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Governments/Sovereigns

Serving governments and sovereign states throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a premier international practice supported by leading attorneys from our corporate and securities, sovereign finance, international trade, international arbitration, public international law, regulatory and litigation practice groups. For more than three decades, we have served as international counsel to a large number of sovereign states and entities.

Our sovereign State clients have included: Argentine Republic, Republic of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Chile, People's Republic of China, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Guatemala, Republic of Honduras, Hungary, State of Israel, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Panama, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Romania, Republic of Singapore, Slovak Republic, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Tunisia, Republic of Turkey, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and Republic of Yemen. Our clients have also included sub-national governments (e.g., Province of Alberta, Canada), and a wide variety of State-owned companies.

Many of our lawyers have served as senior officials in the US Government, including at the White House and the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice, as well as at the World Bank and other international financial institutions. Our lawyers have worked closely with sovereign governments in these positions and understand the unique concerns of government clients.

We are well respected as a leading global law firm in the representation of sovereigns in international financial affairs. We regularly handle on behalf of our clients private and public debt securities offerings, liability management transactions, debt restructuring, syndicated loans, export credit agency financings, co-financings with multilateral financial institutions, privatization transactions, and asset management operations for central banks.

Our International Arbitration team consists of more than fifty attorneys focused on dispute matters and is especially well known in investor-State arbitration. We represent sovereign governments and state-owned entities in disputes arising under the terms of bilateral investment treaties and other international agreements, as well as under contracts, before diverse international arbitral institutions worldwide.

We also advise governments and private parties in international trade negotiations and offer a wide range of legal services related to global trade in goods and services. We advise on international trade regulation and disputes, litigate disputes before courts and international organizations including the World Trade Organization, and handle import relief cases, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and Section 337 intellectual property infringement cases in the US and in other countries.

Our Public International Law team advises governments and sovereign states on treaty negotiations, border disputes, sovereign immunity, and law enforcement cooperation, among other issues.

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