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INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Whether expanding sales to new markets through organic growth, joint venture or acquisition, McMillan’s international trade and customs lawyers have the expertise, experience and global network to help international businesses successfully steer through unfamiliar laws and regulations, treaties, customs, tariffs, language barriers and bureaucracy. We help clients chart a smoother course by providing comprehensive and cost-effective legal advice that saves time and money.

Our international trade group counsels companies ranging from multinationals to small and growing companies located in Canada and around the world, with the prime objective of helping navigate trade and international business opportunities, and overcoming obstacles while providing exemplary client service.

Governments turn to McMillan for assistance with complex legal issues that require an understanding of political sensitivities, strategic thinking and tactical excellence. Whether revising laws for a country’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), advising on delicate negotiations affecting regulated or trade-protected sectors, or counselling government officials on trade rules applicable to major industrial projects, governments frequently put their trust in McMillan’s lawyers to succeed.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE REGULATIONS

International sales are more complex than domestic sale of goods and services. Costs are higher, due to tariffs and border delays, as well as differences in culture and language. Companies wanting to sell their products across borders must navigate national, regional and international trade regulations that address everything from fair competition to health, safety and environmental issues.

McMillan’s international trade lawyers help corporate clients navigate the maze of trade regulations that govern international business transactions. McMillan is known to help corporate clients lead on a global scale by advising on international trade policy and compliance matters; providing representation in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard proceedings; negotiating with Canadian and international governmental bodies; litigating disputes before the courts and international arbitration tribunals; representing them in dispute settlement proceedings under the North American Free Trade Agreement and other international and regional trade treaties; and assisting them as they develop and implement internal compliance programs and conduct internal investigations.

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Changes on the Menu: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Publishes Consultation Report on Proposed Guidelines for Simulated Meat and Poultry Products

This Bulletin discusses feedback on the CFIA’s proposed new guidelines for plant-based meat and poultry, what could be changing and what the CFIA is doing next.

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Jul 20, 2021
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Greening Canadian Borders – Canada Considers Border Carbon Adjustments for Carbon-Intensive Imports

Border Carbon Adjustments are being explored by various countries including Canada in its 2021 Budget to support climate change initiatives.

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Jul 6, 2021
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Cracking the Code – A Few Key Considerations for Developing Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct are an important tool for companies to mitigate legal and reputational risk by promoting ethical and responsible conduct of their employees.

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Jun 30, 2021
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Federal Procurement Basics #2: The Many Grounds for Federal Procurement Challenges: A ‘Keeping It Simple’ Summary

A review of the grounds for filing a federal procurement complaint to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)

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Jun 1, 2021
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Charging Ahead: Alberta and Saskatchewan Joining Forces with Ontario and New Brunswick on Small Modular Reactors

Update on developments in nuclear energy and small modular nuclear reactors in Canada, including the memorandum of understanding that was recently signed.

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May 26, 2021
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Federal Procurement Update #1: Filing a Complaint at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal: A Sprint Rather than a Marathon

A review of when and how to file a federal procurement complaint to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)

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May 5, 2021
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Federal Procurement Complaints: CITT Passes Milestone in 2020/2021

A review of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) procurement review mandate for 2020/2021.

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Apr 19, 2021
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Canada Updates Official Terrorist Entities List – What It Means for Your Business

The Canadian government has placed the Proud boys on the list of terrorist entities. This announcement has certain key implications for Canadian companies.

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Feb 23, 2021
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Canada Freezes Shandong out of the Arctic

Canada blocked Shandong Gold's acquisition of TMAC Resources following a national security review under the Investment Canada Act.

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Dec 22, 2020
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Keeping the CPTPP as a Spare Tire: The New and Different Automotive Rules of Origin Under the CUSMA and the CPTPP

USMCA, CUSMA, T-MEC, CPTPP, Free Trade Agreements, Automotive Industry, International Trade, Duties, Global Affairs Canada.

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Dec 16, 2020
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B.C. Technology Sector Makes the Grade – But Not Yet Top of the Class

In November 2020, KPMG released the B.C Tech Report Card 2020. The Report Card outlined the current state of the British Columbia technology sector.

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Dec 2, 2020
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Sanctions Alert: Canada Reimposes Sanctions on Belarus

Canada announced on September 29, 2020, that it would re-impose more targeted economic sanctions against Belarusian high-ranking public officials

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Sep 30, 2020
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Aluminum Tariff Deja Vu? What is different this time.

This article summarizes the aluminum tariff saga and identifies key lessons learned from the initial imposition of aluminum tariffs in 2018.

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Aug 19, 2020
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Canada Orders Temporary Extension of National Security Review Periods Under the Investment Canada Act

In response to COVID-19, Canada has temporarily extended three key time periods for national security reviews under the Investment Canada Act.

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Aug 12, 2020
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Implementing New NAFTA: Agreement on Everything Except the Name!

This article identifies key sectoral and other changes to the NAFTA, which will come into effect on July 1, 2020 through the implementation of the CUSMA.

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Jun 24, 2020
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Heightened Scrutiny of Foreign Investment in the Time of COVID

In its April 18, 2020 COVID-19 policy statement, the government of Canada dramatically expanded the breadth and depth of its review of foreign investments.

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Apr 21, 2020
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Bill C-4 Receives Royal Assent: Incoming Changes to the Intellectual Property Landscape

New intellectual property provisions passed into law following Canada's ratification of the "new NAFTA", the
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

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Mar 24, 2020
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Coronavirus: Harbinger of a New (Old) Approach to Restructuring in Canada?

Restructuring options and challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Will Modern Slavery Legislation Become a Reality in Canada?

Description of proposed modern slavery legislation in Canada that aims to address the issue of forced and child
labor in supply chains.

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Mar 3, 2020
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Supreme Court of Canada Opens the Door to Novel International Human Rights Claims: The Uncertain Implications for Canadian Resource Companies

In its 5-4 decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd., the Supreme Court of Canada has given Canadian courts the green light to develop new forms of civil liability.

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Mar 2, 2020
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As the “New NAFTA” Approaches Ratification, Regulated Foreign Entities Should Anticipate Stricter Record-Keeping Requirements

A summary of notable amendments to the federal Bank Act and Insurance Companies Act that Bill C-4 (CUSMA) will bring into force.

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Feb 25, 2020
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Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Investors in Brazilian Insolvency Proceedings: Lessons from the IBA’s 2019 Global Restructuring Conference

The authors discuss unique aspects of Brazil's insolvency regime relevant for Canadian investors, including the role of equity, DIP loans, and jurisdiction.

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Jan 21, 2020
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Transpacific Entrepreneurial Conference

This event fosters economic partnerships among Hong Kong, Southern China and Canada, and provides a platform for international business development.

Jan 16, 2020
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Hong Kong Issues DIPN No. 58 on Transfer Pricing Documentation Requirements

The IRD issued DIPN 58 on July 19, 2019 explaining the transfer pricing documentation requirements in Hong Kong.

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Oct 1, 2019
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Canada’s New Export Brokering Regime

On September 17, 2019, Canada will formally become a State Party to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional arms

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Aug 21, 2019
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Last Chance for Late National Phase Entry into Canada

It is official - Canada's new Patent Rules will come into force on October 30, 2019.

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Aug 9, 2019
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NICARAGUA ALERT – Canada Imposes Sanctions on Certain Nicaraguan Officials

On June 21, 2019, Global Affairs Canada (“GAC”) imposed targeted sanctions against nine Nicaraguan senior public officials

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Jun 25, 2019
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TOP TWELVE THINGS TO KNOW – New Canadian Trademarks Act June 17, 2019

On June 17, 2019 major changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act will come into force.

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Jun 4, 2019
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The Next Wave of US Extraterritorial Sanctions regarding Cuba – Potential Impacts for Canadian Companies

On May 2, 2019, after 22 years of semi-annual deferrals by multiple presidents, the United States brought Title III of its Helms-Burton Act into force.

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May 6, 2019
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What’s in a name – the USMCA is the new NAFTA

On the surface, NAFTA was set aside, replaced by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Look more deeply, and there's evidence that much of the substance of NAFTA remains.

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Oct 4, 2018
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Surtax! What To Do Now

On July 1, 2018, Canada imposed surtaxes on steel, aluminum, as well as certain consumer and other products from the United States.

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Jul 6, 2018
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Tit for Tat

Canada Responds to U.S. Duties on Steel and Aluminium - In response to the American announcement of the imposition of duties on Canadian steel and aluminum

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Jun 1, 2018
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Canada’s Use of its National Security Power

The Government of Canada's decision to reject the proposed acquisition of Aecon, a major Canadian construction services firm, by China Communications

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Jun 1, 2018
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Under and across the sea, where CETA widens the pathway to increased labour mobility

The provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement provides innovation with respect to labour mobility.

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Mar 12, 2018
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2018 Canadian Merger Notification Threshold Increases

The 2018 increases to the merger thresholds under Canada's Competition Act and Investment Canada Act have been announced.

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Feb 14, 2018
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The Comprehensive and Progressive TPP – Countering The Pressures for Protectionism

January 2018, Canadian government announced it will sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership also referred as "TPP-11".

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Jan 30, 2018
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Canada’s Global CSR Cop? The Proposed Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

January 2018-Government of Canada announced creation of independent Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise-claims is first of its kind in the world.

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Jan 24, 2018
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CETA Carves Out More than just European Cheese and Canadian Beef

In 2017 CETA came into force and increased trade opportunities for Canadian and European businesses by eliminating or lessening tariffs and non-tariff barriers on goods and services

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Jan 3, 2018
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“G I didn’t know!” is No Excuse: What You Need to Know About the Changes to Geographical Indicators in the Trade-marks Act

"G I didn't know!" is No Excuse: What You Need to Know About the Changes to Geographical Indicators in the Trade-marks Act

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Nov 28, 2017
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Foreign Corruption: Canada Makes “Facilitation Payments” Illegal

Foreign Corruption: Canada Makes "Facilitation Payments" Illegal

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Oct 31, 2017
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NAFTA Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

NAFTA Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

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Oct 24, 2017
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The Investment Canada Act 2016-17 Annual Report: What’s New?

The Investment Canada Act 2016-17 Annual Report: What's New?

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Sep 14, 2017
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CETA is Provisionally Implemented — the C$1.5 Billion Threshold Arrives

CETA is Provisionally Implemented — the C$1.5 Billion Threshold Arrives

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Sep 1, 2017
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GAME ON USTR Releases Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiations

GAME ON
USTR Releases Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiations

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Jul 25, 2017
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Jun 22, 2017
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Softwood Lumber: Hard Facts

Softwood Lumber: Hard Facts

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Jun 16, 2017
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‘Trick or Tweak’ – Proposed Relaxation of Foreign Ownership Restrictions

‘Trick or Tweak' – Proposed Relaxation of Foreign Ownership Restrictions
for Canadian Air Carriers

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May 18, 2017
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China-Canada: Opportunities in Cross-Border Venture Capital

McMillan will be hosting a luncheon seminar which will provide an overview of the China Angels Mentorship Program (CAMP).

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May 12, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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NAFTA – the sky is not falling – those are just thunder clouds

NAFTA – the sky is not falling – those are just thunder clouds

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Mar 6, 2017
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Free Trade Trumps Protectionism

Free Trade Trumps Protectionism

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Jan 23, 2017
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Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

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Jan 3, 2017
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Impacts of the Supreme Court’s Decision in R v Anthony-Cook on the Certainty of Plea Agreements and Jointly Proposed Sentencing

Impacts of the Supreme Court's Decision in R v Anthony-Cook on the Certainty of Plea Agreements and Jointly Proposed Sentencing

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Nov 14, 2016
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Government Announces Changes in Foreign Ownership Rules for Canadian Airlines – ‘Change in Fact’?

Government Announces Changes in Foreign Ownership Rules for Canadian Airlines – 'Change in Fact'?

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Nov 7, 2016
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Senate Committee Report Promotes Dismantling Internal Trade Barriers within Canada

Senate Committee Report Promotes Dismantling Internal Trade Barriers within Canada

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Jul 16, 2016
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IT is It! Canada Removes Tariffs on High Tech Imports

IT is It! Canada Removes Tariffs on High Tech Imports

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Jul 14, 2016
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Let the Good Times Roll: Court Allows the Free Flow of Liquor Across Provincial Borders

Let the Good Times Roll: Court Allows the Free Flow of Liquor Across Provincial Borders

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Jul 13, 2016
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The M&A Maze: Due Diligence and International Trade Law

The M&A Maze: Due Diligence and International Trade Law

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Apr 21, 2016
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In this Great Future, You Can’t Forget Your Past – Update to the Government of Canada’s Integrity Regime Provides Clarity, Includes General Anti-Avoidance Provisions

In this Great Future, You Cant Forget Your Past – Update to the Government of Canadas Integrity Regime Provides Clarity, Includes General Anti-Avoidance Provisions

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Apr 6, 2016
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CLEANING UP ON TRADE TPP and the Environment

CLEANING UP ON TRADE TPP and the Environment

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Mar 23, 2016
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The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran

The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran

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Feb 9, 2016
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Recent Trends and Developments under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

Recent Trends and Developments under Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

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Nov 6, 2015
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TPP of the Iceberg

TPP of the Iceberg

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Oct 16, 2015
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TPP of the Iceberg

n October 5, an announcement was made that there was an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") trade deal. The draft text of the agreement has not yet been made public, and its details are still sparse, except in certain politically sensitive areas.

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Oct 16, 2015
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Shining a Light on Solar Panels: Government Promotion of Renewable Energy Leads to Trade Disputes and Trade Remedies

Shining a Light on Solar Panels: Government Promotion of Renewable Energy Leads to Trade Disputes and Trade Remedies

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Oct 2, 2015
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Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) Revises its Policy on Canadian Customs Voluntary Disclosures

Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA") Revises its Policy on Canadian Customs Voluntary Disclosures

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Oct 2, 2015
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The Impact of New Transatlantic Trade Agreements on Commercial and Investment Transactions

This article was published in Business Law International (September 2015)

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Sep 29, 2015
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For Better or Worse? Canada Updates Procurement Integrity Regime

Canadas Updated Procurement Integrity Regime: Equal Parts Déjà Vu and New

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Aug 4, 2015
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International Payments in RMB

International Payments in RMB

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Mar 27, 2015
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UPDATED: Canada Expands Economic Sanctions and Targets Russian Energy Sector

UPDATED: Canada Expands Economic Sanctions and Targets Russian Energy Sector

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Feb 21, 2015
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Staying Out of the Crosshairs – Keeping On Top of Russia Related Economic Sanctions

Staying Out of the Crosshairs – Keeping On Top of Russia Related Economic Sanctions

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Nov 21, 2014
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Canada-China investment treaty enters into force after 30 month wait

The Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (known as a “FIPA”) will enter into force on October 1, 2014, some 30 months after the initial announcement of this treaty by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his February 2012 state visit to China.

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Sep 26, 2014
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Canada, US and the EU Expand Their Lists of Economic Sanctions against Russia and the Ukraine

Canada, US and the EU Expand Their Lists of Economic Sanctions against Russia and the Ukraine

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Jul 17, 2014
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The Long and Winding Road – Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed

The Long and Winding Road - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed

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May 17, 2014
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Changes to Investment Canada Act implemented

Changes to Investment Canada Act implemented

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Jun 8, 2013
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Canada Proceeds with Promised Changes to Foreign Investment Review

Canada proceeds with promised changes to foreign investment review

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May 13, 2013
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Canada continues to welcome foreign investment with Investment Canada Act changes

Canada continues to welcome foreign investment with Investment Canada Act changes

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Sep 30, 2012
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Foreign corruption compliance: should you have an anti-bribery compliance program?

Foreign corruption compliance: should you have an anti-bribery compliance program?

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Mar 29, 2012