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Matthew Nolan

Partner | Arent Fox

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Head of Arent Fox’s trade practice. More than 25 years’ experience advising on all aspects of international trade. Significant background in trade litigation, customs laws, export controls, and anticorruption.

Practice Description

Partner at Arent Fox and head of the trade practice. More than 25 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of international trade and business. Advised major US and foreign corporations on export control and sanctions matters; antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguards, and section 301 investigations; customs audits and focused assessments; NAFTA verification audits by US, Mexican, and Canadian authorities; civil and criminal investigations on export, import, and FCPA issues; development, implementation, and audits of internal compliance programs; and advising on trade policy initiatives.

Industry sector expertise

Advised companies in a range of industries, including softwood lumber, steel, oil exploration and production, chemical products, beverage and snack foods, life sciences, computer electronics, defense, airlines, textiles, tobacco, banking, telecommunications, and insurance.

Overseas expertise

Worked extensively in Canada and Mexico (for both government and private sector clients) on issues related to NAFTA and WTO disputes. In recent years, have been active in the Canadian softwood lumber trade dispute, advised the government of Mexico on bilateral trade issues, assisted nonprofits in obtaining licenses to operate humanitarian missions in sanctioned countries like Cuba and Syria, and helped the Turkish steel industry get an antidumping order revoked after 15 years. Also a member of the firm’s Colombia working group.


  • Handle large amount of trade and related work for the Government of Mexico. Our relationship is with the Government’s Secretary of the Economy, and the scope of our work covers bilateral trade issues and disputes, WTO issues, and issues relating to Mexico’s relationship with China.
  • Advise National Oilwell Varco on customs, export controls, anti-boyoctt, and FCPA compliance issues for the company. National Oilwell Varco manufactures systems, components, and products used in oil and gas drilling and production; provides oilfield services; and provides supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. The company has annual revenues of $13 billion and 35,000 employees.
  • A “hot button” trade issue right now is China and specifically the question of whether the Chinese state is unfairly subsidizing the Chinese solar industry to the detriment of American companies and other foreign competitors. In this context, we are representing Trina Solar, a Chinese manufacturer of photovoltaic modules, which are the key components of solar panels. The solar modules provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial and other applications worldwide. Trina Solar, the fourth largest solar panel company worldwide, successfully completed its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2006.

Client list

  • Government of Mexico
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Trina Solar
  • Turkish steel industry
  • Weyerhaeuser



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