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International Trade

The International Trade practice has over 25 years of experience in advising clients on a range of matters, including trade remedies (antidumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards), customs, export controls and sanctions, investment and market access rules, product safety, environmental and other market-access-related regulations, anti-fraud investigations, and preferential trade arrangements.

At the core of our practice, we help:

  • EU industries re-establish and maintain fair market conditions on their home markets through, for example, the use of trade defence instruments, customs tools and regulatory measures
  • EU industries to operate on a level playing field in third countries when they are confronted with unfair border or behind-the-border market access restrictions
  • Multinational companies understand and comply with EU trade and regulatory requirements, including customs, export controls, sanctions, and product safety rules, making use of relevant WTO agreements, including the TRIPS, TBT and SPS Agreements, where applicable

In doing so, we make it a priority to understand our clients' products and industries and to help them navigate all procedural and substantive challenges as they prioritise actions to obtain concrete results. Only by fully comprehending what makes you unique, and with our broad experience with complex trade issues, can we provide you with tailored solutions.

For instance, the EU bicycle and e-bike industry is very labour intensive and has production in 20 EU Member States.  By helping the industry fend off unfairly priced and state-subsidised imports of bicycles and e-bikes from China, we secured over 90,000 existing EU jobs; helped keep alive one of the major industrial actors in the EU's green initiative and facilitated the creation of over 10,000 new bicycle and e-bike jobs in the EU in only six months.

Fieldfisher’s International Trade Group has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace, defence, agriculture and food products, automotive, chemicals and pharmaceutical products, medical devices, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, semiconductors, computers and accessories and other electronic equipment, toys and others consumer products, paper and pulps, textiles and nonwovens, glass and glass fibres, construction and renewable energy products, other durable goods and equipment, oil and gas, publishing, aviation, banking, insurance and financial services, and other service sectors.

Recent highlights and notable deals include:

  • We advised many EU sectors on the implementation of the new EU methodology used to calculate dumping for imports from non-market economies and the modernisation of the EU's trade defence instruments.
  • The team assisted EU industries in re-establishing and maintaining a level playing field on the EU market, including the bicycles and e-bikes industry, glass fibre industry, paper industry, solar panel industry and, chemicals industries. 
  • We supported EU industries to obtain fair market access in third countries, including Australia, China, India and Turkey.
  • We assisted companies in devising and integrating internal programmes and structures to comply with EU and national export and sanctions control.
  • We assisted companies in addressing market access and other trade issues related to intellectual property rights, product safety and other product or environmental regulations.

What Others Say About Us

Sources say that lawyers "have experience working with a lot of other clients that they have supported in antidumping and antisubsidy cases," noting "They are very successful in winning these cases and have good communication with the EC.". "They take the time to understand their client" and "give us the relevant information proactively", reports another interviewee.

Chambers Europe and Global 2020, International trade / WTO

Laurent Ruessmann heads the department at Fieldfisher which has an excellent reputation for acting for EU producer clients in trade defence matters. Customs matters WTO disputes, export controls and economic sanctions are other key areas of instruction.

Legal 500, Customs, Trade, WTO and Anti dumping - Tier 3