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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

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG impresses with its ‘meticulous execution’ and ‘strong sense of client needs’. Highlights included Vancouver-based practice lead Maxime Faille, noted as a ‘tremendous specialist’, acting with Ottawa-based public law partner Graham Ragan to advise Shxw’owhamel First Nation on several issues, including a claim for damages related to the operation of the Fraser River Debris Trap. The group also advises government and corporate clients on Aboriginal law issues. Other key names include Ottawa-based Brian Crane QC — who has a ‘great ability to get parties to see their common interests’ — and Toronto’s Adam Chamberlain, who joined from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in 2017.

Leading individuals

Maxime Faille - Gowling WLG

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Gowling WLG

At Gowling WLG, Calgary financial services lead Elizabeth Burton recently advised Westman Village on a C$153.3m construction loan. On the lender side, Burton advised a syndicate of Canadian financial institutions on amendments to Painted Pony’s credit facilities. The firm also houses an active regulatory practice, which has experience in cybersecurity, privacy and fintech matters.

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

Gowling WLG

Among Gowling WLG’s recent highlights, Toronto-based Robert Hull advised Strathallen Capital on its C$703m acquisition of a retail portfolio of 44 properties from OneREIT. Vancouver-based Cyndi Laval leads the national corporate finance, M&A and private equity group and advised Exeter Resource Corporation on Goldcorp’s negotiated C$240m takeover bid for Exeter. Toronto-based Ian Palm and Calgary’s Gregory Peterson are also key contacts.

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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

‘A big law firm that operates like a small one’, Gowling WLG is commended for its ‘diligent and detailed billing’ and ‘personalized service’. The dispute resolution practice has broad coverage nationally and its diverse expertise includes corporate and commercial, securities, class action and environmental litigation. In Calgary, David Bishop is a high-profile name and, together with Toronto-based class actions head Scott Kugler, continued to defend Poseidon Concepts in securities class actions filed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. In another significant cross-office collaboration, Vancouver-based Shayne Strukoff QC and Montreal’s Joelle Boisvert are defending United Airlines in a competition class action alleging that several airlines participated in a conspiracy to restrict competition on certain North American routes. Toronto’s John Callaghan is also a key litigator.

Leading individuals

David Bishop - Gowling WLG

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

The ‘very dynamic’ group at Gowling WLG is lauded for its ‘great bench strength’ and ‘strong experience at top level’ — its senior expertise was augmented in 2017 with the hire of ‘super partner’ Toronto-based Adam Chamberlain from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Other key figures in Toronto are seasoned specialist Harry Dahme; ‘thought-leader’ Rodney Northey; high-profile expert Mark Madras; and ‘future star’ Jennifer Danahy. In Vancouver, environmental litigator Wally Braul is a key contact. The group brings to bear a strong record in contentious matters, environmental assessments and regulatory strategy and it also advises on project development, environmental due diligence and climate change. Highlights included advising Kitikmeot Inuit Association as co-proponents on a deep-water port on the Arctic Ocean as well as an all-season road across Nunavut.

Leading individuals

Harry Dahme - Gowling WLG

Mark Madras - Gowling WLG

Rodney Northey - Gowling WLG

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Danahy - Gowling WLG

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s practice, which is weighted evenly between private and public sector work, is led jointly from Toronto by Ted Betts and Darryl Brown. Merie-Anne Beavis and Lindsay Wong are also recommended in Toronto and together advised the sponsors (Infrastructure Ontario and Sinai Health Systems) on Sinai Health System's Phase 3A redevelopment project at Mount Sinai Hospital. Luc Lissoir, who brings to bear a strong record in transport projects, is a key contact in Montreal.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s national practice, which regularly acts for foreign and domestic insurers and intermediaries, strikes a good balance between transactional, regulatory and contentious work. In Toronto, financial regulatory head Filomena Frisina is an ‘excellent regulatory specialist’; she was selected by the board of directors of the new Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario to advise on the establishment of the new regulator. In Montreal, Michael Garellek provides ongoing regulatory advice to Starr Insurance and Reinsurance. Kitchener-based non-contentious specialist Peter Koch and Calgary-based litigator David Bishop are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Filomena Frisina - Gowling WLG

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s ‘very strong bench’ and ‘good depth of experience in key areas’ marks it as a ‘definite top-tier IP team in Canada’. The sizeable group is among the market’s largest and is represented nationally throughout the firm’s extensive seven-office network — it also plugs into the firm’s global practice. Trademark expert Robert MacDonald jointly leads the IP department and handles the full spread of trademark prosecution, licensing, opposition and contentious matters; he teamed up with IP litigator Christopher Van Barr (‘a leader in his field’) and Martha Savoy to advise Sport Maska (doing business as Reebok-CCM Hockey) in a dispute with Bauer Hockey concerning a motion to intervene in a non-use cancellation proceeding. Anthony Creber is a ‘thoroughbred IP litigator’ and, with Marc Richard, represented Eli Lilly in a claim brought by Teva alleging damages for being kept off the market with its generic version of Lilly’s Zyprexa product. Named lawyers are based in Ottawa.

Leading individuals

Anthony Creber - Gowling WLG

Christopher Van Barr - Gowling WLG

Robert MacDonald - Gowling WLG

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

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At Gowling WLG, Ottawa-based Wendy Wagner is recommended for her broad practice encompassing customs compliance, trade and investment agreements, export controls and sanctions matters. Senior litigator Richard Dearden is also a high-profile figure in the team.

Leading individuals

Wendy Wagner - Gowling WLG

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Spread between four provinces, Gowling WLG’s labour and employment practice provides a ‘world-class service’ and impresses with its ability to ‘synthesize technical legal advice with practical business concerns and exigencies’. Maxwell Brunette, who operates from Vancouver and Calgary, has an increasingly prominent profile and provides ongoing employment advice to Agrium and Emerson Canada. Other key names include Bettina Burgess, who demonstrates ‘superior intellectual ability, coupled with an unrivalled aptitude for the law’ and litigator Christopher Andree — both are based in Kitchener.

Next generation lawyers

Maxwell Brunette - Gowling WLG

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

The ‘excellent’ group at Gowling WLG stands out for its ‘exceptional service, responsiveness and industry knowledge’. In particular, Toronto-based team lead Susan Abramovitch ranks as ‘one of the leading entertainment lawyers in Canada’; she has recently undertaken work for Retriever Records, Secret City Records and Azrieli Foundation, among others.

Leading individuals

Susan Abramovitch - Gowling WLG

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has a thriving procurement litigation practice, which routinely represents clients in bid protests and challenges before the CITT and courts. The team, which is particularly active on behalf of clients within the defense, aerospace, transport and infrastructure sectors, is also well versed in advisory matters. Ottawa-based group head Phuong Ngo is widely recognized as a leader in her field.

Leading individuals

Phuong Ngo - Gowling WLG

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s ‘responsive and detail-oriented’ group, under the leadership of Vancouver-based Joel Camley, fields expertise in all core areas of real estate, including acquisitions and disposals, corporate finance matters, commercial leasing and municipal planning. Highlights included Ottawa-based Laurie Sanderson advising Amazon on leasing office space in downtown Vancouver. On the construction side, Vancouver’s Murray Braaten is acting for SHAPE Properties on the redevelopment of Brentwood Mall. Sylvia Adriano joined the Toronto office from WeirFoulds LLP.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s restructuring practice brings to bear a particularly robust record in highly contentious insolvencies, but the firm acts across the full spread of national and multi-jurisdictional insolvencies for a mix of creditors, debtors, lenders and court-appointed officers. Key highlights saw Toronto-based sector specialist Derrick Tay acting as Canadian counsel to Nortel Networks in the settlement of its headline restructuring. In addition, Tay paired up with Toronto-based national insolvency lead Clifton Prophet to advise the monitor in the CCAA proceedings of Essar Steel Algoma. Colin Brousson and Thomas Cumming are also recommended in Vancouver and Calgary respectively.

Leading individuals

Derrick Tay - Gowling WLG

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s national tax practice is known for its expertise in private equity, indirect tax, executive compensation and dispute resolution. In Toronto, Ash Gupta (‘a superb tax practitioner, who solves complex issues with common-sense solutions’) advised NextEra Energy Partners on all Canadian tax aspects of the planning, structuring and sale to CPPIB of a significant portfolio of Canadian renewable energy projects. Paul Carenza, also in Toronto, has an ‘incredible ability to distil complicated tax issues into understandable advice’.

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s technology group is particularly active in outsourcing and e-commerce matters, and it also draws upon the firm’s expertise in IP, privacy and corporate finance. Highlights included Toronto-based Parna Sabet-Stephenson advising a new entrant to the digital banking market on e-commerce matters.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

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

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG continues to raise its profile in the mining space, particularly on the corporate finance side where it can link with the global firm’s prominent fundraising practice. Key highlights included Vancouver-based Cyndi Laval advising Exeter Resource Corporation on its C$240m acquisition by Goldcorp.

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

Gowling WLG

In 2018, Gowling WLG bolstered its oil and gas practice with the hires of environmental and Aboriginal law specialist Joshua Jantzi from Dentons and transactional oil and gas partner Jonathan Lalach from Lawson Lundell LLP. John Cusano heads the Calgary energy group and brings to bear a strong track record in contentious and regulatory oil and gas matters.

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

Gowling WLG

‘Among the best globally for nuclear law’, Gowling WLG also shines in the renewable and conventional power areas. On the nuclear side, Ahab Abdel-Aziz is ‘forceful when needed and vastly experienced’; he acted for Rusatom Overseas on the negotiation of four contracts with the Nuclear Power Authority of Egypt to construct four nuclear reactors, worth over $30bn. Paul Harricks heads the energy group and advised Entegrus on the acquisition of unregulated fibre assets and the acquisition and merger of two regulated electricity distributors. On the regulatory side, Ian Mondrow advised Entegrus Powerlines on various matters. Other senior names include Paul Murphy (‘a standout global lawyer on nuclear financing issues’), renewable energy lead Thomas Timmins and Calgary-based regulatory expert James Smellie. Named partners are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Ian Mondrow - Gowling WLG

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s relationship with Export Development Canada (EDC) is particularly fruitful on the aviation front. Ottawa-based Guy David recently advised EDC on amending several financing agreements and related aircraft security, worth $600m and covering over 30 aircraft.

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