K&L Gates has extensive capabilities to provide comprehensive international trade-related services to our clients.
The firm's long-standing international trade regulation and trade policy experience, coupled with its global reach, enables K&L Gates to assist clients in the United States and abroad with nearly any type of international trade matter, and in any location, particularly those involving the World Trade Organization (WTO), export controls or sanctions, customs, trade remedies or unfair trade practices, trade agreements, foreign investment in the United States, or allegations of improper payments. In addition, the firm's core trade practice capabilities are complemented by its substantial Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement and white collar investigation, international competition law, international litigation, transactional, maritime, and regional law resources.
K&L Gates trade lawyers are experienced in every area of international trade law and regulation, including export control laws, customs laws, and trade remedy laws and trade agreements. The firm’s international trade lawyers represent multinational and regional businesses, including manufacturers, exporters, and importers; governments; associations and other organizations; and individuals from virtually every geographic region. Our lawyers in the United States, Europe, and Asia provide assistance in connection with business planning and transactions, regulatory proceedings, national and multinational trade proceedings and disputes, and government investigations and enforcement proceedings.
The rules set forth in the agreements administered by the World Trade Organization are relevant to virtually all economic sectors, including energy, natural resources, raw materials, commodities of all types, manufactured products, consumer goods, advanced technology, intellectual property, and services. The subject matter of WTO rules and disciplines includes, among others: market access; trade remedies such as antidumping and countervailing duty measures and safeguard actions; subsidies; rules of origin; import licensing; customs; trade in services, including trade in financial services; trade related investment measures; technical barriers to trade and other regulatory issues, including standards and technical regulations; sanitary and phytosanitary measures related to human, animal, or plant life or health; trade related aspects of intellectual property rights; and government procurement.
Companies conducting business in global markets benefit from understanding the scope and effect of WTO rights, obligations, and procedures, and how international obligations intersect with cross-border commercial transactions, global business strategies, government regulatory flexibility, and the resolution of trade disputes. We are well positioned to advise on the full range of WTO disciplines, as well as WTO accessions, WTO trade policy reviews, and WTO dispute settlement.
We have experience in representing private sector interests and governments in all phases of WTO dispute settlement, including: assessment of national measures to determine WTO inconsistencies and the viability of WTO challenges and defenses; formal consultations (including the preparation of written requests for consultations and advice and assistance regarding the conduct of government-to-government consultations); panel proceedings (including the preparation of requests to establish a panel, advice and guidance on panel composition, dealing with requests for preliminary rulings from the panel, the preparation of legal submissions and responses to written panel questions, and oral advocacy before the panel); appeals before the WTO Appellate Body (including analysis of panel reports to determine potential bases for appeal, the preparation of notices of appeal and notices of other appeal, the preparation of appellee and appellant submissions, and oral advocacy before the Appellate Body); arbitrations to determine the period of time for a member government to implement WTO rulings based on adopted panel reports and Appellate Body reports; domestic implementation of WTO rulings based on adopted panel reports and Appellate Body reports; compliance proceedings (when there is a dispute as to the existence or WTO consistency of measures taken to comply with WTO rulings); and proceedings to suspend tariff concessions or other obligations (retaliation proceedings in the event that the losing WTO member fails to bring itself into compliance).
K&L Gates transactional lawyers are equipped to handle drafting, negotiating, and implementing any type of agreement in connection with trade and investment activities, including sales and supply contracts, distributor and agency agreements, the establishment of branches and subsidiaries, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.