Steptoe Expands International Trade and Regulatory Compliance Practice in Brussels with Four-Lawyer Team

7th October 2021

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of a four-lawyer international trade team in the firm's Brussels office, led by Renato Antonini and Eva Monard, who join the firm as partners. The team is rounded out by Byron Maniatis and Elli Zachari, who join as associates. Together, the team will expand Steptoe's top-ranked International Trade and Regulatory Compliance Group, with its cross-border capabilities in the US, UK, EU and Asia, and work closely with Brussels colleagues David O'Sullivan and Yongqing Bao.

Antonini brings more than 20 years of experience in WTO and EU trade law, during which time he has handled many of the largest trade defense investigations in the EU, representing governments and large corporations in the steel, chemical, energy and financial services industries. He also has extensive experience in EU and Italian customs and export control laws.

Monard has assisted clients in more than 80 anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguard investigations in various jurisdictions, and obtained various annulments of trade measures before EU Courts. Her practice focuses on EU trade and customs law, WTO disputes, trade remedies such as anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, EU sanctions and trade controls, and EU internal market law.

Both Antonini and Monard are recognized in the 2021 editions of Chambers Global and The Legal 500 EMEA. In Chambers Global, clients describe Antonini as "very knowledgeable in the combined areas of export, tax and government investigations" and "one of the hardest-working attorneys I have worked with." Monard is recognized as an "Up and Coming" lawyer who is hailed for her dedication to clients. In The Legal 500 EMEA, Antonini is recognized as a leading individual in customs, trade and WTO law, and Monard is singled out as the sole "rising star" in the same category.

Steptoe Chair Phil West commented: "Renato and Eva are well-regarded in the international trade arena and in the Brussels market. Bringing them on board will strengthen our trade capabilities at a time when issues involving international trade and the supply chain are at the top of the agenda for our clients around the globe, and when the EU is at the leading edge of climate change regulation."

Brussels office managing partner Ruxandra Cana added: "This is an exciting time for our Brussels office as we continue to expand the EU trade and regulatory capabilities we offer to international clients investing in the EU. Renato and Eva joining is consistent with our strategic objective, to be able to offer EU law expertise to our clients in those areas in which the EU rules have most impact on business – and trade is an obvious part of that."

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