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Baker McKenzie


Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, group head Arlan Gates is a key name for merger control and foreign investment notifications, investigations and compliance matters. The group routinely works hand-in-hand with the wider firm’s global competition team to advise on the local aspects of multi-jurisdictional matters.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s huge global network attracts a steady stream of cross-border mandates. In a recent example, its Toronto office worked alongside its Zurich team to advise Allied World Assurance on its $4.9bn acquisition by Fairfax Financial. Sonia Yung is a key contact.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

From its Toronto platform, the Canadian arm of Baker McKenzie excels in cross-border litigation and also retains a niche strength in fraud and asset recovery matters. John Pirie chairs the group and led the firm’s advice to Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec as one of the main defendants in the credit card fee class actions brought in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta – the class actions were settled in 2016. Matthew Latella is also recommended and successfully concluded his defence of Kyrgyzaltyn JSC in four multimillion-dollar international arbitral award enforcement matters – the decision to dismiss all claims was upheld on appeal.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘extremely experienced’ and ‘excellent’ practice handles a wide range of matters, from trademark disputes and domain name disputes to copyright litigation and reputational matters. Team head Christopher Aide is noted for global brand protection, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters; the ‘superb’ Stephanie Vaccari, who has ‘tremendous client-service focus’, has extensive experience handling trademark matters, including portfolio management and infringement proceedings; and litigator William Richardson often acts for clients in the pharmaceuticals sector. All partners are based in Toronto.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Very knowledgeable, prompt and efficient’, Baker McKenzie earns praise for its ‘strong technical expertise’ and ‘broad international reach’. Team lead Paul Burns is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ and is regarded as an authority in customs law. The group also includes Brian Cacic, whose ‘strong technical and commercial skills make him an invaluable adviser’. Recent clients include Hilti (Canada) and Trek Bicycle.

Leading lawyers

Paul Burns - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘consistently impressive’ team at Baker McKenzie often handles high-profile litigation, as well as collective bargaining, union relations and human rights matters. Practice head George Avraam has been representing a number of Canadian universities in various matters brought before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, as well as in grievance arbitration. William Watson continues to act for McMaster University in a class action brought by faculty members regarding the client’s pension plan. Managing partner Kevin Coon and associate Christopher Burkett are highly recommended. All partners are based in the firm’s Toronto office. Mark Mendl left to found his own firm.

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Burkett - Baker McKenzie

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is well known for its strength in contentious matters, with ‘market-leader’ Jacques Bernier hailed as a ‘formidable litigator’. The firm has recently acted on cases concerning anti-avoidance, transfer pricing and provincial sales tax, among others.

Leading lawyers

Jacques Bernier - Baker McKenzie

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Technology - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Professional, organized and very responsive’, Baker McKenzie is valued for its ability to ‘advise on matters outside of the specific parameters of the project undertaken’. Group head Theo Ling is ‘very knowledgeable on data privacy’ and regularly acts for major financial institutions and multinational companies on data protection and outsourcing issues.

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United States

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

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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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