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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC

  • 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • USA
  • 20036

International Trade - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Superb international resources in the international trade arena, as well as deep experience in a number of Asian jurisdictions. Prestigious client base includes a number of sovereign states as well as multinationals engaged in high-level trade disputes.

Work highlights Represented Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Public Foods (CP Foods) in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings regarding aquaculture from Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Notable practitioners  

Washington, DC-based Susan Esserman is known for her experience in India-related trade matters. 

Beijing office head Eric Emerson has earned the respect of his peers through his extensive dedication to trade work, and is a valued adviser to those seeking expertise in the Chinese trade regulations. Broader regional highlights include the CP Foods mandate mentioned above.

Significant clients MeadWestvaco, MOFCOM, LG Electronics, Zhejiang Aokang Shoes, Tata Steel.

International Trade - Belgium

Market sources view James Searles as a stalwart of the trade arena. His workload of late has featured various mandates for Asia-Pacific clients seeking advice on market access or EU trade remedies proceedings.  

International Trade - China

Peers speak highly of Eric Emerson's long-standing commitment to the trade arena, and his experience in the field is enlisted by sovereign states and leading multinationals in high-stakes trade policy and trade remedies issues. Standout matters include representing Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings regarding aquaculture products from Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Matthew Yeo is based in the Washington DC office and has considerable experience across international trade litigation, and WTO disputes combined with a deep understanding of international trade policy matters. Of late, he has represented China-based parties before the WTO dispute settlement panel and is well regarded in the market for his smart and passionate approach. 

International Trade - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Excellent trade remedies practice, able to draw on the wider resources offered by the firm's global network. Sources are also impressed by the firm's expertise in export control and sanctions issues. Other strengths include bilateral negotiations and trade-related disputes.

Work highlights Successfully acted for Zhejiang Aokang Shoes in an ECJ appeal over anti-dumping duties imposed on footwear imported from China and Vietnam. The ECJ ruled in favour of Steptoe's client, ordering the EU Council to pay Aokang's litigation costs.

Notable practitioners  

Market sources view James Searles in Brussels as a stalwart of the trade arena. His workload of late has featured various mandates for Asia-Pacific clients seeking advice on market access or EU trade remedies proceedings.

Significant clients Kito Ceramics, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association.

International Trade - Global-wide

What the team is known for Formidable teams in the USA and Asia along with a strong Brussels presence. Acts for sovereign states and leading multinationals on trade remedies proceedings across a number of continents, as well as on WTO challenges. Provides expert guidance on the implications of free trade agreement negotiations, along with export controls and economic sanctions advice.

Work highlights Represented MeadWestvaco in a Chinese anti-dumping investigation into coated paperboard.

Successfully acted for Haygrove in connection with US Customs' attempt to impose steel pipe anti-dumping duties on imported greenhouse parts. Secured a ruling from US Customs that no future shipments would be subject to these duties.

Notable practitioners

Susan Esserman heads the department in Washington, DC, which is also the base of operations for Edward Krauland and Mark Moran. James Searles is in Brussels, and Eric Emerson is in Beijing.

Significant clients MOFCOM, LG Electronics, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association, Tata Steel.

Energy & Natural Resources - USA

Steven Brose has an excellent reputation among peers. Clients laud his experience and knowledge of FERC matters and the respect that he is awarded by the regulators, judges and opposing counsel.

Douglas Green is praised for his excellent litigation skills and his involvement in some of the largest cases in this space.

David Raskin is lauded by clients for his breadth of experience. He continues to lead the firm's transmissions work and is notably representing Northeast Utilities in a return on equity complaint that is imminently due to be heard before FERC. The result of this case will be very significant, not only for the client, but also for the wider community of developers in terms of their return on equity.

Steven Reed enjoys a significant practice in the oil pipelines area. He has recently been acting for Enbridge on a variety of matters including the defence of the spot tariff rates imposed for US shippers.

Clients and peers alike have high regard for Richard Roberts. He has been involved in many high-profile matters such as the ongoing Southern California Edison refund matter, in which he recently managed to secure the highest-value refund claim to have been granted in the USA to date.

Daniel Poynor is another well-respected oil pipeline lawyer at the firm and is lauded for his excellent writing skills. He is adept in the gamut of pipeline rates and regulatory matters and is currently representing TEPPCO in a cost of service matter valued at USD350 million.

Steven Ross has been involved in work on behalf of a number of key clients including American Electric Power, Enbridge, Duke Energy and Westar Energy.

International Trade - USA

Richard Cunningham played a lead role in the firm's defence of LG Electronics in connection with its imports of bottom-mount refrigerator-freezers from South Korea and Mexico, as well as wider work relating to South Korea.

Edward Krauland is a popular choice for referrals among peers in the export controls arena. 

Lucinda Low impresses commentators with her level of expertise. Clients laud the quality of her advice.

Mark Moran is a lead partner in the firm's WTO work. He receives excellent feedback for his calm strategic reasoning as well as the strength of his technical legal advice.

Stewart Baker is frequently sought out for his CFIUS expertise, and sources are confident in relying on his abilities.

Chair of the firm's international department, Susan Esserman is particularly active on trade policy matters and Chinese anti-dumping investigations. Her clients include global packaging company MeadWestvaco. 

Matthew Yeo is a fine choice of counsel for WTO matters and is lauded for his strategic approach and excellent legal analysis. He operates out of Washington, DC and comes highly recommended for his China-focused work. 

International Trade - USA

Charles Schill leads the team at Steptoe that handles ITC work and he has extensive experience in this area.

Alice Kipel's practice includes a variety of international trade areas and considerable involvement in Section 337 investigations. She advised Dura Magnetics as respondent on a claim filed by Hitachi Metals.

Tax - USA

Mark Silverman is best known for his distinguished planning and transactional practice, in which area he assists large public corporations in the structuring of spin-off transactions and M&A.

Head of department Philip West handles international tax issues for a range of clients, both foreign and domestic.