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McMillan’s International Trade Group Achieves Outstanding Growth in the 2024 Chambers Canada Directory

News Oct 4, 2023

As global trade faced seismic shifts in recent years, McMillan’s International Trade Group and four of its lawyers achieved outstanding growth in the 2024 Edition of Chambers Canada, the best-in-class directory.

Chambers promoted McMillan’s International Trade Group in its ranking bands and ranked three additional seasoned lawyers who routinely advise on issues relating to:

  • US-China trade war
  • Western sanctions on Russia
  • Canadian anti-dumping probes
  • Intensified action against offshore forced labour
  • Supply chain friend-shoring

Recognized as a leader in navigating this terrain, McMillan stands out to clients engaged in complex international trade disputes and regulatory regimes, including being the most active Canadian law firm in anti-dumping investigations.

Over the past five years, McMillan has been the go-to for clients seeking both guidance and opportunities in this dynamic landscape. McMillan’s dedication to supporting clients in international trade matters has driven the firm to bolster its team led by Jonathan O’Hara.

Highly rated by peers and clients as both an expert in helping businesses navigate trade issues and an advocate in trade disputes, Jonathan has played a key role in several major trade cases conducted by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Working alongside Jonathan are three newly ranked in the 2024 Chambers Canada Directory recognized as leaders in international trade:

Peter Jarosz who rejoined the firm after spending six years as legal counsel to the CITT. In his role, he supported a number of landmark decisions, including in the Tribunal’s appeal capacity over the CBSA on customs issues and in complex trade remedies cases. Peter has a deep understanding of some of the most complex and cutting-edge areas of international trade.

William Pellerin is widely regarded as one of Canada’s preeminent experts in economic sanctions, and regularly represents clients in their dealings with Canadian government trade authorities. William came to McMillan from Global Affairs Canada, where he represented Canada before the WTO and oversaw Canada’s involvement in trade remedies cases. He is one of the few lawyers in private practice who has actually appeared before WTO dispute settlement panels.

Lisa Page, an Associate-to-Watch as per Chambers, demonstrates the success of McMillan’s strategy to growth through developing lawyers into experts. Lisa has been involved in a very large number of trade remedies cases in the last few years and regularly advises clients on a range of trade issues.

McMillan’s International Trade Group also includes half a dozen of other trade lawyers advising clients on compliance with various aspects of Canada’s trade regime, including anti-dumping, export controls, economic sanctions, customs issues and the Controlled Goods Program. The extent of our expertise ranges from duties and tariffs, to export controls, to trade remedies, to investor-state dispute resolution to economic sanctions.

McMillan is a national business law firms with exceptional insight in matters involving complex disputes and regulatory regimes, like international trade. We are recognized to get the best outcomes possible from international trade rules. Our International Trade Group offers real-time business solutions to help our clients stay ahead.

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