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With nearly 100 years of combined experience, attorneys in Saul Ewing's International Business and Trade practice handle a wide variety of matters that impact a company’s ability to do business and compete in the growing global economy. We serve domestic and international clients positioned throughout the commercial chain – including U.S. and foreign-based manufacturers, importers, exporters and distributors.

Members of the practice advise clients on matters affecting trade in diverse economic sectors throughout the world, including raw and processed agricultural products, fisheries and aquacultural processing, manufactured goods, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, textiles and apparel, transportation industries and energy services. In addition, attorneys advise clients on corporate transactional and regulatory matters, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, project finance, product distribution, technology licensing, restructuring, international business and litigation issues. Attorneys also counsel non-U.S.-based businesses in accessing the public markets in the United States and becoming NASDAQ listed companies.

Core Capabilities

Matters before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including the classification, valuation and marking requirements for imported goods. In addition, we counsel clients with respect to the establishment and maintenance of Customs compliance and recordkeeping programs, provide strategic and technical advice for clients that anticipate or become subject to a Customs audit, and assist clients regarding their participation in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

We counsel clients on the advantages of a range of duty preference programs, such as the Generalized System of Preferences, the Caribbean Basin Trade Preference Act, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Andean Trade Preference Act, and various free trade agreements to which the U.S. is a signatory. We also counsel clients on duty avoidance programs or duty deferral programs such as drawback and in-bond processing. We advise clients regarding compliance with requirements on imports administered by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Energy and utility services for clients with needs domestically or around the world, including representing international energy clients seeking to establish renewable generation facilities in the United States and mergers and acquisitions by international companies of major domestic electric utility and water clients. In addition, we provide strategic advice on rate and regulatory matters to international energy clients domestically and abroad; represent international clients before arbitration panels; and provide regulatory advice to energy regulatory authorities throughout the world.

Taxation Law, including tax litigation and tax-exempt financing law for multinational companies, non-U.S. corporations having U.S. businesses, pass-through entities, professional associations, and wealthy individuals. We provide federal domestic and international tax advice to multinational companies and have handled a reverse reorganization acquisition of a Bermuda company, an inversion of a U.S. Company to Bermuda, and the formation of Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Iceland companies to transact business between non-U.S. and U.S. companies.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Members of the practice have served as lead counsel on wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border transactions and on initial and secondary public offerings, entity formation and joint ventures. We advise clients on financings, regulatory matters and development matters.

Unfair trade actions, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and administrative reviews, "global safeguard" investigations, and investigations of possible infringements of intellectual property rights by imports. We have represented all parties to these complex administrative proceedings, namely U.S. importers, U.S. manufacturers and foreign respondents.

Registration, restrictions and licensing requirements on U.S. exportsadministered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, the Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of State. In addition, we counsel clients regarding compliance with U.S. economic sanctions programs (e.g., with Cuba, Iran, Syria and North Korea) and reporting requirements regarding financial transactions administered by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of Treasury.

Advocacy of clients’ interests before the U.S. Congress and Federal administrative agencies. Practice members have worked on the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements, "domestic content" and “Made in USA” requirements under the Federal Acquisition Regulations and WTO Code on Government Procurement, issues arising under the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations, vehicular requirements administered by the Department of Transportation, and unfair trade and competition issues before the Federal Trade Commission.

Helping non-U.S.-based businesses access public securities markets in the United States by assisting with private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions, facilitating independent director candidates, implementing corporate governance measures and counseling clients with all reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and preparing the initial listing application for the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Established Connections to the International Legal Community

To foster mutually beneficial relationships with the international legal community and better serve clients in this global economy, Saul Ewing is an active and leading member the Interlex Group. This relationship adds value to our domestic and international clients by providing additional resources enabling us to provide efficient and effective legal representation on a global basis. To learn more about Interlex, visit www.interlexgroup.com.

Representative Engagements

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International Tax Services

Mergers and Acquisitions

Energy and Utility Services

International Trade and Antidumping Investigations

Assisting non U.S.-based companies in accessing public markets in the U.S.

Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits

Maritime Law

Product Distribution and Marketing


  • Represented a global energy company based in Spain in securing renewable energy permits for wind generation in Pennsylvania
  • Represented clients in an arbitration to establish the value of an avoided multi year energy purchase contract with potential damages of hundreds of millions of dollars and the successful defense of a large Canadian energy producer in an international arbitration in which the complainant sought to void a multi-billion dollar contract.
  • Represented global corporation in its acquisition of American Waterworks, Co. Inc, which at the time of the acquisition was the largest US based water utility with operations in more that 25 States
  • Secured regulatory approvals of the US based operations of a French utility in connection with its merger with Gaz de France
  • Represented the interests of a French owned utility in regulatory filings before various State Commissions
  • Provided strategic advice to South African electric utility on regulatory issues involving filing of a multi billion dollar rate case and a rulemaking which among other things involved establishing a fuel clause adjustment mechanism
  • Provided strategic regulatory advice to UK-based energy company on its US based operations which serves approximately five million customers in the US


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