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Gowling WLG

SUITE 2600, 160 ELGIN STREET, OTTAWA, ON K1P 1C3, CANADA
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Canada

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

According to clients, Gowling WLG is ‘more focused and detail driven than other firms’, and it also stands out for its ‘diverse client base’, which includes First Nations, indigenous political organizations, government entities and corporations. In Vancouver, indigenous law lead Maxime Faille has ‘very good knowledge of national precedents and how they apply to the client’s situation’; he advised the Kaska Dena Council on litigation relating to a treaty transfer of land involving China Minerals Mining. In Ottawa, senior figure Brian Crane QC brings ‘vast experience and authority to the table’.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s broad sector coverage of banking and financial institutions combines with its diverse national network – which encompasses well-staffed platforms in Alberta, British Columbia, Montreal and Ontario – to ensure a steady stream of finance-related mandates. Among its recent highlights, financial institutions group lead for the Calgary office Elizabeth Burton advised the lenders on a C$160m syndicated financing to a multi-province borrower to support its going-private transaction. In Toronto, Lilly Wong advised CIBC World Markets and Scotiabank as joint lead arrangers of credit facilities to Capstone Power. Toronto is also the seat of national group lead Mark Ledwell.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

A ‘strong mid-level player’, Gowling WLG scores points for its ‘good ability to build lasting relationships’. The firm houses a diverse corporate offering, with notable skill sets in energy and natural resources, technology, life sciences and infrastructure. Vancouver-based Cyndi Laval heads the national group and acted for Exeter Resource in its C$240m acquisition by Goldcorp. In Toronto, Ian Palm advised General Electric Canada on BWXT Canada’s acquisition of the GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada joint venture. Other representative clients include Amica Mature Lifestyles, Franco-Nevada and Platinum Group Metals.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Dispute resolution: Québec - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s ‘knowledgeable and strategic partners’ and ‘solid business acumen’ ensures ‘very good value for money’, according to clients. Among its highlights, Calgary advocacy lead David Bishop and the Toronto-based head of class actions Scott Kugler and commercial litigation head Robert Armstrong advised Poseidon Concepts on C$600m securities class actions filed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Vancouver managing partner Shayne Strukoff QC is ‘beyond excellent’ and alongside Vancouver-based insurance specialist Mike Adlem defended Citibank in class actions brought by retailers relating to credit card processing fees. The department also includes John Callaghan in Toronto and Montreal-based Alexandre Sami, who is able to ‘explain difficult legal concepts to make the law accessible to clients’.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Regarded as ‘one of the leading firms for environmental law in Canada’, Gowling WLG’s national practice is commended for its ‘strong depth of energy and environmental expertise’ and its ‘consistently commercial and strategic advice’. In Toronto, Rodney Northey’s ‘strong knowledge and preparation really impresses’; he is acting for five municipalities seeking to obtain environmental review of Canadian National Railway’s new intermodal facility in the town of Milton. In Calgary, Wally Braul advised Kirby Offshore Marine on an oil spill following the sinking of a tug boat on the west coast of British Columbia. The group also benefits from the expertise of Toronto-based specialists Harry Dahme (‘extremely knowledgeable’) and Mark Madras (‘seasoned partner with bags of experience’).

Leading lawyers

Mark Madras - Gowling WLG

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Committed, proactive and responsive’, Gowling WLG is recommended for its ‘deep knowledge of the PPP market in Canada’. Toronto-based Ted Betts heads the team and is advising Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority on the cross-border Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Also in Toronto, Merie-Anne Beavis is advising Infrastructure Ontario on the C$1.3bn contract for a new hospital in York Region. Other key partners include the ‘extremely experienced and business-oriented’ Luc Lissoir in Montreal and Toronto-based Darryl Brown.

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Insurance: M&A and regulatory
Insurance: M&A and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

The ‘responsive and client-oriented’ group at Gowling WLG demonstrates ‘strong business acumen and industry knowledge’. Toronto-based group lead Filomena Frisina is ‘focused on achieving business objectives with as little regulatory friction as possible’ and along with Kitchener-based Peter Koch and Montreal’s Michael Garellek advised Economical Mutual Insurance on its acquisition of Western Financial Insurance. Frisina and Garellek also advised Starr Insurance & Reinsurance on its application to add the automobile class to its insurance licenses in all provinces and territories in Canada.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s team advises on all aspects of IP law, with particular strength in trademark and patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. In Ottawa, department head Robert MacDonald, Monique Couture and associate Matthew Boyd successfully represented Home Hardware before the Federal Court of Appeal in appealing a 2015 decision regarding Benjamin Moore’s registration of the ‘NATURA’ trademark. Christopher Van Barr and Patrick Smith, who are based in Ottawa and Calgary respectively, have been acting for Idenix Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement and impeachment trial brought against Gilead Sciences regarding the latter’s hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Other names to note are Anthony Creber in Ottawa, Kelly Gill in Toronto and Hélène D’Iorio in Montreal. Associate Kiernan Murphy is also recommended in Ottawa.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Creber - Gowling WLG

Robert MacDonald - Gowling WLG

Next generation lawyers

Kiernan Murphy - Gowling WLG

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ trade group at Gowling WLG includes ‘excellent’ group head Wendy Wagner and senior litigator Richard Dearden – both are based in Ottawa. Wagner and Dearden are advising Eli Lilly on a Nafta Chapter 11 claim against the Government of Canada for expropriation and breach of minimum standard of treatment.

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Wendy Wagner - Gowling WLG

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts for clients across a broad range of sectors, including energy, financial services and life sciences. It is headed by Calgary-based Laura Mensch, who primarily handles employment-related litigation, as well as employment contracts, terminations and workers’ compensation. Maxwell Brunette, who divides his time between Vancouver and Calgary, often represents employers in wrongful dismissal claims and human rights complaints, among other contentious matters. Waterloo-based Christopher Andree is also recommended.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG maintains a busy media and entertainment practice, which advises on contract negotiations, managing rights acquisitions and litigation - among other matters. Toronto-based Susan Abramovitch has a strong reputation in the area and has recently undertaken work for the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Independent Music Association and Harlequin Enterprises.

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Susan Abramovitch - Gowling WLG

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is well known for its strong experience in contentious matters but also regularly advises on bid strategy. Ottawa-based department lead Phuong Ngo is lauded for her litigation expertise and takes on a steady stream of such work. Ottawa-based public law specialist Graham Ragan is also recommended and advised Cybera on a review of its procurement policies and processes.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s national real estate practice is well known for its work on property sales and acquisitions, leasing transactions, property finance and fund formation. Among its highlights, Montreal real estate lead Julie Desrochers advised Sobeys on a C$418m sale-and-leaseback transaction with Crombie REIT involving 19 retail properties and a 50% interest in three automated distribution centres. Other key names in the department include Toronto-based Mark McHughan and Ottawa-based leasing specialist Laurie Sanderson.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG sets itself apart through its ‘very good level of service’ and ‘great value for money’. In Calgary, Thomas Cumming is ‘very thorough and very responsive’ and with Toronto-based department lead Clifton Prophet advised Scotia Bank, as agent, and a syndicate of lenders on Northern Transportation’s CCAA proceedings. Senior name and referral favourite Derrick Tay is lauded as ‘an industry leader and go-to person in this area’; he and Prophet represented Ernst & Young as court-appointed monitor in the Essar Steel Algoma restructuring. In 2016, Toronto restructuring lead Alex MacFarlane joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

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Derrick Tay - Gowling WLG

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

The ‘diligent and responsive’ group at Gowling WLG is noted for international tax, private equity, transfer pricing, indigenous tax issues and contentious matters. Recent work includes Michael Bussmann and group lead John Sorensen successfully representing Jaguar Land Rover Canada in litigation against the CRA. ‘Exceptional’ associate Carl Hinzmann is ‘very intelligent and quickly gets up to speed in areas in which he is not familiar’. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Next generation lawyers

Carl Hinzmann - Gowling WLG

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Among Gowling WLG’s recent matters, Calgary-based corporate partner Stuart Olley advised Hon Hai Precision Industry on the $60m acquisition by its subsidiary Foxconn Technology Group of Smart Technologies. In 2017, the Toronto team was boosted by the arrival of Parna Sabet-Stephenson from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

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.

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Oil and gas
Energy: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

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.

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

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.

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James Smellie - Gowling WLG

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Canada: Transport

Aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

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

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