Bernard Colas

International Trade, Intellectual Property, International Transactions and Contracts, Mediation

Bernard Colas has over 30 years of experience in international trade law and intellectual property. This experience was acquired in Montreal, Sorel, London and Paris by advising manufacturing, technology and service businesses as well as foreign governments. As part of his practice, he advises and represents his clients’ interests during negotiations, transactions, licenses and international contracts and during their operations and implantation overseas and in international litigation. He provides advice pertaining to the enforcement and the development of international trade agreements and helps his clients develop commercial and industrial strategies while taking advantage of international trade laws. Before co-founding CMKZ, Bernard Colas worked at a law firm now called Dentons and as a legal advisor at the International Federation of Producers of Phonograms and Videograms (IFPI) in London and at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He also acted as trade law specialist for World Bank and CIDA projects advising governments such as Lithuania, Algeria, Togo, Comoros and Mauritania in relation to the WTO and trade liberalization. Bernard Colas is president of the Canadian branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and sits on the board of many bodies, including the Montreal Council of International Relations (CORIM). He is Honorary Consul of Mauritania. Holder of a doctorate degree in international economic and environmental law of the University of Paris, Bernard Colas teaches 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. He is a trademark agent and an accredited mediator.