International Trade - Europe-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Multifaceted trade practice with a superb international reputation for WTO expertise, and impressive bench strength in both Brussels and Geneva. Also advises clients on a broad spectrum of trade policy and market access issues, as well as high-stakes trade remedies investigations, trade control matters and customs mandates. Works with lawyers across the world to provide co-ordinated global advice.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
WTO expertise: "The best law firm for WTO issues – almost unbeatable."
Dedication: "The lawyers' responsiveness, diligence and hard work have truly impressed us."
What's new? Geneva managing partner Scott Andersen is now co-head of the global international trade team.
Work highlights Successfully represented the government of Japan in its challenge before a WTO panel regarding the conditions of the government of Ontario's renewable energy feed-in tariff support programme. The panel ruled that Ontario's stipulations regarding domestic content were incompatible with WTO regulations.
Represented Grand Collection and Tienshan (Handan) Tableware in the EU anti-dumping investigation into tableware from China.
Sources appreciate Geneva-based Scott Andersen's depth of expertise in the international trade arena, asserting that "he lives and breathes trade law, and has given us some real insight." He is also valued for his "high-level strategic advice," and on the contentious side is said to be a "great co-ordinator of disputes."
Todd Friedbacher in Geneva is highly reputed for his "very strong knowledge and intensive experience of WTO cases." He regularly represents sovereign clients from across the world in WTO disputes.
Geneva-based Nicolas Lockhart is regarded as "absolutely great" in WTO matters, and clients prize the experience he garnered whilst advising the WTO Appellate Body prior to joining the firm.
Clients appreciate Brussels-based Arnoud Willems' extensive knowledge of EU regulations and procedures, and point to his "outstanding experience in the field of trade defence." He is also commended for his strategic capabilities, as well as his "great technical skills and relentless dedication." He successfully represented Petrochemicals Industry Company of Kuwait in connection with an Egyptian safeguard investigation concerning polypropylene, resulting in the termination of the investigation without definitive measures.
Brussels-based Richard Weiner earns praise for his "huge amount of experience," along with his "very strong commercial instinct, and his ability to translate legal issues to a commercial context." He has been heavily involved in the EU's solar industry investigations of late, advising Chinese exporters Yingli Green Energy and Canadian Solar on their defence. He divides his time between Brussels and Washington, DC.
Significant clients Government of the Dominican Republic, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, AIG, Danone, Unilever.