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International Trade Department

South-East Asia
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What the team is known for Singapore-based team with an especially strong reputation for acting for clients on South-East Asia matters. Co-ordinates closely with its offices in the USA and Europe to provide a joined-up service. Advises on anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters in the USA, Japan, India, Indonesia and China, among other jurisdictions. Regularly acts for clients in the metals, engineering, consumer products and chemical industries and represents governments, as well as private businesses. Increasingly active advising on energy cases.

Strengths A client reports: "The lawyers at the firm are responsive and extremely hands-on. As a result, they are able to provide a customised and personalised service."

Work highlights Advised the Government of Timor-Leste on its accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with funding provided by the Asian Development Bank.

Represented Singaporean solar panel producer REC Solar in a US safeguard investigation into solar cells and modules, successfully obtaining an exemption from safeguard measures pursuant to the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Notable practitioners

Washington, DC-based Edmund Sim is "extremely knowledgeable and hands-on in the cases he represents us in," a client reports, adding: "He has in-depth knowledge and experience in US dumping and countervailing duty law." He is noted for his expertise in trade remedy proceedings.

Jay Nee is "very good on trade remedies," a market source reports. He advises Chinese clients on anti-dumping and investigations before US and EU authorities from his Singapore base.