Fabienne Vermeeren specialises in advising multinational corporations, trade associations and sovereign clients on EU trade and customs matters. Ms. Vermeeren works on EU export control matters and sanctions regimes and their enforcement and licence application procedures at Member State level.
Ms. Vermeeren has recently assisted a major Asian client in obtaining dual-use export licences in a prestigious research & development project involving four EU Member States, and in negotiating user-friendly reporting formats. With her expert background in EU customs matters, she has also assisted clients in addressing procedural issues arising in the context of licensed exports.
Ms. Vermeeren has been extensively involved in advising clients on EU sanctions (particularly the frequently-changing measures against Iran, Libya, Syria, and Belarus) as regards export/import restrictions, the asset freeze/fund transfer provisions and investment issues, as well as on transitional provisions and the potential effect of EU sanctions outside the EU, and frequently publishes in this area.
She has trained the logistics/trade teams of the EU subsidiaries of a US chemicals multinational on EU dual-use export controls, and helped create an e-training module on EU sanctions/export control compliance for a major multinational in the paper sector. She frequently advises clients on interpreting control lists and exclusion notes to such regimes, as well as the potential application of catch-all clauses under EU or national export control regimes. Ms. Vermeeren has also assisted on internal compliance checklists and due diligence matters, as well as on compliance risks for international trade associations recruiting members in countries subject to EU sanctions.