Overview

Doing business internationally in the 21st century poses a multitude of challenges for companies striving to comply with various U.S. and foreign international trade- and national security-based regulatory restrictions and requirements.  Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's International Trade lawyers understand the intricacies of these challenges, and can help you quickly and cost-effectively navigate these complex regulatory regimes.  Our lawyers have represented multinational corporations in some of the most legally complex and politically sensitive international trade cases in recent years.  Few other firms can match our global presence, comprehensive experience and deeply talented team.

Named by Law360 as its 2012 International Trade Group of the Year, Gibson Dunn's International Trade Practice Group is centered in the Washington, D.C. office, located near the federal departments and agencies that implement and enforce U.S. import, export, customs, transnational investment and unfair trade laws and regulations.  Lawyers in the practice group assist both U.S. and international clients on a wide variety of trade-related matters, including:   

  • Antidumping and countervailing duties: import relief
  • Customs
  • Economic and trade sanctions
  • Export controls
  • Transnational business and foreign direct investment controls (CFIUS)
  • Trade litigation and agency representation
  • Trade and investment policy
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) and other foreign sovereign claims
  • National security

Due to the increasing complexities attendant on doing business internationally, and to ensure the comprehensive representation of your needs, our International Trade lawyers work closely with a wide array of other Gibson Dunn practice groups throughout our transactional and litigation departments.

For example, with the continued expansion of U.S. businesses into transitional economies where government corruption continues to be a reality, familiarity with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is crucial.  In coordination with our securities and white collar litigation practices, the International Trade group often advises U.S. multinational companies and their representatives abroad on various anti-corruption and anti-terrorist financing compliance matters, including FCPA issues relating to sales agents, joint ventures, acquisitions and competition for foreign government contracts.  We also advise on structuring compliance training programs to conform with FCPA prohibitions and securities law requirements.  Our International Trade lawyers also work very closely with the firm's anti-money laundering practitioners to provide advice on anti-money laundering compliance and representation in connection with financial institution regulatory enforcement actions and examinations.

We serve as defense counsel in proceedings involving the U.S. Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. courts.  We are well known for acting as compliance monitors and/or in advising those monitors.  We also advise on EU and individual European country compliance and enforcement matters.