Government influences, and often dictates, commerce. The rules, policies and regulations put into law often have a tremendous impact on how a company conducts business. Opportunities for commercial enterprise are plentiful, but so are the chances for running afoul of governmental policies, which can result in significant penalties and business disruption. At McDermott, our lawyers possess demonstrated success turning liability risks into business-minded solutions for clients.
We are strategists, equally skilled at solving legal challenges and at spotting business opportunities. Our legal offering is comprehensive: we advise clients on the regulatory landscape at the local and federal levels, and counsel organizations whose reach transcends borders. We routinely provide guidance on regulatory and compliance matters relating to commerce and trade, customs, competition, environmental, workplace safety, employment, and stay abreast of trends including privacy and data protection.
McDermott’s regulatory team possesses a nuanced understanding of the impact regulation has on clients’ businesses and industries. Many of our lawyers served in senior-level positions with governmental regulatory agencies. As a result, we can leverage our knowledge and experience to anticipate developing trends and pending rule changes, giving our clients focused, clear counsel that is distinctly different from the competition. We also have excellent relationships with the regulatory agencies and their current leadership in the United States, Europe and China, allowing us to swiftly address government inquiries and to proactively represent clients’ interests.
We focus on the impact of regulations at a market level, particularly in highly regulated industries such as health, life sciences, energy, aerospace and defense, agribusiness, food and alcohol. From assisting with the FDA process in securing market approval of a new medical device to working with the TTB on labeling for an alcoholic beverage, or whether representing a client in a WTO tariff dispute or assisting an energy company with securing tax credits for a renewable energy project, we have the skill and knowledge to achieve favorable results.