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Beth Peters

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International Trade and Investment and Immigration


Beth Peters, a Director of the firm's international trade and investment group, works principally on international trade and immigration law matters. She provides advice and representation to clients before the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, and Homeland Security, and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Beth advises clients on a variety of international trade matters, including export control laws, sanctions laws, customs laws, and the USA Patriot Act. She assists universities, as well as telecommunications, satellite, engineering, chemical, and other companies in complying with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including complicated compliance, licensing, and deemed export matters. She also has extensive experience assisting U.S. and foreign corporations, sports teams, universities, and nonprofit organizations in sponsoring individuals for immigrant and nonimmigrant status in the United States.


Beth joined Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in 1990 and was elevator to Partner in 1999. While in law school, she served as the Note Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.


Co-chairman, International Trade Committee, District of Columbia Bar Member, American Bar Association Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Member, Society of International Affairs Member, International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA)


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1990 B.A., Duke University, 1987

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Hogan Lovells US LLP has 'a great team of lawyers', who 'always deliver a great work product'. From Washington DC, Peter Spivack (who leads the team with 'a calm and reasoned presence') and Katie Hellings are handling Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras' internal investigation connected to its exposure in Operation Carwash. Also in Washington DC, Evans Rice, Stephen Propst and Beth Peters represented ZTE in parallel DOJ, BIS and OFAC investigations arising from the client's violation of US export controls and economic sanctions law, guiding the client through a plea agreement; the subsequent settlement was handled by Clifford Chance. Jim McGovern and Robert Buehler in New York, as well as San Francisco's Michael Shepard are recommended for individual representations. In Miami, clients note 'great lawyer' Rafael Ribeiro (fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish) and 'super-intelligent' senior associate Gabriella Morello. In 2018, Brooks Hanner left to serve as assistant general counsel to the House of Representatives, while Robert Bennett and Hilary LoCicero joined Schertler & Onorato LLP.

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International trade

Within: Leading lawyers

Beth Peters - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Within: International trade

Led from Washington DC by the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Beth Peters and the 'insightful and strategic' Deen Kaplan, Hogan Lovells US LLP's 'well-rounded' international trade practice has the critical mass and expertise to provide a 'deep and broad offering' to an eclectic mix of clients, including sovereign /provincial governments (such as the Ontario government), global corporates (such as Pfizer, Lockheed Martin and Toyota) and trade bodies (such as National Sorghum Producers). Alongside Stephen Propst, as well as lawyers from the corporate, white-collar and government relations teams, Peters has been central to the firm's high-profile sanctions representation of Chinese multinational telecoms company, ZTE; this work has included advising on its settlement agreement obligations with the US government, and on export enforcement matters, including audits by an independent monitor. The firm has also had a lead role for clients seeking to negotiate and push back against the Trump administration's protectionist policies. As an example, Jonathan Stoel represented Canadian Solar in its challenge to the 'safeguard' action against US imports of solar products. The 'exceptional' Kaplan has represented The US Grains Council in numerous disputes adverse to China, including in a Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) initiated case involving US sorghum. Brian Curran has 'very deep knowledge of trade controls', which extends to Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews for clients in the defense, telecoms and energy sectors. Implementing a creative solution which placed the acquired company's US subsidiaries in a US trust, Curran recently secured CFIUS clearance for German corporate Biotest Pharmaceuticals for its sale to Chinese company CREAT. Other recommended partners include 'outstanding' export controls and sanctions expert Aleksandar Dukic; Warren Maruyama, who excels at trade policy issues; trade remedies expert Craig Lewis; and Anthony Copobianco, who is well versed across all regulatory matters under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

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United States: Labor and employment


Within: Immigration

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a wide client base that includes governments, sports organizations, major corporations and universities. The firm also has specific expertise in export control issues for a large number of clients such as IBM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pfizer. Aleksander Dukic jointly heads the practice with Beth Peters. In one work highlight, Dukic is assisting Venture Global LNG with immigration and tax-related matters for potential employee assignments in Singapore, China and Hong Kong, as well as advising on US visa options and obtaining non-immigrant visa petition approvals regarding its US operations.

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