Korea, China and Taiwan Trade

We provide expert advice and assistance to importers and exporters involved in Korea, China and Taiwan trade to develop effective business strategies while ensuring their compliance with international trade and customs regulations. We also assist importers, exporters, traders and investors in the U.S. and overseas with structuring, drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements. Dedicated Korean-speaking and Chinese-speaking staff make it easy and comfortable for clients to work efficiently with the firm at a reasonable cost.

Don has practiced regulatory and business law as senior counsel to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington and as international legal advisor to Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea. For more than a decade, he has advised American, Korean and Chinese companies on developing and executing strategies to seize new business opportunities while mitigating market and political risks.

Don's Experience and Background

  • Lived and worked in Seoul as an international legal advisor for the leading law firm of Kim & Chang
  • Advised Korean and Chinese companies on overseas business projects
  • Represented the Embassy of Korea in Washington and the Korean Government in achieving Congressional ratification of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement
  • Helped develop and implement US policy toward Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan while serving as a senior adviser in the State Department, U.S. Arms Control Agency and as Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House National Security Council
  • Published a critically acclaimed book on U.S.-China relations
  • Managed the Korea Practice Group at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade
  • Advised the East Asia Foundation
  • Serve as a certified arbitrator for FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia
  • Graduated with honors from Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School


U.S. & International Trade Compliance

We help Korean-American, Chinese-American, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese exporters, importers, traders and investors in meeting a full range of U.S. and international trade requirements including:

  • Export controls
  • Import and customs regulations
  • National security laws and regulations
  • International trade regulations
  • Economic sanctions and OFAC compliance
  • The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS)
  • Anti-money laundering and financial crimes enforcement
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Facility security clearances


Commercial Agreements & Disputes

We advise U.S. and foreign companies on commercial transactions, projects and business disputes in the United States and overseas in the following areas:

  • Export and import agreements
  • Outsourcing, licensing, suipply and distribution agreements
  • Marketing, promotional and merchandising agreements
  • Manufacturing and fabrication agreements
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Economic development projects
  • International operations
  • Commercial leases of office, retail and industrial properties
  • Purchase and sale of commercial properties
  • Land use, environmental and zoning issues

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