Businesses involved in cross-border trade and investment face numerous contractual concerns and regulatory compliance requirements. Overcoming the hurdles requires counsel skilled in trade negotiations and familiar with the matrix of rules and regulations. Our International Trade group includes lawyers who develop strategies for regulatory compliance while enabling clients to expand their markets and optimize their business opportunities.
Clients rely on Blakes because of our wide-ranging experience advising businesses and governments on international trade relations and negotiations, including bilateral, multilateral and multinational agreements and treaties. Foreign and domestic businesses engaged in trade seek our guidance on the negotiation, interpretation and application of international trade agreements, including World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other agreements to which Canada is a party.
Blakes lawyers have extensive experience with the various treaties and agreements that regulate the global marketplace, including WTO agreements and protocols. Working with other specialty groups within the Firm, we advise on WTO and NAFTA dispute avoidance strategies and assist with dispute resolution, including arbitrations under NAFTA and bilateral investment treaties.
Our lawyers negotiate international trade arrangements, offer guidance on public policy considerations, assure compliance with customs restriction, address economic sanctions and advise on import and export controls as well as anti-boycott and anti-corruption issues. We also provide counsel on securing international intellectual property protection, offer security reviews of foreign investment and trade agreements, and use trade policy to resolve specific problems.