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Aviation

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  1. Transport: aviation
  2. Leading lawyers

Leading lawyers

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    • Patrick Brennan - Bennett Jones LLP
    • Gerard Chouest - Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
    • Dino DeLuca - Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
    • Donald Gray - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Catherine Pawluch - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • Laura Safran QC - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

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An ‘industry leader in aircraft finance’, Bennett Jones LLP earns praise for its strong expertise across the sector, and clients say, ‘it’s hard to imagine that any Canadian firm has better knowledge or experience in this space’. Calgary-based group lead Patrick Brennanexcels at finding pragmatic solutions to difficult commercial problems’; he advised Chorus Aviation on its purchase of 13 new Q400 aircraft from Bombardier and on its structured lease financing with Export Development Canada. Toronto-based Ian Michael is also recommended.

A top performer in the aircraft space, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is noted for its diverse practice that shines in a broad range of finance, tax, insurance, procurement and regulatory matters. It also leverages its market-leading corporate practice to advise major aerospace companies on M&A deals. Toronto-based Donald Gray is recognized as a leading light.

The ‘flexible and adaptable’ group at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is ‘excellent on all fronts’, according to clients. Calgary-based aviation lead Laura Safran QC provides a ‘dynamic service that is strong on practicality’ and is defending Honeywell in a claim brought by Ethiopian Airlines concerning a fire at Heathrow Airport that destroyed an aircraft the airline operated. Regulatory specialist Catherine Pawluch and aircraft finance expert Andrew McFarlane are also highly regarded – both are based in Toronto.

Aviation law is a mainstay at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP and the firm acts for an impressive list of domestic and international air operators. Regulatory and contentious matters are both sweet spots. Carlos Martins is the name to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright advised key client Bombardier on several headline matters over the past year, including its agreement with Delta Air Lines for the sale and purchase of 75 aircraft, with the option of an addition 50. National transport head Alain Ricard and Solomon Sananes are both recommended in Montreal.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP’s aviation practice specializes in transactional and compliance matters. Counsel Dino DeLuca is recommended.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP has a strong track record in insurance matters. Montreal-based Martin Sheehan advised Marsh Canada in a complex liability-related claim brought by the owner of an airplane.

At Gowling WLG, Ottawa-based Cynthia Elderkin is recommended for aviation-related transactional work. The group also has an active regulatory practice.


Other

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  1. Transport: Other
  2. Leading lawyers

Leading lawyers

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    • David Blair - McCarthy Tétrault
    • Rui Fernandes - Fernandes Hearn LLP
    • Gordon Hearn - Fernandes Hearn LLP
    • Forrest Hume - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • Ian MacKay - Conlin Bedard LLP

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP houses a ‘first-class rail practice’, with market-leading expertise in regulatory and contentious matters. Vancouver-based group head Forrest Hume is a noted specialist and successfully represented Univar Canada in litigation against the Canadian Pacific Railway concerning a damaged bridge. Vancouver-based senior counsel John Landry is also recommended.

Toronto-based transportation boutique Fernandes Hearn LLP is highly regarded for both rail and road work, with name partners Rui Fernandes and Gordon Hearn both well versed in the industries. The firm acts on a wide range of regulatory, transactional and contentious work¬¬ – with a strong showing in insurance – for clients including rail carriers, road carriers, freight forwarders, warehouse owners and insurers.

McCarthy Tétrault’s national transportation team focuses exclusively on the rail, bus, truck and taxi industries and it has notable experience in regulatory issues, procurement (both private and public sector), infrastructure projects and litigation. Quebec City-based David Blair is a ‘leader in the area’ and counts Via Rail Canada, Greyhound Canada Transportation and Aéroport de Québec as clients.

Highlights for Dentons’ transport team included advising TIP Trailer Services on the acquisition of Train Trailer Rentals – Toronto-based group co-chair Michael Ledgett was the lead. Co-chair Alex MacWilliam is based in Calgary. Other representative clients include Thomson Terminals, Network Rail Consulting and Via Rail Canada.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong rail practice that is particularly noted for its infrastructure expertise. In addition, its merger with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP added weight to its road practice. Montreal-based transport lead Alain Ricard advised CDPQ Infra on its project agreement with the government of Quebec for a light rail project in Montreal.

More efficient than its peers’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP earns praise for its ‘large office network’ and ‘client-focused service’. The team has a strong focus on contentious matters, but also routinely advises on regulatory matters and infrastructure projects. BC Rail, Infrastructure Ontario and Trinity Rail Leasing 2012 are on the firm’s books.

At Conlin Bedard LLP, Ian MacKay is the key contact for transportation matters and advises on the full spread of Canadian rail regulation and compliance issues. Insurance and liability, level of service obligations, and rates and costing matters are all areas of expertise. Key clients include BNSF Railway and the District of West Vancouver.


Shipping

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  1. Transport: shipping
  2. Leading lawyers

Leading lawyers

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The ‘knowledgeable’ group at Bernard LLP is noted for its ‘unrivalled depth of expertise’. Shipping is a key pillar of the Vancouver firm’s practice and it handles a wide range of transactional and contentious issues, but it is particularly admired for its experience in maritime casualty cases. Key names Gary Wharton and Peter Swanson are noted as ‘experts in their field’ and litigator Thomas Hawkins is also recommended. Clients include P&I clubs, insurers, shipowners, charterers, forwarders and terminal operators.

According to sources, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is ‘miles better than its competitors’ due to its ‘excellent service and industry knowledge’. Montreal-based Jeremy Bolger provides ‘strategic advice that is always on point’, and clients say, ‘you are in great hands with him’; he represented TT Club in defending a C$10.8m claim brought by Québec Port Authority. Montreal-based Jean-Marie Fontaine is also very active in the area and advised NordLB on the recovery of loans secured by marine mortgages following the arrest and judicial sale of the vessel Hong. Montreal’s Peter Pamel and Vancouver’s Graham Walker are also recommended.

Among the best for shipping matters’, Montreal-based Brisset Bishop remains ‘at the forefront of the industry’. The long-established maritime boutique has close links with P&I clubs and also routinely acts for shipowners, operators and charterers, insurers, shipbuilders and terminals operators. David Colford is recognized as a ‘reference in the area’. Richard Desgagnés and litigator Danièle Dion are also highly regarded.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s 2017 tie-up with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP created a market-leading shipping practice that excels in the full spread of transactional and contentious matters. Lawyers impress with their ‘immediate grasp of the issues presented’ and ‘speedy and practical advice’. In particular, Vancouver-based John Bromleyknows the industry inside out’, Vancouver’s Shelley Chapelski is an ‘extremely effective litigator’, and Montreal-based counsel Vanessa Rochester is ‘very technically able and commercially minded’. Representative clients include North P&I Club, Seaspan and the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund.

Isaacs & Co has a comprehensive shipping practice but focuses mainly on contentious work, including cargo claims, salvage claims and collisions. High-profile managing partner Marc Isaacs is highly sought after for his specialist maritime expertise and regularly represents shipowners, operators and insurers.

Stewart McKelvey’s robust maritime practice is split between its offices in the port cities of Halifax, St John’s and Saint John and provides unparalleled on-the-ground coverage of Atlantic Canada. Halifax-based Will Moreira QC is recognized as a leading light and handles a broad range of dry and wet work for shipowners, marine insurers, ship suppliers, energy firms and lenders.

The shipping practice at Stikeman Elliott LLP is a prominent player in marine insurance and contentious work. Montreal-based Peter Cullen is a noted leader in his field and recently advised a shipowner and a British P&I club on a collision claim. Laurent Fortier is also recommended in Montreal.

Transport boutique Fernandes Hearn LLP handles a range of transactional and contentious matters in the maritime space and is particularly well known for its insurance practice. Rui Fernandes is the key contact.

Vancouver boutique Giaschi & Margolis is recommended for its strong track record in litigation – although it also handles commercial matters. Key figure Christopher Giaschi acts for insurers, P&I clubs, shipping companies and government agencies.


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