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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

CENTENNIAL PLACE, EAST TOWER, 1900, 520 – 3RD AVENUE SW, CALGARY, ALBERTA T2P 0R3, CANADA
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Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national banking team provides a ‘top-flight service’, with ‘first-class work’, ‘excellent responsiveness’ and ‘effective management of legal costs’. The firm has a robust base in Montreal, where Kenneth Atlas is a recognized expert in banking matters. The Montreal office also includes ‘excellent younger partner’ Vincent Frenette, who has ‘seen it all and always has a solution’; he advised a corporate borrower in the mining sector on the amendment of its revolving credit facility. In Vancouver, national group leader Donald Bird and regional group manager Magnus Verbrugge are key contacts, while Gus Karantzoulis and regulatory specialist Stephen Redican are key names in Toronto.

Leading individuals

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 immigration practice has a strong focus on corporate and entertainment clients, with notable expertise in the finance, construction, media, energy and IT spheres. Toronto-based national group head Brian Dingle, Calgary’s Brian Portas and Montreal-based maritime specialist Darren McGuire are the key contacts.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s capital markets practice is ‘excellent in all respects’, according to some. The group, which acts for both issuers and underwriters, has a strong national presence and is split between platforms in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The department is particularly robust in Vancouver, which is the seat of practice lead Kent Kufeldt — he also operates from Calgary — and high-profile mining chair Fred Pletcher. Mining-related work provides the bulk of instructions but it also has strong credentials in energy, life sciences and technology deals.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP routinely advises on merger reviews, cartel-related matters and abuse of dominance cases. Toronto-based Robert Russell chairs the national practice and successfully represented a major retailer in an abuse of dominance investigation. Toronto-based vice-chair Subrata Bhattacharjee is also a key contact.

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s corporate group 'exceeds expectations’ on the back of its 'great service, which is excellent in every respect’, according to some. In Vancouver, Fred Pletcher is a high-profile name for mining deals and recently advised a domestic gold company on a significant merger. The group also draws upon the expertise of public M&A head Paul Mingay, private M&A head Graham King and the 'technical and business-minded’ Gordon Raman — all are based in Toronto.

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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: Quebec - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national litigation group impresses with its 'close working relationships with lawyers from other practice groups’, which awards it 'broad expertise and perspective in the context of a wide range of contentious matters’. In Toronto, Guy Pratte is 'at the top of his field’ (he also works out of the Ottawa and Montreal offices). Pratte acted on a string of high-profile matters over the past year, including a case involving LGBTQ rights. In Calgary, Randall Block QC is highly sought after for energy-related litigation and recently acted on a significant construction dispute. Senior counsel Frank Foran QC, national group lead John Blair and Michael Marion are also recommended in Calgary. In Vancouver, Robert Deane is 'very strong’ and is representing a telecoms client in a high-value class action. In Montreal, Mathieu Piché-Messier is 'able to discuss strategy and risk management from a business perspective’. David Scott QC is retiring at the end of 2018.

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Alberta

Frank Foran QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Randall Block QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

Robert Deane - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Ontario

Guy Pratte - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP demonstrates a ‘strong ability to get results’, according to satisfied clients. The group, which is led from Vancouver by Rick Williams, is active across a wide range of commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, risk management and contentious matters. Other key names include Toronto-based litigator Gabrielle Kramer, who is ‘effective, knowledgeable and articulate’.

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The ‘consistently focused’ group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP impresses with its ‘excellent combination of legal, commercial and general industry knowledge’. Mainly split between its Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary offices, the national team is also supported by partners in Toronto. In Vancouver, senior counsel Patrick Foy QC, highly sought after for his public law expertise, recently represented a public sector client in litigation relating to indigenous title and rights to lands in British Columbia. Vancouver-based senior counsel David Camp is also recommended for his ‘unequalled understanding of the history and current application of Aboriginal law and policy’. Montreal-based Nadir André is another key name. Adam Chamberlain left to join Gowling WLG.

Leading individuals

Patrick Foy QC - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP leverages its signature construction practice to specialise in advising project sponsors on infrastructure development and it is also well known for its close links to local authorities. The diverse group also routinely advises lenders, multilateral agencies and development banks on the full spread of infrastructure projects, with notable skill sets in transportation, energy, natural resources, social infrastructure and utilities. In Vancouver, senior infrastructure partner Robert Shouldice and PPP lead Douglas Sanders are the key names, and, in Toronto, construction specialist Richard Shaban is recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is valued for its ‘very responsive and sound advice’ and for its ‘commitment to assigning appropriately experienced counsel to each case’. The practice handles the full range of transactional and contentious work, with particular firepower in insurance defence files. Names to note on the contentious side include Ottawa-based Larry Elliot, who heads the insurance and tort liability group, and Toronto-based specialized litigation lead Cynthia Clarke. Jeffrey Graham and Donna Spagnolo are the key contacts on the transactional and regulatory front.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s IP practice is particularly prolific in patent, trademark and design applications and registrations. It also has strong experience in licensing and technology transfers, transactional support matters and IP litigation. Ottawa-based Jamie Mills maintains a broad IP practice but is best known for his record in pharmaceutical patent litigation. Justine Wiebe, who is regional IP lead for Toronto, specializes in trademark law and covers the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious trademark matters. The national team, which is additionally represented in the firm’s Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver offices, also houses a sizeable anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting enforcement unit.

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International expertise
International expertise - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has a robust Asia-Pacific practice, which benefits from the firm’s sole international outpost in Beijing. It also maintains distinct multi-disciplinary US and UK regional groups. Toronto-based corporate finance partner Alfred Page leads the US initiative and is singled out for his experience in cross-border private equity and capital markets matters.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has a diverse trade practice, which spans all matters relating to public international trade law, trade agreements and international dispute settlement. In 2018, it significantly bolstered its already robust team with the hire of three partners into Toronto from Bennett Jones LLP, namely Milos Barutciski (‘a subject matter expert and well regarded in the subject area globally’); Matthew Kronby (‘very strong government background and an effective lawyer’); and Jesse Goldman. The national group also benefits from the senior expertise of Calgary’s Alan Ross, who heads the firm’s public policy and government relations group, and Vancouver-based Robert Deane, who leads the international trade and arbitration unit. Toronto-based up-and-coming partner Denes Rothschild, who is ‘great for straddling both antitrust and foreign investment issues’ is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Kronby - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Milos Barutciski - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s employment group sits ‘right at the top of the field’, with its ability to provide ‘the focus and expertise of a specialized boutique, with the reach and complementary resources of a national, full-service firm’. Other notable plus points include its ‘quick turnaround and response times’, ‘results-oriented approach’ and ‘client-focused pricing model’. Drawing upon 60 lawyers across Canada, the national labour and employment group spans the full spread of employment, labour relations, human rights, occupational health and safety, and privacy-related matters. The group fields a ‘rock star team in Montreal’, which includes Robert Bonhomme — widely regarded as the foremost authority in employment and labour law in Quebec — and Danny Kaufer, who is admired for his negotiation and arbitration expertise. Matthew Certosimo is a sought-after employment litigator in Toronto. Other key contacts include national lead André Royer, who has a ‘great legal mind and strong strategic problem-solving skills’, and the ‘exceptionally client-orientedKatherine Poirier — both are in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Danny Kaufer - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Matthew Certosimo - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Robert Bonhomme - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Next Generation Partners

Katherine Poirier - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Responsive and client-oriented’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto-based pensions team impresses with its ‘excellent and high-quality service’. Among its key names, ‘very knowledgeable’ group head Andrew Harrison maintains a broad financial services practice with a focus on pensions, investments, funding and financial institutions. Clients also single out the ‘very good’ Sonia Mak.

Leading individuals

Andrew Harrison - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP adds value through its ability to ‘form strategy based on deep industry knowledge and effective negotiation capabilities’. Equally adept in advising private and public sector clients, the team’s expertise covers a wide range of asset classes, with notable strength in power and outsourcing. Toronto-based construction expert Richard Shaban is highlighted for his ‘expert negotiation skills and problem-solving approach’; he advised a crown corporation on an RFP process. IT specialist Mark Fecenko, also in Toronto, uses his ‘vast knowledge and experience in healthcare procurement to cut through dense and difficult situations quickly’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s practice, which is represented in key markets throughout Canada, handles a broad spectrum of transactional, finance and development matters. In Vancouver, David Longcroft maintains a broad commercial property practice and has recently advised on development projects, sale and leaseback transactions, and investment matters. The group also includes Calgary-based Kevin Keyes, Vancouver-based senior counsel David Mydske and Toronto’s Noella Milne.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Considered ‘top tier in Vancouver’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national practice also has considerable firepower in its Calgary, Montreal and Toronto offices. In Montreal, group co-lead Marc Duchesne is an ‘expert in his field, with strong experience in sensitive and complex cases’ and recently represented a major creditor in an insolvency in the construction industry. In Vancouver, Magnus Verbrugge is ‘very knowledgeable, experienced and practical’ and acted for a secured creditor in a significant restructuring case. Toronto-based group co-head Alex MacFarlane and Calgary-based litigator Josef Krüger QC are also recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP acts on a significant volume of energy matters, in line with its firm-wide strength, and it also shines in capital markets and financial services-related taxation. Recent work includes Toronto-based Stephen Fyfe advising an energy company on a significant merger in the power sector. Other names to note include Calgary-based department lead Lindsay Holmes QC and Toronto-based Steve Suarez. In late 2017, tax litigator Laurie Goldbach joined in Calgary from Deloitte Tax Law LLP.

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s technology group, led from Toronto by Mark Fecenko, is particularly strong in healthcare-related matters. It also houses a robust emerging companies offering, which saw Montreal-based Patrice Martin advise several venture funds on funding rounds over the past year. Toronto-based Eric Boehm, who has a strong record in business process outsourcing, is also recommended.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

At Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, high-profile group head Fred Pletcher is highly sought after for corporate finance issues and recently advised a mining company on a complex multiparty merger. Erik Goldsilver is a key contact in Toronto and advised a global mining corporation on a private placement of debentures.

Leading individuals

Fred Pletcher - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP fields a prominent energy regulation practice. In particular, litigator Randall Block QC is highly regarded for his specialist skill set in oil and gas disputes, including commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. Alan Ross is also a regulatory specialist.

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Energy and natural resources: power
Energy and natural resources: power - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

One of the top energy practices in Canada’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP provides ‘excellent and effective energy law support nationally’. The firm is particularly praised for its ‘bright and knowledgeable people’, with national electricity team lead Linda Bertoldi singled out as ‘one of the best lawyers in Canada’. Bertoldi has a broad practice covering project development, finance matters and M&A. The Toronto group also benefits from the transactional expertise of Shane Freitag, highlighted as ‘great at solving difficult issues’. Mark Rodger, who jointly chairs the Toronto regional electricity group alongside Freitag, is recommended for regulatory issues. Eminent energy litigator Randall Block QC is a key contact in Calgary, while Robert Shouldice is recommended in Vancouver. In a recent example of its ability to manage multifaceted matters, the team advised a municipality on the sale of an electricity distribution company in a complex deal that also involved significant regulatory elements.

Leading individuals

Linda Bertoldi - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Mark Rodger - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Shane Freitag - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s cross-practice group is particularly well versed in defending clients in aviation litigation. Vancouver-based group head Leon Beukman recently advised on a claim resulting from a helicopter crash.

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Transport: other transport
Transport: other transport - ranked: tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Traditionally skewed towards contentious matters, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s practice is securing an increasing volume of corporate and commercial mandates. Vancouver-based Graham Walker is a key contact.

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Excellent in all areas’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP ‘knows the law, and the shipping industry, inside out’. The group advises its clients, including shipowners, operators, P&I and defence clubs and hull and machinery underwriters, on the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Montreal-based senior counsel Jeremy Bolger has a ‘great ability to grasp complex issues’. Peter Pamel — ‘extremely practical and business-minded’ — and Jean-Marie Fontaine are also noted in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Bolger - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Peter Pamel - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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