The legal and regulatory framework surrounding political activity is complex and confusing. We advise on PAC establishment, Federal Election Commission regulations, compliance with ethics and gift rules and interactions with government officials.
Trade associations play an integral role in maintaining a competitive business environment, but vigilant antitrust compliance must be implemented to avoid illegal conduct. Akin Gump’s antitrust lawyers advise trade associations on issues such as standard-setting, cartel behavior and self-regulation.
Drawing on Akin Gump’s reputation for providing advice at the intersection of law and public policy, our trade association practice has an impressive track record of representing our clients before Congress and federal departments and agencies, advocating for them in federal and state courts and providing them with counsel on a wide variety of issues.
Nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations are frequently faced with complex tax and regulatory problems. Our clients benefit from our extensive tax knowledge and corporate structuring advice, including assistance with mergers and acquisitions, state and federal tax issues and use of supporting organizations.
We advise prominent business coalitions that work to improve international trade and commerce, as well as membership-based organizations that focus on issues ranging from civil and human rights to food safety and increased use of public private partnerships.
We provide trade associations with corporate governance and regulatory compliance guidance and contract drafting and negotiation counsel including executive and third-party contracts, hotel and convention contracts and cause-related marketing agreements—as well as certification, accreditation and standards-setting services.