Marcus Sohlberg

Counsel, Dubai


'Marcus is up-and-coming and works well with clients.' (Legal 500 EMEA 2022, WTO, Switzerland)


Marcus Sohlberg is counsel in White & Case LLP's International Trade Practice Group in Dubai. His practice focuses on trade and investment matters under public international law, in particular the World Trade Organization (WTO), and regional treaties and local laws, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), European Union (EU), and the United Kingdom (UK).

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 maintaining a safeguard measure on steel in the EU; successfully defending an UAE aluminum producer in an anti-dumping investigation in the United States; 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 on various issues, such as trade and health, climate change, and negotiations of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Recent work includes preparing and analyzing proposals in the context of climate change and sustainable development, and the WTO dispute settlement reform process.

Marcus is selected for the European Commission's pool of individuals eligible for appointment as arbitrator for disputes arising under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). He is a contributor to Oxford Reports on International Trade Law and World Trade Review. He is recognized by Legal500 as a "key lawyer" in the WTO practice of White & Case LLP in Switzerland. Before joining White & Case LLP, he practiced with other international law firms in Geneva and in Brussels.

Bars and Courts
New York
Dubai, Foreign Legal Consultant
American University, Washington College of Law
University of Birmingham
Birmingham Law School


Speaking Engagements

November 2023, Spoke at international training course of a Government in Asia on the World Trade Organization and Dispute Settlement, as well as Import-Export Measures under WTO law.

March 2023, Spoke at the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association's Conference Panel on the "Future of Dispute Settlement: International Trade & Investment Regimes".


Contributed to the Commentaries on World Trade Law (Brill Publishing) 2023, Chapter 3 on Trade Remedies

Case note on WTO Appellate Body Report, Russia - Railway Equipment (DS499), World Trade Review, 2020

Case note on WTO Appellate Body Report, United States - Supercalendered Paper (DS505), World Trade Review, 2020

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)

Dispute Settlement At The WTO: Outlook For 2016, LAW360, 3 January 2016

Do the new EU GMO rules comply with its WTO obligations?, International Law Office, 20 March 2015

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

Awards and Recognition

Legal 500 2022 (Key Lawyer)

'Marcus is up-and-coming and works well with clients.'
Legal 500 EMEA 2022, WTO