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Karolien Vandenberghe

Karolien Vandenberghe is a member of the PwC Legal Customs, Excise and Trade team, based in Brussels, Belgium. As an EU and US qualified attorney, she provides legal advice on customs, economic sanctions, including the extraterritorial reach of US sanctions programmes and the EU Blocking Statute, export control (dual-use), and foreign direct investment. In addition, as a member of the PwC Legal Core Brexit team, she advises companies on industry-specific regulatory requirements, for example with regard to chemicals (REACH), cosmetics, medical devices, and engineering operations at sea. Areas covered are compliance programmes, transactional due diligence, and remediation, including litigation. Ms Vandenberghe sits on several working groups of the Belgian National Customs Forum throughout the year. 

As an attorney qualified in Belgium and the United States, Ms Vandenberghe is an experienced lawyer, who has practiced as an international trade and customs lawyer in the United States and as an international commercial and customs lawyer in Belgium for more than 15 years. With a practice focused on cross-border aspects of business law, EU and US customs law, and international trade, she possesses significant international experience. In the United States, Ms Vandenberghe has advised companies on economic sanctions, tariff classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, valuation rules, the applicability of free trade agreements on operations, preferential trade programmes, country‐of-origin rules, supply chain safety, and export compliance. In Belgium, she has advised clients on complex commercial contracts, often involving conflict of laws. In addition, she has represented clients in international arbitration and in Belgian litigation (e.g. commercial disputes, customs fraud and fraud).  

Ms Vandenberghe holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (United States), an LLM in Public Law from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), a law degree (cum laude) from the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and a pre-law degree from the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, (Belgium). She has been admitted to practice in Belgium (Brussels Bar), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.