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Mayer Brown

1999 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1101, USA
Work +1 202 263 3000
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Sydney Mintzer

Work +1 202 263 3866
Mayer Brown

Work Department

Government & Global Trade


Sydney Mintzer’s international trade, customs and investment practice is primarily focused on helping clients to comply with US import regulations, optimize global sourcing options, identify markets for export and investment and eliminate barriers to market entry. A licensed customs broker, he has assisted major US and foreign corporations involved in customs audits and focused assessments. In addition, Sydney has worked with clients to develop, implement and audit internal compliance programs; identify optimal sourcing patterns to minimize tariffs and duties; litigate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations; lead Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations; and advise on WTO and other trade policy initiatives. Sydney has substantial experience working on trade matters around the world. For example, he has advanced market access concerns for clients with US policy makers to resolve barriers to entry in China and the Philippines, and he often advises clients on other countries’ WTO commitments. Sydney also has substantial experience working with clients in defense of antidumping cases in China and Brazil. Sydney has been published in numerous professional journals and has served on the editorial board of the “China Trade Law Report,” a publication of The American Lawyer. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006.


University of California, Berkeley, BA, 1991; Phi Beta Kappa; University of California, 1994; MA in Political Science and International Relations; New York University School of Law, JD, 1998

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

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.

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