Hammonds' International Trade Law team in Brussels has won the tender organised by the government of Brazil for the selection as its legal counsel on WTO matters. The instruction covers a period of up to four years.
The tender was awarded to a partnership including Hammonds LLP (Brussels), Greenberg Traurig LLP (Washington, DC) and LO Baptista (Sao Paulo), which beat competition from 12 other bidders, including leading trade firms White & Case, Wilmer Hale, Mayer Brown, Steptoe & Johnson, Hogan Lovells and Crowell & Moring.
Hammonds already had extensive experience in WTO dispute settlement, having assisted a third party in the high-profile Airbus-Boeing case; advised the Russian government on WTO accession; and advised several Asian governments on a variety of WTO matters and FTA negotiations. Hammonds also regularly advises private clients on the impact of WTO on trade defence investigations.
Hammonds Brussels trade team is led by partner and Head of Trade Vassilis Akritidis and includes trade experts Yves Melin, Fernanda Crespo, Jochen Beck and Yongqing Bao.
Vassilis Akritidis commented: "This excellent result is yet another indication of the strength of our trade law team. We are extremely excited about it and are already working on our first instruction from Brasilia. Hammonds' trade team is now looking into further opportunities in Latin America, Brazil being one of the most active WTO members."
For further information on our trade team's work please contact:
T: +32 (0)2 627 7676
F: +32 (0)2 627 7686
Partner and Head of Trade