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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Calgary, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver

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Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national regulatory, environmental, Aboriginal and land group has well-staffed platforms in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Calgary-based Martin Ignasiak jointly chairs the practice and is advising Teck Resources on the Aboriginal law aspects of its C$15bn Frontier oil sands project – several First Nations and Metis groups have submitted comments on the environmental assessment process. Co-chair Richard King is based in Toronto, and the team also includes regulatory star Shawn Denstedt QC and litigator Maureen Killoran QC – both of whom are based in Calgary. In 2016, Thomas Isaac joined Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Vancouver.

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Richard King - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

In 2016, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP hired two financial services partners from Dentons: Martha Martindale joined in Vancouver, while real estate finance specialist Yan Besner joined in Montreal. Chris Bennett heads the financial services team from Toronto and has a strong focus on project finance. The group also has expertise in traditional lending, acquisition finance, structured finance and debt capital markets. Among its recent highlights, Montreal-based corporate finance partner Etienne Massicotte advised TD Securities and a syndicate of lenders on a C$175m term credit facility and a secured C$150m revolving credit facility provided to a subsidiary of MTY Food Group to support its acquisition of Kahala Brands. In Toronto, Kevin Morley and Laurie Barrett are senior figures on the team.

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Chris Bennett - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Kevin Morley - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Laurie Barrett - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

In a significant boost to Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national capital markets practice, the firm hired two new corporate finance partners in 2016: mining specialist Alan Hutchison joined in Vancouver from Dentons and dual New York and Quebec qualified Niko Veilleux arrived in Montreal from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Toronto-based corporate finance and securities chair Desmond Lee is widely regarded as ‘fantastic’ and brings to bear an impressive record in equity matters; he and Toronto-based Mark DesLauriers advised the underwriters on a C$735m equity offering and C$850m senior note offering by Fairfax Financial Holdings. Also in Toronto, group co-chair Michael Innes is ‘extremely active in the area’ and advised Roger Communications on a $500m cross-border offering of senior notes. Toronto-based John Macfarlane is also recommended.

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Desmond Lee - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Michael Innes - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP leverages its sterling M&A practice to advise on a steady stream of merger filings, but it also routinely handles foreign investment reviews, civil and criminal investigations, competition litigation and compliance matters. Michelle Lally is a ‘market force’ and alongside newly appointed competition, trade and foreign investment law chair Shuli Rodal advised Microsoft on the Canadian aspects of its $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn – significantly, the firm was also engaged by LinkedIn to provide Canadian Competition Act advice on the transaction. In another headline merger case, Peter Franklyn acted as local counsel to ChemChina in its $43bn multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Syngenta. Peter Glossop and senior associate Kaeleigh Kuzma are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

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Michelle Lally - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Peter Franklyn - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kaeleigh Kuzma - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Among the very best in the market’, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s corporate and M&A practice is valued for its ‘consistently on-point advice’ and its ‘very solid business acumen’. The ‘extremely entrepreneurial’ team was boosted in 2016 with the arrival of Alan Hutchison, formerly global mining head at Dentons, into the firm’s nascent Vancouver office, while Niko Veilleux joined in Montreal from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The ‘extremely talentedEmmanuel Pressman chairs the national corporate group and advised Constellation Brands on the C$1bn sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He also acted as Canadian counsel to private equity giant TPG Capital in its $3.1bn acquisition of a 51% stake in Intel Security. Pre-eminent sector specialist Clay Horner teamed up with Pressman and corporate finance specialist Desmond Lee to advise WS Atkins on its C$3.6bn acquisition by SNC-Lavalin. M&A co-head Jeremy Fraiberg is ‘very sharp’ and advised Whistler Blackcomb Holdings on its $1.4bn acquisition by Vail Resorts. The group also calls on the expertise of Robert Desbarats QC in Calgary, and Montreal-based Robert Yalden. High-profile M&A partner Douglas Bryce was appointed national managing partner in 2017. Calgary-based securities partner Noralee Bradley moved to Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Named partners are based in Toronto except where otherwise stated.

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Clay Horner - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Douglas Bryce - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Douglas Marshall - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Emmanuel Pressman - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Dispute resolution: Québec - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national practice, which is split between its Toronto, Montreal and Calgary offices, shines in class actions, securities litigation, tax disputes, product liability and energy litigation. Class action specialist Deborah Glendinning is a key name in Toronto and leads the firm’s representation of Imperial Tobacco Canada, including in class actions, Medicaid claims and other regulatory issues. Also in Toronto, Larry Lowenstein defended Chevron (as co-counsel with Norton Rose Fulbright) in efforts to enforce in Canada a $9.5bn judgment obtained against Chevron in Ecuador. In Montreal, Sylvain Lussier Ad E is a high-profile litigator and represented Enterprise Rent-a-Car in defeating certification of a class action alleging false advertising. In Calgary, Maureen Killoran QC is a force in energy and natural resources related litigation and advises Kinder Morgan in all challenges to the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Ontario

Deborah Glendinning - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Larry Lowenstein - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Quebec

Sylvain Lussier Ad E - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national regulatory, environmental, Aboriginal and land group is particularly well represented in Calgary, which is the seat of regulatory heavy-hitter Shawn Denstedt QC. Denstedt is representing TransCanada in obtaining environmental and regulatory approvals for proposed expansions of the NGTL natural gas pipeline system in British Columbia and Alberta. Calgary-based Martin Ignasiak has considerable experience in major projects and is advising Teck Resources on the environmental and Aboriginal law aspects of its Frontier oil sands project. Rising star Terri-Lee Oleniuk is also recommended.

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Shawn Denstedt QC - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Next generation lawyers

Terri-Lee Oleniuk - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is praised for its ‘user-friendly team’ and ‘strong commercial acumen’. In particular, Toronto-based financial services chair Chris Bennett is hailed as a ‘project finance lawyer par excellence’. The group continues to strengthen its profile in the PPP market, diversifying its skill set across asset classes and provinces and, in Alberta, Bennett advised the Mountain View Partners consortium on the DBFO contract for the C$1.4bn South West Calgary Ring Road PPP. Toronto-based Tobor Emakpor is also recommended and with Bennett advised the equity sponsors on the DBFO contract for the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant project. The group also draws upon the expertise of Toronto-based power specialist Rocco Sebastiano and Calgary-based project finance partner Lorne Carson.

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Chris Bennett - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s department advises on all areas of IP law, including trademark, copyright and patent prosecution. Practice head Bradley White, who is based in Ottawa, and Vincent de Grandpré defended Samsung Bioepis in patent proceedings brought by Amgen Canada and Immunex Corporation regarding the drug Enbrel. White and Nathaniel Lipkus have been representing Skretting in a cross-border patent dispute regarding methods for raising fish. John Cotter and Ottawa-based senior counsel Glen Bloom continued to act for Re:Sound in a number of proceedings brought before the Copyright Board of Review and the Federal Court of Appeal concerning tariffs. The well-regarded May Cheng represented CPA Canada in trademark litigation against the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK. All partners are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has a solid international trade practice, with particular expertise in trade remedies. Group head Riyaz Dattu is a high-profile figure and recently represented EcoWater Systems Canada in customs matters. Kinross Gold, Rapiscan Systems and Canadian Tire are also on the department’s books.

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Riyaz Dattu - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s department has significant experience working for major retailers across the full range of labour and employment concerns, including human rights tribunal and reputational issues. In Toronto, group head Jason Hanson has been advising Empire Life Insurance on day-to-day matters such as terminations, the implementation of workplace policies and compensation arrangements. In Calgary, Brian Thiessen assisted CGG with the employment aspects of the sale of its Multi-Physics business to American company NEOS. Toronto-based Sven Poysa has been leading advice to Foot Locker on various employment issues, including store closures, executive employment arrangements and compliance. The team was strengthened in Toronto by the arrival of Lynne Lacoursière from Torys, who joins as co-chair of the compensations group. Michel Benoit and Paul Litner are recommended in Montreal and Toronto, respectively.

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Jason Hanson - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Michel Benoit - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Paul Litner - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Extremely experienced and client-focused’, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s pensions group scores highly for its ‘creative and problem-solving approach’. Certainly the firm remains at the cutting edge of pensions law, routinely advising on the creation of highly complex and sophisticated new plans. In Toronto, Paul Litner is a ‘reference in the pensions area’ and advised Constellation Brands on the sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. In another high-profile transaction, Toronto-based Anthony Devir advised Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, a syndicate of DIP lenders and an ad hoc committee of term lenders on the pensions and benefits aspects of Essar Steel Algoma’s CCAA proceedings. Also in Toronto, Jana Steele impresses with her strong background in plan design, particularly shared risk and target benefit plans. On the contentious side, Montreal-based ‘rising star’ Julien Ranger represented IBM Canada in a class action arising from amendments to its pension and post-retirement benefits program.

Leading lawyers

Jana Steele - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Paul Litner - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Next generation lawyers

Julien Ranger - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s broad government contracts practice regularly advises public and private sector clients on tendering, outsourcing, compliance matters and procurement disputes. Toronto-based Rocco Sebastiano is the key contact and is highly regarded for energy, construction and infrastructure related issues; he is advising Bruce Power on all aspects of the procurement of its C$13bn Major Component Replacement program. Other highlights included technology specialist Michael Fekete, also based in Toronto, advising Information Technology Association of Canada on procurement-related issues.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s comprehensive real estate practice had particularly strong showings in the restructuring, REIT and retail spaces during 2016/17. Highlight mandates included Toronto’s Stella Di Cresce advising Dream Office REIT on its new co-ownership agreement for Scotia Plaza with KingSett Capital (KingSett) and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), following the sale by Dream Office REIT and H&R REIT of a 50% interest in Scotia Plaza to KingSett and AIMCo. In another REIT-related deal, Rod Davidge advised SmartREIT in three property acquisitions worth a combined C$107.8m. Toronto-based Heather McKean chairs the national group.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

One of the best teams in the country’, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s restructuring group is staffed by ‘creative, commercial and tenacious lawyers’, according to clients. In particular, national chair Marc Wasserman is ‘very commercially savvy and understands the business context better than most lawyers’. Wasserman and fellow Toronto-based partner Michael De Lellis advised Tervita (as co-counsel with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP) on its headline C$3.6m recapitalization transaction. Tracy Sandler is also recommended in Toronto and acted for FTI Consulting as the court-appointed monitor in Golf Town Canada’s cross-border CCAA proceedings. Sandra Abitan is a key contact in Montreal and alongside Wasserman advised BCBG Canada (the Canadian subsidiary of BCBG Max Azria Group, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in the US) on its filing under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA).

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Marc Wasserman - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s ‘extremely creative’ team is highlighted as both a ‘leader in sophisticated tax transactions’ and ‘unrivalled in tax litigation’. Group co-chair Firoz Ahmed has a strong profile in the market and with Dov Begun advised Whistler Blackcomb Holdings on its C$1.4bn acquisition by Vail Resorts. Monica Biringer jointly chairs the practice and with Gregory Wylie acted for Target Canada on the tax aspects of the wind-down of its Canadian operations, which involved the establishment of an employee trust to ensure employees received a minimum of 16 weeks’ compensation. Patrick Marley is noted for his international tax expertise and advised Procter & Gamble on a split-off transaction, whereby P&G transferred the assets and liabilities of P&G Specialty Beauty Brands to its wholly owned subsidiary Galleria. On the contentious side, universal praise is levelled at star litigator Al Meghji, who is ‘simply beyond compare’; he played a lead role in the firm’s advice to Loblaw Financial Holdings in an appeal relating to the definition of ‘investment business’ in the Income Tax Act. Richard Tremblay has an eminent reputation for transfer pricing matters and with Meghji is representing Cameco in a case concerning the ‘recharacterization’ transfer pricing provisions of the Income Tax Act. Calgary-based Edward Rowe is also a key contact. All named partners are based in Toronto except where otherwise stated.

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Al Meghji - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Firoz Ahmed - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Richard Tremblay - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 1

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The diverse practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has a broad industry focus, which encompasses IT and outsourcing transactions, public policy issues, emerging companies, and privacy and data management. Department co-chair Wendy Gross (‘creative and client-focused’) is particularly sought after for outsourcing matters and recently advised Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on a competitive procurement for the outsourcing of its IT systems to Accenture. In another headline procurement, Simon Hodgett advised the Toronto Transit Commission on a request for proposal process, and on the subsequent negotiation of a multi-year contract, for the procurement and ongoing maintenance of a computer-aided dispatch and automatic vehicle location system. Among its highlight M&A deals in this space, Chad Bayne acted for Hootsuite Media, a platform for managing social media, in several transactions over the past year, including its acquisitions of AdEspresso and Sales Prodigy. Group co-chair Michael Fekete advised the Information Technology Association of Canada on several policy matters, including the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s consent consultation. Other representative clients include Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn. All named partners are based in Toronto.

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Michael Fekete - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Wendy Gross - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 3

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

In a significant coup, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP welcomed the ‘very thorough and experienced’ Alan Hutchison into its Vancouver office as national mining co-head – he joins from Dentons, where he was also mining co-lead. Hutchison recently advised AQM Copper on its C$35m acquisition by Teck Resources. Firm managing partner Douglas Bryce jointly heads the department from Toronto. Other representative clients include Cameco, China Molybdenum and Kinross Gold.

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Oil and gas
Energy: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s oil and gas department is enviably balanced between transactional and regulatory strength, fielding some of the market’s leading names on both sides of the practice. On the transactional side, energy co-chair Janice Buckingham is a high-profile figure in the market and alongside senior partner Robert Desbarats QC advised Athabasca Oil Corporation on the C$582m acquisition of thermal oil assets from Statoil Canada. Simon Baines is also recommended for energy deals and advised Shell Canada on its C$1.3bn sale of strategic assets to Tourmaline Oil. On the regulatory side, ‘superior’ regulatory specialist Shawn Denstedt QC is ‘beyond compare’; he and Terri-Lee Oleniuk are representing Kinder Morgan Canada in regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law matters concerning the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Martin Ignasiak is also recommended for regulatory work and is advising Teck Resources on its Frontier oil sands project.

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Janice Buckingham - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Robert Desbarats QC - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Shawn Denstedt QC - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 2

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP continues to strengthen its profile in the power area, with its ‘deep bench, from junior to senior level’ and ‘strong industry knowledge’ striking the right note with clients. Toronto-based department chair Rocco Sebastiano is a dominant force in power deals and is representing Bruce Power in the Major Component Replacement Program, as part of the refurbishment of the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station. Toronto-based Richard King is the key contact for regulatory work and along with Sebastiano advised the IESO on the introduction of a cap-and-trade program in Ontario to negotiate amendments to its energy supply contracts with gas-fired generators in the province. Newer partner Elliot Smith, also in Toronto, is leading the firm’s advice to Northland Power in several matters, including the major equipment supply and installation agreements for the $4.2bn Project Gemini offshore wind farm.

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Rocco Sebastiano - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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