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Lourdes Catrain
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Lourdes Catrain is the Director of the International Trade and Investment Group in Europe. Her practice focuses on European Union (EU) trade, World Trade Organization (WTO), customs matters and trade defence investigations such as anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards. She advises on the WTO compatibility of EU legislation and measures in connection with market access issues and trade remedies. She represents clients on EU and trade matters before the European Courts. She assists companies and sovereign governments with trade agreement negotiations before the European Institutions.

Lourdes counsels clients on EU dual-use as well as economic sanctions (e.g., Iran, Syria, Russia, Ukraine) both at EU, as well as Member State level. She represents companies on matters involving customs classification, customs valuation, rules of origin, and country of origin marking and labeling.

Prior to joining the Firm, Lourdes worked for the European Commission (EC) and occupied an in-house counsel position in a leading high-street fashion retailer in her native Spain.

Lourdes is recommended in Chambers Global and Legal 500. She has been awarded the Law 360, International Trade MVP in 2013.

Lourdes is a Lecturer at the University of Barcelona Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (LL.M IELPO). Lourdes serves as vice-chair of the International Bar Association Trade and Customs Committee. She is on the editorial board of the Global Trade and Customs Journal (Kluwer) and has published numerous articles on EU trade issues. She is also the current chair of the trade section of the International Law Association (ILA) for Belgium. She also regularly presents on a variety of trade topics at seminars and conferences.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Successful representation of the Government of Indonesia in the EU's first anti-subsidy investigation concerning imports of biodiesel.
  • Successful representation of Qualitest FZE before the General Court of the European Union which resulted in the delisting of the company from the EU Iran Sanctions Regulation (T-421/11).
  • Assisting a sovereign government in Latin America in its free trade agreement negotiations with the EU.
  • Representing DelSolar Ltd. in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against solar panels originating from China.
  • Acting for a leading polysilicon manufacturer in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against solar panels originating from China.
  • Representing the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China in an anti-subsidy investigation into imports of coated fine paper.
  • Assisting a major U.S. services provider on addressing export control issues in its acquisition of assets in the EU.
  • Assisting an EU subsidiary of a U.S. aerospace manufacturer on exports of civilian-certified aircraft parts that are listed as defence items.


Hogan Lovells Publications
25 November 2014 "Extension of Iran Sanctions Negotiations." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

12 September 2014 "United States and European Union Expand Sanctions Measures in Response to Situation in Ukraine." Sanctions and Export Controls Alert, Hogan Lovells

05 August 2014 "Update on Sanctions Related to the Democratic Republic of the Congo." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

01 August 2014 "Significant New Developments Regarding the U.S. and EU Ukraine-Related Sanctions and Export Controls." Sanctions and Export Controls Alert, Hogan Lovells

18 July 2014 "Update on Developments Regarding the U.S. and EU Ukraine-Related Sanctions and Export Controls." Sanctions and Export Controls Alert, Hogan Lovells

05 June 2014 "Iran Sanctions — Legislative Developments." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

02 June 2014 "Ukraine and Russia Sanctions Developments." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 May 2014 "Update on Sanctions Related to South Sudan and the Central African Republic." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

April 2014 "The European Commission's Public Consultation on Investment Protection and Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership." International Trade and Investment Alert, Hogan Lovells

15 April 2014 "Update on Developments Regarding the U.S. and EU Ukraine Related Sanctions." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

27 March 2014 "Sanctions and Export Control Alert." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

21 March 2014 "Additional EU and U.S. Sanctions." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

19 March 2014 "Ukraine and Russia Sanctions Developments." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

06 March 2014 "Ukraine Sanctions." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

27 February 2014 "Update on Iran Sanctions." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

07 February 2014 "New OFAC List." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

28 January 2014 "Limited Easing of Certain Iran Sanctions." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

27 November 2013 "Iran Sanctions." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

July 2013 "European and US Sanctions: Extraterritorial hazard for non-EU/US entities.", Hogan Lovells

27 March 2013 "Amendments to German Export Control Law enacted." Export Controls Alert, Hogan Lovells

19 February 2013 "Iran sanctions developments." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

07 January 2013 "Iran sanctions developments." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

28 November 2012 "New OFAC regulations on Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

17 October 2012 "New U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

13 August 2012 "UPDATE: U.S. significantly expands sanctions against Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

03 August 2012 "U.S. significantly expands sanctions against Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

12 July 2012 "Update on Burma sanctions." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

09 April 2012 "Change and opportunity in Myanmar." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

30 March 2012 "Iran sanctions developments." Economic Sanctions Developments, Hogan Lovells

26 March 2012 "The EU's international procurement initiative: opening foreign markets or acting as a new EU trade barrier?", Hogan Lovells

29 February 2012 "EU Consolidates and Extends Sanctions against Syria." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

07 February 2012 "The European Union, the United States, and other countries continue to impose new sanctions against Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

03 January 2012 "New sanctions provisions related to the Iranian financial sector." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

02 December 2011 "EU designated new persons and entities, and agreed for more sweeping sanctions against Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

23 November 2011 "UK and US enhanced sanctions against Iran." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

23 September 2011 "EU Partially Lifted Economic Sanctions Against Libya and Imposes Additional Sanctions Against the Syrian Regime." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

19 September 2011 "United Nations, European Union, and the United States ease economic sanctions against Libya." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

06 September 2011 "EU expanded sanctions against Syria and partially suspended the EU-Syria Cooperation Agreement." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

02 September 2011 "EU lifted sanctions against 28 Libyan entities." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

19 August 2011 "Broad new Syria sanctions." Economic Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

24 June 2011 "Commerce Department implements new License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization permitting unlicensed exports, reexports, and in-country transfers to certain destinations." Export Controls Alert, Hogan Lovells

27 May 2011 "Expanded EU economic sanctions on Iran, Syria, Libya, and Belarus." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

24 May 2011 "Expanded sanctions against Iran." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

19 May 2011 "Expanded sanctions against Syria." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

11 March 2011 "Updated sanctions against Libya." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

01 March 2011 "New sanctions against Libya." Sanctions Alert, Hogan Lovells

01 July 2010 "Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010." Export Control Alert, Hogan Lovells

08 May 2007 "The European Union Imposes Sanctions Against Iran." International Trade Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

05 February 2007 "The European Commission Proposes New Measures on Export of Dual-Use Items." International Trade Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 October 2004 "The Floodgates of Textile Actions Open: Industry Files Threat-Based China Textile Safeguard Petitions." Customs & International Trade Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
2014 "EU Trade Defence Review: The Pursuit of Increased Leverage.", Int. T.L.R. 2014, 20(2); 2014

08 June 2007 "EU Revises Sanctions to Counter U.S. Byrd Amendment." The Daily Bugle

15 February 2006 "European Commission Proposes Compulsory Country of Origin Marking Rules for Imported Goods." Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 1, 2006

RELATED EVENTS
25 September 2014
The Ever-Escalating Restrictions on Trade With Russia/Ukraine

PRACTICES
International Trade and Investment
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Energy and Natural Resources Group
Technology
Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • EU and International Trade Law
  • WTO Dispute Resolution
  • Investment Disputes 
  • Customs
  • Export Control and Economic Sanctions
EDUCATION
LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 1992 J.D. Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1989
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Euromoney Europe Award, 2014 and 2011, Best in International Trade for Women in Business Law
  • Law 360 MVP, International Trade 2013
  • Chambers Global, 2013 - 2014, International Trade/WTO
  • Who's Who Legal: Trade and Customs, Trade & Customs, 2007 – 2013
  • Chambers Europe, 2013 - 2014, International Trade/WTO
  • Who's who legal, Trade and Customs, 2011, Most highly regarded individuals
  • Legal 500 EMEA, 2013, Customs, Trade, WTO, and anti-dumping
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS Madrid Brussels (E-list)
LANGUAGES English French Italian Spanish