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Yves has 20 years of experience as an international trade and customs lawyer in Brussels. He concentrates on trade remedies (anti-dumping measures, countervailing measures and safeguards re-balancing duties), customs laws and procedures, sanctions, export and import controls, and carbon trading and border adjustment. Yves has represented clients in more than 100 trade remedy investigations, and before the EU Courts in more than 30 disputes relating to international trade and customs laws, including in the landmark cases Ikea Wholesale (C-351/04), XinYi PV (T-586/14) and Jiangsu Seraphim (T-110/17) cases. He is part of the firm’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice, with a particular focus on supply chain due diligence and the enforcement of environmental (carbon border adjustment, deforestation, etc.) and labour (anti-slavery, compliance with ILO conventions) standards for goods crossing the EU’s and the UK’s borders.

Yves is a member of the Editorial Board of the Global Trade and Customs Journal (Kluwer), a research fellow in customs and trade law at the University of Liège and a lecturer in the Universities of Antwerp, Liège and Porto.


  • University of Essex, 2000, LL.M., International Trade Law, with honors
  • University of Liège, 1999, Master of Laws, with honors

  • Co-founder, Greenlane, The Alliance of Customs and Trade Law Firms
  • ICC Belgium, Commission on Trade and Investment Policy and Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission
  • AmCham EU, Customs & Trade Facilitation, Trade & External Affairs and Digital Economy Committees
  • International Customs Law Academy
  • International Trade Committee, International Bar Association
  • Association des Liégeois Travaillant à Bruxelles (ALTB)

  • Englisch
  • Französisch
  • Dutch


  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Belgium for Trade Law, 2018-2022
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal Trade & Customs 2020-2022 as a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader’
  • Best Lawyers in Belgium 2018-2020,  Trade law
  • Ranked in Chambers Global for Europe-wide International Trade/WTO, 2011-2024
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe for Europe-wide International Trade/WTO, 2011-2024
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Customs, Trade, WTO & Anti-Dumping (2013-2022)
  • Lexology, Client Choice Award, EU International Trade (2017)

Notable Quotes

  • 14 June 2023, "Sanctions: businesses prepare for latest twist in geopolitical saga between the West and China", International Bar Association
  • 25 April 2023, "‘Tribal’ world creates complications and opportunities for law firms", International Bar Association
  • 14 July 2022, “Rewriting Brexit”, International Bar Association