Our firm is widely respected for its experience in procedures pertaining to economic law and combating unfair competition practices on an international level, such as dumping and state subsidies. We mainly act for European companies wishing to file a complaint against the unfair practices of competitors in third countries, or defend companies that are the object of such proceedings brought by their competitors. We assist our clients in the settlement of disputes before the WTO in Geneva and advise them on a number of other aspects relating to international economic regulations. In this regard, our Brussels office is the main point of contact for businesses, institutions and governments on the new rules regulating globalisation, including public tenders, services, investments, regulatory hurdles, discriminatory measures, control of exports and protection of intellectual property.
Gide was one of the first law firms in Europe to develop a WTO law practice in Brussels. We have since consolidated this practice through our network of international offices and our contacts in developing countries. In 2013, we were ranked as one of the sector’s top four firms by Legal 500.
Thanks to its many offices and its membership of the Alliance and Lex Mundi networks, Gide is habitually instructed for administrative procedures and disputes in many countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, Morocco, Turkey, South Africa, Vietnam, Malaysia, Argentina, Indonesia and the United States.
- Chinese anti-dumping procedure against imports of European stainless steel tubes
- Moroccan anti-dumping procedure against imports of European steel and paper
- Chinese anti-subsidy procedure against European imports of raw materials used for solar panels
- Brazilian safeguard procedure against European imports of wines and spirits
- Russian anti-dumping procedure against imports of certain European vehicles
Often identified as an important complainant-side practice, assisting EU steel and biofuel producers and fish importers with the imposition of new trade remedies or with the defence of the same in interim or expiry reviews. Receives further praise for its capacity to handle trade investigations carried out in foreign jurisdictions, with proven experience in the defence of EU-based companies facing GCC, EAEU, Moroccan and Turkish trade defence investigations. Has built up a strong Brussels-based team of individuals with former experience working within the EC and WTO.
Chambers Europe 2021
Gide Loyrette Nouel's Olivier Prost heads a practice with notable strength in trade matters, sanctions issues, anti-dumping investigations and customs work, among other areas. Prost acted for the European Biodiesel Board in an anti-dumping investigation against biodiesel imports from Argentina. Other clients include Arkema, Eurofer and ArcelorMittal. Senior counsel John Lonergan and counsel Anna Claudia Coelho Dias are also noted. Pierre-Jacques Larrieu , who previously served as the head of unit at the European Commission's DG Taxation & Customs Union, is a recent hire.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Respected Brussels practice acting for French corporations, European industrial manufacturers and chemical producers, and associations. Active on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy mandates for both complainants and respondents, assisting with interim reviews of investigations. Particularly strong representing clients in the biodiesel, chemicals and steel sectors, acting for private companies and industry associations. Experienced in proceedings before the EU General Court as well as authorities at the EAEU and WTO. Clients describe a 'great team that is extremely knowledgeable in the field with very flexible and out-of-the-box thinking.' Head of department
Olivier Prost is seen by clients as a 'great expert who is to the point' and 'very pleasant to work with.' One source enthuses that he has 'outstanding technical capabilities.' He has a wealth of experience assisting European companies and trade associations with trade remedies and customs matters.
Chambers Europe 2019