Genevra Forwood

Partner, Brussels, London

Biography

Overview

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.

One particular area of focus is the EU's economic sanctions against third countries. She co-leads the Firm's EU and UK Sanctions teams, and over the years has handled hundreds of queries on this topic, spanning advisory and transactional work through to investigations and contentious matters.

Genevra also advises on other aspects of EU regulatory compliance, including in the areas of public procurement, environmental laws and consumer protection. She assists clients with their own compliance, and has 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 has pleaded a number of high-profile cases before the EU courts, in particular in the area of antitrust and State aid rules. She frequently advises on the rules and procedures governing the grant of State aid, and has acted for both beneficiaries and complainants in proceedings before the European Commission and EU courts.  She is currently involved in cutting-edge cases on the interface between EU law and international investment protection treaties.

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 and commercial arbitrations. She is a member of the European Bar Group.

Bars and Courts
Brussels Bar
England and Wales
Education
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
Languages
English
French

Experience

'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)

Publications

Promoting the Off-Label Use of Medicines: Where to Draw the Line?, Bio-Science Law Review, Volume 15, Issue 1, February 2016, and European Journal of Risk Regulation, February 2016, (co-author, with James Killick)

(Not) breaking the bank, The Commercial Litigation Journal, Number 37, May/June 2011, (co-author, with Kai Struckmann)

EU's Highest Court Says 'No' (For Now) To EU-Wide Patent Court, Thomas Reuters/World Trade Executive (Eds) EuroWatch, p. 3, March 2011, (co-author, with James Killick, Anthony Dawes)

Legal privilege for in-house lawyers in EU competition investigation: the End of the Road?, The Commercial Litigation Journal, Number 34, November/December 2010, (co-author, with Mark Powell)

Awards and Recognition

Named one of the 40 in their 40s Notable Women Competition Professionals in Europe, 2019

Future Leader: Competition, Who's Who Legal 2017, 2018, 2019

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

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