Laurent Ruessmann, Partner, Competition, Regulatory and Trade
I am a partner in the Brussels office. I specialise 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.
I have experience with product safety and life sciences regulatory matters, as well as with EU environmental law, including chemical regulation under REACH, data privacy and intellectual property rights.
I advise clients in various industries including manufacturers of computer and other electronic equipment, renewable energy products, producers of 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.
I 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 I am described as "an excellent lawyer."
I regularly speak at external events including the Forums organised by C5 on customs compliance and the International Capital Conference.
I have contributed to a number of publications including, '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).
I am fluent in English and French.
'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, recently assisting LIPA in relation to compliance with EU workplace and product safety rules. Clients say he is "extremely competent in terms of the law and extremely well connected in Brussels." (Chambers Global 2018)
'Brussels based practice well known for advising EU industry complainants on trade defence and customs matters, including classification, value and origin. Offers additional expertise in EU regulatory issues, sanctions and WTO disputes. Also noted for its knowledge of free trade agreements and trade peferences.
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." (Chambers 2017)'
'Clients are impressed by Laurent Ruessmann's "articulation of the facts, which exhibits good background research and understanding." He assists clients with anti-susidy mandates, as well as WTO disputes and market access issues. He acted for the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association on a series of cases concerning anti-dumping measures for bicycles imports from China.' (Chambers 2017)