What the team is known for
Recognised as a superb choice to handle all stages of WTO proceedings, acting for governments across the world and for affected corporates or industry associations on cases that have significant implications for global trade and intergovernmental relations. Benefits from highly regarded teams in Geneva and Washington, DC that have demonstrable experience in complex cases, including those that raise arguments over the use of national security as a justification for trade restrictions. Brussels-based partners act for clients seeking either to avert or to overturn the imposition of EU trade remedies within the context of anti-dumping or safeguard investigations. Increasingly attracts attention for customs matters as well as trade policy and strategic advisory work.
A client enthuses: "The Sidley Austin lawyers have provided an excellent service: the matter has their full attention; all actions are taken promptly, supported by full professional rigour and regular updates are provided of individual actions and how they fit into the overall strategy."
Another client highlights the team's efficient communication, saying: "They've just done a phenomenal job in making things easy for me in how they collaborate with each other; I never have to explain twice," and adding that "they have managed the timing and updates to our own lawyers and business people in a very consistent way."
Represented Dow as producer, importer and user in the EU anti-dumping investigation into silicon originating in Brazil as well as advising the client on issues around Brexit, including EU customs licences for its UK production facility.
According to clients, Arnoud Willems
is "an expert in customs law and anti-dumping matters."
He handles EU investigations for EU-based importers and foreign exporters from the firm's Brussels office, and is further experienced in customs law mandates at national court level and before the CJEU. One client enthuses: "He is a born strategist. He masterminds all details and makes cases look simple and presents them convincingly. Perhaps most importantly, he delivers results."
A client states that Iain Sandford
is "extremely proactive and very responsive to our demands,"
adding that "especially now with the lack of physical communication, he has been very proactive in dealing with the case."
He acts for governments and corporate clients on high-profile WTO disputes.
is a longstanding practitioner whose "name is very well known among everyone working in the field."
He has a wealth of experience in EU trade defence matters.
represents governments in original proceedings and in subsequent claims brought for non-implementation of WTO rulings, often relating to manufactured and consumer goods and tariffs.
Sven De Knop
assists clients with customs litigation and EU trade defence, as well as design of sanctions compliance programmes. A client appreciates that his "advice on contract negotiation and compliance terms was extremely practical, and married with processes we already had in place."
The "excellent" Todd Friedbacher
is highly reputed for his extensive experience in WTO litigation. He acts for manufacturers and companies devising strategies and on disputes brought to the WTO relating to customs valuation, regulatory measures and tariffs.