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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 and insights

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Publications: 11 July 2022

A panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals asks the Court en banc to overturn Industrial Risk and INPROSTA

Most arbitration practitioners take for granted the bifurcated post-award framework for international arbitrations. As a general matter, an arbitral award (i) can be set aside at the arbitral seat…

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Publications: 11 July 2022

The United States Supreme Court holds that 28 U.S.C. § 1782 does not encompass arbitral tribunals

On June 13, 2022, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in ZF Automotive US, Inc., et al., v. Luxshare, Ltd.

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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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Awards and achievements

  • Tier One, Public International Law, Legal 500 UK 2022

  • Band 1, Dispute Resolution, Global Multi-Jurisdictional, Chambers Global 2022

  • International Arbitration Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2020

  • Leading firm (top tier) ranking in the “Leaders League” table for International Arbitration (Spain) 2022



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