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Switzerland: Trade & Customs Analysis 2016

We recognise 15 leading trade lawyers in this chapter. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Jasper Wauters King & Spalding, Geneva
Brendan McGivern White & Case, Geneva
Scott Andersen Sidley Austin, Geneva
Alan Yanovich Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Geneva
Todd Friedbacher Sidley Austin, Geneva

Sidley Austin offers a world-class practice in international trade law and in-depth knowledge of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The firm’s office in Geneva is widely considered outstanding. Scott Andersen focuses on a wide variety of WTO-related trade disputes. Sources state that he is “a great operator” and “very knowledgeable”. Todd Friedbacher is a recognised leader in international trade and WTO law. He praised for “the high quality of his work”, his “sense of strategy” and the fact that “he leaves no stone unturned”. Nicolas Lockhart is “highly intelligent” and sources regard him as “among the top-tier names in the country”. Iain Sandford is regarded by peers as “experienced, knowledgeable and user-friendly”, as well as “a top choice” for advice on WTO and international trade expertise.

King & Spalding, which opened in 2010, has become universally recognised for its international trade practice, advising sovereign and industry clients on securing their trade and investment objectives. Jasper Wauters is widely viewed as “one of the very best international trade lawyers in the country”, with a particularly “esteemed” practice in trade litigation. Daniel Crosby has over two decades’ worth of experience representing international clients in trade and investment disputes. According to sources, “His knowledge and commercial awareness is first-rate.” Charles Julien is “a definite inclusion” for his “excellent” advice on a wide range of international trade matters including negotiations, trade remedy proceedings and disputes. Alejandro Jara is also highly recommended.

At White & Case, Brendan McGivern is a world-renowned expert in WTO advisory work. He is a “seasoned expert” and holds a “fantastic reputation” among peers and clients alike.

Alan Yanovich of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld advises foreign governments and multinational corporations on litigation of disputes before the WTO and other international dispute-resolution bodies. Respondents regard him as “a superb lawyer”, who is “extremely effective”.

Van Bael & Bellis’ Clotilde du Parc is focused on WTO law and, in particular, WTO dispute settlement proceedings. One source remarked that “she is very hands-on and articulates her ideas well”.

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