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Led out of its Washington DC headquarters by Stuart Eizenstat and Peter Lichtenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP’s team provides ‘savvy and sophisticated advice’ that is mindful of both legal and policy concerns. Benefiting from the experience of numerous former high-ranking government officials, including Eizenstat, former US ambassador to the EU, and John Veroneau, a former deputy US trade representative (USTR), the team has ‘excellent connections with all the major players in DC’ and is ‘absolutely superb on trade policy issues’. Praised for its ‘ability to anticipate government concerns’, the team is also a top choice for advice to domestic and international corporates on their trade strategies and in the context of economic sanctions and export controls, where the ‘terrificPeter Flanagan stands out. Corinne Goldstein has ‘a keen understanding of the various regulatory regimes’ and is particularly accomplished at advising clients on the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Led by David Fagan and Mark Plotkin, the firm’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) practice is recognized as ‘among the very best for managing national security issues in very sensitive matters’. In a deal which attracted intense scrutiny, Fagan and Plotkin advised NXP Semiconductors on the $2.7bn sale of its Standard Products business to Chinese government-owned funds. The pair also secured clearance for Altice pertaining to the $9.1bn acquisition of Suddenlink and $17.7bn acquisition of Cablevision. The team is rounded out by counsel Shara Aranoff and Alexander Chinoy on the customs front, and Steve Fagell and Donald Ridings, who jointly head the anti-corruption sub group.

Benefitting from a strong presence in Washington DC as well as globally, Hogan Lovells US LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to domestic and international corporate clients of the firm, as well as in discrete standalone mandates. Co-head Deen Kaplan has a ‘fantastic’ reputation for trade remedies matters and leads the firm’s work in numerous high-profile matters, including the representation of Emirates Group as one of several Gulf airlines accused by a coalition of US airlines of operating in violation of the ‘Open Skies’ policy because of the receipt of alleged government subsidies. Kaplan is also representing the Government of Ontario, alongside of counsel Mark McConnell and Jonathan Stoel, in its trade matters with the US. Co-head Beth Peters has ‘good relations with high-ranking government officials’ and is consequently a go-to practitioner for clients seeking strategic and nuanced advice relating to export controls and sanctions. Alongside Stephen Propst, Peters successfully secured the relevant licenses allowing Carnival Cruise Line to become the first US ship operator to sail to Cuba in more than 50 years, following the recent easing of sanctions with Cuba. Recently promoted partner Brian Curran has handled some notable CFIUS mandates of late, including for Dell on the approximately $3.1bn sale of its IT services provider to NTT Data. Other recommended partners include Robert Kyle, who has ‘long experience in corporate affairs related to government agencies’; the ‘clear-thinkingAleksandar Dukic, who excels on export controls and sanctions matters; CFIUS expert Jeanne Archibald; and T Clark Weymouth, who ‘knows how to deal with big transparency challenges in big companies’.

Sidley Austin LLP provides a ‘very well-rounded’ service across the spectrum of international trade issues, including trade remedies, trade policy, CFIUS, and export control and economic sanctions. Splitting his time between Washington DC and Brussels, Richard Weiner is ‘very experienced in both European and US trade cases’ and is representing the Chinese solar industry in the largest trade remedy investigations and reviews ever mounted in the US and EU. Working closely with the firm’s Geneva office, Eric Solovy is regularly engaged in World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes and is currently representing the Dominican Republic in challenging certain Australian laws and regulations imposing trademark restrictions and other plain packaging requirements on tobacco and packaging. Andrew Shoyer provides ‘nuanced and practical advice’ to clients on trade policy issues, as well as on economic sanctions compliance; he is representing the Monitor, appointed by US and UK financial services agencies, in connection with HSBC’s $1.9bn resolution of sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) violations. Senior counsel Richard Belanger has vast experience of customs matters and is currently acting for Ford in its dispute with the US government attempting to claw back a portion of import duties it paid on vans reclassified as cargo vans in a US Customs and Border Protection review. Other recommended partners include Neil Ellis for trade remedies, and James Mendenhall, whose broad ranging practice includes a significant amount of CFIUS work.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides ‘a knowledgeable and responsive service’ to corporates and international governments across the spectrum of matters, from export control and sanctions advice to high-profile anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, in addition to prominent WTO mandates. Joel Kaufman has vast experience representing domestic and international corporates before the International Trade Commission (ITC), including a notable recent victory for Tata Steel IJmuiden in the Dutch Cold Rolled Steel investigation. A growing number of international governments rely on the firm for WTO representation, including a number of Latin American countries such as Argentina, which Matthew Yeo and Pablo Bentes successfully represented before the WTO appellate body in a case targeting Panama tax practices. Led by the ‘excellent’ Lucinda Low, the firm also has a ‘top-notch’ anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practice, which works closely with other domestic offices and its international offices in Brussels, London and Beijing. Other recommended partners include CFIUS expert Stewart Baker; trade remedies and trade policy guru Richard Cunningham; Meredith Rathbone, who has a focus on export control and economic sanctions; trade litigator Mark Moran, who is ‘an absolute star’; and Susan Esserman, who has a significant focus on US-India and US-China matters.

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Led out of Washington DC by Thomas McCarthy and also able to call upon the services of practitioners in key strategic offices in Geneva, Beijing and London, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s team provides ‘an exceptional service’ to a range of domestic and international corporates from a myriad of industry sectors, as they seek to navigate the ever-evolving international trade landscape. Praised for his ‘clear and concise advice’, Spencer Griffith is a key member of the firm’s ‘world-class respondent litigation practice’ and is representing the Chinese government in a WTO dispute initiated by the Canadian government challenging China’s imposition of anti-dumping duties on imports of cellulose pulp from Canada. The ‘unassuming, patient and approachable’ Bernd Janzen is advising PulseTech Products on its efforts to obtain exclusion from the scope of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on solar products. The firm is also noted for its ‘excellent work’ on the economic sanctions and export control front, assisting with the ever-changing landscape, particularly as it relates to Cuba, Iran, Russia and Ukraine. Wynn Segall helped Roswell Park Cancer Institute secure a first-of-its-kind US government license allowing a high-profile joint venture with Cuba-based Center of Molecular Immunology for the development and commercialization of cutting-edge cancer treatments. Other recommended practitioners include Valerie Slater and customs law specialist Lars-Erik Hjelm.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team provides insightful and highly credible advice to an impressive roster of clients, including Samsung Electronics, EgyptAir and American Capital. Team head Lawrence Schneider has a wealth of experience advising corporates and governments on trade policy and trade remedies issues. As well as his longstanding representation of the Israeli government across a range of trade policy issues, Schneider has once again been busy advising the Province of Alberta as it reassesses its strategy and preparation for a potential reigniting of litigation with the US following the recent termination of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. J David Park has ‘a fantastic Korean trade remedies practice’ and represents Korean corporates as respondents in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. As well as acting for Hyundai Steel and Posco in numerous anti-dumping cases before the Department of Commerce (DOC), he also represents Toray Chemical Korea in anti-dumping administrative proceedings involving polyester staple fiber from Korea. On the export controls and economic sanctions front, the firm has particular strength representing defense and aerospace companies such as BAE Systems, which John Barker has been advising on its implementation of the State Department Consent Agreement. Other recommended practitioners include John Bellinger and Jeffrey Smith for export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS matters; Michael Shor for trade remedies and policy; and Claire Reade. Former deputy assistant secretary for policy and negotiations at the DOC’s International Trade Administration Lynn Fischer Fox joined in March 2017.

Baker McKenzie LLP has ‘tremendous knowledge of international trade’ and the critical mass to represent clients from a broad range of industries across their most sensitive and strategically important trade issues. Spearheaded out of the US by Nicholas Coward, Janet Kim and San Francisco-based John McKenzie, and also benefiting from practitioners spread out across its vast global network, the firm has ‘an impressive depth of expertise’ pertaining to export controls as well as sanctions compliance and enforcement work, where its client base includes high-profile hi-tech companies such as Advanced Micro Devices, Intel and Veritas Technologies. McKenzie is also a key part of the firm’s customs team, which includes leading practitioners Teresa Gleason and Ted Murphy. Kevin O’Brien successfully defended the government of Trinidad and Tobago and a major chemical producer and US importer in a trade remedy case involving melamine. The ‘dedicated and thorough’ Sylwia Lis is also recommended.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is best known for its economic sanctions and export control compliance work and also for anti-corruption matters, where it is closely integrated with the firm’s market-leading white-collar group. Judith Alison Lee and senior of counsel Ronald Kirk jointly head the practice from Washington DC and Dallas respectively. Lee provides ongoing economic sanctions and export controls counseling to major global corporates and financial institutions, including First Data and Western Union’s money transfer businesses. She was also retained by MUFG Union Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to advise on OFAC and EU sanctions compliance following the recent $320m fine imposed by OFAC and New York State’s Department of Financial Services. A Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, New York-based Jose Fernandez has significant credibility in the market for CFIUS matters and secured clearance for Italian energy company Ansaldo Energia for its $128m acquisition of General Electric’s Power Systems Manufacturing business.

Led by Amanda DeBusk, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP provides ‘responsive, clear and pragmatic advice on business-critical trade issues’. De Busk is a ‘sage adviser on all aspects of trade law and sanctions’ and along with the ‘responsive and user-friendly’ Melissa Duffy advises Dell across a myriad of export controls and sanctions compliance matters, including complex trade compliance issues regarding the recent spin-off of Dell Software Group. The ‘hardworking and sensibleMatthew Nicely is able ‘to cut straight to the meat of the matter’ and has deep experience in anti-dumping and countervailing duties cases. Alongside the ‘incredibly talented’ and ‘strategicJoanne Osendarp, who excels in handling complex multi-stakeholder litigation’, Nicely represents the Canadian government in a countervailing duty matter involving supercalendered paper imported from Canada. Counsel Alan Kashdan is ‘a walking textbook on anti-boycotting issues’.

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP provides ‘an outstanding level of service’ to US industries in trade cases seeking relief from unfairly traded imports. ‘A leading lawyer in the field of international trade’, Paul Rosenthal has an excellent reputation across trade policy work and litigation, and alongside Kathleen Cannon and Alan Luberda has been representing ArcelorMittal as one of the petitioners in ongoing anti-dumping cases brought against numerous steel-producing nations. On the trade policy front, Rosenthal and John Herrmann represented numerous interested parties, including ArcelorMittal and Specialty Steel Industry of North America, to advance the passage of the Trade Promotion Authority and other trade measures to protect US industries facing unfair trade practices such as dumping and subsidies. Team head Eric McClafferty has a focus on economic sanctions and export control counseling and advised GrafTech International on the export control portion of the CFIUS process with regard to its acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management.

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘talented’ team is one of the ‘undoubted leaders on behalf of US petitioners’ in trade remedies cases. Stephen Jones leads the trade remedies sub-group and, alongside Stephen Vaughn, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in December 2015, successfully secured anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on behalf of AK Steel (as one of the petitioners) in International Trade Commission (ITC) hearings challenging the unfair importation of various steel products by numerous countries. Jones also recently secured anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on behalf of Domtar in the hotly contested ITC hearings against imports of certain uncoated paper. Team head Stephen Orava spends a considerable amount of time in the firm’s Geneva office working on WTO disputes and is representing the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association in challenging Thailand’s subsidies in the sugar sector. Other recommended partners include Michael Taylor for customs work; Christine Savage, who handles a range of export controls and economic sanctions and CFIUS matters; and Section 337 expert Jeffrey Telep. Leading industry figure Joseph Dorn recently retired.

Jointly headed out of Washington DC by William McGlone, the ‘knowledgeableLes Carnegie and Sarah Nappi, Latham & Watkins LLP’s export controls, economic sanctions and customs team provides ‘responsive and business-sensitive’ advice to corporates from a range of industry sectors as they seek to navigate the changing international trade landscape. The team is ‘excellent at trade compliance work’ and represents numerous multinational corporates, including Chevron, Facebook and Xcel Energy, in the enhancement and implementation of compliance programs relating to US export controls, sanctions and customs. Leveraging the firm’s impressive pipeline of transactional work, the team is also regularly involved in securing clearances on M&A mandates, including successfully securing CFIUS clearance for Avago Technologies in its $37bn acquisition of Broadcom. The team also regularly partners up with practitioners from the white-collar group, many of whom formerly held high-ranking governmental positions, including the ‘pragmaticBarry Sabin and Alice Fisher, who have ‘in-depth understanding of the workings of the DOJ’. An example of this integrated approach - involving lawyers in Frankfurt, London, Paris and Dubai - is the firm’s representation of oil services multinational Schlumberger, which was recently subjected to multiple agency investigations, enforcement actions and grand jury criminal proceedings surrounding alleged violations of US sanctions laws.

Led by Duane Layton, Mayer Brown’s team contains many former high-ranking government officials and provides ‘practical, thorough and responsive’ advice across the spectrum of international trade matters. Although the firm is historically known for its respondent-focused trade remedies practice, it has recently picked up some significant petitioner-side work for US Steel, including securing affirmative anti-dumping duties following a petition filed before the DOC targeting US imports of certain hot-rolled steel from Japan. Layton was involved in the aforementioned case and also has one of the most active WTO practices in the country; he and Sydney Mintzer are representing the Indonesian government in its WTO challenge of Australian measures requiring ‘plain packaging’ on tobacco products. Mintzer also acts for Federal-Mogul on global trade compliance issues. On the sanctions front, Simeon Kriesbergknows the OFAC laws and regulations and is on top of their developments’. Other recommended partners include Matthew McConkey for trade remedies and Timothy Keeler for trade policy.

White & Case LLP’s team provides a ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ service to multinational corporates and governments across the spectrum of international trade issues, including trade remedies work and advice relating to national security matters. The practice is led by Gregory Spak from Washington DC and is aided by a comprehensive global network of offices, including practitioners in the key strategic locations of Geneva and Brussels. The group works closely with complementary practices within the firm, such as IP, with which it teams up on Section 337 ITC matters. Spak led a multidisciplinary team that successfully represented stainless steel manufacturer Valbruna before the ITC in a trade secret misappropriation case. David Bond is recommended for trade remedies work, both in the US and abroad, and also works closely with the US agricultural sector, particularly on trade policy matters. The firm is now viewed as a ‘clear tier one CFIUS practice’ since the arrival of the ‘very wise and talentedFarhad Jalinous in June 2015. Able ‘to distil complex matters involving a confluence of factors’, Jalinous secured CFIUS clearance for Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing in its $610m acquisition of Multi-Fineline Electronix. Walter Spak, William Clinton and Richard Burke are also recommended.

Wiley Rein LLP represents US companies from a range of industry sectors, including steel and energy, in their efforts to use trade laws for their benefit and to fight back against unfair competition from foreign imports. Timothy Brightbill provides ‘strategic and responsive’ advice on trade litigation and policy matters and assists SolarWorld with trade policy and remedies matters regarding solar imports from China and Taiwan. ‘Very sharp’ team head Alan Price represents leading domestic steel producer Nucor. He is also well regarded for his thought leadership on China-related trade matters, recently authoring a comprehensive report on global steel overcapacity and subsequently testifying on its findings before the USTR and DOC. In addition to trade remedies work, Daniel Pickard regularly advises clients across the spectrum of national security matters, including economic sanctions and export controls. Robert DeFrancesco, John Shane and Maureen Thorson are also recommended.

Headed by Charlene Barshefsky, herself a former USTR, WilmerHale’s team benefits from the knowledge of many former high-ranking government officials and excels at matters at the intersection of law, business, politics and public policy. The ‘excellent’ Barshefsky is representing American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines in its challenge of numerous Middle-Eastern airlines (including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airlines) over unfair competition as a result of their alleged receipt of state subsidies. The firm is also regularly involved in WTO disputes, such as Robert Novick and Naboth van den Broek’s representation of Boeing in its long-running dispute with fellow aircraft manufacturer Airbus regarding mutual claims of unfair subsidies. Senior counsel Ronald Meltzer has an excellent reputation for economic sanctions and export controls work; he recently successfully secured US government authorization to produce and film the movie Fast and Furious 8 in Cuba. Other recommended practitioners include former chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture unit from the US Attorney’s office Sharon Cohen Levin, who is based in New York and excels at matters within the AML and economic sanctions space; counsel David Ross for trade policy issues; and CFIUS expert Benjamin Powell. Counsel Patrick McLain has a flourishing practice with a focus on WTO litigation and market access counselling.

Led from Washington DC by the ‘responsive and technical’ Kay Georgi, Arent Fox LLP’s team provides an ‘excellent’ service to clients such as 3M, Coca-Cola and Tyson Foods. Georgi has a flourishing economic sanctions, export control and FCPA practice and has been active advising clients looking to enter the Cuban and Iranian markets following recent changes in sanctions policies towards those countries. The ‘superb’ Matthew Nolan has notable expertise in the Turkish steel industry, including representing the Turkish Steel Exporters Association in an ongoing anti-dumping case concerning line pipe - pipes used to transport crude oil and natural gas from the field to oil refineries and storage facilities. Matthew Clark is representing the Quebec government in the countervailing duty case targeting supercalendered paper from Canada. Other recommended partners include trade remedies expert John Gurley; Timothy Feighery, who specializes in matters at the intersection of trade and arbitration; and customs expert David Hamill.

Crowell & Moring LLP provides strategic international trade advice to domestic and international clients from a diverse array of industries, including financial services, retail and firearms. Splitting his time between the firm’s Washington DC and Brussels offices, team head Jeffrey Snyder advises clients on import and export laws, and excels at assisting multinationals with the impact of US extraterritorial regulations, including OFAC sanctions. The team has secured numerous victories against the Customs and Border Protection and other governmental agencies, including successfully representing Meridian Products before the Court of International Trade (CIT) in arguing that the DOC had incorrectly included its products within the scope of the anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from China. Other recommended partners include John Brew and Alexander Schaefer.

Led by Daniel Porter, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s four-partner team is best known in the market for its respondent-side trade remedies expertise. Aided by its office in Beijing, the firm has a focus on representing the interests of corporations and governments from China as well as Asia more widely, including Korean multinational LG Electronics, which Porter is representing in ongoing anti-dumping proceedings. Alongside William Barringer, Porter has been acting for new client Tokyo Steel in the defense of anti-dumping allegations brought by the US steel industry. Barringer also represents the Vietnam Association of Shrimp Exporters in the DOC’s annual administrative reviews of the anti-dumping duty order on frozen shrimp from Vietnam. Matthew McCullough has a flourishing practice defending the Chinese government in subsidy cases, including in its role as a defendant in WTO cases. James Durling is also recommended.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is well positioned to manage the heightened scrutiny placed on economic sanctions and money laundering issues, by dint of the firm’s ‘exceptional’ white-collar and financial services regulatory groups. It also has the ability to manage coordinated investigations as a result of its significant international offering, particularly from London and Hong Kong. As part of her broad-ranging white-collar expertise, New York-based Jennifer Newstead has handled numerous FCPA, OFAC and AML investigations; she successfully defended Intesa Sanpaolo in high-profile sanctions, OFAC and criminal investigations, resulting in a public declination to pursue criminal charges. The ‘excellent’ John Reynolds, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC, regularly advises corporates and financial services entities on sanctions and AML compliance, however he is perhaps best known for his ‘top-notch’ CFIUS practice on behalf of foreign acquirers and domestic sellers. Able to leverage the firm’s outstanding pipeline of transactional work, Reynolds has seen a surge in China-related work, such as his representation of Syngenta in its $43bn sale to ChemChina.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s practice covers export controls and economic sanctions compliance advice as well as trade litigation, including anti-dumping and WTO cases. Practice head David Levine and Raymond Paretzky are representing Illinois Tool Works in several anti-dumping and customs duty matters before the DOC and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Levine is also noted for his export controls and sanctions work, where he represents clients including Owens Corning and Alere on compliance and licensing issues, among other matters. Carolyn Gleason is another pivotal member of the team and, having formerly served for almost two decades on the president’s US Agricultural Private Sector Advisory Committee, provides unique insight into the agribusiness sector on trade policy matters.

Particularly noted for its export control and economic sanctions expertise, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s three-partner team has been at the vanguard of the rapidly developing US sanctions policies for Cuba, Iran, Russia and Myanmar. The ‘exceptional’ Stephan Becker has ‘superb knowledge of the aerospace industry as it relates to international trade’ and acts for Airbus on export control, economic sanctions and customs compliance issues involving aircraft and aircraft components. Becker also has ‘a strong understanding of the administration and policies underlying trade and investment rules and includes in his advice these important dimensions’. Nancy Fischer regularly handles CFIUS clearance matters and trade compliance work, and is also representing a group of ten nuclear utilities in trade remedy matters before the DOC related to the Russian suspension agreement. Christopher Wall handles export controls and sanctions work for a range of high-caliber clients, including Rolls-Royce.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s three-partner team maintains a strong reputation for handling trade remedies matters for petitioners from a wide array of industries, despite the recent departure of former team head Robert Lighthizer to join President Trump’s government as his chief trade negotiator. Particularly noted for its work in the steel industry, the firm handles a significant amount of work for longstanding client US Steel, including representing it, as part of a coalition of domestic steel producers, in litigating anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations involving corrosion-resistant steel, hot-rolled steel, and cold-rolled steel. Newly appointed team head Jeffrey Gerrish has been a pivotal presence in the defense of US Steel in these cases and also recently secured a notable victory for Georgia-based Tensar International in its action, brought before the ITC, regarding the alleged dumping of Chinese imports of biaxial integral geogrid products. The firm is also noted for its ‘superb CFIUS offering’; Ivan Schlager and counsel Malcolm Tuesley recently advised Broadcom Corporation on the CFIUS clearance necessary to facilitate its $37bn sale to Avago Technologies.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s five-partner team is active across the spectrum of international trade matters, including trade remedies and customs work. The team was bolstered on the economic sanctions front by the arrival of co-head Kerry Scarlott in January 2016 from Goulston & Storrs, who brings a wealth of expertise in compliance matters for clients across a range of sectors, including aerospace and defense. Co-head Melvin Schwechter recently assisted a logistics company with economic sanctions issues, including advising on the preparation of a voluntary self-disclosure submission to OFAC. The ‘composed and knowledgeable’ John Burke has vast experience in trade remedies matters and, alongside Michael Snarr, recently achieved some excellent results for Electrolux in several anti-dumping administrative reviews conducted by the DOC.

Led by Kimberly Zelnick out of New York, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides a ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ one-stop-shop service to multinational clients appreciative of the firm’s international network and ability to provide ‘global advice related to sanctions and export controls’. Counsel Anahita Thoms has a ‘hands-on approach’ and an ability to propose ‘practical solutions’, particularly in matters arising at the intersection of US and EU trade and data protection laws. On the transactional front, Washington DC-based of counsel Robert Schlossberg regularly advises on CFIUS matters and, working alongside colleagues in Europe and Beijing, is advising the Smiths Group on its proposed acquisition of the Morpho Detection business of Safran.

Drawing on practitioners from within the firm’s international and white-collar litigation departments, Miller & Chevalier Chartered excels at handling complex sanctions and FCPA matters, where it ‘combines a sophisticated knowledge of the law with pragmatism and good working relationships with the US regulators’. Team head Kathryn Cameron Atkinson concluded her work for Parker Drilling by ensuring the on-time dismissal of a three-year deferred prosecution agreement imposed on it for alleged FCPA breaches. James Tillen was also involved in this matter and is noted for his ‘consistently excellent advice to clients, particularly in the oil and gas field’. The ‘very user-friendly’ Timothy O’Toole and Matthew Reinhard have ‘a good bedside manner with international clients’. Larry Christensen provides ‘a good balance between scientific thoroughness and a practical hands-on approach’ on export control and economic sanctions matters.

Led by Greta Lichtenbaum and Theodore Kassinger, O’Melveny & Myers LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and practical’ advice on export controls and economic sanctions. The ‘smart and practical’ Lichtenbaum ‘benefits from strong contacts with the key agencies’ and helped conduct an internal investigation for a Chinese energy services company looking into potential violations of Iranian sanctions. Kassinger is also noted for his CFIUS expertise and alongside Thomas Donilon advised US biotech company Cytovance Biologics on its acquisition by Chinese-owned Hepalink.

At Stewart and Stewart, Terence Stewart is ‘well known in the industry’ as a result of his vigorous advocacy on behalf of US companies as petitioners in trade remedy cases and his expertise in trade policy matters. Stewart is also well versed in China-related matters, as is Elizabeth Drake, who is noted across a broad array of international trade policy and litigation, including WTO disputes.

Drawing from practitioners in the firm’s top-notch white-collar and financial services regulatory groups, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s multi-disciplinary international trade group excels at providing economic sanctions, AML and FCPA advice to the firm’s impressive roster of domestic and international financial institutions. As well as advising on compliance issues, the team, which includes seven former federal and state prosecutors, is an excellent choice in global investigations and has been involved in most of the significant OFAC settlements for banks in recent years. Outside of the financial services sector, New York-based Nicolas Bourtin and Karen Patton Seymour represent a major European energy company in three high-profile FCPA investigations related to its oil and gas businesses in North Africa. Led by the ‘excellent’ Eric Kadel from Washington DC, the team is also regularly called upon to provide regulatory transactional support, including CFIUS advice, to clients engaged in M&A mandates in sensitive industries, such as semiconductors.

Leveraging the firm’s extensive array of private equity sponsor clients, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team is undoubtedly best known for the ‘thoughtful and responsive’ advice it provides on CFIUS clearance work. ‘Experienced and client - focused’ team head Theodore Posner has ‘not only a knowledge of the relevant law and policy, but also a close working relationship with the CFIUS agencies’ and works with clients to ‘understand the long-term and short-term ramifications of every business decision’. Possner recently represented Opera Software in a CFIUS review pertaining to a take private acquisition of its browser business by a consortium of Chinese companies.

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