Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping in Belgium

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is very well known in the market for its strong expertise in trade remedy investigations, and is also highly adept in customs matters, WTO disputes, sanctions issues and export control work. Paulette Vander Schueren, who leads the team, is a highly regarded practitioner; Nikolay Mizulin is another key figure in the group. Past instructions include representing Novolipetsk Steel in anti-dumping proceedings concerning hot-rolled steel imports.

V V G B Advocaten-Avocats

At V V G B Advocaten-Avocats, Edwin Vermulst is acting for Wacker in Canadian and US anti-dumping investigations concerning silicon metal imports from Norway. Other recent work for the highly respected practice includes assisting Huawei Technologies with customs-related issues in the EU and Latin America, and representing Mobike in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of e-bikes; Folkert Graafsma took the lead on the latter. Newly promoted partner Juhi Dion Sud is well versed in international trade defence matters. Other clients include the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Hyundai Steel and LG Electronics.

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis' 'very proactive' team garners praise for its 'specialist knowledge and experience of EU trade law and anti-dumping investigations'. In a headline case, Philippe De Baere, alongside Fabrizio Di Gianni, Richard Luff, Yuriy Rudyuk and Benoît Servais, is representing 80 international companies from the steel industry in a safeguard investigation initiated by the European Commission as a response to US restrictions on steel and aluminium imports; this investigation is the largest of its kind initiated by the Commission. Other highlights include acting for EU rice producers in the first safeguard investigation initiated under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences regime, concerning imports of rice from Cambodia and Myanmar. WTO disputes are another area of expertise. Jean-François Bellis and Pablo Muñiz are other key names.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I's Olivier Prost heads a practice with notable strength in trade matters, sanctions issues, anti-dumping investigations and customs work, among other areas. Prost acted for the European Biodiesel Board in an anti-dumping investigation against biodiesel imports from Argentina. Other clients include Arkema, Eurofer and ArcelorMittal. Senior counsel John Lonergan  and counsel Anna Claudia Coelho Dias are also noted. Pierre-Jacques Larrieu , who previously served as the head of unit at the European Commission's DG Taxation & Customs Union, is a recent hire.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has traditional strength in trade remedies work, and reports an increase in sanctions matters and anti-dumping investigations concerning imports of solar panels. In a major highlight, the team was awarded a contract to advise the Korean embassy on all EU trade matters; Yves Melin is leading on this matter. Other work includes representing Seraphim Solar Panel before the General Court in a challenge to the European Commission's decision to retroactively collect anti-dumping and countervailing duties on past imports of solar panels and modules. James Searles, Simon Hirsbrunner, Guy Soussan and senior associate Yongqing Bao are names to note.

White & Case LLP

The team at White & Case LLP has been kept busy with a workload dominated by anti-dumping matters, notably for clients from the steel industry; for example, practice head James Killick is representing Salzgitter, alongside a number of affiliated steel mills and resellers, in the US anti-dumping investigation into imports of cut-to-length plate from Germany, and is acting for longstanding client Eurofer and a number of European producers in a global safeguards investigation initiated by the trade authorities in Turkey. Jacquelyn MacLennan is the key contact for customs matters and counsel Richard King is also noted.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Economic sanctions form the backbone of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's practice, and the team is also adept in import and export regulations and trade agreements, to name a few areas. The client roster includes Ajinomoto, City Cycle and Henkel. François-Charles Laprévote and senior counsel Till Müller-Ibold  are key contacts.

Dentons

Dentons' expertise spans trade remedies, WTO disputes, export controls and trade sanctions. Global group head Edward Borovikov is representing Corning in an Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of single-mode optical fibre from the US and Japan. In another matter, Borovikov is acting for Bayer in an anti-dumping investigation, also initiated by the EAEU, concerning the import of herbicide from the EU. The team also includes Bogdan Evtimov and Xiaoyi Tang.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is perhaps best known for representing EU producer clients in trade defence matters; the group is also adept at handling WTO disputes, customs issues, economic sanctions and export controls. Highlights included practice head Laurent Ruessmann and recently promoted partner Jochen Beck representing the Confederation of European Paper Industries in the Indian anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of coated paper and cardboard.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Lode Van Den Hende is the key contact in a practice that handles the full spread of international trade matters, including WTO issues, Brexit-related instructions, customs work, sanctions and export control matters. Clients include Gazprom Neft and Rosneft. Consultant Eric White and senior associate Jennifer Paterson are also noted. Senior associate Jérémie Charles joined Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2018.

Jones Day

Jones Day's team distinguishes itself through its 'high level of commitment'. The broad practice takes in WTO matters, customs issues, trade defence, export controls and trade agreements. Department head Renato Antonini is leading the advice to JA Solar on an EU review investigation into anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of solar panels. The group also assists Ansaldo Energia with EU and global export control matters. Synthos, Solvay and Procter & Gamble are also clients. Senior associate Eva Monard is 'extremely smart and dedicated, and will leave no stone unturned'.

Garrigues

At GarriguesÁngel Givaja Sanz advises EAEPC on export control and trade barrier matters regarding intra-EU trading of medicinal products. The team has also seen an increase in anti-dumping investigations within the agricultural sector.

K&L Gates GP

K&L Gates GP's three-partner practice has notable expertise in international trade issues, with a focus on import and export matters, market access and economic sanctions. The client base includes Amadeus IT Group and Votorantim. Philip Torbøl  heads the department.

Nctm Studio Legale

Past work for Nctm Studio Legale's team includes handling a wide spectrum of WTO, export control, trade defence and anti-dumping matters. Department head Bernard O’Connor is highly regarded.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients from the energy, life sciences, technology, financial services and steel sectors, among other industries, on a wide range of trade matters, including anti-dumping, WTO issues, sanctions, customs issues and trade agreements. Michael Jürgen Werner and Christian Filippitsch are names to note.