We advise public and private clients on all aspects of international trade and investment law.
Our lawyers have many years of experience with the EU institutions in Brussels, the GATT/WTO in Geneva, the PCA in The Hague and the ICSID in Washington, DC. As we practise worldwide, we can call on a global network of experts. Most of our lawyers have worked together as a team for many years. We spare no effort to obtain the best results for our clients.
The firm has a leading role in EU trade remedies investigations, having recently been involved in high-profile cases such as Solar Panels and related proceedings including the AC investigation and the interim review, Silicon metal, Solar Glass, Filament glass fibres, and multiple steel cases including SSCR, GOES, Ductile cast iron tubes and pipes, WWAN modems, Organic Coated Steel and Footwear.
Furthermore, VVGB advises on the compatibility of domestic EU regulation with the EU’s international trade obligations. We have also been actively involved in the EU’s negotiations of bilateral free trade and investment agreements with Korea, Canada and other countries, and remain so in the pending negotiations on agreements with, inter alia, Japan.
In the field of WTO litigation, VVGB represented the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of China in EU-Footwear as well as in the ongoing EU-Renewable Energy Sector WTO cases. VVGB is currently representing the Indonesian government in three WTO disputes concerning the European Union’s cost adjustment practice in anti-dumping cases. One of the three disputes, EU-Biodiesel from Indonesia, has been filed by Indonesia. VVGB lawyers have also assisted DG TAXUD in WTO disputes regarding the Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products and the US challenge to the EU Customs Union and advised another WTO member in Large Civil Aircraft. The practice also advises governments and industries on potential WTO issues ranging from marketing bans on chemical products to climate change initiatives, rules’ negotiations, subsidies, agriculture and REACH.
The firm is highly acclaimed as well for its advice on EU customs law, including customs classification and compliance, valuation, rules of origin, and REM/REC, both at the EU and the Member State level, and is currently handling a major REM/REC case for over 25 leading footwear brands.
Our lawyers also advise governments and corporations on trade, intellectual property and investment matters arising in other parts of the world, including measures by third countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan and Turkey.
In view of the EU’s new powers over international investment, the firm has extended its expertise in advising and representing clients in international investor-state arbitration.
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