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VVGB ranked Band 1 for trade by Legal 500 (2017 edition)

We are honoured to learn that VVGB’s trade practice has, once more, been recognised and ranked in Band 1 by Legal 500 2017. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our experienced counsels Juhi Sud, Joris Cornelis and the rest of our multinational team, VVGB is one of only two law firms to be ranked in Band 1 for trade by Legal 500 2017, Chambers Belgium 2017 and Chambers Europe 2017.

VVGB’s trade and customs practice again top ranked in 2017 Chambers Europe and Chambers Belgium: Edwin Vermulst star individual and Folkert Graafsma Band 1 also lead individual rankings

VVGB’s partners Edwin Vermulst and Folkert Graafsma have again been awarded outstanding rankings in Chambers Belgium 2017, with Folkert Graafsma granted Band 1 and Edwin Vermulst receiving the status of Star Individual.

Both partners have also been awarded Band 1 status in Chambers Europe 2017 edition.

Edwin Vermulst is quoted to enjoy an outstanding reputation for trade defense and being a leading figure for anti-dumping and safeguard matters, often representing clients such as governments and multinational companies in WTO dispute proceedings.

Folkert Graafsma is regarded for his expertise on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy work, representing exporters in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.

The team as a whole is described as a ‘powerhouse’ in advising sovereign governments and industry associations on trade defense cases, trade barrier cases and counterfeiting issues, and boasting a strong customs team advising on customs classification, valuation and rules of origin matters. The team is said to possess profound expertise in trade remedy matters, and is commended for its trade defense work, with clients being impressed by the firm’s customs advice.

Chambers Europe 2016 Trade and Custom again ranks VVGB in Tier 1

Chambers Europe 2016 Trade and Customs’ rankings which came out on 26 April 2016 again ranked VVGB’s trade and customs practice in Tier 1. Chambers singled out five VVGB trade attorneys:

Edwin Vermulst is said to be one of the leading forces in the international trade market, and Chambers Europe particularly highlight his expertise in anti-dumping and safeguard proceedings. One impressed client remarks: “he is very smart and understands our needs. I only have to say a few words and he will understand our position.” He is especially well versed in advising clients based in the People’s Republic of China.

Marco Bronckers specialises in WTO dispute resolution and EU regulatory issues. Clients value his reflective advice, saying “you never get an answer from the hip: his answers are always thought through”.

Folkert Graafsma is considered a “real powerhouse” and “top notch” trade lawyer, and is complemented for his technical expertise in the field of trade defense instruments. One client remarks: “he really has his customers’ interests at heart and provides the best service”. Sources also highlight his experience in advising government authorities in the People’s Republic of China.

Newly ranked Juhi Sud garners praise from clients for her detailed knowledge of trade cases and customs law. Sources report: “She is highly professional but at the same time very approachable. We always feel that Juhi is part of our team.” Sud assisted the government of the people’s Republic of China and the government of Indonesia with anti-dumping proceedings.

Finally, Joris Cornelis advises clients on all issues relating to trade defense instruments, and is especially expert in matters concerning customs law in Belgium.

VVGB partner Edwin Vermulst receives WWL’s Trade and Customs lawyer of the year award for the third year in a row

At the annual Who’s Who Legal legal awards ceremony held at the University Club in New York on 11 April 2016, VVGB partner Edwin Vermulst received the 2016 Trade & Customs Lawyer of the Year Award.  It was the third year in a row that Mr. Vermulst received this award.  More details available at: http://whoswholegal.com/awards/practiceareas/?utm_source=Law%20Business%20Research&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6985116_WHO%20Briefing&dm_i=1KSF,45PR0,9GRY4C,F4ENY,1

Chambers Europe 2015 rankings were published on 12 March 2015

The Chambers Europe 2015 rankings were published on 12 March 2015. VVGB’s trade practice was again nominated in Band 1, the highest possible ranking, and partner Edwin Vermulst was the only nominated ‘Star individual’ this year. Chambers had the following to say about the practice and the team:

Basic facts about the department

– 2 partners

– 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for

Advises leading multinationals, trade associations and governments on wide-ranging EU trade regulation and policy matters. Offers expertise in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations, as well as EU trade barriers and customs issues.

Strengths (quotes mainly from clients)

“I feel I can always talk to them; it’s not a huge team of unknown people, and i like the personal touch.”

Notable practitioners

International trade star Edwin Vermulst is widely respected in this field: “He has an enormous field of specialisation including anti-dumping and sanctions, which is incredible. We got good advice from him and a fruitful discussion. If you need someone, he’s the master for anti-dumping in Europe.”

Marco Bronckers earns solid client feedback: “Excellent, very diligent. He has an enormous intellectual capability for difficult issues. You don’t jut get an answer about the law, it’s a more profound analysis.”

Edwin Vermulst, Marco Bronckers and Natalie McNelis singled out practice leaders by Who’s Who Trade & Customs 2014

In the new 2014 edition of Who’s Who Legal Trade & Customs Guide, Edwin Vermulst and Marco Bronckers were recognized as the two most highly regarded individuals amongst the Brussels bar dealing with international trade matters. Of the firm as a whole, Who’s Who gave the following description: “A trio of “top individuals” from VVGB feature, with founding partner Edwin Vermulst recognized as our leading Brussels-based specialist. Hailed as a “real asset to his clients”, he is praised for his “sharp intellect” and “incredible track record”. Recent clients he has counselled include the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and Suntech. “Trailblazer” Marco Bronckers became the first lawyer in private practice to represent a government in government-to-government litigation before a General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade panel in Geneva and continues to be at the “forefront of trade law”. The “fabulous” Natalie McNelis is also a “must for inclusion” according to those who have worked with her.”