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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright‚Äôs¬†extensive global network helps fuel a steady stream of multi-jurisdictional mandates, with recent strong showings in US and Africa-related deals. Nationally, the practice group is well weighted among six domestic offices, with Calgary, Montreal and Toronto all standing out as key deal-making centres. In terms of its practice strength, the firm packs a punch in debt finance, asset-based lending and project finance.¬†High-profile figures include Calgary-based Rick Borden, who¬†is widely considered ‚Äėa leader in Alberta‚Äô. Best known for his strength in energy-related transactions, Borden is held up by many as a go-to partner for large-scale projects and financings in the oil and gas sector. In Montreal, national banking and finance practice coordinator¬†Peter Wiazowski¬†is noted for his track record in cross-border transactions, while¬†asset-based lending group co-chair¬†David Amato¬†is a name to note in Toronto. Other key contacts include Arnold Cohen¬†and David Lemieux, both of whom are based in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Rick Borden - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Peter Wiazowski - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a compact but capable immigration team, split between its offices in Montreal and Quebec City. The practice works alongside the firm’s market-leading national labour and employment practice and is further complemented by the wider global network, which supplies a steady flow of immigration and professional mobility mandates. In 2019, Montreal-based group head Chantal Arsenault was promoted from counsel to partner.

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Cannabis
Cannabis - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s cannabis practice has a particular focus on regulatory matters. Under the leadership of Toronto-based Sara Zborovski, the practice group has provided regulatory advice to clients such as Auxly Cannabis Group, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, and KushCo Bottle Supply. The team can also utilize the wider firm’s national business group for transactional support when needed, with Vancouver-based corporate finance partner Michael Posnikoff being a particular asset transactional side.

Leading individuals

Sara Zborovski - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Supported by its extensive network of Canadian and international offices, Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate, M&A and securities team, and provides coast-to-coast coverage of the full suite of debt, equity and structured finance matters. The firm attracts a relatively even balance of underwriter and issuer-side deals, with energy, financial institutions and transport standing out as notable sweet spots. In Calgary, department co-lead Marcus Archer has a strong record in energy-related offerings, for both corporate issuers and underwriters, and enjoys close links with repeat issuers such as Keyera and Paramount Resources. Andrea Brewer and Elliot Shapiro are key contacts in Toronto and Montreal respectively.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian competition practice is complemented by the firm's robust international offering, which generates a significant number of cross-border merger cases and multi-jurisdictional antitrust investigations. A recent example included the team advising JTEKT Corporation on price-fixing and bid-rigging investigations regarding certain motor vehicle components spanned Canada, Australia and Asia. Led out of Toronto by Kevin Ackhurst, the department also benefits from experienced partners in Calgary and Vancouver as well as Montreal, where litigator Eric Lefebvre is a name to note.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has local strength across all of Canada’s four largest provinces and also boasts a broad sector focus on national stage. Energy and natural resources remains a key source of deal flow, though the team has also been active in technology, agribusiness and aviation. In addition, the firm leverages its global network to post a strong record in multi-jurisdictional deals. In Toronto, office managing partner Terence Dobbin is highly regarded for his experience in M&A and corporate governance matters. Toronto-based Walied Soliman, who is Canadian chair, is known for his track record in special situations, including hostile M&A, shareholder activism and complex reorganization transactions.

Leading individuals

Terence Dobbin - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Walied Soliman - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution: Quebec - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright boasts a nationwide litigation offering with experience across the full range of contentious matters, and particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure, transportation and financial services sectors. Vancouver-based Daniel Bennett QC heads the national practice and is recognized for his experience in both commercial and administrative litigation. Also recommended in Vancouver is up-and-coming partner Ryan Dalziel, whose clients include a mix of corporations, public sector entities, First Nations and non-profit advocacy groups. Clarke Hunter QC in Calgary enjoys a strong reputation for energy-related disputes, while in Montreal, Pierre Bienvenu Ad E co-heads the global arbitration group. Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Melchers, who focuses on white-collar crime and anti-corruption matters, are also leaders in the Montreal market. Orestes Pasparakis, who co-heads the Canadian special situations team, is a key contact in Toronto. Rahool Agarwal left to join Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP.

Leading individuals

Clarke Hunter QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Daniel Bennett QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Jean Bertrand Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Pierre Bienvenu Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Sophie Melchers - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Ryan Dalziel - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is distinguished by its ability to link up with the wider firm’s respected global mining practice, and, indeed, a large proportion of its Canadian-led deals are cross-border. The team’s global dimension is also evidenced by its impressive client list, which is composed of major international financial institutions and mining corporations. Led out of Toronto by corporate finance partner Robert Mason, the national group also has specialists in project finance and regulatory matters. Marvin Singer recently retired.

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Energy and natural resources: oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is immersed in the oil and gas sector globally and its Canada industry expertise is equally comprehensive. The firm covers the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream transactions for a broad mix of Canadian and foreign oil and gas companies, oilfield service providers and banks. On the regulatory side, Don Davies QC is a standout specialist and is noted for his experience in complex contentious issues. Wayne Fedun, whose key clients include Brookfield Asset Management, Crescent Point Energy and Paramount Energy, is recommended for transactional work. Up-and-coming partner Robert Froehlich, who focuses on transactional matters, heads the department.

Leading individuals

Don Davies QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Wayne Fedun - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Robert Froehlich - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and natural resources: power
Energy and natural resources: power - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's national power practice has an emphasis on regulatory work, with strong experience in representing private and public sector clients and industry associations before regional regulators. The team also works alongside the wider firm’s projects, corporate and securities departments, both domestically and internationally, to advise on transactional matters. The group is particularly dominant in British Columbia, but also benefits from robust footholds in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Up-and-coming regulatory specialist Matthew Keen is a name to note in Vancouver.

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Keen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†provides coast-to-coast coverage of environmental law matters, with strengths across the full range of contentious proceedings, transactional support and regulatory issues. Toronto-based Janet Bobechko¬†now heads the national department, following the departure of Montreal‚Äôs Jean Piette Ad E¬†to¬†BCF Business Law. Associate Michael Manhas¬†‚Äėcommunicates effectively‚Äô and is a lawyer to watch in the Vancouver office.

Rising stars

Michael Manhas - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has experience across the spectrum of Aboriginal law, covering all the key elements of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Best known for representing industry participants, particularly mining and energy companies, it also advises local government clients on indigenous law issues. The group is led from Quebec City by Pierre-Christian Labeau, who is currently acting as the Quebec government negotiator in land claims.

Leading individuals

Pierre-Christian Labeau - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out as a top choice for rail projects, particularly on the local authority side where it enjoys close relationships with Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. Other sector strengths include energy, social and wastewater projects. In addition to project development mandates, the firm continues to build on its secondary market expertise, recent examples of which included its advice to InfraRed Capital on the sale of its interest in the Iqaluit Airport PPP, a the deal led by Douglas Buchanan QC, who recently joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Buchanan jointly leads the North America infrastructure group in Vancouver alongside Greg Lewis QC. James LeMoine is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Greg Lewis QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

James LeMoine - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s increasingly prominent insurance litigation practice handles a broad range of matters nationally, with notable expertise in the marine, construction and professional liability sectors. André Legrand in Montreal, and Calgary-based up-and-coming partner Lara Mason have particular experience in professional liability matters.

Leading individuals

André Legrand - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Lara Mason - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong IP litigation practice, which is consistently engaged in all core areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks and industrial designs. Of late, Montreal-based IP practice head Judith Robinson has had particularly strong showings in patent and copyright litigation. The group is also strong in anti-counterfeiting matters, where Vancouver-based IP litigator Karen MacDonald is experienced in advising clients from the luxury goods and technology industries on anti-counterfeiting enforcement programs. The firm also handles non-contentious IP, including licensing, portfolio management and transactional support matters.

Leading individuals

Judith Robinson - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Karen MacDonald - Norton Rose Fulbright

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s national trade team handles a range of contentious, regulatory and policy matters, with notable expertise in trade remedies, economic sanctions and export and import controls. The group, which is steered from Ottawa by department co-heads Martin Masse and Richard Wagner, also benefits from its ability to plug into the wider firm’s formidable global network to advise on multi-jurisdictional issues.

Leading individuals

Richard Wagner - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

On the employment front, Norton Rose Fulbright provides strategic advice on restructuring, outsourcing and organization design, and also handles transactional support issues and litigation. The group brings to bear deep experience in construction-related issues, among other specialist industry matters, and also benefits from strong complementary expertise in health and safety, human rights and corporate immigration. Global practice head Richard Charney in Toronto is widely considered an authority in labour and employment matters. In Montreal, Michel Carle is highly regarded for his specialist experience in the manufacturing, retail and food industries, and Luc Beaulieu is rated for his impressive track record in complex labour relations cases.

Leading individuals

Luc Beaulieu - Norton Rose Fulbright

Michel Carle - Norton Rose Fulbright

Richard Charney - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Public Procurement
Public Procurement - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright houses a thriving procurement practice, which is recognized for its strong public sector client base, composed of local authorities from across the country. Led from Vancouver by infrastructure head Greg Lewis QC, the group is particularly prominent on the infrastructure development front, and also handles bid challenges and anti-corruption issues. Also recommended is Ottawa-based Richard Wagner, who is widely regarded as a leader in complex regulatory and procurement matters.

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Real Estate
Real Estate - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly active in infrastructure-related matters, with a strong record in advising on the development of transportation projects. In addition, the team also advises on the acquisition, disposition and management of real estate assets and the development of commercial, residential and mixed-used projects. Vancouver-based John Sampson co-chairs the practice alongside Montreal-based Mario Caron, who is recognized for his focus on commercial leasing and property sales and acquisitions. Also in Vancouver, Neil Davie has a growing profile for real estate transactions.

Next Generation Partners

Neil Davie - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†is best known for representing debtors and court-appointed officers, and leverages its robust energy and mining expertise to secure a steady flow of activity in natural resources-related restructurings. It also continues to win a significant share of retail-related mandates. The national practice has strong footholds in all of Canada‚Äôs four largest commercial centres, and is also increasingly involved in US-related proceedings. The team is jointly led by Montreal-based Sylvain Rigaud¬†and Vancouver-based Kieran Siddall, and also includes Howard Gorman QC¬†in Calgary. In addition, younger partner Luc Morin¬†is highlighted as ‚Äėprobably the best restructuring lawyer of his generation in Montreal‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Howard Gorman QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Luc Morin - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a comprehensive tax service spanning tax planning, litigation and transactional support matters. The team sets itself apart through the size of its platform both nationally, where it can draw upon tax specialists throughout its six Canadian offices, and internationally, where it can plug into the wider firm’s 150-strong global tax group for support on multi-jurisdictional deals. The group is jointly led by Calgary-based transactional tax specialist Dion Legge and Montreal-based tax litigator Dominic Belley, and also includes Montreal-based Wilfrid Lefebvre QC, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading tax specialists.

Leading individuals

Wilfrid Lefebvre QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ability to plug into its extensive global network makes it an attractive choice for multinational technology clients. In a recent example, the team advised Calgary-headquartered software company Solium Capital on its C$1.1bn acquisition by Morgan Stanley, which involved legal teams in the US and the UK. In addition to a strong corporate transactional offering, the group advises on a variety of related issues including outsourcing, venture capital investments, and data security. The department is led jointly from Toronto by Robert Percival, who spearheads the sourcing and technology contracting team, and intellectual property specialist. Anthony de Fazekas. Toronto-based associate Andrew McCoomb is highlighted as a rising star for contentious matters.

Rising stars

Andrew McCoomb - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Transport: Shipping
Transport: Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has broad expertise across the shipping industry, and is able to utilize its strong domestic presence and expansive global network to handle complex and resource-heavy shipping matters. In Vancouver, Shelley Chapelski is highly regarded for her experience in both transactional and contentious matters, while John Bromley QC is sought after for his litigation expertise. Also recommended is Montreal-based Vanessa Rochester, whose practice covers aspects of transport and energy law.

Leading individuals

John Bromley QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Shelley Chapelski - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Vanessa Rochester - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s aviation practice has its largest on-the-ground presence in Quebec and enjoys a strong relationship with Montreal-based manufacturing giant, Bombardier. The team advises on a wide range of industry-specific issues, and is adept at handling corporate and finance transactions in the aviation space. Key contacts include corporate and securities partner Paul Raymond and transportation head Alain Ricard, both of whom are based in Montreal.

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Transport: other transport
Transport: other transport - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its deep expertise in infrastructure development in the rail sector, with a particularly impressive record in LRT projects. In addition to development work, the practice also handles general corporate and commercial transactions and contentious matters in the rail space, and links up with the firm's other complementary practice groups to advise on transport matters involving aspects of indigenous law, human resources, and real estate. Montreal-based Alain Ricard heads the Canadian transport team.

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