In order to gain market share, a company will often seek to develop its business internationally. This brings with it additional risks, which the company must manage. International trade involves not only tariff barriers, but non-tariff barriers, such as the different laws that apply to international commercial transactions between traders.
Companies engaging in international trade must negotiate their way through local laws, international treaties and the rules of common trade practices. Legal counsel must be versed in all three.
The lawyers at Dentons have achieved successful outcomes in virtually all aspects of global trade and investment law. We have expertise in advising clients about bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, such as the WTO, NAFTA and the EU’s puzzle of regional trade deals. Leverage our in-house leading global expertise in trade and investment matters, our exceptional team of government relations and arbitration lawyers in the US, Canada and Europe, as well as our reliable local connections in numerous jurisdictions who can provide you with seamless advice worldwide.
As the expansion of global markets and value chains continues to make the world a smaller place, we keep you informed about the rules and practices governing your international business, as well as the tools that are available to them. We work with you to develop and implement the right strategies to keep you ahead of the curve.
- CHEMK Group: Representing a world leading ferro-alloys company in several major trade defense proceedings before the European Commission, including reviews and refund proceedings. Dentons represented the same client in several parallel direct actions before the General Court of the European Union against measures and decisions adopted by the EU institutions. One of the legal challenges involves an unprecedented legal claim likely to have an impact on the future practice of the EU institutions in reviews of anti-dumping measures.
- China Iron and Steel Association (CISA): Advising before the European Commission on dumping, injury and public interest in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations concerning organic coated steel products from China. This was a high-profile case that, for the first time, combined anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against Chinese steel products in the EU.
- World-leading industrial group: Assisting in pursuing an ambitious suspension of the EU import tariffs on a strategic material. The assistance was confirmed in communication with various services of the European Commission (Directorate General [DG] Taxation and Customs, DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Trade and DG Competition), as well as with stakeholders in the entire industry and independent experts. This is one of the most high-profile and complex projects at the intersection of EU trade law, competition, customs, economic policy and government affairs.
Trade, WTO and CustomsApril 2, 2014
As the events in Ukraine and Russia continue to unfold, the reaction by the US and the EU, including imposing sanctions, will impact individuals, businesses, and entire sectors. The recent events in Ukraine lead clients in every corner of the globe to seek our strategic guidance as the situation develops. Read moreTrade, WTO and CustomsJanuary 21, 2014
On January 16, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing, Advancing Congress's Trade Agenda, The Role of Trade Negotiating Authority. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a bill introduced on January 9th — the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 (H.R. 3830) -- to expedite the process for obtaining Congressional approval of trade agreements negotiated by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Specifically, the bill would renew 'Fast-Track' procedures for the consideration of trade agreements.
Any renewal of TPA will likely occur in tandem with the reauthorization of Trade Adjustment Assistance(TPA), a federal program that provides benefits to U.S. workers who have lost their jobs because of the dislocation caused by trade. Not only does the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee currently support the reauthorization of TAA alongside TPA renewal, but also TPA renewal bills have often contained provisions reauthorizing TAA in the past. Read moreTrade, WTO and CustomsOctober 30, 2013
After many months of patience and impatience, stagnation and revival, the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, have reached a political agreement, which is an understanding-in-principle of the key elements of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the CETA). Read more
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CanadaDecember 10, 2012
On December 10, 2012, Peter Harder, Senior Policy Advisor at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Industry and International Trade, spoke to BNN on Canada-China relations following the CNOOC/Nexen decision. Read moreCanadaMay 24, 2012
Is it time to open up Canada’s trade with China? BNN asks Peter Harder, Senior Policy Advisor at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affaires, Industry and International Trade. Read more