Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping in Belgium

Mayer Brown

The team at Mayer Brown reports an uptick in sanctions and export control instructions, and is well regarded for its excellent capabilities in trade remedy matters, WTO disputes, and customs issues. Nikolay Mizulin, along with trade and customs expert Paulette Vander Schueren, are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Nikolay Mizulin

Other key lawyers:

Paulette Vander Schueren

Key clients

Wilmar International

Eurochem

Syngenta

Daido Steel

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wilmar International in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings initiated by the European Commission into biodiesel imports from Indonesia.
  • Representing Daido Steel in a safeguard investigation concerning steel imports.
  • Represented Syngenta in the anti-dumping investigation initiated by the  Eurasian Economic Union concerning imports of herbicides.

V V G B Advocaten-Avocats

V V G B Advocaten-Avocats' 'focussed' team garners praise for its 'wide knowledge of trade law'. Edwin Vermulst is noted for his 'invaluable' experience in WTO matters, and, alongside Juhi Dion Sud, is advising Wacker on EU review investigations into Canadian and US anti-dumping investigations concerning silicon metal imports from China and Russia. Folkert Graafsma is 'very clever and pragmatic', with 'a rock solid background and long experience in anti-dumping and other international trade matters.' Joris Cornelis is 'hard-working and always provides valuable responses'.

Practice head(s):

Edwin Vermulst; Folkert Graafsma

Other key lawyers:

Juhi Dion Sud; Joris Cornelis

Testimonials

Personal attention from a dedicated team that lives and breathes WTO law‘.

Folkert Graafsma – clever and thoughtful lawyer‘.

Key clients

Wacker

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

Hyundai Steel

Hyundai Motor Company

Kia Motors

Huawei Technologies

Work highlights

  • Assists Huawei Technologies with worldwide customs and trade-related issues.
  • Representing Hyundai Steel, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors in an EU review of steel safeguard measures.

Van Bael & Bellis

Philippe De Baere leads Van Bael & Bellis' team, which stands out for its 'practical approach'. In the international trade space, De Baere, Benoît Servais, Fabrizio Di Gianni, Yuriy Rudyuk and Richard Luff are advising 80 international companies from the steel industry in an ongoing safeguard investigation - the largest of its kind to be initiated by the European Commission - concerning US restrictions on steel and aluminium imports. The practice also has an excellent reputation for its strength in WTO disputes. Pablo Muñiz is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Philippe De Baere

Testimonials

The practice given is extremely well tailored and it is effectively oriented to the specific issues required‘.

Key clients

Government of Japan

Government of China

Government of Ukraine

Severstal

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Government of Ukraine in a WTO dispute concerning multiple restrictions imposed by Russia on traffic in transit from Ukraine through the Russian Federation to third countries.
  • Represented Chinese electric bicycles importer Giant Electric Vehicle in an EU anti-dumping investigation.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I's 'very precise' team is well versed in high-profile anti-dumping and safeguard investigations, and is equally adept at handling WTO issues and sanctions matters. Olivier Prost leads the team; counsel Anna Claudia Coelho Dias and associate Clément Bouvarel are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Prost

Key clients

European Biodiesel Board

BASF

Saint-Gobain PAM

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented BASF in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Eurasian Economic Commission concerning imports of herbicides from the EU.
  • Acting for a prominent paper company in safeguard measures imposed by Morocco on imports of paper reams and reels.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Lourdes Catrain is the key contact in a practice which has expertise in international trade, sanctions, anti-dumping, exports, and customs matters. Associate Jorge Torres is well versed in EU trade defence work. In 2019, senior associate Jérémie Charles left to join the European Commission as a policy officer.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Catrain

Other key lawyers:

Jorge Torres

Key clients

Ministry of Commerce and Industries (Panama)

Ronly

Pfizer

Wacker Chemie

Work highlights

  • Representing the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (Panama) in bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with China.
  • Successfully acted for Wacker Chemie in EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against imports of solar panels from China.
  • Assisting Ronly with EU safeguard measures relating to imports of steel.

Jones Day

Anti-dumping and safeguard proceedings have been particularly prominent in Jones Day's recent workload, and the team is equally adept in, among other areas, trade defence, export controls and sanctions issues. Renato Antonini and senior associate Eva Monard are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Renato Antonini

Other key lawyers:

Eva Monard

Key clients

Ansaldo Energia

Solvay

JSW Steel

Cambodia Rice Federation

Jindal SAW

Work highlights

  • Representing the Cambodia Rice Federation in a challenge to the European Commission’s decision to impose safeguards on imports of rice from Cambodia and the subsequent withdrawal of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences regime.
  • Acting for JSW Steel in a safeguard investigation initiated by the European Commission as a response to US restrictions on steel and aluminium imports; this investigation is widely viewed as the largest of its kind.
  • Provides ongoing advice to Ansaldo Energia concerning EU and global export control matters, most recently on dual-use goods and sanctions issues.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is very well known in the market for its strong capabilities in trade remedies work. Other recent instructions for the practice include anti-dumping investigations concerning imports of solar panels and a range of steel products; sanctions matters are also prominent in the team's workload. James Searles, Simon Hirsbrunner, Guy Soussan and senior associate Yongqing Bao are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

James Searles; Guy Soussan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hirsbrunner; Yongqing Bao

Key clients

Seraphim Solar Panel

Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association

STARCO Europe

Liaoning Zizhu Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Seraphim Solar Panel before the General Court in an ongoing challenge to the European Commission’s decision to retroactively collect anti-dumping and countervailing duties on past imports of solar panels and modules.
  • Acting for Liaoning Zizhu Group in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the European Commission against imports of hot-rolled steel.

Dentons

Dentons has traditional strength in trade remedies, trade sanctions and export controls work, and reports an increase in WTO matters. The team has been busy handling a range of anti-dumping investigations, predominantly concerning imports of steel. Global department head Edward Borovikov is the key name; Bogdan Evtimov and Xiaoyi Tang are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Edward Borovikov

Other key lawyers:

Bogdan Evtimov; Xiaoyi Tang

Key clients

Bayer

Corning

Novolipetsk Steel

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK)

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Corning in an Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of single-mode optical fibre from the US and Japan; the case was terminated with no measures being implemented.
  • Representing Novolipetsk Steel in a safeguard investigation concerning imports of steel products into Egypt.

Fieldfisher

Laurent Ruessmann heads the department at Fieldfisher, which has an excellent reputation for acting for EU producer clients in trade defence matters. Customs matters, WTO disputes, export controls and economic sanctions are other key areas of instruction. Jochen Beck is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Ruessmann

Other key lawyers:

Jochen Beck

Key clients

Confederation of European Paper Industries

European Bicycle Manufacturers Association

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Confederation of European Paper Industries in the Indian anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of coated paper and cardboard; the investigation was terminated without measures being imposed.
  • Assisting a number of EU bicycle producers and the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association with anti-dumping issues concerning imports of conventional bicycles from China.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Lode Van Den Hende heads a practice which counts Brexit-related mandates, WTO disputes, sanctions matters, export control and customs issues as core strengths. Consultant Eric White and senior associate Jennifer Paterson are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Lode Van Den Hende

Other key lawyers:

Eric White; Jennifer Paterson

Key clients

Gazprom Neft

Rosneft

Nord Stream 2

AQUIND

Prosperity UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Prosperity UK on the Alternative Arrangements Commission’s report and protocols on Alternative Arrangements for the Irish border concerning the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
  • Representing United Carton Industries Company in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Gulf Cooperation Council concerning cardboard paper.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is perhaps best known for representing clients from the steel industry in anti-dumping matters and global safeguards investigations. James Killick is the key contact for export controls and trade remedies matters; Jacquelyn MacLennan counts customs issues as a key area of expertise; and Genevra Forwood is highly experienced in handling sanctions cases. Counsel Richard King is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

James Killick; Jacquelyn MacLennan; Genevra Forwood

Other key lawyers:

Richard King

Key clients

Eurofer

Salzgitter

ArcelorMittal

Outokumpu

Celanese

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented longstanding client Eurofer and a number of European producers in a global safeguards investigation initiated by the trade authorities in Turkey.
  • Acting for Eurofer in a global safeguards investigation initiated by the European Commission concerning imports of 19 steel product groups, which are produced by member companies of the client.
  • Representing Salzgitter, alongside a number of affiliated steel mills and resellers, in the ongoing US anti-dumping investigation into imports of cut-to-length plate from Germany.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

At Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, François-Charles Laprévote and senior counsel Till Müller-Ibold  are representing bicycle producers PT Chin Haur and City Cycle before the General Court of the European Union concerning a circumvention regulation extending anti-dumping duties to bicycles originating in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tunisia and Sri Lanka. Economic sanctions are another core area of expertise for the team.

Practice head(s):

François-Charles Laprévote

Other key lawyers:

Till Müller-Ibold

Key clients

City Cycle

PT Chin Haur

Garrigues

The 'very experiencedÁngel Givaja Sanz is the name to note in Garrigues' practice, which has been acting for ASEMESA in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) into imports of ripe olives from Spain. The team's workload also includes anti-dumping investigations within the steel sector.  

Practice head(s):

Ángel Givaja Sanz

Testimonials

They have a very solid knowledge based on experience as well as formal knowledge of the law‘.

Ángel Givaja Sanz provides exceptional service. Highly responsible, intelligent and dedicated‘.

Key clients

EAEPC

ASEMESA

Work highlights

  • Advises EAEPC on export control and trade barrier matters regarding intra-EU trading of medicinal products.

K&L Gates GP

K&L Gates GP is perhaps best known for its established capabilities in international trade matters, and counts sanctions matters and market access issues as core areas of instruction. Philip Torbøl  leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Philip Torbøl

Key clients

Amadeus IT Group

Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC)

Nctm Studio Legale

Nctm Studio Legale's practice takes in anti-dumping matters, trade issues and WTO instructions. Practice head Bernard O’Connor has established expertise in this area; counsel Willem De Munck and associate Maxime Hommé are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Bernard O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Willem De Munck; Maxime Hommé

Testimonials

Willem De Munck, Bernard O’Connor and Maxime Hommé are all well-spoken, extremely empathic and impressively competent‘.

Key clients

AEGIS Europe

Fertilisers Europe

Work highlights

  • Assisting AEGIS Europe with WTO matters and implementing EU trade defence instruments.