King & Spalding has recruited senior World Trade Organisation (WTO) litigator Rambod Behboodi as a partner in its Geneva office. He joins the firm’s international trade practice.

The hire comes after the law firm recently added two senior counsel in Geneva: Hannes Welge from the European Commission and Hamid Mamdouh from the WTO.

Behboodi has more than 20 years of experience working in a number of different litigation, diplomatic, legal advisory and policy and executive positions.

“Rambod’s extensive experience working with and in the WTO, as well as other international agencies, makes him an excellent addition to our team,” says Steve Orava, chair of King & Spalding’s international trade practice. “WTO disputes have become an even more important consideration for clients in recent times as the dynamics and processes of global trade shift. Rambod’s skills and market standing expand our ability to advise clients on such disputes.”

Behboodi most recently served as a counsellor in the WTO rules division, which handles all litigation concerning trade remedies. He previously held a number of senior positions in the Canadian government, including general counsel, general legal service, Finance Canada; head of the legal section and senior legal advisor to the Mission of Canada to the WTO; and trade commissioner at the Mission of Canada to the EU in Brussels.