Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice actively advises clients on international negotiations. We are currently representing U.S. companies and industries in critical ongoing trade negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would be the largest U.S. free trade agreement; the plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), involving the United States and more than 20 other countries; and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union. We also represent U.S. companies and industries on a variety of U.S.-China trade negotiations, including ongoing negotiations for a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).
In these and other ongoing trade negotiations, we present client views and proposals on current or potential negotiations to the trade policy makers, such as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and State. We participate directly with such multilateral trade organizations as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and also participate in the informal "interested persons" groups that always emerge in the negotiation context. We use all available trade policy tools to solve specific problems concerning imports or in foreign countries (e.g., lack of market access). Finding the proper means to enlist government support in connection with a trade or market access initiative is often a complex but highly useful undertaking that requires an understanding of the interaction between the various agencies and Congress. This work also includes advising domestic and foreign clients on the implementation of international obligations (e.g., how to comply with WTO obligations).
We represent a wide range of industry goods and services sectors in trade negotiations, including areas as diverse as manufacturing, telecommunications and Internet services, and professional services. For example, Wiley Rein has led efforts to address the trade-distorting practices of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), working closely with the U.S. government to include strong and enforceable SOE disciplines in future trade agreements like the TPP.
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