As a partner in the Trade practice, Lourdes Catrain has achieved milestone successes for clients on all areas of EU trade law and economic sanctions. These include: the completion on behalf of a sovereign government of FTA negotiations with the EU; judicial delisting of an entity from the EU Iran Sanctions; the termination of an anti-subsidy investigation on behalf of the Government of Indonesia; a series of voluntary disclosures in various EU jurisdictions on breaches of economic sanctions and export control laws; advice on a customs valuation which resulted in the continued reliance on the favourable first sale rule for a large life sciences global company. In the EU's largest trade dispute with China, solar panels, she represents the interests of a key EU upstream supplier which forcefully opposes the continuation of measures against imports from China.
Lourdes led the foreign investment filings related to EUR 12.3bn acquisition by GE of Alstom's energy activities. Alstom relied on Lourdes' expertise on complex foreign investment regimes involving multiple jurisdictions and the Firm's unique ability to provide a "one-stop shop" for all the key jurisdictions subject to foreign investment approval.
She regularly advises companies on complex business dealings with countries subject to EU sanctions and together with the anti-corruption and white collar crime teams conducts internal investigation and prepares voluntary disclosures to the Member State authorities.
She has drafted compliance manuals for companies in the energy, consumer electronics, retail and luxury brands sectors followed by regular training sessions.
She is a pan-European team player and leads a trade controls, sanctions and customs team well beyond Brussels with colleagues from Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Moscow, Munich, Paris and Rome offices.
Areas of Focus
Acting for a leading polysilicon manufacturer in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against solar panels originating from China
Assisting a sovereign government in Latin America in its successful free trade agreement negotiations with the EU
Assisting a global industrial group in connection with Iran and Russian sanctions
Assisting a major U.S. conglomerate on a voluntary self disclosure in connection with a breach of export control laws in several EU jurisdictions
Assisting a major U.S. services provider on addressing export control issues in its acquisition of assets in the EU
Assisting a major U.S. conglomerate on a voluntary disclosure in connection with breach of export control
Assisting an EU subsidiary of a U.S. aerospace manufacturer on exports of civilian-certified aircraft parts that are listed as defence items
Representing DelSolar Ltd. in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against solar panels originating from China
Successful representation of the Government of Indonesia in the EU's first anti-subsidy investigation concerning imports of biodiesel.
2016, 2015 and 2014, Best in International Trade for Women in Business Law
Euromoney Europe Award
Customs, Trade, WTO, and anti-dumping
Legal 500 EMEA
Chambers Europe, International Trade/WTO
Law 360 MVP, International Trade
2007 – 2013
Trade and Customs, Trade & Customs
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