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Victor D. Ban
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5553 vban@cov.com Download V-card

Victor Ban is an associate in the Washington office who helps clients navigate international trade matters and complex disputes. His experience includes assisting companies and governments in connection with World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement, antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, trade compliance assessments under U.S. law and international agreements, trade agreement negotiations, and international arbitration. He has handled matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and various U.S. federal courts and arbitral tribunals, and is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. To each engagement, he brings skills and insights drawn from his experience in business, government, and multilateral institutions, spanning the U.S. and East Asia.

Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for Judge Emilio M. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Previously, Mr. Ban was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, serving financial services, technology, and consumer goods clients across Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Mr. Ban has also worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Japan.

  • Representing a Canadian aircraft manufacturer in a U.S. countervailing duty investigation and advising on related WTO proceedings.
  • Advising a multinational chemical manufacturer regarding an antidumping investigation in China and applicable WTO disciplines.
  • Preparing requests for exclusions from Section 301 tariffs on imports from China and Section 232 tariffs on aluminum imports.
  • Assisting companies with customs compliance and tariff classification matters.
  • Preparing comments in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning “emerging technologies.”
  • Representing a technology firm in arbitration stemming from cross-border cyber-fraud.
  • Representing a Korean state-owned enterprise in international arbitration concerning tax indemnification and in enforcement of arbitral awards.
  • Advising companies and trade associations regarding the obligations of foreign governments under various WTO and free trade agreements.
  • Advising an East Asian trade ministry on the interpretation of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • Assessing the compliance of various transactions and government support with the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and the OECD Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits.

Pro Bono

  • Representing individuals experiencing homelessness in challenging the constitutionality of the District of Columbia government’s destruction of unattended personal belongings during “encampment” clearings, Proctor et al. v. District of Columbia, No. 18-cv-701 (D.D.C.).
  • Supporting tenants and landlords appearing before the Landlord-Tenant Branch in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • Representing a provider of behavioral health and residential services in proceedings before the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Representing a defendant charged with second-degree assault in the District Court of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Previous Experience

  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Intern (2011)
  • McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst and Associate (2007-2010)
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Coordinating Officer (2009)