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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

International Trade

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What the team is known for

Possesses a team of talented attorneys noted for their capabilities in customs, export controls and economic sanctions work. Areas of expertise cover ITAR, EAR, tariff classification and country of origin marking. Also proficient in trade remedies and trade policy issues, regularly working with leading domestic and foreign companies, as well as national governments. Experienced in handling international mandates, supported by offices in Europe and Asia.

Strengths

The export controls and economic sanctions team is "fantastic, it has some of the best lawyers I work with," according to one client.

"The Akin export controls and economic sanctions team is collaborative, and it listens to its client's requests and understands the nature of the client's business so is most prepared to help provide solutions," says a source.

Commentators note: "It has a great customs practice."

"The trade remedy and policy team knows its stuff and I am happy with the whole team," according to a source.

Interviewees highlight the trade remedy and policy team as being "attentive to our concerns and goals and focused upon finding solutions."

Work highlights

Represented the Ad Hoc Coalition of Cabinet Importers in antidumping and countervailing duty cases concerning wooden cabinets and vanities from China before the ITC.

Notable practitioners

Bernd Janzen is a trusted trade practitioner noted for his strength in the litigation space. His clients include corporations and governments.
"He is a very thoughtful lawyer."

Christian Davis is a key partner in the team and handles CFIUS matters. He is experienced in working with clients from the technology, energy and defense sectors.
"He is very thoughtful." "He is very well attuned to all of our needs." "He is very level-headed and persuasive, he knows when to push and when not to push."

Hal Shapiro handles a range of trade policy issues, including advising on trade agreements and treaties. His client base includes corporations and national governments.
"Hal is brilliant and dedicated to providing great client support."

Jonathan Poling has an extensive international trade practice. He often advises on export controls matters.
"He combines outstanding subject matter knowledge with the ability to convey practical advice and risk in a way we can process it and use it to make our own decisions."

Kevin Wolf brings to bear previous government experience in assisting clients with export controls and economic sanctions concerns.
"He is a real intellectual who is extremely experienced." "He has very extensive deep subject matter expertise." "He is very strong on export controls."

Lars-Erik Hjelm is a highly regarded customs practitioner with experience in matters such as classification, valuation and country of origin.
"He is a recognized leader in his practice area and is an essential resource for us." "I think very highly of him."

Matthew Nicely regularly handles trade disputes and his clients include governments and companies. He is particularly strong at handling antidumping and countervailing duty matters.
"He is very thorough and analytical when it comes to understanding the problems." "He is a very strong practitioner."

Naboth van den Broek cochairs the trade practice at the firm. He frequently works with clients on policy matters.
"He is personable, reasonable and accommodating." "He is concise and his advice is always right." "He is good on the WTO and subsidy side of things."

Spencer Griffith has a broad trade practice, that includes advising on trade remedy litigation. He frequently represents governments in WTO cases.
"He is excellent, has a wide breadth of knowledge, is timely in his responses and understands the politics of the issues." "He does a great job."

Stephen Kho undertakes a host of policy and regulatory work for his global client base. He also represents clients in antidumping and Section 301 cases.
"He has a lot of substantive experience in the space." "He spends the time to understand our business and objectives."

Thomas McCarthy frequently advises on export control matters. He regularly works with clients in the defense and technology space.
"He is a good leader and is very knowledgeable about the regulations." "He is particularly attuned to the need for project management." "His support and representation is top-notch."

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Overview

To learn more about Akin Gump’s International Trade capabilities, please visit the International Trade page under the experience section at www.akingump.com.

International Trade

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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2001 K Street N.W.

Washington, DC

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DC 20006

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

International Trade: CFIUS Experts


Christian C Davis
Band 4

International Trade: Customs


Lars-Erik A Hjelm
Band 1

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions


Jonathan Poling
Band 5
Thomas J McCarthy
Band 3

International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy


Bernd Janzen
Band 5

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