05 Sidley Austin
- Trade & Customs
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Sidley Austin boasts a “world-class” trade and customs practice attested by our research which recognises the firm as the award winning practice for the 11th year running. Encompassing 60 professionals, the practice is centred around its offices in Brussels, Geneva and Washington, DC.
Geneva-based Scott Andersen is “tremendously good” on WTO disputes. He advises member governments, leading companies and trade associations, and has vast experience in the field as a former legal adviser to the US mission to the WTO in Geneva. In this capacity he represented the US in more than 30 disputes before the WTO panels and appellate body. Andrew Shoyer co-leads the firm’s international trade practice and concentrates on the implementation and enforcement of international trade and investment agreements. He is “incredibly smart” and has an “astute legal mind”. Todd Friedbacher is praised for his “stellar work” assisting clients to address trade and regulatory barriers impacting their ability to move, sell and protect goods, services and IP across borders. In Brussels, Jacques Bourgeois is a senior adviser who utilises his four decades of experience to aid clients on EU trade and market access issues.
Life sciences is a core strength of the firm and practitioners advise clients on the full array of issues. Key names include Scott Bass, head of the global life sciences team; James Stansel, co-head of the global team and a specialist on regulatory and policy issues; and Paul Kalb, leader of the firm’s national healthcare practice. Patricia Thayer also receives high praise for her IP expertise and experience handling patent litigation for life sciences companies. Sara Gourley in Chicago is named our Life Sciences – Product Liability Lawyer of the Year for the first time in 2016. She has significant experience in pharmaceutical, medical device and blood products liability litigation and is a “formidable litigator”.
Sidley Austin has a securities team consisting of more than 260 lawyers in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. A number of Sidley lawyers are particularly recommended for their expertise in debt and equity, and structured finance transactions. Robert Meyers is a global leader of the securities practice and a “standout” capital markets lawyer. He is based in the firm’s Sydney office where he advises clients on US and international capital raisings and stock exchange listings. Matthew Sheridan is recommended for his experience in debt and equity capital market transactions. He co-heads the international corporate finance practice in Asia and represents underwriters and issuers throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Carlos Rodriguez in New York is a “sensational” structured finance lawyer who clients describe as being “a pleasure to work with”.
David Buente Jr is our Environment Lawyer of the Year 2016 in recognition of his leading reputation in the market. He co-leads the environmental group at Sidley and specialises in litigation relating to the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and environmental criminal and toxic tort litigation. Previous award winner Roger Martella Jr is a fellow co-head of the practice. He previously served as general counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency and is considered “a point of reference in the market”.
Each year Sidley lawyers devote more than 100,000 hours to pro bono projects ranging from death penalty appeals to political asylum matters and civil rights litigation. One such project is the Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise pro bono programme which was launched in 2012 and provides free legal support to small and medium-sized agricultural-related enterprises and development NGOs in Africa and Asia. There are currently 18 projects in Africa and seven in Asia under the programme, and 285 Sidley lawyers participating.
Sidley is committed to creating a workplace where women thrive, and in order to do so has an active committee on retention and promotion of women led by female partners from most US offices, London and Hong Kong. Moreover, Sidley has a diversity committee which focuses on attracting, retaining and promoting to partnership and leadership outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and the communities which the firm serves. Among several programmes at the firm is the pre-law scholars’ programme, which aims to increase diversity in law schools by subsidising the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of diverse, high-performing college students who have difficulty meeting the costs.