Comment: A highly recommended practice in customs and trade, which recently gained new clients by entering the Iranian market. It advised a worldwide leading producer of consumer goods and a German technology concern on sanctions law and possible exit strategies in case sanctions are tightened again. Here the firm quickly reaped the benefits of its new Tehran office, which is involved on a regular basis. Expertise in embargo law is concentrated in Brussels, while the Hamburg practice often advises on customs and trade issues in the renewable energy sector. The highly regarded ?distribution practice increasingly advises clients from the automotive industry on cross-border projects. Customs and border confiscations are regularly advised on by the ?trademark practice.
Strengths: Issues around entering and exiting the Iranian market, incl. close cooperation with international CMS offices, combating cross-border product piracy.
Development potential: The customs and trade practice has benefited from the merger of CMS Cameron McKenna with the firms Nabarro and Olswang in that a Nabarro lawyer who is active in antidumping moved to the Brussels CMS office as of counsel. If the firm wants to raise its presence in London as planned, this could also result in more international work in customs and trade.
Recommended: Kai Neuhaus.
Practice: Advice to producers and dealers, incl. sanctions, embargoes and customs law, also compliance with US and EU law. Focus: chemicals and pesticide producers, energy companies, plant construction. (2 partners, 1 counsel, 1 associate)
Clients: ?? Syngenta on IP and customs law; Bayer CropScience on combating cross-border product piracy; Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland on customs law for construction and operation of an offshore windpark; Crown Equipment Corp. regarding antidumping duties (ECJ); a worldwide consumer goods producer on entry into Iranian market and possible exit strategies.
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