As the world’s largest trading bloc and source of foreign direct investment, the EU is a major global political player and the most successful pursuer of bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. Since the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force, the EU has had an exclusive power to legislate on trade matters and conclude international trade agreements on goods, services, foreign direct investment and the commercial aspects of intellectual property. Therefore, decisions taken in Brussels can make it easier or more difficult for an individual company to trade its goods and services across international borders.
Our consultants have extensive experience navigating and dealing with the various intricacies of EU trade policy, as well as advocating on a variety of trade issues: from the inclusion of a specific chapter on raw materials to conflict minerals. We are also actively involved, on behalf of our clients, in the negotiations between the EU and US, and the EU and Japan, as well as in current negotiations at the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. As a result, we are well-versed on trade issues at the European and multilateral level and are able to offer personalised advice and support.