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Lourdes Catrain

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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International Trade and Investment


Lourdes' practice focuses on EU trade, WTO, customs matters and trade defence investigations such as anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards. She advises on the WTO compatibility of EU legislation and measures in connection with market access issues. She represents clients before the European Courts. She assists companies and sovereign governments with trade agreement negotiations before the European Institutions. Lourdes counsels clients on EU dual-use as well as economic sanctions such as those against Iran, Syria, Russia, both at EU, as well as Member State level. She represents companies on matters involving customs classification, customs valuation, rules of origin.


LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 1992; J.D. Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1989


English, French, Italian, Spanish


Member of Brussels Bar Association Member of Bar Association in Madrid


Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping

Within: Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice takes in anti-dumping, customs, sanctions, and exports matters, handling instructions from clients drawn from the telecoms, chemical, life sciences and agricultural sectors, to name a few.  Practice head Lourdes Catrain advises Ronly on trade issues relating to imports of steel and aluminium. Associate Jorge Torres is also recommended. In 2017, associate Christopher Lock moved to the Department for International Trade in the UK, and in 2018, senior associate Jérémie Charles joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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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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