International expertise in Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Known throughout Canada for its top-tier corporate, banking and capital markets practices, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is also recognized as a strong performer on the global stage, leveraging an extensive international presence, with teams of lawyers active in several major international markets. The firm's New York office, led by highly experienced corporate lawyer Geoffrey Belsher, assists US-based clients with investments into Canada, cross-border transactions, and regulatory issues such as TSX listings, environmental legislation, and competition law. A similar level of service is offered to European clients investing in Canada. Indeed, the firm's London office both strengthens relationships and connections with European clients, and also furthers the firm's access to other global markets, particularly Africa, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. Ross Bentley divides time between Calgary and London and acts as managing partner of the firm's London office. Though the firm does not have an on-the-ground presence in Australia, teams regularly act on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in the island continent, with activity in the country's thriving mining and infrastructure sectors. Toronto's John Wilkin and London's Jennifer Maxwell are key figures for work in the Australian region. Maxwell also has experience advising Chinese clients on global investments; most notably, investments into the Canadian and African mining and minerals sector. The firm also has long-standing and productive relationships with Japanese companies investing in Canada, as well as Canadian clients operating in Japan. Key contacts in this space include Toronto-based firm managing partner Bryson Stokes, and infrastructure-focused lawyer Vivian Kung.

Fasken

Fasken has a well-established international reputation in the mining sector, working with a range of Canadian and international clients on transactions, equity raisings, and project operations globally. Of particular note is the firm's presence in Africa, where it is active in the energy and natural resources sector throughout the region, leveraging the firm's on-the-ground presence in Johannesburg. Key figures for Africa-facing work include South Africa managing partner Blaize Vance and London-based energy co-head Abayomi Akinjide, who advises on cross-border transactions, private equity investments, and commercial agreements. Also in London, Al Gourley is recognized for his expertise in pure mining transactions, and has also been highlighted for his in-house experience. The firm is also involved in commercial and corporate transactions, and various regulatory matters in Latin America and Europe, fielding Canada- and London-based specialists in these regions. Of late, much of the team's European work has centred around changes in regulatory and trade regimes relating to Brexit. Asia Pacific is another key region for the firm. It has the necessary language skills and jurisdictional expertise to handle transactions and regulatory matters involving China, Hong Kong, India, and Korea. Toronto-based corporate lawyer Mark Stinson heads up the Asia Pacific team. China-facing work is coordinated by Montréal's Ponora Ang, Kathleen Butterfield in Toronto and Vancouver-based Edmond Luke.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault is a firm with a wide international footprint, both in terms of inbound investment into Canada and global outbound work. Offices across Canada, as well as in New York and London, come together to create a network of lawyers equally able to advise Canadian clients on their work abroad, international investors seeking investments in Canada, and global businesses active across the world. The firm has also demonstrated its strengths in a range of market segments, including mining, retail, private equity, and energy. Leveraging these broad capabilities, the firm has recently been involved in transactions involving Africa, Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, and Latin America. The firm's international reputation also wins it regular referrals from businesses and law firms alike, with the firm’s key team members often being called in to assist with major international deals in their focus areas. Shea Small is one such key team member; he co-leads the firm’s international practice and works between Toronto and London. Small is very experience in the Asia Pacific mining sector, where he acts for Chinese investors, Australian mining companies, and investment banks. Vancouver-based Asia group chair Joyce Lee also works regularly with Chinese investors and companies looking to expand into Canada. Lee’s recent work has included joint ventures and minority investments, takeovers, and M&A. Christopher Langdon co-leads the projects team in Toronto and London, and is widely recognized as a project financing and commercial specialist, having advised financiers and sponsors on large-scale financing arrangements for projects in Canada, Africa, and the Middle East. Also in London, office managing partner Robert Brant has maintained a strong reputation in the corporate and M&A space, advising clients in several industries with a particular focus on energy and natural resources. Karl Tabbakh was appointed co-head of the international team in 2019, combining the role with his position as managing partner of the Montréal office. Tabbakh has extensive experience in the Middle East, having previously practiced in Abu Dhabi. Another key figure for international transactions is Matthew Cumming, head of the firm’s New York office and an experienced private equity lawyer. Cumming co-ordinates strategy in the US and is close to the firm's key private equity clients such as Orocobre, OMERS, and Slate.

Practice head(s):

Shea Small; Karl Tabbakh

Testimonials

‘The team is very well integrated, in the same office and also between offices in Canada and elsewhere. The partner in charge follows closely the matter at stake, but delegates work to professionals having the right level of experience and expertise. They have expertise in a wide range of sectors, making it a one stop shop. In addition, they have relations with law firms all around the world and can therefore work closely with them and monitor their work, as if it was the same firm.’

‘Karl Tabbakh, a partner, is a great advisor. He follows closely the matters in which he is involved and can give good advice, including from a business perspective. He thinks about you even when you don’t think about him. Having been involved in many material transactions, all around the world, he knows his stuff and is reassuring. You know that he cares and that you can trust him. All of the junior partners and associates working with him are built from the same mould and it is something that you appreciate.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Abu Dhabi Investment Council

Cineworld Group

City Capital Ventures

Cortland Partners

Evolution Mining

Gazit Globe

GIC

Glencore AG

Metso Corporation

Mubadala Investment Company

Nestlé S.A.

Newcrest Mining

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

Rhône Capital

Stifel Financial Corp.

VINCI S.A.

Zijin Mining Group Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Newcrest Mining on its $804m acquisition of a 70% joint venture interest in the Red Chris copper and gold mine in British Columbia.
  • Acted for Abu Dhabi Investment Council in connection with the C$3bn sale of Fairstone Financial to Duo Bank.
  • Advised Zijin Mining Group Co. on its acquisition of Canada-based Continental Gold Inc. for approximately C$1.4bn.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP is active in cross-border energy, natural resources and infrastructure mandates, both from its office network across Canada and through its teams overseas. While corporate and financing transactions are a key component of the firm's global work, the firm's advice also covers a wide range of tax, international trade, and regulatory concerns. The firm has an established presence in London, where managing partner Dean Koumanakos regularly advising foreign and domestic corporate clients on M&A, private equity, and corporate finance transactions across the EMEA region. Benefiting from its office in Sydney, the firm is also active across Asia-Pacific, assisting Canadian and foreign clients with transactions and investments, most notably in the energy and natural resources sector. Mining and corporate specialist Quentin Markin is a key figure in Sydney, with senior counsel and former managing partner Brian Hansen also acting as a key strategic figure in the region. Toronto-based partners including Ivan Grbesic and corporate governance chair Edward Waitzer have experience in Latin America-facing deals. The firm also has an office in New York, which prioritizes Canada-US transactions. Managing principal Kenneth Ottenbreit is the name to note in New York.

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP has a strong network across Canada, and benefits from on-the-ground expertise in New York and Beijing: two international links that ensure activity in every global hemisphere. Key to the firm's international legal services is its work in international arbitration, an area where Vasilis Pappas is a name to note. Dividing time between Calgary and Vancouver, Pappas represents multinationals and sovereign states in a range of commercial and investment disputes. This strength in contentious work also extends competition and antitrust issues. Washington-based Melanie Aitken, a former Canadian Competition Commissioner, is a widely respected figure in global antitrust litigation, cross-border cartel investigations, and class actions. Alongside Aitken, the firm fields a number of lawyers with significant governmental and regulator-side experience, lending to strong capabilities in international trade, US-Canada relations, public policy and regulatory issues, as well as advice on domestic considerations in both jurisdictions. New York's Kyle Donnelly is another key contact in this space. Looking to the firm's transactional work, the core client base includes major private equity sponsors such as Apollo and Brookfield, as well as a number of domestic and international corporates engaged in cross-border M&A and large-scale joint ventures, among other matters. New York's Gordon Cameron is a key contact for businesses and sponsor clients looking to invest in Canada, while Calgary-based John Mercury is a contact for Canadian and international private equity funds. The firm's well-regarded energy and mining practices also contribute to its activity internationally. Calgary managing partner Patrick Maguire is the key figure in the energy and mining space.

Key clients

Alberta Forest Products Association/Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council

Alere

American Airlines

Apollo Global Management

ATCO Group

Avenue Capital Group

BMO Financial Group

Brookfield Properties Corp.

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Inc.

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Chorus Aviation Inc.

Canadian Natural Resources

Coca-Cola

Columbia Pipeline Group

Denham Capital Management

DirectCash Payments

EFG Bank (Switzerland)

Ferrero SpA

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment

G&K Services, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Government of Canada

Grant Thornton BVI

Guccio Gucci SpA

Honeywell International

Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems

Katanga Mining

Klondex Mines

Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.

Luxtona LLC

Novatex / M/s Gatron Industries

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

A fixture in international transactions with Canadian participants, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP has strong multi-jurisdictional capabilities, both within its teams and thanks to productive relationships with overseas counsel. The firm has offices in Toronto, Montréal, and New York, and partners in all three regularly advise on M&A, private equity investments, and commercial agreements in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Areas of focus for the international service group include mining and minerals, healthcare, and technology. New York-based Jeffrey Nadler is a highly experienced counsel on cross-border transactions between the US and Canada. Nadler enjoys strong relationships with US-based private equity funds and corporate investors. Also among the group's core clients are Canadian companies involved in overseas investments, and foreign businesses seeking to invest in Canada, or to collaborate with Canadian companies. Contacts in Canada include Montréal-based Hilel Rosen, who focuses on the global life sciences sector, and Toronto-based mining partner Melanie Shishler and Cameron Rusaw, both of whom are based in Toronto.

Key clients

Alstom S.A.

Apotex International Inc.

Barrick Gold Corporation

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Digital Colony

Driven Brands Inc.

Endo International plc

Epic Games Inc. and Epic Games Canada ULC

FCF Co. Ltd.

Google LLC

Groupe Latécoère

Hasbro, Inc.

Health & Happiness (H&H) Hong Kong

Ipsen S.A.

Leroy Seafood Group ASA

Lundin Mining Corporation

Nutrien Ltd.

Pfizer Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Seikagaku Corporation

Wärtsilä Canada Inc.

WESCO International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel for Knight Therapeutics Inc. with its transformative acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Biotoscana Investments S.A. (GBT), a Luxembourg company listed on the Brazilian stock exchange, for an expected aggregate purchase price of C$369m.
  • Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in the up to $430m sale to Teranga Gold Corporation of a 90% interest in the Massawa gold project in Senegal by a subsidiary of Barrick and its Senegalese joint venture partner.
  • Acting for Lerøy Seafood Group, a seafood production and distribution company based Norway, in defending proposed Federal Court of Canada class actions which allege that Lerøy and the other defendants colluded to fix the global and North American prices of salmon.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has a strong track record in international M&A, private equity deals, and sector-specific projects in the areas of energy, natural resources, and infrastructure. New York-based Rob Lando is noted for his experience of US-Canada transactions, including equity investments and securities transactions, as well as strategic governance matters. Lando also assists US and Canadian clients with a variety of regulatory issues, most notably, issues relating to the cannabis industry. Elsewhere, firm is heavily involved in Latin American mining, oil and gas, and power deals; in this space, the team takes lead roles in cross-border transactions, but also provides specialist antitrust advice. Key players in the region include Calgary-based energy lawyer Simon Baines and Montréal-based Chima Ubani, a regular advisor to private equity and venture capital funds investing in Latin American assets. Asian investment into Canada is another source of work. In Toronto, Christopher Murray and Peter Glossop regularly assist Asia-based clients with strategic investments and related regulatory matters.

Torys

Torys is regularly involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactional and project development work. Its New York office provides a platform for US-Canada M&A transactions, in addition to working with US investors and Canadian businesses on private equity, corporate financing, and regulatory elements. Tara Mackay divides her time between New York and Toronto, and specializes in project financing work, advising on major infrastructure transactions across Canada and the US. The firm also regularly advises Asia-based clients on setting up operations in Canada, and partnerships with Canadian firms. New York's David Chaikof a standout name in this regard. In Latin America and Africa, the focus is on natural resources and mining work, where key figures include Toronto's Michael Amm. Amm and fellow team members have extensive experience advising Canadian and US investment banks and private equity funds on financing large-scale minerals transactions and projects.

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP has strong capabilities in international trade, cross-border regulatory matters and competition advice, and international arbitration. In Toronto, Neil Campbell is a key figure in trade and competition, while Robert Wisner takes the lead on arbitration and corporate litigation, having taken lead roles in cases in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, the firm's corporate teams regularly advise foreign companies on setting up operations and conducting transactions in Canada, as well as advising Canadian businesses on investments abroad. A unique feature of the firm's international offering is its Hong Kong office, headed up by Stephen Wortley. Wortley and his team advise on Hong Kong-focused securities matters, and other operational transactional issues. The team also works with Chinese companies on outbound investments into Canada.