Raphaël Barazza represents domestic and international clients in a wide range of trade-related legal matters. Before establishing his own highly specialised law firm, engaged in all aspects of trade, he built up more than eight years’ experience in international law firms.
He acts for clients in customs investigations and audits and advises on various compliance matters, including: duty preference regimes; tariff classification; export controls, including advice on dual-use export and import, encryption and technology; antidumping; technical compliance; counterfeit; excise; green taxes (TGAP/TIPP); VAT; international sales contracts; licensing, agency, and manufacturing agreements. Mr. Barazza has developed specific significant experience in export control matters and regularly assists clients facing audits or in the implementation of compliance processes.
Mr. Barazza advises businesses engaged in international commerce and has field experience in representing technology, textile, car, chemistry, pharmaceutical, and energy industry organisations before the French and European import/export administrations and courts.
Mr. Barazza’s expertise also covers customs valuation matters: litigation and negotiation before the French Customs General Directorate; drafting agreements for global companies; optimization of value, royalties, buying commission; prejudicial questions before the ECJ.
He lectures extensively on customs law matters at Paris V René Descartes University (both graduate and Masters degree students) and performs professional training in customs litigation to customs brokers, customs directors and other business executives (he is a former professional instructor at Wolters Kluwer and Lamy Formation).
He is an Observer at the World Customs Organization, Technical Committee of Customs Valuation. He participates in lobbying operations – for example, regarding the Union Customs Code.
He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce, Customs and Trade Committee.
Mr. Barazza is registered at the Paris Bar and holds a Masters degree in International Business Law from Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University and a Masters degree in Export Practice and Law from Paris V René Descartes University.
He is fluent in French, English and Italian.