International Trade and Business


Trusted Advisors

As companies navigate the increasingly complex world of global business they require effective guidance on the many issues that arise in their international trade and investment activities. We provide that guidance in a manner designed to meet the needs of our clients and to accomplish their business goals, wherever they operate. We value our clients’ trust and confidence and, as their legal and business advisors, we are committed to their success. Our attorneys assist our international clients with complex commercial transactions, direct investment, federal government contracting, and compliance with myriad U.S. regulations of trade and investment. Our service orientation is client-centric, practical, efficient, and cost effective. We emphasize active and seamless communication. Together with our strategic partners, we offer the expertise to assist in virtually any legal matter in any jurisdiction. Our services to U.S. and non-U.S. companies and other organizations include:

International Commercial Transactions

We advise clients in connection with their commercial transactions across the globe. They include European, Asian and Australian companies and quasi-governmental entities engaged in trade and investment in the United States, as well as U.S.-based companies and individuals doing global business. Their market sectors extend from oil and gas to infrastructure projects, manufacturing, and financial services.

In addition to transaction structure and finance, we negotiate working agreements, analyze non-U.S. legal requirements, assist clients in ensuring protection of their vital intellectual property, , and conduct dispute resolution. We participate actively with regional organizations, including the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the Asia Pacific Council of the American Chambers of Commerce, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Our clients benefit directly from real time information on developing trends that impact their business activities worldwide.

Representative Matters:

Customs and Export Control

We advise on every aspect of customs and export control matters for U.S. and non-U.S. companies who engage in international trade.

Export Controls

U.S. export controls, complex and always evolving, are a major challenge to international business. U.S. export controls apply to goods, services, and technology exported from and imported into the U.S., and to a wide range of trading and investment activities with countries subject to U.S. sanctions. We advise clients on the requirements of U.S. export controls, executive orders, International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury regulations and sanctions for non-compliance. We structure export compliance programs, assist clients in setting up and obtaining approval of programs for the transfer of controlled technology in commercial transactions, and obtain export and re-export authorizations. We also assist in staff training, implementation of compliance programs, and violation reporting.


Customs compliance affects every international shipment of goods. We counsel companies on customs classification issues, rules of origin, duty drawback, and labelling and other requirements. We advise on Customs audits, information requests, and preferential duty proceedings. We represent clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection Posts and in regulatory proceedings for the imposition of special duty rates on targeted imports We also counsel clients on the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and compliance for registered companies.

International Trade Regulation

We are involved in every aspect of international trade regulation and policy. We have represented clients in anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, administrative reviews, safeguard investigations, section 337 proceedings, customs proceedings. We advise clients on U.S. customs and export control issues, and represent clients’ interests before Congress and the Executive Branch.

Facilitating Expansion

For companies seeking to grow their business in the United States or in overseas markets, the Washington Global Law Group and its affiliate The Stevenson Group also provide an integrated package of legal and advisory services, including:

Business Mobility

A key aspect of companies’ expansion plans is the transfer of key staff globally. Our lawyers and alliance partners have years of experience in advising and assisting clients in obtaining U.S. temporary employment visas and permanent residence and in resolving immigration issues. We assist on matters both with U.S.-based immigration officials and on the ground with officials at U.S. Consulates overseas.