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Index of tables
- Jeanne Archibald - Hogan Lovells US LLP
- John Barker - Arnold & Porter LLP
Charlene Barshefsky -
- Richard Belanger - Sidley Austin LLP
- Les Carnegie - Latham & Watkins LLP
- Richard Cunningham - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
- Joseph Dorn - King & Spalding LLP
- Peter Flanagan - Covington & Burling LLP
- Peter Lichtenbaum - Covington & Burling LLP
- Mark McConnell - Hogan Lovells US LLP
- William McGlone - Latham & Watkins LLP
- Mark Moran - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Robert Novick -
- Beth Peters - Hogan Lovells US LLP
John Reynolds -
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Paul Rosenthal -
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
- Andrew Shoyer - Sidley Austin LLP
Terence Stewart -
Stewart and Stewart
- Christopher Wall - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Based out of the firm’s Washington DC headquarters, Covington & Burling LLP is ‘excellent across the board’ and advises major international corporates on ‘long-term strategic issues’ and important international trade matters. With a significant international footprint, which includes lawyers on the ground in China and Brussels, the team is often consulted by corporates looking to grow into Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. It combines a compelling mix of legal and policy strengths, and is able to assist with navigating potential risks and capitalize upon investment and trade opportunities in these locations. On the trade policy front, the firm provides ‘top-notch advice’ and has numerous practitioners who held previously high-ranking governmental positions including former US ambassador to the EU Stuart Eizenstat and John Veroneau, who was a former deputy United States trade representative. The team is praised for its ‘ability to spot government enforcement and compliance trends’ and is ‘very good at interacting with federal government agencies’. Mark Plotkin and David Fagan provide ‘critical insight and informed counsel on complicated deals’ and lead the firm’s efforts on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) front. Both recently assisted GlobalFoundries, which is indirectly wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, with achieving the national security-related approvals for its proposed acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor manufacturing business. Plotkin and Fagan also advised Publicis and Sapient on securing approval from CFIUS and the US Department of Defense for Publicis’ $3.7bn acquisition of Sapient. The team is also ‘superb at export controls and economic sanctions matters’ for clients in a range of potentially sensitive industries including finance, aerospace, and oil and gas. In this space, Peter Lichtenbaum and Peter Flanagan ‘are at the very top of the Washington DC Bar hierarchy’ and are recognized for providing ‘innovative legal analysis with superb business judgment’. The practice is rounded out by Steve Fagell and Donald Ridings, who provide ‘superb advice’ on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) front; Kimberly Strosnider, who heads up the trade controls sub group; and the ‘superb’ Corinne Goldstein, who has ‘sheer subject matter mastery’ across export controls and economic sanctions.
Based out of Washington DC and aided by a vast international network, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘business savvy’ and ‘highly professional’ 14-partner international trade team has the strength in depth and critical mass to handle the gamut of trade issues relating to the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Practice co-head Deen Kaplan is currently representing Emirates Airline Group in a high-profile trade subsidy dispute with a coalition of US airline groups led by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The firm has also had a longstanding involvement with the government of Ontario, assisting with a range of major trade matters with the US; alongside Mark McConnell, Kaplan is advising it on policy and strategic issues following the recent expiration of the US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement, and also defending it in the supercalendered paper countervailing duty case. Anthony Capobianco recently helped secure CFIUS clearance for ALSTOM on the $17bn sale of its thermal power and renewable power and grid business to General Electric, and on the $800m acquisition of the rail signalling business of General Electric. The firm is also at the vanguard of the developing policies relating to export controls and economic sanctions and represents major corporates including Carnival Cruise Lines, IBM and Airbus in ensuring compliance with these multilateral policies. ‘Hugely knowledgeable’ practice co-head Beth Peters has been central to many of these sanctions matters and is a key member of the team that also includes recommended practitioners Ajay Kuntamukkala, Craig Lewis, Jonathan Stoel, Jeanne Archibald, Stephen Propst and T Clark Weymouth.
Headed out of Washington DC by ‘stalwart’ Andrew Shoyer, Sidley Austin LLP’s 14-partner group is ‘exceptionally strong on policy-related matters’, where it is ‘uniquely positioned to represent clients before the WTO’ by virtue of its Geneva office, and also on EU policy changes by dint of its Brussels offering. ‘A leader in the field’, Shoyer provides ‘nuanced and practical advice’ on export controls and economic sanctions. Neil Ellis and Geneva-based Iain Sandford are representing the government of China in a challenge to US zeroing and non-market economy anti-dumping methodologies. The team regularly handles trade remedies matters for Asian clients, where it is helped by a comprehensive network of offices in the region; it recently acted for China’s largest tire producer, in a US anti-dumping/countervailing duty petition brought by the United Steelworkers against imports of passenger-vehicle and light-truck tires from China. Robert Torresen has a focus on economic sanctions and export control matters and alongside Shoyer has been developing Cuba travel policies for companies following President Obama’s recent relaxation of Cuba sanctions. Torresen is also well versed in customs matters and alongside ‘excellent’ senior counsel Richard Belanger recently advised TransCanada on various US regulatory issues concerning the movement of natural gas and equipment through or into the US. Other recommended practitioners include the ‘practical and collaborative’ James Mendenhall and the ‘outstanding, responsive and effective’ Richard Weiner. The team was strengthened in May 2015 by the arrival of David Simon from the Department of Defense.
‘One of the best firms involved in trade work’, Steptoe & Johnson LLP has an ‘excellent track record’ across the full span of export controls, economic sanctions, FCPA and CFIUS matters. Aided by a presence in Beijing, the firm continues to broaden and deepen its China work and was recently the only foreign law firm selected by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China to represent it in four named areas including on trade remedies and international investment matters. The firm also regularly picks up a significant flow of work for Chinese companies seeking representation in the US, as well as for US companies investing in China. ‘A prominent player in WTO disputes’, the firm recently scored a notable victory for the Argentinian government when the WTO panel rejected Panama’s claims that Argentina’s differential treatment of services and service providers located in “cooperative” and “non-cooperative” tax havens constituted prohibited discrimination under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Matthew Yeo and Pablo Bentes led on the aforementioned matter, and are key practitioners of the firm’s ‘superb trade remedies offering’. The team is also regularly engaged in an advisory and transactional setting, and as well as frequent CFIUS mandates from Asian and European corporates, is also regularly instructed by clients seeking robust risk management procedures to avoid problems in the future. Edward Krauland heads up the firm’s international regulation and compliance group and is noted for his export controls and economic sanctions expertise. Other recommended partners include Lucinda Low, who heads up the firm’s global anti-corruption practice; chair of the firm’s international trade and investment practice Susan Esserman, who has a significant focus on US-India and US-China matters; Mark Moran, who excels at trade litigation; trade remedies veteran Richard Cunningham, who is ‘widely considered one of the best in the business’; CFIUS expert Stewart Baker; the ‘phenomenal’ Meredith Rathbone; and the ‘effective and knowledgeable’ Joel Kaufman.
Led out of Washington DC by Hal Shapiro but also benefiting from key international offices in Geneva, Beijing and London, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s 14-partner team provides broad-ranging non-contentious and contentious international trade advice to an impressive cadre of clients including Dow Corning, United Parcel Services and Nike. Shapiro is particularly well regarded by corporates, trade associations and governments on policy issues and is representing Eastman Chemical on its Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations to achieve lower tariffs on chemical products. The team is ‘very strong on trade remedies’ and has handled a number of matters for the Canadian province of British Columbia including currently as a defendant in the US Department of Commerce’s countervailing duty investigation of supercalendered paper from Canada. Spencer Griffith handled this matter, as well as previous work for British Columbia in the longstanding lumber dispute, and is praised for his ‘ability to grasp the political issues that governments often deal with’. The ‘unassuming and patient’ Bernd Janzen was formerly at the Department of Commerce and is ‘accurately targets information in submissions to Commerce in hopes of achieving a favorable outcome as a result of his insights into the inner workings and psychology of the agency’. The firm also has an ‘excellent economic sanctions and export controls practice’, where Edward Rubinoff is the standout name. Other recommended practitioners include senior counsel Valerie Slater, for trade policy, and Lars-Erik Hjelm, for customs law. J David Park joined Arnold & Porter LLP in April 2015.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s ten-partner Washington DC-based practice has excellent credibility in the market. The return of the ‘superb’ J David Park and several of his colleagues from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in April 2015 adds considerable weight to the team’s expertise, particularly in relation to US-Korea trade policy. Team head Lawrence Schneider is recommended for trade remedies matters and provides an ‘insightful service’ to companies, trade associations and governments in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. Schneider continues to represent Israel on international trade matters and is also advising the Province of Alberta in four arbitration proceedings relating to the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the US and Canada. John Barker has extensive export controls and economic sanctions experience, and is advising BAE on export compliance matters and the implementation of the State Department Consent Agreement. Other key names include John Bellinger and Jeffrey Smith, who are both recommended for export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS matters; Michael Shor, for trade remedies; and Claire Reade, who rejoined the firm in October 2015 following a period in government, where she recently served as assistant US trade representative for China affairs.
Based out of Washington DC, the team at Baker McKenzie LLP ‘provides a superior service’, and can call upon a ‘deep bench in the area of trade compliance and knowledgeable attorneys in every major geographic area of the world’. Led by John McKenzie, Edward Dyson, the ‘experienced and practical’ Nicholas Coward, and ‘superstar’ Janet Kim, the firm is ‘very strong on export controls’ and trade sanctions work. San Francisco-based McKenzie gains particular plaudits from clients for his ‘unparalleled experience and breadth of knowledge’ as well as his ability to ‘cite both black-letter law and provide nuanced practical guidance on export control matters’. McKenzie is also involved in customs issues, where he receives strong support from Teresa Gleason and Ted Murphy. A smaller presence on the trade remedies front is headed out of Washington DC by Kevin O’Brien. Although the firm is active across the spectrum of industry sectors, it is ‘particularly strong in areas that affect hi-tech companies’, including Google, Intel Corporation and Veritas Technologies. The arrival of Ryan Fayhee in July 2015 from the DOJ adds further credibility to the practice, particularly on export controls and economic sanctions enforcement matters.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s four-partner team has a ‘prominent position in the market’ across the spectrum of international trade matters, where it is also aided on EU-related issues by offices in Brussels and London. The arrival in August 2015 of Adam Smith enhances the firm’s capability, particularly as they relate to economic sanctions matters, as a result of his prior tenure at the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Practice co-chair Judith Alison Lee is well regarded for economic sanctions matters and export controls; she is advising Carnival and its affiliate Princess Cruise Lines on both OFAC and EU economic sanctions issues relating to its cruise line operations in various parts of the world. Donald Harrison is advising Whirlpool Corporation on a range of customs issues involving its imports, particularly those subject to trade actions. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez has significant credibility in the market and primarily focuses on CFIUS-related matters; notably, he recently secured CFIUS approval for Dresser-Rand Group, in connection with its $7.6bn proposed acquisition by Siemens’. Senior of counsel Ronald Kirk co-chairs the practice from Dallas and has strong experience in trade policy.
Primarily centered out of its Washington DC head office, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ eight-partner team provides ‘timely and practical advice’, and has a particularly strong reputation for trade litigation work, where it regularly appears for petitioners before domestic forums and the WTO. Kathleen Cannon leads on many of the most significant mandates handled by the group and regularly acts for domestic companies in anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions. Cannon is particularly well regarded for her performances before the ITC and alongside Alan Luberda and Paul Rosenthal successfully secured a unanimous final decision from it on behalf of five of the six petitioners seeking recourse via anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions against Chinese wire rod imports. Practice head Eric McClafferty is recommended for export control matters across a range of industries and is advising the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International as the industry seeks to adapt to evolving export policy changes affecting both military and commercial drones. David Hartquist and John Hermmann continue to handle legislative work for US industries seeking to provide greater protection against unfairly traded imports.
Headed out of Washington DC by Stephen Orava, King & Spalding LLP’s seven-partner team is ‘exceptionally strong’ in its representation of US industries against unfairly traded imports through anti-dumping and countervailing remedies. Steve Jones and Joseph Dorn frequently combine to act for petitioners in trade remedies actions, recently teaming up on behalf of Domtar Corp, PH Glatfelter and Finch Paper in anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions before the ITC against imports of certain uncoated paper. As well as trade remedies work, Michael Taylor also acts for clients from a range of industries on regulatory compliance issues - particularly relating to customs and homeland security matters. The team is rounded out by Christine Savage, who handles CFIUS work as part of her broad international trade practice. The team is also able to leverage its international network including a key office in Geneva, which is of particular benefit to clients involved in WTO matters.
Headed out of Washington DC by William McGlone, Sarah Nappi, and the ‘responsive and personable’ Les Carnegie, Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘well-rounded’ 22-strong team leverages a ‘strong domestic capability’ with a significant international network to provide a compelling offering to clients engaged in sanctions, export controls, CFIUS and customs matters. Recent highlights include the completion of its six-year representation of Schlumberger, the subject of multi-jurisdictional investigations and enforcement actions into its alleged violations of domestic sanctions laws. On the non-contentious front, the firm regularly develops and enhances compliance programs to ensure adherence to export controls, sanctions and customs laws. Benefiting from a significant array of institutional corporate and private equity clients, the group is also regularly called upon to secure CFIUS clearance on deals which may attract the scrutiny of the Committee. Carnegie regularly handles CFIUS work, as does Ed Shapiro, who recently secured clearance for Siemens on its $7.6bn strategic acquisition of Dresser-Rand Group.
Led out of Washington DC by the ‘excellent and practical’ Alan Price, Wiley Rein LLP’s ‘very experienced and accomplished’ eight-partner team acts for clients across a balanced array of trade litigation, OFAC and trade policy mandates. With an ‘excellent petitioner practice’, the firm is engaged in anti-dumping and countervailing cases before a range of forums including the ITC and the Department of Commerce, and is recognized as ‘having a very good record of success before the agencies’. The team is ‘very well known within the steel industry’, and is acting for Nucor as one of the petitioners in anti-dumping and countervailing cases brought in relation to alleged unfair importing from numerous countries including Brazil and China. Praised for his ability ‘to explain complicated matters in layman’s terms’, Timothy Brightbill also regularly handles trade remedies matters as part of his broader workload which also includes trade policy and customs advice. The ‘practical and responsive’ Maureen Thorson is ‘very good at customs advice’, and John Shane and Robert DeFrancesco are also recommended.
Led out of Washington DC by Charlene Barshefsky, Naboth van den Broek and Robert Novick, WilmerHale’s ‘wonderful’ nine-partner practice has ‘tremendous credibility’ before the regulators and is consequently instructed by major corporates, trade associations and governments in the highest profile trade policy, sanctions and export control matters. Former United States Trade Representative Barshefsky ‘has no parallel’ for advising companies as they seek to overcome potential obstacles to exporting to or investing in markets through Asia, Europe and Latin America. Novick and van den Broek are representing The Boeing Company in its high-profile WTO litigation with Airbus. Counsel David Ross is regularly retained by clients when there are high-level trade policy issues at stake; he is acting for trade association BRT in ongoing trade legislative activity. Other recommended practitioners include ‘knowledgeable, responsive and professional’ senior counsel Ronald Meltzer, for export controls and economic sanctions, and Benjamin Powell, for CFIUS issues. The whole team is praised for its ‘ability to translate complex issues into something more readily understandable by clients’.
Led by Matthew Nolan, the ‘knowledgeable’ Washington DC-based 12-partner team at Arent Fox LLP provides an ‘exceptional level of service’ to corporates and sovereign governments across an ‘increasingly broad spectrum of international trade work’, which includes an increased flow of sanctions and FCPA mandates. John Gurley is ‘very well versed in international trade law’ and alongside Diana Quaia continues to represent Trina Solar and other Chinese solar panel manufacturers as respondents in a major anti-dumping case brought against the Chinese solar industry. The team has also been increasingly active handling matters at the intersection of trade and arbitration, and recently represented the government of East Timor in a UNCITRAL arbitration surrounding taxes imposed on contractors involved in the exploration of natural gas fields in the Timor Sea. Other recommended partners include ‘amazing’ trade litigator Matthew Clark, customs expert David Hamill, and Kay Georgi, who is a ‘leading subject matter expert in the field of international trade compliance’.
Jointly led out of Washington DC by John Brew and Jeffrey Snyder and including offices in New York and Brussels, Crowell & Moring LLP’s 25-strong team has the strength in depth to handle a broad range of international trade mandates including customs, trade remedies, export controls and economic sanctions issues. The team has notched up numerous high-profile victories against the Customs and Border Protection and other governmental agencies including successfully persuading the CIT to reduce the duty on Schlumberger’s imports of proppants from 4% to free. Cari Stinebower is recommended for sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption matters.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP represents clients in trade remedies matters across a range of forums including before the WTO. Headed by Daniel Porter and the ‘very accomplished’ William Barringer out of Washington DC and aided by a nascent office in Beijing, the firm has an excellent track record acting for companies and governments in the Asia Pacific region. Alongside James Durling, Porter is providing trade advice to the Korean government. The firm also acts for LG Electronics in a range of international trade work including in ongoing anti-dumping proceedings and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) appeals. Another key client is the Chinese Government, which it continues to represent across a range of WTO disputes, US countervailing duty cases and US court appeals. Matthew McCullough and counsel Christopher Dunn are also recommended.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is ‘truly excellent’ at advising financial institutions on sanctions compliance and in representing them in reputation-threatening sanctions cases. The ‘superb’ John Reynolds and Jeanine McGuinness continue to advise Goldman Sachs on sanctions compliance, from routine updates arising from changes in the law, through to potential matters that may arise in its role as an underwriter of global securities issues. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the team is also able to call upon the expertise of lawyers in the firm’s highly rated white-collar group, including New York-based Jennifer Newstead, who is often consulted on contentious FCPA and economic sanctions matters. Leveraging the firm’s array of corporate clients, the team is also regularly involved in international transactions requiring CFIUS clearance. The arrival in March 2015 of Charles Steele adds further weight behind the firm’s economic sanctions, AML and FCPA practice; he brings experience from his career at the government, which included a role as OFAC enforcement director.
Although it is active across a fairly diverse spread of international trade matters, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is perhaps best known for trade remedies and export control work. Typically representing respondents in litigation, the firm regularly acts for sovereign governments in anti-subsidy cases brought by domestic industries. Following her role as defense counsel to the Canadian government in the long-running softwood lumber dispute with the US, Joanne Osendarp is once again representing Canada - alongside ‘the knowledgeable and business-savvy’ Matthew Nicely - in the super calendered paper dispute, the first countervailing duty case that has been initiated by the US against Canada in 14 years. Team head Amanda DeBusk has an excellent reputation for export controls and sanctions matters. Newly promoted partner Melissa Duffy is also recommended. Other clients include the government of Mexico, Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe and Ocean Duke.
Headed out of Washington DC by Duane Layton and aided by a significant Asian presence, in particular, Mayer Brown provides a broad-ranging international trade service to governments, multinational corporates and trade associations. With a number of former government lawyers in its ranks, the team is well placed to provide high-level trade policy advice on WTO and international free trade agreements. On the trade remedies side, although it is traditionally best known for representing respondents, the firm recently secured a major mandate from US Steel as a petitioner in an anti-dumping case targeting US imports of certain hot-rolled steel from Japan. Sydney Mintzer has a strong reputation in the market and is providing global trade compliance advice to Federal Mogul Motorparts. Simeon Kriesberg is recommended for FCPA and CFIUS matters.
Led out of Washington DC by Carolyn Gleason, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s team represents clients across the full range of transnational matters relating to global trade of goods, technology and services. The firm has an excellent track record for trade remedies work, particularly in litigation before the WTO, where the firm has never lost a case. Gleason and Pamela Walther are assisting Chiquita Brands with implementation issues relating to the historic WTO “banana litigation”. David Levine and Raymond Paretzky are recommended for export controls and trade sanctions matters.
Headed by Stephan Becker, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s three-partner Washington DC-based team is particularly well known for its export control/sanctions practice. As well as his export control expertise, Becker is also recognized as an authority on international trade agreements and is advising Mexico’s Secretary of Commerce on NAFTA and WTO matters. Former assistant secretary of commerce for export administration, Christopher Wall has significant gravitas in the industry and is regularly instructed by major multinational corporates, including Sony Pictures, on economic sanctions compliance. Public practices and public policy team head Nancy Fischer is also recommended. Leveraging the firm’s overall strength in the aerospace industry, the team handles work for clients including Airbus Group, BAE Systems and Roll-Royce.
Leveraging the firm’s ‘first-class’ pipeline of industrial and private equity M&A mandates, the international trade team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is particularly well known for its ‘excellent CFIUS practice’. Ivan Schlager heads up the firm’s work in this area and has vast experience in securing clearance for industrial and private equity clients active in a broad spectrum of industries including technology, defense, and media and entertainment. Counsel Malcolm Tuesley has a growing reputation in the area, recently securing CFIUS clearance for Sprint Nextel on its $21.6bn sale to Softbank and being involved in the ultimately failed recent merger proposal between Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron. Robert Lighthizer heads the firm’s international trade practice and splits his time between trade litigation and policy advice. Of counsel James Hecht is also recommended for anti-dumping and countervailing work.
Based out of Washington DC and able to leverage the firm’s international network, the team at White & Case LLP is well placed to provide a ‘broad’ service to domestic and multinational corporates, as well as governments. Often working closely with its Geneva office, the group has a strong presence in the market on WTO matters; William Clinton and Walter Spak continue to advise Saudi Aramco on WTO rules relating to the energy trade. Recommended for his trade remedies expertise, Walter Spak recently secured a notable victory before the ITC for China International Marine Containers in an anti-dumping and countervailing duty case involving the importing of 53-foot domestic dry containers from China. Gregory Spak heads the six-partner team that was recently strengthened, particularly on the CFIUS front, by the arrival of the ‘excellent’ Farhad Jalinous from Kaye Scholer LLP.
Led out of Washington DC by the ‘excellent’ Melvin Schwechter, Baker & Hostetler LLP’s five-partner team has experience across a range of trade disputes, economic sanctions, export controls and customs issues. Led by the ‘experienced, articulate and knowledgeable’ Elliot Feldman and the ‘talented and smart’ Michael Snarr, the firm is representing Siemens Energy, as lead counsel for all importers of utility scale wind towers in a countervailing and anti-dumping case before the US ITC and in subsequent appeals.
At DLA Piper LLP (US), Washington DC-based team head Richard Newcomb ‘delivers well-articulated, business-focused and pragmatic advice’ to major multinational corporates including Coca-Cola, Nissan USA and Renault. As a former head of OFAC, Newcomb’s ‘knowledge and experience in the US administration are a powerful asset’, particularly in relation to economic sanctions issues. Other recommended partners include Thomas deButts and Lawrence Levinson, who provides ‘sharp and insightful advice’ across a range of issues including on CFIUS clearance.
With five US partners and global resources spread across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s newly configured global sanctions and trade group is well placed to provide a coordinated service to multinational corporates and financial institutions on their global sanctions and trade law matters. In unison with the London office, Kimberly Zelnick is advising a major global private equity firm on a range of economic sanctions and export control compliance matters including in relation to its portfolio companies. Global team head Robert Schlossberg is a ‘leader in the field of CFIUS work’ and represents clients from a range of sectors including oil and gas, financial services and defense. He recently advised global automotive supplier Continental on the CFIUS filing and US military export control (ITAR) filings for its $1.6bn acquisition of rubber and plastics company Veyance Technologies. Counsel Anahita Thoms provides ‘very usable advice, which gets to the heart of the problem’, and has particular expertise advising on EU sanctions and export controls.
Washington DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered is best known for its anti-corruption and FCPA capabilities, where it is frequently engaged by clients across a range of sectors to provide compliance, investigative and due diligence services. John Davis is a key name to note, and Homer Moyer also has ‘an excellent reputation’, not just for FCPA matters but also export control issues and international trade disputes. Other recommended partners include Larry Christensen, who specializes in export controls and sanctions under ITAR, and Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, who is chair of the firm’s international department.
At O’Melveny & Myers LLP, practice co-head Theodore Kassinger is ‘very highly regarded’ for CFIUS matters, and also has ‘broad experience in US sanctions law and its application’ - where he is able to bring to bear significant political insight gained through his previous tenure as deputy secretary of the department of commerce. Kassinger is representing Tireco, a US passenger vehicle hire importing company, in domestic trade remedy proceedings. Greta Lichtenbaum, who jointly leads the practice alongside Kassinger, is also recommended.
Although it is narrower than many of the practices in the ranking, Stewart and Stewart’s reputation in the market as ‘a good petitioners group’, regularly sees it instructed by US companies in anti-dumping proceedings. Managing partner Terence Stewart has vast experience across a mix of trade remedies and WTO litigation work, as well as trade policy matters. Elizabeth Drake and William Fennell are also recommended.
With seven former federal and state prosecutors within the firm’s criminal defense and investigations group, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is ‘an excellent choice on global investigations’ and compliance relating to economic sanctions, AML and FCPA. A leader in the financial services industry, the firm has been involved in many of the most significant OFAC settlements for banking institutions in recent years, and has also assisted many of them with their ongoing economic sanctions and AML compliance procedures. Outside of the banking sector, the ‘practical and pragmatic’ Karen Seymour recently settled anti-corruption charges brought against Dallas Airmotive alleging that various employees made improper payments to foreign officials to secure lucrative government contracts in Latin America. Eric Kadel regularly handles CFIUS matters for clients across a range of sectors.
At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Washington DC-based team head Theodore Posner has excellent credibility across a range of contentious and non-contentious international trade matters. During his many years of government service, Posner handled numerous arbitrations for the US Government, and that arbitration experience has also come to the fore for private parties including Repsol, which he recently secured a favorable settlement for in an arbitration with the Argentinian government arising out of its nationalization of energy company YPF and expropriation of its controlling stake of the Spanish investor in the company. Posner is also increasingly acting for the firm’s private equity clients in CFIUS clearance matters. Other clients include Philip Morris International, Chevron and Bank of America.