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SCOTT D. ANDERSEN helped establish Sidley’s Geneva office in 2000 and is the current co-managing partner. His practice focuses on the use of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to resolve international trade disputes. He works closely with key WTO member governments, leading companies and trade associations on a wide variety of trade disputes, including agricultural and industrial actionable and prohibited subsidies, anti-dumping and other trade remedy measures, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, technical regulations and standards, and various forms of trade discrimination.
In 2012, Scott co-founded and now manages Sidley’s innovative Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Pro Bono program which provides free legal advice to small and mid-sized agricultural enterprises and NGOs providing assistance to the poorest farmers. The program has expanded rapidly with more than 150 Sidley lawyers providing free legal services to over 50 clients in more than 20 countries.
Scott features prominently in the international trade and WTO rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He is recognized in The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 as a leading individual and is described by clients as “very knowledgeable and outstanding.”
Trade Law Practice:
Companies and trade associations from a wide cross-section of industries and governments come to our lawyers with important questions regarding the many challenges inherent in doing business globally. Our international trade lawyers work with our clients to ensure they understand, apply and make the most of the national and trans-national rules that shape the flow of capital, investment, goods, technology and services around the world. We advise clients regarding the legal and regulatory landscape, helping them harness opportunities and mitigate the risks in conducting global business. And we use international law to make a difference in the world. Read what others are saying about us.
Sidley provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. The strategic establishment of our offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled us to represent a broad range of clients that includes multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions.
Sidley has a broad transactional practice. Major practice disciplines include corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, securitization, intellectual property, funds and other pooled investments, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bank and commercial lending, public finance, real estate, project finance, tax and employee benefits, as well as trusts and estates.
We offer clients extensive litigation experience in trial, appellate and arbitration matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Main practice areas include general and commercial litigation, regulatory and financial litigation, antitrust, white collar criminal defense, environmental, life sciences, patent and other intellectual property litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, and international trade law.
Sidley’s regulatory practice in Washington, D.C., Brussels and elsewhere provides communications, energy, environmental, food, drug and device, healthcare, insurance, financial institutions and securities regulatory services to our clients in virtually every major industry, especially those industries that have been strictly regulated worldwide, such as the life sciences, energy, telecommunications and financial industries.
We are one of only a few U.S. law firms with a continuous presence in Asia for the past 30 years. During that time, we have earned a reputation among our clients and industry publications as a leading law firm in the Asia Pacific region.