NAFTA Chapter 11 Investment Provisions Overview

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

NAFTA Chapter 11 Investment Provisions...

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Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Part I: The Sleeping Giant – A Big Asia Pacific Move Forward for Canada

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014

Introduction On September 22, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korean President Park Geun-hye signed the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement [“CKFTA” or “Agreement”].   For Korea, this was the latest in a series of FTAs concluded with major economies, including one with the European Union [“KOREU”], the United States [“KORUS”], and Australia [“KAFTA”]. For Canada, it marked the winding up of two big negotiations with major economies, the other being the Canada and European...

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ALENA Chapitre 11 – NAFTA Chapter 11

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014

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Exporting to Canada:Where Do We Begin – Webinar Slides

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

The Webinar entitled “Exporting to Canada: Where Do We Begin”, a joint effort between Woods, LaFortune LLP, the U.S. Commercial Service in Ottawa and Shane Brown of Thompson Ahern International, was held on November 12, 2014. The presentation provided new exporters information on a number of topics that should be considered when beginning to export such as: the Canadian Market; Shipping; IP Protection and Export Plans. The full presentation materials are available here –Exporting...

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Government Procurement and CITT Bid Challenges – A Brief Guide

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014

*By Gordon LaFortune – Managing Partner at Woods, LaFortune LLP The Government of Canada is a major purchaser of goods and services. In 2012, the last year for which full year data is available, the Federal Government purchased approximately $15 billion worth of goods and services through 386,601 contracts. By any measure, the Government of Canada is potentially an important customer that can make a real difference to a seller’s bottom line. Procurements by...

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Amendments to Investment Canada Act – Impact on SOEs

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Amendments to the Investment Canada Act: A More Restrictive Approach to Foreign State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) Investment in Canada   Click on the following link for the full article – Amendments to the Investment Canada Act – Impact on...

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New Aboriginal Law: what it means for your business

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014

The Canadian business community has been handed new challenges and, more importantly, new opportunities as a result of two recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada. First Nations, governments and the private sector face a number of new realities, opportunities and challenges for conducting business on Aboriginal title land and Treaty territory in Canada. This major shift will require new, creative and flexible approaches on all sides, to ensure that Canada continues to...

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The Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement Part II: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Provisions

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014

Article by Catherine Walsh*1 and Michael G. Woods Negotiations for a bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement [“FIPA”] between Canada and China have been ongoing for over a decade. An agreement was finally signed on September 9, 2012 during Prime Minster Harper’s visit to China. This agreement represents China’s 140th bilateral investment treaty and Canada’s 25th. Once ratified by both Govern¬ments, the Canada-China FIPA [“C-C FIPA” or the “Agreement”], will come into force,...

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The Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement Part I: A Comparative Analysis to Canada’s Model FIPA

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014

Article by Catherine Walsh and Michael G. Woods *1 Negotiations for a bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement [“FIPA”] between Canada and China have been ongoing for over a decade. They commenced in 1994, were interrupted pending China’s accession to the World Trade Organization [“WTO”], and resumed in September 2004. Final talks were held in January 2012 and a Declaration of Intent to conclude negotiations towards a FIPA2 was signed in February 2012...

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