International Trade Lawyer Chiara Klaui Joins Akin Gump in London

(London) – Akin Gump is pleased to announce that international trade lawyer Chiara Klaui has joined the firm as counsel in the London office. She joins the firm from Baker McKenzie in Amsterdam, following the arrival in December 2016, from the same firm, of London international trade partner Jasper Helder.

Ms. Klaui has extensive experience across a wide range of international trade matters, including economic sanctions, export controls, customs, and product and food regulation. In addition, she advises on compliance with antibribery/anticorruption and anti-money laundering legislation and regularly conducts internal investigations as well as drafts and reviews internal compliance programs.

Ms. Klaui advises clients and represents them before national (customs, export and other) administrations and courts and the European Commission. She also advises clients on restrictions such as export controls (dual-use and military) and economic sanctions imposed against countries such as Iran, Syria, Russia and Ukraine, as well as their implementation in different EU member states. Her areas of focus include the manufacturing, health (pharma and medical devices), technology, telecoms, offshore, energy, financial and agriculture sectors.

“Chiara’s arrival will provide real support for the international trade team both in London and internationally,” commented Sebastian Rice, partner in charge of the London office.  “Her extensive knowledge and experience of highly complex international trade systems and regulations will be a huge boost for international clients operating globally at a time of significant change, not least in relation to Brexit.”

She joins Akin Gump’s renowned international trade practice, which focuses on supporting clients engaged in the cost-efficient and timely exchange of goods and services across borders, in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The firm has an extensive team of well-respected international trade lawyers across the globe, including in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Ms. Klaui commented, “Akin Gump’s top-tier international trade team, with its strong compliance and investigations approach and extensive U.S. law capability, will really enhance my EU-focused experience, and it is a great opportunity.”

Ms. Klaui is qualified in the Netherlands. She received her Masters in Netherlands law from Maastricht University, her post-graduate Masters in Public International Law from the Institute of European Studies in Macau and her post-graduate Masters in European Customs Law from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

About Akin Gump’s International Trade Practice and Regulatory Work

Akin Gump’s international trade practice offers an array of services designed to optimize clients’ ability to engage in the cost-efficient and timely exchange of goods and services across borders, in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The firm’s lawyers and advisors assist clients with issues before the World Trade Organization; the EU Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union; the EU Directorate General for Trade; EU member states’ national customs, export controls, sanctions and foreign trade administrations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; the International Trade Commission; the U.S. departments of State, Treasury, Commerce and Justice and affiliated agencies such as the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Bureau for Industry and Security; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies and offices that deal with international trade regulation.

The firm’s broader regulatory section has more than 100 professionals covering antitrust, communications, cybersecurity, financial services, environmental, government procurement, health care, international trade, privacy and transportation issues.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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