Hannes Schloemann, LL.M.


Hannes Schloemann is a seasoned trade lawyer and trade policy advisor. Apart from being a Director of WTI Advisors he is also a partner at MSBH Rechtsanwälte.

Hannes has 20 years of experience in advising, representing and training governments and non-governmental stakeholders on virtually all aspects of WTO law, regional and bilateral trade agreements, trade negotiations and national trade-related policy implementation. Hannes has a long track record of producing hands-on, client focused solutions, including those that require precision treaty or legislative drafting.

He is an experienced team leader and designer of trade related capacity building and advisory assistance across international trade regulation and policy. He advised several governments and groupings on WTO negotiations on services, agriculture and NAMA, advised several governments on trade policy formulation and reform, including specifically on services trade policy, reform and negotiations. Apart from trade in services he has recently provided specialist advice inter alia on rules of origin, TBT, taxation and non-discrimination, fisheries subsidies, export controls in multiple contexts including FTA negotiations, WTO accessions, disputes, trade policy design and drafdting, legislative reform and export strategies.

Hannes regularly teaches at academic institutions and has authored several studies and papers on trade in services, regionalism and climate change. Hannes holds an LLM from New York University and is a member of the Berlin and New York Bars. He speaks German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and some Arabic.

He can be contacted at the following email address: hannes.schloemann@wtiadvisors.com.


LL.M., International Legal Studies (also: New York Bar Exam), New York University, USA (1996)

Referendar Exam (First Legal State Exam), Certificates in Anglo-American and French Law, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany (1995)


German (Native)

English & French (Very Good)

Spanish (Intermediate)

Italian & Arabic (Basic)

Key qualifications

Broad and in-depth experience in advising developing country governments and corporate clients on WTO, regional integration-related trade law and policy, including negotiations and national implementation.

Substantial experience in building capacities, conceptualising, designing and delivering capacity building activities on multilateral trade negotiations.

Trade-related legislation, legislative review & regulatory audit, legislative action planning and legislative drafting, in particular in the context of WTO/FTA/Customs Union membership (compliance) and regional integration.

Lecturer, trainer and author of several trade related publications.

key experiences

2015 – present

Founding Partner and Director, WTI Advisors Ltd (Oxford/Geneva)

Partner, MSBH Bernzen Sonntag Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater


Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Berlin and London

  • Advised private clients, governments and NGOs on WTO law, international trade law, EU foreign trade law, German foreign trade law as well as climate change, environmental law and other areas of law.
  • Leading Member of the firm’s worldwide ‘International Trade and WTO Practice Group’
  • Senior legal advisor in a project advising the government of Yemen on WTO Accession (including aspects of agricultural trade)
  • Member of legal teams advising the government of Korea and Thailand in WTO Disputes (Korea-Beef; Thailand-H-Beams)

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