Practice & Industry Groups

International Trade Law

​The increasingly global nature of commerce and the myriad ways national governments seek to regulate that commerce impact every company involved in the international trade of goods and services. This area of law has evolved significantly over the past 20 years and continues to do so -- as more governments realize that their economic well-being is inextricably intertwined with trade transactions between the private sectors of different countries. Yet, rather than reducing the complexity, the proliferation of bilateral and international trade agreements can add to the challenges of companies seeking to do business across borders.

World Law Group's International Trade Law Group helps clients navigate the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with this increasingly complex web of law and regulation. The group's members bring in-depth knowledge and experience to a variety of challenges most often encountered by companies involved in cross-border trade, including:

  • Import compliance,
  • Export controls,
  • Antidumping, countervailing duties and trade remedies,
  • WTO dispute settlement.

Other areas of expertise encompass economic sanctions, investment treaty arbitration, market access and regulatory barriers, trade policy and negotiations, and anti-corruption and anti-boycott laws.

Due to the extraterritorial reach of international trade laws, members of the WLG International Trade Law Group have formed strong working relationships with their WLG peers around the world to better serve their clients. As national leaders in their field, they meet regularly at international and regional conferences, exchange news on related legal developments and collaborate on comparative law guides and other information resources for WLG’s member firms and their respective clients.


Legal Update
An unanticipated change in the implementation rules for the USMCA - the removal of the NAFTA preference override - means that companies should review country of origin markings of imported goods to ensure that markings still comply with the new rules.
Legal Update
On 24 June 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China, with approval from the State Council, published the Negative List for Foreign Direct Investment Industry (2020 version) (“2020 Negative List”).
Legal Update
After Mexico and the European Union announced the modernization of the "Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and the United Mexican States", it is important to analyze the evolution of the competition provisions.
Main Contacts
Michael Brüggemann Taylor Wessing Düsseldorf, Germany
Kathleen Murphy Faegre Drinker Chicago, Illinois - U.S.A. +1 312 569 1155
Hanna Shea World Law Group Denver, Colorado - U.S.A. +1 202 904 2477
Bernardine Adkins Gowling WLG Birmingham, England +870 903 1000
Rita Albuquerque PLMJ Lisboa, Portugal 351213197361
Liliana Arauz Alfaro-Abogados Buenos Aires, Argentina +54 11 4393 3003
Nathaniel Bolin Faegre Drinker Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 230 5888
Carlos Camacho Arias San José, Costa Rica +506 4036 2840
Kyu Sang Chung Bae, Kim & Lee LLC Seoul, South Korea
Lynn Fischer Fox Arnold & Porter Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A.
Samir Gandhi AZB & Partners Mumbai, India
Rolando Garcia Arias San José, Costa Rica +506 4036 2808
Pedro Gaspar da Silva PLMJ
Richard Hammarvid Setterwalls Gothenburg, Sweden +46 31 701 1720
Ian Hayes ENSafrica Johannesburg, South Africa
Doug Heffner Faegre Drinker Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 230 5802
David Inglis MinterEllison Sydney, Australia
Mattias Jannerbo Miller & Martin PLLC Chattanooga, Tennessee - U.S.A. +1 423 785 8322
Doron Joffe ENSafrica Johannesburg, South Africa +27 11 269 7600
Geraldine Johns-Putra MinterEllison Melbourne, Australia +61 3 8608 2310
Ursula Johnston Gowling WLG London, England
Lisa Jones Miller & Martin PLLC Atlanta, Georgia - U.S.A. 404-962-6469
Johannes Juranek CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Vienna, Austria
Shammi Kapoor Vaish Associates New Delhi, India
Jeena Kim Bae, Kim & Lee LLC Seoul, South Korea
Anastasia Kotenkova CMS Russia Moscow, Russia +74957864000
Pranat Laohapairoj Chandler MHM Limited Bangkok, Thailand +662 266 6485
Alejandro Luna Santamarina y Steta S.C. Mexico City, Mexico +52 15 513 846 413
Laura Martinez Santamarina y Steta S.C. Mexico City, Mexico 525552795400
Juan Manuel Mercant Guyer & Regules Montevideo, Uruguay +598 2902 1515
Kai Neuhaus CMS Germany Brussels, Belgium +32 2 6500 431
David Park Arnold & Porter Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 942 5646
Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch Arendt & Medernach Luxembourg, Luxembourg +352 40 78 78 350
Koos Pretorius ENSafrica Cape Town, South Africa +27 82 557 7927
Lingchen Pu Zhong Lun Law Firm Beijing, China
Carmen Rosa PLMJ Faro, Portugal
Randy Rucker Faegre Drinker Chicago, Illinois - U.S.A. +1 312 569 1157
Shrinivas Sankaran Vaish Associates New Delhi, India
James Sawyer Faegre Drinker Chicago, Illinois - U.S.A. +1 312 569 1156
Jeenal Shah AZB & Partners Mumbai, India
Shilpa Sharma Vaish Associates Mumbai, India
Johan Stromback Setterwalls Stockholm, Sweden
Suresh Varanasi AZB & Partners Mumbai, India
Beth Castro World Law Group Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 904 2477
Tori Drayer World Law Group Washington, District of Columbia - U.S.A. +1 202 904 2488