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McCarthy Tétrault

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Calgary, London, Montreal, New York, Quebec, Toronto and 1 more

Canada

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law group has a broad national footprint and calls upon specialists in the firm’s Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver offices. Toronto-based group co-head Peter Brady is a respected name for regulatory litigation and is particularly recommended for mining-related matters. In Vancouver, counsel and ‘rising star’ Stephanie Axmann also has a strong focus on Aboriginal law. The firm advises Spectra Energy on Aboriginal matters throughout Canada, including impact benefit agreements and consultation agreements with First Nations.

Next generation lawyers

Stephanie Axmann - McCarthy Tétrault

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

According to satisfied clients, ‘few firms come close’ to McCarthy Tétrault’s banking team. In particular, its ‘deep and experienced bench’, ‘very pragmatic approach’ and ‘solid sector expertise’ all find favour. The firm advises lenders and borrowers, and acts for a string of leading Canadian and international banks (including BMO, CIBC, Deutsche Bank and HSBC Bank of Canada) as well as many major corporations. In Toronto, group co-head Barry Ryan has ‘seen it all and knows it all’; he advised a syndicate of underwriters on Manulife Financial’s $1bn offering of senior notes in Taiwan. On the regulatory side, Ryan advised emerging fintech player Goldmoney on matters relating to its bullion-based internet platform. Also in Toronto, the increasingly prominent Justin Lapedus acted on several of the group’s highest-profile deals over the past year, including advising Samsonite Canada on a $2.4bn debt financing connected to its acquisition of Tumi Holdings. Toronto-based structured finance specialist Marc MacMullin jointly heads the group and is a ‘safe pair of hands’. Other key figures in the Toronto team include the ‘extremely strong’ Richard Higa, project finance expert Stephen Furlan and Gordon Baird. Michel Deschamps is a highly regarded counsel in Montreal.

Leading lawyers

Barry Ryan - McCarthy Tétrault

Michel Deschamps - McCarthy Tétrault

Stephen Furlan - McCarthy Tétrault

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

Acting as part of the firm’s wider labour and employment department, McCarthy Tétrault’s corporate immigration team advises on all aspects of immigration law, including tax-related issues. Montreal-based practice head Stéphane Duval has particular expertise assisting clients with international mobility issues related to corporate restructurings and M&A, as well as labour shortages. Duval and associate David Nachfolger have been assisting Bangladeshi company Navana Group with establishing a presence in Canada. Duval jointly leads the group with Toronto-based of counsel Naseem Malik.

Next generation lawyers

David Nachfolger - McCarthy Tétrault

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

Highly technical but also commercial and user friendly’, McCarthy Tétrault’s capital markets team is ‘strong in all respects’. In Toronto, Andrew Parker is a ‘leading name in the area’ and jointly heads the capital markets group alongside Patrick Boucher in Montreal. Marc MacMullin also has a strong profile in the market and jointly leads the structured finance group alongside Dirk Rueter – both are based in Toronto. Among the firm’s recent equity highlights, it acted as Canadian counsel to Aquinox Pharmaceuticals on its $75.4m common stock offering. On the debt side, it represented CIBC on its issuance of €1.2bn of covered bonds as part of its C$20bn global covered bond program listed on the London Stock Exchange. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Bruce Power, Enbridge and TD Bank.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Parker - McCarthy Tétrault

Marc MacMullin - McCarthy Tétrault

Patrick Boucher - McCarthy Tétrault

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s diverse group handles a varied mix of merger filings, criminal and civil investigations, foreign investment reviews and competition litigation. Toronto¬-based Donald Houston heads the national group and alongside Montreal-based Dominic Thérien advised Molson Coors on the Canadian aspects of its C$12bn acquisition of the Miller beer portfolio outside of the US. However, the firm’s highest-profile merger filing was arguably on behalf of Enbridge in relation to its C$37m combination with Spectra Energy - the highly regarded Oliver Borgers in Toronto led that deal. On the investigations side, Houston is advising Leon’s and The Brick in their ongoing defence of misleading advertising claims brought by the Commissioner of Competition. Montreal-based Madeleine Renaud Ad E is recommended for competition litigation.Since publication, Jason Gudofsky has joined from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and litigator Nikiforos Iatrou has joined from WeirFoulds LLP.

Leading lawyers

Donald Houston - McCarthy Tétrault

Jason Gudofsky - McCarthy Tétrault

Madeleine Renaud Ad E - McCarthy Tétrault

Oliver Borgers - McCarthy Tétrault

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

McCarthy Tétrault

In 2017, McCarthy Tétrault boosted its cross-border offering with the launch of a New York office, managed by former Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP partner Mark Adkins – the firm also maintains a sizable platform in London. Domestically, its network comprises impressive offerings in the key regional centres of Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver. In a highlight example of its national capability, a cross-office team led by Calgary-based John Osler QC and Toronto-based senior counsel Garth Girvan advised Enbridge on its C$37bn acquisition of Spectra Energy. In another dual-office headline, Toronto-based Andrew Parker and Montreal-based Philippe Fortier advised Molson Coors Brewing on its $12bn acquisition of SABMiller’s 58% stake in MillerCoors. Among its other noteworthy deals, ‘market-leader’ Graham Gow and Robert Hansen – both based in Toronto – advised Bluesky Hotels & Resorts on its C$2.1bn acquisition of InnVest REIT. Also in Toronto, David Woollcombe advised Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Hotels on AccorHotel’s $2.6bn acquisition of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. David Tennant is also recommended in Toronto, while Vancouver-based Richard Balfour and Cameron Belsher are revered as ‘the best in British Columbia’. In a pair of notable hires, new private equity co-lead Shevaun McGrath joined the Toronto office from Goodmans and Patrick Shea joined the Montreal office from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Leading lawyers

Cameron Belsher - McCarthy Tétrault

Garth Girvan - McCarthy Tétrault

Graham Gow - McCarthy Tétrault

Richard Balfour - McCarthy Tétrault

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

Dispute resolution: Québec - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault has a formidable group in its Toronto office and its platforms in British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta are robust also. In Toronto, Neil Finkelstein is regarded as a market leader and represented Bell Mobility before the Federal Court of Appeal in a closely watched case discussing the dividing lines between the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act. Paul Steep is also a high-profile figure in Toronto and with Sarit Batner represented Philip Morris in the Ontario set of healthcare cost recovery actions brought by Canadian provincial governments – its Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal teams are advising the tobacco giant and its affiliates on parallel litigation in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Vancouver, Michael Feder’s reputation continues to grow and he successfully represented Duncan Thompson in a high-profile Supreme Court of Canada case confirming the extent of solicitor-client privilege. Other names to note include Montreal-based Simon Potter Ad E, Toronto-based Paul Morrison, Vancouver-based class action specialist Jill Yates, and Sean Smyth QC in Calgary.

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Ontario

Neil Finkelstein - McCarthy Tétrault

Paul Steep - McCarthy Tétrault

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Quebec

Simon Potter Ad E - McCarthy Tétrault

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

Experienced and highly knowledgeable’, McCarthy Tétrault’s national environmental law group is appreciated for its ‘excellent case management’. In Vancouver, pre-eminent group co-lead Paul Cassidy is ‘the first name you think of for an environmental file’, and he advised on the environmental aspects of several high-profile projects over the past year. In Toronto, department co-lead Peter Brady advised Bruce Power on the environmental risk assessment aspects of its C$13bn refurbishment of six nuclear reactors. Counsel Pierre Renaud jointly heads the team from Montreal and advised Nouveau Monde Graphite on the environmental issues related to its proposals to open North America’s largest flake graphite mine. Montreal-based rising star Cindy Vaillancourt is also a key name. Toronto-based counsel Douglas Hamilton retired in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Paul Cassidy - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Cindy Vaillancourt - McCarthy Tétrault

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s infrastructure expertise is evenly distributed across its national offices and the group is engaged on headline mandates throughout the country. In Vancouver, Jody Aldcorn had a banner year and among her recent mandates she advised Vantage Airport Group, as part of the LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium, on the $4bn La Guardia Terminal B Redevelopment project. Aldcorn is also acting for Aecon Concessions on the $250m redevelopment of LF Wade International Airport in Bermuda. Vancouver is also the seat of experienced partners Linda Brown and Byran Gibson QC, who both have eminent profiles for infrastructure transactions, and ‘extremely impressive’ newer partner Morgan Troke. In Toronto, respected senior counsel Gordon Willcocks kept busy advising public sector bodies on a slew of major PPP projects. Godyne Sibay is also a key contact in Toronto. In Montreal, Mathieu Dubord advised McInnis Cement on a C$281.7m financing for the construction and development of the Port-Daniel-Gascons industrial project. Other representative clients include Infrastructure Ontario, Borealis Infrastructure Management and BMO Capital Markets.

Leading lawyers

Byran Gibson QC - McCarthy Tétrault

Gordon Willcocks - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Morgan Troke - McCarthy Tétrault

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Insurance: M&A and regulatory
Insurance: M&A and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

At McCarthy Tétrault, insurance M&A is a notable sweet spot but the firm also handles a significant volume of standalone regulatory matters. Toronto-based Nancy Carroll heads the national insurance and reinsurance group and acted for global reinsurer Pacific Life Re on its establishment in Canada. Carroll is also representing the eligible mutual policyholders committee in the demutualization of Economical. On the transactional side, Carroll and Montreal-based Sonia Struthers are advising Desjardins Financial on ongoing matters arising from its C$1.6bn acquisition of State Farm Canada’s businesses in life as well as property and casualty insurance.

Leading lawyers

Nancy Carroll - McCarthy Tétrault

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s IP group primarily handles litigation, with a strong focus on patent infringement and licensing disputes. National group head Steven Mason has been defending Bell Canada in two patent infringement cases brought before the Federal Court by MediaTube and Two Way Media respectively regarding Bell Canada’s Fibe TV business. Mason and David Tait advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on several patent infringement cases brought against a number companies (including Teva, Actavis Generics, Mylan and Sandoz) regarding the client’s drugs for the treatment of, respectively, leukaemia and HIV/AIDS: Sprycel and Reyataz. Barry Sookman, Daniel Glover and Vancouver-based Miranda Lam successfully assisted a number of Canadian and international clients with obtaining an injunction ordering Google to block infringing search results from counterfeiters in a precedent-setting case brought before the Supreme Court. Alfred Macchione and Steven Tanner are also recommended. All individuals are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated. Andrew Reddon has retired.

Leading lawyers

Alfred Macchione - McCarthy Tétrault

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

The ‘very strong trade practice’ at McCarthy Tétrault has expertise across the full gamut of international trade matters, including economic sanctions, anti-corruption, customs and trade agreements. Toronto-based team lead John Boscariol is widely recognized as a leader in the area and sources say, ‘his strong experience instils confidence’. Boscariol advised United States Gypsum and CGC on an anti-dumping case concerning gypsum wallboard imported from the US, and he has also acted on bilateral investment treaty claims over the past year. In Montreal, seasoned litigator Simon Potter Ad E represented Québec Border Mills in the new softwood lumber dispute with the US. Other representative clients include Export Development Canada, HSBC Bank Canada and Suncor. In November 2017, trade specialist Martha Harrison joined from Dentons.

Leading lawyers

John Boscariol - McCarthy Tétrault

Simon Potter Ad E - McCarthy Tétrault

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s practice often handles transactional matters but also has notable experience in litigation. In Toronto, practice head Tim Lawson successfully defended Ericsson in a constructive dismissal claim, and Paul Boniferro has been acting for Canadian Broadcast Corporation in a grievance matter regarding the high-profile dismissal of a former employee. Jacques Rousse in Montreal, Randy Bauslaugh in Toronto and Shana Wolch in Calgary are also recommended. Other clients include the government of Ontario, PepsiCo and FedEx.

Leading lawyers

Paul Boniferro - McCarthy Tétrault

Randy Bauslaugh - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Shana Wolch - McCarthy Tétrault

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s comprehensive pensions and employee benefits practice shines in complex litigation, multi-employer pension plans, cross-border matters and other sophisticated issues. Toronto-based group head Randy Bauslaugh is commended as a ‘leading light’, with his ‘strong technical expertise’ impressing sources. In one of the market’s highest-profile ongoing mandates, Bauslaugh is representing Morneau Shepell, as administrator of the Nortel Canadian Pension Plan, in the global bankruptcy proceedings of Nortel Networks. Lorraine Allard is also recommended in Toronto and advised Fairmont Raffles Hotels International on the pensions and benefits aspects of its $2.6bn acquisition by Accor.

Leading lawyers

Randy Bauslaugh - McCarthy Tétrault

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

Among McCarthy Tétrault’s recent matters, Vancouver-based David Crane advised the province of British Columbia on its procurement of application management services. Toronto-based counsel Gordon Willcocks heads a team that also counts Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx and York University as clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

Great real estate firmMcCarthy Tétrault is ‘simply superb on all counts’, according to a client. Praise is levelled at the firm’s ‘extremely strong lawyers’, who have ‘strong commercial sense and broad knowledge of the industry’. The national group’s bench also impresses, fielding ‘truly excellent lawyers at all levels of seniority’ across its bases in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. In Vancouver, Keith Burrell QC stands out as ‘one of Canada’s most respected real estate partners’; he is highly sought after for his experience advising real estate developers and investors on major transactions. Also in Vancouver, ‘partner to watch’ Conrad Rego played a key role in the firm’s advice to Bluesky Hotels & Resorts in its C$1.2bn acquisition of InnVest REIT – Toronto’s Jamie Orzech led the deal. Toronto is also the seat of group head John Currie, whose ‘practical and user-friendly approach is a breath of fresh air’. Other distinguished names in Toronto include senior specialist Abraham Costin (‘rightly recognized as market leader’) and investment expert Danny Grandilli. Among the Toronto office’s newer partners, Jonathan See had an active year and advised BMO Capital Markets and BMO on RioCan REIT’s C$1bn unsecured operating credit facility.

Leading lawyers

Abraham Costin - McCarthy Tétrault

John Currie - McCarthy Tétrault

Keith Burrell QC - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Conrad Rego - McCarthy Tétrault

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s national restructuring group is led out of Toronto by James Gage and also has experienced partners in Montreal and Calgary. Among its debtor-side highlights, Gage represented US Steel Canada in its CCAA restructuring, which involved $4bn worth of liabilities. Gage also acted alongside Toronto’s Barbara Boake to advise Morneau Shepell, as administrator of Nortel Networks’ Canadian registered pensions plans, in Nortel’s worldwide insolvency proceedings. Sean Collins heads the group in Calgary and advised FTI Consulting Canada as court-appointed monitor in Quicksilver Resources Canada’s C$523m CCAA restructuring, and he also acted for Ernst & Young as monitor in OmniArch Capital’s CCAA restructuring. Philippe Bélanger is the key contact in Montreal.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s national tax department, which comprises platforms in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, is skilled in M&A, reorganizations, financial products and REITs matters. M&A-related issues are a particular sweet spot and respected Toronto-based partner Gabrielle Richards advised Fairmont Raffles Hotels International on the tax elements of its $2.6bn acquisition by Accor. On the financial products side, Toronto-based Patrick McCay advised Concert Properties on the C$1bn creation of new limited partnership investment vehicle CREC Commercial Fund LP. The group also benefits from the transactional tax expertise of Frédéric Harvey in Montreal and Douglas Cannon and Nigel Johnston in Toronto. Toronto-based Chia-yi Chua is the key contact for tax litigation.

Leading lawyers

Chia-yi Chua - McCarthy Tétrault

Douglas Cannon - McCarthy Tétrault

Gabrielle Richards - McCarthy Tétrault

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s ‘pre-eminent senior partners’, ‘deep national bench’ and ‘strong experience in landmark cases’ mark the firm as a ‘clear market leader’, according to many. Particular praise is reserved for Toronto-based Barry Sookman, who is acclaimed as ‘Canada’s standout IT specialist’; he played a lead role in the firm’s advice to a group of interveners (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, Music Canada, Canadian Publishers’ Council, Association of Canadian Publishers, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, International Confederation of Music Publishers, and the Worldwide Independent Network) in a precedent-setting case ordering a search provider to de-list websites from search indexes. In another highlight piece of litigation, Sookman and Montreal-based national IT lead Charles Morgan represented Académie de gestion Compu-Finder in defending a notice of violation for breaking Canada’s new anti-spam law and also in challenging the constitutionality of the new law. Among its transactional matters, Toronto-based George Takach (‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’) advises Constellation Software on M&A and corporate finance matters. On the commercial side, Vancouver’s David Crane recently acted for the Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Finance) in the procurement of application management services.

Leading lawyers

Barry Sookman - McCarthy Tétrault

George Takach - McCarthy Tétrault

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s ‘top-tier telecoms practice’ handles both regulatory and transactional matters. In a highlight example of the former, renowned Toronto-based sector experts Peter Grant and Grant Buchanan represented the National Football League, NFL International and NFL Productions in an appeal stemming from the CRTC’s decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of Canadian commercials over US commercials. On the M&A side, Buchanan is part of the team advising BCE on its C$3.9bn acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services. Vancouver-based senior counsel Hank Intven ‘wrote the book on communications law’ and is also highly recommended. Other representative clients include the British Broadcasting Corporation, Loral Space & Communications and Corus Entertainment.

Leading lawyers

Grant Buchanan - McCarthy Tétrault

Hank Intven - McCarthy Tétrault

Peter Grant - McCarthy Tétrault

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault acts on a steady stream of mining deals across its domestic offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and also benefits from a sizable London platform. Vancouver-based group co-lead Roger Taplin has a strong profile in the market and acted for Goldcorp in the $438m sale of its Los Filos Mine in Mexico to Leagold. In another headline deal, Toronto-based Frederico Marques advised Vale on the Canadian aspects of its $2.5bn sale of assets to, and the acquisition of a minority interest in, US-based Mosaic. Toronto-based co-head Shea Small is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Roger Taplin - McCarthy Tétrault

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Oil and gas
Energy: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

M&A powerhouse McCarthy Tétrault recently bolstered its ranks in this area with the hire of Cameron Hughes from Dentons. Craig Spurn heads the practice and has a strong profile in energy deals. The group also benefits from the senior expertise of corporate finance specialist John Osler QC, who advised Enbridge on its C$37bn acquisition of Spectra Energy. Gordon Nettleton jointly leads the environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law group and is ‘among the best’.

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s power group leverages the firm’s leading corporate practice in handling sophisticated power deals across the country, while on the regulatory side wholesale market governance is a sweet spot. In a highlight example of the firm’s ability to combine top-tier corporate and regulatory expertise, David Lever (‘first port of call for an energy deal’) and energy regulation head George Vegh (‘simply the best in his field’) – both Toronto based – advised TransAlta on its agreement with the Government of Alberta over transition payments for the cessation of coal-fired emissions from its Keephills 3, Genesee 3 and Sheerness coal-fired plants – it also advised on their agreement to collaborate on the development of a new policy framework. Also in Toronto, national power lead Seán O’Neill advised Samsung Renewable Energy on the C$195.8m sale of its equity interest in the K2 Wind Project to a consortium composed of Axium Infrastructure, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board and Manulife Financial. The department also benefits from the experience of project finance specialist Marc Dorion Ad E, who splits his time between Montreal and Quebec City, and Toronto-based transactional specialist Michael Weizman.

Leading lawyers

David Lever - McCarthy Tétrault

George Vegh - McCarthy Tétrault

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Canada: Transport

Other
Transport: Other - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s national transportation team focuses exclusively on the rail, bus, truck and taxi industries and it has notable experience in regulatory issues, procurement (both private and public sector), infrastructure projects and litigation. Quebec City-based David Blair is a ‘leader in the area’ and counts Via Rail Canada, Greyhound Canada Transportation and Aéroport de Québec as clients.

Leading lawyers

David Blair - McCarthy Tétrault

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