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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Bay Adelaide Centre,, East Tower 22 Adelaide St. W.,, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 4E3, CANADA
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Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s ‘reliable and responsive’ banking group is split between the firm’s Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver offices. In Montreal, Kenneth Atlas is a respected name and advised a syndicate of banks on the Canadian aspects of the financing of First Quality Enterprises’ acquisition of Fempro I. In another key highlight, Toronto-based Alec Zimmerman advised BMO as administrative agent for a syndicate of lenders in a $177m financing to The Carlyle Group to fund its acquisition of Array Canada.

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Kenneth Atlas - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national team is led from Calgary by Brian Portas and also has partners in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. The group regularly advises on work permits, resident visas and qualifying for Canadian citizenship.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP hired two new partners into its capital markets team: Alfred Buggé, who will split his time between Montreal and Toronto, joined from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; and Toronto-based Erik Goldsilver joined from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. The group shines in debt matters but is also regularly involved in equity work. Among its recent highlights, Toronto-based Paul Mingay advised Loblaw on a C$225m preferred share offering. In Vancouver, mining chair Fred Pletcher is a ‘corporate finance powerhouse’.

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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

Focused on clients’ needs and goals’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is, according to one source, more ‘thoughtful, thorough and responsive than its peers’. In 2016, the firm boosted its competition group in Toronto through the hire of ‘diligent, efficient and creative litigator’ Davit Akman from Gowling WLG. Toronto-based department chair Robert Russell is advising Loblaw on ongoing issues arising from its C$12.4bn acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart.

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is ‘outstanding’ for its ‘strong availability, knowledge and professionalism’. The group is spread across the firm’s Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver offices, and is particularly prominent in the financial services, real estate, and energy and natural resources sectors. Toronto-based Frank Callaghan is a ‘good listener and excellent in responding to difficult issues’; he is acting as counsel to the special committee of Corus in the company’s C$2.6bn acquisition of Shaw Media. Toronto-based group head Paul Mingay and Vancouver-based mining chair Fred Pletcher are also key contacts.

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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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP impresses with its ‘strong experience and good value proposition’ and its ‘broad national scope’. In Alberta, Randall Block QC is ‘a cut above’; he and national group lead John Blair QC successfully represented the Alberta Market Surveillance Administrator in a landmark case brought against TransAlta concerning breaches of Alberta’s electricity legislation. In British Columbia, regional lead Brad Dixon is the ‘strongest class action defence lawyer in Vancouver’ and successfully represented British Airways in opposing certification of a consumer class action related to ticketing practices. Robert Deane is also recommended in Vancouver. In Toronto, public law chair Christopher Bredt ‘gives excellent and timely advice’ and is highly recommended. Also in Toronto, ‘wonderful orator’ James Douglas possesses ‘courtroom skills that are second to none’. In Montreal, the highly sought-after Guy Pratte is playing a key role representing JTI-Macdonald and RJ Reynolds Tobacco in healthcare cost recovery actions in Quebec and Ontario. Robert Charbonneau is also recognized for his ‘huge class action defence experience’.

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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 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s environment team is ‘responsive and good value’, say clients. Former national group head William McNaughton retired in 2016 and Vancouver-based Rick Williams now leads the practice. Williams is ‘responsive and efficient’ and represented Pacific Northwest LNG in defending an appeal of a permit granted to construct a road and bridge. Toronto-based Adam Chamberlain is ‘excellent’.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Public sector clients provide the bulk of instructions at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, but it also regularly acts for contractors. The PPP group is driven out of Vancouver by Douglas Sanders, who advised the successful consortium for New Bridge for the St Lawrence Corridor Project. Robert Shouldice is also a key contact in Vancouver, and advised the City of Edmonton on the procurement and implementation of the first stage of the C$1.8bn Valley Line LRT project. Richard Shaban is recommended in Toronto and advised Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the development of the air rail link spur line and new passenger station.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

At Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto-based Gordon Zimmerman has a diverse practice that encompasses patent, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and related litigation. Zimmerman successfully advised Bestbuy Distributors on opposing a trademark application. Ottawa-based Jamie Mills is recommended for pharmaceutical patent litigation, and he advised Eli Lilly Canada on its attempts to enforce three different patents relating to its Cialis (tadalafil) product against Apotex under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) regulations. On the portfolio administration side, Calgary-based counsel LuAnne Morrow manages the Canadian trademark portfolio of Nufarm Canada.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Highly responsive and client-focused’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has ‘one of the best trade practices in Canada’. Ottawa-based Gregory Tereposky has a leading reputation for trade disputes and represented the government of Mexico in a second appeal in its dolphin-safe labelling dispute with the US. In another highlight, the team successfully represented Wakefield Canada in a tariff classification challenge. In Vancouver, national lead Robert Deane represented General Electric Switzerland in arbitration proceedings against an equipment supplier. Jeffrey Thomas is also recommended in Vancouver. Procurement expert Gerry Stobo joined Cassidy Levy Kent LLP.

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Gregory Tereposky - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

One of the best groups in Canada’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s pragmatism attracts particular praise, and it ‘thoroughly advises on pros and cons to ensure decisions are made with eyes wide open to all possible outcomes’. Its partners score highly for their ‘very practical, business-oriented advice’ and for ‘using associates appropriately so as not to "over-lawyer" files’. Among the department’s key names, Toronto-based chair Matthew Certosimo ‘takes the time to understand his clients inside and out’; he acts for both employers and employees in employment-related litigation, and he also has experience in collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and occupational health and safety matters. Brian Mulroney is also recommended in Toronto. In Montreal, Danny Kaufer Ad E and ‘market leaderRobert Bonhomme are highly regarded.

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Matthew Certosimo - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Robert Bonhomme - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The consensus among satisfied clients is that Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is ‘exceptional in all aspects of public procurement, from drafting to litigation’. The group fields specialist expertise in energy, defence, technology and infrastructure projects, and regularly acts for both private and public sector clients. Toronto-based Richard Shaban advised co-sponsors Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System in the redevelopment of Peel Memorial Hospital. Also in Toronto, Ian Houston led the firm’s advice to Manitoba Hydro in the development of the C$6.5bn Keeyask hydroelectric project. National defence and security lead Vincent DeRose is also a key contact for procurement work. High-profile group head Gerry Stobo left for Cassidy Levy Kent LLP, while Mandy Aylen was appointed as a prothonotary in the Federal Court.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Lawyers at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP are ‘responsive and experienced, with excellent business acumen’. In Vancouver, real estate lead David Longcroft is ‘very knowledgeable about the industry and well connected’, David Mydske is a ‘strong specialist’, and Serge Lakatos is ‘very resourceful and blends the right amount of detail with decisiveness’. The national group also includes seasoned real estate expert Morton Gross QC in Toronto. Recent highlights include advising Northview Apartment REIT on the C$3bn creation of a national multifamily REIT through the acquisitions of True North Apartment REIT and certain multifamily real estate assets from Starlight Investment - Toronto’s Murray Shopiro led the real estate advice.

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Morton Gross QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The ‘very responsive and pragmatic’ team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is spread across the firm’s Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver offices and has a strong record in creditor-side work and distressed M&A. Lawyers have ‘deep knowledge of the issues and an ability to think outside the box and find solutions’, under the leadership of Montreal-based national head Marc Duchesne. Vancouver’s Magnus Verbrugge is ‘very solution-oriented’ and with William Skelly advised Callidus Capital, as primary secured creditor and DIP lender, on North American Tungsten’s CCAA case. In Calgary, Patrick McCarthy QC is a seasoned specialist.

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Patrick McCarthy QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Responsive and client-oriented’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s team particularly impresses with its ‘unparalleled tax knowledge in the asset management space’. In Toronto, Steve Suarez is ‘very proactive and able to simplify difficult concepts’; he advised Ridley on its C$521m acquisition by Alltech. Also in Toronto, Stephen Fyfe is ‘extremely responsive and thorough’; he advised the chief financial officers of Hydro One Brampton, PowerStream, Enersource, and Horizon on the tax aspects of their C$3.6bn merger. Toronto-based Craig Webster is singled out for his ‘in-depth knowledge of tax and the investment management industry in Canada’.

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s technology group is led by Mark Fecenko and also includes Eric Boehm, who is a ‘strong and knowledgeable specialist’. The firm has been advising on a succession of major IT procurements and also routinely advises on payment systems and software development. The financial services and health sectors are significant sources of work.

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

At Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver-based group head Fred Pletcher is a ‘top-flight mining lawyer’. Pletcher is noted for his ‘very broad practice’ in the mining field, but is especially strong on corporate finance matters; he recently advised Teck Resources on its $610m streaming agreement with a subsidiary of Franco-Nevada. In 2015, the Toronto office was boosted by the arrival of Erik Goldsilver from mining specialist Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; he acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in a $540m construction financing package with Orion Mine Finance Group to help fund Pretium Resources’ Brucejack gold project.

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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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP made two significant hires into its oil and gas team in Calgary: Miles Pittman joined as partner from Norton Rose Fulbright, and Mark Franko, former general counsel at Legacy Oil + Gas, joined as counsel. The group handles a good mix of transactional and regulatory matters. Highlights included advising Sunwest Canada Energy Services on its $51m acquisition by ARB Midstream - Calgary-based Kent Howie was the lead.

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Client-focused, very responsive and good value’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s power group is a ‘preferred partner’. The firm is particularly revered for its ability to ‘provide comprehensive cross-practice support’ and it excels in regulatory, transactional, environmental and contentious matters. Toronto-based national lead Linda Bertoldi is an ‘excellent and knowledgeable energy lawyer’ and remains a high-profile figure in the market; she and Toronto group co-chair Mark Rodger advised Enersource on its multibillion-dollar merger with Horizon Utilities and Powerstream, and on the acquisition of Hydro One Brampton Networks - the combined entity will be one of the largest distribution utilities in North America. On the projects side, Vancouver-based Robert Shouldice is advising BC Hydro on the C$1bn John Hart Generating Station replacement PPP. In a key example of its strength in regulatory matters, leading Calgary-based litigator Randall Block QC successfully represented the Market Surveillance Administrator in its landmark case against TransAlta concerning anti-competitive conduct. Shane Freitag co-chairs the Toronto electricity group and is recommended for commercial and regulatory advice. Freitag continues to advise the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on the design of its Large Renewable Procurement - a new competitive procurement process in Ontario.

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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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP recently advised BC Rail in negotiations for an intermodal yard operating agreement with two other rail companies. The team has also recently undertaken work for Greyhound Canada and Mullen Trucking.

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Shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s ‘superior team’ earns praise for its ‘solid industry experience’ and ‘dedicated and loyal service’. The group has a broad national presence, with strength in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. In Montreal, Jeremy Bolger is considered by many to be a ‘leading light’, and Peter Pamel is ‘very knowledgeable’.

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Jeremy Bolger - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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