International Trade

United kingdom: legal and tax issues

Develop your business in this country

Friday, April 19, 2013 from 8:30 A.M. to noon


Bernard Colas

Bernard Colas, LL.D.

International Trade and Business Law
Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, LLP

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Member of the Quebec Bar since 1983, Bernard Colas has more than 30 years of experience in international trade law advising internationally active businesses and foreign governments.

Holder of a doctorate degree in international economic and environmental law of the University of Paris, he practiced, prior to founding Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, in large firms based in Montréal and Paris. He also worked as consultant for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and legal advisor for the International Federation of Producers of Phonograms and Videograms (IFPI) in London.

In his practice, Mr. Colas is involved in:
- International business transactions (e.g. sales, distribution, transfer of  technology, strategic alliances, joint ventures and investments);
- Trade regulations and international protection of intellectual property rights;
- Strategies and recourses using international agreements (e.g. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and World Trade Organization (WTO)).

Bernard Colas is president of the Canadian branch of the International Law Association (ILA), is past president of the International Law section of the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and secretary of Quebec Lawyers Abroad and sits on the board of many bodies, including the Montréal Council of International Relations (CORIM). He is Honorary Consul of Mauritania.

He teaches international trade and contract law at École de technologie supérieure master degree and is the author of many articles and books on international trade law, notably of Global Economic Co-operation: A guide to Agreements and Organizations, and Treaties and International Documents Used in International Trade Law.


Gerry De Luca

Gerry De Luca, CPA, CA, D.E.S. Fisc.

Partner, International Taxation
Demers Beaulne LLP

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Gerry De Luca has been a tax partner with Demers Beaulne LLP since 2006. He specializes in international taxes and is actively involved in the continuous growth and development of the international tax service line.

Gerry has over 20 years of experience advising private companies. His clients benefit from his extensive knowledge regarding initial investment structures in Canada and abroad, tax efficient financing and repatriation planning strategies. With his expertise, Gerry is also often involved in files such as foreign tax credit and exit strategy planning as well as cross-border tax audits, tax controversies, intellectual property planning and transfer pricing.

Throughout his career, Gerry was often called on to handle complex corporate reorganizations, related to public and private Canadian companies, with respect to their foreign affiliates.

Over the years he has gained extensive experience by being involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions, financing and divestiture, including diligence reviews.

Before joining Demers Beaulne LLP, Gerry practiced international taxation with one of the Big Four professional accounting firms in Montréal, advising companies in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunications and energy industries.

In addition to his practice, Gerry has published numerous articles on international taxation. He was lecturer on international taxation matters at HEC Montréal. He has organized or participated in numerous seminars and forums dealing with taxation issues affecting domestic and foreign investors. He has also been a guest speaker for the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF).

As a member of IAPA (International Association of Practicing Accountants) network, Gerry is also responsible in representing Demers Beaulne LLP with respect to international tax matters. Due to his active involvement and contribution to the IAPA’s activities, Gerry became an IAPA Board member in 2010 representing Canada.

The activity will be held in French and English


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514 871-4001

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The workshop expenses are tax deductible (provicial and federal).

The cost of the workshop is eligible as an expense under the 1% Training Investment.

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Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
380 St. Antoine Street W. Suite 6000

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This training workshop will enable you to understand the context and master the legal particularities of doing business in the United Kingdom and in Europe.

By participating, you will: 

  • Learn about a wide range of topics that are key to your success on the British market, including: regulatory compliance, customs formalities, writing contracts, and establishing companies; 
  • Optimize the tax structure of your transactions with the United Kingdom;
  • Increase your chances of success and learn how to defend your interests on the market.


  • The rules to follow to ensure regulatory compliance of your products and services, and to protect your intellectual property;
  • The particularities of British taxation, and the double taxation rules between Canada and the United Kingdom;
  • Specific legal and tax requirements involved in writing and implementing contracts, and in establishing companies; 
  • How to defend your interests before an arbitrator, a tribunal, or the administration in the event of litigation;
  • The steps to take to obtain work and residence visas in the United Kingdom.


  • Business leaders active in the United Kingdom, or planning to expand their business to the region
  • Management and employees travelling to the United Kingdom for business initiatives
  • Vice-presidents and directors of sales, marketing, communications, distribution, or customer service 
  • Export advisors

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is produced in cooperation with:

Official airline of the
"Exporting Québec" initiative:

LaPresse+   AIR CANADA
WTC Montréal receives financial
support from Canada
Economic Development.

Affiliated with the World Trade
Centers Associations


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