Marcus Sohlberg is counsel in White & Case LLP's International Trade Practice Group in Geneva, Switzerland. His practice focuses on trade and investment matters, involving in particular the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the European Union (EU).
Marcus advises corporate clients and sovereign governments on a diverse range of matters, including in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, the application of trade remedies rules (anti-dumping, subsidies, and safeguards), trade negotiations, and trade policy.
In respect of the WTO, Marcus' practice focuses on dispute settlement cases and general advisory work. He represents sovereign governments and industry as complainants, respondents, and third parties before panels and the Appellate Body, and advises corporate and government clients on a wide array of regulatory and market access issues. He has advised on and litigated cases involving a wide range of issues, including trade remedy rules, tax, technical barriers to trade (TBT), sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, services, and intellectual property rights. In this work, he has acted for various industry sectors, including auto, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, food and beverage, industrial engineering, and steel.
In respect of trade remedies, Marcus advises on all aspects of the application of these rules, including preparing and filing applications before national authorities, advising companies in ongoing national proceedings, and challenging or defending national trade remedy measures in WTO dispute settlement. Recent work includes successfully filing safeguard application in the EU on steel; defending a major Asian economy's anti-dumping measure in a WTO challenge brought by one its main trading partners; and representing a Central American country before the WTO Appellate Body in an appeal concerning regulation of consumer products.
In the area of trade policy, Marcus assists corporate clients and sovereign governments in the preparation for and negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Recent work includes preparing and analyzing proposals in the context of the WTO dispute settlement reform process, including the issues preventing Appellate Body nominations.
Marcus is a contributor to Oxford Reports on International Trade Law and World Trade Review. Before joining White & Case LLP, he practiced with other international law firms in Geneva and in Brussels.
Birmingham Law School
Case note on WTO Panel Report, China – Agricultural Producers (DS511), World Trade Review, 2019
Case note on WTO Appellate Body Report, Korea – Radionuclides (DS495), World Trade Review, 2019
Case note on WTO Appellate Body Report, Brazil – Desiccated Coconut (DS22), Oxford Reports on International Trade Law (2018)
An unprecedented step – the European Commission releases TTIP negotiation proposals, International Law Office, 16 January 2015
European Commission releases 2014 Trade Barriers Report Background, International Law Office, 17 April 2014
EU Trade Defence Review: The Pursuit of Increased Leverage, International Trade Law & Regulation (Sweet&Maxwell) 2014