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Paul Mertenskötter advises companies, investors, and governments on a range of international trade, regulatory, and public policy matters. He has particular expertise in the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and with trade agreements such as the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). His experience includes assisting clients in connection with complex customs, import, and product regulatory matters, foreign investment screening, foreign subsides regulation, as well as advice on the regulatory and funding elements of the European Green Deal. Mr. Mertenskötter is also part of the firm’s Business and Human Rights practice and he advises companies on internal due diligence processes, compliance statements, and legislative advocacy. He has handled matters before the European Commission, the European Parliament, and EU Member States.

  • Advising a large multinational company on EU trade policy, customs regulations, and public policy engagement to unlock shipments held in port.
  • Assist a sovereign investment fund with analyzing the implications of the European Commission’s new foreign subsidies rules.
  • Develop and execute an engagement strategy for a multinational company on the EU’s supply chain due diligence initiative.
  • Advise a government’s regulatory agency on international best practices for the administration of real estate and cultural property.

Pro Bono

  • Advise the European Cyclists’ Federation on legislative advocacy and public policy engagement in the EU.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • World Economic Forum, CEO Action Group for the European Green Deal, Delegate

Previous Experience

  • World Trade Organization, Visiting Scholar (2019)
  • Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU Law School, Institute Fellow (2015-2018)
  • South Sudan Law Society, Juba, Policy Analyst (2012)