Background - Global Experience (Asia)
Asia & Pacific Rim

As the countries of Asia and the Pacific Rim have gained strength in manufacturing, technology development, and professional and consumer services, cross-border business relationships have also grown more complex. Economic, cultural, and political differences all play a role in creating such challenges. To minimize risk and manage conflicts, companies require legal counsel that understands — and can bridge the gap between — the customs and practices that define "business as usual" in each country in which a client operates or invests.

Crowell & Moring advises clients in a broad range of transactions and compliance matters across Asia and the Pacific Rim. Our international trade, international dispute resolution (IDR), trade litigation, and intellectual property practices are among the strongest worldwide. Among recent matters, we have advised clients on detailed technology and trade issues relating to U.S. technology, parts and components used to produce items in Japan for export to China; have obtained favorable tariff classification and customs valuation decision in Asian markets through local administrative and judicial proceedings as well as through multinational dispute mechanisms and negotiations; and helped identify cost-saving opportunities available through Asia-Pacific regional free trade agreements and preference programs.

We represent clients in international arbitrations heard before all of the world's major arbitral forums, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). We also advise clients before and during investigations conducted by U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, and have conducted internal investigations and defended individual executives in matters involving business dealings in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, and Thailand.

In conjunction with our international policy and regulatory affairs affiliate, C&M International, we represent clients whose interests in Asia require the cooperation of government agencies and international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and national governments throughout the region.