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  • New York University, Master of Comparative Jurisprudence, 1987
  • College of Europe Bruges, Belgium, Masters in the Law of the European Communities, 1984
  • University of Nantes, France, Law Degree, 1982
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EU Regulatory (Re)insurance

Guy Soussan, a partner in Steptoe’s Brussels office, has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on EU and international (re)insurance regulatory issues.

He advises insurers and reinsurers, captives, and intermediaries on EU regulatory, legal, tax, antitrust, international trade, and compliance issues. In this role, he has assisted leading European and non-European groups in setting up and conducting business in Europe in order for them to benefit from the EU’s Single Market rules in insurance.

Mr. Soussan also focuses on prudential supervision of EU and international (re)insurance undertakings under Solvency II.  He frequently provides advice on governance, the setting-up of new structures, group supervision, and the treatment of third-country groups under the Solvency II equivalence regime.

He maintains close contacts with the European institutions and national supervisory authorities, is a frequent contributor to insurance industry and legal publications, and a regular speaker at international conferences.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Soussan established and led the EU insurance regulatory practice of another leading law firm in Brussels.

EU Export Control and Economic Sanctions

Mr. Soussan advises clients on various aspects of EU and French export control regulations, including controls and licensing regimes for both military and commercial products and technologies. His export practice covers compliance development and implementation, internal investigations, and enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures.

He also provides advice and assistance with EU economic sanctions targeting specific countries such as Iran, Libya, Syria, and most recently, Ukraine and Russia.  His experience covers a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, banking and insurance, petroleum and petro-chemicals, aerospace, and defence.

He has conducted internal compliance audits, provided assistance on company compliance programs, and counselled clients on the application of the rules to specific transactions.  This involves counselling on jurisdictional and substantive provisions of EU sanctions legislation and direct dealings with the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the competent authorities of the Member States dealing with sanctions.

Finally, he advises multinational clients on all aspects of customs law, including customs valuation, rules of origin, preferential regimes and post clearance recovery of customs duties.  All his work in this area typically includes close coordination with other Steptoe lawyers working on similar issues in our other offices.

Noteworthy

  • Chambers Global, International Trade / WTO, Belgium (Foreign Expert), 2017
  • Legal 500 EMEA for EU Regulatory: Financial Services 2013-2017
  • Legal 500 EMEA for Customs, Trade, WTO and Anti-Dumping 2012-2014, 2016, 2017
  • Who's Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance, 2014-2017
  • Rapporteur Solvency II, in the Financial Services and Company Law Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Listed in Legalease Legal Experts Guide (2013)

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