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Trade Law and Disputes

Allen & Overy’s Trade Law and Disputes team helps clients in advisory and contentious matters relating to international trade, a complex area in which the movement of goods and services between jurisdictions is increasingly affected by government actions. 

We advise on international trade law, trade-related disputes, trade defences, customs rules and tariff applications, supply chains, the interpretation of customs codes and export and import controls.

A&O’s expert lawyers have worked on trade and sanctions-related issues for OFAC, the European Commission and the UK’s Department of International Trade, amongst other government agencies. We have an in-depth understanding of how trade organisations and regulators work.

Our experience includes:

  • Assessing potential risks associated with particular contracts, relationships or proposed business ventures, including in relation to sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, and foreign direct investment.
  • Advising on the impact of free trade agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) law on the cross-border movement of goods and services.
  • Advising on trade defence issues covering all aspects of anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguarding measures and related disputes.

Unusually for a law firm, we have experience of contentious proceedings before the WTO. We represented the Republic of Cuba in its challenge to Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 - the first time that Cuba has challenged another country’s commercial legislation at the WTO. Of the matters currently pending before the WTO, this case attracted the largest number of claimants.

News & insights

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News: 29 March 2022

A&O strengthens International Arbitration group with hire of David Herlihy

Allen & Overy continues to invest in its International Arbitration group with the hire of partner David Herlihy, a specialist in investment arbitration and public international law. David, who joins…

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Publications: 03 February 2022

Webinar: International sanctions update, February 2022

Tuesday 15 February 2022, 1pm-2pm GMT/8am-9am EST/9pm-10pm HKT.

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Publications: 11 December 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: global application of antitrust rules (updated 11 December 2020)

Adverse economic or social conditions have not historically tended to affect the general application and enforcement of antitrust rules. 

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Antitrust in focus

Publications: 26 June 2020

Antitrust in focus - June 2020

This newsletter is our take on the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business.

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Awards and achievements

  • Tier One, Public International Law, Legal 500 UK 2019

  • Band 1, Dispute Resolution, Global-wide, Chambers Global 2019

  • International Arbitration Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2019

  • Best Arbitration Team of the Year in Spain and Portugal, 2019 



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