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A ‘standout leader in the international trade area’, Bennett Jones LLP distinguishes itself through its ‘unparalleled level of expertise in this complex area of the law’, and for its lawyers ability to ‘simplify complicated concepts and bring strategic focus’. The department possesses an enviably deep bench that blends strong senior experience with promising mid-level and younger lawyers, leading some to describe it as ‘the best trade group in the country’. The practice is certainly broad, with expertise across the full range of trade remedies, WTO matters, anti-corruption, and export controls and sanctions. Regarded as a ‘"go-to" compliance counsel’, Milos Barutciski is an ‘expert in the area and knows all the players in government’; he represented Nordion in an international corruption investigation by the Canadian RCMP and the US SEC and DOJ. Barutciski co-chairs the Toronto-centred team alongside ‘invaluable counselDarrel Pearson, who is ‘thoughtful, methodical and practical’. Pearson 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 quotas. Other key names in the team are Matthew Kronby, who combines ‘keen analytical skills with unrivalled understanding of international trade laws’, and Jesse Goldman, who is recommended for trade, customs and commodity taxation.

McCarthy Tétrault’s ‘professional and responsive’ group ‘exceeds expectations’ due to its ‘deep and broad knowledge of international trade law’. In particular, ‘outstanding’ Toronto-based department lead John Boscariol is a ‘trade guru’, with ‘tremendous knowledge in the area’ and advises on a broad range of enforcement and compliance issues, economic sanctions, export controls, national security issues, and trade remedies. In Montreal, litigator Simon Potter Ad E is the key contact and has strong experience in administrative disputes, regularly appearing before the CITT and other regulatory bodies. Although the group may be more compact than some of its rivals, the top-level reputation of its key names means that it is often involved in major strategic cases. As a case in point, Boscariol recently advised a global mining company on preparing a C$3.9bn bilateral investment treaty claim against an Asian country. The team has a strong track record in advising clients from the financial services, pharmaceutical, and energy and natural resources sectors in trade issues. Representative clients include Export Development Canada, Suncor Energy and TD Bank Financial Group.

Highly responsive and client-focused’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has ‘one of the best trade practices in Canada’. Ottawa-based Gregory Tereposky has a leading reputation for trade disputes and represented the government of Mexico in a second appeal in its dolphin-safe labelling dispute with the US. In another highlight, the team successfully represented Wakefield Canada in a tariff classification challenge. In Vancouver, national lead Robert Deane represented General Electric Switzerland in arbitration proceedings against an equipment supplier. Jeffrey Thomas is also recommended in Vancouver. Procurement expert Gerry Stobo joined Cassidy Levy Kent LLP.

Conlin Bedard LLPworks hard to know your business as much as you do’, say satisfied clients, who also highlight the team’s ‘knowledge, motivation and trade law know-how’. Name partners Paul Conlin and Benjamin Bedard are praised for their ‘strong dedication, attention to detail and sharpness’ and spend the bulk of their time handling trade matters. Among the group’s recent work, Bedard represented the Canadian steel industry in a judicial review relating to carbon steel plate from India and Russia. Conlin successfully advised a coalition of Canadian producers in anti-dumping proceedings concerning photovoltaic modules and laminates from China. The firm also has strong capability in WTO disputes, sanctions issues and investment treaties.

McMillan LLP is recognized for its strength across a wide range of WTO matters, with customs regulation, export controls, economic sanctions and trade remedies all areas of expertise. Ottawa-based department co-chair Geoffrey Kubrick is a ‘leading light’ and successfully represented Tenaris Canada in a CITT injury inquiry concerning oil country tubular goods from nine countries. Competition expert Neil Campbell co-chairs the group in Toronto and is also recommended.

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Baker McKenzie leverages the firm’s wider global trade practice and has experience in the full spectrum of trade remedies, trade agreements, customs laws, export controls and economic sanctions. Group chair Paul Burns has ‘very strong legal knowledge in international customs laws’ and is considered a leader in his field. In 2016, the group welcomed the arrival of trade policy specialist James Small, who was formerly director of the Brussels-based Atlantic Strategy Group - he joins as counsel. Representative clients include Hilti (Canada), La Cie McCormick Canada and Trek Bicycle.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s team is led by Toronto-based Greg Kanargelidis, who has a broad trade practice spanning international trade, customs and commodity tax. Among Kanargelidis’ recent cases, he successfully represented DeRonde Tire Supply in an appeal to the CITT relating to customs duties. In Vancouver, litigator Roy Millen is active in trade work.

Ottawa-based trade boutique Cassidy Levy Kent LLP benefits from a platform in Washington DC, which gives the firm strong cross-border capability in US-related matters. Christopher Kent is a ‘seasoned litigator with strong judgment’ and advises on a wide range of trade litigation, trade regulation and trade policy issues. Christopher Cochlin is also a key contact. Highly regarded procurement expert Gerry Stobo joined from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Responsive and keen to help’, Dentons has a solid trade practice with strong skill sets in niche areas. Notably, Toronto-based group chair Paul Lalonde is an ‘excellent trade remedies lawyer’, and also handles customs matters, export controls, sanctions and anti-corruption matters. In a key case, he advised the People’s Republic of China – Ministry of Commerce in a solar panel anti-dumping investigation by the CBSA. Martha Harrison is also recommended in Toronto. In Edmonton, Shawna Vogel is a ‘very good litigator’.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s group is led jointly by Clifford Sosnow in Ottawa and Peter Kirby in Montreal, and has a strong showing in trade remedies, WTO disputes and anti-corruption matters. Among the group’s recent work, Kirby successfully represented Bri-Chem in a high-profile customs case.

Gowling WLG’s trade group is led from Ottawa by ‘excellent lawyer’ Wendy Wagner and also calls on the services of senior litigator Richard Dearden. Wagner and Dearden represented Eli Lilly in a NAFTA Chapter 11 claim against the government of Canada for expropriation and breach of minimum standard of treatment. The firm also regularly advises on customs matters, anti-dumping and countervail inquiries, anti-corruption issues, and export controls and economic sanctions.

At Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto-based Riyaz Dattu has specialist experience across the full breadth of international trade and anti-corruption matters. In a recent highlight, Dattu advised Canadian Tire on its appeal to the CITT challenging the retrospective application and calculation of normal values applied to certain thermoelectric containers by the CBSA.

In 2015, Norton Rose Fulbright boosted its trade team in Ottawa with the hire of Martin Masse from McMillan LLP. Ottawa is also the seat of senior partner Richard Wagner, who has strong knowledge in export controls, trade remedies and trade treaties.

The trade team at Stikeman Elliott LLP is steered out of Ottawa by Susan Hutton, who brings expertise in anti-dumping, anti-corruption and export controls matters. The group successfully represented Simpson Strong-Tie in an expiry review of certain fasteners before the CITT, and continues to advise on related compliance issues.

John Terry’s team at Torys is advising Windstream Energy on a claim for C$565.5m arising from a moratorium imposed by the government of Ontario on offshore wind projects. In addition to its strong experience in NAFTA proceedings and investment treaty arbitrations, the firm regularly advises on anti-corruption issues and export controls.

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