With offices in more than 40 countries, we are the natural partner for companies engaging in international trade.


International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs

DLA Piper's international trade team provides advice at all stages of the legislative process. Advising on the legislative and regulatory framework, we focus on areas such as international trade, antitrust and competition, global corporate governance and more.

Myriad of requirements for companies engaging in international trade

Companies doing business around the globe must comply with a myriad of statutes and administrative rules and regulations. Many of those directly affect their ability to conduct business or expand their reach.

Furthermore, legislation, government agencies, etc. and the general perception of law and justice are constantly changing as a result of the political agenda, historical events, legal and administrative decisions, interest-group impact and news events. This makes international trade a complex and sometimes very daunting venture for companies.

A partner with international range

Consequently, it may turn out to be a very sensible investment to involve a legal advisor in the process. DLA Piper is a global law firm with offices in more than 40 countries. So, if you are looking to embark on an international venture, we are the natural advisor and partner to help you navigate international waters safely.

We represent clients before national, supra-national and regional authorities and administrative organisations on a broad array of public policy, legislative, regulatory and administrative issues:

  • At the local level, we regularly represent clients on policy matters before local, regional and national governments and public authorities worldwide.
  • Similarly, our lawyers are very experienced in representing clients before the executive, legislative and judicial institutions of the European Union. 
  • In the United States, we work closely with clients to advocate their views to the White House and executive branch departments, Congress and the administrative agencies. 
  • We also regularly advocate before international organisations, including the United Nations, regional treaty organisations and multilateral development institutions. 

Interdisciplinary teams working across borders

Effective compliance begins with an independent and realistic assessment of the legal, compliance and reputational risks that could threaten your business objectives.

Our teams take a cross-disciplinary approach in our engagements as the path to success is rarely linear, but one that requires carefully coordinated efforts in different forums.

Accordingly, our lawyers and policy professionals often work across borders and practice areas in interdisciplinary teams, ensuring the most efficient and effective results for our clients. And, as clients increasingly recognise, legislative and administrative advocacy is a skill that is quite distinct from defending an enforcement action or seeking to overturn an existing statute or rule.

A resourceful team

Our team includes skilful litigators and subject-matter professionals knowledgeable on a wide variety of policy issues. We have one of the largest regulatory and government affairs teams of any global law firm, with lawyers and policy professionals throughout the world. Many of the team members have held senior political office or gained important political experience from work in the corporate world.