Established in 2003 and now home to 20 professionals, Sidley’s Brussels office is a leader in helping companies, industry associations and governments navigate and shape EU rules. Our lawyers apply innovative strategies to help clients achieve their competitive business objectives. Sidley’s strength in the three cornerstones of EU law critical to global business – competition, international trade and EU regulatory law – allows us to craft solutions tailored to our clients’ legal and policy concerns.
Our Brussels office lawyers offer a rare combination of private- and public-sector experience and have a sophisticated understanding of EU institutions and policies. We represent clients on a wide variety of matters before the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, EU Member State authorities and the European Courts.
Our competition lawyers assist clients with all aspects of EU competition law, including merger control, public authority investigations, remedies, litigation and arbitration, compliance and policy projects, commercial agreements and state aid.
The Brussels office international trade lawyers have in-depth experience in EU and international trade law, including trade policy negotiations, EU trade remedies, customs rules, export controls and trade sanctions regimes. We also represent stakeholders in international trade disputes before the World Trade Organization. Our Brussels trade lawyers are an integral part of our 50-lawyer firmwide international trade group.
Our EU regulatory lawyers advise clients on the EU and Member State rules regulating market access for goods, services and investments. Our experience spans the full range of regulated activities and sectors, from life sciences to financial services. In particular, we have substantial experience addressing regulatory issues related to food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, cosmetics and chemicals, as well as advising on complex environmental and consumer protection matters.
Clients served by the Brussels office include global companies and trade associations active in the financial services, consumer electronics, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals, biotechnology, media and broadcasting, telecommunications, transportation, aviation/aerospace, metal and minerals, forestry products and motor vehicles sectors. We have also represented many governments, including the European Commission, on a wide variety of matters.
Located in the heart of Brussels’ “European Quarter,” the office is home to a diverse group of international lawyers who are able to communicate with clients in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Korean or Mandarin.