The Appleton Luff Geneva Office advises Swiss and European companies on trade-related matters, including obligations under the WTO and regional trade agreements. It also advises companies on trade matters arising from European and other regulatory regimes, including environmental regimes. Recent examples of its work with multinationals include:
- advising on EU rules governing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE),
- advising on the legal and economic implications of specific WTO rulings
- general advisory work on terms of trade.
The Geneva office also advises on investment matters. Its principal, Arthur Appleton, works with the World Bank as a Senior Trade and Investment Consultant. His work has taken him to several hydrocarbon-rich states, and has included work on investment laws, investment arbitrations, incentives, local content requirements, dispute settlement and other investment-related issues.The Geneva office is also active in arbitration, in particular, trade-related arbitrations.
Arthur Appleton has served as counsel, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in ICC, AAA and Ad Hoc arbitrations, and has appeared before the WTO’s Appellate Body as Lead Counsel. He is also working with the World Bank on arbitration-related issues, most recently in Vietnam as a Senior ADR Expert.
The Geneva Office also provides assistance to Government delegations with trade and development issues. It has worked with the ACP countries, COMESA, APEC, ASEAN and other trade groupings, as well as many individual states.