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Baker McKenzie

International Trade

5 ranked lawyersBand 2USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Deep bench with extensive expertise in customs, export controls and economic sanctions. Offers services in trade enforcement and compliance, and OFAC and ITAR matters. Experienced in handling sanctions matters relating to Russia and Iran. Well supported by an integrated network of global offices. Client base includes those in the energy, financial services, healthcare and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths

Clients say: "When it comes to specific export controls issues, it is our go-to firm."

"Working with the trade controls team is great, the different groups are all very responsive and diligent," reports a source.

"The customs team is outstanding," reports a client, adding: "The firm has a global span, which is helpful."

Work highlights

Advised Zurn/Rexnord on seeking exclusions to Section 232 and Section 301 duties.

Advised Nynas on its negotiations with OFAC in lifting Venezuela-related sanctions targeting the company.

Notable practitioners

Janet Kim handles a range of export controls and economic sanctions matters. She often works with clients such as financial services and construction companies.
"She knows our business and our needs and is able to digest what we are talking about." "She has a depth of experience which is very useful."

John McKenzie garners praise for his trade regulations practice and regularly advises on export controls work. He also handles customs-related matters.
"He is excellent on export controls advice." "He has a tremendous client base in the technology space and is a consummate gentleman." "He provides same-day advice to our queries; his reaction time is very, very quick."

Kerry Contini regularly advises clients on the full range of export controls and economic sanctions issues. She works on trade compliance programs, risk assessments and licensing matters, among other issues.
"She is strategic, responsive and really commits to getting to know her clients' businesses." "She is very practical and easy to work with." "She is great in this space, her advice and solutions are business-focused."

Stuart Seidel has extensive experience in customs matters, including compliance issues.
"He is a leading figure in the industry."

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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: Customs


John F McKenzie
Band 4
Stuart Seidel
Senior Statespeople

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions


Janet Kim
Band 3
John F McKenzie
Band 4
Kerry Contini
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