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 refund of anti-dumping duties. Representing in two legal actions against the EU Institutions before the EU General Court. One of the legal challenges involves an unprecedented legal claim. The outcome of this case is likely to have an impact on the future practice of the EU institutions in reviews of dumping findings.
- 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.
As a polycentric firm, with no headquarters, no dominant culture and no flag, and with partners throughout the world, including Russia, Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe, Dentons is particularly well positioned to explain the nuances that surround every facet of these complicated developments to our clients.
We understand that in diplomatic disputes there is often much posturing, but not every threat leads to action. We also understand that headlines and news reports rarely capture the complexities that are vitally important to clients. Most importantly, in situations involving so many nationalities, much can be lost in translation. Fortunately, Dentons has partners who literally speak the language of every nation involved and we invite clients to take advantage of our offices in the region.
This client update contains an analysis of the policy issues arising from the current situation in Ukraine prepared by our Public Policy and Regulation team. We try to present the facts as they are known, and the potential ramifications of what might happen, without expressing any political view. We believe this is the best way to serve our clients. 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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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