Arnoud R Willems

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Arnoud Willems is a partner in Sidley’s Brussels office and leads the EU trade team. As an EU and international trade practitioner, he advises on trade and customs legislation as well as on the negotiation, conclusion and implementation of trade agreements and WTO rules. In this respect, Mr Willems regularly represents clients before the European, Dutch and Belgian administrative authorities, courts, and arbitration panels. A key aspect of his practice involves helping companies improve their competitiveness through optimised use of trade and customs laws, eg, import tariffs, anti-dumping, trade barriers, customs matters as well as bi-and multi-lateral trade agreements. Since 1995, Mr Willems has successfully represented numerous companies in trade defence cases, including the ground-breaking cases before the EU courts concerning silicon metal, silico-manganese, footwear and bed linen. Mr Willems further is a thought leader on competitiveness, the application of WTO rules to the energy sector, climate change and the new EU energy regulation. He has particular experience in providing advice related to BRICs regarding these matters.Mr Willems features prominently in the EU and international trade rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Practical Law Company (PLC). He is a member of several committees, publishes and speaks widely on trade topics such as anti-dumping, customs, the WTO accession of Russia and China, trade rules in energy, climate change, export controls and sanctions. His articles have been published in Asian, European and American journals. Before entering private practice, Mr Willems was a lieutenant in the Royal Dutch Navy and served as a legal officer at Royal Philips Electronics.

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