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Trade Law and Disputes

Allen & Overy’s Trade Law and Disputes team helps clients in advisory and contentious matters relating to international trade, a complex area in which the movement of goods and services between jurisdictions is increasingly affected by government actions. 

We advise on international trade law, trade-related disputes, trade defences, customs rules and tariff applications, supply chains, the interpretation of customs codes and export and import controls.

A&O’s expert lawyers have worked on trade and sanctions-related issues for OFAC, the European Commission and the UK’s Department of International Trade, amongst other government agencies. We have an in-depth understanding of how trade organisations and regulators work.

Our experience includes:

  • Assessing potential risks associated with particular contracts, relationships or proposed business ventures, including in relation to sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, and foreign direct investment.
  • Advising on the impact of free trade agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) law on the cross-border movement of goods and services.
  • Advising on trade defence issues covering all aspects of anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguarding measures and related disputes.

Unusually for a law firm, we have experience of contentious proceedings before the WTO. We represented the Republic of Cuba in its challenge to Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 - the first time that Cuba has challenged another country’s commercial legislation at the WTO. Of the matters currently pending before the WTO, this case attracted the largest number of claimants.

News & insights

Publications: 19 NOVEMBER 2020

La cour de justice de l’UE confirme que le cannabidiol n’est pas un stupéfiant et qu’un Etat membre ne peut en interdire la commercialisation

Aujourd'hui, le 19 novembre 2020, la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (CJUE) a rendu sa décision très attendue dans l'affaire C-663/18 (Kanavape) jugeant qu’un Etat membre ne peut interdire la…

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Publications: 12 MAY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: France - Responsabilité pénale de l'entreprise et de son dirigeant en cas de contamination d'un salarié sur son lieu de travail

Alors que la crise sanitaire liée au Covid-19 se poursuit, de nombreuses entreprises s'apprêtent à reprendre leur activité dès le 11 mai 2020. Dirigeants et mandataires sociaux s'interrogent sur les…

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