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Canada: Trade & Customs 2016

The lawyers in this chapter provide top-class advice to clients in matters concerning trade and customs issues. These lawyers exhibit an exceptional awareness of international trade and customs law, acting in trade remedies and WTO litigation, as well as representing and advising clients on customs and tariff issues. We list 32 practitioners. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Christopher Kent Cassidy Levy Kent, Toronto
Paul Conlin Conlin Bedard, Toronto
Gerry Stobo Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
Benjamin Bedard Conlin Bedard, Toronto
Darrel Pearson Bennett Jones, Toronto

Borden Ladner Gervais garners several noteworthy listings in this year’s chapter. Gerry Stobo is “one of Canada’s premier practitioners” and is renowned for his domestic trade remedies practice focusing on dumping and subsidies matters. One source claims that “he is very good at giving clients the big picture and offering strategic advice”. In the firm’s Ottawa office, the “outstanding” Gregory Tereposky specialises in international trade and investment law and is a key player in dispute resolution proceedings before the WTO, NAFTA and Canadian domestic trade authorities and tribunals. In Vancouver, Jeffrey Thomas is the regional leader of the international trade group; as a “seasoned veteran” he is highly respected by his peers for his wealth of expertise in, among others, trade remedies, state-to-state dispute resolution and trade sanctions.

Bennett Jones also impresses this year with four individuals appearing in the following pages. Darrel Pearson co-chairs the firm’s international trade practice and is celebrated for his “high level of expertise in technical and complex customs and anti-dumping mandates”. Another respondent notes, “He can always be relied upon to provide on-point advice and practical assistance”. Fellow co-chair Milos Barutciski has a diverse and widely praised practice focusing on anti-corruption, antitrust and sanctions work in relation to international trade matters. Joining them in the firm’s Toronto office is the “tremendous” Jesse Goldman, a cross-pacific trade and investment specialist with vast experience advising Canadian, Chinese and international clients. According to sources, “Goldman is a highly accomplished international trade lawyer.” Matthew Kronby has extensive knowledge of WTO, NAFTA and International trade agreements thanks to his time as the director general of the Canadian Trade Law Bureau.

Conlin Bedard’s name partners Paul Conlin and Benjamin Bedard both stand out in this year’s research. The former is described as a “leading light in domestic trade remedies matters” and regularly appears before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal on behalf of both domestic and international clients, while the latter is praised for as a “top-drawer litigator” with considerable experience representing clients in WTO and NAFTA disputes.

International trade and investment boutique Cassidy Levy Kent is represented by founding partner Christopher Kent who is praised for his work in the international trade space”. Sources maintain that “Kent is an absolute star with an international reputation for excellence”. Christopher Cochlin is also singled out by respondents as a “bright young lawyer that could one day be an internationally renowned trade lawyer”.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin is home to two fantastic nominees. In Montreal, Peter Kirby is highlighted as “a go-to lawyer for customs work”. Ottawa-based Clifford Sosnow is similarly well regarded for WTO law and trade remedy work.

Dentons is home to two excellent trade and customs lawyers. Martha Harrison is praised for her excellent reputation in the market with peers commending her excellent trade policy knowledge. Harrison’s broad practice focuses on regulatory issues involving imported products as well as customs law and trade remedies disputes. She is joined in the firm’s Toronto office by the “extremely competent” Paul Lalonde, who has a broad expertise across trade remedy, customs, export controls and international sanctions.

McMillan’s Geoffrey Kubrick is focused on trade remedy work, for which he is highly sought after. One peer echoes wide sentiment by stating, “He is first-tier, senior and very competent”. Jonathan O’Hara is an “extremely capable up-and-coming trade lawyer”, who is active before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal on anti-dumping and subsidy mandates.

Two practitioners represent Gowling WLG. In Ottawa, Wendy Wagner is “a bright young lawyer with a big future ahead of her”, according to one source. Her international trade practice covers the whole gamut of international trade issues including trade and investment agreements, export controls and sanctions, customs compliance and trade disputes. Richard Dearden is “a tremendous litigator” known for providing clients with “well-tailored advice” on NAFTA and WTO issues.

Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon’s Michael Kaylor is a veteran of the Canadian trade bar and is considered “one of the go-to lawyers for customs appeals”.

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