18th June 2011
18 June, 2011 International law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has appointed international trade law and EU regulatory expert Vasiliki Avgoustidi as an Associate Director in the firm’s Competition, EU and Trade Group. She is based in the firm’s Brussels office.
Having worked at Gide Loyrette Nouel since 2003, Vasiliki has wide experience of international trade law, including trade remedies/defence investigations, litigation, advice on trade barriers, market access, WTO law compliance, and negotiation of trade agreements. Vasiliki has practiced in Greece, London and Brussels in this field for over 10 years.
Her practice focuses on European and international trade, customs and export controls law. Vasiliki also advises on EU regulatory law specialising in health/environment-related matters (including REACH, WEEE, RoHS, the EU's Emission Trading System) as well as the regulatory framework for the energy industry, in particular renewable energy. She has been commended by Legal 500 for her work on REACH in both 2009 and 2010 editions.
Vasiliki has also advised companies on how to overcome trade barriers in order to access other countries' markets (such as discriminatory practices, technical barriers, government procurement questions, etc.) as well as on how to use and interpret regional trade agreements.
She is also advising companies in relation to tariff classification, customs valuation, transfer pricing, origin, labelling, customs litigation, border enforcement of IP rights and import compliance. In addition, Vasiliki assists corporates engaged in the export of commercial, dual-use and military goods, software and technology in relation to the development of compliance programs, representation in administrative proceedings and the conduct of due diligence on export control compliance in an M&A context.
Vasiliki regularly speaks at international trade law seminars organised by Chambers of Commerce and government departments, and has provided training to civil servants of non-EU countries working on trade matters. She lectures at the University of Barcelona as part of its Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy. In addition, she has twice served as a judge at the European Law Students Association’s international moot court on WTO law, and was a member of the 2003 winning team.