Paul D. Burns

Paul D. Burns


Baker McKenzie LLP

Recognized since 2006

Toronto, Ontario

Practice Areas

International Trade and Finance Law

Tax Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - International Trade and Finance Law
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Paul Burns has over 35 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of international trade and commodity tax, including significant experience advising on Canadian customs and export control matters. Paul obtained his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario. For many years, he served as the practice group coordinator of the International Commercial Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office.

Paul has assisted multinational corporations on a multitude of trade matters, including valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin, marking, standards, remissions and drawbacks; anti-dumping and subsidies; export and import controls; trade sanctions; blocking measures; the Controlled Goods Program; free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement; and goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax. He has advised and assisted with audits (both internal and by regulatory authorities), the development of customs strategies and compliance programs and with appealing unfavorable determinations by governmental authorities, including appeals before the Anti-Dumping Tribunal, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Binational Panels established under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, as well as the NAFTA.

Location

  • Brookfield Place, Bay/Wellington Tower, Suite 2100
    181 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 2T3
    Canada

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B., graduated 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1984
  • Ontario, 1984

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association - Member
  • Law Society of Ontario - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - International Trade and Finance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • International Trade and Finance Law, Toronto, Canada (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Tax Law

Special Focus

  • Commodity Tax/Customs
  • Finance
  • Trade

Awards:

  • Band 1 lawyer for International Trade/WTO, Chambers Canada and Chambers Global, 2011-2021Recognized as a leading individual for international trade, Legal 500 Canada, 2013-2021Recognized lawyer for international trade and finance law and tax law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2022Recognized as leading practitioner in commodity tax/customs and international trade regulations, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2009-2021Recognized lawyer for trade & customs, Who's Who Legal: Canada, 2011-2020Recognized as distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell

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Canada imposes sanctions on four individuals and one entity linked to Xinjiang


Canada imposes sanctions on four individuals and one entity linked to Xinjiang

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UK, US, Canada and Switzerland significantly escalate sanctions against Belarus


UK, US, Canada and Switzerland significantly escalate sanctions against Belarus

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Sanctions imposed against listed persons in Nicaragua


Sanctions imposed against listed persons in Nicaragua

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Canada imposes sanctions against listed persons in Belarus


Canada imposes sanctions against listed persons in Belarus

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The UK and Canada impose additional sanctions against Myanmar officials for human rights violations


The UK and Canada impose additional sanctions against Myanmar officials for human rights violations

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