Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)

Renato Antonini

Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)

Renato Antonini is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson, based in Brussels, he has been involved in many of the largest trade defense investigations in the EU and other jurisdictions during his 20 years of practice focused on the EU and WTO trade laws. Renato has extensive experience in EU and Italian customs and export control laws ; he is particularly active on export control mandates for manufacturers of dual-use goods. He also advises clients in EU and Italian competition law, particularly in cartels, state aid, and abuse of dominance issues. Renato has an in-depth knowledge of the relevant laws and practice combined with a great understanding of clients’ commercial interests. Clients Renato has represented include governments as well as large corporations in steel, chemical, energy, financial, and other industries. He has assisted several clients in many EU and BRIC trade defense investigations, such as antidumping, antisubsidy, and anticircumvention investigations, as well as a full range of other trade matters including advising on trade remedy investigations and challenging tariffs. He has successfully defended clients’ interests before governments and courts. Renato recently successfully assisted Changshu City Standard Parts Factory and Ningbo Jinding Fastener in an appeal before the Court of Justice of the European Union against the antidumping duties imposed by the EU on imports of certain fasteners originating in China (C-376/15). Renato is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and has been invited by governments to hold training courses on export controls and trade defense. He is also a member of the International Academy of Customs Law.

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2794 Bulletin

Renato Antonini, Kaarli Harry Eichhorn, Jörg Hladjk, Cristiana Spontoni The EU General Court annuls for inadequate reasoning two COVID-19 related State aid decisions granted by the Netherlands and Portugal while also confirming in a third decision the legality of a Spanish State aid scheme in the air transport sector (Ryanair)


On 19 May 2021, the General Court (“GC”) annulled two decisions of the European Commission, following Ryanair’s challenges of State aid granted to respectively TAP (Portugal’s national airline) and KLM (subsidiary of the Air France-KLM holding company). In June and July 2020, TAP and KLM (...)

Francoise Labrousse, Bernard Amory, Renato Antonini, Charles de Navacelle, Kaarli Harry Eichhorn, Eva Monard The EU Commission adopts a proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies that might be distorting the internal market


In Short The Situation : The European Commission ("Commission") has faced significant pressure from stakeholders to quickly address growing concerns over the distortive effects of foreign subsidies and to ensure a level playing field in the EU. The Result : As anticipated in our recent (...)

Renato Antonini, Kaarli Harry Eichhorn, Jörg Hladjk, Cristiana Spontoni The EU Commission approves amended Member State measures under the Temporary Framework to support the economy after the COVID-19 outbreak


Since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has adopted a significant number of State aid measures under Article 107(2)b, Article 107(3)b and under the Temporary Framework. The most recent measures adopted to support the economy and companies affected by coronavirus (...)

Renato Antonini, Jürgen Beninca, Matt Evans, Nicolas Brice, Eva Monard The German Government tightens foreign direct investment control in light of the COVID-19 pandemic following the guidance from the EU Commission on possible increased risk of attempts to acquire healthcare capacities


On May 20, 2020, the German Federal government adopted the 15th amendment to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV). The changes to the AWV will be effective shortly, after publication in the Federal Gazette. Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the amendment expands the scope of (...)

Pierre Barthélemy, Renato Antonini, Stefano Crosio, Matt Evans, Nicolas Brice, Jürgen Beninca The French Government issues new rules substantially revising the French foreign direct investments regulation and adds new regulations which set up an EU screening mechanism


In Short The Situation : The French government issued on December 31, 2019, new rules substantially revising the French Foreign Direct Investments ("FDI") regulation. These new provisions mostly implement the recent PACTE law and the new EU FDI regulation which set up an EU screening (...)

Renato Antonini, Jürgen Beninca, Nicolas Brice, Eva Monard, Stefano Crosio, Byron Maniatis, Federico Merino The EU Parliament establishes a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU


On 21 March 2019, Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (“FDI Regulation”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The FDI Regulation (...)


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