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The ‘practical, solution-oriented’ team at Baker McKenzie LLP had a very strong year; it is commended for its responsiveness and ‘cross-office coordination’. Led by the ‘personable, pragmatic and commercially mindedRoss Denton, the department’s remit is broad: among other things, it advises many FTSE-listed and Fortune 100 companies on export controls, sanctions, customs and anti-dumping. The practice is notably strong in the energy sector, where its clients include Shell. Sunny Mann and of counsel Jennifer Revis are particularly active.

Covington & Burling LLP is praised as having ‘deep knowledge covering the EU and other jurisdictions’. The team is jointly led by Lisa Peets and the ‘extremely professional, responsive and focusedDavid Lorello. Lorello advised a major pharmaceuticals company on disclosing information to relevant authorities regarding potential violations of the Iran sanctions. Peets assisted a large company in the pharmaceuticals sector with a post-acquisition investigation of the purchased company’s trade control practices; she also advised an energy supplier on EU sanctions and export controls.

John Forrest’s ‘responsive, helpful and pragmatic’ team at DLA Piper counts Reckitt Benckiser, AAB International Holdings and 101 Media Lab among its client roster; recent client wins include Asda, Michelin France, Visa UK and Amec Foster Wheeler. The practice advised Ever Smart International Enterprise on the sanctions elements of its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Forrest is ‘technically excellent’ and ‘a clear communicator’. Associate Chloe Barker, who divides time between Birmingham and London, is commended for her ‘expertise’ and ‘attentiveness’.

Miriam González leads the ‘responsive’ team at Dechert LLP, which is praised for its ‘depth of expertise’. It regularly advises clients on trade and sanctions compliance, as well as export controls. Senior director Roger Matthews has ‘a sound technical understanding of the law’ and ‘a realistic outlook’; fellow senior director Richard Tauwhare ‘provides excellent, practical advice’ and ‘finds solutions’. White-collar criminal law specialist Neil Gerrard is also active in the space, and is recommended.

The ‘well-connected’ department at Eversheds LLP is headed by James Robinson and ‘very personable’ tax expert Giles Salmond, with support from ‘exceptional, invaluable’ principal associate James Lindop; the practice has been increasingly busy with export controls and sanctions, particularly the enforcement aspects. Key clients include Open University.

Squire Patton Boggs’ department is headed by Martin Rees and recently promoted partner Aline Doussin. Export controls and sanctions work are the key tenets of the practice, though it also handles trade investigations and litigation before the EU courts. Clients include China Iron and Steel Association, Gadot Biochemicals, Lubrizol Corporation and ET Solar.

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