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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a diverse national banking practice, which routinely advises lenders and borrowers on project finance, syndicated loans, structured finance and acquisition finance — among other matters. Lawyers are prized for their ‘valuable industry knowledge and response times’ as well as their ‘practical approach, with standout names including Calgary’s Rick Borden, who is highly sought after for major financings. Borden recently acted hand-in-hand with the firm’s Montreal, Ottawa and Luxembourg offices to advise the lenders on a credit agreement to support a multibillion-dollar acquisition. In Toronto, David M.A. Amato advised an international bank on the amendment and restatement of a multimillion-dollar asset-based lending facility. In Vancouver, David Bain is ‘proactive and user-friendly’. David Lemieux is a key contact in Montreal. The team also includes asset-based lending expert Arnold Cohen, debt capital markets partner Peter J. Wiazowski and Robert G. Borduas — all of whom are based in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Rick Borden - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s business immigration practice is led from Montreal by ‘communicative and strategic’ of counsel Chantal Arsenault, following the departure of former group chair Yusra Siddiquee to Littler Mendelson, P.C.. Among its recent matters, the firm advised a major online travel company on the management of immigration issues.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright scores highly for its ‘practical advice’, ‘strong business understanding’ and ‘ability to bring in specialist resources as required’. The group, which has close relationships with both underwriters and issuers, packs a punch in energy and natural resources-related matters and also shines in financial services, infrastructure and life sciences — particularly on the debt side. Highlights included Montreal-based partners Stephen J. Kelly and Solomon Sananes advising the underwriters on two public offerings. Also in Montreal, Elliot Shapiro advised on several private offerings of debentures. Calgary-based Marcus W. Archer and Toronto-based Andrea Brewer lead the national group alongside Shapiro. Toronto’s Elana M. Hahn is also recommended for her ‘broad knowledge of international capital market practice’.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pragmatic and responsive’, Norton Rose Fulbright scores highly for its lawyers’ commitment to ‘regularly go beyond the call of duty’. Toronto-based Kevin Ackhurst heads the national competition practice. In Montreal, litigator Eric C. Lefebvre ‘knows the law inside out’ and is representing a client in an investigation into bid-rigging in the tendering of private sector ventilation contracts for residential high-rise buildings.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

'A premier firm for energy transactions’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian arm also has robust experience in the retail, life sciences, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Among the names to note, Toronto managing partner Terence S. Dobbin is highly regarded and recently acted alongside 'knowledgeable and experienced’ national firm chair Walied Soliman to advise on a multi-jurisdictional acquisition on behalf of a client. In Calgary, seasoned transactional energy specialist Rick Borden advised a midstream client on acquisitions of interests in a couple of assets. Among its highlights in Montreal, Marc Duquette acted for a bank in an acquisition. Other senior figures in Montreal include Paul Raymond, Stephen J. Kelly and the 'extremely goodEric Stevens. Daniel E. Steiner is a key contact in Vancouver.

Leading individuals

Terence S. 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

Practical and business-savvy’, Norton Rose Fulbright impresses with its ‘top-notch industry knowledge’, particularly on the energy side where it is ‘in the thick of it and up to date on all key issues’. It also shines in natural resources, construction, environmental and corporate and commercial litigation. In Alberta, Clarke Hunter QC stands out as ‘thorough, well-prepared and thoughtful’. In Quebec, star name Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is representing a hydroelectricity client in litigation concerning the renewal of a longstanding supply contract, while Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Perreault are representing and infrastructure client in a significant constitutional law case. Other respected senior names include Vancouver-based national group head Daniel Bennett QC, Montreal-based Sophie Melchers, and Robert Frank and the ‘very strategic’ Orestes Pasparakis in Toronto. The ‘deep bench’ also features several notable younger partners, including Vancouver-based Ryan Dalziel (‘very strong on public law’) and Toronto’s Rahool P. Agarwal (‘absolutely excellent’). Calgary’s Mary Comeau retired.

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Alberta

Clarke Hunter QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

Daniel Bennett QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Quebec

Jean Bertrand, Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Sophie Melchers - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

Ryan Dalziel - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners: Dispute resolution: Ontario

Rahool P. Agarwal - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Environment - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright secures praise for its ‘strong industry knowledge and deep teams’. Particularly lauded as a ‘leader in Quebec’, the department is also represented in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Group lead Jean Piette Ad E, who splits his time between Montreal and Quebec City, has ‘unparalleled environmental knowledge’; he paired up with ‘very strong environmental litigatorFrançois Fontaine Ad E to defend a steel company against charges brought by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Leading individuals

Jean Piette Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Aboriginal law group is represented throughout the firm’s national network. In Quebec City, Pierre-Christian Labeau is the name to note. In Vancouver, Robin Longe is recommended for his ‘strong expertise’.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s national practice is a force in Vancouver, which is the seat of sought-after national Group head Greg Lewis QC, who is ‘consistently open to debate and always calm, cool and curious’. James LeMoine, also in Vancouver, is an ‘excellent lawyer’ and advised a transit authority on a line extension project. In Montreal, senior sector specialist Robert Bordaus and Alain Ricard acted for an infrastructure client regarding a light rail project. Ottawa’s Geoffrey G. Gilbert and Vancouver’s Matt Mulligan are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Greg Lewis QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

James LeMoine - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘very knowledgeable and deep’ group stands out for ‘its excellent expertise and  cost-to-value ratio’, according to sources. The national practice, which benefits from well-staffed platforms throughout the country, is well versed in the full spread of IP-related matters but is particularly prominent in litigation. Montreal-based department lead Judith Robinson is ‘one of the leading litigators in her field’ and represented a client in a judicial review. In Toronto, senior partner Patrick E. Kierans and the ‘excellentKristin Wall represented two biotech clients, as interveners, before the Supreme Court of Canada in a leading patent case. Toronto’s Allyson Whyte Nowak and Vancouver-based Chris Wilson are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Judith Robinson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group, which covers the full spread of international trade and WTO matters, is jointly led out of Ottawa by Richard A. Wagner and Martin Masse. Highlights included representing a client in a customs appeals case relating to customs classification and goods and services tax applicability.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Satisfied clients of Norton Rose Fulbright assert it is ‘simply the best for employment law’, with the group’s ‘great 24/7 availability’, ‘exceptional knowledge’ and ‘collaborative rather than a one-size-fits-all approach’ standing out as distinguishing factors. The comprehensive national team, which comprises over 80 lawyers, is routinely engaged across the full spread of collective bargaining, compliance, health and safety, and contentious matters, for both private and public sector employers. Toronto-based global employment head Richard J. Charney is ’extremely knowledgeable and simply the best at what he does’; he successfully represented a client in a judicial review application. Among its Montreal highlights, François Côté represented a client in a grievance arbitration concerning a subcontracting issue and Michel G. Carle advised a client in a judicial review application seeking to quash a tribunal decision holding that its first-level managers could unionize. Luc Beaulieu is also senior name in Montreal, and Herb Isherwood and Timothy D. Mitchell are key contacts in Vancouver and Calgary respectively.

Leading individuals

Michel G. Carle - Norton Rose Fulbright

Richard J. Charney - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘exceptionally client-orientedNorton Rose Fulbright provides ‘high-quality legal advice’ that incorporates ‘deep regulatory, commercial and political understanding’. Among its highlights, Vancouver-based infrastructure head Greg Lewis QC (‘a forthright lawyer who is always sensitive to the needs of his clients’) and Vancouver’s James LeMoine advised a transportation authority client on a notable project. Ottawa-based Richard A. Wagner is a ‘market leader’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group, which shines in acquisitions and dispositions, property finance, construction and leasing matters, is ‘as good as it gets’, according to one client. Among its highlights, Montreal-based national practice chair Mario M. Caron acted alongside the projects department to advise an infrastructure client on a light train rail project. In Vancouver, John L Sampson advised a pension plan client on its co-ownership and redevelopment of a mall, which included assisting with construction financing. Other key names are Calgary-based Steve Raby QC and Toronto-based Michael H. Lieberman — highlighted together as ‘absolutely first-rate’ — and Vancouver-based ‘terrific younger partnerNeil Davie.

Next Generation Partners

Neil Davie - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Strategic and business-oriented’, Norton Rose Fulbright distinguishes itself through its broad sector experience and strong finance capability. The firm’s expansive national and international network is also a big draw for clients. In Calgary, Howard A. Gorman QC (‘the best in Alberta and among the best in the country’) acted alongside the banking team to advise a major bank client on a recapitalization transaction. In Toronto, Orestes Pasparakis (‘an outstanding litigator’), Evan Cobb (‘strong ability to digest information and focus on the most important issues’) and Virginie Gauthier are advising the monitor in a high-profile bankruptcy. Other senior names are Tony Reyes in Toronto and Montreal-based Sylvain Rigaud.

Leading individuals

Howard A. Gorman QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Excellent on all points’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s tax team is a ‘strong choice for more technically challenging matters’ due to its ‘sound advice, which balances both legal and technical risks’. In Calgary, Darren Hueppelsheuser and Dion J. Legge — highlighted together for their ‘strong technical and team-building skills’ — advised a petroleum company on the tax aspects of a multimillion-dollar acquisition. In Toronto, Adrienne F. Oliver advised a client on a multimillion-dollar going-private transaction. Montreal-based senior litigator Wilfrid Lefebvre QC is ‘very strong’.

Leading individuals

Wilfrid Lefebvre QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Technology - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a diverse practice, which has recently advised on technology transactions, licensing matters, commercial agreements, venture capital and litigation. Highlights included advising a business directory client on a licensing agreement to resell an all-in-one commerce platform in Canada— Toronto-based Robert L. Percival led the technology aspects of that work. Anthony De Fazekas, also in Toronto, heads the Canadian technology and innovation group.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘client-focused team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘expert in the mining area’, according to some. Historically known for its ability to plug into a ‘tier one global practice’, sources report that it has been ‘increasingly active on the local mining scene’. Among its highlights, Toronto’s David McIntyre acted alongside the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices to advise a mining company on the purchase of a stake in gold mine and various joint venture arrangements. In Ottawa, infrastructure expert Geoffrey G. Gilbert paired up with of counsel and ‘responsive problem-solverAlison Babbitt to advise a mining company on a project finance package with a couple of finance providers. Marvin Singer and Robert Mason are also key contacts — both are in Toronto.

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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 lauded for providing ‘insightful advice from both a legal and strategic perspective’. Regulatory expert Don Davies QC is a ‘leading light’ and is representing a major energy transmission client in regulatory proceedings. Wayne W. Fedun is a ‘great dealmaker’ and, together with Marcus W. Archer, advised another major petroleum company on a large acquisition. Corporate finance partner Rick Borden had a stellar year on the energy side, which included advising a midstream client on the acquisition of a 50% ownership interest in a pipeline and a 100% interest in a storage terminal. Clients also single out Justin E. Ferrara (‘a senior securities specialist’); Ryan Keays (‘provides to-the-point advice’); Robert Froehlich (‘profound industry knowledge’); and Rujuta Patel (‘very tactical’).

Leading individuals

Don Davies QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Wayne W. Fedun - 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 comprehensive national practice benefits from experienced teams in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The firm’s sector focus is equally broad, with conventional power, renewable energy and climate change all notable areas of expertise. On the transactional front, Ottawa-based Andrew Pritchard advised a hydroelectricy client on various acquisitions in Canada and the US. In Calgary, David A. Eeles and John P. Carleton are acting for an electric system operator a major renewable electricity procurement program. In another regulatory highlight, Montreal partners Éric Dunberry and Marie-Christine Hivon are advising a hydroelectricy client on regulatory applications. In Vancouver, Matthew D. Keen is a ‘rising star’.

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Keen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s multidisciplinary practice acts for a wide range of aircraft and major component manufacturers, insurers, lenders and operators. The group is particularly strong in Montreal, which is the seat of Paul Raymond; he paired up with Nicolas Labrecque to lead the firm’s advice to an aerospace client regarding its partnership with a fellow aerospace company.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a well-rounded rail practice, which clients hail for its ‘deep regulatory and commercial acumen’. Alain Ricard — who leads the transport group from Montreal — and infrastructure partner  Robert G. Borduas are advising a public infrastructure body on an LRT project.

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent shipping practice’ has a strong presence in the Vancouver and Montreal markets. In Vancouver, group head Shelley Chapelski (‘experienced and leading the field’) is advising a notable P&I club on several significant matters. Vancouver-based sector specialist John Bromley and Montreal-based of counsel — and ‘rising star’ — Vanessa Rochester are also recommended.

Leading individuals

John Bromley - Norton Rose Fulbright

Shelley Chapelski - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Vanessa Rochester - Norton Rose Fulbright

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