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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Lourdes Catrain is Co-Director of the International Trade & Investment practice. Lourdes has achieved milestone successes in all areas of EU trade law, including the completion on behalf of a sovereign government of a free trade agreement with the EU, the annulment of a customs classification regulation on Pfizer’s Thermacare products before the Court of Justice of the EU, the judicial delisting of an entity from the EU Sanctions against Iran, as well as a series of investigations and related voluntary disclosures in various EU jurisdictions on breaches of trade control laws. She has recently assisted a Latin America country in its trade negotiations with China.  Lourdes regularly advises energy, telecommunications, satellite, engineering, chemical, life science, and other companies in complying with economic sanctions and trade controls, including licensing, and enforcement matters. She has secured several foreign investment approvals and most notably, she led the multiple foreign investment filings related to EUR 12.3bn acquisition by GE of Alstom’s energy activities. In the area of trade defence investigations, Lourdes has been involved in the five year long EU solar panel trade dispute with China and the on-going steel safeguard case. As a member of the firm’s Brexit task force, she guides clients on the trade implications of the UK’s departure from the EU.


English, Italian, French, Spanish


Member of Brussels Bar Association Member of Bar Association in Madrid


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

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Belgium > Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping

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Lourdes CatrainHogan Lovells International LLP

Drawing on a broad international network of lawyers in Brussels, London and Washington DC, Hogan Lovells International LLP represents some of the world’s largest companies and governmental bodies on economic sanctions, export controls, and trade defence proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Lourdes Catrain heads up the Brussels-based EU international trade team, routinely working with clients on anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguarding investigations. Falk Schöning focuses primarily on EU and German export control rules, and is experienced in policy advocacy matters. Stéphanie Seeuws is noted for her trade defence capabilities acting before EU courts and advising on third country trade defence measures. Eleni Theodoropoulou has particular expertise in EU customs matters and investment law.