James Small has joined Baker & McKenzie in Toronto as Counsel in the Firm's International Commercial Practice, bringing more than 20 years of experience advising on international trade and investment matters.


Most recently, Mr. Small served as Co-Founder and Director of the Brussels-based Atlantic Strategy Group, which advises global companies on regulatory trade and investment risks involving the European Union, and he spent the last several years supporting the negotiation and conclusion of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).  


"James not only speaks the language of trade but also understands the direction of government and international trade policy," said Kevin Coon, Managing Partner of the Firm's Toronto office.  "His comprehensive background in international trade and investment matters, particularly with CETA and on behalf of mining companies worldwide, will allow him to provide specific insights as well as big-picture perspectives for our clients."  


Mr. Small will work closely with the Firm's market-leading International Commercial & Trade group and will lead the Firm's Trade Advisory practice in Canada. Prior to his work at the Atlantic Strategy Group, Mr. Small advised global mining and metals companies on how to resolve trade and investment issues in the EU, Africa and Central Asia.  


"As our clients do business across borders, they will encounter rapidly changing trade regimes, laws and  regulations that can impact their global trade in goods, services and investment," said Miguel Noyola, Chair of the Firm's North American International Commercial Practice. "James is a seasoned practitioner and guide who will help them navigate the complexities of this evolving sector."  


The Firm's North American International Commercial Practice advises multinational companies on legal issues that impact their global business strategies, operating out of a network that spans 47 countries. Ranked by both Chambers and Legal 500, the practice helps clients overcome the challenges of international trade sanctions and customs laws and successfully compete in the world's developed and emerging markets.  


"We are focused on further strengthening our practices throughout North America with the addition of top-tier practitioners," said Rick Hammett, Managing Partner of the Firm's North America region. "James brings extensive knowledge of CETA and an intimate understanding of EU regulations that will be highly valuable to our clients."  


Mr. Small joining the Firm in Toronto follows the arrival of Dean Dolan, who recently joined the Firm in Toronto as Counsel in the International Commercial Practice, and Peter MacKay, former Canadian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, who joined the Firm as a Partner in the North American Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, based in Toronto. In recent years, the Firm has also augmented its transactional, tax and IP capabilities in Canada, among other areas.    


"I am excited to join such a highly regarded team and look forward to supporting our clients in addressing the complexities of international trade and investment in today's global marketplace," said Mr. Small.  


Mr. Small received his B.A. in English and a Bachelors of Law from the University of New Brunswick. He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1993.

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