International Trade/WTO - Asia-Pacific Region
THE FIRM Steptoe & Johnson receives high praise across the board for both its regional experience and its breadth of trade expertise. A team of experts based in Beijing and Washington, DC advises clients on trade remedies issues, WTO disputes and FCPA investigations, drawing on detailed knowledge of the Indian, Chinese and Korean markets. International corporations call on the group for advice on overcoming market access barriers, and outbound work includes representing various Asian clients in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. In one particular highlight, the firm secured a complete victory for LG Electronics in three US trade remedies cases regarding Korean and Mexican imports of bottom mount refrigerator-freezers. The team also advises the US-India Business Council on its strategic trade and investment initiative, and on the negotiation of the US-India bilateral investment treaty.
Sources say: "One of the pre-eminent trade remedies practices internationally." "Their strengths are strong legal analysis and legal writing, knowledge of public international law and their skill in treaty interpretation."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients have a tremendous regard for Susan Esserman, who is described as "a leader in this area of practice - she has very substantial knowledge, experience and judgement." Sources also consider her "a great asset as an adviser on a range of trade and investment issues."
Eric Emerson is "very thorough, and very knowledgeable about doing business in China." Standout work of late includes advising LG Electronics on the abovementioned trade remedies proceedings.