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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has a diverse trade practice, which spans all matters relating to public international trade law, trade agreements and international dispute settlement. In 2018, it significantly bolstered its already robust team with the hire of three partners into Toronto from Bennett Jones LLP, namely Milos Barutciski (‘a subject matter expert and well regarded in the subject area globally’); Matthew Kronby (‘very strong government background and an effective lawyer’); and Jesse Goldman. The national group also benefits from the senior expertise of Calgary’s Alan Ross, who heads the firm’s public policy and government relations group, and Vancouver-based Robert Deane, who leads the international trade and arbitration unit. Toronto-based up-and-coming partner Denes Rothschild, who is ‘great for straddling both antitrust and foreign investment issues’ is also recommended.

Cassidy Levy Kent LLP’s multinational clients highlight the firm as ‘the best that we have worked with, bar none’. The Ottawa-based boutique’s key attributes include its ‘extremely responsive partners’, Washington DC office and ‘great value for money’. The group covers the full spectrum of trade-related matters, with strong skill sets in trade remedies, dispute settlement, sanctions, export controls and trade policy, and impresses for ‘giving both sides to a story while also providing clear recommendations’. Name partner Christopher Kent is widely regarded as ‘one of the most respected names in trade law’ and has strong expertise in the forestry, energy, steel, mining and consumer products sectors. Christopher Cochlin and Andrew Lanouette are also recommended.

The ‘tremendously strong’ trade team at McCarthy Tétrault is considered among ‘the deepest in the market’, and the recent arrival of ‘excellent next generation lawyer’ Martha Harrison to the Toronto office from Dentons only cements this reputation. The comprehensive practice, which is split between the firm’s Toronto and Montreal offices, excels in all the key trade pillars of enforcement, disputes, compliance and strategy — it also routinely draws upon the wider firm’s market-leading tax, finance and litigation units. In Toronto, group head John Boscariol is a ‘leading light’ and advised United States Gypsum Company and CGC in an anti-dumping case concerning gypsum wallboard imported from the US. In Montreal, counsel Simon Potter Ad E has extensive experience in trade litigation; he is representing Québec Border Mills in the new softwood lumber dispute.

Bennett Jones LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable and practical’ international trade and investment practice has a well-established reputation for customs matters, commodity taxes, import and export controls, trade remedies, trade agreements, and investment treaties and disputes. Toronto-based department head Darrel Pearson, highlighted for his ‘deep awareness and consideration of business issues’, is particularly noted for his impressive track record in customs issues and trade remedies. In addition, Toronto-based associate Jessica Roberts ‘delivers superb service and specialist expertise’. Milos Barutciski, Matthew Kronby and Jesse Goldman joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

The ‘very strong team’ at Conlin Bedard LLP is lauded for its ‘uniquely specialist expertise in the trade area’. Led jointly by sector specialists Benjamin Bedard and Paul Conlin, the group has risen to become the most active for trade remedies proceedings in Canada. It is also becoming increasingly prominent in economic sanctions, trade policy and trade compliance. Recent highlights include successfully representing a coalition of fabricated structural steel producers, led by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, in obtaining a countervailing duty finding against imports of fabricated structural steel from China, Korea and Spain.

McMillan LLP’s group is best known for its ‘heavy caseload in the trade remedies area’ and it also handles a significant volume of export control cases, economic sanctions and customs matters. Senior figure Geoffrey Kubrick, who jointly chairs the practice from Ottawa, is an instantly recognizable name for trade work; he recently represented Tenaris Canada in the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)’s anti-dumping investigation into line pipe from Korea. He also successfully represented Rusal in the CBSA’s (eventually terminated) anti-dumping investigation against silicon metal from Russia. Ottawa-based co-chair Jonathan O’Hara is a ‘future star’.

Responsive and analytical’, Baker McKenzie’s trade practice comprises ‘experts in both the law and the nuances of the administrative process’. The group’s ‘in-depth knowledge of the Canadian customs framework’ blends with its global network to ensure that it is a top choice for many multinationals doing business in Canada — Hilti (Canada) and McCormick & Company among them. Customs matters are a notable strength but the group also handles trade remedies, trade agreements, export controls, trade sanctions and regulatory matters. Department head Paul Burns earns praise for his ‘great long-range strategic vision’.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s practice is well versed in the full spread of international trade law, and has had recent strong showings in customs matters, trade remedies, export control issues and trade agreement-related issues. Toronto-based group head Greg Kanargelidis is an expert in the area and provides ongoing customs advice to a raft of major multinationals.

Dentons’ compact trade team ‘may be small but punches above its weight’, according to clients. Particular praise is reserved for Toronto-based group head Paul M Lalonde, who is commended as ‘well versed in export controls and very good in trade remedies proceedings’. Lalonde was at the helm for the firm’s representation of Suncor in the injury investigation into imports of fabricated industrial steel components from South Korea and China.

FASKEN houses a sophisticated and comprehensive trade practice, which shines in trade remedies, anti-corruption matters and trade agreements. Montreal-based co-head Peter Kirby was nominated to preside over a hearing under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) relating to a dispute between the Province of Alberta and Artisan Ales. Clifford Sosnow jointly leads the team from Ottawa.

At Gowling WLG, Ottawa-based Wendy Wagner is recommended for her broad practice encompassing customs compliance, trade and investment agreements, export controls and sanctions matters. Senior litigator Richard Dearden is also a high-profile figure in the team.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s trade department is well weighted between traditional trade work (including trade remedies) and the increasingly relevant anti-corruption and investment protection areas. Riyaz Dattu heads the group and recently advised Imperial Tobacco on several matters, including the impact of CETA and customs compliance.

Tereposky & DeRose LLP has hit the ground running since its establishment in 2017. The Ottawa boutique, which was co-founded by former Borden Ladner Gervais LLP partners Gregory Tereposky and Vincent DeRose, brings to bear strong experience in trade remedies, customs law, WTO disputes and sanctions matters. Highlights included representing the domestic industry in the Canadian anti-dumping investigation into dry wheat pasta from Turkey.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group, which covers the full spread of international trade and WTO matters, is jointly led out of Ottawa by Richard A. Wagner and Martin Masse. Highlights included representing a client in a customs appeals case relating to customs classification and goods and services tax applicability.

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ practice is led jointly by the ‘extremely effective’ Susan M. Hutton in Ottawa,and Montreal-based tax expert Jean-Guillaume Shooner. Hutton and Ottawa’s Nicholas McHaffie successfully represented Alcoa Canada in defending against the imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties regarding silicon metal imports from various countries.

Torys LLP advises on a steady stream of trade-related disputes and it also handles trade compliance and policy matters. John Terry, whose practice is ‘grounded in practical common-sense approaches to difficult issues’, represented Canada’s Infinito Gold in its ICSID arbitral claim against the Republic of Costa Rica, under the Canada-Costa Rica Bilateral Investment Treaty.

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