Alex Koff focuses on international and cross-border issues and serves as general counsel to U.S. companies and foreign subsidiaries in the United States. He focuses his corporate practice on complex business transactions, regulatory matters, and arbitration and litigation. His international practice focuses on trade, trade policy, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He serves as special counsel to other attorneys on international issues. His work spans most of the world, including Asia, Europe, and South America, and his clients range from entrepreneurs to large, publicly traded corporations. Alex advises governments and foreign sovereigns on the implementation and enforcement of international obligations.
Preferring long-term client relationships where he helps to identify legal solutions and strategies to drive revenue, Alex acts as general counsel to public and private companies and entrepreneurs. In addition, he assists with all steps, from corporate formation through sale of the company. Although he works seamlessly across many industry verticals, Alex represents quite a few clients in the food and beverage industry.
Drawing on his experience at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Alex advises companies, trade associations, and governments on the use of treaty-based trade and investment rules to open markets and resolve disputes, including both international commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes. His has litigated dispute settlement and international arbitration cases pursuant to the rules of, among others, the WTO, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
Alex has extensive experience advising clients concerning international trade and export compliance issues, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguards investigations; the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); the sanctions regulations administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) concerning U.S. anti-bribery rules; and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Alex resided in Vietnam as legal advisor to a U.S.-funded grant helping implement the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, from January to December 2000. Prior government and NGO experience includes working in the legal offices of the U.S. National Security Council (in Washington, DC), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (in Geneva, Switzerland), the U.S. Agency for International Development (in Washington, DC), and the United Nations (in New York). Prior to law school, his government experience included working at the U.S. Department of State (in Washington, DC).