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Womble Bond Dickinson Raids Baker Donelson for Global Trade (1)

Aug. 12, 2021, 5:13 PMUpdated: Aug. 12, 2021, 6:49 PM

Womble Bond Dickinson is expanding its business and cross-border trade practices by adding Alan Enslen and John Scannapieco, both from Baker Donelson, as partners in its Washington office.

Enslen and Scannapieco have worked on strategies and dispute resolution related to international trade, foreign direct investment, and cross-border transactions. They’ve also done regulatory compliance and government investigations tied to global trade.

“We came along at the right time to expand their cross-border capabilities with different services and maybe get into some additional markets,” Scannapieco said in an interview.

The move, which includes former Baker Donelson associates Julius Bodie and Frank Xue, adds to a recent talent exchange between Baker Donelson and Womble. In May, Womble’s international energy transactions practice leader Joseph Tirone left the firm and joined Baker Donelson.

The new Womble team will be counseling U.S. and international clients involved in cross-border transactions, including foreign direct investment, buying and selling assets, and mergers and acquisitions.

The lawyers will also be negotiating and drafting cross-border commercial contracts and agreements involving the U.S., Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

“There has been extensive government contracting and government -focused type of practice areas at Womble,” Enslen said in an interview. “The ability to jell those with more cross-border capabilities like intellectual property, and to deepen the bench on international trade and cross border, is really what this is all about.”

Enslen has more than 23 years of international trade representation experience, with an emphasis on defense and aerospace technology exports. In addition to his legal career, he was a U.S. Army officer, including active duty infantry and special forces.

Scannapieco, who has more than 30 years of experience in global business matters, has been serving as Honorary Consul from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Tennessee. He is also on the boards of cross-border trade and business organizations, including the International Business Council of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee District Export Council.

“The firm has a large intellectual property practice in the United States,” Scannapieco said of Womble, “and in areas such as dispute resolution, capital markets, corporate, immigration.”

Trans-Atlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has offices in the U.S. and the UK.

(Updates throughout with Enslen, Scannapieco comments)

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