Shanker A. Singham
Shanker Singham focuses his practice on the areas of antitrust and international trade law including WTO and market access issues. He advises global companies and national government on trade, competition issues, regulatory and economic integration issues.
A native of London, and both a UK and US citizen, Shanker is a US and European competition and trade lawyer and began his career in London with Cameron McKenna. He was an issue leader on the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, with responsibility for EU-US partnering. Shanker is chairman of the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition Policy, Inc. (the Roundtable), a not‑for‑profit foundation dedicated to ensuring a better understanding of trade and competition issues by governments around the world, which is an NGO accredited to participate in WTO meetings.
Shanker has lectured on competition and trade issues around the world. He also has taught trade negotiators through courses in international trade for trade ministers from the Western Hemisphere (SOAC Center, Miami, 2001-2006), and through the work he does on behalf of the Roundtable, where he has engaged the governments of China, Japan, India, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, the Caribbean, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Hungary and Estonia on international economic integration and regulatory/competition matters. He has been selected by the US State Department to conduct missions on economic regulatory matters to a number of countries, and in 2011 he was appointed to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers as a representative of the Technology CEO Council and of the US information technology sector by the Department of Commerce. He is a non-governmental advisor to a number of intergovernmental organizations including the International Competition Network (ICN).
A frequent speaker and author, Shanker has addressed Wilton Park Conference, Commonwealth Trade Forum (University of London), the International Business Leaders’ Forum, Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Inter-American Dialogue, University of London, Euro Finance Conference, Oxford Analytica International Conference and the World Economic Forum.
Shanker has written or co-authored: “Building Economic Democracy: The Role of Micro and Macroeconomic Reforms A New Washington Consensus” (Chatham House, United Kingdom, 2004); a chapter in “WTO at 10” (Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, 2005); “Public Sector Restraints: Behind-the-Border Trade Barriers,” Texas International Law Journal
; “Canada’s Hemispheric Strategy at the Crossroads,” The 2004 LEXPERT CCCA/ACCJE Corporate Counsel Directory and Yearbook
; “Un ALCA Fuerte Beneficia a la Argentina” and “Quienes perdieron mas con el fracaso de la Cumbre de Cancun?,” El Cronista;
“Is it Time for an International Agreement on Uncompetitive Public Sector Practices?,” Brooklyn Journal of International Law
; “Unlock the Benefits of Free Trade,” The Miami Herald;
“Advancing the Competition and Trade Policy Agenda: Public Sector Restraints on Trade in the Free Trade Area of the Americas,” ABA International Antitrust Bulletin; “Competition Policy and the Stimulation of Innovation: TRIPS and the Interface Between Competition and Patent Protection in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” Brooklyn Journal of International Law;
and “What Future for the Millennium Trade Round?,” Global Competition Review.
He is the author of the leading textbook on the linkages between domestic regulatory environments, competition and trade, A General Theory of Trade and Competition
(Cameron May, 2007), which is widely used in universities around the world. He is frequently quoted in the media on trade and competition issues including The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine
Shanker is included in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading International Trade Lawyers
and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America
His work is also noted in the 2010-2012 editions of LatinLawyer 250.
In 2006 he was appointed to the Council on Foreign Relations WTO Dispute Settlement Advisory Commission. Shanker has advised on a number of Council on Foreign Relations special commissions, as well as served on the Council of Americas’ Trade Advisory Group. His Latin American expertise has been widely acknowledged. In 2006 he was selected by his peers as a Florida Super Lawyer – one of the top five percent of lawyers in the state – for his international and antitrust litigation work. He was recognized in 2006 by Latin Lawyer
magazine as one of 16 “Leading Miami-Based Latin American Focused Practitioners.”
Shanker is a member of the Cosmos Club, Achilles Club and Old Pauline Club.
Advising clients on a range of WTO agreements including the Government Procurement Code, Basic Telecommunications Agreement, GATT, GATS, WTO Agreement on Agriculture, TRIPS and on the network of regional trade agreements.
Advising clients on regulatory issues and their connection with international trade obligations.
Counseling non-US governments on international trade policy; assisted in drafting of competition policies for non-US governments.
Advising clients on US sanctions legislation including the Helms-Burton Act, customs regulations and Foreign Trade Zone Board applications.
Counseling on US and international antitrust issues related to conduct and merger analyses including multijurisdictional merger review.