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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

International Trade

12 ranked lawyersBand 1USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Continues to be a powerhouse group providing an exceptional offering across a range of areas. Vastly experienced in complex WTO disputes, advising both sovereign and nonsovereign clients. Regularly works on export controls and economic sanctions issues, including compliance, risk management and enforcement issues concerning OFAC and ITAR. Also proficient in CFIUS filings and FOCI mitigation, frequently acting for well-known defense, energy and telecommunications companies. Maintains offices in Beijing, Brussels and London, which means it is able to handle cross-border matters with ease.

Strengths

Clients say: "It is very competent in the area of export controls and economic sanctions."

Sources say: "It has a great regulatory and OFAC practice."

"It is the go-to trade remedy and policy team for us," reports one client.

"The trade remedy and policy team is good at representing us in proceedings," notes a commentator.

Sources report: "The Steptoe team is well prepared, business-friendly, easy to engage with and very knowledgeable about CFIUS."

"Its strength is their experience and practical understanding of the CFIUS process," say interviewees.

Work highlights

Represented Venus Group, a leading producer of stainless steel products in India, with respect to administrative proceedings involving the 'Stainless Steel Bar from India' antidumping order.

Notable practitioners

Alexandra Baj is noted for her skills in trade controls work. She has experience working with clients from a host of sectors, including defense, software and nuclear.
"She writes extremely well and is a good advocate." "She is terrific and does a great job with clients."

Amy Lentz has an extensive trade disputes practice. She regularly works for foreign governments on complex WTO cases.
"She is terrific and really know the facts and the arguments."

Brian Egan has a well-rounded trade practice. He assists clients with issues concerning export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS reviews.
"He is excellent, easy to work with, very smart, and has good government experience." "He bring the behind-the-scenes perspective." "He is my guardian angel when navigating sanctions issues."

Edward Krauland continues to be a top-tier practitioner in the trade controls space. His clients include Russian, European and Chinese entities.
"He is clear, to the point and has a 'helicopter' view so that he understands the challenges we face." "Edward is one of the top lawyers in his field, he is an absolute expert, incredibly responsive and a very practical problem solver." "He is very experienced, responsive, practical and a pleasure to work with."

Eric Emerson cochairs the trade and regulatory compliance team at the firm. He focuses on trade remedy litigation.
"He is extremely personable, very quick, very smart and very good in negotiations." "He has a lot of experience in working with Chinese matters, and knows the main issues very well."

Matthew Yeo frequently acts for clients on trade disputes before the WTO. He also represents clients before the ITC and DOC.
"He is a very strong practitioner."

Meredith Rathbone cochairs the international trade group, focusing her practice on export controls and economic sanctions.
"She is an extremely smart lawyer focused on technology issues and has good insight on UK and EU regulations as well." "She is tireless, detail-oriented and incredibly responsive. She is available whenever I need her and doesn't leave rocks unturned."

Stewart Baker is experienced in guiding clients through the CFIUS review process. He is well known for his work with European and Asian clients.
"He is a creative thinker and beloved by clients and co-counsel alike." "He is really able to get to the heart of things in a clear and crisp way." "He is smart and very imaginative."

Susan Esserman is noted for her work on trade policy. She cochairs the trade practice at the firm.
"She is super smart, very detail-oriented, and I really enjoy working with her."

Thomas Trendl often works with industry associations and government on a range of antidumping matters. He regularly appears at the WTO, ITC and DOC.
"He is sharp and knows what he is doing." "He is very mindful of his clients and has a ton of experience."

Wendy Wysong is noted for her strength in matters relating to export controls. She splits her time between the firm's DC and Hong Kong offices.
"She is well respected and knows her stuff."

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USA - Nationwide

International Trade: CFIUS Experts


Brian Egan
Band 4
Stewart Baker
Band 3

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions


Alexandra Baj
Band 5
Brian Egan
Band 5
Edward Krauland
Band 1
Meredith Rathbone
Band 3

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