Switzerland: Trade & Customs 2018

We highlight 16 top-tier practitioners this year who stand out for their prowess in the field of trade and customs law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Brendan McGivern White & Case LLP, Geneva
2. Jasper Wauters White & Case LLP, Geneva
3. Todd Friedbacher Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva

US corporate law firm SIDLEY AUSTIN boasts a strong presence in the international trade and customs arena in Switzerland. The firm continues to lead our research in this area and sees four excellent practitioners highlighted for inclusion.
The “excellent” Todd Friedbacher is a leading expert in cross-border trade who “commands respect” among peers. One impressed commentator effuses: “He is intellectually brilliant and always a pleasure to work with.”
Iain Sandford is “a very talented practitioner” according to sources, who praise his strong international trade practice. He is widely recognised as a leading authority in WTO challenges.
Nicolas Lockhart is “a well-respected lawyer” who regularly represents prominent clients in complex international trade proceedings. He is also an experienced litigator, having handled international dispute settlements for more than 20 years.
Scott Andersen is internationally recognised as a specialist in international trade disputes. He is valued by clients who appreciate that his “work is always completed promptly to a very high standard”.

International law firm WHITE & CASE also performs well, and is home to three leading lights in the field.
Prominent practitioner Brendan McGivern leads the firm’s WTO group and is commended for his world-class expertise on matters related to international energy trade law issues.
The “outstanding” Jasper Wauters is a highly regarded individual with an impeccable knowledge of customs law. He is also a skilled litigator and is regularly called upon to represent international clients in WTO disputes.
Charles Julien draws praise for his extensive experience advising on international trade and customs matters including anti-dumping investigations and trade remedy risk mitigating strategies.

Daniel Crosby at KING & SPALDING is a top name in the field, recommended for his extensive experience representing European and US-based clients in a range of trade and investment negotiations.

Alan Yanovich of AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD is “a very well-respected trade lawyer” who comes highly recommended by sources for his expert handling of international trade and WTO matters.

Hannes Schloemann at MSBH BERNZEN SONNTAG RECHTSANWÄLTE receives worldwide endorsements for his excellent work advising governments and companies on all aspects of international trade law including WTO, free trade agreements and investment protection.

Arthur Appleton at APPLETON LUFF is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience advising clients from a wide range of industry sectors on international trade and investment matters.

With more than 20 years’ experience, INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Christian Pitschas is a long-standing fixture in the market who is internationally renowned for his extensive experience handling WTO matters.

Clotilde du Parc of VAN BAEL & BELLIS is a WTO and EU customs law specialist who stands out for her tremendous knowledge of preferential trade agreements and investment protection matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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