GRAF VON WESTPHALEN

Comment: A leading firm in customs and trade, which attracts clients with its strong interdisciplinary work and broad range of advice. The renowned and highly specialized team around Harings advises well-known clients on customs and excise duties as well as export and investment controls, sanctions and free trade agreements. Clients and competitors both consistently praise the customs lawyers. The team is succeeding in all-round advice on issues such as Iran and the growing demand for customs compliance, in large part thanks to its strong connections to other practice groups. For Iran-related business contracts, the practice cooperates with the distribution lawyers. The team is also regularly involved in cross-border transactions such as the purchase of packaging specialist Romaco by the Chinese client Truking. Because of the increasing number of customs and trade questions with IT aspects, e.g. storing servers in a third country, the practice is more active at the interface with IT. It is thus no surprise that customs and trade clients increasingly become long-term clients for ongoing advice, e.g. Aurubis and Celanese. At the same time the customs and trade lawyers often refer clients to other practices, e.g. DNV GL Group, which sought advice on ?public procurement.
Strengths: Fully integrated practice with a focus on all areas of customs and international trade.
Recommended: Dr. Lothar Harings (“very knowledgeable and experienced”, “well connected”, competitors), Marian Niestedt (“specialist expertise in export control”, competitor), Dr. Gerd Schwendinger.
Practice: All aspects of customs and trade. Long-term advice on customs and excise tax, increasingly customs and export law compliance. Often active at the interface with distribution and ?IT. Focus on high-end internationally active Mittelstand companies. (4 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 2 associates)
Clients: ?? Hamburg Süd in customs law regarding sale to Maersk; Japan Tobacco in proceedings over reimbursement of duties; Nukem Isotopes on sales taxes for imports; Sumitomo Electric on customs law; Aurubis ongoing on customs and export control.
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Graf von Westphalen Partnerschaftsgesellschaft10117 Berlin
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