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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

International Trade

2 ranked lawyersBand 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Maintains a leading presence across the Asia-Pacific region and is especially well regarded for its work on major WTO disputes. Serves an impressive list of clients that includes industry associations, national trade bodies and well-known international corporations. Well known for its work on high-profile US-China cases and increasingly active on matters with Korean, Indian and Australian elements. Frequently acts for steel producers and companies in the technology and e-commerce sectors. Often works in conjunction with its anti-corruption team and is also able to assist clients with compliance and due diligence related issues.

Strengths

A client who reports that the team "demonstrated creative and enlightening strategic thinking due to its rich experience in WTO law and well-coordinated teamwork," adds: "The ability of the team in research, legal drafting and oral debates before the WTO panels was also impressive, while its extensive connections in the WTO legal community help the client with coordination among countries involved, which is crucial in cases with far-reaching impacts."

Another client reports: "We often look to the team for the most complex issues, which is where it thrives; often there isn't a particularly clear answer, but the team is able to gather info from a legal perspective and from its government interactions and help us triangulate options."

Work highlights

Advised the Government of Australia on a WTO dispute relating to tobacco packaging.

Notable practitioners

Eric Emerson has a strong track record of advising on US-China DOC and ITC investigations and disputes. A satisfied client reports: "He is responsive and extremely pragmatic and practical, as well as easy to work with."

Susan Esserman is widely acknowledged to be a top-tier trade adviser who regularly handles US-China trade issues. A client states: "Sue is first-class and one of the pre-eminent attorneys I've had the pleasure of working with."

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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.

Asia-Pacific Region

International Trade/WTO


Eric Emerson
Band 2
Susan Esserman
Band 1