OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

When international trade disputes arise, foreign and domestic governments and private and public companies come to Blakes for advice and resolution. Clients appreciate our multi-pronged approach, which combines strategic, diplomatic and political solutions with traditional dispute resolution techniques. In every instance, we evaluate the merits of each method based on our clients’ goals.

Blakes International Trade lawyers are industry leaders who have successfully represented clients in disputes arising under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a variety of bilateral and international trade and investment agreements and treaties, and in WTO retaliation proceedings.

Clients have sought our representation in disputes involving a wide variety of matters, including claims related to customs and import controls, sanctions and export controls, treaty interpretation, government procurement, trade remedies, and WTO litigation.

Our team is often called upon to provide proactive advice, including evaluation of the applicability of international trade agreements. We conduct pre-investigation audits and recommend strategies designed to limit the risk of trade litigation and minimize liability should litigation arise.

Blakes litigators represent clients at all levels of courts throughout Canada and before administrative bodies. We are frequently retained to represent clients at complaint proceedings before the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) and NAFTA panels; in public interest investigations; before ad hoc tribunals; at expiry reviews; in enforcement and safeguard proceedings; and on antidumping and subsidy matters.


Representative Matters

  • Advised a company engaged in the production, processing and development of neo powders, rare earths, zirconium-based engineered materials on the WTO complaint against Chinese export restrictions of certain raw materials.
  • Assisted one of the largest food group companies in Canada with a CITT review of a customs advance ruling and the subsequent Federal Court of Appeal judicial review.
  • Represented a major U.S.-based manufacturer of roofing systems in all phases of a dumping investigation involving polyiso insulation boards from the U.S., which resulted in a "no injury" finding (Polyiso Insulation Board Inquiry No. NQ-2009-005; Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2009-004).
  • Advised a global leader in aerospace, and interfacing with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on their behalf, regarding the Canadian government's third-party participation in two WTO disputes.
  • Represented the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as respondent in a judicial review before the Federal Court of Appeal brought by the applicants to question the decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in an antidumping and subsidy case where the tribunal held, in favour of the USTR, that there was no injury to the applicants.
  • Advised one of the largest power generators in North America on the implications of a WTO dispute on the utility’s intended procurement of two additional nuclear power plants at its existing nuclear facility.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9321
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7444
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Power, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5280
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, International Trade
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4290
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Africa
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
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Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5027
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Africa, United States, Europe, Latin America, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
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Vancouver: 604-631-4177
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Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2634
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Toronto: 416-863-2355
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Toronto: 416-863-4306
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3272
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Power, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade
Consultant | Beijing
Beijing: +86-10-6530-9001
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, China, Mining, Mining, Mining
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, International Trade, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4241
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax, International Trade, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4166
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5287
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Mining, Mining, Mining, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9726
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
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, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Insurance, Insurance, Financial Services, International Trade, Capital Markets, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, China, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2409
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Private Equity, Automotive, Manufacturing, Power, Oil & Gas, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
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