Meet our Canada: International Trade and Anti-Corruption Experts

Bennett Jones LLP is a Canadian business law firm with 380 lawyers and advisors across nine international offices: Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Washington, DC, Doha, Bermuda, and a representative office in Beijing.

The firm's international trade and investment, and anti-corruption practice group was established to be best-in-class in Canada. Our group is the only Canadian law firm ranked as a top-tier practice by Chambers Global: A Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Its partners are among the most highly-ranked and experienced international trade and investment, anti-corruption, and customs and commodity tax lawyers in Canada.

Our members have a proven track record in all areas that comprise the regulation of cross-border business and our practice is fully integrated with the firm’s extensive cross-border commercial, transactional, tax, banking and dispute settlement services.

Our depth allows us to offer the most comprehensive range of legal services in Canada in relation to international trade and investment. Whether clients require assistance on technical border issues, treaty negotiations or representation in trade or investment disputes before Canadian or international tribunals, we are able to draw on our unparalleled expertise to deliver timely, practical and informed advice and skilled, effective advocacy.

Trade Agreements, Policy and Negotiations

  • Advice and representation in WTO, NAFTA and other dispute settlement proceedings

  • Advice and representation in respect of trade and investment treaty negotiations

  • Safeguarding client interests in treaty implementation and follow-up legislative and regulatory development

  • Monitoring trade policy developments through systematic engagement with business associations, government departments, legislative committees and international organizations

Investment Treaties and Disputes

  • Investor-state dispute settlement

  • Advice and representation in investment treaty negotiations

  • Application of trade and investment treaties (including NAFTA Chapter 11) to investments in Canada and abroad

Foreign Corrupt Practices

  • Advice and representation regarding the application of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

  • Anti-corruption due diligence in M&A, joint ventures and other transactions

  • Due diligence review of foreign agents, representatives and joint venture partners

  • Development and implementation of anti-corruption compliance policies

  • Internal reviews and investigations

  • Representation in criminal anti-corruption investigations and proceedings

  • Representation in sanction proceedings and debarment applications

Customs and Border Administration

  • Customs import/export advisory services

  • Customs valuation

  • Transfer pricing

  • Tariff classification

  • Tariff preferences and optimizing duty-related benefits under bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements

  • Duty relief

  • Internal customs compliance reviews

  • Canada Border Services Agency audits and investigations

  • Transactional and corporate restructuring to minimize duties, taxes and interest

  • Country of origin marking, labelling, packaging and other import requirements

  • Border and supply chain security

  • Administrative monetary penalties and appeals

  • Voluntary disclosures and amendments

  • Customs seizures and ascertained forfeitures

  • Administrative and judicial reviews and appeals

Commodity Taxes

  • Application of Canadian VAT (GST/HST) to cross-border transactions (including e-commerce) and non-residents

  • Application of provincial retail sales taxes to imported and exported goods, software and taxable services

  • Other taxes levied on imported goods, including federal excise taxes

  • CRA audits and investigations

  • Administrative and judicial reviews and appeals

Trade Remedies

  • Anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard strategic advice and planning

  • Representation in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguard actions

  • Judicial reviews of CBSA/CITT final decisions

Import and Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

  • Import and export permit applications, compliance and enforcement

  • Import controls regarding supply managed products, including Import for Re-Export (IREP)

  • Import surveillance monitoring

  • Prohibited goods under Customs Tariff

  • Export control administration, including military, dual-use and other goods impacting on national and international security

  • Country-specific trade sanctions compliance, restrictions and exemptions

  • US-Cuba sanctions and the Canadian Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act

  • Anti-circumvention of US export controls and trade sanctions applicable to US-originating goods exported from Canada

  • Searches, seizures and prosecutions

  • Controlled substances, food and drug licensing, hazardous materials and transportation of dangerous goods

Product Regulation and Standards

  • Federal and provincial product standards

  • Consumer product safety regulations

  • Consumer packaging and labeling requirements

  • Product manufacture and distribution registration

Government Procurement and Bid Challenges

  • Advice and representation regarding federal government procurement and structuring of bids/tenders and contract negotiation to enhance opportunities for successful, non-challengeable bids

  • Advice and representation respecting inter-provincial trade regulation impacting government procurement

Our Experts
 
Name
Expertise
Phone
 
International Trade Group
+1 403 2983235 
 
International Trade, Investment and Competition
+1 403 2983650 
 
International Trade, Investment and Canadian Customs
+1 416 8631200 
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