With offices in more than 50 countries, we are the natural partner for companies engaging in international trade.


International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs

Today the world operates within a complex political and regulatory environment. The way in which businesses and governments interpret and influence the developments within this environment is crucial to their ongoing commercial success.

Effective management of this environment is key to the way in which you are perceived by the markets and by political, regulatory, media and consumer audiences.

Our team includes skilled process representatives with professional expertise in a variety of regulatory issues related to exports, imports and sanctions. We are always up to date on the latest developments and practices, both nationally and internationally. We also have in-depth knowledge of the EEA Agreement, and several of our employees have a background from the EFTA bodies.

In the field of competition law, we regularly assist both national and international clients in clarifying and possibly avoiding the conclusion of illegal price, market sharing and cooperation agreements, research and development agreements, specialization agreements, project and tender cooperation, distribution, agent and franchise contracts.

We regularly evaluate the legality of exclusive agreements, discount structures, quantity obligations and other competition restrictions / prohibitions.

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 50 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.