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Gowling WLG

1600 – 1 FIRST CANADIAN PLACE, 100 KING STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO, M5X 1G5, CANADA
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Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s banking and finance practice covers all the major bases, with its extensive national network attracting a diverse regional deal flow spanning the real estate, energy, manufacturing and technology sectors, among others. The firm’s international dimension is also a significant string to its bow, and it remains a popular choice for foreign as well as domestic borrowers and lenders. Cost-effectiveness is a recurring theme among market sources, a trait that underlies the group’s success in leveraging the wider firm’s tech-savvy approach to legal services delivery to provide industry-specific tools supporting fixed-fee arrangements. David Cohen has a strong record restructuring and distressed M&A and heads the team from Toronto. In Calgary, Elizabeth Burton impresses with her ability to ‘find the most effective alternative by considering many different views and ideas’; she is noted for energy and real estate finance.

Next Generation Partners

Elizabeth Burton - Gowling WLG

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Cannabis
Cannabis - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s national practice strikes a balance between transactional and regulatory matters, with the firm’s signature IP strength being a considerable asset on the advertising and product regulatory fronts. The firm also punches above its weight on the capital markets side, enjoying a significant recent run of cross-border deals involving the US and Latin America. Jointly led by Ottawa-based regulatory specialist Lewis Retik and corporate finance partner Peter Simeon in Toronto, the multi-disciplinary industry group also draws upon the expertise of partners in the real estate and litigation departments.

Next Generation Partners

Peter Simeon - Gowling WLG

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

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is a strong performer in the mid-market, both domestically and internationally through its ability to lean on platforms across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm’s market-leading IP offering complements its thriving life sciences transactional practice, while other areas of activity include energy and natural resources, infrastructure and technology. A name to note is Toronto-based Ian Palm, who counts private and public companies, pension funds and private equity investors among his clients.

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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: Quebec - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Supported by an extensive national and international network, Gowling WLG has a dynamic litigation practice that is active across Canada and beyond. The firm is particularly well versed in shareholder, insolvency and construction disputes, and also houses standalone offerings in class actions, product liability and arbitration. David Bishop spearheads the Calgary advocacy group and is sought after for directors’ and officers’ defence, product liability and class actions. Toronto-based Scott Kugler heads the Canadian commercial litigation group and focuses on class actions and shareholder disputes. Also recommended are Martin Palleson and Alexandre Sami, who lead the Vancouver and Montreal advocacy teams respectively.

Leading individuals

David Bishop - Gowling WLG

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Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's mining practice has an emphasis on corporate and finance matters, which is complemented by group’s ability to link with the global firm’s well-regarded fundraising practice. The firm also advises on operational and regulatory issues nationwide, including lease negotiation and site development. Calgary-based Stuart Olley, who sits in the firm’s capital markets, M&A and private equity groups, leads the natural resources department.

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Energy and natural resources: oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG houses a full-service oil and gas offering, which is noted for its strong record in the mid-market. On the transactional side, the multi-disciplinary team handles a range of financing, M&A and joint venture agreements. It also fields a robust regulatory practice that regularly links up with its litigation, indigenous and environmental law teams to provide comprehensive coverage on complex mandates. Calgary-based transactional partner Lorne Rollheiser is the key contact.

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

Gowling WLG

The power practice at Gowling WLG is distinguished by its specialist offerings in several core areas. On the nuclear side, Ahab Abdel-Aziz is globally recognized as a market leader; he advised Rosatom on its negotiations with the Egyptian government for the $30bn Rosatom El Dabaa Nuclear Power Project, one of the largest new-build nuclear power construction projects in the world. Associate Magdalena Hanebach is also noted for nuclear law. On the regulatory side, Ian Mondrow advises public sector clients and NGOs on energy policy and energy sector design, as well as complex regulatory proceedings. The sizeable national group also stands out for its strong involvement in renewable energy and indigenous law-related projects.

Leading individuals

Ahab Abdel-Aziz - Gowling WLG

Ian Mondrow - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Magdalena Hanebach - Gowling WLG

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s sizeable national practice, which leans on partners in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, is particularly well versed in environmental litigation, where it is especially active for municipal clients. The group also advises on environmental assessments, regulatory matters and corporate support issues. Toronto-based Rodney Northey chairs the practice and has a focus on regulatory approvals and environmental strategy. Also in Toronto, Harry Dahme is considered among the leading environmental lawyers in Canada and brings to bear specialist expertise in waste management, water facilities and contaminated sites. In Vancouver, Wally Braul is noted for his environmental litigation practice. Up-and-coming partner Jennifer Danahy is another Toronto-based contact.

Leading individuals

Harry Dahme - Gowling WLG

Rodney Northey - Gowling WLG

Wally Braul - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Jennifer Danahy - Gowling WLG

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts primarily for indigenous clients, but also advises government clients and corporates that work with indigenous communities. Hamilton-based Jaimie Lickers heads the practice group and has niche expertise in advising First Nations on trust and taxation issues. Vancouver-based litigator Maxime Faille is sought after for his broad indigenous law experience, while Cam Cameron in Ottawa has a strong track record on the economic development side.

Leading individuals

Maxime Faille - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Cam Cameron - Gowling WLG

Jaimie Lickers - Gowling WLG

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG strikes a balance between private and public-sector work, with a strong experience in energy and transportation projects. The wider firm’s robust procurement offering has helped develop strong relationships with local authorities, though the projects team also acts for contractors, sponsors and lenders on bidding processes, development matters and project finance. Also of note is the firm’s solid international network, making it a popular choice for projects outside of Canada, particularly in the US and the Middle East. Edward Betts heads the infrastructure and construction practice from Toronto, and Darryl Brown is a key figure in the real estate team.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG fields a full-service insurance offering, which is particularly concentrated in its Toronto and Calgary offices. Toronto-based Filomena Frisina, who leads the financial services regulatory group, is the key contact for non-contentious work and is highly regarded for her high-level M&A experience. In Calgary, Taryn Burnett leads the insurance and professional liability group and has a strong focus on professional liability cases.

Leading individuals

Filomena Frisina - Gowling WLG

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

A force in Canada and beyond, Gowling WLG’s premier intellectual property team provides specialist advice across all key pillars of IP protection, enforcement and commercialization. From prosecution to complex high-stakes litigation, the group advises major multinational brands, including Starbucks, Twitter and Bayer on strategic trademark and patent matters. The group is co-led by Robert MacDonald, who is recognized for his comprehensive trademark practice and manages the Canadian portfolios of several large multinationals. Contacts in the contentious space include Anthony Creber and Christopher Van Barr, who has first-class experience in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. On the more junior end, Michael Crichton leads the IP litigation and strategy group, and Vancouver-based Scott Foster focuses on contentious IP matters. Associate Nelson Godfrey is also recommended in Vancouver. Named lawyers are based in Ottawa unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Anthony Creber - Gowling WLG

Christopher Van Barr - Gowling WLG

Robert MacDonald - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Michael Crichton - Gowling WLG

Scott Foster - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Nelson Godfrey - Gowling WLG

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Over the past year, Gowling WLG’s trade practice handled several matters related to Canada’s retaliatory tariffs against the US on steel products. Other recent areas of activity include trade and investment litigation, trade remedies and trade treaty matters. The group, which regularly represents leading Canadian and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, and industry associations, is led from Ottawa by Wendy Wagner. Also in Ottawa, senior litigator Richard Dearden is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Wendy Wagner - Gowling WLG

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s sizeable international platform marks it as a popular choice for cross-border matters, particularly for inbound companies looking to establish a presence in Canada. The firm also handles a steady stream of employment litigation cases. Practicing across the firm's Vancouver and Calgary offices, Maxwell Brunette heads the group in Western Canada and focuses on labour relations, employment matters, human rights and privacy law. Kitchener-based Bettina Burgess leads the national group.

Next Generation Partners

Maxwell Brunette - Gowling WLG

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts for a varied base of sports, theatre, fine arts, multimedia and book publishing clients, which it advises on regulatory, transactional and contentious issues. The team is also valued for its ability to plug into the firm’s globally respected intellectual property practice for support on branding, copyright and design matters. Experienced entertainment specialist Susan Abramovitch, who is qualified in Ontario, Quebec and New York, heads the group from Toronto.

Leading individuals

Susan Abramovitch - Gowling WLG

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Public Procurement
Public Procurement - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Best known for its procurement litigation practice, Gowling WLG also advises on RFP processes and project development, both for bidders and procuring agencies. Led by Ottawa-based litigator and regulatory expert Phuong Ngo, the group distinguishes itself in part by its broad sector focus, with recent expertise spanning the defence, infrastructure and transportation spheres. Montreal-based Luc Lissoir is noted for project finance-related issues.

Leading individuals

Phuong Ngo - Gowling WLG

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Real Estate
Real Estate - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG continues to strengthen its credentials on the development side and it is currently advising SHAPE Properties on three sizeable mall redevelopment projects. The group also houses significant leasing and finance expertise. Joel Camley, who is well versed in real estate acquisitions and disposals, leasing transactions and property finance, heads the team from Vancouver.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG focuses on creditor-side work, and enjoys strong relationships with major Canadian banks such as BMO and CIBC. The group is also experienced in advising court-appointed officers and debtors on national and cross-border restructurings. Tenacious litigator Clifton Prophet heads the restructuring and insolvency group in Toronto, while Derrick Tay spearheads the corporate restructuring practice.

Leading individuals

Derrick Tay - Gowling WLG

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s well-rounded national practice group has strengths in several core transactional areas, including private equity and real estate, with specialist offerings in transfer pricing, tax-effective executive compensation plans and indigenous taxation. Led from Toronto by tax litigator John Sorensen, the group also includes transactional tax partner Ash Gupta and executive compensation specialist Paul Carenza.

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG draws on the wider firm’s full service offering to provide multi-disciplinary coverage of the technology sector, from regulatory compliance to venture capital investing to IP concerns. The practice is chaired by Viona Duncan, who is based in the fast-growing tech hub of the Waterloo region. Ottawa-based corporate finance partner Lorraine Mastersmith is also recommended.

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Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Acting for airlines, manufacturers, investors, and banks, Gowling WLG strikes a balance between transactional and contentious work, with a strong recent showing in the aviation finance space. In addition, the team regularly advises regulatory issues, aircraft sales and acquisitions, leasing arrangements and operational matters. Montreal-based Marie-France Béland, who focuses on aviation finance, heads the department.

Next Generation Partners

Marie-France BĂ©land - Gowling WLG

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