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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s ‘sleek and sophisticated’ banking practice is acclaimed for the breadth of its service offering, which spans syndicated loans, structured finance, asset-based lending, aircraft finance and project finance. The department’s broad geographical footprint encompasses domestic offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa, as well as international platforms in New York, London, Manama and Beijing.  Recent headline mandates include Toronto-based banking heavyweight Michael Matheson advising TD Bank, as lead, on the C$1bn syndicated acquisition financing related to Parkland Fuel’s acquisition of Chevron Canada’s downstream fuel business in British Columbia and Alberta. The ‘extremely responsive’ Simon Finch, also in Toronto, attracts strong praise for his growing presence in the market and acted for the co-lead arrangers on the amendment and restatement of Toromont Industries’ credit agreement connected to its C$1bn acquisition of the Hewitt Group of Companies. In Calgary, Michael McIntosh QC is well known as a leader in oil and gas-related matters and assisted Kinder Morgan Canada with a C$4bn revolving construction credit facility to support the development of the Trans Mountain expansion project. Other recommended transactional specialists include Toronto-based Michael Harquail, Montreal’s SĂ©bastien Vilder and Michael Birch in Vancouver. In addition to its transactional expertise, the group is considered a ‘leader in regulatory matters’, where national financial services lead Paul Belanger is a sought-after name. Belanger recently advised MCAP Financial Corporation on a C$1.5bn mortgage purchase agreement with Home Trust Company. Other regulatory specialists include seasoned expert Dawn Jetten. Elizabeth Sale left the firm in 2019.

Leading individuals

Dawn Jetten - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Michael Harquail - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Michael Matheson - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Michael McIntosh QC - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Paul Belanger - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Simon Finch - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP leverages its top-tier banking and corporate practices to shine in both debt and equity deals. Toronto’s Tim Andison — ‘among the best lawyers in Canada for fixed income offerings’ — is a key name for both areas and recently advised the underwriters (co‐led by Scotia Capital, Morgan Stanley Canada and BMO Nesbitt Burns) on Source Energy Services’ C$175m IPO. On the debt side, Andison assisted goeasy with its $325m high-yield bond offering. In Calgary, Ross Bentley and ‘rising star’ Jeff Bakker acted for TransCanada on its C$1.5bn hybrid trust note offering and subsequent C$1bn at-the-market equity program. Michael Gans heads a national team that also includes Chris Hewat and Jeffrey Lloyd — all are based in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Chris Hewat - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Jeffrey Lloyd  - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ross Bentley - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Tim Andison - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeff Bakker - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP houses an ‘A-star competition practice’, which is admired for providing ‘practical solutions’ and delivering a ‘high-level product’. The national group, which comprises platforms in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, covers all the bases in competition law, with strong expertise in merger review, foreign investment issues, investigations and litigation. Brian Facey, highlighted by many as a ‘market leader’, chairs the practice and advised Agrium on its multi-jurisdictional $36bn merger of equals with PotashCorp. He is also advising Essilor International on its €46.2bn merger with Luxottica Group. In another high-profile merger case, Julie Soloway successfully obtained Canadian clearance for The Washington Companies’ $1.2bn acquisition of Dominion Diamond. On the contentious side, Robert Kwinter and Navin Joneja are acting as antitrust counsel to Visa Canada in a multibillion-dollar class action alleging conspiracy in the setting of interchange and merchant fees. Cassandra Brown is an ‘up-and-coming’ competition specialist. Randall Hofley, who is best known for his focus on contentious competition matters, is currently serving a two-year term as the general counsel and senior enforcement adviser at Competition Bureau Legal Services. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Brian Facey - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Robert Kwinter - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Cassandra Brown - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

‘Elite law firm’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a ‘national leader in corporate and M&A’. The practice’s ‘strong bench of high-calibre lawyers’ is a recurring theme among sources, with its ‘consistent performance across the key Canadian markets’ particularly impressing. The firm, which fields one of the largest corporate groups in Canada, has five domestic offices and also benefits from international platforms in New York, London, Beijing and Bahrain. In Toronto, Jeffrey Lloyd is widely recognized as a leading light; he acted with Shlomi Feiner to advise Canadian REIT on its C$3.9bn acquisition by Choice Properties REIT to create Canada’s largest REIT. Also in Toronto, department head Michael Gans advised Lavazza on its acquisition of Kicking Horse Coffee. The firm’s Calgary office is widely lauded as a ‘powerhouse in Alberta’ and plays a prominent role in the country’s energy industry, with the recent hire of Noralee Bradley from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP adding further corporate firepower in that market. Ross Bentley is a senior figure in the Calgary team and recently acted as Canadian co-counsel to Cenovus Energy in its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ 50% interest in FCCL Partnership and the majority of ConocoPhillips’ Deep Basin conventional assets in Alberta and British Columbia — the group also served as Canadian counsel on Cenovus Energy’s connected C$3bn bought deal common share offering and C$10.5bn acquisition financing. Also in Calgary, Chad Schneider advised Pembina Pipeline on its $9.7bn acquisition of Veresen. Other key contacts include firm chair Brock Gibson, who splits his time between Calgary and Toronto, Vancouver-based Bob Wooder, Toronto’s Chris Hewat and Howard Levine in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Brock Gibson QC - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Jeffrey Lloyd - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ross Bentley - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Shlomi Feiner - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Dispute resolution: Quebec - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s 'top-tier practice’ attracts a significant share of Canada’s most high-profile cases. As one would expect from one of the most prominent firms in the country, the dispute resolution department is well represented nationally and it ranks among the market leaders in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario — it also has a solid presence in Quebec. The group, which is widely recognized for its 'broad subject matter expertise’, handles a comprehensive range of contentious matters, including complex commercial litigation, class actions, administrative law and white-collar crime. In Ontario, Michael Barrack has 'great judgement’ and successfully defended two American funds in a high-profile case related to the sale of WIND Mobile. Toronto group lead Bradley Berg is 'very capable’ and represented the Canadian American Bar Association, as intervener, in a constitutional challenge to the federal government's denial of the right to vote for Canadian citizens who have resided outside Canada for over five years. In Calgary, David Tupper is a 'fantastic leading lawyer’ and advised a consortium of international insurers on a C$500m coverage claim related to the construction and refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station. In Vancouver, James Sullivan QC is a 'market leader’ and acted as co-counsel to Microsoft in its defence of class actions alleging it breached competition laws in the sale of software products. The group also draws upon the experience of Robert Torralbo in Montreal and 'pre-eminent litigator’ William Kaplan QC in Vancouver. In April 2019, Paul Schabas was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Alberta

David Tupper - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

James Sullivan QC - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

William Kaplan QC - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Ontario

Bradley Berg - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Michael Barrack - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Quebec

Robert Torralbo - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

A ‘leader in mining-related issues’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s ‘very strong’ environmental law group has diverse industry experience across the full spectrum of environmental matters, including project development, environmental investigations and prosecutions, contaminated sites and environmental due diligence. Jonathan Kahn spearheads the group from Toronto and recently advised BluEarth Renewables on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of six renewable energy facilities across Canada from Veresen. Charles Kazaz, who splits his time between Montreal and Toronto, assisted Solutia with the closure and sale of its former chemical manufacturing plant near downtown Montreal. In Calgary, Dufferin Harper is a key contact and advised Agrium on the environmental aspects of the purchase and sale of several industrial facilities located throughout Canada and the US. The group’s ‘extremely deep bench’ also includes Vancouver-based Tony Crossman and the ‘fantastic’ up-and-coming partner Terri-Lee Oleniuk, who recently joined the Calgary office from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Leading individuals

Charles Kazaz - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Jonathan Kahn - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Terri-Lee Oleniuk - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP routinely advises on a broad mix of Aboriginal law issues, with robust experience in regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. In Calgary, the team represented Petroleum Geo-Services, MultiKlient Invest and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company in a high-profile challenge to their authorization from the National Energy Board (NEB) to conduct a marine seismic survey in Arctic waters off the coast of Baffin Island. In Vancouver, group head Roy Millen successfully represented Seabridge Gold in Aboriginal law issues related to its proposed gold and copper mine. Also in Vancouver, clients highlight younger partner Sam Adkins as a ‘go-to Aboriginal law specialist in British Columbia’.

Next generation lawyers

Sam Adkins - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP stands out for the diversity of its infrastructure practice, with its experience acting for a broad spectrum of private and public stakeholders, its national coverage and its record across a comprehensive spread of asset classes distinguishing it from its peers. The team's ability to leverage the wider firm's market-leading corporate finance strength also puts it first in line for secondary market transactions. Among the names to note, Vancouver's Jeffrey Merrick is an 'excellent lawyer’ and, alongside Calgary-based energy expert Mungo Hardwicke-Brown, is advising Shell Canada on the DBO contract for the multibillion-dollar LNG Canada Project. Toronto-based project finance partner Catherine Doyle is another key contact and worked with 'up-and-coming partner’ Vivian Kung, also based in Toronto, to advise EllisDon Infrastructure as the successful proponent on the New Toronto Courthouse DBFM project. On the public sector side, pre-eminent Toronto-based procurement specialist Judy Wilson was selected by the City of Calgary to advise on its C$4.5bn Green Line LRT Project. The group also draws upon the expertise of Montreal-based Alain Massicotte as well as Toronto partners Marianne Smith and Mark Johnson.

Leading individuals

Alain Massicotte - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Catherine Doyle - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Jeffrey Merrick - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Judy Wilson - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Vivian Kung - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s insurance practice remains a ‘firm fixture in the top tier’, with sources asserting that it’s a ‘key player in Canada's most high-profile insurance files’. The team’s broad coverage of the area is a major differentiator and it excels across the full range of corporate and commercial, M&A, regulatory and contentious matters. Among the names to note, transactional and regulatory group lead Paul Belanger is ‘very capable’ and retains strong links with major Canadian banks. Jake Gilbert is a ‘future leader’ and advised HUB International on its acquisition of commercial property and casualty brokerage, Integro. On the contentious front, Jeff Galway advised Insurance Bureau of Canada — as intervener — in a case looking to contest the constitutionality of the Ontario Insurance Act. Other names to note include Calgary-based David Tupper, who leads the insurance litigation group, and senior financial services specialist Dawn Jetten. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Dawn Jetten - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Paul Belanger - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jake Gilbert - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s group remains a popular choice for advice on the IP aspects of corporate transactions and it also acts on a steady stream of contentious cases. Group head Anthony Prenol is experienced across a broad range of patent, trademark and industrial design matters and recently acted with Antonio Turco to successfully represent Essential Energy Services in a patent infringement case brought by Packers Plus Energy Services. Sheldon Burshtein retired in 2017. All named lawyers are in Toronto. In 2018, IP litigators Andrew Skodyn and Melanie Baird joined from Lenczner Slaght LLP.

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International expertise
International expertise - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, which stands among the most outward looking of the domestic Canadian firms, has offices in New York, London, Beijing and Bahrain. In New York, British Columbia-qualified office managing partner Geoffrey Belsher is a key asset in cross-border deals. In addition, Ontario-qualified Michael Gans, who splits his time between Toronto and New York, is also admitted as a legal consultant in New York. In London, mining expert David Glennie is a sought-after name, and Robert Kwauk is the key contact in Beijing.

Leading individuals

David Glennie - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Geoffrey Belsher - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Robert Kwauk - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s practice is well versed in the full spread of international trade law, and has had recent strong showings in customs matters, trade remedies, export control issues and trade agreement-related issues. Toronto-based group head Greg Kanargelidis is an expert in the area and provides ongoing customs advice to a raft of major multinationals.

Leading individuals

Greg Kanargelidis - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s national group, which is a popular choice for large transactional support issues, is led from Toronto by privacy expert Andrea York. The group also benefits from experienced practitioners in its Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver offices. Among its highlights, York acted as Canadian counsel to Netherlands-headquartered IMCD Group on the employment aspects of its acquisition of LV Lomas. On the contentious side, Vancouver-based Michael Howcroft represented Imperial Parking Canada in bringing a claim against a former senior executive.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

The ‘top-tier pensions practice’ at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is regarded by some as ‘the best choice for particularly complex or innovative work’. The national group excels in all areas of pensions-related law, with plan administration, litigation and transactional matters all notable strong suits. In Toronto, department co-lead Kathryn Bush is widely lauded as a ‘star in the Canadian pensions area’; she, alongside Caroline Helbronner, advised Morneau Shepell in its capacity as plan administrator of the Sears Canada Pension Plan. On the transactional front, Bush advised DP World on its C$5bn joint venture with pension fund manager Caisse de dĂ©pĂŽt et placement du QuĂ©bec. Toronto-based Jeremy Forgie is also regarded as a market leader and advised The Washington Companies on the pensions aspects of its C$1.5bn acquisition of Dominion Diamond. Other recommended partners include Montreal-based Natalie BussiĂšre, who recently advised the board of trustees of two multi-employer target benefit plans on the merger of both plans, and Calgary-based future star Sean Maxwell.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Forgie - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Kathryn Bush - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sean Maxwell - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

A renowned leader in procurement law, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s ‘superior expertise and industry knowledge instils confidence’, according to clients. A firm public-side fixture on major infrastructure projects, the group is also retained by private companies — particularly in the gaming and energy spheres — to advise on procurement issues. Department head Judy Wilson stands out as ‘the go-to procurement specialist in the country’, with her enviable public sector record distinguishing her as the most sought-after name in that space. Wilson’s recent activities included advising VIA Rail on pre-procurement matters in relation to the renewal of its rolling stock. Wilson is also advising the City of Calgary on the approximately C$4.5bn development of the Green Line LRT project. Marianne Smith is the other senior figure on the team and is leading several high-profile files, including advising the City of Toronto on the procurement of rehabilitation services for the C$2.3bn FG Gardiner Expressway. Mark Johnson, who acted alongside Smith to advise Ontario Power Generation on a procurement review, is also recommended. All named partners are in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Judy Wilson - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Marianne Smith - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has a ‘strong national real estate practice, with depth in all areas of real estate’. The group is best known for its close links to institutional investors, especially pension funds, but is also routinely engaged by developers, banks, REITs, commercial property owners and occupiers, real estate advisers and government bodies, among others. Among the names to note, Toronto-based group co-lead Chris Huband ‘provides a reassuring presence on larger deals’; he recently led the department’s advice to the underwriters on Minto Apartment REIT’s C$230m IPO. Toronto-based Thomas Von Hahn jointly leads the practice and, together with Toronto’s Silvana D’Alimonte, advised US-based private equity fund JCF Capital on a C$300m mortgage loan on the Trump Hotel and Condominium Tower in Toronto and also on the onward sale of the hotel portion of the unsold condominium units to InnVest Hotels. In a cross-office finance highlight, D'Alimonte, Calgary-based Garth Anderson and Vancouver-based Greg Umbach teamed up to advise Aareal Bank on Leadon Investment’s C$716m financing of 22 hotel properties across Canada. On the leasing front, Toronto-based Joseph Grignano assisted CIBC with the high-profile lease of its new global headquarters, which covers 1.75 million sq ft of office and retail space. Jeffrey Merrick, who heads the Vancouver real estate group, and Montreal-based Pierre-Denis Leroux are also recommended. Other representative clients include Investors Real Property Fund, Morguard Investments and Ontario Pension Board.

Leading individuals

Chris Huband - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Thomas von Hahn - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s practice, which includes experienced specialists in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, is best known for its representation of financial institutions. The group also advises creditor groups, debtors, court-appointed officials and acquirers of distressed assets. Toronto-based national lead Pamela Huff is ‘extremely capable’ and acted with the pensions and litigation departments to advise Morneau Shepell as plan administrator of the Sears Canada Pension Plan. Huff also, alongside Vancouver group lead Peter Rubin, advised Carillion Canada Group on all aspects of its Canadian restructuring efforts. In an example of its financial services sweet spot, Toronto partners Linc Rogers and Aimee Yee advised JPMorgan Chase, as agent for a syndicate of lenders, on the Canadian aspects of a $2.3bn debtor-in-possession (DIP) loan to Toys “R” Us. Calgary restructuring head Kelly Bourassa is an ‘up-and-coming star’.

Leading individuals

Pamela Huff - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kelly Bourassa - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

‘An excellent group with star individuals’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s team leverages its top-tier corporate group to shine in transactional work and it also houses an effective tax controversy practice. On the transactional front, high-profile practice head Jeffrey Trossman advised The Washington Companies on the tax aspects of its C$1.5bn acquisition, related debt financings and post-closing reorganization of Dominion Diamond. In another headline deal, Kathleen Penny advised investment manager Jarislowsky Fraser and its board of directors on its C$950m sale to Scotiabank. In a mandate supporting its reputation as a ‘leader in private equity deals’, Jeffrey Shafer advised Encore on the sale of Atlantic Aqua Farms and its affiliated entities to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. In Calgary, Carrie Aiken advised Pembina on its $9.7bn acquisition of Veresen. On the contentious side, the group represented CBS Canada Holdings in a case concerning the deductibility of non-capital losses. Other key names include Robert Kopstein, who splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver, transfer pricing head Scott Wilkie, Chris Van Loan and Paul Stepak. Paul Tamaki retired. Tax litigation head Edwin Kroft QC and Vancouver-based tax litigator Deborah Toaze left the firm. All named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Trossman - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeffrey Shafer - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s well-rounded practice handles technology transactions, commercial agreements and regulatory matters for a diverse roster of clients, including Canadian and multinational technology, financial services and retail companies. Montreal-based Sunny Handa, noted as a ‘strong performer’, is the key contact and recently advised PokĂ©mon Company International on various Canadian issues, including copyright and privacy matters. On the transactional side, Handa led the technology department’s advice to Infolytica on its acquisition by Mentor Graphics. In Vancouver, Troy Lehman advised Sierra Wireless on its $107m acquisition of Numerex. In a pair of high-profile exits, former practice co-lead Christine Ing left to join McCarthy TĂ©trault in Toronto, while Vancouver’s Cheryl Slusarchuk left for an in-house position at Numerix. Further, HĂ©lĂšne Deschamps-Marquis left the firm in autumn of 2019.

Leading individuals

Sunny Handa - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s communications practice, led by Montreal-based IT specialist Sunny Handa, is routinely involved in corporate transactions and regulatory matters. Clients include Trilogy International Partners, for which it handles all corporate and securities work, and Inmarsat Solutions, for which it handles regulatory compliance issues.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s mining practice is ‘very strong’ nationally, with respected teams in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, and a British Columbia group that is hailed as ‘the best in Vancouver’. It also benefits from international platforms in New York, London and Beijing. In Vancouver, transactional mining expert Bob Wooder is ‘fantastic<’ and advised the Special Committee of Exeter Resource Corporation on Exeter’s C$244m acquisition by Goldcorp. Wooder also led the firm’s advice to Ero Copper in its C$127m IPO. Peter O’Callaghan is another senior name in Vancouver and advised Denison Mines on several recent matters, including a C$20m private placement. Toronto-based department head John Wilkin and Montreal-based environmental law specialist Charles Kazaz are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Bob Wooder - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Peter O’Callaghan - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Energy and natural resources: oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, which is widely revered as being ‘among the best for Canadian oil and gas matters’,attracts strong praise for its well-balanced energy practice that ‘ evenly combines transactional expertise with regulatory capability’. On the transactional side, Calgary managing partner Ben Rogers paired up with Chris Harris to advise Cenovus Energy on the C$1.3bn sale of its Palliser assets to Schlumberger and Torxen Energy. The same team also advised Cenovus on the C$512m sale of its Suffield crude oil and natural gas operations in southern Alberta to International Petroleum. Keith Byblow leads the oil and gas group and landed a key role in one of the most high-profile deals of 2018, when he advised Kinder Morgan Canada on the C$4.5bn sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada. Sector specialist Mungo Hardwicke-Brown and Michael Laffin QC are also highly regarded for oil and gas deals. On the regulatory front, senior counsel Kemm Yates QC and Lars Olthafer are the names to note. The group has also recently undertaken work for Imperial Oil, Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Suncor Energy.

Leading individuals

Kemm Yates QC - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Lars Olthafer - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Mungo Hardwicke-Brown - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Energy and natural resources: power
Energy and natural resources: power - ranked: tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s power practice is well represented nationally, with robust platforms in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. M&A and project finance provide the bulk of instructions and the firm also houses a capable regulatory offering. Transactional specialist Peter Keohane is a key contact in Calgary and advised Suncor Energy on the sale of its 50% interest in the Ripley Wind Project joint venture to Acciona Wind Energy Canada. Scott Clarke, also based in Calgary, advised BluEarth Renewables on its C$600m acquisition of four renewable energy facilities from Veresen. On the regulatory side, Toronto’s Bryson Stokes advised the Ontario Ministry of Energy on the new Ontario Fair Hydro Act. Project finance specialistSĂ©bastien Vilder is recommended in Montreal.

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

‘Great in all aspects of aviation law’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s broad national practice spans aircraft finance, regulation, insurance, procurement and tax matters. Group head Donald Gray is ‘one of the best aviation specialists in Canada’ and continues to advise trophy client Boeing Canada on all of its local work. The sizeable team, lauded for its ‘great bench with impressive younger partners coming through’, also includes the ‘very strong’ Jason MacIntyre, who advised the underwriters on Air Canada’s $719.8m three-tranche private offering of enhanced equipment trust certificates. The ‘very talented’ Auriol Marasco is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Donald Gray - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jason MacIntyre - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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