Canada Practice

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Recognizing that Canada and the U.S. are the largest trading partners in the world, the firm’s Canada Practice was formed to better serve Canadian companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and Canadian legal counsel that do business or have interests in the U.S.  The firm also advises and assists U.S. and foreign clients with Canadian business interests.

Our clients rely on our Canada Practice experience for a broad range of matters, including:

  • Performing due diligence review for an Ontario corporation and advising Canadian counsel regarding the purchase of assets from a New York corporation 
  • Advising an Ontario-based industrial textile company on misappropriation of trade secrets by an Indian supplier and unfair business practices in New York State and representing the company as a Canadian non-resident importer into the U.S. before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (various ports) in protests disputing the reclassification and reliquidation of entries of industrial textiles from South Africa, obtaining significant refunds of duties and interest
  • Preparing corporate resolutions for the New York subsidiary of a Quebec-based apparel company and the parent company regarding corporate matters
  • Analyzed and reviewed harmonised tariff classifications under U.S. and Canadian Customs regimes and respond to client’s multinational customer assertions of discrepancies regarding classifications, as well as analysing NAFTA eligibility of products exported by Ohio-based manufacturer/distributor into Canada
  • Successfully representing a Toronto-based non-resident U.S. importer before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Port of Buffalo) on an antidumping/countervailing duty penalty case, reducing the penalty by 75%
  • Advising an Ontario-based non-resident U.S. importer on compliance with an antidumping/countervailing duty order on products imported from China into the U.S. and potential request for Administrative Review by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Advising an Arizona software provider on establishing a branch office in Toronto and coordinating with Canadian counsel to complete an Ontario Extra-Provincial registration for the company
  • Advising a U.S.-based global industry leader and its Canadian subsidiary on NAFTA issues relating to classification, valuation, and country of origin marking
  • Counselling a Michigan-based subsidiary of a Japanese automotive supplier on Canada Border Services Agency’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), including analysis of potential violations and penalty exposure
  • Advising an Ohio-based aerospace/defense sector manufacturer regarding temporary and permanent imports or ITAR-controlled defense articles and compliance with applicable regulatory regimes
  • Successfully representing a leading Toronto gallery in U.S. litigation to recover Canadian artists’ glass works wrongfully withheld by a U.S. art exhibitor
  • Advising an Ukrainian semiconductor company on potential international arbitration in Canada against a New York company involving claims of unfair competition and breach of contract
  • Successfully representing a Buffalo-based global alternative energy consulting company in federal court litigation against a Vancouver company in a breach of contract action
  • Obtaining U.S. federal court recognition of an Ontario Superior Court of Justice judgment against an Ohio company and its principal shareholder
  • Advising U.S. companies with Canadian operations on compliance differences between U.S. and Canadian law in areas such as the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) regarding economic sanctions, and the Canada Anti-Spam Law
  • Negotiating commercial office leases in eastern and maritime Canadian provinces
  • Advising U.S. and other foreign companies on Canada’s non-resident importer (NRI) program 
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