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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Brussels

  • Avenue Louise 240
  • Brussels
  • Belgium
  • B-1050

Environment - Belgium

THE FIRM Praise abounds for this team's in-depth regulatory expertise. It receives excellent feedback for its global capacity and technical expertise, and the practice is supported by scientific advisers with specialisms including agro-biotechnology, biocides and nanotechnology. The group covers all key EU environmental directives, including REACH, Waste Electrical and Electronic equipment (WEEE) and Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), and has a growing focus on food and food contact. In a recent success, the team challenged an EC decision to place a total ban on the use of triclosan in food contact plastics. Other clients include the European Chemicals Agency.

Sources say: "I highly respect the fact that for areas that are extremely specialised, the team has consultants on board - and the fact that when it doesn't have the expertise, it goes outside and gets it." "The firm is well organised worldwide: if we have questions for another jurisdiction, it has connections and support there as well." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources highlight Darren Abrahams's commitment to understanding the client and the client's business. He is described as "client-focused, completely trustworthy and generally a super-smart chap." He recently assisted Daikin with compliance strategies for food contact materials.

Ruxandra Cana recently joined the team. She is noted for her expertise in areas including waste, biocides and pesticides, nanotechnology, cosmetics, medical devices, food and electronics. One impressed source states: "I can't stress enough her practicality; her expertise is in a really difficult area where there is a lack of clarity. The REACH work is very sophisticated and cutting-edge - we always want her to handle it."

International Trade - Belgium

THE FIRM This multifaceted trade practice offers expertise in trade remedy investigations, customs disputes, sanctions and free trade agreement issues. The team has represented a number of respondents in high-profile EU anti-dumping proceedings, and recently advised a major European trade association on EU customs compliance issues. The firm's export control and sanctions activity includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of numerous multinational clients.

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Searles is recognised for his broad practice. He advises a variety of clients on EU investigations and international market access issues.

International Trade - Europe-wide

THE FIRM This multifaceted trade practice offers expertise in trade remedy investigations, customs disputes, sanctions and FTA issues. The team has represented a number of respondents in high-profile EU anti-dumping proceedings, and recently advised a major European trade association on EU customs compliance issues. The firm's export control and sanctions activity includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of numerous multinational clients.

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Searles is recognised for his broad practice. He advises a variety of clients on EU investigations and international market access issues.