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McCarthy Tétrault
66 Wellington Street West
Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower Box 48
Toronto ON M5K 1E6

Work Department

International Trade/WTO


Carmen Francis is a senior associate in the firm’s International Trade & Investment Law Group in Toronto. Her practice is focused on providing business-friendly, strategic and skilled advice across a wide range of trade, regulatory and compliance matters.

Within her international trade practice, Carmen has significant experience acting for clients in litigation before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and World Trade Organization, international investment disputes, import and export control matters, and customs and sanctions compliance. Her practice engages with a broad scope of industries, including the CPG, oil & gas, agribusiness, manufacturing and tech sectors, where her skillset provides clients with calibrated trade and product regulatory guidance. In the course of representing these clients, Carmen has developed a strategic understanding of the priorities, practical considerations and challenges faced by companies seeking to leverage cross-border business opportunities.


Ontario Bar, 2012


English, French


Board Member – Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy; Ontario Bar Association International Law Section


Bachelor of Humanities, Carleton University;

JD/MA, University of Ottawa and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > International trade

One of the few national firms with a full-service international trade practice, McCarthy Tétrault combines strength in anti-corruption matters alongside expertise in more traditional trade spheres, including sanctions, import and export controls and trade disputes. Litigator John Boscariol spearheads the Toronto-based department and covers the waterfront on foreign trade and investment law. Among his recent cases, Boscariol acted for CGC in requesting an interim review of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)’s imposition of antidumping duties in relation to gypsum wallboard imported from the US into Western Canada, and in seeking a review of the CITT’s decision in the first dispute ever to be launched under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Martha Harrison is also a key contact and specializes in international trade and product regulatory law, with extensive experience in complex trade disputes. The team also includes newly promoted partner Carmen Francis and international trade and procurement specialist Robert Glasgow.