International Trade

The International Trade Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates (“Skadden”) represents U.S. and international clients with respect to international trade litigation, policy and compliance matters. Skadden has litigated trade cases for, and/or provided trade advice to basic manufacturing companies, high-technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, as well as services and agricultural companies. In the United States, we have represented major steel producers as petitioners in more than 60 antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Further, we have represented Japanese, Mexican, Chinese and Israeli respondents in U.S. unfair trade cases. Skadden also has represented clients in “Section 301” proceedings and in related negotiations between the U.S. and international governments.

In addition, we served as counsel to major integrated domestic steel producers in one of the largest trade cases brought in the U.S. in recent years: the “Section 201” case initiated by the U.S. government that resulted in temporary protection from a surge of steel imports causing injury to domestic producers. Our successful representation resulted in substantial tariff protection for our clients.

We have defended multinational clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings in Mexico, Taiwan, Australia, Canada and Western Europe. We won the very first appeal to a dispute settlement panel convened in Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and our attorneys have represented parties in other dispute settlement proceedings under NAFTA and its forerunner, the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. Skadden also has participated in numerous dispute settlement proceedings under the World Trade Organization and its precursor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. We were active in the NAFTA and Uruguay Round negotiations and in the development of the legislation and regulations implementing the results of those negotiations. Currently, Skadden represents client interests in the Doha Round negotiations.

Skadden’s international trade attorneys have broad experience in matters involving U.S. export controls, economic sanctions and antiboycott requirements. We regularly advise U.S. and international companies in virtually all sectors of the economy, including companies in the oil and gas industry, software and high-technology companies, defense contractors, telecommunications companies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, companies in the automotive industry, nuclear energy companies and financial institutions (including private equity funds and hedge funds). Our work includes advice to clients on interpreting the scope and applicability of U.S. export controls, economic sanctions and antiboycott requirements, determining the export classification of products and technologies, obtaining licenses and other authorizations, obtaining commodity jurisdiction determinations, and defending clients in administrative and criminal enforcement actions. We frequently assist clients in the development and implementation of internal compliance programs, the conduct of internal investigations and the design of remedial measures (including in-house training programs).

In 2014, Skadden received a Chambers USA “Award for Excellence” in recognition of the firm’s International Trade and CFIUS practices.