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Iain MacVay focuses on international trade, particularly involving supply chains operating in the UK and the wider European Union. As a partner in our International Trade practice, Iain advises clients on use of trade rules and agreements, including handling trade disputes.

Iain counsels clients on EU and international trade and investment rules and processes, including in disputes before the World Trade Organization. He also advises on the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements as they affect the supply chains of clients.

With Brexit negotiations getting underway, Iain advises UK- and EU-based companies concerning potential impacts on business and supply chains caused by the UK's departure from the EU. Iain also advises clients on EU law, including compliance with EU customs, export controls, sanctions, anti-dumping and anti-subsidy rules.

Iain has been recognized in international trade law by Chambers Global for 2016 and 2017, and in international trade and WTO law by Chambers Europe for 2015 and 2016. He has also received recognition by Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.

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Credentials

Law Society of England & Wales

Law Society of England & Wales (8/1/1991; Reg. # 150577)

Ranked in Chambers, Who's Who Trade and Customs


Legal 500

Recognized in International Trade Law


Chambers Global, 2016 and 2017

Recognized in International Trade and WTO Law


Chambers Europe, 2015 and 2016

Received recognition


Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal

Matters

Advised the European spirits industry in the conduct of four cases before the World Trade Organization on discriminatory excise taxes. These cases were all successful and established the jurisprudence on discriminatory tax measures under international trade rules.

Advised the European Federation of Pharmaceuticals Industries and Associations on the negotiation of a pharmaceuticals annex to the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement. That Annex has become the foundation for similar annexes in more recent agreements, including the recent EU-Canada trade agreement.

Advised a leading UK manufacturer on treatment of origin declarations under trade agreements.

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Advised the European spirits industry in the conduct of four cases before the World Trade Organization on discriminatory excise taxes. These cases were all successful and established the jurisprudence on discriminatory tax measures under international trade rules.

Advised the European Federation of Pharmaceuticals Industries and Associations on the negotiation of a pharmaceuticals annex to the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement. That Annex has become the foundation for similar annexes in more recent agreements, including the recent EU-Canada trade agreement.

Advised a leading UK manufacturer on treatment of origin declarations under trade agreements.

Advised the Scotch Whisky Association on preparation of a claim against Colombian authorities in respect of discriminatory treatment of imports by national and regional governments, leading to the initiation by the EU of a WTO Panel Request and subsequent passage of a reform by Colombia intended to remove the discrimination.

Advised leading UK manufacturers on the impact of Brexit on their supply chains, from customs compliance and tariff changes to strategic implications for their export markets.

Advised a major bank on the application of sanctions against Russia to their operations in Europe.

Advised a major aerospace company on the changes to the international sanctions against Iran.

Advised a major investment fund on a successful application for a license to the UK Treasury's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation to release funds frozen under the Libya sanctions regime.

Advised a leading UK manufacturing sector association on strategic approaches to valuation problems faced on export markets.

Advised a EU chemicals manufacturer on the successful application for tariff suspensions on key inputs to its supply chain.

Matters

Advised the European spirits industry in the conduct of four cases before the World Trade Organization on discriminatory excise taxes. These cases were all successful and established the jurisprudence on discriminatory tax measures under international trade rules.

Advised the European Federation of Pharmaceuticals Industries and Associations on the negotiation of a pharmaceuticals annex to the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement. That Annex has become the foundation for similar annexes in more recent agreements, including the recent EU-Canada trade agreement.

Advised a leading UK manufacturer on treatment of origin declarations under trade agreements.

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Matters

Advised the European spirits industry in the conduct of four cases before the World Trade Organization on discriminatory excise taxes. These cases were all successful and established the jurisprudence on discriminatory tax measures under international trade rules.

Advised the European Federation of Pharmaceuticals Industries and Associations on the negotiation of a pharmaceuticals annex to the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement. That Annex has become the foundation for similar annexes in more recent agreements, including the recent EU-Canada trade agreement.

Advised a leading UK manufacturer on treatment of origin declarations under trade agreements.

Advised the Scotch Whisky Association on preparation of a claim against Colombian authorities in respect of discriminatory treatment of imports by national and regional governments, leading to the initiation by the EU of a WTO Panel Request and subsequent passage of a reform by Colombia intended to remove the discrimination.

Advised leading UK manufacturers on the impact of Brexit on their supply chains, from customs compliance and tariff changes to strategic implications for their export markets.

Advised a major bank on the application of sanctions against Russia to their operations in Europe.

Advised a major aerospace company on the changes to the international sanctions against Iran.

Advised a major investment fund on a successful application for a license to the UK Treasury's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation to release funds frozen under the Libya sanctions regime.

Advised a leading UK manufacturing sector association on strategic approaches to valuation problems faced on export markets.

Advised a EU chemicals manufacturer on the successful application for tariff suspensions on key inputs to its supply chain.

Credentials

Law Society of England & Wales

Law Society of England & Wales (8/1/1991; Reg. # 150577)

Ranked in Chambers, Who's Who Trade and Customs


Legal 500

Recognized in International Trade Law


Chambers Global, 2016 and 2017

Recognized in International Trade and WTO Law


Chambers Europe, 2015 and 2016

Received recognition


Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal