What We Do
Amb. Hills Provides Historical Context on NAFTA and Its Role in Building the Modern Global Trading System

In a live Bloomberg interview, Amb. Hills shares what NAFTA accomplished, how and why it should be upgraded, and its contributions to the Uruguay Round and launch of the World Trade Organization.

Robert Fisher Assesses the First Day of NAFTA talks

In an article for the Toronto Star, Mr. Fisher comments on trade negotiating dynamics as the first round of NAFTA talks get underway.

Amb. Hills Describes How NAFTA Has Strengthened Regional Competitiveness

In a CNN interview, Amb. Hills explains how expanded North American trade under NAFTA has enhanced the competitiveness of U.S. autos and other industries.


We help our clients:


  • Plan strategically for the global marketplace.
  • Assess political and economic developments that impact their goals.
  • Negotiate with foreign officials to eliminate barriers to market access and profitability, such as:
    • High tariffs,
    • Licensing requirements,
    • Foreign investment restrictions,
    • Discriminatory taxes, and
    • Burdensome government regulations.
  • Resolve commercial disputes with foreign partners, suppliers, or customers with an eye towards win-win outcomes based on mobilizing a wide variety of resources and leverage, including where appropriate U.S. government interest.
  • Identify potential foreign partners and bring negotiations with them to a successful conclusion.

Our principals have developed strategies for dealing with client concerns and provided effective advocacy and problem-solving on:


  • Tax, tariff, health, regulatory, product labeling, and country-of-origin matters.
  • Bilateral and regional trade agreements, including how clients can best take advantage of existing arrangements and influence prospective negotiations.
  • World Trade Organization rules and procedures (including goods, services, and intellectual property provisions), future negotiating objectives, and strategies to advance client interests.
  • Customs classification issues, including decisions by the World Customs Organization, the United States, and foreign governments.
  • Investment priorities, screening procedures, restrictions, and equity caps imposed by foreign governments in the automotive, aerospace, consumer, retail, property, and finance sectors.
  • Legal disputes between clients and their partners, customers, former employees, or foreign governments.
  • Economic sanctions — both current and prospective, including those relating to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Burma/Myanmar, and Sudan.
  • Political and security issues and their potential impact on trade, investment, and dispute resolution.