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International Trade & Investment

International trade and investment regulations can present an impenetrable maze to the uninitiated. Whether you are a large multinational or a small company, compliance with these regulations is not an option. It is critical to your success.

When your goods or services cross borders, or if they face anti-dumping, countervailing or safeguard measures, you need a top-notch legal team behind you. McCarthy Tétrault’s International Trade & Investment Law Group is the right choice to advise you on the host of treaties, laws and regulations which apply to your case or to represent you before tribunals, courts and the government.

With offices across the country, we offer you the geographical strength and broad resources of a large firm, combined with the flexibility of a boutique. We can advise you on today’s problems and provide knowledgeable guidance on how to avoid future ones.

McCarthy Tétrault’s International Trade & Investment Law Group is recognized worldwide for its experience in trade and investment law matters, and is regularly ranked as one of Canada’s leading firms in international trade law. Members of our group are acknowledged leaders in their fields and are routinely recognized among the leading Canadian practitioners in publications such as The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global and the International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers.

Our clients are multinational corporations and their Canadian subsidiaries, small companies, foreign businesses and manufacturers, and domestic and foreign governments.

In international trade, we advise on trade remedies such as anti-dumping and countervailing actions, customs and tariff regulation, government procurement, anti-bribery legislation, and import and export transaction controls and trade embargoes.

In investment law, we walk you through the complexities of the North American Free Trade Agreement’s investment chapter, Chapter 11, the investment chapters of Canada’s other Free Trade Agreements and Canada’s bilateral investment treaties. 

We also offer strategic advice on trade and investment agreements to provide solutions for companies facing discriminatory or otherwise harmful regulatory measures.

You can rely on the deep experience we have gained from appearances before national and international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies. We appear regularly before:

  • administrative tribunals such as the Canadian International Trade Tribunal;
  • the federal court; and
  • institutional and ad hoc international arbitration tribunals.

We also protect your interests when:

  • you face customs issues;
  • customs authorities have assessed penalties under the Administrative Monetary Penalty System; and
  • you face an audit by customs authorities.

When we represent you, we also draw on the strengths of our other practice areas: tax, international finance and litigation. Together, our team of lawyers can offer comprehensive advice or provide a speedy resolution to any international trade and investment issues that your business may face.