Canada: Trade & Customs 2018

This year’s research into the Canadian trade and customs space sees 44 practitioners listed in our guide for their excellent work handling international trade, export control and customs law issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christopher J Kent Cassidy Levy Kent, Toronto
2. Darrel H Pearson Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto
3. Benjamin P Bedard Conlin Bedard LLP, Ottawa
4. Christopher J Cochlin Cassidy Levy Kent, Ottawa

Cassidy Levy Kent sees five outstanding practitioners highlighted in our research this year.
Christopher Kent is a leading light in the Canadian trade and customs market. He is a firm favourite among clients who highlight his wealth of expertise in anti-dumping cases.
Christopher Cochlin is one of the foremost trade and customs lawyers in the country according to market players. He has a “top practice” and is highly respected for his work on anti-dumping and trade remedy cases.
Gerry Stobo is a well-known lawyer who garners widespread praise from respondents for his excellent practice that sees him advise on issues including subsidy and dumping claims, and customs compliance.

Conlin Bedard receives four listings for its trade and customs expertise this year.
Benjamin Bedard is a “top-tier” practitioner in the trade and customs space and is widely respected for his leading expertise in anti-dumping proceedings and customs appeals.
Paul Conlin is highly rated by respondents who commend his first-rate international trade law practice which they consider to be “at the forefront of the field”.
The “excellent” Anne-Marie Oatway is described by commentators as a “real rising star at the firm”, and is recognised for her “high-profile presence in the safeguard application area”.
Drew Tyler enjoys an impressive reputation in the Canadian market for his expertise on a broad range of trade issues including anti-dumping, customs appeals and government contracting.

Borden Ladner Gervais sees three of its practitioners nominated this year.
Jesse Goldman is “excellent on trade work” according to sources who praise expert handling of trade remedies and customs compliance matters.
Matthew Kronby enjoys an excellent reputation in the Canadian market with sources rating him highly for his expertise on international trade compliance and trade remedy investigations.
Milos Barutciski commands great respect from colleagues in the field of trade and customs, with respondents stating that he is “great on international trade agreements” with particular expertise in sanctions.

Tereposky & DeRose also achieves three nominations in this chapter.
Gregory Tereposky “definitely deserves to be on the list” according to market observers. He has an impressive practice that encompasses subsidies, trade remedies and international trade agreements.
Vincent DeRose is recognised by sources as a “formidable and fantastic” lawyer. He is well known for his work on issues relating to economic sanctions, anti-dumping and export controls.
Daniel Hohnstein runs an excellent practice that sees him receive widespread recognition from sources this year. He excels on matters arising from free trade agreements and export and import proceedings.

McMillan’s Geoffrey Kubrick is praised by sources as an "excellent lawyer" who stands out for his impressive work relating to anti-dumping matters.
Jonathan O’Hara enjoys “an excellent reputation” among peers and clients who highly recommend him for his strong expertise in anti-dumping cases.

At Bennett Jones, Darrel Pearson is described by colleagues as “one of the wise men of the profession” and draws effusive praise for his leading work on export duties.

Independent practitioner Victoria Bazan is “very sharp representing both domestic and international clients” according to sources who note “she always does an excellent job”. She wins particular praise for her expertise in the trade remedy arena.

Blake Cassels & Graydon’s Greg Kanargelidis is “a great lawyer” who gains recognition from peers for his extensive experience on the customs and tax side of matters.

At Dentons Paul Lalonde is a “well-rounded full-service trade lawyer” and “effective litigator”. He “has a broad trade practice” and “typically represents importers and exporters”.

At Gowling WLG, Wendy Wagner is “a strong player” in the market who sources highly rate for matters concerning export controls, customs compliance and trade agreements.

Fasken’s Peter Kirby is “a senior figure” in the Canadian trade and customs space. He receives widespread praise from respondents for his “excellent work in customs matters”.
Clifford Sosnow has a strong reputation in the market as “a great lawyer” who offers clients more than 30 years’ experience on sanctions, export control, anti-bribery and WTO-related issues.

At Law Office of Gregory Somers, Gregory Somers has “tremendous capability” and is noted by colleagues to be “very intelligent”. He has “deep knowledge of trade law” and is also “great on the customs side” of matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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