exporters across a raft of industry sectors including aluminium, cellular phones and steel. Michael Shor has vast trade remedies experience on behalf of private parties and foreign governments; he recently represented Samsung in a DOC and International Trade Commission (ITC) anti-dumping investigation regarding the importation of large residential washing machines from China. J David Park excels at handling trade remedies cases involving South Korean exporters including his representation of POSCO, the largest South Korean steel producer, in three separate anti-dumping cases before the DOC. As part of his broad-ranging trade practice that also includes CFIUS review work and sanctions-related matters, John Barker regularly advises major multinational corporates including BAE Systems on export control matters. John Bellinger is also noted for his CFIUS work, as is Charles Blanchard, who excels at handling CFIUS reviews involving defense clients including advising Belgium-headquartered global aerostructures company Sonaca Group on its $191m acquisition of LMI Aerospace. The team was strengthened in March 2017 by the arrival of Lynn Fischer Fox from the DOC.

Predominantly based in Washington DC and also including lawyers spread out across the firm’s huge global network, the ‘client-oriented and responsive’ team at Baker McKenzie LLP provides ‘pragmatic advice rooted in expert knowledge and experience - both from a government and private practice perspective’. ‘The thoughtful and unassuming’ Nicholas Coward is ‘very effective and credible, particularly with international audiences’, and provides ‘clear and concise’ advice to clients on outbound trade compliance matters. Benefiting from ‘an impressive network of government contacts’ garnered through his many years as a practitioner in Washington DC, Coward excels in the design and implementation of sanctions, export control and anti-boycott compliance programs for major multinational corporates. Able to rely on ‘an unparalleled breadth of knowledge and experience’, San Francisco-based John McKenzie can ‘cite both black letter law and provide nuanced practical guidance on export control matters’ but alongside Teresa Gleason and Ted Murphy also stands out for his customs compliance expertise. Although its trade remedies offering is small compared to many of its peers in the ranking, Kevin O’Brien regularly handles work in this area and on behalf of China-based Golden Dragon recently won a recalculation of anti-dumping duty rate incurred on its exports of copper pipe and tube to the US. Sylwia Lise and of counsel Lise Test ‘have the ability to turn complicated legal analysis into bottom line practical guidance’, and are key members of the team, which also includes the vastly experienced Janet Kim and the ‘sharp and pragmatic’ Ryan Fayhee, who excels at leading and conducting investigatory work as a result of the ‘wealth of experience and insights’ he gained in his former position as a DOJ national security prosecutor. ‘Particularly strong on issues that affect hi-tech companies’, clients include Advanced Micro Devices, Google and Veritas Technologies.

The ‘responsive and practical’ team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to corporates, governments and trade bodies engaged in high-profile trade remedies disputes. The firm continues to represent the Canadian government in numerous subsidy allegations brought against it by the US including the countervailing duty case relating to supercalendered paper and the long-running softwood lumber dispute. Joanne Osendarp and the ‘exceptionalMatthew Nicely have both had a pivotal part to play in the Canadian work and Nicely also continues to represent Solar Energy Industries Association, the US industry trade association in the solar energy sector, in its opposition to higher tariffs being placed on imported solar panels. The team was strengthened on the sanctions front by the arrival in May 2017 of the ‘excellent’ Sean Kane, who is appreciated for his ‘very good relations with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)’ due to his former position as its deputy assistant director for policy. Former ITC commissioner Dean Pinkert joined the team in March 2017. In April 2018, former practice head Amanda DeBusk and Melissa Duffy moved to Dechert LLP.

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Led by Eric McClafferty, the ‘outstanding’ nine-partner team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP provides ‘excellent skill and expertise’ to US manufacturers and agricultural industries seeking relief from unfairly traded imports. Paul Rosenthal provides ‘timely and practical advice’ and alongside Kathleen Cannon and Alan Luberda recently successfully persuaded the DOC, on behalf of domestic producers including Arcelor Mittal Tubular Products, to impose preliminary countervailing duties on Chinese and Indian exports of cold-drawn mechanical tubing of carbon and alloy steel. In addition to his work on behalf of petitioners in anti-dumping and countervailing duty disputes, Rosenthal also represents industry interests during multilateral trade negotiations and in trade-related policymaking at the federal level.

Noted for its ‘first-rate’ US petitioners trade remedy practice which is always adverse to China, King & Spalding LLP is well-positioned to pick up a sustained flow of work for its clients in the light of the Trump administration’s protectionist trade policy. However, as a caveat to this, the team’s popularity with the current administration has meant that it has lost several high-profile lawyers to the government in the past 12 months including Stephen Vaugn and Gill Kaplan. Following on from the firm’s successful representation of AK Steel as one of the petitioners in the anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations of corrosion resistant, cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel imports, Steve Jones is representing AK Steel in the investigation initiated by the Trump administration under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 into whether imports of steel threaten to impair US national security and in the first administrative reviews of the flat-rolled orders. ‘Very smart’ team head Stephen Orava and Michael Taylor have vast anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitioner expertise, with Orava also regularly handling WTO litigation including his ongoing representation of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association in challenging Thailand’s subsidies in the sugar sector. Praised for his ‘high level of experience’, Taylor also spearheads the firm’s customs work which includes representing clients before the border agencies concerning import violations, classification, valuation declarations and origin determinations. Other recommended partners include Christine Savage, who leads the firm’s export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS sub-group, and Section 337 expert Jeffrey Telep. Neal Reynolds joined the firm in December 2017 from the ITC.

Co-headed by Les Carnegie, William McGlone and Sarah Nappi, Latham & Watkins LLP’s 13-partner team provides ‘helpful and responsive’ trade compliance advice to an impressive cadre of clients including The Carlyle Group, Osram and United Technologies. Carnegie has ‘in-depth knowledge of export matters’ and alongside McGlone represents the International Committee of the Red Cross on its compliance obligations under US sanctions and US export controls - work which includes advising on how to deliver swift assistance to persons caught up in conflict zones including Syria, Sudan, and Crimea. Edward Shapiro assists both US target businesses and foreign acquirers with securing national security approval for their transactions; he recently acted for Germany-based global lighting manufacturer Osram in obtaining CFIUS clearance for its €400m sale of the Ledvance business to a consortium including China-based Yiwu Harmony Core Investment partnership and MLS. ‘Very knowledgeable’ counsel Jarrett Taubman also regularly handles CFIUS matters.

Based out of Washington DC but also aided by numerous pivotal international offices including Brussels, Mayer Brown provides ‘practical and responsive’ advice to corporates, trade associations and governments across a broad cross-section of trade compliance, remedies and CFIUS matters. With numerous former high-ranking government officials in its ranks, including two former USTRs, the team has excellent credibility before government agencies and in contentious matters it is equally at home handling work for petitioners as it is for respondents. Formerly resident in the firm’s Beijing office, Matthew McConkey specializes in handling US trade remedy proceedings involving Asian companies/products and is representing the US Aluminium Extrusions Council as an interested party in the Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of aluminium imports from China into the US. Team head Duane Layton is well versed in handling WTO disputes and is representing the Indonesian government in a high-profile and closely watched WTO challenge of Australian measures requiring "plain packaging" on tobacco products. Sydney Mintzer spearheads the firm’s customs offering, while the arrival in February 2017 of Tamer Soliman from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP enhances the team’s strength in relation to export control and sanctions matters. Timothy Keeler provides excellent trade policy insight in light of his private practice experience and former high-ranking position at the USTR.

With eight partners centred out of Washington DC and aided by lawyers in strategically important offices abroad including Brussels and Geneva, White & Case LLP is well placed to provide a ‘strong service’ to clients across the panoply of international trade issues, including trade remedies work and advice relating to national security matters. Gregory Spak has niche expertise acting in cases involving Latin American countries; he is representing LDC Argentina and Louis Dreyfus Company Claypool Holdings in countervailing and anti-dumping duty investigations involving imports of biodiesel from Argentina before the DOC. David Bond handles high-level policy work and trade remedies matters and is currently acting for the European Steel Association in the DOC’s Section 232 investigation concerning the effects of steel imports on national security. On the transactional front, Farhad Jalinousreally knows the law relating to CFIUS and has extensive experience in working on investments by foreign investors’. Jalinous regularly handles deals in the technology sector and recently helped secure CFIUS clearance for Taiwanese company GlobalWafers on its acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor. Other recommended practitioners include Walter Spak, for trade remedies; William Clinton, for WTO matters; and Richard Burke, for sanctions and export control matters.

Noted for its ‘fierce and tenacious advocacy’ on behalf of domestic companies against unfairly subsidized foreign imports, Wiley Rein LLP is well-regarded by US clients from numerous industry sectors, including steel and energy, which are appreciative not only of the firm’s litigation expertise but also its ability to promote their interest via trade policy. The team continues to represent Nucor, the largest producer of steel in the US, in all its trade litigation and recently secured affirmative final determinations from the ITC in the anti-dumping/countervailing duty investigations which ruled that US steel producers had been materially injured by unfairly traded imports of cut-to-length steel plate. Led by the ‘excellent’ Timothy Brightbill, the firm also continues to represent SolarWorld Americas as one of the petitioners in the high-profile proceedings relating to cheap Chinese-made imports of solar panels. Team head Alan Price is integral to many of the highest-profile anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases brought against foreign exporters and is recognized for his thought leadership on China-related issues and continues to lead the Committee to Support US Trade Laws (CSUSTL)’ s global efforts to address China’s continued status as a non-market economy under the anti-dumping laws. Robert DeFrancesco, Daniel Pickard and Jack Shane are all recommended for their trade remedies expertise, while the arrival in February 2017 of Stephen Claeys from the government enhances the team’s trade policy expertise.

Headed out of Washington DC by the ‘excellent’ Charlene Barshefsky, one of many former high-ranking government officials, WilmerHale’s ten-partner team has a ‘very strong market profile’ for handling high-stakes trade remedies cases tried before many different forums including the WTO. While the group has strength across many different industry sectors, it has particular aptitude handling litigation for aviation sector clients including Delta Airlines which Barshefsky is representing in a subsidy dispute with three major Gulf carriers. Robert Novick is also noted for his ‘strong litigation skills’ and continues to act for Boeing in subsidies cases before the WTO and DOC/ITC respectively against the EU-Airbus and Bombardier. The return to the firm in September 2017 of David Cohen from the CIA is a major fillip to its international trade offering, particularly in light of his sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) expertise. Aided by many strong international offices, including in China, the team is also regularly called upon by clients to provide strategic advice on trade policy issues. David Ross, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2018, regularly advises technology clients on trade policy. Naboth van den Broek, counsel Patrick McLain and senior counsel Ronald Meltzer are also recommended.

Led out of Washington DC by Kay Georgi, Arent Fox LLP’s 11-partner team has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume of trade litigation for foreign producers and importers, governments, and domestic industries in trade cases at both the administrative and appellate levels. John Gurley and Diana Quaia represent Trina Solar and several other Chinese solar panel manufacturers in an appeal before the ITC challenging the scope findings in the underlying anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. The team also handles countervailing work for the government of Quebec including as a respondent in the softwood lumber dispute with the US and as one of the respondents adverse to Boeing, which alleges that it subsidised Bombardier’s production of its C Series aircraft. On the non-contentious side, the firm’s robust export and economic sanctions team is acting for Dover across the gamut of issues including commodity jurisdiction and classification post-Export Control Reform (ECR), economic sanctions, and anti-boycott matters. Other recommended partners include Peter Unger, for FCPA and anti-corruption matters; Matthew Nolan, who has extensive experience representing governmental and private sector clients in Canada and Mexico on North American Free Trade Agreement issues and WTO disputes; and Matthew Clark, for trade remedies.

While it is relatively small compared to some of the firms in the ranking, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s four-partner team has ‘deep knowledge of the laws and institutions’ relevant to the international trade firmament. While the firm does handle some counselling work as it relates to export controls, CFIUS and sanctions, it is best-known for its ‘uniformly superior quality’ advice in the trade remedies area - where its expertise runs the gamut ranging from anti-dumping and countervailing duty disputes to global and China-specific safeguards. ‘Hardworking’ team head Daniel Porter and the ‘calmJames Durling, whose ‘deep knowledge of economics makes him unique in the Washington DC practice’, represent LG Electronics as an interested party, in a raft of disputes including defense of anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, US court appeals, administrative review and assistance with its WTO case brought by the Korean government. The ‘outstandingMatthew McCullough has ‘a thorough understanding of countervailing duty laws’; he is representing Spanish trade association the Association of Exporters and Industrialists of Table Olives as respondent in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. William Barringer is also recommended.

Although it lacks a discrete international trade offering, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP leverages its expertise within its broader white-collar and investigations team to provide a strong service to multinational corporates and financial institutions which are the subject of anti-corruption, FCPA and AML probes. Angela Burgess has impeccable credentials representing major corporates in global anti-bribery and investigations; she recently secured a global resolution for Swedish telecoms corporate Telia Company in the FCPA investigations relating to allegations that employees paid $331m in bribes to enter into the Uzbekistan market. Neil MacBride and Denis McInerney are also well regarded for FCPA, AML and sanctions investigations; MacBride represents ExxonMobil in litigation brought against the US government seeking to overturn the penalty levied against it by OFAC for Russian sanctions violations. Although he is also adept at handling export controls and economic sanctions matters, John Reynolds is best-known for his CFIUS expertise.

Jointly headed by Judith Lee and Ronald Kirk, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s nine-partner team has particular strength advising financial services and energy clients on sanctions, AML and export control issues, both from a compliance and enforcement perspective. As well as her ongoing advisory work for Freddie Mac to ensure its compliance with OFAC’s AML and Bank Secrecy Act policies and procedures, Lee advises E*TRADE Financial on the preparation of an examination involving economic sanctions compliance issues. Formerly Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs during Obama’s administration, New York-based Jose Fernandez brings substantial gravitas and commerciality to international trade issues impacting on M&A and financing transactions with a nexus to Latin America. ‘A legend in the FCPA world’, Joseph Warin excels at handling big-ticket anti-corruption mandates including sanctions-related issues. Spearheaded by Donald Harrison, the firm also handles trade remedies work for foreign producers across a raft of anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters including its work for the largest Canadian lumber producer in the high-profile softwood lumber subsidy case.

Headed by David Levine, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s 11-strong Washington DC-based team handles a broad array of contentious and non-contentious international trade work ranging from anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases and WTO disputes to trade policy negotiations and trade compliance. Although Levine is perhaps best-known for his export controls and trade compliance expertise, he also regularly handles trade remedies matters for clients from a range of industry sectors including South Korea-based conglomerate CJ Corporation, which he is representing alongside Raymond Paretzky in anti-dumping proceedings before the DOC. Carolyn Gleason has a particular focus advising clients in the agribusiness sector both on trade remedy matters and across a range of policy issues affecting their business. Other clients include Chiquita Brands, CHS and Lockheed Martin.

Led by the ‘exceptional’ Stephan Becker and Nancy Fischer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s three-partner team provides ‘an excellent service with a rare mix of legal talent and technical knowledge’. Although the team does handle some trade remedies matters it is much better-known for its non-contentious work which includes advice across sanctions, customs and export control issues. The firm’s expertise in these areas is also beneficial from a risk assessment perspective when it acts for clients on transactions requiring national security approval. Fischer is the primary contact for CFIUS work and recently secured regulatory clearance on behalf of a Chinese consortium on its $550m acquisition of Analogix Semiconductor. Becker is praised for his ‘exceptional knowledge of the aerospace industry’ and continues to act for Airbus across a range of export controls, economic sanctions, and customs compliance issues involving aircraft and aircraft components. Christopher Wall handles international trade compliance work for many high-profile clients including Chevron and Facebook.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has an excellent track record for handling work for US Steel in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases against cheap imports of steel from numerous countries including China. Led by Jeffrey Gerrish, the team recently represented the client, as part of a coalition of steel producers, when it successfully persuaded the DOC to significantly increase the dumping margin of oil company tubular goods from Vietnam. Gerrish also recently won a notable victory on behalf of Georgia-based Tensar Corporation in securing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders against biaxial integral geogrid products from China. Leveraging the firm’s enviable pipeline of M&A mandates, the team is ‘a leader for handling CFIUS matters’ where the ‘excellent’ Ivan Schlager is recommended.

Jointly headed out of Washington DC by Kerry Scarlott and Melvin Schwechter, and also including practitioners based out of Houston and Cleveland, Baker & Hostetler LLP’s five-partner team handles customs, export controls, economic sanctions and trade remedies work for clients from a broad cross-section of industry sectors including oil and gas, automotive and financial services. Scarlott has considerable expertise advising clients in the aerospace sector and represents Lockheed Martin regarding unmanned aerial vehicle operator regulations, and tracking and managing explosive agents under import/export regulations and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFTE) regulations. John Burke advises TransDigm on compliance training on export controls, economic sanctions and related matters at the corporate, regional and operating unit levels. Michael Snarr is also recommended.

Primarily led from the firm’s Washington DC headquarters, and also able to tap into key strategic offices in New York and California, as well as internationally from London and Brussels, Crowell & Moring LLP is well-positioned to provide comprehensive contentious and non-contentious international trade advice to clients from a range of industry sectors including financial services, retail and firearms. Splitting his time between Washington DC and Brussels, Jeffrey Snyder excels at cross-border matters on behalf of multinational clients seeking guidance on the extraterritorial impact of US regulations including sanctions administered by OFAC. John Brew specializes in handling contentious and non-contentious import matters and is a key member of the team that also includes sanctions and anti-corruption expert Cari Stinebower.

Led domestically out of New York and Washington DC and aided by a global presence that includes key offices in London and Beijing, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s interdisciplinary trade group excels in advising multinational corporates on sanctions matters, not just from a domestic perspective but also in a global context where it is able to assist clients with navigating challenges and conflicts between countries. Team head Kimberly Zelnick handles compliance and enforcement work for financial institution clients concerning sanctions matters. The team also excels at providing co-ordinated antitrust, security clearance and sanctions/export control advice regarding major cross-border M&A transactions including the firm’s recent work for global technology and engineering company Smiths Group on its $710m acquisition of US-based detection and security solutions company Morpho Detection business from Safran. Special counsel Christine Laciak led on the aforementioned matter and is noted for her ability to provide a co-ordinated service to clients engaged in cross-border M&A mandates involving the assessment of various foreign investment review regimes. The team was strengthened, particularly on the CFIUS front, by the arrival in March 2017, of Shawn Cooley from the Department of Homeland Security.

Anchored out of Washington DC but also aided by a strong EU offering from London, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s three-partner team provides ‘thoughtful and responsive’ advice to clients from a broad range of industry sectors including energy, real estate and chemicals on compliance issues and internal investigations surrounding sanctions, anti-corruption and export controls. Under the guidance of the ‘extremely knowledgeableMario Mancuso, the team is, however, undoubtedly best-known for its CFIUS work, where in addition to receiving standalone mandates, it is also able to tap into the firm’s impressive pipeline of private equity-led M&A work, in particular. ‘Very up-to-date with the laws around international trade and extremely skilled at navigating the risks’, Mancuso recently provided CFIUS and US export compliance advice to Apax Partners on its $200m acquisition of the electronic monitoring assets of 3M Corporation.

Drawing on practitioners from within the firm’s international and white-collar litigation departments, Miller & Chevalier Chartered provides ‘high-end’ contentious and non-contentious advice to clients on complex FCPA and international anti-corruption matters, as well as on sanctions and export controls matters. The team regularly handles sensitive internal investigations including Mark Rochon and John Davis’ work for VEON into activities in the former CIS region, with the investigation including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and other countries, as well as investigations by the United States, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Kathryn Cameron Atkinson has an excellent track record on FCPA monitorships and has twice been selected as a government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor. The ‘excellent’ James Tillen is noted, in particular, for his FCPA enforcement expertise. The ‘pragmatic and commercial’ Timothy O’Toole is ‘a brilliant strategist’ on economic sanctions and export controls matters; he advises Deutsche Forfait on its export controls and sanctions compliance matters. The arrival in September 2017 of the ‘excellent’ Brian Fleming from the DOJ affords the team greater credibility for CFIUS mandates in addition to its core sanctions and export controls prowess.

Bolstered by the return of Steve Bunnell in January 2017 following his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security, O'Melveny & Myers LLP excels at handling national security-related international trade matters. The ‘thoughtful and dynamic’ Greta Lichtenbaum recently advised a Chinese property investment firm on OFAC issues related to its acquisition of the San Juan Marriot Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico and is conducting an internal investigation of possible violations of the economic sanctions targeting Iran for a Chinese energy services company. Theodore Kassinger regularly assists technology and energy sector clients on CFIUS matters and recently helped secure clearance for Mentor Graphics Corporation in connection with its $4.5bn acquisition by Siemens Industry.

Headed by Scott Flicker out of Washington DC, Paul Hastings LLP’s global trade controls group benefits from its ability to leverage the expertise of practitioners across a sprawling international network of offices to provide a ‘first-class’ service to multinational corporates on non-contentious and contentious sanctions and export controls matters, as well as on international trade-related transactional due diligence. Flicker is particularly well regarded for his CFIUS expertise on behalf of foreign acquirers or US sellers; he is assisting MoneyGram with the national security review of its pending acquisition by Chinese company Ant Financial. Sitting within the firm’s investigations and white-collar group, Robert Luskin and Kwame Manley regularly handle FCPA and sanctions investigations and are ‘able to bring a level of commercial pragmatism to what are often obscure and untested legal concepts’. Both Luskin and Manley are representing several BNP Paribas senior executives in sanctions investigations brought by numerous regulators including the DOJ, OFAC and the Federal Reserve. Behnam Dayanim excels at trade controls work at the intersection of data security and privacy and is a key member of the team that also includes Robert Silvers, who recently joined from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Based out of Washington DC, Reed Smith LLP provides ‘practical and business friendly advice’ to clients from a range of industry sectors including energy and transport, particularly where a co-ordinated and holistic global strategy is required (where the firm benefits from offices in London and Beijing). Splitting her time between the firm’s Washington DC and London offices, the ‘practical and responsive’ Leigh Hansson has ‘extremely broad knowledge’ across the international trade firmament and is appreciated for her ‘great business understanding and ability to engage with key stakeholders’.

Primarily focused on international trade matters, Washington DC-based firm Stewart and Stewart is particularly recognized in the market for its trade remedies expertise. Managing partner Terence Stewart has a strong reputation acting as petitioner’s counsel in anti-dumping, countervailing duty, safeguard and China-specific safeguard actions. Stewart also has expertise in WTO matters and trade policy issues.

Leveraging the expertise of its market-leading white-collar and financial services regulatory teams, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s multi-disciplinary international trade team excels at providing economic sanctions, AML and FCPA advice to the firm’s impressive roster of domestic and international financial institutions. Dividing his time between the firm’s New York and London offices, Theodore Edelman regularly provides FCPA due diligence for domestic and foreign clients on M&A activity; he recently advised a consortium led by China Three Gorges on FCPA and sanctions matters related to its approximately $1.4bn acquisition of Empresa de Generación Huallaga. Managing partner of the firm’s criminal defense and investigations group, Nicolas Bourtin regularly handles FCPA and anti-corruption enforcement actions and internal investigations. He recently represented a major European energy company in four high-profile FCPA investigations related to its oil and gas businesses in Africa and the Middle East. As well as his ‘excellent advice’ on sanctions-related matters, Eric Kadel also regularly handles CFIUS work for buyers and sellers including for Bayer in connection with its proposed $66bn acquisition of Monsanto. Elizabeth Davy is also recommended.

Led by the ‘accessible and client-focused’ Theodore Posner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s small but broad-based team provides ‘high-quality advice’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious trade matters. Able to leverage the firm’s impressive pipeline of sponsor-led and corporate M&A mandates, the team ‘displays an excellent knowledge of the relevant law and policy’ and regularly assists clients with securing CFIUS approval for high-stakes transactions. Posner recently acted for Australian private equity firm AMP Capital in connection with a CFIUS review of its acquisition of ITS ConGlobal. On the contentious front, Posner has a strong track record regarding investor-state-related international trade matters and is co-counsel for Hungarian oil and gas company MOL in two parallel dispute settlement proceedings with the Croatian government regarding the treatment by Croatia of MOL’s investment in Croatian oil and gas company INA.

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