Lexology honored Sidley partners Todd J. Friedbacher and Arnoud R. Willems with its 2020 “Client Choice Award.” Todd and Arnoud were “exclusive winners” in the International Trade section in Switzerland and Belgium, respectively. Since 2005, the “Client Choice Award” has been presented to those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. Recipients are recognized for their ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Notably, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel.
Todd helps clients manage the risk of doing business across borders by leveraging the powerful market access and enforcement tools provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) treaty and the hundreds of other bilateral and regional trade agreements in place worldwide. Putting these tools to work, Todd has helped clients successfully address critical trade and regulatory barriers impacting their ability to move, sell and protect goods, services and intellectual property across borders.
Arnoud’s practice involves counseling companies on how to improve their competitiveness and financial performance through the application of WTO rules, EU rules and treaty (trade) provisions. He also helps companies capitalize on opportunities as trade disagreements rise from national to EU to WTO level, guiding his clients through negotiations, administrative proceedings and court challenges.