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The growing application of international trade laws and remedies has required clients, foreign and domestic, to rely heavily on their trusted counsel to provide guidance on the application of, and compliance with, these laws.  At the same time, lawyers have a duty to comply with their own ethical obligations.  These ethical obligations as set out by state bar rules of professional conduct, when considered in the context of international trade laws, can raise issues for lawyers as they balance their clients’ business objectives and compliance responsibilities with the lawyer’s own compliance obligations.

Please join Jeanine P. McGuinness of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Matthew T. West of Baker Botts L.L.P. as they examine ethics issues facing international trade lawyers, including:

  • the rules of professional responsibility most commonly encountered when representing clients in international trade matters;
  • the intersection of ethical and legal obligations under international trade laws:
    • representing parties that are the target of sanctions;
    • the scope of general licenses for legal services and ethical considerations;
    • permissible compliance advice vs. impermissible restructuring or evasion;
    • the role of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in an international trade practice and issues of disclosure, waiver and candor;
  • tips for compliance with the rules of professional responsibility as part of international trade law compliance; and
  • practical scenarios involving ethics rules and international trade laws.


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