The EU, Trade and Competition Law group includes the following practice areas:
International and EU trade law
The firm’s international and EU Trade Law practice group is internationally recognized for its expertise in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards and other trade defense instruments, customs law (notably classification, valuation, rules of origin and REM/REC) and WTO work. Partners of the firm have been involved in virtually all major EU trade cases over the past decades and have participated in numerous WTO cases as members of delegations in front of Panels and the Appellate Body.
EU competition and state aid law
Over the past twenty years, partners of the firm have been involved in a large number of high profile competition law cases. They have advised clients on all aspects of competition law (e.g. merger control, cartel procedures, intellectual property rights, abuses of dominant position and EU state aid). VVGB also frequently represents clients in competition cases before the European Commission, the EU courts, national competition authorities and national courts.
EU and national regulatory law
Our lawyers counsel and represent clients on matters relating to sector-specific legislation (e.g. telecommunications, energy, environment, transport, media and other regulated industries). Our lawyers have been at the forefront of EU regulatory developments in such areas as climate change and chemicals legislation (REACH).
A special area of expertise of the firm is the intersection of intellectual property rights, competition law and trade law.
In view of the EU’s new powers over international investment, the firm has extended its expertise in international arbitration and investment, including arbitral disputes between investors and states.