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Transport: aviation

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  1. Transport: aviation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Patrick Brennan - Bennett Jones LLP
    • Donald Gray - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Carlos Martins - Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
    • Catherine Pawluch - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • Laura Safran QC - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Next generation lawyers

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    • Colby Dewart - Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
    • Jason MacIntyre - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Tae Mee Park - Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP

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Bennett Jones LLP, which ‘takes time to understand the client’s business, key personnel and risk appetite’, stands ‘head and shoulders above other Canadian law firms when it comes to its aviation law’. In Calgary, revered group head Patrick Brennan ‘carefully and appropriately tailors his advice to meet both short-term needs and long-term goals’; he recently advised subsidiaries of key client Chorus Aviation Capital on the acquisition of six used aircraft. In Toronto, the ‘excellent’ Ian Michael is advising Montreal International Fuel Facilities on the Montreal East Jet Fuel Marine Terminal project.

Great in all aspects of aviation law’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s broad national practice spans aircraft finance, regulation, insurance, procurement and tax matters. Group head Donald Gray is ‘one of the best aviation specialists in Canada’ and continues to advise trophy client Boeing Canada on all of its local work. The sizeable team, lauded for its ‘great bench with impressive younger partners coming through’, also includes the ‘very strong’ Jason MacIntyre, who advised the underwriters on Air Canada’s $719.8m three-tranche private offering of enhanced equipment trust certificates. The ‘very talented’ Auriol Marasco is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s ‘superb response times’ and ‘solid industry knowledge’ equates to ‘excellent value for money’, say sources. In particular, Calgary-based group head Laura Safran QC brings ‘strong practical and business sense to legal transactions’ — she provides ongoing advice to Avianca Group on its Canadian aviation and general legal issues. In Toronto, Catherine Pawluch is a sought-after name and represented an Asian airline in a major dispute. Counsel Andrew MacFarlane, ‘an excellent lawyer in all aspects of financing’, is also a key contact in Toronto. Other representative clients include Delta Airlines, International Air Transport Association and WestJet Pilots Association.

Toronto boutique Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP is ‘widely recognized as a leader in aviation law’, with its ‘strong bench relative to its firm size’ impressing sources. Names to note include regulatory specialist Carlos Martin (‘extremely knowledgeable in all aviation matters’) and litigator Tae Mee Park (‘a future star’).

Calgary-based Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP enjoys close links to airlines, manufacturers, purchasers, leasing companies, banks and owners and operators. Former group head Dino DeLuca left for an in-house position at TriWest Capital Partners but sources highlight new lead, Colby Dewart, as a ‘superstar up and comer’. Dewart advised Don Wall and CHL Heli-Acquisition on the C$232m acquisition of HNZ Group.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s multidisciplinary practice acts for a wide range of aircraft and major component manufacturers, insurers, lenders and operators. The group is particularly strong in Montreal, which is the seat of Paul Raymond; he paired up with Nicolas Labrecque to lead the firm’s advice to an aerospace client regarding its partnership with a fellow aerospace company.

The ‘deep and broad group’ at Stikeman Elliott LLP demonstrates ‘strong understanding of the aviation industry’. In Montreal, litigator Pierre-Paul Daunais has ‘great depth of experience’ and is representing Bombardier in bringing a construction dispute against Field Aviation Company. The firm, which counts Air Canada, Airbus and Discovery Air among its clients, also acts on a steady stream of transactional matters.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s cross-practice group is particularly well versed in defending clients in aviation litigation. Vancouver-based group head Leon Beukman recently advised on a claim resulting from a helicopter crash.

Extremely professional and responsive’, Dentons’ impresses with its commitment to ‘keep up the pace while providing strong advice’. Toronto-based counsel Carlo Vairo, noted for his ‘rare ability to stay on top of changes in a heavily regulated industry’, recently advised BBAM on a $120m sublease of three aircraft. Vancouver-based Robert Quon heads the group with Vairo.

FASKEN’s aviation practice, which is led by Montreal-based litigator Martin Sheehan, has a focus on dispute resolution - particularly of insurance disputes - as well as labour and employment law. Representative clients include Boeing, International Air Transport Association and Marsh Canada.

Gowling WLG’s relationship with Export Development Canada (EDC) is particularly fruitful on the aviation front. Ottawa-based Guy David recently advised EDC on amending several financing agreements and related aircraft security, worth $600m and covering over 30 aircraft.


Transport: other transport

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  1. Transport: other transport
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s group, composed of ‘experts in the transportation field’, excels in regulatory and contentious matters. Vancouver-based Forrest Hume, who jointly chairs the rail practice, is widely lauded for his ‘long and varied experience with rail transportation law’, and particularly his ‘strong prominence in arbitration’. Vancouver-based John Landry is also recommended. Representative clients include Freight Management Association of Canada, TransLink and Univar Canada.

McCarthy Tétrault’s transportation practice shines in bus, truck and rail-related matters and acts for some of the leading names in those respective sectors, including Greyhound Canada Transportation, Federal Express Canada and Via Rail Canada. David Blair, who steers the group from Quebec City, is a preeminent transport specialist.

Toronto-based transportation law boutique Fernandes Hearn LLP has wide-ranging rail and road practices spanning regulatory, transactional and contentious matters — insurance stands out as a particular sweet spot. Gordon Hearn, who has strong expertise in regulatory and insurance matters, and Rui Fernandes are the names to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a well-rounded rail practice, which clients hail for its ‘deep regulatory and commercial acumen’. Alain Ricard — who leads the transport group from Montreal — and infrastructure partner  Robert G. Borduas are advising a public infrastructure body on an LRT project.

Traditionally skewed towards contentious matters, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s practice is securing an increasing volume of corporate and commercial mandates. Vancouver-based Graham Walker is a key contact.

Ottawa-based international trade boutique Conlin Bedard LLP houses a compact but very capable transportation practice, which includes ‘very strong transportation law specialist’ Ian MacKay. BNSF Railway Company, District of West Vancouver and SaskEnergy are notable clients.

At Dentons, Toronto-based transportation co-chair Michael Ledgett has a solid record in transport-related infrastructure projects, with notable recent experience in road and rail projects. Calgary-based co-chair Alex G MacWilliam is recommended for regulatory matters.

FASKEN’s multidisciplinary practice, which is commended for its ‘great record acting on behalf of the railroad industry’, has experience across the full spectrum of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Toronto-based litigator Steven Rosenhek is representing key client Canadian Pacific Railway in a class action stemming from water contamination.

McMillan LLP’s transport group is best known for its strong reputation in regulatory matters. Names to note include Lucia Stuhldreier, who handles both rail and trucking law, and high-profile rail specialist François Tougas — both are based in Vancouver.


Transport: shipping

Index of tables

  1. Transport: shipping
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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Bernard LLP blends its expertise in maritime and insurance law to excel in litigation and claims handling. The Vancouver boutique also advises on regulatory compliance and corporate and commercial matters. Gary Wharton specializes in shipping, insurance and environmental law. Peter Swanson, who is also a shipping expert, brings expertise in occupational health and safety and personal injury.

Excellent in all areas’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP ‘knows the law, and the shipping industry, inside out’. The group advises its clients, including shipowners, operators, P&I and defence clubs and hull and machinery underwriters, on the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Montreal-based senior counsel Jeremy Bolger has a ‘great ability to grasp complex issues’. Peter Pamel — ‘extremely practical and business-minded’ — and Jean-Marie Fontaine are also noted in Montreal.

Montreal maritime stalwart Brisset Bishop specializes in advising on commercial and contentious matters for its impressive roster of shipping clients, which includes P&I clubs, underwriters, shipping companies, ship service providers and freight forwarders. David Colford is acclaimed as a ‘go-to specialist for shipping law’.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent shipping practice’ has a strong presence in the Vancouver and Montreal markets. In Vancouver, group head Shelley Chapelski (‘experienced and leading the field’) is advising a notable P&I club on several significant matters. Vancouver-based sector specialist John Bromley and Montreal-based of counsel — and ‘rising star’ — Vanessa Rochester are also recommended.

Marine law is a key pillar of Isaacs & Co’s offering and the Toronto-based boutique is particularly active in representing shipowners and insurers. Managing partner Marc Isaacs is a prominent name for marine-related disputes and is currently advising on three charterparty arbitrations.

Stewart McKelvey’s maritime and transportation practice draws upon the senior experience of Halifax-based ‘shipping guru’ Will Moreira QC and Saint John-based Paul Harquail. The group handles a mix of commercial matters, finance matters, insurance claims and disputes.

Stikeman Elliott LLP advises on litigation, insurance, regulatory and transactional matters for an enviable roster of local and global industry players, including Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, Algoma Central and several P&I clubs. Montreal-based litigator Peter J. Cullen is a ‘leading light’. Laurent Fortier is also recommended.

Insurance-related work is a mainstay at Fernandes Hearn LLP. The Toronto-based transportation boutique also handles regulatory, environmental and transactional matters. Transport generalist Rui Fernandes is the key contact.


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