GOTTLIEB, Richard S.
Richard Gottlieb is a pioneer in the Canadian trade law field and he has maintained, since 1969 a varied practice covering all international trade issues with emphasis on anti-dumping and subsidy actions, customs valuation, transfer pricing, tariff classification, origin, and export and import controls.
He represents national, multinational corporations, associations, and foreign governments and is extensively involved in strategic trade planning for corporate clients.
He has extensive experience appearing before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, has sat as a member of panels struck under the dispute resolution mechanism of the NAFTA and has appeared before the Federal Court (Trial and Appellate Divisions) and the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with over 200 anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, and over 500 customs cases covering virtually every major industry.
He was for decades a frequent speaker in Canada and abroad to business, government and academic organizations, as well as a guest lecturer on anti-dumping and customs at McGill University. He has also written a number of books and articles on trade issues, customs valuation, anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases.
Richard, for many years, has been a member of the Committee on Customs and Trade Regulations of the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") and a delegate of the ICC to the World Customs Organization ("WCO") Technical Committee on Customs Valuation.
He has been named among the most frequently recommended customs and international trade lawyers as well as a leader in the fields of trade and customs law in the Canadian Lexpert Directory since 1999, cited in An International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers since the inception of this directory in 2001, cited in Chambers Global (The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business) and The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2004. He enjoys an AV® rating of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers of Martindale-Hubbell.
Richard Gottlieb is a frequent participant as speaker and/or moderator at symposia organized by the WCO on customs valuation (royalties, related party transactions and origin). His most recent presentation related to a comparison between transfer pricing (income tax) and transaction value (customs) issues. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the ICC set up to provide input to the WCO on 2007 H.S. modification. Finally, in 2009 Mr. Gottlieb was appointed by the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) as a panelist in connection with a trade dispute between the Philippines and Thailand.
Richard S. Gottlieb holds a B.A. from McGill University and an LL.L. from the University of Montreal. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.

National and International Commercial and Corporate Law
Laurier W. Beauchamp is a senior legal counsel with extensive multinational and domestic business acumen, based on 30 years’ experience in national and international commercial and corporate law, executing complex corporate transactions and commercially driven projects including:
I. Acquisition or sales of shares or assets, commercial leases, construction contracts, distribution, import/export licensing or manufacturing agreements, commercial contracts, due diligence, litigation of consignment agreements, employment and termination agreements, labour and employment disputes, non-competition agreements;
II. Various transactions with particular emphasis on import/export of various products, safety and food standards, cross-border packaging and labeling for meat and dairy products, regulatory approvals to bring product to market, safety hazards, product liability and Quebec specific laws, including consumer protection, French language requirements and restrictions on advertising to children;
III. Counseling numerous corporations and associations on corporate and commercial/trade issues in a wide range of industry sectors including aeronautics, heavy equipment and machinery, consumer goods (clothing, textile, and footwear), vegetables, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, meat and dairy products, including probiotics.
He provides a full range of services to a wide variety of private sector clients, from start-ups and mid-size growth companies to large national and international manufacturers, retailers, importers, exporters, marketers or advertising agencies. His services cover each stage of business development, from inception and establishment of a business to its dissolution, including directors’ and officers’ duties and liabilities, business planning and structuring, and good manufacturing practices.
We are convivial, dedicated to our clients and passionate with national and international commercial and corporate laws and regulations. We are proud of our ability to find practical solutions and assist our clients in implementing them successfully. – L. Beauchamp.
Outside General Counsel
He has acted as outside general counsel to numerous national and multinational corporations and has counseled and represented these corporations, their directors and shareholders in commercial, corporate and civil law disputes and law suits before different levels of Quebec and federal courts.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Serving a wide range of valued clients, Laurier Beauchamp has developed solid expertise in commercial disputes, contractor disputes, import/export settlements, breach of contract claims, product liability litigation and arbitration.
We always work very hard to help our clients avoid litigation by seeking alternatives and often times we develop very creative means of resolving disputes. I am a solution driven lawyer since I understand that litigation can be distractive and very costly for any company. We aim to provide value-added and cost-effective professional services. – L. Beauchamp
Company Director
Active in the business and trade community, and in several related associations, Laurier Beauchamp sits on the Board of Directors of several companies operating in Canada.
Speaking engagements
Over the years, Laurier has delivered several conferences and presentations in front of business audiences both in Canada and in the United States.
Laurier W. Beauchamp holds a B.A. and an LL.L. from the University of Ottawa, and he was called to the Quebec Bar in 1984.

Unique perspective
With 20 years’ experience working at two leading customs brokerage and logistics service providers, Zave Kaufman has acquired a unique understanding of the daily challenges faced by a wide range of industry sectors and the trade community at large when dealing with customs and trade related issues and the ever changing regulatory requirements of both Canadian and US Customs authorities.
“For close to 20 years, my career has been spent in the trenches, working daily with importers and exporters on problems they face getting their goods through Customs, while striving to ensure both client satisfaction and trade compliance” – Z. Kaufman.
Serving a wide range of clients and industry sectors
Thanks to his strong network of Canadian and U.S. government contacts, and his ability to anticipate and develop efficient solutions, Zave Kaufman counsels companies of all sizes, from small and mid-size businesses to multinational corporations in mitigating trade related risk for customs compliance issues such as tariff classification, value for duty, country of origin, export controls, marking, tariff treatment, record keeping and voluntary disclosure.
“From vehicles to chemicals, textiles, food, animal and plant imports, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, steel and metals, every industry sector has its own set of regulations, not to mention the respective agencies which are involved in any pre-import product approval process.” - Z. Kaufman.
Zave also advises importers and exporters in regards to packaging and labeling issues, SIMA investigations and pleadings, GST applications including guidance for non-resident importers, quota issues, duty deferral, free trade agreements, tariff relief requests, AMPS appeals, hazardous goods restrictions, and qualifying companies under both the C-TPAT and PIP security regimes
His practice includes client representations before government officials and pleadings at both the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) and the Federal Court of Canada.
Company training
He develops and provides in-house, tailor-made customs training seminars as well as individualized (customs) compliance programs and manuals.
He has also designed and developed course plans in international trade and financial payment and financing techniques that he delivers at both the college and university levels here in Canada and abroad, including Cégep Marie-Victorin (College) in Canada and Kaifeng University, Kaifeng, Henan Province, China.
Zave Kaufman holds a B.Sc. from Concordia University, a L.L.B. from the Université de Sherbrooke and he is a member of the Quebec Bar.

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