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International Trade

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded for its strength in trade remedies and regularly called upon by domestic and international clients to assist with antidumping and countervailing duty cases. Adept at handling export controls and economic sanctions work, including OFAC-related matters. Strong standing in the CFIUS arena and considered a go-to firm for CFIUS reviews and FOCI mitigation. Works with a host of industry-leading clients from sectors such as energy and natural resources, financial services and specialty metals.


Sources say the trade controls team is "well connected, highly responsive, and shows great attention to detail."

Clients say: "The White & Case team is very organized and has strengths in all areas of economic sanctions and export controls."

"The CFIUS team is incredibly responsive and its lawyers have their ears to the ground and understand the trends that are critical in the space. They are very effective at what they do," reports a source.

One client notes: "The team has an excellent understanding of the CFIUS rules and interpretations and how to apply them to our complex structure."

According to one client, the trade remedy and policy team is a "dependable partner that understands how to prioritize work and still deliver a quality product, which is critical to my team’s success."

"The team provides sophisticated, three-dimensional trade policy thinking and strategic advice. They have solid government contacts and are excellent trade litigators," reports a source.

Work highlights

Provided CFIUS advice to Brookfield Asset Management with respect to its $8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming.

Represented the Federal Republic of Germany in a DOC countervailing duty investigation into imports of forged steel fluid end blocks.

Notable practitioners

Cristina Brayton-Lewis has extensive experience providing guidance on matters concerning compliance with sanctions regimes.
"She is dynamic and completely on top of the rapidly changing sanctions landscape." "She is mindful of the potential risks and thinks ahead for the client." "She is very easy to work with and has exceptional subject matter knowledge. Her responses are timely, thorough, and insightful."

David Bond has an extensive trade remedies practice. He often works with foreign corporations and governments on antidumping and countervailing duty cases.
"He knows our business and does a great job of identifying issues that affect us." "He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and practical." "He is timely, well informed and provides strong and directive leadership."

Farhad Jalinous is lauded for his capabilities in CFIUS reviews. He has extensive experience in assisting private equity funds on US investments.
"He is very responsive and very resourceful." "His strengths are his expertise in the area and his creative approach to problem solving." "He is an excellent CFIUS lawyer with tremendous experience."

Gregory Spak chairs the international trade group and handles trade remedies litigation. He regularly works with manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
"He is a very experienced, competent and knowledgeable professional with a poised approach." "He is highly efficient and gets the job done." "His wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with such matters is most valuable."

Jay Campbell has an impressive name in the trade remedies arena, representing clients such as producers, importers and governments. His expertise covers steel and wind towers, among other products.
"His technical knowledge is tremendous, as well as his responsiveness." "He understands how to communicate with the client at all levels." "He is terrific, he is easy to work with and down to earth."

Karalyn Mildorf represents clients in the full spectrum of CFIUS matters. She often works with financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds.
"She is very experienced and knowledgeable of all the CFIUS rules." "She is adept at explaining the pros and cons of various options." "She is very good to deal with and thinks ahead about the government's concerns."

Keith Schomig is noted for his handling of CFIUS and FOCI proceedings. His clients include those in the defense industry.
"He has a very good understanding of the regulations and helps us navigate everything." "I think highly of him and he is quite knowledgeable in the area."

Nicole Erb cochairs the international sanctions practice at the firm. She regularly works with foreign states and financial institutions.
"She is very knowledgeable and has a keen sense of business realities and compliance requirements." "She is excellent and knows the intricacies of the law. She understands the need to approach issues from a risk-based perspective." "Nicole Erb works tirelessly for her clients, efficiently managing complex cases and providing zealous representation."

Richard Burke works for a range of corporate clients on complex exports-related issues. He frequently advises on compliance with sanctions regimes.
"He gives thorough and digestible advice and guidance." "He is perhaps the most measured and deliberate lawyer I have ever worked with; he is sensible and detail-oriented." "Richard is a trusted partner providing timely advice on challenging legal issues. He understands our business and our company’s risk profile to give us sound recommendations."

Walter Spak is known for his broad trade remedies practice. He works on high-profile WTO antidumping cases, among other matters.
"He is personally attentive to details and is creative in crafting legal arguments." "His strengths are his depth of knowledge and customer relationship." "He is strategic and knows the details."

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USA - Nationwide

International Trade: CFIUS Experts

Farhad Jalinous
Band 1
Karalyn Mildorf
Band 3
Keith Schomig
Band 4

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Cristina Brayton-Lewis
Up and Coming
Nicole E Erb
Band 5
Richard Burke
Band 5

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