Law firm Akin Gump has announced the election of 15 new partners, two of which are within its international trade practice.

In Geneva, Alan Yanovich (pictured) advises foreign governments and multinational corporations on litigation of disputes before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international dispute-resolution bodies; on international business and policy issues; and on legislation, regulation and interagency policy formation. He has extensive experience with international trade and investment matters at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels and spent 12 years working at the WTO Appellate Body, the WTO’s highest tribunal.

In Washington DC, Christian Davis, advises clients on foreign investment, export controls, sanctions, anti-corruption and customs laws. His practice focuses on representing clients in the merger, acquisition and divestiture process before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and on accounting for associated risks. He also advises clients in negotiating and implementing CFIUS mitigation agreements, developing and administering international trade compliance programmes and conducting internal investigations.

Davis has counselled clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace, defence, technology, investment funds, engineering, nuclear power, oil and gas, renewable energy and agriculture. He has also advised sovereign entities in the formation of law and policy.

“These exceptionally skilled lawyers demonstrate the breadth of talent we have developed at Akin Gump over the years,” says firm chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “I could not be prouder to welcome these individuals as Akin Gump partners, and I know they will continue to shine in the work they do on behalf of our clients.”

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