What We Do
Amb. Hills Discusses the Status and Future of NAFTA Negotiations at Texas A&M
11.17.2017

Amb. Hills delivered a keynote address on the future of NAFTA and discussed the trade deal's future with Texas A&M University President Michael Young at the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

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Amb. Pickering Outlines How US Global Leadership Could be Undermined by A Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal
11.06.2017

In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed, Amb. Pickering explains how ending the Iran nuclear deal would weaken the international standing of the United States, isolate it, and potentially embolden Iran and its allies.

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Amb. Pickering Assesses the Impact of the Special Counsel’s Russia Probe on the Trump Administration
10.31.2017

In a live Al Jazeera interview, Amb. Pickering explains the significance of Robert Mueller’s investigation and its effect on Trump’s legislative and policy agenda.

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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.