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Baker McKenzie


Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has solid experience in both equity and debt work, and brings its global network to bear in major cross-border mandates. Sonia Yung heads the Toronto-based group and advised Sprott Physical Silver Trust in a C$86m follow-on public offering.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘timely and efficient advice’ under the leadership of group head Arlan Gates. Merger review, investigations and compliance advice are the main pillars of the practice, and the team regularly collaborates with the firm’s global competition group to counsel multinational clients on competition issues. Highlights included advising Hospira on obtaining Canadian clearance for its $17bn merger with Pfizer.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Among Baker McKenzie’s recent transactions, Kevin Rooney advised Westaim on the establishment of Arena Investors, Arena Finance and Arena Origination, worth a combined $180m. Sonia Yung is also a key contact in the Toronto-based team.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie boosted its Toronto-based dispute resolution group in 2016 through the hire of Peter MacKay QC, formerly Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. John Pirie continues to lead the team and ‘understands the big picture to provide sound strategic advice’. Pirie and David Gadsden are representing Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting in litigation relating to the multibillion-dollar Sino-Forest securities class action. Matthew Latella is also a key name and is advising Kyrgyzaltyn JSC in a series of multimillion-dollar arbitration award enforcements.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Christopher Aide’s group at Baker McKenzie is strong in portfolio management and IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters - it also regularly advises on patent and trademark litigation. Representative clients include Unilever, XE and Zespri. Litigator William Richardson chairs the firm’s North American Healthcare group and has a solid track record in patent litigation.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Baker McKenzie leverages the firm’s wider global trade practice and has experience in the full spectrum of trade remedies, trade agreements, customs laws, export controls and economic sanctions. Group chair Paul Burns has ‘very strong legal knowledge in international customs laws’ and is considered a leader in his field. In 2016, the group welcomed the arrival of trade policy specialist James Small, who was formerly director of the Brussels-based Atlantic Strategy Group - he joins as counsel. Representative clients include Hilti (Canada), La Cie McCormick Canada and Trek Bicycle.

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Paul Burns - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘very responsive, effective and cost-efficient’ group at Baker McKenzie is commended for its ‘focused advice that takes account of global issues and perspectives’. Group head George Avraam provides ‘knowledgeable advice tailored to the client’, and alongside William Watson advised McMaster University on a judicial review of the university tribunal’s decision to order suspensions of faculty members in a complex harassment case alleging a poisoned work environment. Other recommended names are office managing partner Kevin Coon (a ‘thought leader in the arena of human rights and labour standards’), Mark Mendl (‘very dedicated and committed’), and up-and-coming associate Cherrine Chow (‘calm, thorough and always exceptionally well prepared’).

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, litigator Jacques Bernier is the key contact for tax matters. Bernier recently represented Rigel Financial Holdings in its C$45m appeal before the Tax Court in a noteworthy case on the interpretation of the foreign accrual property income rules and their interplay with the general anti-avoidance rule.

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Jacques Bernier - Baker McKenzie

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Technology, media and telecoms
Technology, media and telecoms - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

Organized, reliable and client-oriented’, Baker McKenzie’s IT and communications group stands out as ‘excellent value for money’. Theo Ling heads the team and attracts praise for his good understanding of the industry as well as ‘the current limitations of the law not keeping up with changing technology’. Ling advised RBC on a range of technology-related initiatives, including the management of an information governance program covering 22 jurisdictions.

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Legal Developments by:
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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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