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What the team is known for Washington, DC and Beijing-based practices that have renowned strength in representing government bodies in significant trade disputes at the WTO in DC and Geneva. Considerable expertise in the manufacturing, agricultural, chemicals and food processing sectors, and mandated by clients in China, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. Also adept in providing compliance and regulatory advice, and active advising on strategic issues related to bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements in the region. Additional capabilities in foreign investment, including legal restrictions on investment and associated import transactions.
Strengths A client likes that the team "can always get the real point of our concerns and provide valuable suggestions to address them successfully, making reasonable, constructive and useful suggestions both for the substantive legal points and proceeding issues." The client also asserts that the team is "excellent at drafting and excellent in hearings."
A second client reports: "Curtis is among the few top law firms representing foreign producer and importer interests in trade regulatory cases. It is very creative and aggressively pursues legal arguments."
Work highlights Defended China MOFCOM’s interests in multiple US CVD cases against China, as well as WTO disputes.
Daniel Porter is head of the firm's international trade team and handles the full spectrum of contentious and advisory international trade work. He wins praise from a client who considers him "really good at communicating."
James Durling often represents states and SOEs on trade remedy matters, as well as advising on WTO and US trade policy issues. A client notes that his "drafting is always impressive."
Matthew McCullough primarily advises Korean and Chinese clients on regulatory issues, as well as representing them in AD and CVD cases. A market source describes him as "a real strong player with a great reputation, particularly for subsidy-related cases."