What the team is known for
Outstanding practice with a tremendous reputation for work opposing the imposition of trade remedies by the EC, acting for an impressive range of clients that includes exporters of biofuels and steel products. Supports European companies in investigations carried out by the EC and other trade authorities across the world, with notable experience in cases involving Asian jurisdictions. Key partners are also well known for their presence in WTO proceedings. Handles diverse customs matters, including disputes with national customs authorities and CJEU referral cases concerning the application of customs law in complex cases. Has additional strength in sanctions compliance topics and litigation.
A client enthuses: "They have huge experience and technical knowledge of the processes," adding: "Whenever we had questions, we could reach out to them and they were immediately answered."
Another client notes: "Listening to everyone's requests and accepting the opinions of others is the strength of Van Bael & Bellis."
A client says: "The cooperation is very uncomplicated, they are flexible and always on time."
Acted for Marcegaglia Carbon Steel, CIB and Habas on anti-dumping proceedings initiated by the EC concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey.
Clients describe Benoît Servais
as "really supportive, brilliant and knowledgeable,"
adding that "his expertise is beyond expectation."
He is reputed for his knowledge of the EC and expertise in anti-dumping investigations.
Fabrizio Di Gianni
is noted for his expertise across Europe, with a client highlighting that he is "highly experienced in trade remedy proceedings and well introduced in the relevant European and national political institutions."
Another source notes: "He always lets us know about local cases and developments even when we are not working together."
He acts for foreign exporters on EU anti-dumping investigations and for European manufacturers on proceedings initiated by trade authorities in various jurisdictions.
is a highly reputed figure in the international trade space, noted for his extensive experience and role as the firm's founder.
advises on customs and sanctions matters, including tariffs and free trade agreements, often representing clients before the EU General Court and WTO.
Philippe De Baere
is reputed for his experience in trade defence investigations carried out by the EC, with further activity in WTO proceedings. He garners praise for his communication skills, with one client noting that "he understands people very well and what is the priority for different people."
is "extremely experienced, which you recognise from whatever he is saying. From one to ten, he is ten at his level,"
according to a client. He often advises exporters based outside the EU on EC anti-dumping or countervailing measures.
is lauded for his pragmatic approach and responsiveness. He advises Eastern European-based industrial companies on trade defence investigations carried out by trade authorities.