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International trade

Recent economic growth of emerging countries and the signing of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTA) have created both opportunities and potential pitfalls for local and multinational businesses. Never before has a comprehensive legal advice been able to add so much to the bottom line of these businesses. With this insight, the International Trade Practice Group at Lee & Ko has built its practice upon preparing comprehensive strategies for a variety of international trade issues, such as international trade litigation, policy and compliance matters, encountered by both Korean and foreign companies engaged in cross-border transactions. We craft a solution for each of our clients which not only resolves the international trade issue at hand but also addresses business risks that may lurk underneath after examining the client’s business project from the perspectives of international laws, domestic laws and foreign laws such as US export control laws. 

Now that many companies engaging in international trade often face trade remedy actions from regulatory agencies across multiple countries, especially with respect to anti-dumping and unfair trade practice, many of them have sought our assistance in effectively dealing with them after having seen us represent clients before the Korean Trade Commission (KTC), the U.S. International Trade Commission (U.S. ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (U.S. DOC) on numerous occasions with much success. 

In addition to representing private entities, we have advised a number of governmental entities and enterprises on a range of trade-related matters in the context of negotiating and implanting the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and FTAs.
Major Cases
Anti-dumping Cases
  • Represented a Indonesian exporter, a Chinese exporter and a Korean importer of OPP film in KTC’s anti-dumping investigation
  • Represented a Korean manufacturer of ethanolamine in KTC’s anti-dumping investigation 
  • Represented a Chinese exporter of porcelain tiles in KTC’s second-round anti-dumping examination
  • Represented a Japanese exporter of air pressure valves in KTC’s anti-dumping investigation 
  • Represented a Thai exporter of POY in KTC’s anti-dumping investigation
  • Represented a Chinese exporter of H-steel beams in KTC’s anti-dumping investigation
  • Advised a Korean exporter of SDY in Indonesia’s anti-dumping investigation (and carried out many similar cases)
  • Advised a Korean importer of propylene oxide in KTC’s anti-dumping investigation 
  • Represented Korean importers in the interim investigation of anti-dumping duty on particle boards 
  • Advised a Chinese manufacturer of welding electrodes in an anti-dumping investigation by the Turkish govrnment 
  • Advised a major Korean semiconductor company regarding responses against Japanese countervailing duties 
  • Represented the Korean subsidiary of a worldwide film manufacturing company in connection with a petition for imposition of anti-dumping duties 
  • Advised a major Korean steel manufacturer in an anti-dumping case before U.S. ITC
  • Advised and represented clients in various matters before the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and KTC

WTO/FTA Cases
  • Advised a client in respect of the increased scope of export insurance and the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures 
  • Advised a client regarding the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement
  • Advised a client in relation to the Korea-US FTA 
  • Advised a client in connection with the E-Commerce aspect of the Korea-Singapore FTA 
  • Advised a client on special tariff laws regarding the implementation of the Korea-Chile FTA

Unfair Trade Practice Cases
  • Represented a client before US ITC on patent infringement claims concerning welding products 
  • Represented a client before US ITC on patent infringement claims concerning a semiconductor inspection equipment
  • Represented a client before KTC on patent infringement claims concerning OPC drums
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