Benoît Servais

Benoît Servais
Office:
Glaverbel Building
Chaussée de la Hulpe 166 Terhulpsesteenweg
B-1170
City:
Brussels
Country:
Belgium
Tel:
+32 2 647 73 50
Fax:
+32 2 640 64 99

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Trade & Customs: Lawyers

Benoît Servais is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. He specialises in EU and WTO trade law, with a particular emphasis on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy laws, as well as customs law.

He has been involved in more than 140 EU anti-dumping, anti-circumvention and anti-subsidy proceedings since 1992 for clients from around the world, including China, Russia, India, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Norway and the Middle East in a wide variety of industries such as steel, textiles, chemical products and electronics.

Benoît has also successfully represented clients before the European Courts. Notable cases include Fiskeri og Havbruksnæringens Landsforening and Others v Council, in which Benoît represented several Norwegian exporters of farmed salmon against the Council, and Ikea Wholesale Ltd v Commissioners of Customs & Excise, where Ikea successfully obtained the reimbursement of anti-dumping duties.

Benoît also acts for EU exporters in anti-dumping proceedings initiated by third countries and he also represents domestic producers in third countries in anti-dumping investigations. For instance, he recently represented the Moroccan producer of PVC in an anti-dumping proceeding initiated by Morocco which led to the imposition of anti-dumping duties against the EU, USA and Mexico.

His experience in customs law involves assisting clients in customs valuation, customs classification, origin issues and processing under customs control.

He regularly speaks and lectures at trade conferences and seminars on EU and international trade law matters.

Benoît was the main contributor to Van Bael & Bellis’ leading treatise, EU Anti-Dumping and Other Trade Defence Instruments (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2011), a standard work of reference in the field of EU trade law.

Benoît holds a Master of Laws from the University of Liège and from the College of Europe. He speaks French and English.

WWL says: Sources comment that Benoît Servais "possesses a great ability to give precise responses to concrete questions and to adopt a practical approach to the defence of his client’s interests”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs which can be purchased from our Shop.

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