For many Canadian companies, the United States remains the most important market, both for product placement or expansion as well as for new business partnership opportunities. However, since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 which brought to companies on both sides of the border significant duty savings, global forces have changed the competitive landscape. Our Canada-US practice is a reflection of the firm’s recognition that the cross-border relationship is still the world’s largest and most successful, but one that requires fresh and more sophisticated approaches to meet emerging challenges.
In addition to our attorneys who have represented Canadian interests in a multitude of disciplines, members of our practice include a former Canadian Embassy senior executive on border and US market access issues, former members of Congress who chaired key trade committees on Capitol Hill, and former executive agency officials with experience in dealing with legal and regulatory issues of importance to Canadian companies. Individually and collectively, we bring to the practice their knowledge, advice, and ability to “look past the horizon” to offer our clients doing business in the United States with the strategic advice they will need in an ever evolving and competitive North American marketplace.
Our practice offers the complete range of legal and regulatory services as well as political outreach in Washington, DC – from import compliance to import risk analysis, ever emerging "Buy American" constraints, cross-border transaction advice on transfer pricing, and Customs audits to US production expansion. We are particularly proud of understanding the needs of those Canadian companies acting as “importers of record” for import compliance purposes. We also bring to bear other aspects from the firm’s key disciplines, including corporate, finance and investment, intellectual property, product branding, international trade policy, international arbitration, export controls, and US business tax requirements. We are equally pleased to have strong relationships with some of the best law firms in Canada.
The Arent Fox Canada-US Cross Border Business Affairs practice is co-chaired by Birgit Matthiesen, a well-known advocate in both countries and David Hamill, who has represented Canadian clients on various international trade matters in private practice and worked on NAFTA implementation issues while at the US Treasury Department.