MOFCOM Names Additional Law Firm Panels

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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.

Email: azhang@alm.com.

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