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Marcus Sohlberg is a senior associate 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). Marcus advises corporate clients and sovereign governments on a diverse range of matters such as WTO dispute settlement proceedings, trade remedies rules (anti-dumping, subsidies and safeguards), export controls and economic sanctions, and trade policy.
In respect of the WTO, Marcus' practice focuses on dispute settlement activity and advising on the WTO-consistency of regulatory measures worldwide, such as trade remedy rules, taxation, technical barriers to trade (TBT) and other product regulations and standards, market access issues, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, trade in services and intellectual property rights. Marcus has significant experience advising clients on WTO matters affecting consumer goods industries, food and beverage industries, steel and chemical industries.
In respect of trade remedies, Marcus advises on all aspects of these rules, including national proceedings and challenges of trade remedy measures in WTO dispute settlement. Recent work includes defending a major Asian economy's anti-dumping measure in a WTO challenge brought by one its major trading partners, the preparation of applications for the initiation of safeguard, anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures in the Middle East, the development of a trade remedy manual for an investigating authority in North Africa, and defending a European sovereign government in a WTO challenge of its anti-dumping duties on a chemical product. Marcus was also involved in the EU's largest trade dispute with China concerning solar panels. He also advised companies and governments in other EU trade remedies investigations concerning, for instance, bicycles, biodiesel and bioethanol.
In respect of export controls and economic sanctions, Marcus advises clients on EU and Member State military and dual-use controls regarding exports of goods and encrypted software. With respect to UN and EU economic sanctions, he advises clients in the industrial, energy and telecommunication sectors ensuring compliance of their business operations and accounting practices with the applicable rules. Recent work includes, for example, the development of an EU-focused trade controls training for an international technology company.
In the area of trade policy, Marcus assists corporate clients and sovereign government in the preparation for and negotiation of trade agreements and advising on how to obtain preferential treatment under existing FTAs. Recent work includes petitioning several governments for raising import duties on specific products while ensuring compliance with these States' WTO commitments.
Finally, Marcus advises international companies in matters of EU customs law involving classification, valuation, rules of origin and labelling. He successfully assisted an international chemicals and materials company in appealing a customs classification and obtaining Binding Tariff Information (BTI) in several EU Member States.
Marcus is a Contributor to Oxford Reports on International Trade Law Decisions, and before joining White & Case LLP, he practiced with other major international law firms in Geneva and in Brussels, Belgium.
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