LUTHER

Comment: This recommended practice for customs and trade is spread over several locations. While Essen partner Melchior focuses on international contracts and sanction law, the Brussels office concentrates on EU market regulation and WTO law. The Brussels team around Janssen advised a producer of garden tools on noise guidelines and product trade regarding Brexit and TTIP. Mittelstand engineering companies and well-known concerns (e.g. from the steel industry) rely on these lawyers for export control and embargo law advice. Clients include a producer of laser systems for research, which the team advised in a dispute with the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) and the German Ministry of Economics in connection with planned exports to Russia and China. A highly regarded partner in Hamburg also advised on investment protection and international trade disputes ( ?commercial litigation and liability). The well-respected ?distribution practice is sometimes involved.
Strengths: Export control and sanction law advice, incl. IT and banking law (Essen), EU market regulation, WTO law, antidumping (Brussels).
Development potential: The team advises in customs and trade, but lacks specialist expertise in customs law. If Luther could expand here it would benefit Mittelstand clients, who rarely have their own customs department.
Recommended: Dr. Helmut Janssen (“reacts quickly, helpful”, client; EU law and antitrust), Dr. Richard Happ (international arbitration proceedings), Ole-Jochen Melchior (trade and distribution).
Practice: Advice on customs and trade law and regulations. Export control and embargo law, esp. dual use regulation. Also military weapons, development and audit of compliance systems, financing and payment processing of businesses abroad, authorization and contestation proceedings. (4 partners, plus associates)
Clients: ?? Ongoing: Briggs & Stratton incl. product liability and recall proceedings under RAPEX and product trade issues regarding Brexit and TTIP, CP Foods on EU imports and market regulations, RWE Npower and Innogy on effectiveness of guarantees; international trade organization regarding Brexit; international steel and service provider concern on IT tools and data transfers for business with Iran incl. US law; German trading company on planned entry into the Iranian market; a German branch of an Iranian bank on embargo issues.
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