Three Brussels Lawyers Recognized as World's Leading International Trade Lawyers

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to highlight the recent successes of its Global Trade practice in the 2007 Chambers & Partners publications: Chambers Global and Chambers USA, the latter of which has nominated the group for a Chambers Award for Excellence.

In the recently released Chambers Global guide, the group is ranked highly in the International Trade/WTO sections, with specific mentions to four of the group's attorneys: Mickey Kantor, the former United States Trade Representative and U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Peter Scher, the former United States Special Trade Negotiator, in Washington, DC, as well as Paulette Vander Schueren and Edward Borovikov, two leading European trade lawyers, in Brussels.

Chambers noted, "Mayer Brown's international trade practice has made waves in the market as it adds to the number of former senior government officials who have entered private practice. This has created a group that is perfectly placed to provide market access, trade remedy and export control advice."

Three leading members of the group's Brussels office have recently been recognized for their expertise and capabilities. Edward Borovikov and Paulette Vander Schueren, along with Nikolay Mizulin were recently named by Legal Media Group as Leading International Trade Lawyers, which ranks attorneys based on research and nominations from more than 2,000 senior in-house counsel, partners at pre-eminent law firms and other specialists in over 50 jurisdictions

Chambers USA, which will officially be released later this Spring, has also named Kantor and Scher to their rankings and has added Washington, DC partner James Jochum, the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, to the International Trade: Trade Remedies Policy section for the 2007 edition.

In reviewing the caliber of work performed by the Global Trade practice during 2006 and the feedback gained from interviews with clients, the Chambers USA researchers were nominated the group for a Chambers Award for Excellence. These awards, presented each Spring at the launch for the new Chambers USA guide, highlight individuals and practice groups that have stood out among the competition.

"We are delighted that Chambers has recognized our efforts to build a premier global trade practice and the excellence of  several leading members of our group in providing our clients with the best possible service in key markets throughout the world," said Ty Fahner, Chairman, of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. "Our inclusion in these guides is an honor in and of itself, but being nominated for Chamber's Award for Excellence is especially gratifying."

The Global Trade Practice of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP includes more than forty professionals in Washington, D.C., Brussels and Beijing, including former trade negotiators, senior U.S., European, Chinese and Russian Government policy officials and international trade lawyers with broad experience in all aspects of international trade.

In September of 2006 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw added three new attorneys to the Global Trade Practice in Washington, D.C.: Duane Layton, Sydney H. Mintzer and Jeffery C. Lowe, who all joined from the law firm Miller & Chevalier. This group  brought over 40 years of trade experience to the firm, each with experience in private practice as well as many years working for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The firm has also significantly grown its Brussels practice over the last year by adding partners in antitrust & competition, government affairs, intellectual property, regulatory, and trade. In March 2006, the firm strengthened its regulatory practice with the appointment of EU regulatory specialist, Jean-Philippe Montfort as well as Dr. Anna Gergely and Sébastien Louvion, who advise on multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues in areas such as chemicals, food and drug law, medical devices, food science and cosmetics.

The group also enhanced its Russia-specific trade and WTO expertise with the addition of Edward Borovikov from Hammonds, who has advised Russian authorities in relation to Russia's proposed WTO accession. Chambers commented that Mr. Borovikov "is extremely well regarded for international trade matters relating to Russia" and won praise for "penetrating the Russian market more deeply than almost any other lawyer in the field."

In addition to the members of the Global Trade Practice listed above, the group also includes: former European Union Ambassador to the United States, Günter Burghardt; Friedrich Merz, former Deputy Leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and former member of the European Parliament; Simeon Kriesberg, formerly Vice President and General Counsel of Sears World Trade, Inc; and  Marguerite Trossevin, the former Chief Deputy Trade Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is among the largest law firms in the world with more than 1,500 lawyers practicing in seven U.S. cities (Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, and Washington), six European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, and Paris) and Hong Kong.