Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Canada > Energy > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Mining

Index of tables

  1. Energy: mining
  2. Leading lawyers
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading lawyers

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Mining clients in Canada using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

Mining is a key pillar of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP’s firm-wide offering and it excels across the full spectrum of matters, from exploration and planning, through to environmental and project development. It is best known, however, for its corporate finance prowess and among its key highlights in the area group head Mark Bennett advised Lundin Mining on the C$1.1bn sale of its minority stake in the Tenke Fungurume to Chinese private equity player BHR Partners. Toronto-based Paul Stein is also a high-profile figure in the market and represented Goldcorp in its C$520m acquisition of Kaminak Gold. Among the Vancouver office’s highlights, Jennifer Traub acted for Thompson Creek Metals in its $1.1bn acquisition by Centerra Gold. Other key names in Toronto include securities expert Jay Goldman and ‘leading light’ John Craig. In Vancouver, Darrell Podowski and Gordon Chambers are also recommended.

A true ‘global mining giant’, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s national platforms in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Calgary combine with international footholds in London and Johannesburg to ensure it is a regular participant in multi-jurisdictional deals. Hailed for its ‘wide breadth of expertise’, sources draw particular attention to its ‘great bench’, ‘strong industry knowledge’ and ‘ability to call on teams within the firm for cross-practice support’. In Toronto, global mining head John Turner is a ‘go-to lawyer for mining deals’ and acted for Iamgold in its $230m share offering in Canada and the US. Other key names in Toronto include Michael Bourassa (‘a fantastic partner, with a sharp business mind’), Brian Graves (‘strong experience in cross-border transactions’) and rising star Krisztián Tóth. In Vancouver, Josh Lewis advised Eldorado Gold on the $300m sale of an 82% interest in the Jinfeng mine to a subsidiary of China National Gold.

A leader among Bay Street firms’, Stikeman Elliott LLP possesses a ‘deep well of experience and expertise that is unequalled in the mining space’. The group is split mainly between the firm’s Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offices, although it also has expertise domestically in Calgary and internationally in New York and Sydney. In Toronto, mining co-head Jay Kellerman is a ‘strong and responsive relationship manager’ and acted for Nevsun Resources in its $365m acquisition of Reservoir Minerals. Also in Toronto, Amanda Linett is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and acted for Newmarket Gold in its C$1bn merger with Kirkland Lake Gold. In Vancouver, John Anderson advised Goldrock on its C$154m acquisition by Fortuna Silver Mines. Other key names in the ‘accessible and business-savvy’ team include Vancouver-based global mining co-head Quentin Markin and Montreal-based David Massé.

Bennett Jones LLP’s mining practice climbs a tier on the back of its increasing market share, which saw the Toronto-centred group act on a slew of corporate finance mandates over the past year – it also has significant experience in exploration and development. Sander Grieve heads the group and advised Osisko Gold Royalties on a C$173m bought-deal offering. Abbas Ali Khan continues to raise his profile in this space and advised Premier Gold Mines on its $122.5m acquisition of Yamana Gold’s Mercedes Mine property. Senior counsel John Sabine is also a key name.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a top choice for mining industry clients due to its ‘soup-to-nuts coverage of the area’ combined with its ‘great cross-border experience’. The firm’s expertise certainly spans a wide range of mining law, with specialist expertise in environmental matters, capital markets, M&A and infrastructure. In Vancouver, Bob Wooder is a recognized specialist and advised Boliden on the $712m acquisition of First Quantum’s Kevitsa mine. Peter O’Callaghan is also recommended in Vancouver. In Toronto, corporate finance heavyweight Jeffrey Lloyd was part of the team that advised Kinross Gold on the sale of its 25% stake in the Cerro Casale project and its 100% interest in the Quebrada Seca project to Goldcorp.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is ‘top of class in the mining area’, according to one client, and stands out for its ‘excellent business acumen’ and ‘strong depth of team’. Melanie Shishler is the key contact for mining transactions, notably leading the firm’s relationship with Barrick Gold, and advises on M&A, joint ventures, royalty streaming transactions and corporate finance matters. Among Shishler’s recent work, she advised Barrick Gold on the $960m sale of a 50% interest in the Veladero gold mine to Shandong Gold ¬¬– she also advised the mining giant on various regional joint venture arrangements. Patricia Olasker is ‘strongly recommended for all matters corporate’ and advised Agnico Eagle Mines on a $220m equity offering.

At Lawson Lundell LLP, pre-eminent mining expert Chris Baldwin ‘knows all there is to know about the mining industry’ and is lauded as a ‘go-to guy for operational matters’. The group also includes ‘very strong mining specialist’ Khaled Abdel-Barr. Although particularly well known for its expertise relating to project development and exploration, the firm also houses a capable corporate finance practice. Representative clients include Baffinland Iron Mines, New Gold and Newmont Mining.

McCarthy Tétrault acts on a steady stream of mining deals across its domestic offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and also benefits from a sizable London platform. Vancouver-based group co-lead Roger Taplin has a strong profile in the market and acted for Goldcorp in the $438m sale of its Los Filos Mine in Mexico to Leagold. In another headline deal, Toronto-based Frederico Marques advised Vale on the Canadian aspects of its $2.5bn sale of assets to, and the acquisition of a minority interest in, US-based Mosaic. Toronto-based co-head Shea Small is also recommended.

The Canadian arm of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global mining practice is jointly led by Quebec City-based Jean-Philippe Buteau and Calgary’s Crae Garrett, and calls upon partners in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and, following its 2017 merger with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver. Among the group’s recent highlights, Toronto-based Walied Soliman advised the board of directors of Agrium on its $36bn merger with PotashCorp. On the projects side, Montreal-based Steve Malas acted for Arianne Phosphates in the C$1.5bn project financing of its Lac á Paul project in Quebec.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s mining group has a focus on corporate finance matters under the leadership of Vancouver-based securities specialist Fred Pletcher. Among Pletcher’s recent work, he advised Anfield Gold on a C$32m private placement. Erik Goldsilver is recommended in Toronto and acted for Kinross Gold in its option agreement with Yorbeau Resources to acquire Yorbeau’s Rouyn property in Quebec.

The ‘excellent’ team at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is ‘fast, hardworking and always available’. In particular, Vancouver-based global mining co-head David Reid is highlighted as ‘very experienced and adept at analysing complex legal issues’. Calgary-based Roy Hudson leads the mining practice for the Americas is also recommended; he continues to act for New Millennium Iron in the development of the C$8bn Taconite Project.

Dentons’ ‘industry knowledge is off-the-charts high’, according to clients, who also commend the team’s ‘great value for money’. In Vancouver, global mining co-chair Brian Abraham QC is ‘very effective with a great grasp of the industry’; he advised Battle Mountain Gold on a C$8m strategic investment by Gold Standard Ventures. In Montreal, Ann Bigué Ad E is recommended for Aboriginal and environmental law issues related to the mining sector. In 2016, former group co-chair Alan Hutchison left to join the Vancouver office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Goodmans’ ‘top-quality mining team’ is commended for its ‘deep knowledge of the Canadian market’ and ‘strong commercial sense’. Among the names to note, Grant McGlaughlin is a ‘first port of call for M&A’, and Kari MacKay is ‘absolutely excellent’; the pair jointly lead the group. Recent work includes advising Newmont Canada on the C$19.6m sale of its 31% interest in the Fort à la Corne property to Shore Gold. It also acted for GFL International, a subsidiary of Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, in its $174m investment in Lithium Americas.

In a significant coup, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP welcomed the ‘very thorough and experienced’ Alan Hutchison into its Vancouver office as national mining co-head – he joins from Dentons, where he was also mining co-lead. Hutchison recently advised AQM Copper on its C$35m acquisition by Teck Resources. Firm managing partner Douglas Bryce jointly heads the department from Toronto. Other representative clients include Cameco, China Molybdenum and Kinross Gold.

Torys’ mining practice has a strong corporate finance bent under the leadership of joint co-heads Michael Amm and Michael Pickersgill – both of whom are based in Toronto. Among the group’s recent highlights, it advised Orion Mine Finance on its $122.5m financing package to Premier Gold Minds to support its acquisition of Yamana Gold’s Mercedes Mine in Mexico. It also advised Triple Flag Mining Finance on a silver stream agreement with Milpo UK. Alamos Gold, ArcelorMittal, and Dowa Metals and Mining are also on the firm’s books.

Gowling WLG’s national mining team spans Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, while internationally it leans on its UK arm’s stellar fundraising practice. Highlights included Vancouver-based Cyndi Laval advising Terraco Gold on a C$24.6m asset purchase and convertible debenture transaction with Solidus Resources.

In 2016, McMillan LLP significantly boosted its mining practice with the hire of Toronto-based Georges Dubé from Bennett Jones LLP, who is particularly well known for corporate finance matters. Vancouver’s Bernhard Zinkhofer is also recommended and acted for Auryn Resources in a C$41m private placement with Goldcorp.


Oil and gas

Index of tables

  1. Energy: oil and gas
  2. Leading lawyers
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading lawyers

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Oil and gas clients in Canada using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

All lawyers in this section are based in Calgary unless otherwise stated.

Top tier for energy-related work’, Bennett Jones LLPcannot be beat in regulatory matters’ and also has ‘very good energy transactions capability’ – its ‘first-class strength in litigation’ is also commended. On the transactional side, Patrick Maguire has a ‘wide range of knowledge and experience in all aspects of energy law’; he advised Devon Energy on the C$1.4bn sale of its 50% ownership interest in Access Pipeline to Wolf Midstream. In another headline deal, David Spencer advised Columbia Pipeline Group on the local aspects of its $13bn sale to TransCanada. Up-and-coming partner Kieran Ryan had a banner year, which included advising Penn West Petroleum on the C$975m sale of oil assets to Teine Energy. Oil and gas head Vivek Warrier (‘very solid energy lawyer’), Robert Booth QC and Donald Greenfield QC are also key dealmakers. On the regulatory side, Brad Gilmour advised Tervita on the regulatory aspects of its court-approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Other recommended regulatory specialists are Lawrence Smith QC and Loyola Keough.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s generous national and international network combines with its expert capability in regulatory and transactional matters to distinguish it as a ‘one-stop shop for oil and gas matters’. Lawyers are ‘a cut above’, with their ‘vast industry knowledge’ and ‘responsive service’ particularly prized by clients. On the transactional side, Mungo Hardwicke-Brown is ‘extremely experienced’ and acted for Kinder Morgan in the C$500m sale of a 50% ownership interest in the Utopia Pipeline Project to Riverstone Investment Group. Oil and gas head Ben Rogers is also highly regarded and advised Imperial Oil on the C$2.8m sale of 497 Esso retail stations in Canada. Rogers was also part of the team, under corporate partner Ross Bentley, who acted for Cenovus Energy in its mammoth C$17.7bn acquisition of natural gas assets from ConocoPhillips, notable for being the largest energy asset acquisition ever undertaken in Canada. Kemm Yates QC is highly sought after for regulatory work and is advising TransCanada PipeLines and Energy East Pipeline on regulatory matters concerning the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects. Transactional heavyweight Michael Laffin QC and regulatory specialist Lars Olthafer are also key contacts.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP remains ‘at the forefront of energy deals in Canada’ and ‘continues to track that significant bit ahead of its peers’, according to some. The Calgary firm’s ‘unrivalled strength in transactional oil and gas’ is particularly lauded by clients, but it also fields a standalone energy litigation practice that handles a wide range of environmental litigation, royalty disputes, Aboriginal law matters and operating disputes. Industry specialist Alicia Quesnel is a ‘genuine force in the market’ and acted for Murphy Oil Canada in its C$937m sale of a 5% non-operated stake in the Syncrude oil sands joint venture to Suncor Energy. Jody Wivcharuk had a strong year and advised ARC Resources on the C$700m disposition of strategic light oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan to Spartan Energy. In another highlight deal, corporate partner William Maslechko advised Tourmaline Oil on its C$1.3bn acquisition of strategic assets from Shell Canada. The group also benefits from the expertise of transactional ‘market-leader’ John Cuthbertson QC and rising star Carolyn Wright.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s oil and gas department is enviably balanced between transactional and regulatory strength, fielding some of the market’s leading names on both sides of the practice. On the transactional side, energy co-chair Janice Buckingham is a high-profile figure in the market and alongside senior partner Robert Desbarats QC advised Athabasca Oil Corporation on the C$582m acquisition of thermal oil assets from Statoil Canada. Simon Baines is also recommended for energy deals and advised Shell Canada on its C$1.3bn sale of strategic assets to Tourmaline Oil. On the regulatory side, ‘superior’ regulatory specialist Shawn Denstedt QC is ‘beyond compare’; he and Terri-Lee Oleniuk are representing Kinder Morgan Canada in regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law matters concerning the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Martin Ignasiak is also recommended for regulatory work and is advising Teck Resources on its Frontier oil sands project.

Outstanding law firm and valued business partnerDentons has a ‘a depth in energy matters that you can rely on’. In particular, regulatory specialist Bernard Roth is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’; he is advising Enbridge on all regulatory issues relating to the development of the C$7.9bn Northern Gateway Pipelines project. On the transactional side, newer partner George Antonopoulosunderstands business needs and the industry’ and advised Enbridge on the C$1bn sale of its assets in the South Prairie region to Tundra Energy. Michael Hurst heads the department and is also recommended for energy deals. Douglas Crowther QC recently retired, while Cameron Hughes moved to McCarthy Tétrault.

Up there with the best’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent group’ scores highly for its ‘great communication skills’ and ‘pragmatic approach’. The team’s skill set in the regulatory area really impresses, with Don Davies QC singled out as an ‘industry expert on regulatory matters, particularly before the National Energy Board (NEB)’. Davies recently represented several prospective shippers before the NEB in regulatory proceedings relating to the Trans Mountain expansion project. Among its highlight transactions, Wayne Fedun advised Paramount Resources on its C$2.1bn sale to Seven Generations Energy, while Richard Borden advised Wolf Midstream on its C$1.4bn acquisition of a 50% interest in the Access Pipeline system from Devon Energy. Justin Ferrara (‘strong commercial instincts’) and Robert Engbloom QC (‘excellent board presence and strong grounding in M&A’) are also recommended for energy deals.

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s recent investment in its oil and gas practice continued in 2016 with the hire of transactional expert Trent Mercier from Norton Rose Fulbright. Chrysten Perry, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2015, jointly leads the energy group and is also highly regarded for oil and gas deals; she advised Teine Energy on its C$975m acquisition of oil assets from Penn West Petroleum. Also active in this space is Frederick Erickson, who recently advised Cheung Kong Infrastructure and Power Assets Holdings in their C$1.7bn acquisition of a 65% interest in certain oil assets from Husky Energy. Keith Miller is recommended for regulatory matters.

Torys climbs a tier on the back of its increasing involvement top-flight oil and gas mandates. In a major headline, Derek Flaman advised Husky Energy on its C$1.7bn sale of a 65% interest in certain midstream assets to Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings and Power Assets Holdings. Chris Christopher also had a strong year and acted for Inter Pipeline in its C$1.3bn acquisition of the Canadian natural gas liquids midstream business from Williams and also on its $527.5m acquisition of the remaining 15% interest in the Cold Lake pipeline system from Canadian Natural Resources. Calgary office head Ron Deyholos is also recommended.

Led from Calgary, with significant capacity in Edmonton and Vancouver, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s oil and gas practice acts for a wide range of exploration and production players, oilfield service companies and other stakeholders in a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters. Brian Bidyk heads the team and advised Mount Bastion on its C$148m acquisition of oil and gas properties in Northern Alberta from Penn West Petroleum.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP specialises in advising on the regulatory, commercial, environmental and Aboriginal law aspects of major pipeline projects, but it also handles corporate finance matters. Vancouver-based Paul Wilson chairs the energy group and alongside regulatory expert Peter Feldberg, who splits his time between Calgary and Toronto, advised TransCanada on the environmental, permitting and Aboriginal law aspects of its C$5bn Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project.

M&A powerhouse McCarthy Tétrault recently bolstered its ranks in this area with the hire of Cameron Hughes from Dentons. Craig Spurn heads the practice and has a strong profile in energy deals. The group also benefits from the senior expertise of corporate finance specialist John Osler QC, who advised Enbridge on its C$37bn acquisition of Spectra Energy. Gordon Nettleton jointly leads the environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law group and is ‘among the best’.

Although Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is better known for its power prowess, the firm does house a capable regulatory practice on the oil and gas side, with litigator Randall Block QC regarded as a market leader. Block represented ConocoPhillips in a significant environmental liability case. The group has also recently undertaken work for Arsenal Energy, Devon Energy and Repsol.

At Gowling WLG, Lorne Rollheiser had a busy year; highlights included advising Plains Midstream Canada on its C$200m acquisition of Westcoast Energy’s ownership interest in Spectra Energy’s Canadian natural gas liquids business. On the regulatory side, natural resources head John Cusano and Stuart Olley advised Tundra Energy Marketing on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of the South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System from an affiliate of Enbridge Income Fund.

Lawson Lundell LLP’s oil and gas practice is split mainly between its Calgary and Vancouver offices and packs a punch in energy regulation – although it also handles exploration, M&A and operational matters. Vancouver-based senior counsel Chris Sanderson QC is recommended for regulatory matters, and Calgary’s Jeff Scobie is a key contact on the transactional side.


Power

Index of tables

  1. Energy: power
  2. Leading lawyers
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading lawyers

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Power clients in Canada using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

Widely regarded as ‘the jewel in the firm’s crown’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s much-admired power practice maintains its position at the top of the market due to its ‘very strong and deep team’ and its ‘extremely broad industry knowledge, which allows it to hit the ground running on even very complex files’. Among the names to note, Toronto-based national lead Linda Bertoldi is a ‘leading energy lawyer in Canada’ and shows a ‘very high level of expertise in energy and transactional matters’. Bertoldi, Toronto-based electricity co-chair Mark Rodger and the corporate group advised Enersource on its multibillion-dollar merger with Horizon Utilities and PowerStream to create Alectra, and on Alectra’s subsequent acquisition of Hydro One Brampton Networks. Shane Freitag jointly chairs the Toronto electricity practice and is an ‘effective problem solver’; he advised the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on its electricity agreement with Hydro-Québec, which notably marked the largest contract since market deregulation. In Calgary, Kent Howie advised Northwest Territories Power Corporation on the acquisition of a municipal electric distribution system. Vancouver-based transactional partner Robert Shouldice and Calgary-based regulatory expert Randall Block QC are also recommended.

McCarthy Tétrault’s power group leverages the firm’s leading corporate practice in handling sophisticated power deals across the country, while on the regulatory side wholesale market governance is a sweet spot. In a highlight example of the firm’s ability to combine top-tier corporate and regulatory expertise, David Lever (‘first port of call for an energy deal’) and energy regulation head George Vegh (‘simply the best in his field’) – both Toronto based – advised TransAlta on its agreement with the Government of Alberta over transition payments for the cessation of coal-fired emissions from its Keephills 3, Genesee 3 and Sheerness coal-fired plants – it also advised on their agreement to collaborate on the development of a new policy framework. Also in Toronto, national power lead Seán O’Neill advised Samsung Renewable Energy on the C$195.8m sale of its equity interest in the K2 Wind Project to a consortium composed of Axium Infrastructure, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board and Manulife Financial. The department also benefits from the experience of project finance specialist Marc Dorion Ad E, who splits his time between Montreal and Quebec City, and Toronto-based transactional specialist Michael Weizman.

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s power practice is active in advising clients from all spheres of the power industry on the full spread of transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Toronto-based regulatory expert Glenn Zacher jointly heads the national power practice and is highly regarded in the market; he successfully acted for ITC Holdings in obtaining approval for its C$1bn HVDC submarine transmission cable under Lake Erie, which will connect the Ontario IESO market to the US. Toronto-based Jim Harbell heads the project development and finance group and advised Horizon Holdings on its merger with PowerStream and Enersource to form Alectra, and on Alectra’s subsequent acquisition of Hydro One Brampton Networks – rising star Matt Cameron also played a key role in that work. Also in Toronto, Eric Bremermann advised a consortium of investors (led by Axium Infrastructure) on the acquisition of a one-third interest in the K2 Wind Project. In Montreal, Maxime Turcotte advised Boralex on its C$238.5m acquisition of Enercon Canada’s interest in the Niagara Region Wind Farm project. Other key partners include Montreal’s Erik Richer La Flèche and Calgary-based Keith Miller.

Torys’ houses a ‘market-leading’ power practice comprising lawyers who are ‘immersed in the industry’ and ‘efficient, responsive and highly business savvy’. In particular, infrastructure and energy co-head Krista Hill is a ‘go-to specialist for energy deals’, with her ‘impressive market knowledge’ and ‘strong communication skills’ finding favour with clients. Hill recently acted for Texas Transmission Holdings in its $2.4bn acquisition by NextEra Energy. Hill also teamed up with Valerie Helbronner to advise Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its partnership arrangements with Beothuk Energy concerning the development, construction and financing of offshore wind energy projects in Canada. High-profile regulatory specialist Charles Keizer jointly leads the national practice and with litigator Crawford Smith is representing Ontario Power Generation in its payment amounts application to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for incentive rates for its nuclear and hydroelectric businesses; worth over C$6bn, this work represents the largest rate proceeding ever in Ontario. In Calgary, Luigi Cusano is recommended for regulatory matters and provides ongoing advice to ENMAX on its power business interests, including generation and distribution issues. Jonathan Weisz, who is widely regarded as a leader in project finance matters, is also recommended. All named partners are based in Toronto except where otherwise stated.

Although better known for its top-tier strength in oil and gas matters, Bennett Jones LLP fields a ‘very good power regulatory group’ and is routinely involved in power deals. On the transactional side, Calgary-based department co-lead David Macaulay is an ‘extremely good practitioner with excellent industry knowledge’; he acted for ATCO Power Canada in the development of a cogeneration facility to supply steam and electricity to Inter Pipeline Propylene ¬¬– he also advised ATCO on its negotiations with the government concerning coal phase-out. In Toronto, national co-lead Michael Barrett is ‘very thoughtful and knowledgeable’ and advised Coronal Group on the project financing of an Ontario-based solar energy electricity generating project. On the regulatory side, Calgary’s Loyola Keough is ‘utterly top-notch’ and is advising ATCO Electric on the construction of the C$1.8bn Eastern Alberta Line.

Among the top three power groups in Calgary’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s national practice also has well-staffed platforms in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Among its recent transactional highlights, Toronto-based ‘up-and-coming’ partner Mark Johnson led the firm’s advice to Ontario Power Generation in the C$12.8bn refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generation Station. In Montreal, project finance specialist Sébastien Vilder acted for the lenders in the C$825.5m project financing of the Niagara Region Wind Farm project. Calgary’s Peter Keohane and Toronto-based Bryson Stokes are also key contacts and are both recommended for transactional work. On the regulatory side, Calgary-based energy, environmental and Aboriginal law expert Sandy Carpenter is highly sought after.

Clients ‘unreservedly recommendGowling WLG’s power practice and highlight its lawyers ‘promptness to contribute and participate’ as well as their ‘strong understanding of the business side of large-scale megaprojects’. The department has a diverse focus but it possesses particularly strong skill sets in nuclear law, regulatory matters and renewable energy projects. Among its most high-profile mandates, Toronto-based global nuclear lead Ahab Abdel-Aziz advised Rosatom on the construction of the $30bn Ed Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt. On the M&A side, Toronto’s Robert Hull acted for PowerStream in its combination with Enersource and Horizon Utilities and on the combined company’s acquisition of Hydro One Brampton. Toronto-based Paul Murphy is ‘amply experienced and very knowledgeable about nuclear power generation’ and advised the Parliament of South Australia on the region’s possible development of an international repository for nuclear waste. Toronto-based Paul Harricks and Calgary-based senior specialist James Smellie are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s power group shines in regulatory matters, but the national practice also has a solid track record in energy M&A and corporate finance deals. In a highlight example of its strength in the regulatory area, Calgary partners David Eeles and John Carleton were appointed to advise the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) on the design and implementation of a 5,000MW renewable electricity procurement program. The same team is also advising the AESO on the C$1.6bn implementation of the Fort McMurray West transmission project. In Montreal, senior partner Éric Dunberry and Marie-Christine Hivon represented Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie in an administrative review before the Quebec Energy Board. Following its merger with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, the department now benefits from a platform in Vancouver, where Matthew Keen and Brian Wallace QC are recommended for regulatory issues.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP continues to strengthen its profile in the power area, with its ‘deep bench, from junior to senior level’ and ‘strong industry knowledge’ striking the right note with clients. Toronto-based department chair Rocco Sebastiano is a dominant force in power deals and is representing Bruce Power in the Major Component Replacement Program, as part of the refurbishment of the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station. Toronto-based Richard King is the key contact for regulatory work and along with Sebastiano advised the IESO on the introduction of a cap-and-trade program in Ontario to negotiate amendments to its energy supply contracts with gas-fired generators in the province. Newer partner Elliot Smith, also in Toronto, is leading the firm’s advice to Northland Power in several matters, including the major equipment supply and installation agreements for the $4.2bn Project Gemini offshore wind farm.

One of the best firms from a project finance perspective’, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP has ‘excellent knowledge of the sector’ and ‘excels in large energy infrastructure projects’. Nicholas Williams is a key contact and receives rave reviews from clients for being ‘quick at understanding complex issues’ and for ‘going beyond legal analysis to provide experienced business judgment’. Williams acted for Manulife in several matters over the past year, including the C$60m project financing of ten solar projects. Sarah Powell and Alexandria Pike provide ‘strong environmental support’.

Dentons’ ‘very solid power group’ scores highly for its ‘good depth and ability to meet tight timelines’. In Vancouver, national infrastructure co-lead John Haythorne is advising BC Hydro on a turbine and generators contract as part of the Site C Clean Energy Project. In Montreal, newly promoted partner Charles Côté-Lépine acted for EDF EN Canada in the sale of a 42.5% stake in the Rivière-du-Moulin wind project to the DIM Wind consortium. Key partner Douglas Crowther QC retired in 2017.

Insightful and responsive’, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP scores highly for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ and ‘significant experience in practicing regulatory law in Canada’- the large national group also has expertise in power-related M&A, project finance and construction. Calgary-based firm managing partner Peter Feldberg is an expert in regulatory law and alongside Vancouver-based environmental specialist Robert Lonergan advised BC Hydro on environmental assessment issues relating to its Site C Clean Energy Project.

Widely regarded as a leader in Quebec, Lavery, de Billy’s power practice is particularly well known for its strength in project finance. Montreal-based Dominique Bélisle jointly heads the national team and advised the Manulife-led lending syndicate (as co-counsel with Torys) on the Quebec aspects of the C$263m project financing of the Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm project. Montreal-based Édith Jacques co-leads the team.

Lawson Lundell LLP’s prominent regulatory expertise is supported by robust capability in transactional matters, resulting in a solid all-round practice that routinely advises utilities, marketers, government agencies and power producers on regulatory and commercial issues. Regulatory specialist Chris Sanderson QC is widely admired as a leader in his field, and Gordon Craig is a key contact for commercial transactions – both are based in Vancouver.

Power is a mainstay at Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP and the firm has a strong practice that spans M&A, infrastructure, real estate and regulatory matters. Among the names to note, Ron Clark has an eminent reputation for power transactions, and Fred Cass is highly regarded for energy regulation.

Goodmans has an active power practice, with a strong focus on renewable energy projects and the cleantech sector. Daniel Gormley heads the department and recently advised Enwave Energy on its acquisition of Veresen’s district energy businesses in London and Prince Edward Island.


Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

Press Releases worldwide

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to