WTO in Switzerland
The Geneva team of international firm King & Spalding LLP focuses on WTO dispute resolution, as well as advisory work regarding market access, EU sanction regimes, trade policies and remedies, as well as customs and governmental investigations. Daniel Crosby, who 'knows and understands the WTO world very well', further impresses with his unique expertise in digital trade and e-commerce matters. He acts for United Parcel Service in negotiations concerning new interpretations of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the WTO's cross-border e-commerce rules. Senior counsels Hannes Welge and Hamid Mamdouh joined from the European Commission and the WTO Secretariat in December 2017, and partner Rambod Behboodi was a new arrival in January 2018 from his previous position as senior litigator at the WTO.
The WTO team at White & Case LLP 'has extensive knowledge of all aspects of WTO law, with particular strength in contentious trade remedies matters and domestic investigations'. It is also recommended for its ability to 'apply WTO and international trade law in national law settings and for handling intellectual property matters'. 'Contingent trade protection expert' Jasper Wauters, who 'explains legal aspects in an accurate and comprehensible way', is representing the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in several anti-dumping disputes against the USA and Japan, while 'commercially-minded' counsel Charles Julien acted for the Chamber of Metallurgical Industries of Egypt in successfully imposing anti-dumping measures against China, Turkey and the Ukraine in order to protect domestic steel producers. Saudi Aramco is another client. Brendan McGivern is also noted.
The Geneva office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP covers international trade and public policy law applied to trade disputes and remedies, intellectual property issues, as well as government procurement, electronic commerce, investment matters and non-tariff barriers. Local partner Alan Yanovich advises the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the WTO on its market access issues, and also represents the Kingdom of Morocco as defendant in a WTO dispute with Turkey, which is attempting to challenge the client's anti-dumping measure on Turkish imports of hot-rolled steel.
Van Bael & Bellis houses 'an experienced team that provides prompt, accurate and concise legal opinions'. Specialising in WTO disputes and trade negotiations, the practice frequently enforces or resolves anti-dumping claims, traffic and transit restrictions and safeguard measures. The 'professional and efficient' Clotilde du Parc made partner in early 2018. Brussels-based partner Philippe De Baere 'is one of the most prominent practising lawyers in this field'.