When international investment disputes arise, foreign and domestic governments and private and public companies come to Blakes for advice and resolution. Clients have sought our representation in disputes involving a wide variety of matters, including state-investor disputes.
Blakes International Trade lawyers have successfully represented clients in a variety of bilateral and international trade and investment agreements and treaties. Having negotiated international investment treaties as government representatives, we possess an insider’s perspective on their function and applicability.
Our team is often called upon to provide counsel on the implications of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), the Investment Canada Act, and foreign investment protection and promotion agreements (FIPAs). We also advise corporate clients on structuring cross-border investments to take advantage of investment treaty protections and arbitration options.
We represent clients at international arbitrations under NAFTA Chapter 11 investment, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law rules.