Lourdes Catrain has achieved milestone successes for clients in all areas of international trade law and policy, including economic sanctions, export control, investment control, and customs. She is Co-Director of the firm’s Global International Trade and Investment practice.
Lourdes has broad experience successfully assisting both private and public entities in leveraging all available legal and advocacy tools to mitigate the trade-restrictive impact of economic sanctions, export controls, trade defence measures, and customs procedures.
In the area of sanctions and export control, she has notably obtained the judicial delisting of an entity from the EU Iran Sanctions. Lourdes regularly advises energy, telecommunications, satellite, engineering, chemical, life science, and other companies in complying with economic sanctions and trade controls, including licensing, and enforcement matters.
In the area of foreign investment control, Lourdes has secured a number of multi-jurisdictional foreign investment approvals and most notably, she led the multiple foreign investment filings related to the EUR 12.3bn acquisition by GE of Alstom’s energy activities.
Lourdes is acknowledged as ‘absolutely customer-oriented and a very smart and diplomatic person,’ according to clients, who also value her ‘knowledge of the subject area and ability to connect the issues and provide complex guidance in a generally summarised fashion.’ (Chambers Europe).
In 2016, Lourdes served on the WorldECR Awards judging panel. In 2017, she also received the WorldECR ‘Highly Commended’ ranking as an export control practitioner.