In the 21st century, commerce is a global affair, and cross-border business is profoundly influenced by global agreements and trade regulations, sometimes emanating from distant capitals. As government regulation and enforcement increase on everything from export controls to international finance and investment, companies that seek to thrive in the modern marketplace require a proactive, comprehensive approach to trade compliance and policy matters in every jurisdiction where they operate, or wish to.
With a global focus, Alston & Bird’s International Trade & Regulatory Team is composed of individuals in Washington, New York, and Beijing who work with trusted colleagues at other firms with whom we have a long history to provide assistance to our clients. Our lawyers provide clients with a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory issues that create opportunities—and risks—for companies operating internationally. International trade regulation is constantly evolving as countries redefine their national interests, and staying on top of the core components of international trade practice, such as export controls and sanctions programs, foreign investment regulations, trade policy and agreements, customs, trade remedies, and anticorruption compliance, is a shifting target that calls for focused attention.
One of Alston & Bird’s strengths is the diversity of our lawyers’ skill sets and our knack for integrating often related international trade issues. We are able to deliver a “one stop” shop of experience to meet our clients’ needs, from sourcing and supply chain decisions or compliance programs that reflect your corporate policies to duty-saving opportunities in trade agreements or overcoming sensitive regulatory hurdles to access new markets. When matters require further consideration, such as making voluntary disclosures of actual or potential violations, overseeing corrective actions, or negotiating enforcement outcomes, we have the right experience to help you achieve your business goals.
Our group is proud to have been consistently recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading international trade practice. Our lawyers are ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Washington DC Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, and Legal 500: Brazil – International Trade and Customs.
We also have attorneys who serve on the board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers and are members of or have work experience in other international trade organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, and various international trade sections and committees of the American Bar Association.
We are also the only U.S. law firm listed on the Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) foreign counsel panels for trade remedies, trade barriers, and IP 337.