News 02 Sep. 2021

New International Trade Partner Joins Curtis in Brussels

Curtis is pleased to announce the appointment of international trade and EU regulatory lawyer Elena Klonitskaya as partner in its Brussels office.

The appointment provides Curtis’ market-leading international trade practice with EU-based trade and competition capability, complementing its current presence in the other key international trade centres, Washington D.C. and Geneva.

Ms. Klonitskaya is admitted in both Belgium (B-list) and Russia, and has practiced EU and international trade/WTO law in Brussels since 2002. She focuses on trade remedies, including anti-dumping, anti- subsidy and safeguard investigations in the EU and U.S., and international trade compliance. Her practice also includes national security measures, sanctions and export control regulations, customs law, market access barriers, and various forms of discrimination and unfair competition, and bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements and investment treaties. Her sectoral experience spans the chemical, energy, steel, automotive, transport, electronics, IT, high-tech, and services industries.

Curtis International Trade chair Daniel L. Porter said: “I am delighted to welcome Elena to our international trade practice. We are busier than we’ve ever been in over 30 years of practicing international trade law. Elena is an excellent fit for our team, and I look forward to exploring the many synergies in our client bases.”

Curtis Brussels Managing Partner Simon Batifort said: “We are delighted to welcome Elena to our new Brussels office. She will fit right in with our international practice across the Curtis offices, both in trade and other areas.”

Elena Klonitskaya said: “I am thrilled to be joining Curtis and to be working alongside such esteemed colleagues – I have known the Curtis trade group by reputation for over a decade. With its entrepreneurial culture, Curtis is a natural home for me, and my Russian speaking clients in particular are very happy with the move.”

The Brussels office was opened in May 2021 and reflects Curtis’ continuing international focus, which has resulted in 15 lateral partner hires in the EMEA region in the past 15 months.

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