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Bennett Jones LLP has ‘the best trade group in the country’, according to one respondent, with the ‘exceptionally deep and strong team’ valued in particular for its ‘rapid-fire responses’, ‘practical and targeted advice’ and ‘keen awareness of the international trade dynamics between Canada and its trading partners’. Department chair Darrel Pearson is ‘highly strategic and has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon’ and is advising Nestlé Canada before the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) in customs litigation relating to the application of tariff-rate quota. The firm’s Washington DC office is also an asset for international investment matters.

The ‘very strong trade practice’ at McCarthy Tétrault has expertise across the full gamut of international trade matters, including economic sanctions, anti-corruption, customs and trade agreements. Toronto-based team lead John Boscariol is widely recognized as a leader in the area and sources say, ‘his strong experience instils confidence’. Boscariol advised United States Gypsum and CGC on an anti-dumping case concerning gypsum wallboard imported from the US, and he has also acted on bilateral investment treaty claims over the past year. In Montreal, seasoned litigator Simon Potter Ad E represented Québec Border Mills in the new softwood lumber dispute with the US. Other representative clients include Export Development Canada, HSBC Bank Canada and Suncor. In November 2017, trade specialist Martha Harrison joined from Dentons.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s team is driven out of Vancouver by international trade and arbitration head Robert Deane, who has a strong record in complex trade disputes. The group routinely represents governments and private interests in WTO proceedings, dispute settlement proceedings under domestic trade agreements and Nafta dispute settlement proceedings. Trade policy and economic sanctions are also strong areas of activity. In 2017, trade specialist Gregory Tereposky moved to Tereposky & DeRose LLP. Jeffrey Thomas is also a key name in Vancouver. Since publication, Milos Barutciski, Jesse Goldman and Matthew Kronby have joined from Bennett Jones LLP.

A top choice for complex cases’, Cassidy Levy Kent LLP delivers ‘nuanced, well-thought-out and clear advice’ via its ‘professional and knowledgeable lawyers – from junior to senior level’. The Ottawa-headquartered trade boutique is also one of the few domestic firms to possess a Washington DC office, which supports its strong cross-border offering. Among the names to note, Christopher Kent has ‘great attention to detail’, Christopher Cochlin is ‘excellent at getting into the weeds with issues’ and newer partner Andrew Lanouette is ‘excellent at bringing precedent to bear when looking at existing cases’. The firm successfully represented CertainTeed Gypsum Canada in an anti-dumping proceeding concerning gypsum board. It also acted alongside its Washington DC office to advise the National Biodiesel Fair Trade Coalition in an anti-dumping case concerning biofuel exports from Argentina and Indonesia.

First-class boutiqueConlin Bedard LLP is a ‘specialist in international trade law’. The firm handles a high volume of trade remedy and countervailing duty cases, with name partners Paul Conlin (‘very sharp and knowledgeable’) and Benjamin Bedard (‘proactive and client-focused’) both highly active in the area. Bedard recently acted for the domestic industry in a judicial review relating to the dumping of carbon steel plate from India and Russia. Paul Conlin represented ArcelorMittal Long Products in an anti-dumping case concerning concrete reinforcing bar from Belarus, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal and Spain.

McMillan LLP’s prominent practice has expertise across the full range of international trade-related issues, although it is particularly well regarded for WTO matters and trade remedies. Ottawa-based department co-chair Geoffrey Kubrick is recognized as a market leader and remains very active in the area; he represented Tenaris Canada in the CITT review inquiry into dumped pup joints from China, which led to trade remedy protection for Canadian producers. Kubrick also successfully represented Rusal in the CBSA’s anti-dumping investigation against silicon metal from Russia – the investigation was terminated. Neil Campbell and Jonathan O'Hara chair the practice from Toronto and Ottawa respectively.

Very knowledgeable, prompt and efficient’, Baker McKenzie earns praise for its ‘strong technical expertise’ and ‘broad international reach’. Team lead Paul Burns is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ and is regarded as an authority in customs law. The group also includes Brian Cacic, whose ‘strong technical and commercial skills make him an invaluable adviser’. Recent clients include Hilti (Canada) and Trek Bicycle.

At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto-based group lead Greg Kanargelidis is singled out as a ‘true expert in trade law’. Kanargelidis advised Kinder Morgan Canada in an anti-dumping proceeding concerning large diameter welded pipe from China and Japan. Other representative clients include DeRonde Tire Supply and Nuytco Research.

Dentons houses a comprehensive trade practice with experience in trade remedies, customs law, sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption matters. Toronto-based Paul Lalonde is recommended for his broad practice that encompasses the full range of trade issues. Trade specialist Martha Harrison moved to McCarthy Tétrault in November 2017.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP provides ‘advice you can rely on’, say clients who commend its ‘through, professional and personable lawyers’. The firm’s trade remedy practice is particularly active, but it has also recently advised on sanctions matters, anti-corruption issues and customs law cases. Clifford Sosnow and Peter Kirby jointly head the group from Ottawa and Montreal respectively.

The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ trade group at Gowling WLG includes ‘excellent’ group head Wendy Wagner and senior litigator Richard Dearden – both are based in Ottawa. Wagner and Dearden are advising Eli Lilly on a Nafta Chapter 11 claim against the Government of Canada for expropriation and breach of minimum standard of treatment.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has a solid international trade practice, with particular expertise in trade remedies. Group head Riyaz Dattu is a high-profile figure and recently represented EcoWater Systems Canada in customs matters. Kinross Gold, Rapiscan Systems and Canadian Tire are also on the department’s books.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Ottawa-based senior partner Richard Wagner has a robust trade practice; he recently advised J. Cheese Inc in a customs classification appeal to the CITT. Ottawa’s Martin Masse is also recommended and advised Shell Canada on its opposition to the CITT large diameter line pipe injury inquiry.

Among Stikeman Elliott LLP’s recent highlights, Ottawa-based Susan Hutton advised Simpson Strong-Tie in an expiry review of certain fasteners before the CITT. Montreal-based tax specialist Jean-Guillaume Shooner is recommended for commodity taxation and customs matters.

Torys successfully advised Windstream Energy on bringing a claim for damages against the government of Ontario following its moratorium on offshore wind projects. Litigator John Terry is the key contact.

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