When international investment disputes arise, foreign and domestic investors and governments come to Blakes for advice and resolution. Clients have sought our representation in investor-state disputes involving a wide variety of matters and across industries.
Blakes lawyers have successfully represented clients in arbitrations under numerous bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and pursuant to various rules in various settings, including the ICSID Convention and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Our team also often provides counsel about the implications of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its replacement, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA or USMCA). We also advise about the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and bilateral investment treaties/foreign investment protection and promotion agreements. In addition, we provide guidance to corporate clients about structuring cross-border investments to take advantage of investment treaty protections and arbitration options.