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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.
'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)
Investor-State Arbitrations and EU State Aid Rules: Conflict or Coexistence?, European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL), Volume 15 (2016), Issue 2, pp. 258-269, (co-author, with K. Struckmann, A. Kadri)
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)
Mentioned in Customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping, Legal 500 EMEA 2016