BLOMSTEIN

Comment: This firm recommended in customs and trade became established in the market shortly after its founding and gained several well-known clients for advice on export controls, among other issues. A good example is a leading producer in the railway sector, which was advised on how setting up in Iran could affect its US business. Competitors praise the “strong team that can work on a high number of large international cases”. The partners are impressive “across the board”, according to one competitor. Stein is particularly known for his “great transaction experience and detailed knowledge of customs and public procurement law”. Two highly regarded of counsel support the team, incl. a former finance court judge who is called on for litigation. One example here is the advice to Gelsenchem in an excise tax dispute with the Hamburg customs authorities.
Strengths: Export control, customs, excise taxes, market regulations (esp. the sugar market regulation).
Recommended: Dr. Roland Stein (“professional, competent, efficient”, client; “very experienced internationally”, competitor), Dr. Hans-Joachim Prieß.
Practice: All customs and trade questions, esp. international and EU law, customs and excise tax, EU market regulation, WTO law, export controls, sanctions law. Also trade compliance and art/cultural goods protection law. (2 partners, 3 associates, 2 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Raffinerie Tirlemontoise on market regulation questions and litigation before the ECJ; Siemens in electricity tax law proceedings at the Federal Finance Court (Bundesfinanzhof); ADM in proceedings before Hanover main customs office; Thermo Fisher Scientific in various proceedings over tariffs and customs law; ongoing advice to BMW.
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