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.