Trade & Customs 2017: Analysis

We are delighted to present the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs, comprising 423 practitioners from over 230 firms across 45 jurisdictions who are considered true leaders in the field.  

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Gary Horlick Law Offices of Gary N Horlick, Washington DC
2. Timothy Brightbill Wiley Rein, Washington DC
3. Richard Belanger Sidley Austin, Washington DC
4. Kenneth Weigel Alston & Bird, Washington DC
5. Michael Shor Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Washington DC
6. Christopher Kent Cassidy Levy Kent, Toronto
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

CASSIDY LEVY KENT boasts the foremost trade and customs team in North America, achieving an impressive nine nominations this year.
In Toronto, founding partner Christopher Kent is “one of the best” according to peers, who consider him “exceptionally knowledgeable” in the field. He boasts a first-rate international trade practice that encompasses trade regulation, policy and litigation.
Christopher Cochlin also draws widespread praise from market commentators for his excellent work on trade remedy and anti-dumping cases.
In Washington, DC, Charles Levy is a standout name and is recognised particularly as a real authority on trade policy matters.
Jack Levy is a widely respected name in the US market and is regularly engaged in handling export control regulation, trade remedy and economic sanctions matters.
The “amazing” Jennifer Hillman is considered “a top name” in the trade and customs space. One source notes: “She is always extremely pleasant to work with.”

STEPTOE & JOHNSON also performs well this year, with eight leading individuals recognised for their strong expertise in the field.
Susan Esserman is a fantastic practitioner and heads the firm’s international trade policy group. She is commended by international sources for her top-notch representation of clients in related litigation and dispute resolution.
Mark Moran is “a very accomplished litigator” whose particular expertise lies in handling WTO-related matters. One source effuses: “He is a superb thinker and legal analyst as well as being a great writer.”
Richard Cunningham is internationally regarded as a leading name in the trade and customs space. He stands out for the effective counsel that he delivers to both corporate and governmental clients.
Edward Krauland is a widely respected name in the US market, and is known for his impressive international trade practice which encompasses economic sanctions, export controls and compliance work.

GRUNFELD DESIDERIO LEBOWITZ SILVERMAN & KLESTADT sees seven leading lawyers highlighted in this edition.
Ned Marshak is “a very sharp and bright guy” and draws high praise from peers, one of whom comments, “His work on the customs side is first rate.”
Francis Sailer is a widely recognised figure in the region. He is highly sought after by clients who note, “He really knows his stuff.”
Founding partner Alan Lebowitz is a big name in the US market, and is highlighted for his exceptional regulatory knowledge of trade and customs law.
Alan Klestadt also garners recognition this year for his expertise in the space. He frequently advises clients on compliance, customs duties and regulatory matters.

We feature eight individuals at SIDLEY AUSTIN who are considered prominent names in the trade and customs space.
Richard Belanger is “a terrific lawyer” and stands out in our research this year as one of the leading names in the field. He is a firm favourite among clients, who include governments, companies and industry associations.
Neil Ellis is commended by clients for his superb work assisting them in their day-to-day trade matters. One respondent comments, “He is very knowledgeable and experienced in these matters.”
Andrew Shoyer is “one of the leading WTO lawyers out there” according to sources, who cite his name as “a top recommendation”.
Richard  Weiner enjoys a great reputation in the market as “an excellent lawyer”, and boasts over 25 years’ experience handling international trade matters, from litigation to treaty negotiations.

COVINGTON & BURLING receives six nominations from across its North American offices this year.
Shara Aranoff is a well-recognised name and wins high praise for her exceptional work in relation to anti-dumping matters.
Peter Lichtenbaum is “among the leaders at the bar”, according to market commentators. His first-class practice spans export controls, international trade disputes, regulatory compliance matters and economic sanctions.  
Stuart Eizenstat is also highlighted in this edition and is very well known in the region for his standout trade and customs practice.

MAYER BROWN sees six lawyers from the Washington, DC office recognised for their work in the field this year.
Duane Layton is global head of the firm’s international trade law practice, and is particularly noted for his strong expertise in WTO disputes.
Matthew McConkey is very well respected among peers and clients alike, who commend him for his impressive work handling anti-dumping, import and unfair trade matters.
Mickey Kantor is “a prominent figure” in the market, highly sought after by clients for his invaluable market access expertise.


We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


At BENNETT JONES, Matthew Kronby boasts “substantial experience in trade cases” and is “extremely sharp in terms of strategy and analysis of international trade issues”. One source comments, “He is always very thoughtful – my favourite in Canada!”
Darrel Pearson co-leads the firm’s international trade and investment practice and comes “highly recommended” by clients who describe him as “a very effective lawyer”.

Peter Kirby at FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN is “very good on the customs side”, and stands out among peers as “one of the best in the space”.
Clifford Sosnow is also noted for his strong expertise in the field.

MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT’s John Boscariol is “very energetic and demonstrates excellent judgement in the advice he gives and the way that he gives it”. One respondent states: “John Boscariol is one of the best trade lawyers we have ever worked with – he is incredibly smart.”
Simon Potter also stands out as a leading name in Canadian trade and customs arena.

Lawrence Herman at HERMAN & ASSOCIATES boasts a stellar reputation as “a dean of the practice in Canada” and focuses his practice on international trade and business matters.


Gary Horlick at LAW OFFICES OF GARY N HORLICK is the pre-eminent trade and customs practitioner in the region. Sources consider him “an institution” and praise his outstanding work on international trade law matters.

At ALSTON & BIRD, Kenneth Weigel possesses over 35 years’ experience handling international trade matters, and is highlighted for his impressive regulatory understanding.

ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER’s Michael Shor is a well-known figure on the international stage, and regularly represents private entities and foreign governments in trade negotiations and disputes.
Lawrence Schneider heads the firm’s international trade group and is widely recognised as “a top litigator”.

Donald Cameron Jr at MORRIS MANNING & MARTIN is “great in court” according to sources, who note that he is “smart and incredibly effective”.
Julie Mendoza focuses her first-rate practice on US customs and import relief matters.

At HUGHES HUBBARD & REED, the “wonderful” Matthew Nicely “always does a great job for his clients” and stands out for his “top-notch” work in the field.

Matthew Nolan at ARENT FOX is “an exceptional lawyer”. He leads the firm’s trade practice and is well versed in advising clients on the full gamut of international trade matters.

At AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD, Spencer Griffith wins high praise as “an excellent and very knowledgeable trade attorney” who “always delivers”.

Amelia Porges at LAW OFFICES OF AMELIA PORGES is “a top lawyer” who “always knows the answer”. She gains recognition for her “stupendous knowledge of the law”. 


Thought Leaders
1. Edwin Vermulst VVGB Advocaten, Brussels
2. Paulette Vander Schueren Mayer Brown, Brussels
3. Philippe De Baere Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
4. Jean-François Bellis Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
5. Bernard O’Connor NCTM, Brussels
6. Marco Bronckers Law Office of Marco Bronckers, Brussels


VAN BAEL & BELLIS boasts the leading trade and customs offering in Europe, with eight prominent practitioners recognised for their strong expertise in the space.
Founding partner Jean-François Bellis is internationally renowned as one of the leading trade and customs practitioners in the world. He is praised for his expert handling of anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and trade litigation proceedings.
Philippe De Baere is “always very impressive, very knowledgeable and very well plugged in regarding EU law”. One source effuses: “He can always sharply and delicately grasp the core of the problem, and provide practical advice that addresses the problem directly.”
Richard Luff is a firm favourite among clients who commend his “highly impressive knowledge of complex EU commercial trade law”. They note, “His level of commercial understanding is just as good as his legal expertise.”
Fabrizio Di Gianni stands out in the market for his “excellent knowledge” as well as his “clear understanding of client needs”.
Benoît Servais also draws high praise from sources: “He 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.”

SIDLEY AUSTIN sees seven practitioners recognised for their world-class expertise in the field.
In Geneva, Todd Friedbacher is “an excellent attorney” who focuses his first-rate practice on WTO-related issues and regulatory matters.
Nicolas Lockhart is well versed in handling WTO, regulatory and market access matters, and is considered “very good at what he does”.
Brussels-based Arnoud  Willems is “always honest, clear and practical in his advice”, leaving clients with “no hesitation in recommending him to anyone else”. One source effuses: “He may be one of Brussels’ best hidden secrets.”
Jacques  Bourgeois is “a senior statesman” in the European trade market known for his exceptional expertise in the area.

We highlight five practitioners from WHITE & CASE in Europe who stand out for their impressive trade practices.
Geneva-based Brendan McGivern is widely recognised in the market for his outstanding WTO advisory work, an area in which he is considered a true specialist.
Jasper Wauters “absolutely knows what he’s doing” according to respondents, who describe him as “a brilliant attorney”.
James Killick in Brussels is “exceptionally impressive” and is highlighted as one of the leading litigators in the region.



At VVGB ADVOCATEN, Edwin Vermulst stands out as the foremost trade and customs lawyer in Europe. He is incredibly well respected in the market as one of the top authorities in the space.
Folkert Graafsma boasts “a premier trade practice” and is “an absolute must for inclusion”. He is regarded as “one of the best” when it comes to anti-subsidy and anti-dumping matters.
Joris Cornelis is also noted for his excellent work handling WTO cases, customs law and sanctions matters.

Paulette Vander Schueren at MAYER BROWN enjoys a stellar reputation when it comes to trade and customs law, an area in which she is considered in the “top class” of professionals.
Nikolay Mizulin is highlighted for his “technical excellence”, and is well known in the market for his work handling Russia-related matters.

NCTM’s Bernard O’Connor is a “top-tier litigator”, recognised for his “excellent” advocacy work before the EU courts in relation to WTO disputes.

Marco Bronckers at LAW OFFICE OF MARCO BRONCKERS is “technically brilliant” and considered “a great academic”. He receives plaudits from widespread sources who describe him as “standout”, “absolutely fantastic” and “one of the stars on the list”.

At DENTONS, Edward Borovikov stands out as “one of the strongest guys in trade”. He is known primarily for his work on Russian trade cases, and “will always fight hard for his clients”.
Bogdan Evtimov is strong in both trade and competition law, a quality that clients greatly value. Furthermore, they note that he is “a very responsive and reliable practitioner”.

Laurent Ruessmann at FIELDFISHER is “a leading lawyer in trade defence work”, and is regarded as “one of the main players in the market”.

BEITEN BURKHARDT’s Rainer Bierwagen “really gets his teeth into a file to make sure he gets the best results for clients”, and is well known among peers for his strong academic knowledge of the law.

Olivier Prost at GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is a highly visible figure in the European market, and impresses with his first-class international trade and WTO disputes practice.

JONES DAY’s Renato Antonini is “commercially brilliant”, and is described as “an extremely results-oriented and down to earth adviser”.
Eva Monard stands out for her exceptional technical expertise, and is highly sought after by clients for her “diligent and hard-working approach”.

Patricio Diaz Gavier at DIAZ GAVIER ADVOCATEN wins high praise from respondents for his strong customs practice, an area in which he is considered a true authority.

At BAKER BOTTS, Georg Berrisch is a well-known name in the market and is recognised for his excellent handling of sanctions and export trade matters.


Jasper Helder at AKIN GUMP is “very good when it comes to export controls work”. Sources describe Helder as “definitely a force to be reckoned with”.

At COVINGTON & BURLING, David Lorello “really knows his stuff” and is commended by sources in particular for his sanctions and FCPA-related work.


Hannes Schloemann at MSBH BERNZEN SONNTAG RECHTSANWÄLTE is “an absolute must for inclusion” according to peers, who highlight his strong expertise in WTO trade policy and law matters.

APPLETON LUFF’s Arthur Appleton continues to impress peers and clients alike with his superb WTO advisory practice.


At SAYENKO KHARENKO, Anzhela Makhinova is “truly amazing” and is “extremely knowledgeable about legal aspects of handling anti-dumping cases and WTO rules”. One source effuses: “She is one of the most experienced people dealing with international trade issues in Ukraine.”


Thought Leaders
1. Daniel Moulis Moulis Legal, Canberra
2. Lingchen Pu Zhong Lun Law Firm, Beijing
3. Erry Bundjamin Bundjamin & Partner, Jakarta
4. Yang Chen Jincheng Tongda & Neal, Beijing


ZHONG LUN LAW FIRM sees three impressive practitioners recognised for their exceptional work in the field.
Lingchen Pu is one of the leading figures in the region’s trade market, and comes very highly recommended. He is described by peers as “an incredibly smart lawyer”.
Zhe Jiang is highlighted for his excellent work on inbound cases, and draws high praise from a wide range of international sources.
Jianwei Liu is also widely respected on the international stage, and is pinpointed for his impressive international trade and disputes practice.  

KING & WOOD MALLESONS also receives three nominations this year from its Chinese offering.
Jin Xiao stands out among peers for his exceptional disputes work, and is well versed in handling anti-dumping, countervailing and WTO dispute proceedings.
Cheng Liu and Susan Ning are also highlighted for their outstanding expertise in the trade and customs space.

Three prominent individuals at GAOPENG & PARTNERS are highlighted in this edition.
Lei Wang is recognised for his world-class trade practice, which encompasses the whole gamut of related matters from anti-dumping proceedings to trade litigation and WTO law.
Source also praise Xiaoming Xie and Wenjie Qian as standout practitioners in the Chinese market.

At Indian firm LAKSHMIKUMARAN & SRIDHARAN, V  Lakshmikumaran is “extremely well respected” in the market. He receives widespread praise from international sources who consider him a leading name in the space.
S Seetharaman leads the firm’s international trade group and is a go-to practitioner when it comes to businesses seeking top-tier counsel on trade matters in India.
V Sridharan also achieves recognition this year and is internationally regarded as a top name in the field.

HYLANDS LAW FIRM in Beijing sees three practitioners commended for their excellent work in the trade and customs arena.
Xiaochen Wu is “excellent on the inbound side” according to respondents, and possesses vast experience dealing with trade remedy and WTO dispute matters.
Peng Jiang is frequently engaged in handling trade remedy cases on behalf of clients, who also praise his superb work in relation to anti-dumping and countervailing issues.
Qingxin Meng is a well-known name when it comes to Chinese investigations work, and boasts over 20 years’ experience in the field.



Daniel Moulis at MOULIS LEGAL is “an excellent lawyer” who according to respondents is “very experienced and has been involved in many of the major dumping cases”. He stands out as the most prominent practitioner in the region this year.


At JINCHENG TONGDA & NEAL, Yang Chen is a widely recognised name in the Chinese market, and is highlighted for his “strong technical skills”.
Stephen Peng is “really expert in the anti-dumping area in both the US and China” and is described as “a very smart and talented practitioner”.

John Yong Ren at T & D ASSOCIATES is “a leading practitioner” in the country, and particularly excels when it comes to trade-related competition matters.


Sanjay Notani at ECONOMIC LAWS PRACTICE is a very active practitioner in the Indian market, and is recognised for his first-class representation of manufacturers, governments, importers and exporters and trade associations.

Managing partner and head of the international trade practice Suhail Nathani is a fantastic attorney, highlighted for his invaluable experience in the space.


Erry Bundjamin at BUNDJAMIN & PARTNER is “very impressive” and features prominently in our research this year as one of the leading names in the region. One source notes: “He is head and shoulders above everyone else in Indonesia.”


Mitsuo Matsushita at NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU is “a very famous name” in the field of international trade and boasts a longstanding and distinguished reputation in the market.


At YOON & YANG, Kichang Chung is “the best in Korea” and “deserves his reputation as the industry leader in the field”. According to one respondent, “He deeply understands the fundamental principles of international trade law and provides the most relevant and timely advice.” 

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Ana Caetano Veirano Advogados, São Paulo
2. Gustav Brink Trade Remedies Unlimited, Johannesburg
3. Eduardo Díaz Gavito Chévez Ruíz Zamarripa y Cía, Mexico City
4. Carolina Saldanha-Ures Sidera Consult, São Paulo


MARVAL O’FARRELL & MAIRAL boasts the top trade and customs team in the Argentinian market, achieving five nominations in this edition.
Pablo Gayol is “a very experienced and well-prepared attorney”, who draws high praise for his highly respected international trade and customs practice.
Patricia López Aufranc continues to impress peers and clients alike who consider her “a great trade lawyer”.
Juan Rothschild is noted for his top-notch customs work, an area in which he is regarded by market commentators as a real expert.

Brazilian outfit DEMAREST ADVOGADOS sees four practitioners recognised for their outstanding work in the field.
José Setti Diaz is a fantastic practitioner, held in high regard by sources for his work in international trade matters.
Oswaldo Leite de Moraes Filho receives widespread plaudits from respondents, one of whom comments, “He is one of the greatest lawyers in trade in Brazil.”

CHÉVEZ RUÍZ ZAMARRIPA Y CÍA also achieves four nominations this year, making it the leading trade team in the Mexican market.
Eduardo Díaz Gavito is “one of the strongest trade lawyers in Mexico” and it described by peers as “extremely knowledgeable” in the field.
Francisco Cortina boasts a great reputation as “a top name” in the domestic market, and is known for his excellent disputes work.



At VEIRANO ADVOGADOS, thought leader Ana Caetano stands out as a leading light in the Brazilian trade market. She heads the firm’s international trade practice and is recognised for her unparalleled expertise handling WTO disputes, trade remedies and market access matters.

Carolina Saldanha-Ures at SIDERA CONSULT is “a great lawyer” who focuses her impressive practice on WTO matters and anti-dumping negotiations.

At PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS, Renê Medrado is a strong name in the Brazilian market and is highly regarded for his work on WTO trade disputes.


Gustavo Uruchurtu at URUCHURTU Y ABOGADOS CONSULTORES is an international trade specialist with a longstanding reputation in the field.

At VAZQUEZ TERCERO & ZEPEDA, Adrián Vázquez is one of the best when it comes to trade defence matters, and stands out for his exceptional technical skills and client-focused approach.

South Africa

Gustav Brink at TRADE REMEDIES UNLIMITED is an expert when it comes to trade defence work, and draws high praise from international peers for his outstanding work in the space.

At HILTON LAMBERT, managing director Hilton Zunckel is commended by sources for his excellent trade policy work and boasts over 25 years’ experience in the field.
Chairman Lambert Botha focuses his leading practice on trade across a variety of sectors including IP, agriculture and energy and is known for his strong expertise on a range of trade-related matters, from remedies to disputes.

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