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Ambassador Hugo Paemen has been a key player in the EU's trade policy for the last 40 years, first as the EU Chief Negotiator during the entire length of the Uruguay Round which led to the creation of the WTO and later as the head representative of the EU to the United States. A senior statesman in the Brussels and Washington trade community, he brings extensive experience in high-level policy making to clients.


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (M.A., 1959)


Dutch, English, French, German


Co-Chairman, Transatlantic Business Council (TABC)


EU regulatory: Food

Within: EU regulatory: Food

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides 'prompt, practical advice', combined with 'clear knowledge', on EU food compliance, lobbying and crisis management matters. EU feed law is another area of expertise. Senior EU Regulatory Affairs advisor Jacqueline Mailly leads the team, in which Elisabethann Wright and Hugo Paemen are noted.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

In 2014, Hogan Lovells International LLP established a specialist Constitutional Change taskforce of senior thought leaders from across the firm to assess the legal and policy implications of emerging issues for clients - such as a possible Brexit. The group, which is led by Susan Bright, includes founding members Charles Brastedand Peter Watts. It has been particularly active in advising clients from regulated sectors on Brexit, including financial services, insurance, energy, media and pharmaceuticals. In addition to undertaking a legal and commercial advisory role for clients, the firm has been working with the International Regulatory Strategy Group (a group of senior UK-based leaders from the UK financial services and professional services industry) to produce a series of major reports which propose a model for mutual market access for financial services post-Brexit; Rachel Kent, who chairs the IRSG workstream, drafted the reports with support from other lawyers from the firm and other members of the workstream. Elsewhere, the firm has also played a key role in anticipating policy by engaging with policy makers within the UK government, as well as the US State and Treasury Departments, and the European Commission, among other bodies. Practitioners with significant trade negotiation experience include Brussels-based senior adviser Hugo Paemen (who led the EU negotiations during the entire Uruguay Round) and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC. Aline Doussin recently joined the trade team in London from Squire Patton Boggs. Lourdes Catrain, who co-leads the international trade team, is another key member of the taskforce.

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