Marian Niestedt, M.E.S., is an attorney and partner at GvW Graf von Westphalen where he advises companies from all industries involved in foreign trade as well as freight-forwarders, banks, insurance companies and logistics service providers on all matters concerning foreign trade and customs law.
A special focus lies on EU and German sanctions and export control laws and regulations (economic and financial sanctions, military and dual-use export licensing, extra-territorial application of U.S. export controls, trade compliance and auditing). Marian’s expertise also includes excise duties, WTO law and market regulation as well as civil law and financing aspects.
Marian has represented companies and their senior executives before the national authorities and the European Commission as well as before fiscal, civil, criminal and administrative courts all the way up to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Marian completed his legal education at the universities of Kiel, Liège and Guildford and holds a Master of European Studies (M.E.S.) from the European Centre for Comparative Government and Public Policy in Berlin. He is the author of several publications on foreign trade and customs law as well as on public procurement law and is also named as a leading practitioner in the Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers since 2010 and 2011 as well as in the Who’s Who Legal Germany.
Notable memberships include the European Forum for External Trade, Excise and Customs; the Society of International Economic Law; and the German branch of the International Law Association.
Marian speaks German, English and French.