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Bennett Jones LLP

4500 BANKERS HALL EAST, 855 2ND STREET SW, CALGARY, ALBERTA T2P 4K7, CANADA
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Work +403 298 3100
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Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and 1 more

Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP‚Äôs longstanding dominance in the oil and gas sector has produced an energy-focused finance practice specializing in advising corporate borrowers on project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and leveraged finance transactions.¬†In Calgary, Philip Backman QC‚Äôs¬†name is synonymous with energy finance; he continues to advise North West Redwater Partnership on the financing of the construction of its C$10bn bitumen refinery in Alberta, one of the largest projects ever constructed in Canada. Outside of the energy sphere, Calgary-based financial services co-head Patrick Brennan¬†is highlighted as ‚Äėthe first name you think of for aviation finance in Canada‚Äô.¬†Karen Dawson¬†is also a key contact in Calgary. On the lender side, Toronto-based¬†Mark Rasile¬†has recently undertaken work for China Construction Bank.¬†Steven Lutz, who co-leads the financial services group, is also recommended in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Philip Backman QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Karen Dawson - Bennett Jones LLP

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Cannabis
Cannabis - ranked: tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP

A prime-mover in the cannabis space, Bennett Jones LLP’s focus on building a full-service offering has paid dividends, and the firm houses a well-rounded industry group across its Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary offices. The national department is led jointly from Toronto by IP litigator Dominique Hussey and corporate finance specialist Aaron Sonshine, who recently led the firm’s advice to Cresco Labs on its $100m oversubscribed funding round, which represented the second-largest private funding round in US cannabis history. In addition to its corporate finance experience, the practice group has specialist expertise in M&A, consumer markets, agribusiness and health law. In 2019, the team welcomed the arrival of Curtis Cusinato, who was formerly head of the corporate group at Stikeman Elliott LLP. Ranjeev Dhillon and Rami Chalabi left to join McCarthy Tétrault.

Leading individuals

Aaron Sonshine - Bennett Jones LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP¬†is a key player in both high-end and mid-market deals, with its top-notch reputation in the energy and natural resources sectors a significant driver of its most high-profile transactions. The firm is best known for its relationships with corporate issuers, both private and public, which it advises on the full spread of equity and debt matters. It also has significant underwriter-side experience, which included recent mandates for¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch,¬†RBC Capital Markets and Acumen Capital Finance Partners. Calgary-based Brent Kraus, who ‚Äėworks to find business solutions‚Äô,¬†enjoys a strong reputation for his experience advising junior to mid-size companies and investment dealers on public and private financings. John Piasta¬†and Kristopher Hanc¬†jointly lead the department from Calgary and Toronto respectively.

Leading individuals

Brent Kraus - Bennett Jones LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP excels in contentious work, where it has strengths across the full gamut of civil and criminal matters. A regular fixture in complex antitrust disputes, the group has litigated both for and against the Bureau. Jointly led by Washington DC-based Melanie Aitken (former Commissioner of Competition) and prominent Toronto-based competition expert Randal Hughes, the team is also routinely engaged to advise on domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger reviews. Toronto-based litigator John Rook QC is another of the team's senior contacts. In addition, the department benefits from an impressive band of up-and-coming partners including Adam Kalbfleisch, who handles an array of competition, foreign investment review and regulatory matters, and litigator Emrys Davis, who was promoted to partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

John Rook QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Randal Hughes - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Adam Kalbfleisch - Bennett Jones LLP

Emrys Davis - Bennett Jones LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP

Widely recognized for its top-tier Calgary offering and natural resources expertise, Bennett Jones LLP houses a dominant transactional oil and gas practice. Its broad industry experience also encompasses the mining, technology, cannabis and financial services spheres. The firm’s increasingly prominent Toronto practice was recently boosted by a pair of high-profile hires from Stikeman Elliott LLP: Curtis Cusinato, who was formerly co-managing partner of Stikeman’s Toronto office, joined alongside Matthew Hunt. The firm also bulked up its Vancouver platform through its 2018 merger with McCullough O'Connor Irwin, which saw the arrival of new corporate head for British Columbia, Jonathan McCullough. David Spencer, who is sought after for sophisticated energy deals, and firm vice-chairman Perry Spitznagel QC are both key contacts in Calgary. Abbas Ali Khan continues to build up his profile in the Toronto market.

Leading individuals

David Spencer - Bennett Jones LLP

Perry Spitznagel QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Abbas Ali Khan - Bennett Jones LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP has one of the most highly respected teams in Alberta, fielding experienced partners in Calgary and Edmonton. The firm also benefits from an increasingly prominent Toronto base, which is home to one of the market’s leading class action practices. In Western Canada, the group is best known for its premier reputation in the energy, mining and construction fields. Based in the Calgary office, Blair Yorke-Slader QC has a first-rate litigation practice, with unrivalled expertise in energy-related matters, while Munaf Mohamed co-chairs the fraud law practice and advises on a mix of civil fraud, product liability and energy litigation. Michael Mysak, also in Calgary, is recommended for his growing profile in securities and fraud litigation. In Toronto, Jeffrey Leon is sought after for securities litigation and class actions. Other names to note in Toronto are Michael Eizenga, who co-leads the class action group, and Robert Staley, who focuses on securities litigation and class actions.

Leading individuals

Blair Yorke-Slader QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Jeffrey Leon - Bennett Jones LLP

Munaf Mohamed - Bennett Jones LLP

Michael Eizenga - Bennett Jones LLP

Robert Staley - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Michael Mysak - Bennett Jones LLP

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

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP combines a comprehensive corporate and securities offering with exploration and development expertise and a robust regulatory practice. The firm acts for Canadian and international mining companies, investment banks and investors, and regularly handles deals across all asset classes, with recent strong showings in gold, silver, copper and coal. Key contacts in Toronto include practice head Sander Grieve, who has strong experience in corporate finance, M&A and corporate governance, and up-and-coming partner Abbas Ali Khan.

Leading individuals

Sander Grieve - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Abbas Ali Khan - Bennett Jones LLP

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

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP¬†is hailed by sources as a ‚Äėone-stop-shop‚Äô for oil and gas companies, with its broad expertise across corporate, commercial and regulatory matters being a asset to the practice group. Benefiting from one of the largest dedicated energy teams in the market, the Calgary-headquartered national firm is a popular choice for complex, multi-disciplinary files, particularly in the project development and corporate spaces. Its comprehensive industry expertise, which includes the midstream sector, pipelines, LNG and oil sands development, is supported by the wider firm‚Äôs robust offerings in environmental, corporate and tax law. On the regulatory side, Lawrence Smith QC¬†and Loyola Keough¬†are considered among the leading names in the market. On the transactional side, Robert Booth QC¬†is highly regarded for exploration and pipeline projects, while corporate co-head Patrick Maguire¬†is sought after for M&A and joint venture transactions. The group also includes highly experienced transactional expert Donald Greenfield QC¬†and up-and-coming industry specialists Kieran Ryan¬†and Vivek Warrier.

Leading individuals

Donald Greenfield QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Lawrence Smith QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Loyola Keough - Bennett Jones LLP

Patrick Maguire - Bennett Jones LLP

Robert Booth QC - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kieran Ryan - Bennett Jones LLP

Vivek Warrier - Bennett Jones LLP

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

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s national practice group has a strong track record in energy infrastructure projects, particularly in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Notably, the firm’s strong relationship with the ATCO group of companies generates a steady stream of power-related mandates. Based in Calgary, transactional specialist David Macaulay has a strong profile for project development mandates, while Loyola Keough is a name to note for regulatory matters.

Leading individuals

David Macaulay - Bennett Jones LLP

Loyola Keough - Bennett Jones LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s first-class environmental law group is recognized for its experience in environmental impact assessments related to major infrastructure projects, particularly in the areas of energy and natural resources, which lines up nicely with its firm-wide strength. The team is also routinely engaged to advise on contaminated site issues, dangerous goods, spills and the defence of environmental prosecutions. Leonard Griffiths in Toronto is highly recommended, and Calgary-based Brad Gilmour, who heads the regulatory department, is noted for his expertise in environmental, energy, regulatory and Aboriginal law. Other names to note include Vancouver office managing partner Radha Curpen, who is qualified in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and New York, Calgary-based energy expert Shawn Munro and Toronto-based counsel Sarah Gilbert.

Leading individuals

Brad Gilmour - Bennett Jones LLP

Leonard Griffiths - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Gilbert - Bennett Jones LLP

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s national group, which is mainly split between Vancouver and Calgary, utilizes the firm’s signature natural resources offering to advise corporate clients on the indigenous law aspects of energy, mining and utilities projects. It also has experience in acting for First Nations, particularly in relation to land and resource development policies and economic development. Jointly led from Vancouver by David Bursey and Radha Curpen, the team also includes impressive senior associate Sharon Singh, who is noted for her mining sector expertise.

Next Generation Partners

Sharon Singh - Bennett Jones LLP

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s capital projects group is best known for its capability in major energy infrastructure mandates, where it often teams up with its market-leading oil and gas and environmental law practices to structure complex projects. On the PPP side, the firm has a solid record in social infrastructure projects, particularly in the aviation and health care spheres, where it routinely advises all project participants. The national practice is particularly strong in Calgary and Toronto. Construction head Jason Roth is a key contact in the Calgary office.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP handles a mix of prosecution, litigation and transactional IP matters, with niche expertise in advising energy companies on their increasingly sophisticated IP requirements. Other industry strong suits include pharmaceuticals, agriculture and mining. Toronto-based Dominique Hussey, who is dual-qualified in Ontario and New York, heads the IP litigation practice and is equally adept in trademark and patent matters. Calgary-based Martin Kratz QC is noted for his expertise in IP law and technology.

Leading individuals

Dominique Hussey - Bennett Jones LLP

Martin Kratz QC - Bennett Jones LLP

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International expertise
International expertise - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s strategic focus on oil and gas drives a significant volume of cross-border work and the firm is well-placed to support that international focus with offices in New York and Beijing. Former Canadian Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken is a key member of the US team and is highly regarded for her track record in cross-border antitrust matters. In 2019, Doha-based arbitration specialist George Vlavianos left to join Simmons & Simmons Middle East.

Leading individuals

Melanie Aitken - Bennett Jones LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP houses a sophisticated international trade practice, which advises on every aspect of international trade law. A strong performer in trade remedy cases, the group also has an impressive track record in customs matters, export controls, economic sanctions and trade treaty disputes. Toronto-based department chair Darrel Pearson has a distinguished record in leading cases; he advised on two of three cases involving customs law and international trade remedy law heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in the last 50 years. In 2018, trade specialist Valerie Hughes joined as senior counsel in the Ottawa office; she was formerly Assistant Deputy Minister and Counsel to the Department of Finance.

Leading individuals

Darrel Pearson - Bennett Jones LLP

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP houses a robust labour and employment practice, which is well balanced between standalone advisory and contentious matters, and transactional support work. In line with the firm-wide strength, the practice group, which has solid footholds in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, is particularly active in the energy and natural resources industries. Calgary-based John Gilmore, who had a strong recent run in M&A-related matters, and Toronto-based Carl Cunningham jointly head the department. The group was recently boosted by the arrival of new Ottawa-based senior counsel Lori Sterling, who was formerly federal Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Skills Development.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 4

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s pensions team forms a key part of its broader employment offering. Best known for its activity in transactional support matters, the group also advises plan administrators, managers and trustees on plan design, establishment and administration. Toronto-based Susan Seller and Calgary-based John Gilmore jointly lead the practice group.

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Real Estate
Real Estate - ranked: tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP advises on the full life cycle of real estate matters, from initial planning and construction issues, to eventual commercial leasing, and sales and acquisitions. The national group enjoys regional strongholds across the country, fielding a dominant practice in Alberta and an increasingly prominent position in Ontario. In Toronto, Paul Mantini is highly regarded for high-end property finance and development matters, and Simon Crawford is recommended for his first-class transactional expertise. Larry Sandrin in Vancouver is recognized as a leader in real estate development, including infrastructure projects. The department also benefits from a talented band of up-and-coming partners, including Toronto-based finance specialist John van Gent and Calgary-based Alixe Cameron.

Leading individuals

Larry Sandrin - Bennett Jones LLP

Paul Mantini - Bennett Jones LLP

Simon Crawford - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alixe Cameron - Bennett Jones LLP

John van Gent - Bennett Jones LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP leverages its pre-eminent oil and gas practice to stake out leading roles in energy and natural resources-related insolvencies; its strong recent run in this field includes debtor-side roles for Quicksilver Resources and NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services. The increasingly prominent practice group also has a solid record in the manufacturing, real estate and retail sectors. The firm's lawyers routinely act for all stakeholders in restructuring and recapitalization matters, but are perhaps best known for their expertise in creditor representations. Toronto-based Kevin Zych co-leads the national team alongside Calgary-based Chris Simard, and Sean Zweig in Toronto has been singled out as an impressive up-and-coming partner. Richard Orzy retired in 2018.

Leading individuals

Kevin Zych - Bennett Jones LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sean Zweig - Bennett Jones LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s signature energy offering has led the firm to develop expertise in natural resources taxation, with recent strong showings in oil and gas, power and mining-related matters. The group also has an impressive record in advising on the tax aspects of major corporate restructurings and cross-border transactions. Toronto managing partner Stephen Bowman is a key figure for transactional tax matters, while Calgary-based practice co-chair Darcy Moch is noted for his coverage of both corporate and personal tax planning. The firm also houses a dynamic tax litigation practice, which was recently boosted by the arrivals of high-profile litigator Edwin Kroft QC, who is based between the firm’s Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary offices, and Vancouver-based Deborah Toaze from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Moreover, Calgary-based litigator Jehad Haymour recently joined from Dentons.

Leading individuals

Darcy Moch - Bennett Jones LLP

Jehad Haymour - Bennett Jones LLP

Stephen Bowman - Bennett Jones LLP

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP

Calgary-headquartered Bennett Jones LLP routinely advises energy and natural resources companies on technology issues, including clean tech and licensing matters. Other practice strengths include health care, electronic payments and outsourcing agreements. Key lawyers include Stephen Burns, who advises on outsourcing, IT procurement and privacy issues; data protection expert Martin Kratz QC; and up-and-coming technology specialist Sébastien Gittens, all of whom are based in Calgary. Toronto-based Matthew Flynn recently joined from McCarthy Tétrault to co-head the fintech and blockchain group.

Next Generation Partners

Sébastien Gittens - Bennett Jones LLP

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Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP has a specialist aviation practice, which is sought after by major airlines and aircraft operators to advise on the full suite of financing, leasing, acquisition and regulatory matters. Calgary-based Patrick Brennan, who co-heads the national financial services department, is widely recognized as a leading expert in the area. Toronto-based Ian Michael is also noted for his activity in the airport infrastructure space.

Leading individuals

Patrick Brennan - Bennett Jones LLP

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