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International expertise in Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP‘s international expertise is reflected throughout its service offering, with the firm’s cross-border work spanning energy and natural resources, TMT, financial services and life sciences, among other industries. A popular choice for both domestic and foreign corporations and banks, the firm leverages its platforms in New York and London to provide assistance with major inbound and outbound deals involving Canadian law. Geoffrey Belsher, chair elect of the firm, splits his practice between New York and Toronto and is sought after for his cross-border M&A and corporate finance expertise; he recently advised US-based Penn National Gaming on its $2bn acquisition of Canada’s Score Media and Gaming. Ross Bentley, who works between London and Calgary, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Belsher; Ross Bentley

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Maxwell; Michael Kariya

Work highlights

  • Acted for Penn National Gaming on its $2bn acquisition of Score Media and Gaming.
  • Advised Pretium Resources on its C$3.5bn acquisition by Newcrest Mining.
  • Represented Enerplus Corporation on its $465m acquisition of Bruin E&P HoldCo LLC, and related debt and equity financings.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

International work is a core component of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP‘s firm-wide offering, with its recent cross-border files spanning the gamut of transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution matters. Canada-based partners routinely work alongside the firm’s 13-lawyer-strong New York office, which includes both US- and Canada-qualified practitioners. New York-based Jeffrey Nadler is sought after for multi-jurisdictional M&A, private equity and other corporate deals. In Canada, mining specialist Melanie Shishler and M&A heavyweight Vincent Mercier are routinely involved in complex international mandates, both are in Toronto.

Key clients

Accor Acquisition Company

Alstom S.A.

Barrick Gold Corporation

The Blackstone Group

Cadillac Fairview

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Google LLC

Interfor Corporation

Kansas City Southern

Rogers Communications

Seikagaku Corporation

S&P Global

The Tax and Customs Agency of the Kingdom of Denmark (Skatteforvaltningen)

The Pallinghurst Group

Vale Canada Limited

Wattpad Corp.

WESCO International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Kansas City Southern (KCS) on its transformative $31bn merger with Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • Acted for S&P Global on Canadian regulatory matters in connection with its $44bn all-stock merger with IHS Markit.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Tryg on its £7.2bn joint bid with Intact Financial Corporation to acquire RSA Insurance Group.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault is widely recognized for the strength of its cross-border transactional capability in mining, with additional experience in financial services, real estate, energy and technology. Its ability to lean on a sizeable London office, which practises Canadian and UK law, as well as a well-staffed New York platform is also a draw for global clients. Global mining co-head Shea Small splits his time between London and Toronto and is a first port of call for multi-jurisdictional mining M&A; he advised Australia’s Wyloo Metals on its C$617m acquisition of all the shares of Noront Resources that it did not already own. London managing partner Robert Brant and New York managing partner Matthew Cumming are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Shea Small; Karl Tabbakh

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Investment Council

Appian Capital Advisory LLP

AstraZeneca plc

Blackstone Group

China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.

Centrica plc

CVC Capital Partners


Endeavour Mining

Gazit Globe


Glencore AG

Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd.

HPS Investment Partners

MDC Industry Holding Company LLC

Mubadala Investment Company

Nestlé S.A.

Newcrest Mining

Orocobre Limited

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

Rio Tinto


Viavi Solutions Inc.

Votorantim Group

Wyloo Metals Pty Ltd.

Zijin Mining Group Co.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Blackstone and Benetton on their €58bn buyout offer for Atlantia.
  • Advising Rio Tinto on its proposed $2.7bn all-cash insider acquisition of Turquoise Hill Resources, which operates the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia.
  • Advising Brookfield Infrastructure on its unsolicited cash and securities exchange takeover bid for Inter Pipeline, to further a proposed going-private transaction valued at C$13.5bn.


Torys‘ international work spans the globe though its well-staffed New York office marks it as a particularly popular choice for US-based clients, as well as Canadian clients looking for support on US-related matters. Private equity and pension funds remain key sources of work, but the firm advises an array of industry clients on cross-border M&A, infrastructure projects, securities offerings and other matters. New York-based Tara Mackay is New York- and Ontario-qualified and brings to bear expertise in cross-border infrastructure projects. Private equity specialist Jared Fontaine is also a key contact in New York, while M&A specialist John Emanoilidis and corporate and securities partner Michael Amm are both noted in Toronto.

Other key lawyers:

Tara Mackay

Key clients

Canadian National Railway Company

Brookfield Group of Companies

Link Administration Holdings Limited

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Great-West Lifeco Inc.

IFM Investors

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Enwave Energy Corporation

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Trichome Financial Corp.

Okabe Co., Ltd.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.

Red River Valley Alliance

Dowa Mining and Metals Co., Ltd.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Greenbrook TMS Inc.

Bradshaw International Parent Corp.

AmeriVet Veterinary Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted as an advisor to Montreal-based CN Rail on its proposed $33.7bn rival takeover bid to combine with Kansas City Southern.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of all of the limited partnership units of Brookfield Property Partners LP, representing a value for public unitholders of $6.5bn.
  • Acted for Link Group on its proposed C$3.2bn sale to Dye & Durham.

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP‘s international expertise stands out for its regulatory dimension. Specifically, its Washington DC office is recognized for its ability to advise on the Canadian aspects of competition and international trade matters, under the leadership of former Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken. The firm is also well-equipped to handle cross-border corporate deals, with New York office head Gordon Cameron noted for his support on private equity transactions, M&A, securities offerings and other multi-jurisdictional matters. Aside from the US, the firm has also recently advised on work involving countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Key clients

Alberta Forest Products Association/Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council

Alere Inc,

American Airlines

Apollo Global Management LLC

ATCO Group, including subsidiaries: ATCO Electric, ATCO Gas, ATCO Pipelines, ATCO Australia, ATCO Energy Solutions, ATCO Power, ATCO Mexico, ATCO Structures & Logistics and ATCO Sustainable communities.

Avenue Capital Group

BMO Financial Group

Brookfield Properties Corp.

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Inc.

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Chorus Aviation Inc.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL)


Columbia Pipeline Group

Denham Capital Management LP

DirectCash Payments

EFG Bank (Switzerland)

Ferrero SpA

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

G&K Services, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Government of Canada

Grant Thornton BVI

Guccio Gucci SpA

Honeywell International

Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Ltd.

Katanga Mining Ltd.

Klondex Mines

Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.

Luxtona LLC

Novatex Limited / M/s Gatron Industries Limited (Gatranova) / M/s G-Pac Corporation

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd.

Osisko Mining

Oxford Properties Group

Patterson-UTI Energy

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Quality Cheese Inc.

Repsol S.A.

Rio Tinto Alcan

Riverstone Investment Group LLC

Schlumberger Limited

Sino-Forest Corporation

Steve Madden Canada

SunEdison Canada

Teva Canada

Time Warner

Total Energy Services Inc.

TriWest Capital Partners

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., Audi AG, Audi Canada Inc.

Walton Group of Companies

Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada and Wells|Fargo Bank NA

Woodfibre LNG Ltd.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Work highlights

  • Advised Canadian Pacific Railway on its cross-border merger and concurrent debt offerings with Kansas City Southern; the transaction represents an enterprise value of approximately $31bn.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Stone Canyon Industries Holdings LLC and Kissner Group Holdings on their agreement to acquire K+S Aktiengesellschaft’s North and South American salt business, including Morton Salt and Windsor Salt, for $3.2bn.
  • Advised SECURE Energy Services on its C$2.3bn acquisition of Tervita Corporation.