Woods, LaFortune LLP is an innovative, flexible and proactive cost-effective boutique law firm that specialises in all aspects of international trade, customs and investment law.
The Woods, LaFortune LLP team works closely with our clients to provide them with tailored strategic services. Through our senior level experience and our network of specialists and subject matter experts, we act quickly to provide strategic, personalized, creative, and cost-effective solutions to clients’ international trade and investment matters and generate positive results for our clients.
Woods, LaFortune LLP is also often engaged to provide proactive and on-going advice to clients to help them navigate the complex international trade landscape. Our areas of expertise include:
- Trade Remedies (Anti-Dumping, Countervail, and Safeguards)
- Customs and Country of Origin
- Import Controls
- Export Controls and Sanctions
- Government Procurement
- Investor State Disputes Settlement (NAFTA, CETA, FIPA, BIT litigation)
- Regulatory Compliance
- Government Relations
Woods, LaFortune LLP gives our clients the competitive advantage they need to compete and win in the global market place.Show more +
Jean-Marc Clément is an international trade lawyer with over 20 years of experience serving large multinational corporations, SMEs, as well as business start-ups located in Canada and abroad. Businesses seek Jean-Marc’s advice and good judgment to improve their competitiveness worldwide through better planning of their international trade operations while ensuring compliance with cross-border requirements.
His area of expertise covers a broad range of international trade subjects and services including: customs procedures, import tariffs, duty recovery, import/export controls, customs seizures, unfair trade remedies (dumping/countervail), trade sanctions, international trade agreements, corporate governance, foreign anti-corruption, due diligence reviews, audit assistance, voluntary disclosures, government relations, dispute settlement and court representation.
Before joining Woods, LaFortune LLP as legal counsel, Jean-Marc practiced law at BCF Business Law, a dynamic Montreal-based law firm, member of the MERITAS global alliance. Prior to that, Jean-Marc spent over a decade heading the international trade consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Montreal. Jean-Marc began his career as in-house legal counsel for a North American customs broker and freight forwarder. He is currently a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Advisory Committee.
- Post-Graduate Degree in International Trade (DESS), EM Strasbourg School of Management(1993)
- LL.L. (Civil Law Degree), University of Ottawa (1988)
- Quebec Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AMCHAM)
- Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB)
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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