MOFCOM Names Additional Law Firm Panels
China’s Ministry of Commerce has formed two additional panels of international and domestic law firms to advise it on trade disputes, following its announcement of two panels last month.
A new panel focusing on disputes over barriers to trade is broken up into two sub-lists. One will deal with intellectual property infringement claims before the U.S. International Trade Commission. In 2012, one out of three IP investigations initiated by the ITC involved a Chinese company. The ministry has opposed a number of these claims.
The U.S. firms that will advise the ministry on ITC matters are Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, Morris Manning & Martin, Morrison & Foerster, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Perkins Coie, Sidley Austin, and Steptoe & Johnson. The Chinese firms are Co-effort Law Firm, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Laitai Partners, Jurisino Law Group, Jun He Law Offices, Ray Yin & Partners, Dowway & Partners, AnJie Law Firm, Jincheng Tongda & Neal, and DeHeng Law Offices.
The other sub-list, which will deal all other trade barrier disputes, lists international firms Dentons, Mayer Brown, Perkins Coie, Sidley Austin, and India’s Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan; and Chinese firms Co-effort Law Firm, AllBright Law Offices Beijing, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Beijing Huanzhong & Partners, Gaopeng & Partners.
The second panel deals with anti-dumping and anti-subsidy actions. The international firms appointed are Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, Morris Manning & Martin, Perkins Coie, Sidley Austin, Dentons, Holman Fenwick Willan, Jones Day, Van Bael & Bellis, VVGB Advocaten, Bennett Jones, Heenan Blaikie, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and Moulis Legal.
The Chinese firms are AllBright Law Offices Beijing, Dazheng-Guodu Law Firm, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Jurisino Law Group, Jun He Law Offices, Beijing Huanzhong & Partners, Hylands Law Firm, Gaopeng & Partners, Dowway & Partners, and Jincheng Tongda & Neal
The panels the ministry announced last month dealt with international investment and World Trade Organization disputes.