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Switzerland: Trade & Customs 2017

Our research has identified 15 excellent lawyers with substantial expertise in international trade matters as well as customs issues affecting clients in Switzerland and worldwide. Our listings this year continue to be dominated by international firms, most notably Sidley Austin and White & Case.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Nicolas J S Lockhart Sidley Austin, Geneva
2. Brendan McGivern White & Case, Geneva
3. Jasper Wauters White & Case, Geneva

SIDLEY AUSTIN stands apart in our research, with four excellent practitioners highlighted.
Nicolas Lockhart is an outstanding trade lawyer who has “a mastery of WTO agreements and is very thorough and analytical”, say our sources. Interviewees also comment: “He commands respect, possesses gravitas and is articulate and clear”.
The “highly recommended” Todd Friedbacher has long been regarded by peers as one of the most impressive trade and customs lawyers in the market. He has extensive experience representing clients before the WTO in dispute settlement proceedings.
Iain Sandford is a “really excellent” figure in the Swiss market who offers clients standout expertise and advice on the full range of WTO matters. He also has experience in anti-dumping and sanctions and export control issues.
Co-managing partner of the Geneva office Scott Andersen is also highlighted in our listings for his superb WTO practice.

WHITE & CASE also performs well, with three listings, including two of our most highly regarded names.
Brendan McGivern heads the firm’s WTO practice and is a “very seasoned hand” who is “doing a great job” for clients. He primarily advises governments and companies in relation to the full range WTO matters.
New arrival at the firm Jasper Wauters is “a trade litigation expert with an impressive practice” who is recommended for his assistance to clients on the settlement of WTO dispute proceedings. Sources have “no hesitation in recommending him”.
Charles Julien is “extremely good” on trade matters, according to sources. He has over 20 years’ experience advising on safeguard investigations, countervailing duty and anti-dumping matters.

Daniel Crosby at KING & SPALDING is nominated by peers in Switzerland and as far afield as Mexico, Ukraine and the US for his superb expertise in contentious and non-contentious trade matters.

At APPLETON LUFF, Arthur Appleton is identified for his “really nice touch and feel for the area, particularly on advisory matters” relating to the WTO. He is also lauded as a “very smart guy” who provides “great technical assistance”.

Christian Pitschas is a SOLE PRACTITIONER with an “outstanding own practice”, according to interviewees. He is highly regarded by a plethora of sources for his WTO expertise.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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