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Matthew Kronby is a partner in BLG’s International Trade and Investment Group. He specializes in cross-border compliance and dispute resolution under trade agreements, bilateral investment treaties, and Canadian law. He represents business and government clients from around the world on complex, high-profile files including the USMCA negotiations and the Canada-US softwood lumber dispute, and in trade remedy proceedings and transactions involving economic sanctions and export controls.
Before entering private practice, Matthew was head of the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, the office responsible for advising the government on trade law and defending Canada’s interests in WTO disputes and investment treaty arbitration. He has led legal teams in numerous WTO panel and Appellate Body proceedings and served as Canada’s chief counsel for negotiation of the Canada-EU CETA, free trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and Singapore, and negotiations to improve the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Understanding
Matthew is appointed to Canada’s rosters of panelists under the USMCA and the CETA, and teaches international arbitration as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law
He has been recognized by: Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (International Trade/ WTO) and Chambers Canada – Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (International Trade/WTO) since 2014; The Legal 500 (International Trade) since 2015; and Who’s Who Legal Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of trade and customs. In 2017, he was recognized by the Ontario Bar Association with its Award of Excellence in International Law.
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