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Canada

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

Aird & Berlis LLP

A key performer in the mid-market, Aird & Berlis LLP is routinely at the forefront of emerging trends, as evidenced by the Toronto firm’s recent strong showings in the technology and cannabis spheres. Seasoned specialist Martin Kovnats chairs the M&A group, while Paige Backman, who brings to bear a strong record in technology and sports-related matters, chairs the corporate and commercial group.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Aird & Berlis LLP

Aird & Berlis LLP’s environmental group has a solid record in real estate, mining, manufacturing and power-related matters. Scott Stoll is a key contact and routinely defends municipalities and industrial clients in environmental prosecutions.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 4

Aird & Berlis LLP

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP possesses a sophisticated infrastructure practice, which is routinely instructed by both private and public sector participants on procurement, finance and development issues. Douglas Younger, who chairs the group, and Heidi Visser are the key contacts; together they advised an Ontario regional government on the procurement of a waste management processing system.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

Aird & Berlis LLP

Lorenzo Lisi’s workplace law group at Aird & Berlis LLP keeps busy across a mix of employment, labour, and occupational health and safety matters, with a strong record in corporate support issues. In a recent example, Michael Horvat advised the controlling shareholder of Bullfrog Power on the employment aspects of the company’s acquisition by Spark Power.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Aird & Berlis LLP

Real estate is a sweet spot for Aird & Berlis LLP and the Toronto-based team excels in planning and development, with supplementary expertise in REITs, property finance, leasing and acquisitions and disposals. Highlights included advising key client Allied Properties REIT on a C$300m equity offering — Michael Smith led the real estate aspects of the deal. Hayden Solomons is also recommended for property transactions.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

Aird & Berlis LLP

Aird & Berlis LLP maintains a solid practice, which regularly advises on restructurings, distressed M&A and DIP loans. Lender- and creditor-side representations comprise the bulk of instructions and recent matters include advising Microsoft in the Nortel Networks case — Harry Fogul led the restructuring team’s work on that file. Key contact Steven Graff has a strong profile in the market.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

Aird & Berlis LLP

Over the past year, Aird & Berlis LLP’s tax team kept busy advising on a string of securities, REITs and M&A transactions. Barbara Worndl, who heads the practice, recently advised Trevali Mining Corporation on its C$417m acquisition of Glencore’s Rosh Pinah and Perkoa zinc mines. Jack Bernstein is also recommended.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

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

Aird & Berlis LLP

Toronto firm Aird & Berlis LLP attracts strong praise for its ‘excellent commercial expertise’, with Ron Clark highlighted as a ‘leader in his field’. The department also draws upon the specialist experience of litigators Fred Cass and Dennis O’Leary, who together chair the energy group.

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