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McMillan LLP

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Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s ‘very strong financial services group’ is chaired from Toronto by Paul Avis and high-profile restructuring expert Andrew Kent and also includes well-staffed platforms in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. Recent highlights include Avis’ advice to the lenders, a syndicate led by RBC, to Lakeview Community Partners in relation to its C$275m acquisition of the former coal-fired Lakeview Generating Station site. In addition, Don Waters — ‘a significant player in the finance area’ — teamed up with Timothy Murphy and Julie Han to advise Scotiabank, as lender, on the C$128.5m Cooksville Station redevelopment project. Other representative clients include BMO, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. Syndicated finance expert Jeffrey Rogers and Vancouver-based banking and real estate partner John Morrison are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Toronto, unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Rogers - McMillan LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s group is noted for ‘punching above its weight in the competition area’ and has a ‘terrific record in competition litigation’. It is also strong in merger clearance, cartel investigations, foreign investment review, and marketing and advertising issues. High-profile specialist Neil Campbell is a ‘very smart guy’ and ‘great to work with on a file’ and chairs the department alongside ‘great lawyer’ James Musgrove. The team also benefits from the senior expertise of class action expert David Kent (‘as fine a litigator as you will find in Canada’) and ‘great merger lawyer’ Casey Halladay. Halladay recently advised the sellers on the sale of a majority stake in Montreal-based apparel company Joseph Ribkoff to Novacap. Named partners are based in Toronto.

Leading individuals

James Musgrove - McMillan LLP

Neil Campbell - McMillan LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

McMillan LLP

Among McMillan LLP’s recent highlights, it advised the sellers on Novacap’s acquisition of a majority stake in Montreal-based women's apparel company Joseph Ribkoff — Montreal’s Max Mendelsohn led that work. In Toronto, gaming law specialist Howard Drabinsk advised Scientific Games on the acquisition, through its wholly owned subsidiary SG Canada Acquisitions, of DEQ Systems.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 5

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s sizeable national practice comprises teams in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, with its Toronto base standing out as its most high profile. Dispute resolution co-chair David Kent is ‘as fine a litigator as you will see in Canada’, according to some. Kent brings to bear an impressive record in competition litigation (he notably represented MasterCard in the credit card conspiracy actions). The department also has notable expertise in contentious restructuring, construction and white-collar crime-related cases.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s infrastructure expertise spans the full life cycle of procurement, project finance, project development and secondary market activity. Recent highlights include advising Scotiabank on the financing of the C$128.5m Cooksville Station redevelopment project. Timothy Murphy and Peter Willis chair the project finance and infrastructure groups from Toronto. Candy Saga is a senior name in Vancouver.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s practice has a strong focus on non-contentious insurance. Carol Lyons jointly chairs the department and brings to bear an impressive record in compliance and regulatory matters, while Gerald Badali is highly regarded for product development and transactional work — both are based in Toronto. Clients include insurance companies, financial institutions, automobile corporations and payment card companies.

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International expertise
International expertise - ranked: tier 4

McMillan LLP

As the only national firm with an office in Hong Kong, McMillan LLP is well positioned to advise Chinese, South Korean and Japanese clients — and it has significant expertise in all three markets. China practice co-head Stephen Wortley, who splits his time between Hong Kong and Vancouver, chairs the Hong Kong office and is well versed in Stock Exchange of Hong Kong listings and Chinese outbound M&A deals into Canada.

Leading individuals

Stephen Wortley - McMillan LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s group is best known for its ‘heavy caseload in the trade remedies area’ and it also handles a significant volume of export control cases, economic sanctions and customs matters. Senior figure Geoffrey Kubrick, who jointly chairs the practice from Ottawa, is an instantly recognizable name for trade work; he recently represented Tenaris Canada in the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)’s anti-dumping investigation into line pipe from Korea. He also successfully represented Rusal in the CBSA’s (eventually terminated) anti-dumping investigation against silicon metal from Russia. Ottawa-based co-chair Jonathan O’Hara is a ‘future star’.

Leading individuals

Geoffrey Kubrick - McMillan LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

McMillan LLP

Insolvency is a strong suit at McMillan LLP and the firm fields senior restructuring specialists in its Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver offices. In Toronto, financial services co-chair Andrew Kent is lauded as an ‘insolvency powerhouse’, while Max Mendelsohn is a seasoned specialist in Montreal. The department represents debtors, company boards, lenders, creditors and court-appointed officers.

Leading individuals

Andrew Kent - McMillan LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP earns rave reviews for its ‘exemplary levels of professionalism and knowledge’ and its ‘strong commitment to getting to know its clients and their industry’. Toronto-based group head Michael Friedman is ‘extremely experienced and effective’ and advised RBC, as agent for the lender, on Tricon Capital Group’s $1.4bn acquisition of Silver Bay Realty Trust. Toronto’s Todd Miller (‘responsive, insightful and technically knowledgeable’) acted as Canadian counsel to Avantor in its $6.5bn acquisition of VWR Corporation.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 4

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s group advises across a broad range of exploration, development and production matters but is best known for corporate finance deals, particularly on behalf of junior companies. Highlights included advising Uranium Energy on its acquisition of the North Reno Creek Project. Vancouver-based Bernhard Zinkhofer is recommended.

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Canada: Transport

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

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP’s transport group is best known for its strong reputation in regulatory matters. Names to note include Lucia Stuhldreier, who handles both rail and trucking law, and high-profile rail specialist François Tougas — both are based in Vancouver.

Leading individuals

François Tougas - McMillan LLP

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