Firms To Watch: International trade

Formerly known as Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, the strategic importance of international trade work to AMS Trade LLP's firm-wide offering has been increasingly evident over recent years. It notably confirmed its commitment to the area with the 2022 appointment of trade remedies and Section 337 expert Deanna Tanner-Okun as managing partner, as well as its rebranding.
Following the arrival of Washington DC-based group head Cari Stinebower in 2019, Winston & Strawn LLP has been a trade team in growth mode. In 2021, the group welcomed Los Angeles-based white-collar crime specialist Carol Alexis Chen, who joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Additionally, Tyler McGaughey joined in Washington DC, he formerly served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury.
National firm Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is noted for its 'rich experience and expertise in dealing with US trade matters'. The trade group's emphasis on representing multinational respondents in trade remedies cases represents a key differentiator between it and its midmarket peers, and the team maintains a keen focus on expanding into new overseas markets.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

Few trade practices possess the strength-in-depth evidenced by Hogan Lovells US LLP and its deep bench translates into a comprehensive offering, which counts specialists in every segment of trade law. Satisfied clients assert that the Washington DC-based team is 'unique in terms of exceptional depth of knowledge', with its ability to navigate 'high-stakes, complex, and difficult' matters standing as a big draw for sources. Among the names to note, Beth Peters  ranks among the most high-profile trade experts nationally and is regarded as a go-to specialist for export controls and economic sanctions. Deen Kaplan is sought after for his expertise in trade and investment disputes and trade policy matters; he is particularly experienced in advising on agricultural issues and successfully represented the US Grains Council in a dispute concerning US corn exports to Peru. Jonathan Stoel, who 'runs to difficult conversations rather than away from them', is also noted for trade litigation. On the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) front, Anne Salladin is widely recognized as a market leader, with strong recent showings in representing clients in the nuclear and defense spheres. Ajay Kuntamukkala co-heads the department together with Peters and Kaplan; he recently led the firm's headline-grabbing work for Pfizer on trade-related issues connected to the distribution and shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, including economic sanctions, export controls, customs, and trade policy issues globally. Other recommended names include CFIUS specialist Brian Curran, 'exceptional problem-solver' Kelly Ann Shaw, the 'pragmatic' Jared Wessel and Stephen Propst, who has a focus on export control and sanctions.


‘The team is trustworthy, credible, well-respected, knowledgeable, hard-working, and each brings well over 100% of themselves to provide zealous representation on behalf of their clients. I can think of no other team I would want by my side navigating a high-stakes, complex, and difficult legal/political matter.’

‘Attitude is not only professional but very friendly and service-oriented. All personnel are able to easily alter communication style and language to suit our varied audiences (internal counsel, subject matter experts, executive/strategic decision-making tables). This is highly valued in our context.’

‘Hogan Lovells is unique in terms of its exceptional depth of knowledge in trade file matters; service is attentive, timely, proactive and communicative.’

‘In my 22-year in-house legal career, I have rarely encountered a team with such excellent communication and collaboration skills, not to mention superior levels of responsiveness. Legal technical knowledge is foundational and they bring that—of course—but they also bring all the “human skills” a client could desire.’

‘When I think of those who best exemplify the “trusted advisor” status to which we all strive in the legal profession, Jonathan Stoel comes to mind. He provides well-grounded, humble, thoughtful, practical, constructive, and useful advice every time. He runs to difficult conversations rather than away from them, and genuinely has his clients’ best interests at heart.’

Kelly Ann Shaw is an exceptional problem-solver, advocate, lobbyist, and strategist. She has deep experience and is well-connected and well-respected in Washington and beyond.’

I appreciate Jared Wessel’s sharp, logical, collaborative, humble, and pragmatic approach. Jared and I spent a lot of time in tense discussion/negotiations and I could not be prouder to have had him advocating on our behalf.

Key clients



Government of Ontario

Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Republic of Panama


Canadian Solar

Government of Canada

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

U.S. Grains Council

Urenco USA Inc.

Kinder Morgan

General Dynamics




Work highlights

  • Advised Pfizer on trade issues related to the global distribution of the mRNA-based Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, including export controls, economic sanctions and customs matters.
  • Represented LG Energy Solutions in its trade secret dispute over electric vehicle batteries against SK Innovation, which resulted in a $1.8bn settlement between the two companies.
  • Represented Cardone, and its Mexican subsidiary Tridonex, before the Office of the US Trade Representative and the US Department of Labor, in its response to the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism petition filed pursuant to the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

'One of the most resourceful teams of trade experts', Steptoe & Johnson LLP secures rave reviews for its 'deep bench' and 'deep expertise on key international trade subjects'. The firm's representation of both domestic and foreign industry is also recurring theme among sources, with its ability to 'see both perspectives objectively' considered a significant advantage when advising on sensitive trade disputes. Eric Emerson chairs the international trade and investment group and has a focus on trade remedies and trade policy matters; he recently represented Brazilian lumber processing and manufacturing companies Braspine and Braslumber, as well as lumber industry association ABIMCI, in the antidumping investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil. Thomas Trendl and Susan Esserman are also noted for trade policy issues. Meredith Rathbone maintains a broad trade practice and co-chairs the international trade and regulatory group as well as the export controls and economic sanctions department. Matthew Yeo, highlighted as a 'great strategist', specializes in representing both sovereign and non-sovereign clients in World Trade Organization (WTO) matters. The group also benefits from an impressive band of up-and-coming trade specialists including Amy Lentz, who leverages 'deep experience in planning and executing successful plans with clients', sanctions expert Dave Stetson, who joined in New York from Goldman Sachs in 2021, and of counsel Peter Jeydel. Mark Moran recently retired, while Brian Egan left to join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.


‘Steptoe’s trade practice is the best, or one of two best, in the key parts of international trade law. It has been involved in deeply practical ways in international dispute settlement and litigation in key areas of challenges to domestic regulation, trade remedies, export controls, financial sanctions, and trade agreement negotiations.’

‘They have one of the most resourceful teams of trade experts among all the law firms that I’ve worked with. It means that you can expect to have quality work within reasonably tight schedule. They have elite lawyers and experts as well. I think they also have good work ethic.’

‘There is deep expertise across the team on key international trade subjects – e.g., expert controls, sanctions, investigations, etc. There also is a deep bench. They are very responsive and friendly.’

‘Steptoe more than any other trade practice has represented clients from both domestic producers and foreign exporters, and companies that do both. That is a major advantage, being being able to see both perspectives objectively.’

‘Meredith Rathbone is very user friendly and always ready to pick up the phone to walk through complex or sensitive issues.’

‘I work primarily with Mr Matthew Yeo, who is highly experienced trade lawyer. He is also very client-oriented. Great strategist as well.’

Thomas Trendl won two of the most ‘against the odds’ victories at the US International Trade Commission in the last four years, while building cases for appeals if they were needed, and has more than 30 years case experience. Amy Lentz has built a similar deep experience in planning and executing successful plans with clients.’

‘Dave Stetson’s background at the US Treasury Department and within the financial sector makes him very well placed to provide advice in his area. There are few lawyers practicing who can offer his combination of exceptional understanding of the relevant regulatory framework with practical experience and knowledge of the workings international finance.’ 

Key clients

Braspine, Braslumber, and ABIMCI

Tata Steel

British Columbia Lumber Trade Council

Subsecretaria de Relaciones Economicas Internacionales

Otani Thailand, Federal Tires of Taiwan, Kenda Taiwan, Kenda Vietnam, American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co, and various US Importers

American Beverage Association

Coalition of Companies (Zulily; Wish; XB Fulfillment)

Centrus Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Brazilian lumber processing and manufacturing companies Braspine and Braslumber, as well as lumber industry association ABIMCI, in the antidumping investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil.
  • Represented the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council in a long-running dispute concerning imports of lumber from Canada, constituting one of the largest countervailing duty cases ever litigated.
  • Advised Centrus Energy Corp on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission, in matters involving imports of uranium products from the Russian Federation and Western Europe.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 'handles all trade matters with tremendous expertise and insight'. A worldwide force in international trade law, the US group forms part of an enviably broad global network that leans on well-staffed platforms in Beijing, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. Sources also reserve praise for its 'unusually strong depth of expertise', which is evidenced by its ability to cover the waterfront on trade issues, from trade policy and remedy matters, through to export controls and CFIUS work. Matthew Nicely is a go-to expert for trade remedies and policy and is leading the firm's representation of HMTX Industries, and over 6000 additional plaintiffs, in a marquee challenge to the US government's Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods. Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin Wolf specializes in export controls and national security issues; he is highlighted by sources for his 'keen practical insights on how the government makes decisions'. Department head Thomas J McCarthy is 'a seasoned practitioner' and has an emphasis on export controls, CFIUS work and sanctions programs. CFIUS practice head Christian C Davis, customs lead Lars-Erik A Hjelm and trade litigator Bernd Janzen are also experienced names. Suzanne Kane, who sits in the customs practice, is an impressive up-and-coming partner. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Thomas McCarthy


‘Deep knowledge of US Customs laws based on first-hand experience and successful resolution.’

‘The team that I work with is extremely responsive and hands on. Given their long-standing working relationship with our company, they know when to provide guidance and when to defer to our business team. It’s a real time and money saver.’

‘They work well together and with other law firms when I employ more than one firm on important projects/cases.’

I am working with specific partners and I am very happy with them, especially that they are constantly thinking and adjusting to get the best result.’

‘The practice handles all trade matters with tremendous expertise and insight. We have asked for assistance on Sec. 301 duties on Chinese parts imports, Sec. 232 steel tariffs and filing exclusion requests, USMCA matters, and Sec. 337 disputes. Akin Gump is largely responsible for a successful resolution of a Sec. 337 dispute between two South Korean battery manufacturers.’

‘The team has an unusually strong depth of expertise. It has Kevin Wolf, a former government official who literally “wrote the rules” for export controls and has keen practical insights on how the government makes decisions. It is supplemented by a deep team, including those who have worked the most challenging problems like State Department Consent Agreements.’

‘Thomas McCarthy is a seasoned practitioner who provides practical advice on navigating the DDTC and Anne Borkovic has strong technical chops in IT and other areas essential to export controls.’

‘Stand-out partners include Stephen Kho, Sarah Kirwin, and Suzanne Kane. Stephen, Sarah and Suzanne are our 24/7 team on all matters USMCA and lead the successful effort to resolve the Sec. 337 dispute. Their strategy led to the best possible outcome, saving jobs and production plans for our flagship product.’

Key clients

Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS)

Alimentary Group DCOOP S. COOP. (DCOOP)

Associations of Mexican Tomato Growers

Blueberry Coalition for Progress and Health

Business Roundtable

Cornerstone Building Brands


Eastman Chemical Company

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Government of British Columbia

HEB Grocery Company, LP.

HMTX Industries LLC

Johnson & Johnson

Maersk, Inc.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA

NIKE, Inc.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

United Parcel Service Co.

Volkswagen Group of America

World Wide Packaging

Work highlights

  • Represented HMTX Industries, and more than 6000 additional plaintiffs, in challenging the US government’s Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods — constituting one of the largest groups of related cases ever brought before the US Court of International Trade.
  • Secured three wins regarding solar panel imports at the US Department of Commerce and the US Court of International Trade on behalf of NextEra, Solar Energy Industries Association and Invenergy.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP's extensive international reach scores highly with sources, who commend its ability to 'mobilise the right resources very effectively across multiple jurisdictions and time zones'. Among its other attributes, the group's 'broad spectrum of expertise' and its provision of 'commercially viable yet compliant' solutions also find favor. The firm has a particularly prominent offering in export controls and sanctions, which draws on the expertise of Washington DC-based practice head Janet Kim and 'outstanding specialist' Alison Stafford Powell in Palo Alto. In San Francisco, John McKenzie  combines strength in export controls and sanctions with experience in customs matters. Kevin O’Brien  and Christine Streatfeild, both based in Washington DC, steer the trade remedies practice; together they recently represented Rexnord/Zurn in a series of trade matters, including in challenging the Section 301 tariffs in the US Court of International Trade (USCIT). In the WTO sphere, former US Trade Representative (USTR) attorney Rod Hunter is a key contact — he also handles CFIUS matters from his Washington DC base. Bart McMillan, who leads the Chicago office's international trade compliance subpractice, and Washington DC-based Sylwia Lis are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Janet Kim


‘Very broad spectrum of expertise and geographical footprint. They can mobilise the right resources very effectively across multiple jurisdictions and time zones. Very flexible and business friendly. Excellent client relationship management; they work in real partnership.’

‘Well versed on the modern way of doing business. The Baker McKenzie team provides solutions which are commercially viable yet compliant. Able to understand technology well.’

‘They understand the business and the commercial objectives and are able to provide solutions which are relevant to the business and can be operationalised easily.’

‘Baker McKenzie (BM) is very strong in international trade law on a global basis. We have entities in Cayman, US and Hong Kong, BM is the only law firm that can respond to our international trade questions timely and efficiently compared to other local US firms, which need more time to sort out replies from local overseas partners.’

‘Baker McKenzie’s team has a lot of experience, which makes the team outstanding. They are also good at collecting the necessary information, I guess they have a lot of connections with the relevant organizations, thus, their case strategy is always very reliable.’

‘Lawyers at BM always try to understand our issues in detail. They also make a great effort to give us the best solution to solve our problems. Flexible thinking from multiple viewpoints is also their strength.’

‘Alison Stafford Powell is an outstanding specialist in US sanctions and export control matters.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Rexnord/Zurn on several trade matters, including on litigation challenging Section 301 tariffs in the Court of International Trade.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's international trade practice is synonymous with trade remedy litigation, where it is considered to rank among the market leaders. The firm's impressive success rate in trade remedy cases before the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the ITC, together with its 'easy to work with' team, combines to create a destination practice for clients looking for support in antidumping and countervailing duty cases and import injury investigations. High-profile sector expert Paul Rosenthal is widely recognized as a leading petitioner lawyer and routinely represents domestic industries in trade remedy and policy issues. Kathleen Cannon, who recently secured a win for the US industry in an antidumping investigation into prestressed concrete steel wire strand from 15 countries, and international trade chair John Herrmann are also sought after for trade remedy-related issues. Alan Luberda, who is managing partner of the Washington DC office, handles an array of trade remedy cases, customs matters and export controls issues. Other names to note in the Washington DC-based group include export controls and sanctions partner Robert Slack, the 'fast and agile' Eric McClafferty, trade remedy-focused Brooke Ringel and John Foote, who is a specialist in supply chain issues.

Practice head(s):

John Herrmann


‘The team is easy to work with, provides fast responses and offers clear reasoning for advice proposed.’

‘Eric McClafferty has a lot of experience, a clear mindset, is fast and agile and a great team player.’

Key clients

The U.S. Aluminum Association

Unifi Manufacturing

Nan-Ya Plastics, America

National Wire

Insteel Wire

Advanced Extrusions Inc.

Ex-Tech Plastics Inc.

Multi-Plastics Extrusions Inc.

Worthington Industries

Agility Logistics


Newmont Goldcorp

Newell Rubbermaid


R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

ATI Metals

American Honey Producers Association

The U.S. Aluminum Association

Unifi Manufacturing

Nan-Ya Plastics, America

National Wire

Insteel Wire

Advanced Extrusions Inc.

Ex-Tech Plastics Inc.

Multi-Plastics Extrusions Inc.

Worthington Industries

Agility Logistics


Newmont Goldcorp

Newell Rubbermaid


R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

ATI Metals

American Honey Producers Association

Work highlights

  • Won a landmark trade remedy case on behalf of the US Aluminum Association, securing a final unanimous affirmative determination on aluminum sheet from 18 countries.
  • Scored a trade remedy victory on behalf of US manufacturers of prestressed concrete steel wire strand in a case filed against 15 countries, which resulted in antidumping duties on imports ranging from 23.89% – 194.4%.
  • Secured trade remedy relief for US manufacturers of metal lockers to stop imports of metal lockers from China.

King & Spalding LLP

Satisfied clients of King & Spalding LLP's international trade practice draw attention to its 'deep industrial knowledge and experience' as well as its 'responsive business stance'. An increasingly dominant player in trade remedy-related matters, the Washington DC-based group additionally packs a punch in economic sanctions, export controls, and customs-related issues — it also houses a growing CIFIUS practice. Department chair Stephen Orava handles an array of WTO, trade litigation, trade policy and regulatory matters but is arguably best known for his trade remedy expertise; he successfully represented Briggs & Stratton in antidumping and countervailing duty petitions involving imports of vertical engines from China. Christine Savage spearheads the firm's CFIUS, export controls and economic sanctions practice and brings to bear prior US government experience earned during a two-year stint at the DOC. The firm also fields a capable customs team under the leadership of Michael Taylor, who advises on customs investigations, False Claims Act allegations and other customs-related issues. Stephen Vaughn and Jamieson Greer are noted for their emphasis on trade litigation and policy. Associate Mercedes Morno, a former senior attorney at the DOC, is also recommended,

Practice head(s):

Stephen Orava


‘Deep industrial knowledge and experience. They put the client first and take a responsive business stance. Timely advice and appropriate negotiation.’

‘Lawyers work very well together as a team, providing a seamless service to the client.’

‘Very strong advocates with a great sense of our business.’

‘The resources that were available through their direct team, as well as their associated consultants, provided everything our case needed. The team’s responsiveness was outstanding; it did not matter the time of day these folks were available and always sharp.’

‘Our antidumping and countervailing duty petitions were far from the typical scenario of these types of cases. King & Spalding adapted our strategy for proper execution which led to a huge victory for our domestic production.’

‘The entire team and consultants that helped us through the case understood our cause and the truth behind why we should have succeeded. Stephen Orava also genuinely shared this passion for our case, which I believe led to our victory.’

Key clients

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Cleveland-Cliffs (acquired previous client, AK Steel)

Porsche Cars North America (client for over 4 years)

Capital Dynamics

Brookfield Renewable

Wincom, Inc.

J.R. Simplot Company

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company (client for 20+ years)

US Magnesium LLC (client for 20+ years)

The Dow Chemical Company (client for 15+ years)

Embraer S.A. (client for 15+ years)

Coalition for Sustainable Cement Manufacturing and Environment (“CSCME”) (California cement industry) (client for 10+ years)

Domtar Corporation (client for 10+ years)

U.S. Producers of Citric Acid (coalition of Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Tate & Lyle) (client for 10+ years)

Coalition for Acetone Fair Trade

Washington Red Raspberry Commission

United Parcel Service (“UPS”)

Business for eTrade Development


AMG Vanadium

Hexcel Corporation (client for over 15 years)

Novelis, Inc. (client for over 10 years)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Briggs & Stratton in antidumping and countervailing duty petitions involving imports of vertical engines from China, obtaining the first affirmative critical circumstances finding from the ITC in 20 years.
  • Secured a win for domestic producers of thermal paper in antidumping and countervailing duty cases involving imports from four different countries, following the ITC’s decision to impose tariffs on products from those countries.
  • Represented Cleveland-Cliffs (the largest US producer of flat-rolled steel) in recently launched five-year reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on corrosion-resistant steel, cold-rolled steel and hot-rolled steel.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Fielding a 'well-rounded team of diverse experience and expertise', Latham & Watkins LLP's international trade practice is particularly noted for providing 'excellent counsel on matters related to US sanctions and export controls'. The group is also well-equipped to advise its portfolio of corporate, financial, private equity and non-profit clients on CFIUS and national security matters. Department co-chair Les P. Carnegie ('very well-connected with US government personnel') is one of the most high-profile figures in the market for sanctions, export controls and national security issues; he is particularly well versed in matters relating to aerospace & defense, life sciences, energy, financial institutions and humanitarian organizations. Eric S. Volkman, who co-leads the economic sanctions, export controls and customs practice together with Carnegie, specializes in representing clients in internal corporate investigations and white-collar criminal matters, with an emphasis on trade and economic sanctions and anti-money laundering. Damara Chambers, who recently joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP to co-head the CFIUS & US national security practice alongside Carnegie, advises foreign and domestic clients on US national security issues. The Washington DC-based group also benefits from a talented band of younger lawyers including counsel Andrew Galdes ('willing to consider new points of view'), associate Zach Eddington ('becoming a key leader') and Allison Hugi ('a superb associate'). Steven Croley left to become General Counsel at Ford.


‘Latham has built out a well-rounded team of diverse experience and expertise that enables prompt proactive legal guidance across a wide range of scenarios. The Latham team takes the time to get to know and understand our operations and how we work, not just in the US but around the globe, which helps ensure their advice is uniquely tailored to address our needs.

‘The team at Latham is always available for quick turnaround on sanctions-related questions, and takes into account the practicalities of our particular business context. They are solutions-oriented, and their scope of knowledge is comprehensive.’

‘LW has a deep bench, with Les as a great team leader.’

‘The international trade team, led by Les Carnegie, provides excellent counsel on matters related to US sanctions and export controls. Les and his team take time to understand the nuances of the issues and challenges we face, which are quite nuanced and complex. This extra care allows the team to provide tailored guidance that takes into consideration all aspects of our operations.’

‘We have happily worked with Les Carnegie and Andrew Galdes for many years, and our relationship is now primarily with Andrew. He has been thoughtful and available for all types of questions, and if we push back on a recommendation, he is willing to consider new points of view. We have confidence in his knowledge and advice.’

‘Les Carnegie is always available and responsive to our inquiries. Les coordinates well with his associates when providing counsel. Overall, Les is very easy to work with and trusted, which allows for frank dialogue and exchange on the best course of action when approaching a legal challenge with US sanctions and export controls.’

‘Allison Hugi is the associate at Latham who works closely with Les. Allison is a superb associate who has gone above and beyond in providing comprehensive, detailed counsel on our inquiries. Both Les and Alli are team players who always make themselves available.’

‘Les Carnegie is excellent – incredibly thoughtful, very well-connected with US government personnel, and very experienced. Zachary Eddington has blossomed in the group over the past few years, and is becoming a key leader as well.’

Key clients

Photonis International SAS (“Photonis”)

Costco Wholesale Corporation

O-I Glass




Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is 'very knowledgeable in the area of international trade', with sources commending its ability to cover 'the full range of legal needs'. The US team plugs into the firm's global network to provide a comprehensive international trade offering that regularly works across jurisdictions to advise on complex investigations and high-profile disputes. Global practice head Duane Layton specializes in international dispute settlement — including WTO matters, trade remedies and trade policy — and is recognized for his record in representing both governments and industry clients. Tamer Soliman, who is based out of Dubai and Washington DC, spearheads an export controls and economic sanctions practice that is active across a broad range of business sectors, including defense, technology, energy and financial services. Matthew McConkey splits his time between Washington DC and Beijing and is recommended for trade remedy work; he recently represented Island Industries in three separate scope proceedings concerning the circumvention of the US antidumping order against butt-weld pipe fittings from China by importers of weld outlets. Sydney Mintzer, who co-heads the global customs practice, and Timothy Keeler, who is a former Chief of Staff to the USTR, are also noted. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton


‘Mayer Brown is very knowledgeable in the area of international trade. They know the fundamentals well, keep apprised of most recent developments, and are able to cover the full range of legal needs.’

‘I have worked primarily with Sydney Mintzer, and also with Jing Zhang. I have found them both to be very helpful and I am happy to refer clients to them, knowing the clients are in good hands.’

Key clients

Premium Tobacco Co.

Arkema Inc.

Aluminum Extruders Council

Schneider Electric SE

Island Industries

Assan Aluminum and its US affiliate Kibar Americas

Weldbend Corporation

NLMK Group

Medline Industries

Southwire Company

Work highlights

  • Filed a petition on behalf of Premium Tobacco seeking a modification of the withhold release order that would allow the company to restart importing in the US based on evidence that Premium Tobacco’s supply chain was free of forced labor.
  • Represented Island Industries in three separate scope proceedings concerning circumvention of the US antidumping order against butt-weld pipe fittings from China by importers of weld outlets.
  • Secured a victory for Arkema as petitioner in a US antidumping investigation into R-32 imports from China, resulting in duties of between 161% and 211%.

White & Case LLP

Sophisticated and commercially oriented‘, White & Case LLP‘s geographically diverse international trade practice comes ‘highly recommended for international companies operating on a global basis‘. Indeed, over the past year alone, the team’s extensive cross-border workload saw it collaborate with colleagues across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The group’s practice offering is equally comprehensive and sources highlight it as a ‘full-service international trade practice covering multiple sub-disciplines‘. The firm primarily stands out for its performance on the trade remedy and trade policy front, where global practice chair David Bond (‘flexible, quick, objective‘) and former department head Gregory Spak are key names. The team also houses a premier US national security and foreign direct investment review practice under the leadership of Farhad Jalinous, who is widely considered to rank among the leading CFIUS experts in the market. Nicole Erb co-heads the sanctions and export controls group and recently acted alongside Claire DeLelle to represent state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos de Venezuela in litigation regarding Office of Foreign Assets Control(OFAC)-blocked assets. Other key figures in the Washington DC-based team include sanctions co-head Richard Burke, Cristina Brayton-Lewis, who also focuses on sanctions matters, and senior policy counsel Earl Comstock.

Practice head(s):

David Bond

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Spak; Farhad Jalinous; Nicole Erb; Claire DeLelle; Richard Burke; Cristina Brayton-Lewis; Earl Comstock; Jay Campbell; Karalyn Mildorf


‘White & Case has a full-service international trade practice covering multiple sub-disciplines including customs and economic sanctions.’

‘White & Case’s legal team is exceptional at clearly communicating the legal jargon and happenings to clients from all different backgrounds. In the international trade practice, clients come from many areas of the world and their ability to translate not just the language, but meaning is valuable.’

‘Sophisticated and commercially oriented at the same time. They provide timely and knowledgeable advice. Highly recommended for international companies operating on a global basis.’

‘The team is very kind, professional and quick. During dumping investigations, they prepare a tracker so that I am able to know what is pending from my side. During preparation for WTO, they prepare memos with the summary, they have a economy analyst that prepares market analysis and it helps us a lot.’

‘Each team member provides their own insight and yet works seamlessly as a group. They’re responsive, insightful and highly skilled within their field.’

‘All team members have been great to work with throughout our case. The responsiveness of each individual is what stands out the most to me. Also, their ability to explain complicated legal and trade terms in a simple and understandable way makes working with them more efficient and productive.’

‘David Bond is one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. On top of it, he is flexible, quick, objective etc. I love working with him and his team.’

‘Richard Burke and Gregory Spak provide smart, commercially oriented and accurate advice. Both are reliable, highly responsive and efficient. They adapt 100% to the client’s needs and expectations.’

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Germany

Tenaris S.A.

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Aneberries, A.C.

Marmen Inc.

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA)

Diamond Tools Technology LLC

Laminazione Sottile Group

National Honey Packers & Dealers Association

International Paper

NEXEN Tire Corporation

Dongkuk Steel Mill Co. Ltd.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Venfleet Asphalt/Venfleet Ltd./Venfleet Products Ltd.

Alba Petróleos

Aceites y Solventes Venezolanos Vassa S.A.

PDV Marina S.A., Petroanzoategui S.A. (a/k/a Petro San Felix S.A.)

HNA Technology


Wise Road Capital

Dubai Ports World

CITIC Capital

Welsh, Carson, Anderson, & Stowe

SES Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority



Faurecia Participations GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the Federal Republic of Germany in the countervailing duty investigation into forged steel fluid end blocks — one of the first cases where a pro-environmental measure was alleged to be a subsidy.
  • Represented Petróleos de Venezuela in litigation regarding OFAC-blocked assets.
  • Represented Wise Road Capital in the CFIUS review regarding its proposed $1.4bn acquisition of Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation, the US publicly traded holding company for South Korea-based Magnachip group.

Wiley Rein LLP

Trade remedies and policy matters comprise the bulk of Wiley Rein LLP‘s trade practice and it routinely represents major domestic industry clients in high-profile antidumping and countervailing duty cases. Group chair Alan Price is a leading name in the trade litigation sphere, widely respected for his specialist expertise in China-related issues; he has led numerous antidumping investigations on products ranging from steel to wind towers. Robert DeFrancesco and Timothy Brightbill — highlighted together as ‘thorough, knowledgeable and diligent‘ — are also recommended for trade remedies and policy. Alongside the department’s flagship trade remedies offering, the group is also well equipped to advise on export controls, national security and customs issues. Widely recognized for the strength of its close industry relationships, the team also fields several former US government officials among its ranks including CFIUS specialist and national security co-chair Nazak Nikakhtar, who recently joined from the DOC’s International Trade Administration. The group also includes export controls head John Shane, customs specialist Maureen Thorson as well as trade litigation and policy partners Laura El-Sabaawi and Stephanie Bell. Daniel Pickard, who co-led  the national security practice, recently left the firm. Richard Sofield joined Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alan Price


‘Wiley Rein’s trade team is client-oriented and makes sure we never miss a development in the field.’

Robert DeFrancesco and Timothy Brightbill were thorough, knowledgeable and diligent. They were also very responsive.

‘I’ve worked with Maureen Thorson at Wiley Rein – she has been a pleasure to work with, has been extremely knowledgeable about the tariff process and also very proactive in contacting me and letting me know about anything that occurs in Washington that could impact our ability to have tariff exemptions reinstated.’

‘John Shane, Lori Scheetz, and Theodore Brackemyre have been very adaptable working with us — more of a partner than just a law firm.’

‘The depth of export compliance knowledge that John, Lori and Theodore possess far exceeds any other firm I’ve seen. Additionally, their excellent working relationship with the various agencies really helps to get answers at critical times.’

Key clients

Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee

Coalition of American Manufacturers of Mobile Access Equipment

American Alliance for Solar Manufacturing

American Iron and Steel Institute

American Line Pipe Producers Association

Century Aluminum

Coalition of American Chassis Manufacturers

Coalition of American Millwork Producers

Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood


Fortune Brands

Wind Tower Trade Coalition

Work highlights

  • Advising Nucor, the largest steel producer in the US, on all of its trade remedies, trade litigation and trade policy work, including securing four recent victories in sunset reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty  orders.
  • Representing the domestic solar manufacturing industry in trade remedy proceedings.
  • Representing the Wind Tower Trade Coalition in filing three sets of antidumping and countervailing duty cases — two of which were successful, with another ongoing.

ArentFox Schiff

Trade litigation may be a mainstay at Arent Fox LLP, but its experience goes beyond trade remedies and policy to take in the full range of international trade matters, including import and export controls, economic sanctions and customs issues. Clients particularly value the group's industry acumen, with its ability to leverage 'comprehensive knowledge of the sector or industry' finding favor with sources. Practice head Kay Georgi 'brings a wealth of knowledge' in export controls and sanctions matters, where she is frequently engaged by Fortune 500 corporations, major non-US companies and financial institutions. David Hamill chairs the customs subgroup and specializes in duty preference programs such as the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). Counsel Matthew Tuchband has a focus on OFAC-related issues and is a 'leading practitioner with impressive experience'. Former trade head Matthew Nolan and up-and-coming national security specialist Marwa Hassoun are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kay Georgi


‘International trade disputes are highly complex. They require not only an excellent knowledge of trade law but also a comprehensive knowledge of the sector or industry which is targeted by the dispute. The Arent Fox team excels in being able to understand the legal and sectoral issues, and being to explain them to their clients. In addition, Arent Fox provides the highest level of legal professional service.’

People we regularly work with are always friendly and ready for listening to our detailed interests. The billing reflects the firm’s broad clients basis so that the fixed costs are properly allocated to our share. For example, the firm works with major industrial associations that share similar interests with us, which makes it possible for us to benefit from the firm’s knowledge basis as a result of such collaboration.

‘The individual members of the Arent Fox team have great interpersonal skills, and in addition to mastering their areas of expertise, they are able to communicate with their clients on the clients’ level, in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.’

‘I believe that the International trade team at Arent Fox is a true market leader. The team combines talented and experienced private practitioners with former government officials, to deliver a broad scope of services. Their comprehensive and pragmatic responses are always appreciated by clients.’

‘The team has met all agreed upon deliverables in a timely, professional, and thorough fashion. They make themselves readily available at any time of day, and are extremely reliable.’

‘Kay Georgi is our ace when working through complex legal issues concerning US export controls and international economic sanctions as she brings a wealth of knowledge and invaluable advice.’

Matthew Tuchband’s expertise and knowledge shines through with recommendations and instructions regarding extremely technical areas of sanctions regulations, executive orders, and OFAC guidance.

‘Kay Georgi is a well known for her high quality and very pragmatic responses. Matthew Tuchband, a former OFAC official, is now a leading practitioner with impressive experience. Both Sylvia Costelloe and Marwa Hassoun are appreciated for their in-depth knowledge and experience advising clients on export controls requirements and compliance.’

Key clients

Government of Québec

Balkrishna Industries Ltd

Government of Québec

Forced Labor Guidance

Lyman Steel Company

Global Cosmetics Company

Crown Holdings, Flight Safety, Kingston Technology, and many others

Dover Corporation

AeroVironment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Government of Quebec in a countervailing duty investigation into uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, filed by a US paper mill.
  • Advised Lynman Steel Company on Section 232 tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports.
  • Advising Dover Corporation on both import and export investigations, audits, compliance training, classifications and compliance strategies.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter maintains a thriving trade remedies practice with a global roster, which has seen it recently handle cases for exporters based in countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Significantly, the wider firm's signature strength in representing foreign governments also comes into play in the trade practice and the team has acted for major governments — including Canada, China and Indonesia — in trade remedy proceedings. Group head David Park is the key contact for trade remedies and also advises on customs issues, WTO disputes and trade policy matters. On the export controls and sanctions side, John Barker is sought after for his deep sector expertise earned during his former stint at the Department of State, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Export Controls. John Bellinger, who advises US and foreign clients on national security and policy issues, is also recommended.

Key clients

Airbus SE

American Capital, Ltd.

Cytec (now Solvay)

General Electric

Government of Israel

Hyundai Steel Company

Hyosung Heavy Industries Corporation

Hansol Paper Co., Ltd.

LG Chem

Nexteel Co., Ltd.

Province of Alberta, Canada

SafeNet, Inc.

Sonaca, S.A.

Tolko Industries Ltd.

Toray Advanced Materials Korea


Asociación de Productores de Arándanos del Perú

Zinus Inc. and PT Zinus Global Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to Airbus on its disclosures and settlement with the US Department of State under US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and also on the implementation of its consent agreement.
  • Represented Hyundai Steel Company in 15 trade-related proceedings: eight proceedings before the DOC, six proceedings before the CIT and one proceeding before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the court’s first review of DOC’s use of the “Particular Market Situation” provision.
  • Secured the lowest antidumping rate among all identified companies for Zinus Inc. and PT. Zinus Global Indonesia, in an antidumping investigation into mattresses from seven countries.

Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP

Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP's 'practical perspective' strikes the right note with sources, who also praise its 'deep understanding of the regulatory and political context'. The boutique firm's exclusive focus on trade law translates into a broad practice providing specialist offerings in trade remedies, export controls and sanctions, customs law, dispute resolution, and trade policy and market access issues. The firm is also distinguished by its expertise in Canada-related matters, where the Washington DC-based group can lean on its Ottawa office, which houses one of Canada's premier trade practices. Comprised of 'seasoned trade lawyers', the group draws on several high-profile names including specialist trade remedy litigator Jack Levy. James Cannon is also recommended for trade remedies, while Yohai Baisburd handles a mix of customs and trade remedy cases. Myles Getlan deserves recognition for his work on behalf of the US biodiesel industry in defending trade relief against various appeals from Argentina. Other names to note include Thomas Beline, Mary Jane Alves and the 'results-oriented' Jonathan Zielinski.


‘What stands about this team is that they truly operate as a team. They each know their roles and strengths and they bring that to their clients in an effective way. They have a fee structure that ensures that, as a client, you don’t freak out when you see the whole team in a meeting with you and start counting the billable hours.’

‘Knowledgeable and experienced team with a practical perspective on its client needs. Very proactive and effective with comprehensive skills and a deep understanding of the regulatory and political context.’

Seasoned trade lawyers, with a great understanding of our industry. Responsive, collaborative and pragmatic.’

‘While I have regular contact with all the players on the team, Jonathan Zielinski is usually the primary point person for most of the work. Jonathan is a unique lawyer. He’s very approachable, kind, and explains things in an easy-to-understand manner.’

‘Jonathan Zielinski is highly results-oriented and focused on the client’s expectations — managing them whilst providing top quality advice. Myles Getlan and Mary Jane Alves also deserve high praise.’

Key clients

U.S. Mattress Industry

U.S. Biodiesel Industry

U.S. Sugar Industry

American HFC Coalition – Chemours, Arkema, Honeywell, Mexichem

Florida Tomato Exchange

United States Steel Corp

Whirlpool Corporation

Thomas Steel Strip Corp

EMD Coalition – Borman Specialty Materials & Prince International Corporation

Occidental Chemical

Work highlights

  • Represented the US mattress industry in a trade case concerning imports of mattresses from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
  • Successfully guided Whirlpool to securing the first-ever extension of a safeguard remedy in the history of US trade remedy law.
  • Represented US Steel in a wide variety of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before US agencies and courts.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Demonstrating 'deep knowledge of trade regulations and sanction programs', Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's practice is best known for its activity in trade remedies cases. The team may be more compact than some, but sources attest this 'allows them to avoid conflicts that larger practices often have’. Its size is also no barrier to practice scope; alongside its strength in trade remedies and policy, the group is also well equipped to advise on WTO litigation, export controls, economic sanctions and foreign investment-related issues. Matthew McCullough splits his time between Washington DC and Geneva and is regarded by many as 'the top countervailing duty lawyer in DC' — he also frequently advises on economic sanctions. Group head Daniel Porter operates between DC, Geneva and Beijing and is focused on trade disputes; he is valued by sources for being 'data driven'. The group also includes James Durling, who possesses 'a deep of knowledge of economics', and senior counsel Christopher Dunn — both split their time between DC and Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Porter


‘The team is very hands-on and pragmatic. Easy to deal with and creative in its solutions. No desire for endless briefs/memos; it is solutions they are after. Partners are hands-on themselves as well, which makes the team (cost-)efficient to deal with.’

‘Deep knowledge of trade regulations and sanction programs. Excellent service irrespective of the size of the client. Diverse team.’

‘Three superior senior partners — all with deep knowledge of trade laws, customs, etc. Yet, each has unique strengths. As a team, as uniformly strong as any I know in the DC trade bar. A smaller firm, which allows them to avoid conflicts that larger practices often have.’

‘Daniel Porter is head of the trade group. Organizes the legal demands across all members of his team. Does a great job training younger lawyers. Very hard working. Data driven.’

‘Matthew McCullough is our key contact in the firm. He is our gateway to both trade issues and sanctions programs and has the ability to explain to the client complex issues in a rapid and understandable way.’

‘Matthew McCullough — senior partner. In my view, the top countervailing duty lawyer in DC. Deep knowledge of esoteric Department of Commerce rules and practices. Top notch.’

‘Christopher Dunn has helped us for years overcome the imposition of antidumping tariffs in a very professional but close way. Assessing not only theoretical legal issues but also in their implementation.’

James Durling is a senior partner. Has a deep of knowledge of economics as any member of the DC trade bar.

Key clients

British Columbia Blueberry Council and Wild Blueberry Association of North America (Canada)

Bluescope Ltd. (United States and Mexico)


Toyo Kohan (Japan)

Oman Aluminium Rolling Company (OARC) (Oman)

LG Electronics (Korea)

Saha Thai Steel Pipe Public Company (Thailand)

Agro Sevilla (Spain)

Shelter Forest (USA and China)


LG Chem (Korea)

Silgan Containers (USA)

Ulma Forja S. Coop (Spain)

Tokyo Steel (Japan)

British Columbia Blueberry Council and Wild Blueberry Association of North America (Canada)

Bluescope Ltd. (United States and Mexico)


Toyo Kohan (Japan)

Oman Aluminium Rolling Company (OARC) (Oman)

LG Electronics (Korea)

Saha Thai Steel Pipe Public Company (Thailand)

Agro Sevilla (Spain)

Shelter Forest (USA and China)


LG Chem (Korea)

Silgan Containers (USA)

Ulma Forja S. Coop (Spain)

Tokyo Steel (Japan)

Work highlights

  • Represented the British Columbia Blueberry Council and Wild Blueberry Association of North America in a US ITC injury proceeding.
  • Represented Oman Aluminium Rolling Company in a year-long investigation by the DOC.
  • Won a court appeal in the Court of International Trade for Saha Thai Steel Pipe Public Company.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The increasingly prominent team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is noted for its ‘depth of experience with respect to all aspects of international trade‘. Among its new mandates, the firm was appointed by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) — together with consortium partners TLT and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP — to advise on three trade agreements, including the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Trade remedy and policy specialist Joanne Osendarp (‘good at pulling together different views and presenting a strong and coherent legal argument‘) co-leads the DIT work alongside counsel Timothy Hruby. Practice co-head Carolyn Gleason is ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ and recently teamed up with counsel Raymond Paretzky and senior counsel David Levine to represent Musco Family Olive Co in several antidumping, countervailing duty, USCIT, and WTO proceedings involving US olive imports from Spain. Eric Parnes (‘good at staying abreast of the intricacies of the case‘) and counsel Alan Kashdan are also noted. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Hruby; Raymond Paretzky; David Levine; Eric Parnes; Alan Kashdan; Lynn Kamarck; Conor Gilligan


‘This practice has true depth of experience with respect to all aspects of international trade. We have relied upon them for expertise in phytosanitary matters, trade disputes, 301 actions, and representation before NAFTA dispute panels, among other things.’

We value: their reliability as law practitioners — every single member of the team we had contact with showed very high professional skills; their ability to handle huge volumes of very complex information in a methodical and very effective manner; the flexibility they showed towards us as clients; their work ethic.’

Their working methods enabled them to act in a very coordinated way with remarkable tenacity. That resulted in understanding deeply the issues at stake, creating synergies and ultimately achieving more effective results.’

‘Eric Parnes is particularly good at staying abreast of the intricacies of the case. Joanne Osendarp is very good at pulling together different views and presenting a strong and coherent legal argument. Both Timothy Hruby and Lynn Kamarck have a very good sense of the DOC’s developing policies, and are able to use their “insider knowledge” to the client’s advantage.’

‘Carolyn Gleason is an extremely knowledgeable and competent attorney on matters of international trade. Her counsel has proved invaluable in our decision-making process.’

‘The whole team constitutes a highly skilled, professional, effective, efficient and reliable alternative. Nevertheless, Joanne Osendarp, Lynn Kamarck, Alan Kashdan and Timothy Hruby deserve a special recognition.’

They have a vast and detailed knowledge of the legal implications of international trade (particularly on the trade remedies area.) Given their expertise, it is not a coincidence that some of them have the highest degree of insight regarding some of the biggest and most complex disputes involving international remedies issues.’

‘The team is highly client-oriented, prompt, efficient and practical, particularly Raymond Paretzky and David Levine in the DC office.’

Key clients

Asocaña – Sugar Cane Growers Association of Colombia

United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade

Chiquita Brands


CJ CheilJedang Corporation

Coalition for Fair Trade in Ripe Olives

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Government of Canada

Government of Mexico

Illinois Tool Works

Musco Family Olive Co.

Asocaña – Sugar Cane Growers Association of Colombia

United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade

Chiquita Brands


CJ CheilJedang Corporation

Coalition for Fair Trade in Ripe Olives

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Government of Canada

Government of Mexico

Illinois Tool Works

Musco Family Olive Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Government of Canada in the ongoing dispute between the US and Canada over US imports of softwood lumber from Canada.
  • Representing the UK’s Department for International Trade, together with consortium partners TLT and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, on four trade agreements, including the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
  • Representing Musco Family Olive Co, a leading supplier of table olives in America, in several antidumping, countervailing duty, Court of International Trade, and WTO proceedings involving US olive imports from Spain.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The 'collaborative team' at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is appreciated by clients for providing 'big picture understanding as well as specialized advice'. The group strikes a balance between trade litigation and regulatory matters, with activity in trade remedies, export control and sanctions, CFIUS-related issues and WTO disputes. Experienced across all industry areas, the wider firm's nuclear prowess ensures it is particularly sought after by foreign and domestic clients looking for advice on nuclear-specific trade matters. Department co-chair Nancy Fischer stands out for the breadth of her practice: one source describes her as 'a go-to source' for CFIUS issues and she also advises on trade remedies, trade policy matters, export controls and economic sanctions. Stephan Becker is 'well versed in the intricacies of the US trade remedy regime' — he additionally handles export controls and economic sanctions. The group also includes senior export control and sanctions specialist Christopher Wall, Aaron Hutman ('thorough knowledge of the law') as well as counsels Matthew Rabinowitz and Benjamin Cote.

Practice head(s):

Stephan BeckerNancy Fischer


‘Pillsbury provides a well-unified, collaborative team that leverages each others knowledge base to demonstrate “big picture” understanding as well as specialized advice within categories of issues.’

‘Pillsbury is recognized as a leading cost-effective, value-adding firm for CFIUS guidance. This is especially critical during the pre-deal diligence phase, where we can rely on Pillsbury to provide comprehensive risk assessments of potential foreign investors. While other firms have demonstrated good knowledge, Pillsbury stands-out with greater depth.’

‘Nancy Fischer and Matthew Rabinowitz provided timely, responsive, and detailed guidance on complex CFIUS considerations, all in an easily digestible format. This, in itself, is a remarkable art-form as the ever-changing political winds make adaptability difficult.’

Nancy Fischer stood out as extraordinarily well-versed on current trends impacting CFIUS; she is a go-to source where there are challenging issues about recent transactions, regulatory, or legislative developments.’

‘Benjamin Cote provided expert advice on international trade as it relates to export control matters of regulation compliance and governmental application/approval requests.’

‘We are mostly working with Pillsbury Winthrop on trade compliance and export controls. What differentiates Stephan Becker and his team from competitors is a deep knowledge of the matter, the stakeholders and players as well as the ability to understand the business challenges and technical issues.’

‘Mr. Becker has provided exceptional guidance, advice, and strategic thinking in preparing lengthy and complex pleadings in all aspects of the proceedings. He is well versed in the intricacies of the US trade remedy regime and very quickly familiarized himself with the nuances of the issues at hand.

Aaron Hutman has served as our primary point of contact in dealing with the detailed preparations of pleadings and submissions. His thorough knowledge of the law and procedures along with his grasp of the key issues served us well.’

Key clients


Cypress Semiconductor



MTU Aero Engines


KONE Corporation



Bank of Cyprus

BWX Technologies, Inc.

Inphi Corporation

Oshkosh Defense Corp.


Allied Airlift 21

Work highlights

  • Acting as outside US counsel to Mexico’s Secretary of Commerce for NAFTA and WTO matters, including trade remedy proceedings, WTO dispute settlement, international investment arbitration cases and related US court litigation.
  • Advising Chevron on a wide range of international trade-related matters, including sanctions and compliance issues involving all US, UK, and EU sanctions programs, export controls, CFIUS issues and customs matters.
  • Representing multiple companies, including Victaulic and Valmet Corporation, before the USCIT in a challenge concerning the lawfulness of the imposition of Section 301 List 3 and List 4A duties.


The 'cream of the crop', according to some, WilmerHale's Washington DC-based team is recognized for its longstanding strength in trade policy matters, WTO disputes and trade remedy proceedings. Its signature trade disputes offering combines with broad capability in export controls and a thriving CFIUS practice to provide a team that covers the waterfront on international trade issues. Several big changes saw former practice head Charlene Barshefsky retire, while Jeffrey Kessler rejoined the firm following a year as Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance at the DOC. 'Outstanding attorney' David Ross now chairs the department and he is well versed in trade remedies and trade policy matters. Robert Novick remains a heavyweight trade litigator and is acting alongside Kessler to represent Boeing in the long-running US-EU aircraft disputes at the WTO. Senior counsel Ronald Meltzer ('his expertise and relationships are unparalleled'), CFIUS specialist Benjamin Powell and export controls-focused special counsel David Horn are also recommended. David Cohen became Deputy Director of the CIA. Naboth van den Broek joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.


‘WilmerHale is the cream of the crop.’

‘Wilmer’s trade team has the rare and wonderful blend of subject matter expertise, thoughtful judgment, and all-around affability. I value their guidance immensely.’

‘Very dedicated, hard working, honest, smart team members able to give helpful, objective advice. They took on a billing approach in which they accepted some risk and greater reward based upon the results.’

‘I appreciate the straightforward, humble nature of the team members. While they don’t lack confidence or ability, they spare you the bravado.’

The firm also has a wealth of expertise in other areas, which is valuable for issues that cut across trade (e.g., privacy).’

‘David Ross and Lauren Mandell have a unique combination of capabilities – both have extremely strong relationships with career and political staff at USTR, understand both the process and influence points within the Executive and Legislative branches on trade issues, and comprehensive understanding of US trade law and international trade rules.’

‘David Ross is an outstanding attorney and advisor. He writes and presents so well. I really rely on his good judgment and his legal analysis.’

‘I work primarily with Ronald Meltzer. Ron is responsive, thoughtful, and creative, and his expertise and relationships are unparalleled.’

Key clients

The Boeing Company

The Mosaic Company

CF Industries

US PET Film and Polyvinyl Alcohol producers

Visa, Inc.

First Solar

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Sierra Pacific Industries

Intel Corporation

Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Representing Boeing in the US-EU aircraft disputes at the WTO – among the longest-running, most complex set of disputes in the history of the WTO.
  • Representing The Mosaic Company, as the petitioner, in countervailing duty investigations into phosphate fertilizer imports from Morocco and Russia.
  • Advising Varian Medical Systems on its $16bn acquisition by Siemens, including CFIUS diligence and representation before the Committee.


Baker & Hostetler LLP draws praise for its ‘wide variety of specialist attorneys who work together seamlessly‘. Certainly, the firm houses a broad international trade practice that spans trade litigation, national security matters and customs issues. On the national security front, ‘subject matter expertBarbara Linney is noted for her work in export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS matters. Michael S. Snarr co-heads the department alongside Linney and is a key contact for trade remedies and trade policy issues. Elliot J. Feldman also maintains a robust trade litigation practice, evidenced by his representation of significant Canadian producers in the ongoing softwood lumber trade dispute between the US and Canada. Lana Muranovic and Matthew Caligur are key names in Houston. Melissa Mannino, who specializes in national security matters, recently joined from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Linney; Michael Snarr


‘Baker & Hostetler provides a wide range of legal services, with many skilled attorneys, and quickly responds to our needs.’

‘They make professional and adequate analysis and description of our practical problems. Effectively guide us in gathering evidence to strengthen the argument. They have resources to get further contact with officers for the issues we are dealing with. They have a Chinese speaker as a team member to facilitate communication.’

Baker & Hostetler has a wide variety of specialist attorneys who work together seamlessly. We have been with Baker & Hostetler for many years with great success.

‘I use the export controls and sanctions practice of the firm. It is one of the best with a combination of regulatory expertise in sanctions, export controls, and CFIUS.’

‘Barbara Linney is a real subject matter expert, in more than one jurisdiction, and has an admirable ability to communicate highly complex and technical legal analysis in straightforward terms — pragmatically, commercially and engagingly.’

‘I have worked most closely with Barbara Linney. She is the senior partner within export control, sanctions and CFIUS. She stands out in terms of evaluation of new regulations and statutes (proposed and final). She is a prodigious writer on such matters.’

‘Michael Snarr provides frequent and thorough updates on the status of our Section 301 Duty litigation. He provides the information in manner that is easy to read and understand and highlights what actions if any he needs from us through the process.’

‘Melissa Mannino is highly appreciated for her comprehensive analysis and excellent communication skills.’

Key clients

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

Resolute Forest Products, Inc.

Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.

Anchor Tool & Die Company

Component Hardware Group

Monument Chemical

CTC Acquisition Company

Kulkoni Inc.

Oatey Company

The Orvis Company

Prime Time Commerce


Mifab Inc.

Fi-Foil Company

Westmoreland Mining Holdings Inc.

Fontaine, Inc.

Sumecht NA, Inc., d.b.a Sumec North America/ Sumec Hardware & Tools Co., Ltd

Roots Farm

Conseil de l’Industrie Forestière du Québec

Ontario Forest Industries Association

Ashtead Technology, Inc.

Federal Express Ground

Work highlights

  • Representing the provincial industry associations and the largest producer from two of the five Canadian provinces whose forestry systems are under investigation for subsidies, as well as acting as advisors to the government of Canada in relation to an appeal to the WTO.
  • Advising J.F. Lehman & Company on defense security compliance and various international trade matters connected to its acquisition of four new portfolio companies and a successful divestiture.

Clifford Chance

'Experienced, reliable and prompt', Clifford Chance's international trade, regulatory and enforcement practice is held up by clients for providing 'great support'. Export controls and economic sanctions matters are a mainstay of the group and it has a strong record in defending domestic and multinational clients in government investigations. It also frequently advises on regulatory compliance issues and CFIUS reviews. Sanctions specialist George Kleinfeld is an 'expert in his field', according to some, and co-heads the department alongside David DiBari, who has a focus on trade controls and anticorruption issues. In 2021, the firm boosted its international trade offering with the hires of trade control and CFIUS partner Renée Latour from Greenberg Traurig LLP and counsel Jamal El-Hindi, who joined from the Treasury, where he was Deputy Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.


‘Very experienced, reliable and prompt team! Provides great support.’

‘I have 20 years of experience in the field and worked with many different law firms from various jurisdictions, George Kleinfeld is the best lawyer I’ve ever worked with. Always prompt, clear and reliable. He is a true expert in his field.’

Key clients

Swedbank AB (publ)

London Metal Exchange

Capital Dynamics

Work highlights

  • Assisting Swedbank AB with a report on an extensive anti-money laundering and OFAC sanctions investigation.
  • Representing a large global product manufacturer in conducting a DOJ and OFAC investigation into a joint venture partner for alleged violations of North Korean sanctions.
  • Acting as special counsel to a Chinese multinational corporation in relation to OFAC sanctions matters.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's highly capable export controls and economic sanctions group sits within the firm's financial institutions practice and excels in advising US and international financial, fintech and technology clients on US sanctions against China and Hong Kong. As part of its financial institutions expertise, the firm is also well versed in representing global banking and corporate clients in OFAC economic sanctions investigations and related regulatory matters. CFIUS matters are another practice sweet spot, with the firm's premier offerings in M&A and commercial lending translating into a strong pipeline of national security reviews. High-profile figure John Reynolds heads the group and is nationally recognized for his focus on economic sanctions and national security matters. National security specialist Paul Marquardt recently joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Practice head(s):

John Reynolds

Key clients


ACEA Therapeutics

Ally Financial





Banco Santander



Bridgepoint Advisers Ltd.

Brookfield/Johnson Controls

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC)



Cornell Capital

Credit Suisse


Doctors Without Borders (pro bono)


Emerson Electric






IDG Capital

Incline Aviation Fund

Intesa Sanpaolo



JPMorgan Chase



Morgan Stanley





OriGene Technologies Inc.

Pattern Energy

Raven Industries

Reliance Industries




Skysong Innovations



Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd./Soraa, Inc.

Symphony Technology Group

Syngenta AG


TE Connectivity





Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP garners praise for being ‘an expert in the field‘, on the back of its strong showings in the export controls and economic sanctions areas. The trade team also frequently acts alongside the firm’s financial services and corporate groups to assist clients in obtaining CFIUS clearances. Amanda DeBusk chairs the international trade and government regulation practice globally and is widely considered among the market leaders for export controls and economic sanctions. Department co-chair Jeremy B. Zucker is also well versed in export controls and sanctions; he additionally advises foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets on CFIUS matters. Darshak Dholakia, who has an emphasis on economic sanctions, anti-bribery, export controls and CFIUS issues, is also noted. Melissa Duffy joined Fenwick & West LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amanda DeBusk; Jeremy Zucker


‘Dechert were exceptional in client management and resolving a number of complex business issues we had.’

‘The team is an expert in the field and responsive to requests. That is what matters most.’

‘Provides personal caring service.’

‘They try very hard to solve problems; we have the sense that they care.’

‘Jeremy Zucker, partner at Dechert was exceptional at negotiating with US government to resolve complex issues regarding debarment, I would highly recommend him to resolve any issues with US government.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE dba Koehler Paper Group

GIC (Singapore sovereign wealth fund)

Keysight Technologies

iFlight Technology Company Limited (“DJI”)

Eaton Corporation, Inc.

Etsy, Inc

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Huawei Technologies in multiple high-profile matters involving compliance with US export controls and economic sanctions as well as Entity List designation.
  • Representing Germany’s Papierfabrik August Koehler, a major global manufacturer of specialty paper, in an antidumping investigation involving countries in Europe and Asia.
  • Obtaining CFIUS clearances for GIC in connection with multiple recent transactions totaling more than $30bn, involving US businesses in high tech, energy and other sectors.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s focus on economic sanctions, export controls and CFIUS issues pays dividends and the firm is regularly engaged by major global clients to advise on US national security issues. Particularly well-positioned to handle China and Russia-related matters, the group is noted for its experience in the energy, telecoms and financial services spheres. In Washington DC, Nabeel Yousef spearheads the US sanctions and export controls group and is increasingly sought after for his experience in civil and criminal cross-border compliance, investigations and enforcement matters. Aimen Mir heads up the CFIUS practice and leverages experience in shaping national security policy on the government side, gained during a four-year stint as Deputy Assistant Secretary for investment security at the US Department of the Treasury. Kimberley Zelnick and counsel Stephanie Brown Cripps are recommended in New York.


‘Collaborative and clear cross-jurisdictional working.’

‘Pragmatic, translates complex issues into digestible content, very responsive, particularly Stephanie Brown Cripps.’

Key clients


Amur/International Financing Syndicate

Japan Arctic LNG B.V.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

BT Group plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Infineon Technologies AG

Zymergen Inc.

AstraZeneca plc

Cargotec Corporation

Charterhouse Capital Partners

CompuGroup Medical SE & KGaA

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Universal Music Group


Amur/International Financing Syndicate

Japan Arctic LNG B.V.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

BT Group plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Infineon Technologies AG

Zymergen Inc.

AstraZeneca plc

Cargotec Corporation

Charterhouse Capital Partners

CompuGroup Medical SE & KGaA

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Universal Music Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Honeywell International on the CFIUS review of the proposed combination of Honeywell Quantum Computing and Cambridge Quantum Computing to form a new full-service quantum computing business.
  • Advising a syndicate of 22 global financial institutions and three export credit agencies on US and EU sanctions and export controls issues relating to the $13bn project financing of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, the largest gas processing plant in Russia.
  • Advising Germany’s Infineon Technologies on the CFIUS review of its $10bn acquisition of California-based Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP boosted its team with the hires of new national security co-chair David Burns, formerly Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division at the DOJ, and Nick Hanna in Los Angeles, who recently served as US Attorney for the Central District of California and bolsters the firm’s export controls offering. The trade group works alongside the firm’s white-collar and regulatory defense practice to specialize in advising on economic sanctions, export controls, CFIUS reviews and anti-corruption issues. International trade co-chair Judith Alison Lee is highly regarded for her emphasis on economic sanctions, export controls and CFIUS issues. Senior of counsel Ronald Kirk, who operates between Dallas and Washington DC, co-chairs the department; he has deep experience in trade policy and WTO matters. Adam Smith is also noted for sanctions matters. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Judith Alison Lee; Ronald Kirk

Key clients Inc.

Platinum Equity

PT Bukit Muria Jaya

Innospec, Inc.

Suncor Energy

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Kolberg, Kravis and Roberts, LLP

Marqeta Inc.

Freedom House

HBN Law & Tax / Refineria di Korsou N.V. (RdK)

Lawyers Without Borders

Sharkninja Operating LLC

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

‘An amazing team of practical, solutions-focused lawyers,' Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's trade offering is admired by clients for its strategic combination of 'persuasion, diplomacy and aggression when required'. The Washington DC-based practice has a focus on economic sanctions and export controls, with the ability to advise clients on the full life cycle of related matters from compliance through to investigations and enforcement. Ryan Fayhee, a former senior prosecutor with the DOJ, heads the sanctions, export controls and anti-money laundering group; he recently represented auction house Phillips in connection with an investigation by the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations into sanctions in the art industry. Roy Liu chairs the firm's Greater China practice and possesses particular expertise in China-related export controls and sanctions issues.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Fayhee

Other key lawyers:

Roy Liu; Tyler Grove


‘An amazing team of practical, solutions-focused lawyers. They think strategically using persuasion, diplomacy and aggression when required.’

Key clients


Aqua Lung

Cantor Fitzgerald

Wipro Ltd.

Grab Holdings


Work highlights

  • Representing Holcim in the DOJ’s investigation into corrupt payments and potential sanctions and terrorist financing violations involving legacy operations in Syria.
  • Representing Grab Holdings in its proposed merger with SPAC Altimeter Growth Corporation, including ongoing trade compliance advice.
  • Represented Phillips in the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ wide-reaching investigation into potential evasion of sanctions and money-laundering by Russian oligarchs through the art industry.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s work in this space straddles its international trade and national security practice and also its government, regulatory and international investigations group. As such, the firm’s focus on export controls, economic sanctions and national security spans an array of regulatory compliance, transactions, investigations and enforcement-related matters. In Washington DC, Ivan Schlager is widely revered as a leader for CFIUS reviews, and is often selected for this function even when the transactional work is handled elsewhere. Mario Mancuso, who operates between Washington DC and New York, handles CFIUS matters, export controls and economic sanctions and is a popular choice for private equity sponsors, as well as corporations and financial institutions. New York-based Zachary Brez advises on economic sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption issues. Chicago-based Nick Niles is also known for his experience with private equity clients.

Key clients

Arlington Capital Partners

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Cerberus Capital Management

I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered's trade offering is anchored by the Washington DC firm's strong FCPA practice, ensuring that the team is well-equipped to advise on matters in the anti-corruption, economic sanctions, export controls and customs arenas. Firm chair Kathryn Cameron Atkinson specializes in international corporate compliance and investigations, including export controls and economic sanctions. Timothy O’Toole is noted for his focus on export controls and economic sanctions, at both the investigation and litigation levels. James Tillen, who chairs the firm's international department, and Matteson Ellis are recommended for their experience in FCPA and anti-corruption issues. The group also includes customs lead Richard Mojica, international department vice-chair Alejandra Montenegro Almonte and FCPA and international anti-corruption head John Davis.

Morrison Foerster

Valued by sources for its ‘deep understanding of the CFIUS process‘, Morrison Foerster also attracts glowing reviews for its ‘expertise in OFAC and sanctions-related issues‘. The group’s strength in these key areas is due in no small part to its impressive bench of former government officials, including ‘unparalleled sanctions expertJohn Smith, who formerly served as the Director of OFAC. Additionally, Brandon Van Grack, who joined in 2021, most recently served as Chief of DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit. Senior counsel Nicholas Spiliotes co-chairs the national security practice alongside Smith and Van Grack and has a focus on CFIUS reviews. The group also includes Charles Capito, who has a focus on CFIUS and export controls, and of counsels Andrea Delisi, who was formerly Assistant Chief Counsel at OFAC, and James Brower. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.


‘M&F have real expertise in OFAC and sanctions-related issues. They are experts in this field which is invaluable from an international perspective. John Smith is a former OFAC director. He is a real expert in sanctions issues and he gets results quickly and efficiently. He is a leader in the field.’

‘Approachable and pragmatic team (with team members on all levels) that thinks outside-the-box, providing clients with a practical and risk-based advice.’

‘We are working on a very complicated issue requiring multi-discipline experience. The firm’s ability to work across teams and coordinate advice into a holistic approach has been amazing.’

‘Predictable, trustworthy and really enjoyable to work with on a difficult and time-sensitive matter. Super agile in regards to the project’s developments. Very attentive to our information needs in a difficult process and took the time to explain the process so we always felt we had a very good grasp of the process.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of the CFIUS process and approaches transactions and CFIUS requirements from a practicable perspective. They also know the staff very well. Hard to find a team with a parallel amount of experience in this space.’

‘MoFo’s sanctions team is as expert and experienced as they come. John Smith is an unparalleled sanctions expert who provides timely and deeply expert opinions.’

‘Brandon Van Grack and James Brower are a super duo and are each themselves highly competent and respectable lawyers. Provided valuable insight into regulatory workings, which turned out to be of significant importance in our matter.’

‘Charles Capito (partner) and Joseph Benkert (senior advisor) are excellent on international trade issues and can advise on incredibly complex issues by distilling the issues into easily understandable guidance.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan/Navigator Equities Limited

Elsevier/Association of American Publishers

The Clearing House

SoftBank Group Corp.

SoftBank Vision Fund

ITOCHU Corporation

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Washington DC-based trade practice is best-known for its work in the economic sanctions, trade controls and CFIUS spheres, where it routinely provides regulatory, transactional and enforcement advice. Greta Lichtenbaum chairs the national security group and is widely hailed as a leader for export controls and economic sanctions matters. Lichtenbaum is also highly capable in CFIUS and anti-corruption issues; she recently secured CFIUS clearance for Hyundai Motor Group in connection with its $1.1bn acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank. Of counsel Theodore Kassinger is a seasoned specialist with an impressive track record in CFIUS reviews, export controls, economic sanctions and trade remedies. Counsel David Ribner is 'extremely bright and practical' and has a focus on trade matters relating to the technology and energy industries.

Other key lawyers:

David Ribner


Greta Lichtenbaum and David Ribner are both superb lawyers. They have a depth of expertise, range of industry experience, and practicality to their practice that I rely on and value over other firms with whom I have worked. What is unique about them is they “do their own work” rather than rely on a team of associates.’

David Ribner is by far one of the most talented attorneys with whom I have worked. He is extremely bright and practical in his approach to legal issues, weighing risk in a very informed way. He is always extremely responsive and figures out a way to make himself available even when traveling and in very different time zones!

‘A broad practice, possesses the relevant experience and takes a responsive, client-oriented approach, particularly Theodore Kassinger and David Ribner.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Group


Mitsui & Co., Ltd.


HID Global

Work highlights

  • Secured CFIUS clearance for Hyundai Motor Group in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank.
  • Secured CFIUS clearance for a buyer consortium (led by Yunfeng Capital, TF Capital and Tony (Bizuo) Liu) in connection with a take-private transaction involving US biopharmaceutical company, Cellular Biomedicine Group.

Paul Hastings LLP

Among Paul Hastings LLP's key attributes, clients appreciate its 'great mix of both experience and expertise in the CFIUS practice' as well as its 'practical approach to advice'. Alongside the firm's CFIUS work, it is also active in export controls and economic sanctions issues, including investigations. Scott Flicker heads the global trade controls practice and is valued for his ability to provide 'clear guidance in a very murky area of the law'; he leads the department's ongoing representation of Mitsubishi Corporation in sanctions and export controls matters. Behnam Dayanim is noted for his combination of trade controls expertise together with strength in cybersecurity and advertising. Other key contacts in the Washington DC-based team include white-collar crime specialist Robert Luskin and of counsel Randall Johnston, who provides a 'very high level of strategic support'.

Practice head(s):

Scott Flicker


‘The Paul Hastings Team has a great mix of both experience and expertise in the CFIUS practice. Also takes a practical approach to advice and communication that is digestible by business executives, as well as in-house legal personnel.’

‘International trade regulation is rapidly changing under the current global environment. It is crucial that the advisors are up-to-date on the regulation and practice of the jurisdiction they are admitted to practice in, as well as the trends of other key jurisdictions. In addition, we value advisors who can advise with in-depth understanding of the business and practice of their client.’

‘Scott Flicker has become a regular part of our in-house M&A team as well as a resource on all Board communications related to CFIUS. He provides clear guidance in a very murky area of the law and is relied on to provide his opinion in a fast-evolving area of the law. He is also very effective at helping to guide M&A transactions.’

Randall Johnston has been on our team for several years and has developed from a strong and effective mid-level associate into a key member of the team that we can rely upon to provide a very high level of strategic support, while still offering a very high level of technical expertise to CFIUS filings and communications.’

‘Randall Johnston has been supporting us to have a better understanding of the applicable regulations and to consider how we can conduct our business while complying. The text of the regulation can be difficult to understand, but she provides us with detailed explanation in plain language.’

Key clients

APL Logistics

AssetMark Financial



Mitsubishi Corporation


Syniverse Technologies LLC

Teng Yue Partners

Toronto Dominion

Xiaomi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented SAP in a joint settlement agreement with US authorities, including DOJ, OFAC, and BIS, for alleged violations of US export controls and sanctions against Iran.
  • Represented BitPay in a settlement agreement with OFAC, resulting in a consent agreement with the agency.
  • Acted as sanctions and export controls compliance counsel to Mitsubishi Corporation, including navigating the impact of Venezuela sanctions on its methanol production joint venture in Venezuela, resulting in a positive outcome with guidance from OFAC.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP's trade work is concentrated in the area of export controls and economic sanctions, with sources commending its 'good relationship with the regulators' as well as its lawyers' understanding of 'what it is that the regulators are seeking ’. The group handles the full scope of related enforcement matters including potential violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and various OFAC sanctions. Washington DC-based Michael Lowell chairs the global regulatory enforcement group and is noted for his 'depth of knowledge in all facets of trade compliance'. Leigh Hansson, who splits her time between London and Washington DC, co-chairs the international trade and national security team and provides 'agile and to-the-point advice'. Miami-based Felipe Berer and Tysons-based counsel Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Hansson; Michael Lowell


‘Reed Smith’s sanctions and export control team is highly qualified with excellent expertise. Always communicated to us in a fast and easy to understand way.’

I have worked with Reed Smith for over ten years from several locations and have had had nothing but excellent service from the firm. What makes them stand out is that feeling of working with a boutique firm but with resources of an international firm, so you have access to their professionals wherever you are doing business in the world.

‘Reed Smith is very well versed in international trade practice. Additionally, they have depth in this practice, which many other law firms do not. Their strength is that they have a good relationship with the regulators, and know what it is that the regulators are seeking to make approvals easier to obtain.’

‘Very approachable and solution-oriented. Quick as lightning in responses. Building quickly a very trusting relationship with many members of the client’s team.’

‘This international trade group handles sophisticated and high-profile trade cases for multinational companies facing public enforcement actions by the key trade regulators (DDTC, BIS and OFAC). While Reed Smith may not compete on name recognition with other large firms, the quality of work from Michael Lowell’s team is just as sophisticated.’

‘A very aligned and complementary team that is available literally around the clock. Huge focus on client’s needs; advice and guidance is always straight-to-the-point and addresses the need of a customer.’

‘Michael Lowell and Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson are the two individuals that I have most recently worked with and I think very highly of both of them. Michael, especially, has a depth of knowledge in all facets of trade compliance, one that is hard to match. They are articulate, knowledgeable, and really care about their clients.’

‘We have been working with Leigh Hansson for many years. She very consistently provides agile and to-the-point advice to us in sanctions and export controls, a difficult and fast changing area.’

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

The national security regulatory practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is regularly sought after by major corporates, private equity sponsors and state-owned enterprises to advise on transactional matters. The team frequently acts in conjunction with the firm's corporate and M&A groups to assist with CFIUS-related issues with significant expertise in deals involving elaborate investment structures. Washington DC-based department head Malcolm Tuesley is a 'very experienced CFIUS expert' and his experience spans major transactions in the defense, energy, financial services, telecoms and technology fields. The group also handles economic sanctions and export controls matters, with Washington DC-based antitrust and regulatory specialist Abram Ellis recommended in this regard. New York-based litigator George Wang also advises on international regulatory and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Tuesley

Other key lawyers:

Abram EllisGeorge Wang


‘They are up to speed with the latest policy regarding the US-China relationship and are able to provide practical solutions to the concerns of US clients.’

‘Very experienced CFIUS expert in Malcolm Tuesley, who has handled a wide variety of complex deals.’

‘Abram Ellis is the main partner assisting us, and has been able to give hands-on practical advice. The team is also quite available for discussion.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BC Partners

BlackRock Infrastructure

Blackstone Group, L.P./ Blackstone Infrastructure Partners/ Blackstone Real Estate Partners


EQT Partners

Garda World Security Corporation

Genesee & Wyoming

Goldman Sachs

Hellman & Friedman

JPMorgan Chase

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Microsoft Corp.


SK Corp.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of investors (including Blackstone, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman) in connection with worldwide regulatory approvals for an investment in Medline Industries valued at over $34bn.
  • Representing Microsoft with respect to worldwide regulatory approvals for its acquisition of Nuance Communications for approximately $19.7bn.
  • Advising Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) on worldwide regulatory approvals in connection with its $20.9bn sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP remains a solid choice to advise on the national security elements of transactional matters, where it is distinguished by its uniquely integrated CFIUS and corporate practices. Trade controls and anti-corruption issues also provide a steady stream of work. CFIUS and national security head Michael Leiter additionally co-leads the firm’s cybersecurity practice and has a strong background in heavily regulated industries, including aerospace and defense. Counsel Brooks Allen, former Assistant General Counsel at USTR, is noted for his focus on CFIUS issues. The group recently boosted the enforcement side of the practice with the hire of Joseph Barloon, formerly Acting Deputy US Trade Representative at USTR. Further, CFIUS and national security specialist Brian Egan joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Jeffrey Gerrish left the firm. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Leiter

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

At Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, ‘lawyers from multiple countries habitually work together as a team‘ making it a ‘truly integrated national firm‘ in the eyes of one client. The US team specializes in trade controls, anti-money laundering and CFIUS matters, where it is consistently appointed by multinational financial institutions and corporations to assist with both compliance and enforcement matters. Washington DC office managing partner David Mortlock chairs the global trade and investment practice and ‘makes complex and technical concepts readily accessible‘; he is particularly well known for his work on economic sanctions and export controls. New department vice-chair Britt Mosman recently joined in Washington DC from the Treasury, where she served as an attorney advisor providing counsel on economic sanctions and national security issues.

Practice head(s):

David Mortlock

Other key lawyers:

Britt Mosman; William Stellmach


‘This is a truly integrated international firm. We deal with a lot of lawyers, including on international matters. What makes Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP stand out, is that lawyers from multiple countries habitually work together as a team, so provide a fully joined-up service, drawing on expertise from all those involved.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the law and highly skilled at providing the practical reality of it. Extensive connectivity at industry forums and networks underpins cutting-edge thought leadership.’

The team knows the right agency and the right office to contact. They combine this with solid litigation advice and knowledge of the U.S. laws concerning international matters.’

‘The team’s knowledge of OFAC and sanctions compliance is exceptional.’

‘The team is responsive and provides value for money. I never have to wait for a response.’

‘David Mortlock is exceptionally good at putting your mind at ease. He makes complex and technical concepts readily accessible and is clearly completely on top of his field of expertise. He is everything you could want in a technical legal advisor.’

‘David Mortlock and William Stellmach are knowledgeable and know how to engage the relevant agencies in Washington. Both are responsive and accessible, handling important matters themselves rather than delegating to others.’

David Mortlock provides clear, thoughtful insight on matters, which comes with the practical guidance around implementation or implications. Explains concepts clearly and offers solutions to potential problems with ease. Carefully describes various options and the most likely outcome.

Key clients

LafargeHolcim Ltd.

Orange SA

Major international energy services company

International software developer

Work highlights

  • Represented LafargeHolcim in settling on favorable terms a $810m claim arising under US sanctions of Cuba.
  • Successfully obtained an agreement to remove Orange SA from Illinois’ prohibited investment list, after the client was wrongfully added to the state’s prohibited investment list for allegedly boycotting Israel.
  • Successfully represented a major international energy services company before the US Department of State (DOS) in connection with the DOS’ implementation of the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act.