Background

Lisa Wang was sworn in Jan. 6 as assistant secretary of commerce for enforcement and compliance, where she will oversee the International Trade Administration’s Enforcement and Compliance Division. E&C has the primary responsibility of enforcing U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws, including the hundreds of AD and CV duty orders already in place. A Department of Commerce press release said E&C also “leverages its expertise in compliance by holding U.S. trading partners accountable to their obligations under existing multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements” and administers the foreign-trade zones program.

The new role marks a return to the DOC for Wang, who previously served as a senior attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance. Her government experience has also included a stint as assistant general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where DOC said she “defended the U.S. in World Trade Organization disputes that sought to overturn U.S. countervailing duty laws” and “led WTO disputes against foreign countries to stop their use of industrial policies that target the United States and other export markets.”

Most recently Wang served as a partner at a private-sector law firm, where she specialized in international trade law matters such as antidumping and countervailing duty litigation and trade policy issues.

For more information on trade remedy enforcement, including how to mitigate liability, please contact attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or via email.

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