International Trade and Investment


Clients operating globally turn to Osler’s International Trade and Investment Law practitioners for astute guidance on strategic planning, critical compliance issues and dispute resolution. Osler provides advice to clients on both inbound investment into Canada and outbound investment in many of the emerging markets. Our multidisciplinary team has expertise in a broad range of areas, including the following:

International Trade

  • Anti-corruption
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Customs and Transfer Pricing
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Export/Import Controls
  • Government Procurement
  • Market Access – WTO, NAFTA
  • Money Laundering and Anti-terrorist Financing
  • Trade Remedies

Investment Law

  • Foreign Investment
  • Investment Treaty Arbitrations
  • Bilateral Trade, Investment, Regional and Multilateral Agreements
  • Tax Law (particularly, corporate structures that achieve client savings and mitigate risks of investing in emerging markets)

International Trade Litigation and Investment Arbitration

  • We have considerable litigation expertise in trade and investment disputes, acting in the first two investment disputes under Canada’s bilateral investment treaties, including appearances before the London Court of International Arbitration, NAFTA dispute resolution panels, the Federal Court of Canada and international and Canadian administrative agencies. Our expertise spans across tribunals as well, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, Indian Ministry of Commerce, China’s Ministry of Commerce, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).
  • Members of our team have acted in many more international trade litigation matters than any other Canadian firm, including in matters such as customs disputes, anti-dumping and countervailing proceedings, safeguard proceedings, economic inquiries and government procurement challenges before the CITT. We have also acted in proceedings before the Federal Court of Canada, NAFTA binational panels, the WTO and the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Our leading expertise in dispute resolution and international trade litigation has also involved litigation against both the federal and provincial governments on matters relating to international trade regulations, government measures, and actions and policies that impede access to the Canadian and foreign markets.

Advice to Government

We frequently advise governments on the application of international trade and investment agreements to transactions, social and political initiatives, legislative proposals and trade negotiations. We counsel governments on nationalization proposals, privatizations, public-private partnerships in infrastructure development, public procurement transactions, interprovincial trade disputes and trade remedy legislation reform. Our leading practitioners also act for foreign governments negotiating bilateral trade agreements with Canada.



Related Expertise

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business: Osler lawyers recognized in the area of International Trade
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business: Osler lawyers recognized in the area of International Trade
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in International Trade Regulation
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in International Trade Regulation
  • Legal 500: Recognized in International Trade; International Expertise
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in Trade and Customs