John Lonergan, former Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Trade Directorate General, joins Gide as Senior Advisor. He will work more particularly with the Brussels office on trade and international regulation issues.
John Lonergan has extensive experience in the area of trade defence instruments (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards). He worked at the European Commission from 1988 to 2016 where he was initially a trade defence investigator. He then worked for a number of years in the trade defence policy unit and, as Deputy Head of Unit, was a leading member of the Commission's team in the EU's on-going modernisation of its trade defence instruments.
John has participated in numerous trade defence cases before the ECJ and the WTO, and has been one of the Commission's negotiators on subsidies in the WTO's DDA negotiations. He also worked for several years in the Commission on trade in services (GATS) and on antitrust investigations.
He will support the team, in particular in complaints brought before the European Commission, and defend European companies in procedures initiated by third countries.
Olivier Prost, partner at Gide Brussels in charge of international trade, states: "The uncertainties weighing on international trade are increasing all the time. At a time where we must both defend international rules and avoid the pitfalls of naive globalisation, I am very pleased to welcome John to our firm. He will help us assist our clients in implementing the tools of fair competition on an international scale."
A pioneer in international competition and trade law with the creation of its Brussels office just 50 years ago, Gide has consistently developed its international trade practice and is now considered as a market leader in the field. Gide Brussels is renowned for the excellence of its three practice areas, i.e. competition, international trade and EU regulatory law. It draws on the expertise of twenty lawyers and legal consultants, including four partners (Olivier Prost, Benoît Le Bret, Stéphane Hautbourg and Laurent Godfroid) and two counsels (Ségolène Pelsy and Anna Dias), and works hand-in-hand with all Gide’s other offices, in particular those in Africa, Russia and Asia.