Matthew Kronby practices in the areas of international trade, investment and regulatory compliance. He represents private sector and government clients in matters relating to the WTO, the NAFTA and other trade agreements, investment treaties, export controls, trade sanctions and foreign corrupt practices. He has advised corporate boards, senior executives, government ministers and public officials on a diverse range of trade and investment issues across sectors ranging from financial services to technology, energy, mining, agriculture and manufacturing, including motor vehicles and aviation.
Before joining Bennett Jones, he was Director General of the Government of Canada's Trade Law Bureau from 2009 to 2012 and served in the Bureau as a manager and legal counsel for more than 15 years.
Matthew has appeared frequently before WTO panels and the Appellate Body and led legal teams in numerous high-profile trade disputes relating to softwood lumber, aircraft subsidies, biotech products, automotive trade and other matters, and in investment arbitrations under the NAFTA. He was the Government of Canada's lead lawyer in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union and in free trade negotiations with Colombia, Peru and Singapore. He also served for many years as Canada's negotiator in connection with improvements to the WTO's Dispute Settlement Understanding.
Matthew is recognized as one of Canada's leading international trade lawyers in the current editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
"Matthew Kronby is widely recognised for his detailed knowledge of trade agreements. He is also noted for his previous government experience and understanding of 'how the machine works from the inside out.'"
He is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, serves as Co-chair of the Public International Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, as an officer of the International Bar Association's International Trade and Customs Law Committee and as a Member of the Legal Committee of Transparency International Canada.
Matthew began his career as a foreign service officer with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. From 1993 to 1996, he served in the Congressional and Legal Affairs Section of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, where he focused on economic sanctions legislation and trans-border resource and environmental issues.