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Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 4


Dentons regularly advises companies on land claims, treaty rights and agreements with Aboriginal groups. In Montreal, Ann Bigué Ad E has a strong reputation in the area, and energy regulation expert Bernard Roth is a key contact in Calgary. The firm is particularly well known for advising energy and natural resources companies on the Aboriginal law aspects of major project developments.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3


Lawyers at Dentons provide ‘solid, practical advice without getting too bogged down in the legal intricacies’. Heidi Clark, a department manager in the Toronto office, has ‘excellent knowledge’ and advised joint venture partner Greystone Managed Investments on acquisition financing for its purchase of land from Toronto Port Lands. In another set of highlights, Toronto-based Dennis Wiebe acted as local counsel to Canadian Chartered Bank, as agent for a syndicate of 20 banks, on a $3.5bn credit facility to Element Financial; he also advised Canadian Chartered Bank as agent on a $2.5bn credit facility to ECN Capital in connection with Element Financial’s corporate reorganization. Joey Mastrogiuseppe leads the banking and finance team of the firm’s Montreal office.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3


Dentons has a diverse capital markets offering but is particularly active in energy and natural resources deals. Among some recent examples, the firm advised Capital Power on its C$160m private placement of notes, and also advised the underwriters on Parkland Fuel’s C$500m private placement of high-yield notes. Calgary-based corporate finance specialist William Gilliland is recommended.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4


Dentons’ competition group attracts praise for its ‘very strong experience in the oil patch’ – its broad industry expertise also encompasses agribusiness, mining, electricity, TMT and retail, among other areas. Edmonton-based Barry Zalmanowitz QC has ‘very good judgment’ and jointly chairs the national team alongside Toronto-based Sandy Walker; together they advised Katz Group on the competition aspects of its C$3bn sale of Rexall Health to McKesson ¬¬– Bennett Jones LLP acted as co-counsel on the work.

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


Dentons has a comprehensive national practice with platforms in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as huge global network on which to draw. Calgary-based William Gilliland jointly leads the department and specializes in energy and natural resources transactions; he recently advised Capital Power on the acquisition of two gas-fired generation facilities in Ontario from Veresen. In another Calgary highlight, office managing partner Donald Leitch QC advised Geo-Jade Petroleum on its C$725m acquisition of Bankers Petroleum. However, the firm’s highest-profile recent deal was led from Edmonton, where Shawna Vogel advised Katz Group on the C$3bn sale of Rexall Health to McKesson. Calgary-based M&A co-lead William Jenkins and Montreal-based Charles Spector are also recommended. In 2016, former global mining head Alan Hutchison left the Vancouver office to join Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 2


Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 3


Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 4


Dispute resolution: Québec - ranked: tier 4


A ‘true business partner’, Dentons finds favour for providing ‘steady guidance through challenging circumstances’. Among its chief attributes, clients appreciate lawyers’ ‘readiness to continually negotiate rather than litigate’ as well as their ‘good understanding of the business context’. In Calgary, national co-lead Gordon Tarnowsky QC is highly regarded for energy and natural resources matters and is currently involved in a significant energy-related arbitration. In Toronto, senior counsel Robb Heintzman is ‘very strategic and results driven’; he is representing Deloitte in a C$40m class action alleging misrepresentation in the financial statements of SouthGobi Resources. Michael Schafler jointly heads the national department from Toronto and has an ‘excellent ability to read a situation’. Craig Dennis QC is the key contact in Vancouver and alongside Montreal-based Laurent Nahmiash defended Yahoo! Canada in class actions arising from two high-profile breaches of user account data.

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Environment - ranked: tier 3


Dentons’ ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ national group is driven out of Calgary by Alex MacWilliam, and is also represented in the firm’s Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal offices – the latter of which was significantly bolstered in 2017 with the arrival of counsel Isabelle Blouin, who was formerly in-house at GE Capital. Calgary-based energy regulation specialist Bernard Roth advised Enbridge on a joint federal provincial review of a twin pipeline project.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 4


Dentons’ practice has a broad client base and acts for private sponsors, lenders, public sector bodies and design-build contractors on a wide range of social infrastructure, energy and transportation projects. In Vancouver, infrastructure and PPP co-lead John Haythorne paired up with Ryan Chalmers to advise Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on the Centerm Expansion Project. Michael Ledgett jointly heads the group from Toronto and with Edmonton-based technology specialist Tom Sides advised the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba on the Manitoba First Nations Connectivity Project. Co-head Ilan Dunsky is based in Montreal.

Leading lawyers

John Haythorne - Dentons

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3


Dentons houses a comprehensive trade practice with experience in trade remedies, customs law, sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption matters. Toronto-based Paul Lalonde is recommended for his broad practice that encompasses the full range of trade issues. Trade specialist Martha Harrison moved to McCarthy Tétrault in November 2017.

Leading lawyers

Paul Lalonde - Dentons

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4


Dentons employment and labour group covers all areas of employment law, including litigation, executive compensation and internal investigations. In Calgary, Barbara Johnston QC primarily handles management-side matters and has experience representing clients before all levels of the court and in tribunals. Toronto-based Anneli LeGault has particular strength advising on outsourcing and HR policies, including employment agreements and pay equity. The team includes Fausto Franceschi in Edmonton and pensions expert Mary Picard in Toronto.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1


Dentons’ media, sports and entertainment group is driven out of Vancouver by industry specialist Gordon Esau, who has a strong track record in representing Hollywood studios, television networks and US-based independent production companies. The practice is active across a diverse mix of corporate and regulatory matters, with notable strengths in financings and M&A transactions. Toronto-based Ken Dhaliwal and Montreal-based Joey Mastrogiuseppe are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Gordon Esau - Dentons

Ken Dhaliwal - Dentons

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Pensions - ranked: tier 3


A ‘pleasure to work with’, Dentons’ national group attracts strong praise for its ‘highly knowledgeable, experienced and responsive lawyers’. In Toronto, Mary Picard is held up as a ‘very strong partner’ and advised Enbridge on the employee benefits aspects of the $1bn sale of its South Prairie region assets to Tundra Energy Marketing. Scott Sweatman is recommended in Vancouver.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2


Dentons’ procurement practice is well versed in advising public and private parties on government contracts, with strong capability in both procurement strategy and litigation. Toronto-based Paul Lalonde is widely regarded as a leader in the area and is recommended for complex and contentious matters. Vancouver-based John Haythorne is also a key name and is advising Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on the procurement of the Centerm Expansion Project.

Leading lawyers

Paul Lalonde - Dentons

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3


Dentons sets itself apart through its ‘very knowledgeable staff’ and ‘favourable service and pricing’. Among its recent work, it advised a joint venture between Menkes Developments and Greystone Managed Investments on its C$260m acquisition of land from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario – Toronto-based national real estate chair Jillian Shortt advised Greystone and Toronto-based Jules Mikelberg advised Menkes. In Edmonton, Colin Lipsett advised Katz Group on the real estate aspects of the C$3bn sale of its Rexall Health chain to McKesson, which includes 470 retail pharmacies. Canadian National Railway, Hopewell Development and Qualico Developments are also representative clients.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3


Dentons scores highly for its ‘solid bench strength’, ‘clear understanding of complex legal issues’ and ‘practical approach to resolving conflict’. Montreal-based national co-chair Roger Simard is ‘collegial, practical and deeply experienced’ and teamed up with Montreal-based Ari Sorek as well as the firm’s Chicago office to advise Bluberi Group on its heavily contested cross-border CCAA filing. In Vancouver, John Sandrelli is highly rated and is representing the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan in its $900m claim in the Walter Energy CCAA restructuring. David Mann jointly heads the group from Calgary and is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

John Sandrelli - Dentons

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Tax - ranked: tier 4


Dentons impresses on the tax litigation side, where it is involved in resolving disputes at all levels of government. Among the names to note, Calgary-based tax department manager Jehad Haymour is regarded as an authority on energy-related tax disputes, while Vancouver’s Joel Nitikman is recommended for provincial income and commodity tax litigation. The firm is also active in transactional matters.

Leading lawyers

Jehad Haymour - Dentons

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Telecoms - ranked: tier 2


Dentons houses a comprehensive telecoms practice, which is routinely engaged by carriers, internet service providers, broadcasters and cable and satellite companies to advise on major transactional and regulatory matters. In Ottawa, Kirsten Embree is a ‘force in the market’ and is highly regarded for regulatory work, and senior counsel Gregory Kane QC is highly sought after for his ‘vast industry experience’. Yahoo! and Shaw Communications are among the firm’s key clients.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Kane QC - Dentons

Kirsten Embree - Dentons

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Canada: Energy

Energy: mining - ranked: tier 3


Dentons’ ‘industry knowledge is off-the-charts high’, according to clients, who also commend the team’s ‘great value for money’. In Vancouver, global mining co-chair Brian Abraham QC is ‘very effective with a great grasp of the industry’; he advised Battle Mountain Gold on a C$8m strategic investment by Gold Standard Ventures. In Montreal, Ann Bigué Ad E is recommended for Aboriginal and environmental law issues related to the mining sector. In 2016, former group co-chair Alan Hutchison left to join the Vancouver office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Leading lawyers

Brian Abraham QC - Dentons

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Oil and gas
Energy: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2


Outstanding law firm and valued business partnerDentons has a ‘a depth in energy matters that you can rely on’. In particular, regulatory specialist Bernard Roth is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’; he is advising Enbridge on all regulatory issues relating to the development of the C$7.9bn Northern Gateway Pipelines project. On the transactional side, newer partner George Antonopoulosunderstands business needs and the industry’ and advised Enbridge on the C$1bn sale of its assets in the South Prairie region to Tundra Energy. Michael Hurst heads the department and is also recommended for energy deals. Douglas Crowther QC recently retired, while Cameron Hughes moved to McCarthy Tétrault.

Leading lawyers

Bernard Roth - Dentons

Michael Hurst - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

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Energy: power - ranked: tier 3


Dentons’ ‘very solid power group’ scores highly for its ‘good depth and ability to meet tight timelines’. In Vancouver, national infrastructure co-lead John Haythorne is advising BC Hydro on a turbine and generators contract as part of the Site C Clean Energy Project. In Montreal, newly promoted partner Charles Côté-Lépine acted for EDF EN Canada in the sale of a 42.5% stake in the Rivière-du-Moulin wind project to the DIM Wind consortium. Key partner Douglas Crowther QC retired in 2017.

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Canada: Transport

Transport: Other - ranked: tier 2


Highlights for Dentons’ transport team included advising TIP Trailer Services on the acquisition of Train Trailer Rentals – Toronto-based group co-chair Michael Ledgett was the lead. Co-chair Alex MacWilliam is based in Calgary. Other representative clients include Thomson Terminals, Network Rail Consulting and Via Rail Canada.

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Further information on Dentons UK & Middle East LLP

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United Arab Emirates

Offices in Abu Dhabi and DUBAI


Offices in Sydney and Perth


Offices in Baku


Offices in Brussels and Brussels


Offices in Shanghai, Jilin, Wuhan, Chengdu, Ji'nan, Chongqing, Beijing, and Guangzhou


Offices in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa

Czech Republic

Offices in Prague


Offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich


Offices in Cairo


Offices in Barcelona and Madrid


Offices in Paris


Offices in Tbilisi


Costa Rica

Offices in San Jose


Offices in Budapest


Offices in Milan and Rome


Offices in Amman


Offices in Kuwait City


Offices in Astana and Almaty


Offices in Luxembourg


Offices in Casablanca


Offices in Mexico City


Offices in Amsterdam


Offices in Muscat


Offices in Warsaw


Offices in Panama City


Offices in Doha


Offices in Bucharest


Offices in Moscow and St Petersburg

South Africa

Offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town


Offices in Bratislava

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh


Offices in Istanbul


Offices in Kiev

United States

Offices in San Francisco, New York, Rancho Sante Fe, Orange County, San Diego, Washington DC, St Louis, New York, Kansas City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Albany, Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix, Short Hills, Silicon Valley, Downtown, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, McLean, Houston, and Mclean


Offices in Tashkent and Tashkent


Offices in London


Offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh

South East

Offices in Milton Keynes and Watford

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