Christopher J. Kent


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Chris Kent is a founding partner of Cassidy Levy Kent (Canada) LLP. He has been involved in a large number of the highest profile Canadian and U.S. international trade disputes of the past decade, including Softwood Lumber, Steel, and Appliances. Mr. Kent also provides advice and representation across the spectrum of trade regulation, trade policy and market access issues, including export/import controls and sanctions, the WTO, NAFTA and other trade treaties as well as procurement issues on behalf of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to trade associations to governments.

Mr. Kent is consistently recognized as one of the pre-eminent international trade lawyers in Canada.

In the field of competition law, Chris Kent is the co-author of the Canadian Competition Law Handbook, published by Carswell in 1997, and he served as a sessional lecturer at Queen’s University between 1998 and 2002.  He provides advice across the range of issues under Canada’s Competition Act and has represented clients in merger reviews and other matters involving the Competition Bureau and in judicial proceedings.

Mr. Kent also provides advice under certain specialized regulatory regimes such as Canada’s Defence Production Act and Controlled Goods Regulations as well as the Tobacco Act and Excise Act, 2001.

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers Global: The Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a “Tier 1″ lawyer in the field of International Trade, 2008-2013
  • Recommended by The Best of the Best: Top 25 international lawyers worldwide, 2010-2012
  • Identified by LEXPERT as a Leading International Trade Lawyer in Canada and leading U.S. Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyer
  • Recognized by the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading International Trade Lawyers as a Leading International Trade Lawyer in Canada
  • Recommended by The Best Lawyers in Canada as a Leading International Trade Lawyer in Canada


  • LL.B., B.C.L., McGill University (Wainwright Scholarship; I. Ballon Medal for most outstanding contribution to McGill Law Journal)
  • B. Comm., Queen’s University, with First Class Honours (Ross W. Nicol Graduation Award in Finance)

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario
  • Registered as Foreign Legal Consultant with the Bar of the District of Columbia, USA

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Chair, “Technical Barriers to Trade and the WTO Agreements”, International Bar Association Annual Meeting, Dublin, October 2012.
  • Speaker “Export Controls:  What In-House and Outside Counsel Should Know for 2012”, New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section and International Section – Committees on Corporate Counsel and International Trade, The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law at Brooklyn Law School, December, 2011
  • Co-Chair and Co-Moderator, “The Modern Trade Lawyer: What Clients Want in Their Counsel”, International Bar Association, 2010 Annual Meeting, Vancouver Canada.
  • Presenter, “Export Control Laws in Canada and the United States: Critical Issues for Canadian Technology Companies”, Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, March 2010.
  • Co-moderator, “Recession and Recovery: The Emerging Trade Issues and Policy Choices”, International Bar Association inaugural webinar, December 2009
  • Presenter, “Import/Export Compliance Priorities in Today’s Challenging Environment”, Houston, Texas, April 2009
  • Presenter, “Staying Ahead of the Curve”, Government of Ontario Policy Forum, Toronto, Ontario, April 2009.

Professional Activities

  • International Bar Association, Trade & Customs Committee Executive, 2009
  • Canadian Bar Association, International Trade & Investment Committee
  • Queen’s University, Sessional Lecturer, 1998-2002
  • Author of The Canadian Competition Law Handbook (Carswell, 1997)


  • English
  • French


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