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Van Bael & Bellis has the largest and most expert team of lawyers in Brussels handling EU and WTO trade law, with more than 30 years of experience in the field.

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    • 06/02/2019
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    Philippe De Baere speaks on the current crisis of the WTO dispute settlement system

    On 4 February, Philippe De Baere participated in a panel discussion entitled “How to ensure that dispute settlement contributes to the security and predictability of the multilateral trading system?”. The panel took place in the framework of the Conference “What kind of Dispute Settlement for the WTO?” organized by the World Trade Institute. The objective of the conference was to exchange views on how to overcome the current stalemate resulting from the refusal by the United States to appoint new Appellate Body members. You will find the program here.

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    • 28/01/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis promotes two new partners

    This week, Van Bael & Bellis promotes Andreas Reindl and Gabriele Coppo to its partnership. Co-managing partners, Jean-François Bellis and Philippe De Baere commented: “Andreas and Gabriele have been key contributors to the continuing expansion of our EU competition and international trade practices. They add to our firm’s strengths and reflect our enduring commitment to carry the firm forward as one of Europe’s most exceptional legal teams”. The new partners are based in Brussels and expand the firm’s EU Competition and International Trade teams: • Andreas Reindl joined Van Bael & Bellis as Counsel in 2016 and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2018. Andreas’ practice focuses on all aspects of European competition law. He has significant experience advising Fortune 500 companies and well-known multinationals in high profile mergers as well as complex investigations before the European Commission and national competition authorities. He previously served as the Director of the Fordham Competition Law Institute at Fordham Law School New York, and as a Principal Administrator at the OECD's Competition Division. He also worked for several years in the Washington DC and Brussels offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and in the Brussels office of Baker Botts. • Gabriele Coppo joined Van Bael & Bellis in 2008. He specialises in EU and international trade and customs law, as well as Italian and EU competition law. He also advises clients on other EU law matters, including free movement of goods and services and regulatory law, with particular expertise in the auto industry. He has broad experience in litigation before the Italian and EU courts. Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels and Geneva offices now include 22 partners, 6 senior counsel, 5 counsel and 35 associates.

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    • 24/01/2019
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    Isabelle Van Damme gives testimony to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee of the UK House of Commons

    On 23 January 2019, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Isabelle Van Damme appeared before the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee of the UK House of Commons in the context of that committee’s inquiry into “Implications of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and the Backstop for Northern Ireland”. During a public evidence session, Isabelle responded to questions of Members of Parliament on, inter alia, the implications of the Withdrawal Agreement and, in particular, the Protocol on Northern Ireland, the future trading relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom and the relevance of WTO law. Isabelle’s appearance before the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Commission was reported in the press, including in the Irish Times and the Guardian. Isabelle previously gave expert evidence to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons in the context of that committee’s inquiry into “Brexit: Trade in food” on 14 February 2017 and 18 October 2017. Further information on Isabelle’s testimony is available here. The scope of the inquiry of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee is available here. You can also watch the broadcast that was made of the session here.

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  • Commanding international trade practice with a market-leading Brussels team and additional experience in Geneva.

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  • Van Bael & Bellis is highly regarded, particularly for its expertise in anti-dumping matters although the practice also handles a range of customs and WTO matters.

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  • Difficult to find a team that does as well on both the legal and business sides.

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  • Van Bael & Bellis has 'an exceptional amount of experience' and is among the best available in Brussels for trade work.

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    • 30/01/2019
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    Opinion 1/17 on CETA: Advocate General Bot finds that the investment court system in CETA is compatible with EU law

    On 29 January 2019, Advocate General Bot delivered his long-awaited Opinion (the Opinion) on whether the investment court system (ICS) in Chapter Eight, Section F, of the European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is compatible with European Union (EU) law, in particular with the autonomy of the EU legal order and fundamental rights. The next step in the proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), initiated by Belgium following complications in its ratification process, is for the CJEU to deliver its Opinion on the same question. This client alert discusses the key elements of the Opinion and the implications of these CJEU proceedings on the European Union’s common commercial policy and its policy of advocating reform of existing investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) and the establishment of a multilateral investment court (MIC).

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    • 23/11/2018
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    Brexit: trade implications of the draft withdrawal agreement and the draft declaration on the future

    The draft declaration on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which was published on 22 November 2018, offers for the first time some insight into the legal framework that is likely to govern trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union after the transition period comes to an end. Van Bael & Bellis has prepared a brief note providing an overview of the trade implications and the timeline of the successive legal frameworks that are envisaged by the draft withdrawal agreement and the draft declaration on the future relationship.

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    • 12/09/2017
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    Brexit: European Commission Position on Protection of Personal Data Until (and After) UK Withdrawal

    Data Protection | In a position paper of 6 September 2017, the European Commission reveals the minimum requirements for the protection of personal data in the context of the UK’s withdrawal...

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