Trade remedies – anti-dumping (2015): In the anti-dumping
investigation against stainless steel cold rolled flat products (SSCR) from
Taiwan, the first major anti-dumping investigation against steel imports in many
years, we were instructed for assistance on all aspect of dumping by two of the
three sampled exporting producers, and for defense concerning injury and EU
interest by the association of Taiwanese steel producers (which included
coordinating cooperation by the EU customers of our clients). At definitive
stage, we managed to reduce the provisional duties to a level enabling exports
Trade remedies – anti-subsidy (2010-2014): Representing the largest Chinese paper producer in the first ever EU anti-subsidy investigation against China, during the investigation, and in annulment proceedings against the definitive measures before the General Court of the EU.
Russian trade remedies: Representing the four Korean producers of galvanized steel exporting to Russia in a Russian anti-dumping investigation against Korean polymer-coated steel (termination without duties for lack of injury – a first).
WTO dispute settlement: Counseling the Government of Brazil in disputes before the WTO dispute settlement body (Geneva)
Reduction of exposure to customs duties: Advising a German textile producer on how to optimize its global supply chain, with a view to reducing the amount of customs and anti-dumping duties paid upon importation of German fibers into China (through a tolling agreement), and upon re-importation into the EU of the Chinese yarn made from these German fibers (through manufacturing under customs control, bonded warehouse, and binding origin information/BOI).
Duty recovery: Successfully defended a consortium of importers of bed linen in a customs case before the Court of Justice of the EU for the retroactive recovery of anti-dumping duties.
Customs – compliance: Advising a global corporation on the implementation of the customs and trade chapters of a global compliance program. This involved the drafting of compliance manuals and training material, and presentations to company staff in several EU locations.
Sanctions and export control compliance: Export controls compliance: Advising an engineering multinational company on EU and U.S. trade sanctions against Iran and Russia. The advice included strategic guidance on how to ensure full compliance of the company in their business operations and obtaining export authorizations.
Public procurement – customs origin: Advising a European manufacturer
of optical products on how to comply with the requirement under US public
procurement law not to supply products originating in certain sensitive
Export controls – data protection: Advising a large international chemicals manufacturer on the interaction between US export control rules and Belgian data protection law, and how to export to the US data relating to Belgian employees in order to comply with a US obligation to report crimes by company employees.
Data Protection – compliance: Advising multinationals in the implementation of corporate-wide compliance with the EU data protection directive, for instance concerning whistle blowing schemes, and Human Resources Management systems.
Environment – public advocacy: Advising a large US chemical client on the feasibility of an industrial project under the EU waste water and landfill Directives. This involved obtaining guidance from the EU Commission's waste management unit, indicating that the project would not be covered by the landfill Directive, contrary to the hitherto opinion of the national regulator.
EU’s Framework Program for research and innovation: Advising clients on the funds available and calls for proposals published under the EU’s FP7, on the shaping of future calls through the submission of white papers, and assistance during investigations by the European Commission’s External Audit Unit of whether EU funds were spent in compliance with the project contract.