Overview

In today's global economy, with countless interconnected markets, customers are just as often on another continent as they are down the street. For this reason, businesses operating internationally regularly face complex and evolving legal and regulatory frameworks that affect where their goods and services are delivered, by whom and how fast. 

"Among the best for customs law," Mayer Brown provides "service of the highest level in all aspects."
- Legal 500

With these dynamics at play, and with our clients’ expanding interests in mind, Mayer Brown’s International Trade practice has long offered informed and effective guidance on all aspects of international trade law. Armed with a global network of knowledgeable and experienced trade lawyers, and an ability to draw upon the experience of numerous former government officials, we are ideally positioned to tackle the full gamut of international issues facing our clients.

Across our offices in Beijing, Brussels, Ho Chi Minh City, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington, we count among our ranks two former US Trade Representatives (USTR), a former US Secretary of Commerce, a former EU ambassador to the United States, a former member of the US Congress, a former chief of staff at USTR, the former chief policy director with the US House Ways & Means Committee, a former assistant director in Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry, a former senior official in New Zealand's Customs Service, and numerous former trade negotiators, senior lawyers and economists in the United States, Europe, Singapore and elsewhere around the world.

We combine this experience with in-depth industry knowledge and diverse jurisdictional understandings to advise on the following:

Mayer Brown also has one of the most active and experienced international litigation and dispute settlement practices in the world, which offers extensive experience before the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement panels and Appellate Body.

Accolades

Legal 500 2015
"Among the best for customs law," Mayer Brown provides "service of the highest level in all aspects."

"A broad practice that also spans export controls, WTO disputes, trade remedies and trade policy matters and benefits from global platforms in China, Belgium, Singapore and Vietnam." 

American Lawyer 2013
Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation in the inaugural American Lawyer 2013 Global Legal Awards.

China Law & Practice
Awarded International Firm of the Year – International Trade 2013 by China Law & Practice.

Chambers Asia Pacific
The 2012 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific ranked Mayer Brown in 29 categories, listing eight practices and 14 lawyers in the top tier.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific
The 2012 edition of Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranked Mayer Brown practices in 31 categories, including top-tier rankings in 13 categories. The publication also ranked 16 Mayer Brown lawyers as Leading Lawyers.

Chambers Global
Ranked as one of the top seven International Trade firms in Brussels by Chambers Global in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Ranked as one of the top 12 International Trade firms globally by Chambers Global in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

US News/Best Lawyers
Ranked Tier 1 in the US and Washington DC in the 2011 "Best Lawyers Rankings" by US News/Best Lawyers.

2008 Belgian Legal Awards
Three partners named to the 2010 Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers. Awarded Trade Law Firm of the Year by the 2008 Belgian Legal Awards.