Todd J Friedbacher helps clients manage the risk of doing business across borders by leveraging the powerful market access and enforcement tools provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) treaty and the hundreds of other bilateral and regional trade agreements in place worldwide. Putting these tools to work, Todd has helped clients successfully address critical trade and regulatory barriers impacting their ability to move, sell and protect goods, services and intellectual property across borders.
Todd co-founded Sidley’s Geneva office in 2000; in 2015 he was elected to the firm’s executive committee. He is a recognised leader in international trade and WTO law, having represented clients in more than 50 distinct dispute settlement proceedings before the WTO in his 20 years of practice. In that role, he has represented commercial stakeholders and governments, complainants, respondents and third parties in all phases of WTO dispute settlement, including pre-dispute consultations and formulation of litigation strategies, original and compliance proceedings before WTO panels and the Appellate Body, and retaliation proceedings before WTO arbitrators. His experience spans disputes under virtually all of the WTO agreements, concerning cross-border trade in goods and services, tax and regulatory measures, intellectual property, government procurement, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, agriculture, customs valuation, anti-dumping and subsidies.
Before joining Sidley, Todd worked in Brussels for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, on international antitrust matters. He also completed a clerkship with the Court of Justice of the European Communities (now the General Court) in Luxembourg.
Todd received his LLM from Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven; his JD from Harvard Law School; and his BA from the University of Wisconsin.
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