Arnoud Willems, one of the founding members of Sidley's Brussels office, leads the EU trade and customs team. Before entering private practice, he was a lieutenant in the Royal Dutch Navy and served as a legal officer at Royal Philips Electronics.
Since 1995, Arnoud has routinely resolved high-profile trade matters for his clients, often by getting regulators and jurists to clarify issues never fully addressed before, such as causation analysis, remissions and adjustments. As a leading challenger of EU anti-dumping regulations, Arnoud has an unmatched success rate before the European courts, enabling his clients to obtain significant duty refunds.
Arnoud regularly helps companies devise strategies to capitalise on opportunities offered by trade rules, as well as on differences between trade and customs rules at different levels (Member State, EU, or the World Trade Organization). These differences create opportunities for companies to improve their financial performance (and thereby their competitiveness).
Arnoud is recognised as a leading thinker on free trade agreements, the WTO, and customs agreements, including harmonisation of procedures and documents upon import, for instance relating to valuation and origin. These trade agreements provide avenues to solve market access problems or resolve disputes affecting global business or investments.
Arnoud publishes and speaks widely on trade topics such as anti-dumping, customs, climate change, export controls and sanctions, waste exports, energy, and the WTO accessions.
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