McDermott Team Appointed to Two UK Government Trade Law Panels


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery, alongside partners UK-based TLT and Canada-based Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG), have been appointed to both of the UK government’s newly established trade law panels, for International Trade Disputes and International Trade Negotiations.

The panels are the UK government’s default route for all international trade law work in a post-Brexit environment, and bid potential for appointed firms is an indicative value of $150m USD over four years.

The cross-border partnership will act as a consortium, named Artis, and will provide a unique offering from three partner firms with vast experience in international trade law disputes, negotiation, litigation and regulation, complemented by trailblazing experience providing strategic counsel to the Central Government across several UK and EU matters.

“We are thrilled to join forces with TLT and BLG to offer a highly-skilled and multi-disciplinary consortium to help the UK government navigate the increasingly complex international trade landscape,” Joanne Osendarp, co-head of McDermott’s international trade group, said. “Although each firm brings unique advantages in and outside of hearing rooms and negotiating tables, the consortium’s core values are aligned and focused on superior client service and a commitment to excellence.”

The McDermott team appointed to the UK government trade panels is led by Joanne Osendarp and Tim Hruby. Joanne is singularly distinguished in international trade circles and joined McDermott with a seven-strong trade team in July 2020.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been appointed to these panels which will allow us to continue our close working relationship with the UK Government and to also introduce our fantastic consortium partners,” TLT partner Caroline Ramsay, said. “The Artis consortium is born out of a shared culture of collaboration and commitment to exceptional client service.”

“We are excited to have been appointed to both panels,” Matthew Kronby, partner in BLG’s International Trade and Investment Group, said. “It is an honour to have been chosen to assist the UK Government at a time of great change and opportunity. We look forward to providing our consortium’s extensive experience and exceptional service to help the UK government defend its interests and achieve its international trade objectives.”

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