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International Trade & Compliance

The International Trade and Compliance team of Chance Bridge is one of the earliest WTO and international trade law teams in China. According to the past years’ rating reports issued by Chambers, a leading international law rating agency, Chance Bridge's International Trade and Compliance team has been ranked first in the field of WTO and international trade law services for many years.


In the past three decades, the International Trade and Compliance team of Chance Bridge has provided WTO and international trade legal services to Chinese government, trade associations and hundreds of companies, including trade remedies (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures), trade compliance, export control, court action, WTO dispute settlement, bilateral investment, 337 investigation, trade barrier, customs law and government procurement, etc.


The team has represented Chinese government, trade associations and domestic companies in responding to anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard cases initiated by WTO, the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, Peru, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Eurasian Economic Union, Malaysia, Turkey and Ukraine, and has accumulated rich experience in dealing with foreign "anti-subsidy and anti-safeguard" investigations. In addition, the team has represented foreign companies in responding to anti-dumping investigations initiated by China and also acting for domestic enterprises as the applicant to file an application for foreign trade remedy investigation.


Over the years of practice, the team has established close and good cooperation with investigation agencies, government agencies, industry organizations and foreign lawyers in many countries and regions. Through reasonable division of expertise and close teamwork, we are able to provide high-quality international legal services to enterprises.


Our main practice areas are:

    • (1)The WTO Dispute Resolution

        The WTO Dispute Resolution practice areas mainly include relevant work undertaken for Chinese government during the consultation, panel hearing, appeal and enforcement phases of WTO or regional trade agreements (“RTAs”) disputes or third party cases, including but not limited to: analyzing and applying relevant international rules such as WTO and RTAs; collecting evidence; translating legal documents and evidence; participating in working meetings relating to WTO and other dispute settlement processes; preparing relevant legal documents; participating in relevant procedural work relating to WTO and RTAs; summarizing and evaluating cases, etc.

        The legal services we provide include:

        •     Collecting relevant information and voluntarily requesting for negotiation;

        •     Studying WTO rules and cases;

        •     Writing legal opinions and comments, and being responsible for abstracts and translation of relevant documents;

        •     Providing translation (abstracts) and analysis of relevant comments and reports; Assisting foreign lawyers in submitting comments and rebuttals for procedural and substantive issues under investigation;

        •     Prepare the consultations and representations for the negotiation between the Ministry of Commerce and the foreign investigation organ;

        •     Assisting MOFCOM in preparing materials for the hearing (if to be held); Attending the panel hearing; and

        •     Comments and relevant materials on other issues that need to be negotiated in the response process.

    • (2)Anti-dumping

        The anti-dumping practice areas mainly include representing domestic companies in responding to anti-dumping investigations initiated by foreign countries, representing foreign companies in responding to anti-dumping investigations initiated by China, and representing domestic companies in initiating anti-dumping investigations against foreign countries. It mainly includes but is not limited to:

        •     Analyzing and applying relevant international rules such as WTO rules and domestic trade remedy rules of relevant countries, providing analysis of case response strategiescollecting

        •     Sorting out and translating legal documents and evidentiary materials

        •     Participating in the preparation of relevant replies to questionnaires and legal documents

        •     Participating in on-site or remote verification, hearings and working meetings in the course of case investigation,

        •     Participating in relevant procedural work in the course of case investigation

        •     Summarizing and evaluating the case, etc.,

        •     Providing legal consultation, legal opinions and summarizing and evaluating the adjustment and amendment of trade remedy policies and regulations of other countries, and providing legal services for other issues related to anti-dumping upon the request of enterprises.

        The legal services we provide include:

        Determining Responding Strategies:

        •     Sorted out and split the questionnaire, and summary the list of questionnaire data;

        •     Go to the location of the company for on-site training;

        •     Assisting the Company in filling out questionnaires and preparing relevant evidence attachments;

        •     Assisting the Company in filling out supplementary questionnaires and preparing relevant evidential attachments;

        •     Helping the company prepare for and respond to on-site or remote inspections;

        •     Writing and submitting legal comments on the preliminary and final rulings on anti-dumping decisions released by the Investigation Authority;

        •     Assisting the companies in contacting with the Ministry of Commerce of China and relevant business associations to keep the enterprises responding to the lawsuits consistent with the governments responding to the lawsuits and the defense of no damage to the industry.

    • (3)Anti-subsidy

        Countervailing measures mainly provide legal services for the Chinese government and enterprises in responding to original foreign countervailing cases, review cases and relevant administrative reconsideration and judicial review cases, including but not limited to:

        •     Analysis and application of relevant international rules such as WTO rules and domestic trade remedy rules of relevant countries, and analysis of case response strategies;

        •     Collection, arrangement and translation of legal documents and evidence materials;

        •     Participation in the preparation of relevant replies to questionnaires and legal documents;

        •     Participation in on-site inspection, hearings and working meetings in the course of case investigation;

        •     Participation in relevant procedural work in the course of case investigation;

        •     Summary and evaluation of cases;

        •     And provision of legal consultation, legal opinions and summary and evaluation in respect of adjustment and amendment of trade remedy policies and regulations of other countries to Chinese government and enterprises, and provision of legal services in respect of other issues related to countervailing measures at the request of the Chinese government and enterprises.

        The legal services available to provide include:

        •     Determine the response strategy;

        •     To sort and split the questionnaire and prepare the list of questionnaire materials;

        •     Go to the domicile of the Company to provide on-site questionnaire answering guidance;

        •     Assist the Company in filling out the questionnaire and preparing relevant evidence attachments;

        •     Assist the Company in filling out the supplementary questionnaire and preparing relevant evidence attachments;

        •     Assist the Company in preparing and responding to on-site inspections or remote inspections;

        •     Assist the Company in preparing materials required for the hearing (if to be held);

        •     Writing and submitting legal comments on the preliminary and final rulings on anti-dumping decisions released by the Investigation Authority;

        •     Assisting the companies in contacting with the Ministry of Commerce of China and relevant business associations to keep the enterprises responding to the lawsuits consistent with the governments responding to the lawsuits and the defense of no damage to the industry.

        The legal services available to Government include:

        •     Providing analysis and comments on the allegations of Chinese government on subsidy programs;

        •     Providing relevant suggestions on the negotiations between China and EU; translating questionnaires, preparing internal questionnaires, keeping close contact with relevant government departments, business associations and enterprises, to collect, sort out and translate relevant information; filling in government countervailing questionnaires and supplementary questionnaires, and submitting the same to the Investigation Authority within the specified time limit;

        •     Maintaining coordination and cooperation with the attorney agents of enterprises responding to the cases, comprehensively grasping the enterprises’ countervailing questionnaires, and ensuring the consistency of the overall positions of the government and enterprises in the questionnaires;

        •     Assisting the Chinese government in preparing and participating in the on-site inspections of the countervailing questionnaires of the central government and local governments. The work includes providing guidance to the departments under investigation before the inspections, and being responsible for the translation work during the government inspections;

        •     Writing legal opinions and comments on the preliminary and final rulings, and being responsible for the abstracts and translation work relating to these documents;

        •     Provide translation (summary) and analysis of the final award report, assist foreign lawyers to submit comments and refutations regarding the procedural and substantive issues in the investigation, and prepare the aperture of the negotiation and negotiation between the Ministry of Commerce and foreign investigation authorities on the case; To study and analyze with foreign lawyers the final award reports of the investigating bodies and to give opinions on matters related to recourse to the WTO dispute settlement body;

        •     Keeping coordination with foreign lawyers in the investigation process, including the contact and communication work with the Investigation Authority; Reporting the progress of the case to the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau in a timely manner;

        •     Assisting the Ministry of Commerce in preparing materials required for the hearing (if to be held); and

        •     Assisting the Ministry of Commerce in preparing comments and relevant materials on other issues that need to be negotiated with the Investigation Authority in the course of responding to the case.

    • (4)Supporting measures

        The legal services available to provide include:

        •     Determining response strategies;

        •     Sorting out and splitting questionnaires, and summary a list of questionnaire materials;

        •     Going to the place where the company is located to provide on-site guidance on answering questionnaires;

        •     Assisting the company in filling out questionnaires and preparing relevant evidential attachments;

        •     Assisting the company in filling out supplementary questionnaires and preparing relevant evidential attachments;

        •     Assisting the company in preparing and responding to on-site or remote inspections;

        •     Assisting the company in preparing materials required for the hearing (if to be held); and

        •     Writing and submitting law comments on the rulings published by the Investigation Authority.

    • (5)Construction of enterprise compliance management system

        The legal services available to provide:

        •     Providing dynamic system updates and analysis;

        •     Assessing the company’s current compliance risks (such as country risks, counterparty and blacklist management, business management process, international business settlement, items under jurisdiction, etc.), and providing corresponding suggestions for improvement;

        •     Formulating for the company a compliance system, compliance management manual and compliance management guide relating to export control and economic sanctions;

        •     Compiling legal interpretations on export control and economic sanctions for the key countries in which the company conducts business for the reference and learning of the company and its employees;

        •     Providing compliance training for employees and senior management in light of the actual situation and business characteristics of the company’s compliance management;

        •     Providing China, the United States and the European Union export control compliance training;

        •     Providing China, the United States and the European Union economic sanctions compliance training.

    • (6)Trade compliance risk screening, trade compliance due diligence

        The legal services available to provide:

        •     Providing compliance risk analysis on cross-border import and export trade (such as blacklist, country, item, sanction risk, etc.);

        •     Conducting due diligence on export control and economic sanctions compliance in connection with acquisition and merger of domestic and overseas enterprises, and providing corresponding compliance suggestions;

        •     Assisting the company in responding to on-site inspections initiated by the U.S. Ministry of Commerce;

        •     Applying to the U.S. Treasury for funds to unfreeze legal services;

        •     Removal from blacklist;

        •     Travel guide for senior management; and

        •     U.S. national security review consultation, etc.

    • (7)Other services on international trade law

        The legal services available to provide:

        •     Bilateral investment

        •     Government procurement

        •     National security review of cross-border investment

        •     International trade policy positions and lobbying

        •     Government investigation response

        •     Global supply chain management support

        •     Trade sanctions protection provisions

        •     Dealing with various international commodity trade disputes, quality disputes, IPR disputes and investment disputes, etc.

 
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