Professional Profile and Bio
Laurent specialises in a broad range of international trade issues including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguard procedures and litigation, customs matters under EU and Member State legislation, as well as under the WTO and other international agreements.
With substantial experience in product safety and life sciences regulatory matters, as well as with EU environmental law, data privacy and intellectual property rights, he regularly advises clients on handling these issues from an international trade perspective.
He advises clients in many industries, including manufacturers of computer and other electronic equipment, renewable energy products, durable goods, consumer products, agriculture and food products, chemicals and pharmaceutical products, automobiles and auto parts, aviation, iron and steel products, non-ferrous metals, textiles and non-wovens, publishing, oil and gas, banking, insurance and financial services industry, as well as other service sectors.
Laurent regularly speaks at external events and feature prominently in the trade and WTO rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal, where he is described as "an excellent lawyer."
He has contributed to a number of publications, including 'Addressing overcapacities: the shoe does not fit' (MLex, 02 April 2019) 'Benefiting from the Investment Rules in a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement' (North American Free Trade & Investment Report, Vol. 22, No. 14) and 'A Step Closer To US-EU Free Trade?' (Law 360, June, 2012).
Laurent is fluent in English and French.
What others say…
Clients appreciate that Laurent Ruessmann is able to "lean on his experience in other cases and offer a pragmatic approach." "If you are a complaining industry suffering from imports, put your faith in him and he will fight like a bulldog for you," says one source, adding: "He knows all the tools of the trade and is very efficient." "In hearings before the EC he knows what he's talking about and you immediately recognise that those in the EC respect him," remarks another interviewee.
Clients laud the firm for comprising "excellent trade lawyers," making particular note of their "excellent communications and project management."
Laurent Ruessmann is regarded as "one of the most experienced trade lawyers in Brussels." Principally known for representing complainant parties in trade remedies matters, he also handles product safety and regulatory matters. Clients say he is "extremely competent in terms of the law and extremely well connected in Brussels."
Sources highlight the firm's strong focus on complainant work, with one describing them as "the stars for complainant work", while another says "they are a powerhouse on the producer's side."