By Philippe De Baere, Van Bael & Bellis
For the arsenal of EU trade defence instruments, 2016 is likely to be crucial. The main issue in debate is whether China should be granted market economy status (MES) after 11 December 2016. Linked to this question is whether the granting of MES to China should be accompanied by a modernisation of the trade defence instruments in order to mitigate the effect of China's new status. Finally, following a number of lost WTO disputes and cases before the European Court of Justice, it is widely felt that the EU should reinforce the transparency of its investigations.
Who’s Who Legal brings together Ana Caetano of Veirano Advogados, Brazil, and Edwin Vermulst of VVGB Advocaten, Belgium, to discuss issues facing trade and customs lawyers and their clients in 2016.
"Economic regulation is entering a new stage of development, one where the traditional role of national governments and multilateral agreements is being supplemented, and in many instances supplanted, by trade agreements."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Richard Luff of Van Bael & Bellis, David Christy of Perkins Coie, Daniel Crosby of King & Spalding and Warren Maruyama of Hogan Lovells to discuss the key issues facing trade and customs lawyers and their clients in the industry today.
"The EU and US have departed markedly from established practices in their sanctions regarding Ukraine, and the innovative approach presents global companies and compliance practitioners with new challenges."
We have selected 251 experts in 31 jurisdictions who can be considered leading trade and customs lawyers. In this section, we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who had the strongest overall performance.
A total of 24 lawyers are listed in this chapter as leading practitioners in a field in which three firms stand out as leaders in their countries.
Sidley Austin LLP is at the head of our research with ten nominees from three offices in the US, Switzerland and Belgium making the grade.
These are interesting times for trade and customs lawyers. The travails in the worldwide economy have taken their toll on international trade, and new pressures are leading countries to see trade and customs regulation as a way to alleviate domestic economic concerns.
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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.