Norton Rose Fulbright > Montreal, Canada > Firm Profile

Norton Rose Fulbright
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MONTREAL, QUEBEC H3B 1R1
Canada

Canada > Dispute resolution

Based across six offices in Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright has a national dispute resolution offering that is especially strong in some of the more heavily regulated industries in the country, from transport and infrastructure to financial services, energy and natural resources. The team in Alberta is one of the leading practices in the province and has a ‘bench strength that is hard to match‘, with areas of expertise including Indigenous relations, insolvency, data privacy and major class actions. Securities and class actions expert Steven Leitl QC is a key figure. Also in Calgary is Lara Mason, who is highlighted as ‘efficient, detailed, and creative‘. The firm’s offering in Quebec remains one of the strongest in the province, acting for several major companies across the key industry sectors of finance; energy; mining; technology; transport and infrastructure; and life sciences. Senior figures Pierre Bienvenu and Jean Bertrand are both well respected in the market, and Sophie Melchers is also a key name, especially in securities litigation. In the Vancouver office, Daniel Bennett QC focuses on trial, arbitration, hearing and appeal work in commercial and administrative litigation, while Beth Allard is the name to note for construction disputes. Orestes Pasparakis and Linda Fuerst are among the leading litigators in Ontario. Allison Kuntz and Alan Merskey left the firm.

Testimonials

‘Not only good legal advice but strategic discussion for the management of the case. They go beyond the legal aspect of the case and this is greatly appreciated.’

‘In our experience the Norton Rose Dispute Resolution Team in Alberta is well rounded and has a depth of bench strength that is hard to match. The depth of knowledge in relation to both international arbitration practice and class action defence is, in our experience, at the top of the market in Alberta (and is well supplemented by their ability to draw on support from other jurisdictions where necessary).’

‘They have great resources as a firm and work very well together to deliver results. They are efficient and available as soon as needed which is imperative in time sensitive matters.’

‘Lara Mason is efficient, detailed, and creative in addressing our needs. You know you have her full attention and the resources of the firm in dealing with the matter at hand.’

‘They provide an “all-included service” approach. They anticipate the clients’ need and provide top quality work. Very responsive.’

‘The entire Montréal litigation team works seamlessly together and delivers on expectations.’

Key clients

Fibrek

Resolute

Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitaire

Hydro-Québec

Mammoet Canada Eastern

Hexo

Québec Port Authority

Fonds d’Assurance Responsabilité

Ernst & Young

Sept-Îles Port Authority

Desjardins Groupe D’Assurances Générales

CMC Electronics

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL)

StubHub Canada

Metro Richelieu

Groupe Phoenicia

FTI Consulting Canada

West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master

Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange and Carleton University

NortonLifeLock

General Motors Ventures

SNC-Lavalin

Flight Centre Canada

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Innovative Medicines Canada

ByBeterandPauls

GlaxoSmithKline

Axion Ventures

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

Viatris

Baffinland Iron Mines

Daniels SharpSmart Canada

Desjardins Securities

Rio Tinto

Vancouver Airport Authority

Pt. Ellice Properties

City of Langley

The Corporation of the Township of Langley

DaKow Ventures

City of Vancouver

National Forest Products

Vanrx Pharmasystems

Cineplex Entertainment

Power Corporation du Canada

Metro Vancouver

City of North Vancouver

Liberty International Underwriters

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Merit Energy Company

Nova Chemicals

Imperial Oil Resources

ExxonMobil Canada

Crescent Point Energy

Chance Oil and Gas

Department of Justice Canada

1077 Holdings Co-operative

Shell Canada

Work highlights

  • Acting for Shell in a price-fixing class action filed in British Columbia.
  • Acting for Rio Tinto in litigation seeking to enjoin its hydroelectric generation facility from continued operation on the basis that it restricts the flow of water in the river in a manner that interferes with the plaintiffs’ Indigenous rights and title.
  • Representing the Canadian innovative pharmaceutical trade association, Innovative Medicines Canada, and 16 Canadian pharmaceutical companies, in litigation against the Canadian government seeking to strike down amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations.

Transport > Shipping Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Canada shipping team is able to leverage the firm’s global presence to provide multi-jurisdictional dispute and transactional expertise to clients. Its commercial expertise includes advising on building projects, ship financing, bespoke contractual matters, and insurance issues. Strengths in the dispute space includes assisting with matters arising from collisions, cargo claims, labour disputes and risk management. The team acts for a full range of key shipping entities as well as acting for government entities related to the shipping industry. Shelley Chapelski leads the team out of Vancouver, providing broad maritime law expertise. Other key names include Vancouver litigators John Bromley QC and Andrew Stainer.

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Testimonials

Solutions driven.

Very customer friendly and flexible on fee arrangements.

Key clients

Seaspan ULC

Other companies of the Washington Marine Group

Groupe Desgagnés and subsidiaries

Bridgemans Services Group LP

Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund

Ocean Group

Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.

Harlock Murray Underwriting

North of England P&I Association Ltd.

Port of Quebec

Royal Bank of Canada

Spliethoff

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Shipowners’ Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association Limited.

Work highlights

  • Advising Bridgemans on a wide variety of matters.
  • Acting as general counsel to Seaspan ULC, including its affiliates, handling both commercial and dispute resolution-related matters.
  • Assisting Martech Polar Consulting with drafting and updating its ice navigator contract.

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright excels in cross-border transactions, where it is able to leverage its broad global office network to serve its Canadian client base. It acts for top-flight lenders, including Bank of America, on a number of large syndicated facilities, project financings and other restructured finance agreements. On the borrower side, it offers particular strength in transactions in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors. Energy work is often led by Rick Borden out of Calgary, who acted for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to provide a C$1bn sustainability-linked credit facility. In Toronto, David Amato is known for his work in debt financing and asset-based transactions, and Elana Hahn is known for her cross-border transactional work. In Montreal, national practice coordinator Peter Wiazowski offers significant expertise in multi-jurisdictional debt financing, and Arnold Cohen focuses on asset-based lending. In a notable development, Noah Schein was promoted to partner.

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Key clients

Scotia Capital Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Quebec

Bank of America

Royal Bank of Canada

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

National Bank of Canada

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Société Générale

CAE Inc.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Société Générale

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

BNP Paribas

ING

Natixis

Banco Credito e Inversiones

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Bank of America

Tervita Corporation

Bombardier

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Bank of Canada as the joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner in financing TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline, valued at C$6.6bn.
  • Advising Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the C$13.2bn National Housing Co-Investment Fund.
  • Acting as counsel to Bausch Health Companies in its banking and debt financing matters, including issuances of more than $4.5bn in senior notes in various initiatives.

Canada > Capital markets Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright offers a full range of capital markets and securities expertise, across debt and equity markets, acting for issuers and underwriters. Its specialist practices include a unique focus on covered bonds, and offering advice to clients raising capital through private placements. Initial listings are another core strength for the practice, with a particular focus on advising underwriting syndicates on IPOs. With a network of national offices in Calgary, Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, and a broad international platform, the firm is well positioned to handle complex cross-border mandates. Calgary is the base for co-head Kirsty Sklar and Marcus Archer, both of whom have expertise in the energy sector. Elliot Shapiro leads the Montréal-based team meanwhile Andrea Brewer fronts the offering in Toronto.

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Archer; Heidi Reinhart

Testimonials

‘Very agile, are able to fulfil our needs very rapidly. Deep understanding of our operations. Offer decisive and workable advice.’

‘As a global firm, Norton Rose is also very efficient with cross-border deals, bringing in experts from other offices as needed. I find Norton Rose’s billing rates to be very reasonable.’

Key clients

Scotia Capital Inc.

CAE Inc.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Caisse de dépôt

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PSP Capital Investments Inc.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

CIBC World Markets Inc.

AltaCorp Capital Inc.

Desjardins Securities Inc.

Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.

National Bank Financial Inc.

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities

Peters & Co. Limited

Raymond James Ltd.

ATB Capital Markets Inc

Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Société Générale

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

BNP Paribas

ING

Natixis

Banco Credito e Inversiones

Export Finance Australia

Finnvera plc

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Bank of America

Royal Bank of Canada

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Tervita Corporation

Bombardier

Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Quebec, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan as investors in the C$3.2bn private placement of subscription receipts by Intact Financial Corporation.
  • Advised Royal Bank of Canada on a C$1.25bn offering of non-viability contingent capital subordinated debentures through its Canadian medium-term notes program.
  • Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Dominion Securities in connection with a bought deal equity financing by Enerplus Corporation.

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Based across its six Canadian offices, Norton Rose Fulbright provides a broad corporate law offering to its clients. As part of the firm’s international platform, it has particular strength in cross-border work, advising on key deals including Stephen Kelly's advice on the Canadian National Railway/Kansas City Southern acquisition. The team also has considerable expertise in energy, technology and infrastructure-related matters. Troy Ungerman and Mathieu Deschamps jointly lead the team from Toronto and Montréal, respectively, with both maintaining broad corporate and M&A practices. Toronto managing partner Terence Dobbin has extensive experience in large multi-jurisdictional transactions, while Walied Soliman offers expertise in special situations matters. Other key lawyers include Paul Raymond in Montréal, who stands out for his securities and corporate law experience, and Justin Ferrara in Calgary, who has led two on key Canadian unicorn transactions.

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Testimonials

‘I have appreciated and valued the quick responses to all my needs from each member of the team that I have dealt with. The team is attentive and their expertise is top-notch. They work closely together as a team to handle all aspects of the client’s needs. I have dealt with many legal firms in my career. NRF is one of the best.

‘Kris and the legal team are very knowledgeable, courteous and genuinely care about the success of their clients’ success.’

‘I have known Kristopher Miks for years and he has always been a reliable and trustworthy advisor. He has gone out of his way to help me on multiple occasions when it comes to the financing of my business, as well as general corporate law, investor relations and privacy policies. He is definitely my favourite lawyer to work with!’

‘Great client service! Senior lawyers have lots of experience and can help with strategic decisions based on their experience with other deals. The associates I worked with were generally very smart and on-the-ball.’

‘Broad expertise with concentration in proxy battle matters.’

‘I have worked with Kris Miks extensively and his knowledge, responsiveness and legal acumen are some of the best I have seen for someone in his position.’

‘Extensive knowledge, vast experience, quality and availability of resources, communication (verbal and written).’

‘Experienced and convincing, ability to reconcile different views, courage to make strong statements when necessary.’

Key clients

Bank of Montreal

Bombardier

HEXO Corp.

Tervita Corp.

SNC Lavalin Group Inc.

CAE Inc.

Flexiti Financial Inc.

Benevity

Royal Bank of Canada

Nordstar Capital

Mountain Equipment Co-operative

Work highlights

  • Advised Benevity on its sale to UK private equity firm HG Capital.
  • Advised NordStar Capital on its acquisition of TSX-listed Canadian print and digital media organization Torstar Corporation.
  • Advising Canadian National Railway Company as lead Canadian counsel in its$33.6bn merger with Kansas City Southern.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s international footprint and significant presence across Canada make it a popular destination for both domestic and international oil and gas clients seeking assistance with large midstream and downstream transactions, oil sands developments and LNG projects. Green energy is an area of increased focus for the department, as traditional oil and gas companies look at new ways of incorporating sustainable elements into their operations. Clients benefit from a multi-jurisdictional energy transition team that able to guide them on regulatory and policy changes. Department head Ryan Keays  is a key contact for asset acquisitions and divestitures in the oil and gas sector; his practice also focuses on joint venture agreements, royalty and operational matters. Robert Froehlich  is a standout oil and gas practitioner, who manages a multi-billion dollar workload. Wayne W. Fedun  is noted for project-related agreements, and Don Davies specialises in regulatory and litigation matters. All team members are based in Calgary.

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Testimonials

‘The team responded very well to a complex assignment on an expedited timeline. Their ability to manage the complexity of various aspects of the deal, and to do so as quickly as they did while maintaining high quality work would have been a challenge for most of their peers in the Canadian energy market.’

Key clients

i3 Energy PLC

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Brookfield

PETRONAS

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Imperial Oil Limited

Paramount Resources Ltd.

Pieridae Energy Ltd.

Black Swan Energy Ltd.

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd.

Keyera Corp.

Wolf Pipeline Inc. and its portfolio companies (Wolf Midstream, Wolf Carbon Solutions Inc., and Access Pipeline Inc.).

Tervita Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Tervita Corporation on its merger with SECURE Energy Services Inc.
  • Advised Royal Bank of Canada as the joint lead arranger and joint book runner on financing TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline.
  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners on its acquisition of Enbridge Inc.’s Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business in the Montney, Peace River Arch, Horn River and Liard basins in B.C. and Alberta for C$4.31bn.

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is well-positioned to provide transactional and regulatory support to a mix of domestic and international power generation, transmission and distribution owners, government agencies, financial institutions and lenders. With presence in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, the firm is able to assists clients across their needs in the electricity sector. As well as advising on M&A and financing mandates, the team fields strong capabilities in power-related regulatory proceedings and project development. Leading the practice is energy regulatory expert Matthew Keen in Vancouver, who has extensive experience in permitting and environmental assessments. Sitting in the Calgary office, David A. Eeles   advises project developers and sponsors throughout the entire life cycle of renewable energy projects.

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Key clients

Shell Canada Limited

Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Hydro-Québec

TransAlta Corporation / TransAlta Renewables Inc.

Toronto Hydro Corporation

FortisAlberta Inc.

Association of Major Power Customers of BC (AMPC)

Rio Tinto (RT)

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

ChargePoint Inc.

Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust

Alberta Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA)

City of Edmonton

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the purchase of the 600MW Travers solar power project in Southern Alberta.
  • Representing Hydro-Quebec in a $4bn action filed by Innu Nation on behalf of the aboriginal Innu of Labrador and claiming damages and disgorgement of profits as a result of the construction and operation of the Churchill Falls hydroelectric project located in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Representing the AESO in a range of prominent proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

With the ability to handle projects across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly active advising on the financing and development of public infrastructure projects across the transportation, healthcare, education and real estate sectors, and is also regularly engaged by private sector clients in relation to energy projects. Recent areas of growth include acting for project proponents and lenders in private sector projects, and handling secondary market transactions. Toronto- based Jay LeMoine is recommended for his wealth of experience in P3 work, financings and infrastructure agreements. He jointly heads the practice with Douglas B. Buchanan, whose areas of expertise include project development and finance, PPPs and M&A in the infrastructure sector. 

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Testimonials

‘Douglas Buchanan is client-focused and has extensive industry experience. He is flexible and commercial.’

Key clients

BBGI Global Infrastructure SA

MM (Marubeni/Mizuho) Capital Infrastructure Fund

Eight Alberta Irrigation Districts

Volker Stevin Highways Ltd

SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Infrastructure Ontario

TransLink

Metrolinx

Province of BC

InfraRed Capital

OMERS Infrastructure Management

Siemens Mobility Limited

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Alberta Electric System Operator

SaskBuilds

Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District)

Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria)

City of Ottawa

Infrastructure British Columbia

Seaspan ULC

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Fraser Health Authority

Axium Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the Union Station Enhancement project, which is being procured using the “Alliance” contracting model.
  • Acted for BBGI Global Infrastructure SA in its acquisition from HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America Inc. of its 25% interest in the Signature on the Saint-Laurent Group General Partnership, also known as the Champlain Bridge P3, in Montreal.
  • Advising BC Ministry of Transportation on the $2.8bn Broadway Subway project, a 5.7 km extension of the existing SkyTrain rapid transit system which will include elevated guideway and board tunnel.

Canada > Intellectual property Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright compliments its vast international footprint with a broad domestic network, fielding IP lawyers across several of Canada’s key markets. Jung-Kay Chiu has a focus on IP acquisition, protection and exploitation in the biotech and medical devices sectors and leads the national practice from Toronto. Other region-tailored specialisms include aerospace in Québec, for which Sébastien Clark is the key contact, as well as marketing and branding in Vancouver, where Chris Wilson is particularly adept in the alcoholic beverages market. At the Calgary office, Elizabeth Williams possesses experience in both transactional and standalone IP matters while for litigation work, Karen MacDonald  in Vancouver is a standout, especially when it comes to infringement enforcement. Senior partner Judith Robinson retired in January 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Strategic and creative ideas for all aspects of litigation. Excellent attention to detail and a consideration of the consequences of each action in the broader scheme of the litigation.’

‘It seems as though all team members are valued for their input. Training and opportunity is important. Everyone is intelligent, responsive and respectful.’

‘High caliber of knowledge and expertise in all areas of IP.’

‘Elizabeth Williams understands our business and offers excellent practical, business oriented advice.’

‘The team worked very well together as a group and was committed to obtaining the best possible result for the client.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

FibroGen

Bodum USA

Canadian Tire Corporation

Gilead Sciences

Innovative Medicines Canada

London Drugs

Loops

Myant

Pfizer Canada

Re/Max

Viatris

Wyeth

Surewerx

Work highlights

  • Representing the Canadian innovative pharmaceutical trade association, Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC), and 16 Canadian pharmaceutical companies in litigation against the Canadian Government.
  • Acted for Pfizer in a patent infringement action commenced against it by Amgen under the pm(noc) proceedings relating to the biologic filgrastim.
  • Advising Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited in broad range of intellectual property matters including patent, trademark and industrial design litigation, trademark and labelling issues and brand management.

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's footprint in Canada is reflected by the fact that it acts for public and private companies on labour and employment matters at both provincial and federal level. The workload covers a myriad of areas, including matters arising from M&A, restructurings and outsourcings. In addition, the firm has a notable strength in collective bargaining, as was evidenced when global practice head Richard Charney acted for Aurora Cannabis Enterprises on an application to the Agriculture, Food and Rule Affairs Appeal Tribunal by the United Food and Commercial Workers’ International Union under the Agricultural Employees Protection Act 2002. Employment disputes are another forté of the practice; John Mastoras in Toronto is a name to note in this space. Luc Beaulieu and François Côté in Montréal are other key contacts at the firm. Also recommended is Lindsay Mullen in Calgary, who frequently acts for clients in heavily regulated industries.

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Key clients

Royal Bank of Canada

Hydro One

Rio Tinto

Québecor (Vidéotron)

Candu Energy

Maritime Employers Association

CAE

Bombardier

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

GardaWorld

Pfizer

Via Rail

Le Groupe Jean Coutu

Black & McDonald

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Canadian National Railway Company

Work highlights

  • Advising the Maritime Employers Association on a work conflict in the Port of Montreal involving a strike by the stevedores.
  • Acted for Aurora Cannabis Enterprises in an application to the Agriculture, Food and Rule Affairs Appeal Tribunal brought by the United Food and Commercial Workers’ International under the Agricultural Employees Protection Act, 2002.
  • Acting for PSP Investments in a case against a former executive regarding whether long-term incentive plans are covered by article 2092 of the Civil Code of Quebec.

Canada > Public procurement Tier 2

The public procurement team at Norton Rose Fulbright, that falls under the infrastructure service offering, is able to draw on the firm’s wider capabilities in PPP projects to act for private and public sector entities in public procurement matters across the country. The practice, which demonstrates particular strength in transport-related matters, is under the leadership of Douglas B. Buchanan and Jay LeMoine in Vancouver, the latter of whom focuses on infrastructure projects. Also sitting in Vancouver, Matt Mulligan provides support on all aspects of tender processes and procurement procedures. Sandra Nissan is a key contact in Toronto.

Other key lawyers:

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Key clients

CDPQ Infra

Infrastructure Ontario

TransLink

Metrolinx

Province of BC

Alberta Electric System Operator

SaskBuilds

Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District)

Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria)

City of Ottawa

Infrastructure British Columbia

Seaspan ULC

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Fraser Health Authority

BCE Inc.

EMD, Inc.

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Lower Mainland Health Authorities

Toronto Hydro

Partnerships BC

Work highlights

  • Appointed to act as counsel to Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the Union Station Enhancement project, which is being procured using the “Alliance” contracting model.
  • Advising Interior Health Authority on the procurement, design and construction of a C$147m expansion to the existing Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, British Columbia.
  • Advising BC Ministry of Transportation on the $2.8bn Broadway Subway project, a 5.7 km extension of the existing SkyTrain rapid transit system which will include elevated guideway and board tunnel.

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

Canada > Business immigration Tier 3

Canada > Cannabis Tier 3

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Forming part of an extensive global office network, the competition team at Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada provides a cross-border service. Its merger control work is particularly notable, where it advises on domestic and cross-border deals. On the litigation side, the team has growing expertise in class action cases, with Montréal-based partner Eric Lefebvre advising the Canadian Hockey League in a conspiracy class action. The firm also has key offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. Kevin Ackhurst left the firm in September 2021.

Testimonials

‘I work with Eric Lefebvre at Norton Rose. He is knowledgeable, very practical, a straight shooter and all around great to work with.’

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Bausch Health

Bausch Health

Bharat Forge

CAE Inc.

Canadian Hockey League

Metro Inc

NordStar Capital

Pfizer Upjohn

Recochem

Sharp Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Bombardier on the sale of its Bombardier Transportation business to Alstom.
  • Advising the Canadian Hockey League in successfully defending a class action alleging a conspiracy among hockey leagues in Canada and the US to the detriment of players.
  • Representing Recochem in the defence of a class action alleging misleading advertising.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s indigenous law group acts as a regular and trusted advisor to governments, project financiers, developers and proponents, supporting them with commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. The practice benefits from a strong international and domestic network of offices, which places it in a unique position to advise on the Equator Principles and international risk management frameworks applied to project finance. Negotiating land claims and joint ventures between industry clients and indigenous groups are other areas of focus for the team whose caseload also features challenges to project approvals. Of-counsel Pierre-Christian Labeau in Québec is seasoned in treaty negotiations and consultation agreements related to mining and energy development. He oversees the group with litigation specialist Aldo Argento and Ray Chartier , who is counsel of choice for energy clients in relation to Indigenous and treaty rights issues. Both are based in Calgary. Emily Chan is a key individual in Vancouver for regulatory processes and impact benefit agreements.

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Key clients

Columbia Power Corporation

Columbia Basin Trust

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Government of Quebec

Justice Canada

Rio Tinto

Equator Principles Association

Hydro-Quebec

Private land owner

SOQUEM

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing the Government of Canada in several multi-billion dollar claims related to oil and gas development and production from First Nations’ lands in Alberta, and addressing the nature and scope of the Crown’s trust and fiduciary duties to those First Nations.
  • Retained by Hydro-Quebec to defend it in a $4bn action filed by Innu Nation on behalf of the aboriginal Innu of Labrador and claiming damages and disgorgement of profits as a result of the construction and operation of the Churchill Falls hydroelectric project located in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Advised Royal Bank of Canada as the joint lead arranger and joint book runner in financing TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline.

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Offering coast-to-coast coverage, Norton Rose Fulbright is often seen involved in high profile acquisitions and dispositions spanning all major real estate asset classes, commercial leasing and financing transactions. In addition, the group also counts its development and construction law work as a defining trait, working on real estate projects ranging from hotels to office buildings, industrial plants, mixed-use developments and public infrastructure. Based in Montréal, Mario M. Caron  is a key contact for domestic and foreign corporations, pension funds and financial institutions seeking assistance with project financing and real estate development; he manages the national group. Neil Davie and John L Sampson left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They go above and beyond to fully understand the business and the culture so they can better tailor their legal advice to our needs. ’

‘Strong team from most senior to junior lawyers, and well equipped to address any real estate assignment we’ve had for them.’

‘Nimble, proactive, can handle large workloads in timely fashion. Good depth of team. ’

‘The team was very responsive and knowledgeable. They worked diligently with us to figure out the best outcome and creative solutions.’

‘The real estate team are experts in their field and provide both practical and strategic advice. Their service is timely and the advice they provide always achieves the desired results for the client.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management/NorthRiver Midstream

Otera Capital Inc.

Gestion Esplanade Cartier Inc.

Department of Justice

Condor Properties Ltd.

Main and Main Holdings Inc.

Aspac Developments Ltd.

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

Dayhu Investments Ltd.

Chateau Bellevue

Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation for Community Revitalization

Réseau Express Métropolitain Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Réseau Express Métropolitain Inc. in the negotiation of access rights and air rights over the Samuel-de-Champlain bridge crossing the St-Lawrence River connecting the REM light electric train from the South Shore of Montréal to downtown.
  • Acting for Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation regarding the development of the new arena and event centre intended to replace the Saddledome.
  • Represents Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) in connection with the construction financing of a large scale development project totally approximately C$1bn.

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's national practice is complemented by the firm's wider global platform, making it a go-to for advice on domestic and cross-border restructurings. Led by Montréal-based partner Luc Morin, the team stands out for its expertise in the retail, energy and natural resources sectors. It generates mandates from clients such as lenders, debtors and court-appointed officers, among others. Senior partner Howard A. Gorman QC is a key name in the Calgary office. Jennifer Stam in Toronto is also recommended, as is Christian Roy in Quebec City.

Practice head(s):

Luc Morin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Investissement Québec

Mountain Equipment Co-operative

Ernst & Young Inc.

Wells Fargo

Senior Noteholders

Bank of America, N.A.

HSBC Bank Canada

Deloitte Restructuring Inc.

KPMG Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

MNP Ltd.

Cequence Energy Ltd.

Stuart Olson Inc.

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

KSV Restructuring Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing FTI Consulting Canada Inc., the court-appointed monitor overseeing the insolvency of Sears Canada.
  • Acted as counsel to Investissement Québec in connection with the filing by Nemaska Lithium Inc. and affiliates in the first Reverse Vesting Order to be granted under the CCAA after a contested hearing.
  • Acted for Mountain Equipment Co-op in connection with its creditor protection proceedings under the CCAA and subsequent successful sale as a going concern.

Canada > Tax Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s tax attorneys have extensive expertise in transactions, planning and disputes. Its client roster includes high-profile financial institutions and companies in sectors such as energy, life sciences, mining, technology and transport. The team includes Jules Charette, who is acting as one of the advisers to Canadian National Railway on its $33.6bn acquisition of Kansas City Southern. Dion Legge and Dominic Belley, who are based in Calgary and Montreal respectively, are the co-heads of the practice. Wilfrid Lefebvre QC and Chris Speakman retired.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Adrienne Oliver; Jules Charette; Derek Chiasson; Barry Segal; Darren Hueppelsheuser; Antoine Desroches

Key clients

Fonds Immobilier Devimco Investissment

Bombardier Inc.

SNC-Lavalin

Solium Capital

Tervita Corporation

Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Infrastructure

Wolf Midstream Inc.

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Canadian Tire

Royal Bank of Canada

Groupe Canam Inc.

Prudential Capital Group

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.

NordStar Capital Inc.

CAE Inc.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Wajax Corporation

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Sobeys Inc.

Canadian National Railway

Benevity Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Benevity, Inc. on the acquisition by Hg (a leading global software investor) of a controlling equity stake in Benevity for approximately $1bn.
  • Advising Canadian National Railway on its acquisition of Kansas City Southern for $33.6bn.
  • Advised Prudential Capital Group, as senior noteholder, on the complex and comprehensive Bonavista Energy Corporation debt restructuring and recapitalization.

Canada > Technology Tier 3

In January 2021 Norton Rose Fulbright hired Imran Ahmad from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP to lead its national technology and innovation practice. In addition, he co-chairs its national data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team with John Cassell. The department includes lawyers from offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City. It draws upon expertise from various practice areas to advise on M&A, digital transformations, data protection and commercial contracts. Former practice head Anthony de Fazekas remains a key contact for emerging companies in the IT, AI, fintech and blockchain sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very strong technical knowledge.’

‘The NRF team has very deep domain knowledge and makes communication between our research team and their legal team fruitful and a strong collaboration.’

‘NRF took an interest in deeply understanding our tech start-up business which exceeded all expectations. Our work with them transcended “client” relations and we felt that NRF had our back and were always looking forward to give us relevant guidance proactively, which impacted our business in a positive way.’

Key clients

Affirm

Benevity

Enthusiast Gaming

Canaccord Genuity

Scotia Capital

CIBC World Markets

Telus

Flexiti Financial

NordStar Capital

Stack FinTech

Brachium Capital

NortonLifeLock

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec

Coveo Solutions

Vidéotron

BP Technology Ventures

Seven Aces

Hunter Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Affirm on its acquisition of PayBright for C$340m.
  • Acted for electronic payments start-up Benevity in its sale to UK private equity firm, HG Capital.
  • Advised Enthusiast Gaming on its C$44.13m acquisition of Omnia Media and related public offering, forming North America’s largest gaming media, e-sports and entertainment platform.

Transport > Other transport Tier 3

Canada > Environment Tier 4

Canada > Insurance Tier 4

Fully integrated into the wider firm, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Canada practice offers both contentious and non-contentious support to its clients. It is on a number of key insurer panels, including AIG, Chubb and QBE, with an emphasis on professional, D&O and general liability cases. The team also has a growing transactional and regulatory practice. Aldo Argento leads the team from Calgary, offering construction expertise. Other key names include Montreal-based Hélène Lefebvre and Paul Prosterman, with respective experience in professional liability disputes and class actions, and professional liability expert Lara Mason. André Legrand is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Hélène Lefebvre; Paul Prosterman; André Legrand; Lara Mason

Testimonials

‘Strength, depth and heavyweight letterhead’

‘Paul Prosterman is our “go to”.’

‘They have knowledge in all areas and very comprehensive resources. Very good knowledge of cyber attacks.’

‘Smart, professional, practical solutions and fast turnaround.’

‘Department head lawyers take a personal involvement in issues.’

Key clients

Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

CPA Professional Liability Plan Inc.

QBE Services Inc.

La Mutuelle des Municipalités du Québec

AXA XL

Intact Insurance

Everest Insurance Company of Canada

Travelers Insurance Company

Beazley Canada

Liberty Mutual Canada

Aviva Canada

Brit Global Speciality

Work highlights

  • Represents Chubb Insurance Company of Canada in class actions against multiple insurers alleging that they have improperly denied claims for business interruption coverage for losses from government-imposed closures due to Covid-19
  • Defending QBE Services, which is facing claims of defects in the HVAC system and other components of Bow Building in Calgary.
  • Acting as coverage counsel to Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. in connection with the various class actions related to the marketing and sale of opioid drugs in Canada.

Canada > International trade Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright has direct experience advising on trade matters to companies in the energy, steel, pharmaceuticals, mining and commodities industries. Its caseload includes trade remedy cases, customs classifications, export controls, sanctions, anti-corruption matters, and government procurement. The team also offers experience with international arbitration. Richard Wagner and counsel Alison G. FitzGerald co-head the team from Ottawa, advising on regulatory matters and arbitrations, respectively. Martin Masse and Erin Brown know 'how to provide a great customer experience in spite of difficult circumstances.'

Practice head(s):

Alison G. FitzGerald; Richard Wagner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Global footprint and strength of partners in many different geographic regions.’

‘Martin Masse in Ottawa is exceptional. Strategic, big picture thinker. Both tactical and strategic. Places a premium on client satisfaction and as relationship partner works hard to ensure that every file is treated as if he was the lead partner doing the work himself. Exceptional client service, amongst the best of any lawyer I have used anywhere in the world.’

‘The team is incredibly knowledge about trade agreements and how they apply to your context. I have noted that opposing counsel at times seems less well versed and as a result it is an advantage to have this depth of knowledge and capability to support us. The team also provides a wide range of considerations for courses of action and advises carefully on the value of those – supporting clients to make informed decisions and weigh costs benefits, risks and implications.’

‘Martin Masse and Erin Brown were both very client-centric, responsive and have great EQ – making it easy to work with them under tight deadlines. They kept us informed, helped us to anticipate next steps so we were prepared to respond under tight deadlines and safeguarded our interests. In short – they understand how to provide a great customer experience in spite of difficult circumstances. ’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

Dow AgroSciences LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Costco Wholesale Canada Inc.

Les Aliments Desco Inc.

Akme Poultry Butter and Eggs Inc.

SSAB Central Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented SSAB Central in an antidumping duty case regarding heavy plate and several expiry reviews of anti-dumping duty orders.
  • Representing Costco, an importer, in regard to an anti-dumping duty case regarding upholstered domestic seating.
  • Representing PwC in respect of two distinct procurement challenges, one involving PwC as complainant and the other involving PwC as intervener.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Outstanding personalityMark Baker co-leads Norton Rose Fulbright's international arbitration practice out of Houston alongside fellow global practice co-chair, Montreal-based Pierre Bienvenu. The practice - including practitioners based in Sao Paulo and Mexico - covers the entire Latin American market, advising on commercial and investment treaty matters, with energy, mining, transport, infrastructure and life sciences particular areas of focus. Recent matters saw the team advise offshore chains and accessories maker Vicinay Cadenas in a dispute with Petrobras America that lasted nearly a decade before a settlement was reached; it is also currently involved in confidential matters in the aviation, shipping, energy and agribusiness sectors. Key contacts include: Houston-based energy expert Kevin O’Gorman; international arbitration specialist Martin Valasek (in Montreal); and Matthew H Kirtland, who leads the firm’s Washington DC-based international arbitration team. Ottawa-based counsel Alison G. FitzGerald, who has experience in ad hoc arbitrations and matters administered under all the major arbitral institutions; and Houston-based senior associate Denton Nichols in Houston, are both up-and-comers of note.

Practice head(s):

C Mark Baker; Pierre Bienvenu

Testimonials

Mark Baker is an outstanding personality. Great knowledge of the field and the ability to forge strong interpersonal relationships.’

Key clients

Vicinay Cadenas

Work highlights

  • Represented offshore-chains and accessories maker Vicinay Cadenas in a dispute with Petrobras America that lasted nearly a decade before a settlement was reached.

The firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm providing the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The firm has 3700+ lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Areas of Practice

Recognised for its industry focus, the firm is strong across all key industry sectors: Financial institutions; energy, infrastructure and resources; transport; technology; life sciences and healthcare; and consumer markets. Through the global risk advisory group, the firm leverages its industry experience with knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses. No matter which office, the firm operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each location and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact. For more information see nortonrosefulbright.com.

Offices

We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Québec, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington DC. In Africa, Norton Rose Fulbright have alliances with firms in Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Number of partners (Canada): 250+
Number of other fee-earners (Canada): 600+

Key Canadian Contacts

Consumer markets: Karen MacDonald (Vancouver)
Financial institutions: Jennifer Teskey (Toronto)
Energy, infrastructure and resources: Jay LeMoine (Vancouver) and KayLynn Litton (Calgary)
Transport:
Technology and innovation: Imran Ahmad (Toronto)
Life sciences and healthcare: Janet Grove (Vancouver)

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Chantal Arsenault  photo Chantal Arsenault Partner
Demian Barbas  photo Demian Barbas Partner, Patent Agent
R.Luc Beaulieu  photo R.Luc Beaulieu Senior Partner
Dominic C. Belley photo Dominic C. BelleyPartner
Jean Bertrand, Ad E  photo Jean Bertrand, Ad E Senior Partner
Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E  photo Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, Senior Partner
Horia Bundaru  photo Horia Bundaru Partner
Mario M. Caron  photo Mario M. Caron Senior Partner
Christian Cawthorn  photo Christian Cawthorn Partner, Patent Agent
Jules Charette  photo Jules Charette Senior Partner
Alexis-François Charette  photo Alexis-François Charette Partner
Derek G. Chiasson  photo Derek G. Chiasson Partner
Joanne Chriqui  photo Joanne Chriqui Partner
Sébastien Clark  photo Sébastien Clark Partner, Patent Agent
Arnold Cohen  photo Arnold Cohen Senior Partner
Jean-Pierre Colpron  photo Jean-Pierre Colpron Senior Partner
Brian R. Daley  photo Brian R. Daley Partner
Claudia Déry  photo Claudia Déry Partner
Mathieu Deschamps  photo Mathieu Deschamps Partner
Antoine Desroches  photo Antoine Desroches Partner
Thierry Dorval  photo Thierry Dorval Senior Partner, Canadian Head of Corporate Governance
Éric Dunberry  photo Éric Dunberry Counsel
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Marc Duquette  photo Marc Duquette Senior Partner
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Charles A. Foucreault  photo Charles A. Foucreault Partner
Patrick Galizia  photo Patrick Galizia Partner
Andres C. Garin  photo Andres C. Garin Senior Partner
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Maude Grenier  photo Maude Grenier Partner
Emmanuel Grondin  photo Emmanuel Grondin Partner
William Hlibchuk  photo William Hlibchuk Partner
Stephen J. Kelly  photo Stephen J. Kelly Partner, Canadian National Chair, Business Law
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Louise Laplante  photo Louise Laplante Counsel
Caroline Larouche  photo Caroline Larouche Partner
Amar Leclair-Ghosh  photo Amar Leclair-Ghosh Partner
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Hélène Lefebvre  photo Hélène Lefebvre Senior Partner
André Legrand  photo André Legrand Senior Partner
David Lemieux  photo David Lemieux Senior Partner
Steve Malas  photo Steve Malas Senior Partner
Miguel Manzano  photo Miguel Manzano Partner
Sophie Melchers  photo Sophie Melchers Partner
Luc Morin  photo Luc Morin Partner
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Pierre T. Nguyen  photo Pierre T. Nguyen Partner, Patent Agent
François-David Pare  photo François-David Pare Partner
Paul S. Prosterman  photo Paul S. Prosterman Senior Partner
Paul Raymond  photo Paul Raymond Senior Partner
T. James Reid  photo T. James Reid Partner, Patent Agent
Jean-Charles René  photo Jean-Charles René General Counsel and Head of Risk – Canada, Senior Partner
Peter Riddell  photo Peter Riddell Partner
Vincent Rochette  photo Vincent Rochette Partner
Martin Rochette  photo Martin Rochette Counsel
Marie-Hélène Rochon  photo Marie-Hélène Rochon Partner, Patent Agent
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Elliot Shapiro  photo Elliot Shapiro Partner
Eric Stevens  photo Eric Stevens Senior Partner
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