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International Transaction/Regulatory Lawyer in DC?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:10 am
by Anonymous User
Is there such a practice in DC that integrates transaction, regulation, and international arbitration/compliance work?
I speak Chinese and Korean, and I would like to use these skills to help clients from overseas. Agencies like CFIUS is obviously important. But as a lawyer in DC do you have an edge on these regulatory issues with international clients, compared to say in, NYC?

Thanks!

Re: International Transaction/Regulatory Lawyer in DC?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:43 pm
by deference
There isn't one practice that combines all that but there are plenty Biglaw DC offices that have those practices. Sounds like you are still in school so more likely than not, if you get into Biglaw in DC, you'll be exposed some of those practices early on in your career and you'll develop your expertise from there. Don't want to nitpick but CFIUS is not an agency. Also, you knowing Chinese/Korean won't be determinative of whether you're hired because the firm works with international clients. It certainly helps on paper but don't expect to be busting out your languages when you're starting out. One more thing, please please please please don't pigeon hole yourself as that Chinese/Korean guy. You want to be known as the lawyer who is good at lawyering first, and then good lawyer who speaks a foreign language well second.

For your second question, you do have an edge if you're in DC in certain regulatory/agency-related practices such as international trade (WTO/trade remedies) or as you've said CFIUS work. But get in the door first before considering what kind of clientele you want.

Re: International Transaction/Regulatory Lawyer in DC?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:20 pm
by Anonymous User
deference wrote:There isn't one practice that combines all that but there are plenty Biglaw DC offices that have those practices. Sounds like you are still in school so more likely than not, if you get into Biglaw in DC, you'll be exposed some of those practices early on in your career and you'll develop your expertise from there. Don't want to nitpick but CFIUS is not an agency. Also, you knowing Chinese/Korean won't be determinative of whether you're hired because the firm works with international clients. It certainly helps on paper but don't expect to be busting out your languages when you're starting out. One more thing, please please please please don't pigeon hole yourself as that Chinese/Korean guy. You want to be known as the lawyer who is good at lawyering first, and then good lawyer who speaks a foreign language well second.

For your second question, you do have an edge if you're in DC in certain regulatory/agency-related practices such as international trade (WTO/trade remedies) or as you've said CFIUS work. But get in the door first before considering what kind of clientele you want.



Thank you, deference! This is helpful. Yes, I am a 1L still. Sorry for my sloppy description. I appreciate your post.