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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Canada

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pragmatic and experienced’, Norton Rose Fulbright scores highly for its ‘good size, which enables access to several expert lawyers as required’ and also for its ability to provide ‘valuable advice in a timely way’. Pierre-Christian Labeau chairs the Aboriginal law group from Quebec City and is acting as the Quebec government negotiator on several cases relating to land claims and consultation.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ability to plug into an extensive national and global network is a major draw according to clients, with one reporting: ‘the breadth of the firm, within Canada and internationally, allows us to place one phone call to receive knowledgeable answers specific to any given industry or jurisdiction’. In Calgary, Richard Borden is a byword for complex energy-related transactions and led the firm’s finance advice to RBC, and the syndicate of lenders, in TransCanada’s $10.3bn bridge financing to support its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group. David Lemieux is a leading figure in the Montreal team and alongside of counsel Martin Thériault advised SNC-Lavalin on several finance transactions, worth over C$7bn, related to its £2.1bn acquisition of WS Atkins, including a C$1.5bn limited recourse loan from CDPQ Revenu Fixe. In 2016, the practice bolstered its Toronto arm with the hire of capital markets and structured finance specialist Elana Hahn from Dentons; she recently advised Waterfall Asset Management as subordinated lender on a securitization acquisition financing. Other recommended partners include Vancouver-based David Bain (‘very experienced, quick to respond, helpful in resolving difficult situations’), Toronto-based David Amato (‘extremely knowledgeable with a reasoned approach to resolving issues’) and Montreal’s Arnold Cohen (‘a strong business partner’).

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Richard Borden - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’ business immigration and international mobility department is ‘valued’ by a wide range of multinational clients, including start-ups and inbound companies from Europe and the US. ‘Very professional and trusted adviserYusra Siddiquee, based in Toronto, is now chair of the national group, while of counsel Chantal Arsenault heads the Montreal team. Jean-Philippe Brunet moved to Corporate Immigration Law Firm.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

In 2016, Norton Rose Fulbright boosted its Toronto offering with the hires of ‘proactive, responsive and thorough’ capital markets partner Elana Hahn from Dentons and corporate finance partner Vanessa Grant from Gowling WLG. The group’s ‘deep bench’ and its ‘wide range of supplementary expertise to draw upon’ finds favour with clients, and it continues to act on a steady stream of debt and equity deals for issuers and underwriters. Highlights included Calgary’s Kevin Johnson QC acting as Canadian counsel to the underwriters (led by JP Morgan Securities, RBC Capital Markets and Bank of America Merrill Lynch) on Cenovus Energy’s $2.9bn notes offering. He also advised the underwriters (led by RBC Capital Markets and JP Morgan Securities) on the Canadian aspects of Cenovus Energy’s C$3bn bought-deal offering.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright houses a ‘timely and efficient’ competition group, which provides ‘thoughtful and practical advice’. Kevin Ackhurst heads the national team from Toronto and recently acted with Toronto-based litigator Michael Brown to advise Avis Budget Group in a misleading advertising investigation opened by the Commissioner of Competition, which resulted in a consent agreement. On the merger review side, Montreal-based Thierry Dorval advised Groupe Filgo on its C$1.5bn combination with Sonic.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘highly responsive, commercially focused and knowledgeable’ group at Norton Rose Fulbright distinguishes itself through its ‘true effort to identify client needs and become part of the in-house team’. The department’s leading names are scattered across the firm’s six Canadian offices, giving it real reach geographically. In addition, its global network ensures it ‘can serve the broad range of client needs not just locally but internationally too’. In Calgary, senior partner Kevin Johnson QC and Marcus Archer advised Paramount Resources on the C$2.1bn sale of oil and gas assets to Seven Generations Energy. In Toronto, national firm chair and ‘future starWalied Soliman advised InnVest REIT on its C$2.1bn acquisition by Bluesky Hotels & Resorts. In Vancouver, Daniel Steiner advised Coastal Pacific Xpress on its sale to VersaCold Logistics Services, a portfolio company of KingSett Capital and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Among the other names to note, Calgary-based Justin Ferrara is praised for his ‘strong commercial instincts’ and ‘ability to just get things done’, Toronto office managing partner Terence Dobbin is ‘very experienced’ and Montreal-based Paul Raymond is also recommended.

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Terence Dobbin - 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: Québec - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright, following its 2017 merger with Vancouver-based Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, now has litigation expertise in all of Canada’s four largest provinces, ensuring a ‘broad and cohesive national practice’. Clarke Hunter QC is recognized as ‘the go-to-litigator in Calgary’ and continues to represent Chevron (as co-counsel with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in defending efforts to enforce in Canada a $9.5bn judgment obtained against Chevron in Ecuador. In Quebec, Pierre Bienvenu Ad E has ‘impeccable judgment’ and is representing Hydro-Québec against Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation in C$8bn litigation relating to the renewal of a longstanding supply contract. Daniel Bennett QC is the key name in British Columbia and is advising Rio Tinto Alcan in a landmark case concerning Aboriginal title. In Toronto, Steve Tenai and Montreal-based François Fontaine Ad E represented SNC-Lavalin in C$1bn securities litigation. Other senior names include Calgary-based Mary Comeau and Montreal-based Jean Bertrand Ad E, while Vancouver’s Ryan Dalziel and Toronto’s Rahool Agarwal are highlighted as up-and-coming lawyers to watch.

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Alberta

Clarke Hunter QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Mary Comeau - Norton Rose Fulbright

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - British Columbia

Daniel Bennett QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Quebec

Jean Bertrand Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Pierre Bienvenu Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers: dispute resolution - British Columbia

Ryan Dalziel - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers: dispute resolution - Ontario

Rahool Agarwal - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘very knowledgeableNorton Rose Fulbright scores highly for its ‘strong sector knowledge’ and ability to ‘work seamlessly as part of a multi-disciplinary team’. Department lead Jean Piette Ad E splits his time between Montreal and Quebec and is widely regarded as a leading light; he represented two senior managers on charges of violating a remediation order issued under the federal Fisheries Act following an oil spill. Calgary’s Alan Harvie is also recommended.

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Jean Piette Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s merger with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP awarded the firm with a sturdy projects base in Vancouver, under the leadership of new national infrastructure head Greg Lewis QC (‘a safe pair of hands for complex projects’). Lewis is advising the Capital Regional District on the C$800m Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project. James LeMoine and Matt Mulligan are also recommended in Vancouver. The firm’s Ontario group is well known for its authority-side practice, particularly in relation to transportation projects, and Ottawa-based Geoffrey Gilbert teamed up with Toronto partners Sandra Nissan and Roger Watkiss to advise Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the C$1bn Finch West LRT project. The same team is also advising the City of Ottawa on the C$5.1bn Phase 2 of the Confederation LRT project. Robert Borduas is a key contact in Montreal.

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Greg Lewis QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’ and ‘very responsive’ group advises on a broad spectrum of IP work, including transactional and litigation matters. National practice head Judith Robinson, who is based in Montreal, successfully defended Bell Helicopter against a series of patent infringement claims brought by Airbus. Robinson, along with IP litigation head Jordana Sanft in Toronto and Brian Daley in Montreal, also acted for Gilead Sciences in three patent infringement actions brought against AbbVie before the Federal Court. In Toronto, Patrick Kierans and Kristin Wall represented Innovative Medicines Canada before the Supreme Court regarding intervention status in AstraZeneca Canada Inc et al v Apotex Inc following AstraZeneca’s appeal of the invalidation of its patent for Nexium. Also in Toronto, Lorelei Graham and Anna Wilkinson have been advising Mirexus on various patent applications. The department also includes Jung-Kay Chiu, who leads on patent and other IP transactions, senior partner Brian Gray, Louisa Pontrelli and Anthony de Fazekas in Toronto; Claude Brunet in Montreal; and Richard Johnson, Chris Wilson and Karen MacDonald in Vancouver. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of Louis Gratton in Montreal as of counsel from Rio Tinto, and Mark Davis and Sara Zborovski in Toronto from Belmore Neidrauer LLP and DLA Piper (Canada) LLP respectively.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Ottawa-based senior partner Richard Wagner has a robust trade practice; he recently advised J. Cheese Inc in a customs classification appeal to the CITT. Ottawa’s Martin Masse is also recommended and advised Shell Canada on its opposition to the CITT large diameter line pipe injury inquiry.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’, ‘always available’ team has considerable experience working for international clients – particularly in the construction sector. Montreal-based Michel Carle, who heads the national employment group, represented Cascades before the Quebec Labour Relations Board in a constitutional matter regarding an application for certification filed by a union. In Toronto, global practice head Richard Charney represented Independent Electricity System Operator in an arbitration brought by the Society of Energy Professionals regarding the client’s new code of conduct following its merger with Ontario Power Authority. In Calgary, Bernette Ho has been advising Enabil Solutions on employment aspects arising from a significant restructuring. The team also includes William Armstrong QC in Calgary and Luc Beaulieu, Marie-Hélène Jetté and Martin Rochette in Montreal, and was strengthened by the arrival of Lisa Cabel in Toronto from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Michael Horvat is now at Aird & Berlis LLP, while John West retired.

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John West - Norton Rose Fulbright

Martin Rochette - Norton Rose Fulbright

Richard Charney - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Pensions
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Martin Rochette - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ability of Norton Rose Fulbright to ‘strongly familiarize itself with the client’s industry and organization’ is a big draw for sources who also highlight the team’s ‘expert knowledge and strategic approach’. The firm’s recent combination with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP gives it significant firepower in Vancouver, where recent highlights include William McFetridge advising Seaspan on its contract to construct non-combat vessels worth an estimated C$8bn over 25 years. Ottawa’s Richard Wagner is ‘first class’, and Calgary-based David Eeles is ‘very diligent and thorough’.

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Richard Wagner - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s real estate group is staffed by ‘very practical and experienced’ lawyers. Among the names to note, Montreal-based national lead Mario Caron is advising CDPQ Infra on the real estate aspects of its C$5.6bn development of a light rail infrastructure project. In Vancouver, John Sampson had a strong year and advised Grosvenor Canada on several headline matters, including on the assembly, acquisition and rezoning of a full city block in the centre of West Vancouver. Vancouver’s Neil Davie is also recommended for his ‘can-do attitude’.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

A ‘great firm with capable people’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s lawyers provide ‘timely, insightful and reasonably priced advice’, according to sources. In particular, star name Howard Gorman QC is hailed as ‘the best in Calgary’; he represented the monitor in Gasfrac Energy Services’ joint CCAA and US Chapter 15 proceedings – as well as on the subsequent sale of certain fracking assets and related services to STEP Energy Services. In Toronto, Tony Reyes is a ‘very strong lawyer’ and advised the board of directors of Essar Steel Algoma on its restructuring proceedings. Sylvain Rigaud is a key contact in Montreal.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright are commended for their ‘excellent service levels’ and ‘strong attention to detail’. Calgary-based Dion Legge jointly chairs the practice and alongside Darren Hueppelsheuser advised Paramount Resources on its C$2.1bn sale of oil and gas assets to Seven Generations Energy. In Toronto, Adrienne Oliveroffers great insight into the issues associated with doing deals in Canada’ and advised Pacific Exploration & Production on the tax aspects of its restructuring of approximately $5.5bn of debt. Montreal-based department co-lead Dominic Belley is an ‘excellent litigator’ and represented Jean Coutu Group before the Supreme Court of Canada in a precedent-setting rectification case. The group also includes seasoned litigator Wilfrid Lefebvre QC and ‘excellent tax practitionerDerek Chiasson – both are based in Montreal.

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Wilfrid Lefebvre QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s national team, which is led from Toronto by Robert Percival, stands out for outsourcings, technology licensing and corporate finance matters. Toronto-based Michael Caruso advised start-up Amgine Technologies on its partnership arrangement with American Express. Other notable clients include CGI Group, Desjardins Group and Enabil Solutions.

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Oil and gas
Energy: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Don Davies QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Canada: Transport

Aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Other
Transport: Other - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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John Bromley - Norton Rose Fulbright

Shelley Chapelski - Norton Rose Fulbright

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