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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Among the best in the area’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Aboriginal law group comprises ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced specialists’. Toronto-based Adam Chamberlain is ‘very strong’ and heads a national team that draws upon the experience of ‘market-leader’ and public law expert Patrick Foy QC in Vancouver. Foy recently represented Canadian Kailuan Dehua Mines in a case brought by West Moberly First Nations challenging the validity of permits issued to the company for its development of a coal mine in the Peace River region. Other key names include David Camp in Vancouver and Montreal-based Nadir André.

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Patrick Foy QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP distinguishes itself through its ‘top-flight service’ and ‘first-class work product and responsiveness’. From Vancouver, Donald Bird heads a national group that counts an impressive volume of major banks among its clients, including BMO, HSBC Bank Canada and Scotiabank. In Toronto, Gus Karantzoulis had a strong year, notably advising Scotiabank on acquisition financing of C$550m to Cara Operation to support its purchase of Groupe St-Hubert, and he also advised Scotiabank – as agent and co-lead arranger – on Cineplex’s refinancing of C$550m credit facilities. The Montreal office ‘strives to ensure that the quality of workmanship is high’ and houses senior sector specialist Kenneth Atlas and Vincent Frenette, who ‘despite being a relatively young professional has seen it all and always has a solution’.

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Kenneth Atlas - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s ‘excellent’ and ‘timely’ team primarily handles matters concerning senior executives for clients in oil and gas, entertainment, financial services and IT, among others. The national group is headed by Calgary-based Brian Portas, who primarily acts for oil clients. The team includes Brian Dingle in Toronto, Darren McGuire in Montreal and Jeffrey Thomas in Vancouver.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP had a strong year, acting on a string of high-profile mandates. Most notably, Toronto-based group lead Alfred Page advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the Canadian aspects of its C$2bn maple bond offering, which was notable for being the largest corporate maple bond issuance ever. In another issuer-side highlight, Calgary’s Louise Lee represented Birchcliff Energy on its C$690.8m bought-deal financing. Vancouver-based mining chair Fred Pletcher and Toronto-based M&A lead Paul Mingay are also recommended.

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Fred Pletcher - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

A ‘strong performer’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s ‘deep bench’ and ‘very knowledgeable lawyers’ are big draws for clients. Robert Russell chairs the group and is acting with the ‘very savvy and knowledgeable’ Davit Akman to represent Loblaw in a Competition Bureau investigation into potential abuse of dominance. Toronto-based vice-chair Subrata Bhattacharjee is also recommended.

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘client-focused service’ are praised by clients, who also highlight the corporate team’s senior lawyers as ‘very experienced and practical’. Among recent headline deals, Toronto-based James Elder worked with the firm’s market-leading power practice to advise Enersource on its multibillion-dollar merger with Horizon Utilities and PowerStream to create Alectra – and also on Alectra’s subsequent acquisition of Hydro One Brampton. In a headline cross-border deal, Elder and Montreal-based Neil Hazan advised HollyFrontier on the Canadian aspects of its C$1.1bn acquisition of Suncor Energy’s Petro-Canada Lubricants business. Toronto-based national team lead Paul Mingay is singled out as ‘highly active in the market’, while Vancouver-based Fred Pletcher is a ‘noted leader in the mining space’. In 2017, Toronto-based Jay Lefton left to join Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Dispute resolution: Québec - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Widely acclaimed as an ‘excellent overall service provider’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP impresses with its ‘outstanding business acumen and industry knowledge’, ‘well-reasoned and practical legal advice’ and ‘very appropriate use of time’. The dispute resolution group has robust offerings in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and its national expertise spans a wide range of energy litigation, financial services litigation, construction disputes, environmental matters, class actions and arbitration. In Calgary, the group sits comfortably at the top of the market due in no small part to the reputations of Randall Block QC (‘supremely intelligent’) and senior counsel Frank Foran QC. Recent Calgary highlights include Michael Marion representing Sinopec Canada in a claim brought by a joint venture partner. National group head John Blair QC is also recommended in Calgary. Guy Pratte splits his time between Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa and is acting with Montreal-based François Grondin to represent JTI-Macdonald and others in several class actions relating to tobacco addiction and smoking-related illnesses. Other key names include Vancouver-based Robert Deane and Ottawa-based David Scott QC.

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Frank Foran QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Randall Block QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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David Scott QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Guy Pratte - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Led from Vancouver by Rick Williams, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s group is ‘excellent in all categories’. The team also includes the ‘very effective’ Adam Chamberlain in Toronto; he advised the Regional Municipality of Durham on the environmental assessment and permitting issues connected to the development of a C$250m energy from waste facility. In 2017, highly rated associate Marie-Claude Bellemare left to join the Montreal office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP as partner.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is a ‘strong firm in the PPP and public infrastructure space’ and its ‘good depth and capacity in Ontario and British Columbia’ particularly impresses. Typically engaged by public sector clients, the practice also has experience in representing project sponsors. Vancouver-based group head Robert Shouldice is a ‘very solid P3 practitioner with a good understanding of the market’; he advised the City of Edmonton on the C$1.8bn Valley Line LRT project. Also in Vancouver, Douglas Sanders has ‘in-depth understanding of the technical dimensions of performance-based contracting’ and is advising the design-build joint venture on the New Bridge for the St Lawrence Corridor project. In Toronto, Richard Shaban is a ‘P3 expert with good depth in construction’.

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s practice is balanced between transactional and regulatory matters. On the regulatory side, Toronto-based Donna Spagnolo advised Manulife on the introduction of Manulife Vitality, a new life insurance program that rewards people for healthy living. Highlight deals included advising Securian Financial Group on its acquisition from ivari of Canadian Premier Life, Legacy General Insurance Company, CRI Canada and Selient. In 2017, partner Jill McCutcheon and senior counsel Kelly Morris moved to Torys.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s group acts for national and international clients across all areas of IP law, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets. Toronto-based Gordon Zimmerman advised Lindt on a trademark infringement matter brought against Freddo before the Federal Court regarding Lindt’s Gold Bunny. In Ottawa, Jamie Mills has been acting for Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in a countersuit against Teva regarding the infringement of the Velcade product. Of counsel LuAnne Morrow, who is based in Calgary, is also recommended. Jeff Gordon and Jason Mueller-Neuhaus were promoted in Toronto and Ottawa office, respectively. The Ottawa office was strengthened by the arrival of Peter Cooke as of counsel from Low Murchison Radnoff LLP.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s team is driven out of Vancouver by international trade and arbitration head Robert Deane, who has a strong record in complex trade disputes. The group routinely represents governments and private interests in WTO proceedings, dispute settlement proceedings under domestic trade agreements and Nafta dispute settlement proceedings. Trade policy and economic sanctions are also strong areas of activity. In 2017, trade specialist Gregory Tereposky moved to Tereposky & DeRose LLP. Jeffrey Thomas is also a key name in Vancouver. Since publication, Milos Barutciski, Jesse Goldman and Matthew Kronby have joined from Bennett Jones LLP.

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Gregory Tereposky - Tereposky & DeRose LLP

Milos Barutciski - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The ‘highly recommended’ and ‘efficient’ team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has ‘very in-depth knowledge’ in contentious employment matters, including union litigation. In Montreal, group head André Royer and Justine Laurier, who was promoted to partner in 2017, successfully represented Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership in the landmark human rights case Singh et al v Montreal Gateways Terminals et al brought before the Quebec Superior Court regarding whether Sikh operators were required to wear protective helmets over their turbans. Also in Montreal, Danny Kaufer Ad E, Robert Bonhomme, Corrado de Stefano and senior associate Patrick Trent advised Davie Shipbuilding on a complex collective bargaining agreement. In Vancouver, Steve Winder successfully acted for Armtec in a dispute brought before the BC Labour Relations Board regarding the client’s ability to use surveillance cameras in its plants. The team also includes Matthew Certosimo and Brian Mulroney in Toronto, and was strengthened by the arrival in Montreal of Don Alberga from Norton Rose Fulbright. Melanie Warner sadly passed away.

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Matthew Certosimo - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Robert Bonhomme - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Next generation lawyers

Patrick Trent - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto-based group sets itself apart through its ‘excellent service’ and ‘top-notch pensions knowledge’. In particular, practice lead Andrew Harrison is ‘extremely strong’ and advised HollyFrontier on the pensions aspects of its C$1.1bn acquisition of Suncor’s Petro-Canada Lubricants business. Sonia Mak (‘knowledgeable and great to work with’) and Markus Kremer (‘congenial, practical and genuinely interested in the client’s business’) are also key names.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Very professional and extremely responsive to client needs’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s procurement practice is a ‘strong team with the skills required to navigate complex waters’. Construction expert Richard Shaban, based in Toronto, ‘not only understands the legal issues but also grasps the industry complexities’. Shaban acted on a slew of headline mandates over the past year, including advising the co-sponsors (Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System) on the Peel Memorial Hospital redevelopment project and acting for Manitoba Hydro on the C$6.5bn development of the Keeyask Hydroelectric Project. In Vancouver, Robert Shouldice advised the City of Edmonton on the procurement and implementation of the C$1.8bn Edmonton Valley Line Stage 1 light rail project. Toronto-based IT head Mark Fecenko is also a key name for procurement matters and advised the Hospital for Sick Children on the implementation of a new hospital information system. In 2017, defence and security specialist Vincent DeRose left to set up Tereposky & DeRose LLP.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Highlighted as ‘great to work with’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s real estate team ‘treats all clients like its most valued client’. Vancouver is the seat of national lead David Longcroft, who is recommended for his broad practice encompassing property investment, project development and real estate acquisition and disposal. In Toronto, Murray Shopiro is ‘very prompt and proactive’ and acted on a multimillion-dollar land sale. Also in Toronto, Noella Milne advised Montez as borrower on a C$250m financing for the Londonderry Shopping Centre. Senior counsel David Mydske is also recommended in Vancouver. Real estate specialist Morton Gross QC recently retired.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

In 2016, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP boosted its team with the hire of Alex MacFarlane, formerly restructuring head for Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. MacFarlane ‘combines strong legal knowledge and technical skills with an understanding of the client’s objectives’. The firm has a strong record in advising court-appointed officials and also acts for creditors, lenders and debtors. In Calgary, Josef Krüger brings ‘invaluable experience in contentious matters’ and represented Hardie & Kelly as court-appointed monitor of Quattro Exploration and Productions and then as court-appointed receiver of Quattro. Montreal-based Marc Duchesne heads a team that also includes Robyn Gurofsky, who has ‘exceptional client management and negotiating skills’, and Patrick McCarthy QC, who is a ‘reference in the area’.

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Patrick McCarthy QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The ‘very knowledgeable and timely’ team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is held in high esteem for its ‘ability to summarize all pertinent issues for the client’ and for its ‘excellent value-to-fee ratio’. Steve Suarez is a key name in Toronto and advised Cynapsus Therapeutics on its $635m acquisition by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals under the CBCA. In Montreal, Joseph Takhmizdjian is ‘rapid, precise and provides detailed feedback’ and acted for social and mobile games business Playtika on the Canadian tax aspects of its $4.4bn acquisition by Alpha Frontier. Toronto-based Stephen Fyfe is also recommended for tax transactions.

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP advised on a string of significant procurements over the past year on behalf of both public and private sector clients, and it also advises on M&A, licensing and contentious matters. Toronto¬¬¬¬-based group lead Mark Fecenko has a strong track record in advising on healthcare-related procurements; he recently advised the Hospital for Sick Children on the procurement and implementation of a hospital information system. St Joseph’s Health System and Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre are also representative clients.

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s mining group has a focus on corporate finance matters under the leadership of Vancouver-based securities specialist Fred Pletcher. Among Pletcher’s recent work, he advised Anfield Gold on a C$32m private placement. Erik Goldsilver is recommended in Toronto and acted for Kinross Gold in its option agreement with Yorbeau Resources to acquire Yorbeau’s Rouyn property in Quebec.

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Fred Pletcher - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Although Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is better known for its power prowess, the firm does house a capable regulatory practice on the oil and gas side, with litigator Randall Block QC regarded as a market leader. Block represented ConocoPhillips in a significant environmental liability case. The group has also recently undertaken work for Arsenal Energy, Devon Energy and Repsol.

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Widely regarded as ‘the jewel in the firm’s crown’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s much-admired power practice maintains its position at the top of the market due to its ‘very strong and deep team’ and its ‘extremely broad industry knowledge, which allows it to hit the ground running on even very complex files’. Among the names to note, Toronto-based national lead Linda Bertoldi is a ‘leading energy lawyer in Canada’ and shows a ‘very high level of expertise in energy and transactional matters’. Bertoldi, Toronto-based electricity co-chair Mark Rodger and the corporate group advised Enersource on its multibillion-dollar merger with Horizon Utilities and PowerStream to create Alectra, and on Alectra’s subsequent acquisition of Hydro One Brampton Networks. Shane Freitag jointly chairs the Toronto electricity practice and is an ‘effective problem solver’; he advised the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on its electricity agreement with Hydro-Québec, which notably marked the largest contract since market deregulation. In Calgary, Kent Howie advised Northwest Territories Power Corporation on the acquisition of a municipal electric distribution system. Vancouver-based transactional partner Robert Shouldice and Calgary-based regulatory expert Randall Block QC are also recommended.

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Linda Bertoldi - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Mark Rodger - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Canada: Transport

Other
Transport: Other - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

More efficient than its peers’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP earns praise for its ‘large office network’ and ‘client-focused service’. The team has a strong focus on contentious matters, but also routinely advises on regulatory matters and infrastructure projects. BC Rail, Infrastructure Ontario and Trinity Rail Leasing 2012 are on the firm’s books.

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Shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

According to sources, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is ‘miles better than its competitors’ due to its ‘excellent service and industry knowledge’. Montreal-based Jeremy Bolger provides ‘strategic advice that is always on point’, and clients say, ‘you are in great hands with him’; he represented TT Club in defending a C$10.8m claim brought by Québec Port Authority. Montreal-based Jean-Marie Fontaine is also very active in the area and advised NordLB on the recovery of loans secured by marine mortgages following the arrest and judicial sale of the vessel Hong. Montreal’s Peter Pamel and Vancouver’s Graham Walker are also recommended.

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Jeremy Bolger - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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