Alston & Bird’s International Trade and Regulatory Group (ITRG) has achieved a reputation of excellence through its diversified range of expertise, its members’ decades of experience in dealing with policy and regulatory nuances at the federal level, its distinguished client list, and its record of achieving effective results for its clients, often in precedent-setting matters. ITRG lawyers offer technical trade law expertise on the full range of regulatory issues that confront companies doing business internationally. We possess a sophisticated understanding of trade, investment and security policies as they have developed over the last 25 years that enables us to help our clients navigate the challenges of this complex and dynamic new world.
Our Washington, D.C.-based group works on a daily basis with staff and political level officials at the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State, Energy and Homeland Security, as well as the White House, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. International Trade Commission and Congress. We represent clients from virtually all business sectors including trading, financial services, machinery and equipment, steel, information technology, food and chemicals and pharmaceuticals. As needed, we combine our substantive trade expertise with the expertise of other Alston & Bird attorneys, such as those in the firm’s Legislative and Public Policy, Antitrust, White Collar, Intellectual Property and Immigration Groups to form a team to address the needs of the client. In this respect, in cooperation with Alston & Bird’s top-rated Intellectual Property Group, the Trade and Regulatory Group litigates unfair import practice cases at the U.S. International Trade Commission under Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act.
Our attorneys offer in-depth expertise in the following specific disciplines of international trade and regulatory practice:
Export controls and antiboycott regulations
Foreign assets controls, embargoes and sanctions
Unfair trade proceedings relating to intellectual property (Section 337)
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Trade remedy proceedings, such as antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguards investigations, and other trade proceedings, both in the U.S. and abroad
Multilateral (e.g., WTO, FTAA) and bilateral and regional agreements (e.g., NAFTA)
International trade policy and legislative issues
Duty saving programs, such as foreign trade zones, drawback, GSP and TIBs