Genevra Forwood | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Genevra Forwood
 Genevra Forwood

Genevra Forwood

Partner, Brussels, London

T +32 2 239 25 37

T +44 20 7532 1000

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Genevra Forwood advises and litigates on a broad range of areas of EU law, across a variety of industrial sectors ranging from energy and manufacturing to pharmaceutical and chemicals.

Genevra advises on the application of all aspects of EU competition law, including antitrust and State aid rules. She has particular experience of cartel investigations, regularly defending clients in cartel proceedings.

She frequently advises on the rules and procedures governing the grant of State aid. Notably, she has assisted with the preparation of submissions to the European Commission in State aid proceedings, with a view to obtaining 'no aid' decisions or approval under the relevant guidelines (e.g. as rescue and restructuring aid, environmental aid or research and development aid).  She is involved in some cutting edge State aid cases, for instance on the application of State aid rules to State-investor arbitrations.

Genevra also advises clients on other aspects of EU regulatory compliance, and has broad experience of a range of EU secondary legislation including in the areas of economic sanctions against third countries, public procurement, environmental law and consumer protection. She assists clients with their own compliance, and has also drafted a number of complaints to the European Commission in respect of failures of Member States to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Genevra's litigation practice spans all these areas of EU law. She has acted in a number of cases before the EU courts in Luxembourg.

As a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales, Genevra undertook her pupillage in a leading set of commercial chambers in London, where she gained first-hand experience in litigation before the English courts, as well as commercial arbitrations. She is a member of the European Bar Group.

Bars and Courts

  • Brussels Bar (E list)
  • England and Wales


  • Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law, King's College London
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, London
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, London
  • Masters, College of Europe, Bruges
  • MA, University of Edinburgh


  • English
  • French


'SAS v. Commission' (obtaining full annulment of EC's Airfreight cartel decision).

'Ioan Micula and European Food & Others v. Commission' (concerning the application of EU State aid rules to an investor-State arbitral award)

'One of Us v. Commission' (intervention)

'Nexans v. Commission' (successful challenge to Commission Dawn Raid in the Power Cables cartel; subsequent appeals of the EC's Power Cables decision).

'Uralita v. Commission' (concerning a re-adopted Commission Decision imposing a competition fine).

'Netherlands Maritime Technology v. Commission' (concerning the EC's State aid decision on the Spanish Tax Lease scheme).

'1.garantovaná v. Commission' (successful interim measures application in respect of a fine imposed in the Calcium Carbide cartel; subsequent appeal of the EC's Calcium Carbide cartel decision).

'Forum 187 v. Commission' (concerning the application of EU State aid rules to the Belgian fiscal scheme for Coordination Centres)

'Labate v. Commission' (concerning compensation under the EC Staff Insurance Rules)


Awards & Recognition

Who's Who Legal: Competition -- Future Leaders, 2017

Shortlisted as Rising star: Litigation, Euromoney Women in Business Awards – Europe, 2017

Future Leader: Competition, Who's Who Legal 2017

Mentioned in Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping, Legal 500 EMEA 2016