• Andrew Shoyer
  • Andrew Shoyer

Andrew Shoyer

Andrew Shoyer, Sidley Austin LLP, Partner


Sidley Austin LLP

Andrew Shoyer is a Partner at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP and is based in Washington, DC. Sidley has a broad transactional practice. Major practice disciplines include corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, securitization, intellectual property, funds and other pooled investments, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bank and commercial lending, public finance, real estate, project finance, tax and employee benefits, as well as trusts and estates. The firm has U.S. offices in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Overseas, it has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Andy co-leads the firm’s international trade practice and focuses on the implementation and enforcement of international trade and investment agreements. He also advises companies on compliance with sanctions administered by U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Drawing on his experience at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and with the World Trade Organization (WTO), Andy advises companies, trade associations and governments on the use of WTO, NAFTA and other treaty-based trade and investment rules to open markets and resolve disputes. He works extensively with manufacturers and service providers on WTO compliance in Asia, and on protection of intellectual property in bilateral and regional free trade negotiations.

Andy spent seven years at USTR, serving most recently as Legal Advisor in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva. He was the principal negotiator for the United States of the rules implementing the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding, and has briefed and argued numerous WTO cases before dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Prior to his arrival in Geneva, Andy was Assistant General Counsel at USTR in Washington, D.C., where he served as principal legal counsel in the negotiation of the market access rules of the NAFTA, as well as the framework agreements with various Latin American countries. He also worked on numerous trade policy issues with Congress and the economic agencies of the Executive Branch.

Andy is an adjunct professor in international trade and investment policy at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University.

He holds a BA, Economics from University of Pennsylvania, a JD, Law from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) in International economic policy from Georgetown University.


Speaking session:

More free trade deals ahead? Challenges and opportunities for Canadian SMEs in the US.