OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
"Excellent. I can highly recommend them. They're easy to work with. They listen, ask questions and bring new perspective on the projects we're dealing with. I really value their input and guidance."
 
"I am impressed with the professionalism of the team and their knowledge and expertise."
 

Client comments, Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

Operating in a global economy presents a wide range of challenges. Different countries have their own specific rules regulating trade, financing and investment. There are restrictions on imports and exports, customs requirements, tax liabilities, ownership rules and a host of varied circumstances that make international trade and investment particularly complex.

The Blakes International Trade group provides top-quality trade law advice and strategies focused on helping our corporate and government clients achieve their international business objectives.

Public-sector and private-sector clients across industries have retained Blakes on a wide variety of matters, from World Trade Organization (WTO) and investment disputes to customs and sanctions regulations. We also regularly advise on cross-border trade due diligence, export controls, economic sanctions, Canada’s Controlled Goods Program, trade remedies, government procurement, international environmental law, international intellectual property law, international investment law, import controls, interprovincial trade, foreign corruption laws and Cuban-blocking legislation.

Members of our team continue to advise on a possible Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and Canada's international trade policy.  We have also advised a number of foreign countries on trade regulation and treaty compliance.

Working collaboratively with our Trade Litigation and International Dispute Resolution teams, we represent clients in trade and investment disputes before or involving government departments and administrative agencies, at all levels of Canadian courts and in international arbitrations. Clients also engage us to represent them in connection with disputes before the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and North American Free Trade Agreement panels, including customs appeals, antidumping investigations, re-investigations and expiry reviews, enforcement and safeguard proceedings, and other diverse matters.
 


Representative Matters

  • Represented DeRonde Tire Supply Inc. in its appeal of a customs duty assessment  in which DeRonde successfully demonstrated that its sales of new radial truck tires to Canada qualify for duty-free treatment under NAFTA
  • Providing advice on consistency with WTO anti-dumping rules to a significant producer of petroleum-based products located in the Middle East related to its international sales of goods in world markets
  • Assisting a leading sports clothing company with a complex customs valuation audit 
  • Providing advice on NAFTA origin issues to a large bath set and area rug producer on its importation of accent rugs for the Canadian household goods sector
  • Represented a world leader leader in designing and manufacturing industrial gas turbines in a single program customs audit involving its compliance with tariff classification rules
  • Represented POSCO and Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd., one of the largest integrated steel manufacturers in Korea, in an anti-dumping injury inquiry before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal dealing with hot rolled carbon steel plate
  • Assisted with the acquisition of a heavily regulated military goods business including trade-related due diligence and compliance advice in connection with the Controlled Goods Program under the Defence Production Act, the Export and Import Permits Act, and the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act 
  • Assisting with the trade due diligence and trade compliance issues to a 3D metal primer manufacturer in its C$35-million acquisition, including export controls under the Export and Import Permits Act and a voluntary disclosure to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
  • Provided advice on economic sanctions enacted by Canada unilaterally against Russia pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act to a global leader in farming and agricultural manufacturing equipment
  • Assisted with the successful appeal of anti-dumping duties assessed against a leader in the hardware and home improvement industry on imports of fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei
  • Assisted a Fortune 500 global leader of technology and engineering solutions with customs compliance matters, including making a customs voluntary disclosure to the Canada Border Services Agency
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of the Blakes International Trade team are recognized as leaders in the following publications (recent editions) and awards:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – International Trade/WTO
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – International Trade/WTO
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – International Trade Regulation and Commodity Tax/Customs
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada –  International Trade Regulation/Commodity Tax/Customs
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada Commodity Tax/Customs
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada – International Trade Regulation
  • The 2014 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Commodity Tax/Customs
  • Who's Who Legal
  • Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada – Trade & Customs
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading International Trade and Shipping Lawyers – International Trade
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to Leading Practitioners: China – Energy: International
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada  – International Trade and Finance Law
  • The Legal 500 Canada  – International Trade/WTO

 

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
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Partner | Toronto
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Associate | Calgary
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Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Customs & Import Controls, International Trade, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Sanctions & Export Controls, Trade Litigation, Trade Negotiation & Compliance, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Major Projects, Transportation, Oil Sands, LNG, E&P Conventional
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4166
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Arbitration, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Anti-Money Laundering, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Construction, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Media & Defamation, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, LNG, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9726
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Corporate Litigation, Class Actions, Competition Litigation, Securities Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Partner | Riyadh, Al-Khobar
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7422
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Investment, Middle East, India
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4154
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Payment Cards & Technologies, Debt Finance & Lending, Insurance, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Sanctions & Export Controls, Capital Markets, Credit Unions
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2970
Areas of Expertise: International Trade
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, China, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2409
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Private Equity, Automotive, Manufacturing, Power, Oil & Gas, Venture Capital
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