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Ross Denton heads the practice at Baker McKenzie, which has notable expertise across a wide range of sectors, including energy, aerospace and defence, chemicals and petrochemicals, financial services, and technology. The practice acts for various FTSE-listed and Fortune 100 companies on sanctions, customs, export control, and compliance matters. Key figures include Sunny Mann, newly made-up partner Tristan Grimmer, and of counsel Jennifer Revis. Associate Hannah Zarkar joined the team from the Washington DC office.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

The ‘first-rateJohn Forrest leads the ‘experienced’ team at DLA Piper, which counts Boston Consulting Group, Hyundai Kia Motor Group, Experian, Nexion Technologies, Asda, and Commerzbank, as well as a number of sovereign entities, among its clients. Forrest advised a client on an ongoing HMRC investigation into rules of origin for customs valuation purposes, and provided sanctions and export control advice to Amec Foster Wheeler in relation to potential commercial opportunities, including in Iran and Russia. The team advised clients on compliance with EU and US sanctions, and on the sanctions, trade and export control aspects of a merger approval. Senior associate Chloe Barker divides her time between Birmingham and London, and is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Dechert LLP is headed by Miriam Gonzalez and includes senior directors Roger Matthews (who is ‘extremely clever and knowledgeable’ and has ‘invaluable former government experience’) and Andrew Hood, who joined last year from his role as legal adviser to the UK Prime Minister and as head of international and EU law at the attorney general’s office. The team has strengths in the financial services, transport, food and beverage, energy, and extractive industry sectors, and advises clients on sanctions, export controls, customs, and compliance matters.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘very competent’ practice delivers ‘excellent knowledge’ and ‘pragmatic, clear, and definitive advice’. The team has particular strengths in the technology, aviation, and defence sectors, and counts Cobham plc, AVEVA Group plc, SciEngines UK Limited, BBA Aviation plc, and HESCO Bastion among its clients. Recent work includes providing trade, aerospace, and defence-specific advice to Teledyne Technologies concerning its acquisition of e2v plc. James Robinson and newly made-up partner James Lindop (‘customer first approach’, ‘readily available’, ‘in-depth knowledge overlaid with commercial awareness’) head the practice, which includes tax expert Giles Salmond and associate Monika Zejden-Erdmann.

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP counts Louis Dreyfus Company, British American Tobacco, and Associated British Foods among its clients. Practice head Lode Van Den Hende, who divides his time between Brussels and London, is representing Gazprom Neft and Rosneft in separate matters before the EU General Court and the European Court of Justice challenging EU trade and financial sanctions. The practice was joined by former head of international trade law at the European Commission’s legal deparment, Eric White; he splits his time between the Brussels and London offices as a consultant and was part of the team advising a number of public and private entities on the potential outcomes of the Article 50 negotiations on EU customs law, WTO law, international trade law, and EU rules on market access. Daniel Hudson is part of the team advising an upstream oil and gas trading company on various sanctions regimes, including in relation to Iran and Russia. Also recommended are Susannah Cogman, who is noted for her strengths in sanctions matters relating to Syria, Lybia, Iran, and Russia, and senior associate Jérémie Charles, who joined the Brussels office from Sidley Austin LLP.

Aline Doussin leads the practice at Squire Patton Boggs, which acts for clients in sectors including financial services, technology, media, and pharmaceuticals, on export controls, sanctions, trade-related litigation, compliance, and investigations; it also acts for a number of sovereign entities. In 2016 the team launched its trade compliance and trade flow optimization package, with the aim of providing compliance assessment and monitoring services, high-risk high-return trade assessment, and assistance on EU duty reduction and recovery. George Grammas splits his time between London and Washington DC and leads the international trade practice group. Robert MacLean is the firm’s Brussels-based trade partner.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s practice is headed by Jasper Helder, who joined from Baker McKenzie. The firm provides ‘invaluable’, ‘responsive’, and ‘concise’ advice and is active across the customs, export control, sanctions, and anti-dumping areas. Helder (who has ‘deep knowledge of the European regulatory environment’) is representing a client in the EU anti-dumping investigation in respect of grain-oriented electrical steel. In an illustration of its heavyweight reputation in Russia and CIS-related matters, counsel Chiara Klaui (who also joined from Baker McKenzie and is ‘very skilled’ with ‘deep domain expertise’), is advising a global technology provider on EU sanctions against Crimea and Russia.

The ‘extremely strong’ practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has particular strengths advising clients on sanctions, with an emphasis on sanctions affecting Russia; it also handles export control issues in relation to dual-use equipment, and on trade investigations. The ‘experienced’, ‘knowledgeable’, ‘straightforward’, ‘client-friendlyChris Bryant jointly leads the team with Aaron Stephens; they are ably assisted by senior associates Irene Cummins and Kate Ison (who is ‘bright’, ‘hardworking’ and ‘personable’).

Clifford Chance LLP’s practice has been particularly active in providing post-Brexot trade advice; practice head Jessica Gladstone is advising ITV on the trade law implications of Brexit on the audio-visual industry and is acting for EDF on the impact trading under WTO rules could have on the Hinckley Project. The team also provided international sanctions advice to a number of clients across the financial services, energy, manufacturing, and insurance sectors.

Bernardine Adkins heads the practice at Gowling WLG, which is noted for its expertise in relation to EU and UK sanctions law, export control and international trade, and EU trade defence investigations. David Lowe, senior associate Oyebola Ajayi, and associate Rory Jones are the key figures. Adkins’s highlights included advising clients on bringing an anti-dumping complaint to the European Union, on the potential application of US, EU, and UK sanctions regimes in multiple jurisdictions, and on the impact of the introduction of the Union Customs Code on importing, exporting, and the storing or processing of goods prior to payment of customs charges in the EU. Key clients include Dixons Carphone, AstraZeneca UK, The Estee Lauder Companies, Aston Martin Lagonda, and Seiko Epson Corporation.

Anthony Woolich heads the team at HFW, which advises clients on sanctions, customs, and trade policy issues. Woolich and Daniel Martin have advised a number of leading multinationals on international sanctions regulations. Experienced litigator Costas Frangeskides is leading the team representing the Republic of Cyprus in Court of Justice of the EU proceedings concerning the potential free trade agreement between Singapore and the EU.

London and Brussels-based Peter Crowther heads the practice at Winston & Strawn London LLP, which has particular strengths in sanctions matters concerning sectors such as financial services, energy, and telecommunications. Crowther and associate Jade-Alexandra Fearns advise Sberbank in relation to its application to the General Court to lift the EU capital market access restrictions.

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