In close partnership with a company incorporated under Belgian law since 1999, DS offers a dual offer in EU law and EU affairs to the benefit of all clients seeking advice for their EU affairs under EU law.
EU Affairs / DS Squaris
A non-legal interdisciplinary offer in:
EU funding / access to the 280 sources of EU funding;
Project management /elaboration and follow-up of identified projects;
Public affairs: follow up of EU legislation and standard-setting EU processes, advisory and advocacy strategy, etc.
This offer is supported by DS Squaris, which joined DS in 2018 with a team of high-level experts based in Brussels.
EU Law / DS Avocats
A legal offer in areas not yet fully integrated into national law or in proceedings falling within the main or exclusive competence of the European institutions:
Competition law (abuse of dominant position, cartels, merger control) and State aid: notifications and representation in investigations before the European Commission;
EU law: DS advises clients to comprehend and manage the advantages of the four fundamental freedoms of the European Union, namely the free movement of goods, services, persons and capital;
EU Customs Policy and Trade Defense: Anti-dumping investigations, negotiations and benefits of free trade agreements;
Economic sanctions: requests for delisting before the EU Council.
The firm intervenes in litigation and as counsel, especially in:
Litigation: (i) drafting and filing of complaints and appeals before the European Commission (ii) direct appeals against decisions of European authorities (institutions, agencies, etc.) before the Court of Justice of the European Union and (iii) development of a culture of preliminary rulings in the context of national disputes.
European regulatory activity: DS has developed specific offers (energy, sustainable development, etc.) that may include a European component.
Compliance: DS has structured a multidisciplinary team to assist companies in the elaboration and evaluation of Compliance systems for all processes a company is required to implement: anti-money laundering, export control, ethics, personal data protection, social and environmental responsibility, etc.
The firm is registered at the Transparency registry of the EU since 2013.