Riyaz  Dattu

Riyaz Dattu, Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.6569
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 1984

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M.
  • University of Toronto, LL.B.

Office

Toronto

Language(s)

English

Biography

Riyaz advises multinational and domestic businesses on international trade policy and investment matters, international trade strategies and market-access concerns. On international trade regulations, he advises on all aspects of economic sanctions, export and import controls, national security, anti-bribery laws, government procurement, customs laws, transfer pricing and trade remedies such as anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures. Riyaz also acts as counsel in international trade and investment disputes involving the application of trade laws and regulations and the enforcement of treaties. He has acted as counsel from the time of the very earliest WTO disputes concerning Canada, and the first two investment arbitrations under Canada’s bilateral investment promotion and protection treaties. During his more than 25 years of practice, Riyaz has advised and represented leading businesses in a full range of industry sectors.

Notable Matters

Riyaz has been counsel in more than 50 Canadian and international trade remedies proceedings (and one-third of all initial investigations commenced since 1992 under Canada’s trade remedies laws), 13 challenges under Chapter 19 of NAFTA and the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement (including one-half of all Canadian proceedings under NAFTA that were completed) and in excess of 40 proceedings before the Federal Court of Canada. He has acted in most of the significant trade remedies cases litigated in Canada, and has also argued landmark cases before NAFTA Panels and the Federal Court of Canada.

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association, International Law Section, past Executive member
  • American Bar Association/Section of International Law, International Tax Committee, past Co-Chair/International Trade Committee, past Vice-Chair
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association, International Trade Law Committee, past Vice-Chair
  • London Court of International Arbitration

Industry Recognition

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers 2014: WTO/International Trade
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013: International Trade Regulation
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading Canada/US Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada 2012: International Trade Regulation
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2012: International Trade Regulation
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014: International Trade and Finance Law
  • The International Who’s Who Legal 2011: Trade and Customs
  • Expert Guides 2010: International Trade
  • Expert Guides: Leading Practitioners: China 2011: International Trade

Publications/Events/Education

  • Investing in Ethical Corporate Culture: The Imperative for Instituting an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program for Canadian Businesses Venturing Overseas, Osler Corporate Review, June 2010.
  • Canadian Businesses Urged to Adopt Strategic Policy Measures in Face of Flagging Doha Round Negotiations, Osler Corporate Review, September 2008.
  • New State-Owned Investor Guidelines Released, Osler Update, December 10, 2007.
  • Canada Revitalizes Program of Bilateral Trade and Investment Initiatives, Osler Outlook, Spring 2007.