Trade policy is becoming an increasingly important part of trade strategy, particularly given the Trump administration`s activist trade stance. Whether this means opening new markets, setting favourable trade rules or using these rules to protect them from unfair competition or mitigating the effects of negative trade measures, companies increasingly see trade policy as a means of promoting their interests. Steptoe has earned a well-deserved reputation as a leading company to help companies develop and implement sophisticated business strategies to improve their competitive position and market access and minimize the risks associated with international business development. Steptoe has helped clients successfully resolve some of the most controversial disputes in this area. For example, we have helped customers achieve positive results with respect to anti-dumping and countervailing agreements and suspension agreements on the timber, sugar and uranium trade. To learn more about trade barriers imposed by the foreign government, Steptoe has been involved for decades in the best known and most complex trade disputes, including solar and polysilicon, steel, wood, uranium, chemicals, motorcycles and aluminum. It is precisely in high-level cases that incorporate the political, political and technical dimension of our commitments that we are able to achieve the objectives of our clients, which cannot be achieved solely through litigation. Working with our government affairs and public order practice, we work to ensure that new legislation creates or maintains favourable business and investment conditions for our clients. We follow and advise our clients on legislative developments in international trade policy and remain ready to defend the competing interests of our clients in front of important decision makers. Steptoe`s international trade practice has imposed substantial changes to U.S. trade assistance legislation as well as tariff changes through U.S.
tariffs (MB). In these and other trade negotiations, we present customer opinions and proposals on current or potential negotiations to trade decision makers such as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Treasury, state and agriculture, as well as the White House and Congress. We are directly involved in multilateral trade organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and we also participate in informal „interested parties“ that always appear in the context of the negotiations.