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The Gowlings Defence, Security and Aerospace (DSA) Group delivers practical insight and advice on matters relating to intellectual property (IP), business law and advocacy, and includes members with senior-level federal government, defence sector executive management and Canadian forces experience.

Gowlings’ DSA Group has advised on aerospace technology transactions and projects, from concept and early-stage technology to commercialization of products. Our professionals have acted as counsel in aircraft and other transportation leasing transactions. The Group has also advised on a number of security-related matters in the private sector, helping to protect IP assets and to ensure physical security and data privacy. The Firm’s current client list includes satellite communications system, aircraft and component manufacturers. In addition, we represent aerospace and defence clients in commercial and labour and employment disputes, in government contract matters, and in all other matters pertaining to doing business in Canada or with foreign purchasers of Canadian-produced equipment, including issues relating to procurement, transfer pricing, export controls, foreign corrupt practices compliance, subsidies and countervail, income tax and governance.

Gowlings has an impressive track record working with organizations of all sizes, including defence equipment manufacturers and suppliers of innovative land, aerospace, maritime and security solutions, both in Canada and abroad.

The Firm is an active member of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), and members of the DSA team are regular contributors in regional conferences, seminars and webinars.


As part of Gowlings’ Manufacturing Industry Group, the DSA Group shares the knowledge base of a global, full-service law firm with expertise in government relations, lobbying, members hold security clearance, corporate finance, transfer pricing and tax issues, union negotiations, immigration, licensing and product distribution, packaging and labelling, risk management, procurement, insurance and product liability.

Gowlings also provides exceptional insight into trade regulatory matters, helping clients navigate complex international markets and creating best-in-class compliance programs.

As economic turmoil puts unprecedented pressure on manufacturers, Gowlings provides a team of business-savvy lawyers who understand your position and work with you to create new and innovative ways to deliver exceptional services at the right value. By embracing new and efficient technologies, Gowlings has the capability to put the right professionals on the job and to offer pricing models that go beyond the traditional hourly rate. You can count on Gowlings to assist your company in becoming a leaner and more profitable enterprise that makes the right moves in Canada.

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