Arnoud Willems leads the EU trade and customs team and is one of the founding members of Sidley's Brussels office. He advises companies on how to benefit from trade and customs rules, as well as from the negotiation, conclusion and implementation of trade agreements, including the World Trade Organization (WTO). In this capacity, Arnoud regularly represents clients before European, Dutch and Belgian administrative authorities, courts and arbitration panels. Arnoud is also a thought leader on competitiveness, the application of WTO rules to the energy sector, climate change, and the impact of the new EU energy regulation, particularly with respect to companies and governments in Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries). His extensive experience is rooted in his deep understanding of the national and transnational rules that shape global flows of capital, investment, goods, technology and services, and most importantly on his ability to help solve market access problems and resolve the disputes that affect his clients' international businesses.Arnoud is a leading challenger of EU anti-dumping regulations, with an unmatched success rate in such cases before the European Courts, enabling his clients to obtain significant duty refunds. In addition, Arnoud helps companies understand the concrete implications of the WTO rules and treaty (trade) provisions for their business. Such understanding has helped his clients improve competitiveness and financial performance. Arnoud publishes and speaks widely on trade topics such as anti-dumping, customs, the WTO accession of Russia and China, as well as trade rules on energy, climate change, export controls and sanctions. His articles have been published in Asian, European and American journals. Before entering private practice, Arnoud was a lieutenant in the Royal Dutch Navy and served as a legal officer at Royal Philips Electronics. Arnoud received his Meester in de Rechten from the University of Leiden in 1992. He is a member of the Brussels bar - A list.
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