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Norton Rose Fulbright
SUITE 1500
45 O'CONNOR STREET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO K1P 1A4
Canada

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright boasts a nationwide litigation offering with experience across the full range of contentious matters, and particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure, transportation and financial services sectors. Vancouver-based Daniel Bennett QC heads the national practice and is recognized for his experience in both commercial and administrative litigation. Clarke Hunter QC in Calgary enjoys a strong reputation for energy-related disputes, while in Montreal, Pierre Bienvenu Ad E co-heads the global arbitration group. Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Melchers, who focuses on white-collar crime and anti-corruption matters, are also leaders in the Montreal market. Orestes Pasparakis, who co-heads the Canadian special situations team, is a key contact in Toronto. Rahool Agarwal left to join Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP and Ryan Dalziel joined Hunter Litigation Chambers.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bennett QC; Beth Allard; Ray Chartier; Alan Merskey; Tate McLeod; Eric Lefebvre; Christian Roy

Testimonials

Lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright have great legal minds but also understand the big picture. They can advise on general strategies that go above and beyond legal matters. They provide value outside the purely legal mandate.’

I was really impressed with the group’s attention to detail. The ability to cover a vast amount of evidence, organize it and understand it with an ability to articulate the whole of it clearly.’

I’ve worked with many different law firms. Sophie Melchers is on a much higher level, in my opinion, than any other lawyer. Her attention to detail, strategy, and relentless pursuit for her client is unparalleled in my opinion.

‘Norton Rose Fulbright’s Calgary group is excellent. Clarke Hunter QC is at the top of his game.’

Daniel Bennett and Michael Manhas helped us simplify a complex legal dispute and advised on settlement options. They assisted in formulating a larger strategy.’

Key clients

Hydro-Québec

Metro Inc.

VEON Ltd. (formerly VimpelCom Ltd.)

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

David Baazov

CDPQ Infra Inc. (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Merit Energy Company LLC

FTI Consulting Canada Inc., in its capacity as Court-appointed monitor of Sears Canada Inc. in its CCAA proceedings.

Labour and employment Tier 1

On the employment front, Norton Rose Fulbright provides strategic advice on restructuring, outsourcing and organization design, and also handles transactional support issues and litigation. The group brings to bear deep experience in construction-related issues, among other specialist industry matters, and also benefits from strong complementary expertise in health and safety, human rights and corporate immigration. Global practice head Richard Charney in Toronto is widely considered an authority in labour and employment matters. In Montreal, Michel Carle is highly regarded for his specialist experience in the manufacturing, retail and food industries, and Luc Beaulieu is rated for his impressive track record in complex labour relations cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Charney; Karen Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright has a deep and experienced bench in labour and employment law. Lawyers are responsive, well prepared and great to deal with.’

Karen Jensen a top-notch labour lawyer, who stands apart for her expertise combined with a personal touch.’

One of Herb Isherwood’s most admirable qualities is that he is not quick to make a decision on tough issues; he will think about it overnight or get more information if needed. He is prepared to make quick decisions, however, when the matter is straightforward.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Canada

Rio Tinto

Bombardier Aerospace

Aluminerie de Becancour Inc. (Alcoa)

Hydro One

Technical Safety of BC

Lafarge Holcim

Aéroports de Montreal

Hunting Energy Services (Canada) Ltd.

ATI Telecom International

Transport: Shipping Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has broad expertise across the shipping industry, and is able to utilize its strong domestic presence and expansive global network to handle complex and resource-heavy shipping matters. In Vancouver, Shelley Chapelski is highly regarded for her experience in both transactional and contentious matters, while John Bromley QC is sought after for his litigation expertise. Also recommended is Montreal-based Vanessa Rochester, whose practice covers aspects of transport and energy law.

Practice head(s):

Shelley Chapelski

Testimonials

The maritime group is competent, pragmatic and relate well with one another as a team. There is good leadership and mentorship in place and we are confident using any lawyer within the team for this reason.’

We feel our interests come first and that a proactive approach is always taken to resolve issues. Effective communication from the outset assists with establishing direction in order to avoid over-working files, which sets them apart from other firms.’

NRF Canada LLP’s shipping team could provide global support to deal with very different aspects of our deal (LMA standards, Canadian law, English law…), which makes the team very adaptable.’

Shelley Chapelski is honest, dynamic, creative, motivated, hard-working, pragmatic and has excellent communication skills.’

John Bromley provides timely, commercial, practical and useful advice. He’s our go-to resource for admiralty law issues.’

Vanessa Rochester showed excellent negotiation skills; she was able to find the middle ground satisfactory to all parties.’

Key clients

Groupe Desgagnés and subsidiaries (Petro-Nav Inc.)

Seaspan ULC & other companies of the Washington Marine Group

Le Groupe Océan (aka Ocean Group)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund

Port of Quebec

Seaspan Ship Management Ltd.

Bridgeman Services Group LP

Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.

North of England P&I Association Ltd.

Harlock Murray Underwriting

Shipowners’ Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association Limited.

West of England Protection & Indemnity Club

Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright’s extensive global network helps fuel a steady stream of multi-jurisdictional mandates, with recent strong showings in US and Africa-related deals. Nationally, the practice group is well weighted among six domestic offices, with Calgary, Montreal and Toronto all standing out as key deal-making centres. In terms of its practice strength, the firm packs a punch in debt finance, asset-based lending and project finance. High-profile figures include Calgary-based Rick Borden, who is widely considered ‘a leader in Alberta’. Best known for his strength in energy-related transactions, Borden is held up by many as a go-to partner for large-scale projects and financings in the oil and gas sector. In Montreal, national banking and finance practice coordinator Peter Wiazowski is noted for his track record in cross-border transactions, while asset-based lending group co-chair David Amato is a name to note in Toronto. Other key contacts include Arnold Cohen and David Lemieux, both of whom are based in Montreal.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wiazowski

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is able to anticipate and address industry trends, and bring a detailed recommendation to negotiations. Partners have very detailed understanding of the structure of our commercial arrangements and can identify opportunities that other individuals might miss.’

Norton Rose Fulbright has a practical and dynamic approach, with good cross-border capability.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Bank of Montreal

Bombardier Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Bank

National Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Wells Fargo

CDPQ Infra (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s project/infrastructure entity)

Bank of Nova Scotia

VanCity

BCMP Mortgage Investment Corporation

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Metro Inc.

Business immigration Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a compact but capable immigration team, split between its offices in Montreal and Quebec City. The practice works alongside the firm’s market-leading national labour and employment practice and is further complemented by the wider global network, which supplies a steady flow of immigration and professional mobility mandates. In 2019, Montreal-based group head Chantal Arsenault was promoted from counsel to partner.

Practice head(s):

Chantal Arsenault

Capital markets Tier 2

Supported by its extensive network of Canadian and international offices, Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate, M&A and securities team, and provides coast-to-coast coverage of the full suite of debt, equity and structured finance matters. The firm attracts a relatively even balance of underwriter and issuer-side deals, with energy, financial institutions and transport standing out as notable sweet spots. In Calgary, department co-lead Marcus Archer has a strong record in energy-related offerings, for both corporate issuers and underwriters, and enjoys close links with repeat issuers such as Keyera and Paramount Resources. Andrea Brewer and Elliot Shapiro are key contacts in Toronto and Montreal respectively.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Archer; Andrea Brewer; Elliot Shapiro

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Canadian Tire Corporation Limited

TELUS Corporation

Tervita Corporation

CIBC World Markets

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada

Keyera Corp.

TransAlta Corporation

TD Securities Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Beaudier Inc.

Waterfall Asset Management

PSP Capital Inc.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Laurentian Bank of Canada

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Stornoway Diamond Corporation

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has local strength across all of Canada’s four largest provinces and also boasts a broad sector focus on national stage. Energy and natural resources remains a key source of deal flow, though the team has also been active in technology, agribusiness and aviation. In addition, the firm leverages its global network to post a strong record in multi-jurisdictional deals. In Toronto, office managing partner Terence Dobbin is highly regarded for his experience in M&A and corporate governance matters. Toronto-based Walied Soliman, who is Canadian chair, is known for his track record in special situations, including hostile M&A, shareholder activism and complex reorganization transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its dedication and commitment to get all work done on time and to the highest standard.’

Senior lawyers are exceptional negotiators with strong legal, strategic and business skills.’

Key clients

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Bombardier Inc.

Quebecor Media Inc.

Pieridae Energy Ltd.

Enbridge Inc.

Brookfield Infrastructure

Tervita Corp.

Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation

Independent Directors or Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.

Columbia Power Corporation/Columbia Basin Trust

Solium Capital Inc.

Aimia Inc.

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is distinguished by its ability to link up with the wider firm’s respected global mining practice, and, indeed, a large proportion of its Canadian-led deals are cross-border. The team’s global dimension is also evidenced by its impressive client list, which is composed of major international financial institutions and mining corporations. Led out of Toronto by corporate finance partner Robert Mason, the national group also has specialists in project finance and regulatory matters. Marvin Singer recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Robert Mason

Testimonials

‘Norton Rose Fulbright’s lawyers are responsive and provide business-focused solutions.’

Robert Mason and his team have established a solid network of legal colleagues within Norton Rose Fulbright to deliver more specialized legal services.’

Key clients

Rio Tinto

Lundin Gold

Nutrien

Arianne Phosphate

Eco Oro

Marathon Gold Corporation

Royal Nickel Corporation

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd

Stornoway Diamond Corporation

Osisko Mining

La Mancha Resources

LSC Lithium Corporation

PolyMet

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is immersed in the oil and gas sector globally and its Canada industry expertise is equally comprehensive. The firm covers the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream transactions for a broad mix of Canadian and foreign oil and gas companies, oilfield service providers and banks. On the regulatory side, Don Davies QC is a standout specialist and is noted for his experience in complex contentious issues. Wayne Fedun, whose key clients include Brookfield Asset Management, Crescent Point Energy and Paramount Energy, is recommended for transactional work. Up-and-coming partner Robert Froehlich, who focuses on transactional matters, heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Robert Froehlich

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (including Spectra Energy and Westcoast Energy)

Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.

PETRONAS

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Imperial Oil Limited

Wolf Midstream Inc.

Paramount Resources Ltd.

TransAlta

Pieridae Energy

Venturion Oil

Cenovus

Black Swan Energy

Canbriam Energy

Serafina Energy

Halliburton Group Canada

Keyera Corp.

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (including RBC Capital Markets)

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's national power practice has an emphasis on regulatory work, with strong experience in representing private and public sector clients and industry associations before regional regulators. The team also works alongside the wider firm’s projects, corporate and securities departments, both domestically and internationally, to advise on transactional matters. The group is particularly dominant in British Columbia, but also benefits from robust footholds in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Up-and-coming regulatory specialist Matthew Keen is a name to note in Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keen

Testimonials

The firm has great knowledge of the energy sector in BC.’

Greg Lewis has extensive knowledge in this field; he negotiated significant contracts with BC Hydro and understands the legal landscape. Same for Matthew Keen who masters the regulatory prohibitions.’

Key clients

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.

NextEra Energy Canada, ULC

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

ChargePoint Inc.

Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust

Alberta Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA)

Solargise Canada Ltd.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong IP litigation practice, which is consistently engaged in all core areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks and industrial designs. Of late, Montreal-based IP practice head Judith Robinson has had particularly strong showings in patent and copyright litigation. The group is also strong in anti-counterfeiting matters, where Vancouver-based IP litigator Karen MacDonald is experienced in advising clients from the luxury goods and technology industries on anti-counterfeiting enforcement programs. The firm also handles non-contentious IP, including licensing, portfolio management and transactional support matters.

Practice head(s):

Judith Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has decades of experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in our field. The firm is focused on continuous improvement, being open to feedback and ready to implement changes where needed to meet our ongoing needs.’

This is a very well managed team, made up of lawyers who stay with the practice over the long term. Judith Robinson is one of the best trial lawyers in the country.’

Karen MacDonald is an excellent litigator and negotiator. She’s very knowledgeable in the luxury industry.’

Chris Wilson is a very trusted advisor. Knowledgeable, a treat to work with, and widely respected by the IP bar.

Karen MacDonald is very knowledgeable on the local laws and practices in Canada and provides helpful insight on the most practical ways to approach our cases. We have received great results as a result of her hard work and dedication.’

Key clients

Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited

Eli Lilly

RBC

Innovative Medicines Canada (Rx&D)

Gilead Sciences  Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline Inc.

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Servier Canada Inc. and Adir (Servier)

AstraZeneca

London Drugs Limited

Chanel Limited

TELUS Corporation

Electronic Arts Inc.

Accenture

Pfizer Inc.

Public procurement Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright houses a thriving procurement practice, which is recognized for its strong public sector client base, composed of local authorities from across the country. Led from Vancouver by infrastructure head Greg Lewis QC, the group is particularly prominent on the infrastructure development front, and also handles bid challenges and anti-corruption issues. Also recommended is Ottawa-based Richard Wagner, who is widely regarded as a leader in complex regulatory and procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Greg Lewis QC

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Committed to the delivery of a quality product, on time, with reduced requirements for redrafting.’

Key clients

SNC-Lavalin Inc.

The City of Ottawa

Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

CDPQ Infra Inc.

TransLink

Capital Regional District

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

Department of Justice

Quebec City

Seaspan

BCE Inc.

EMD, Inc.

Telus

Partnerships British Columbia

Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District)

Vancouver Island Health Authority

SaskBuilds Corporation

Lower Mainland Health Authorities

Toronto Hydro

BC Clinical and Support Services Society

Transport: aviation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright’s aviation practice has its largest on-the-ground presence in Quebec and enjoys a strong relationship with Montreal-based manufacturing giant, Bombardier. The team advises on a wide range of industry-specific issues, and is adept at handling corporate and finance transactions in the aviation space. Key contacts include corporate and securities partner Paul Raymond and transportation head Alain Ricard, both of whom are based in Montreal.

Practice head(s):

Paul Raymond; Alain Ricard

Key clients

Bombardier

CAE

WestJet Airlines

CHC Helicopter Inc

Bell Helicopter Textron

Air Transat

Aéroports de Montreal

Air Canada

Air Nunavut

Pratt & Whitney

Héroux-Devtek Inc.

Transport: other transport Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its deep expertise in infrastructure development in the rail sector, with a particularly impressive record in LRT projects. In addition to development work, the practice also handles general corporate and commercial transactions and contentious matters in the rail space, and links up with the firm's other complementary practice groups to advise on transport matters involving aspects of indigenous law, human resources, and real estate. Montreal-based Alain Ricard heads the Canadian transport team.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Gilbert; Greg Lewis QC; Alain Ricard

Testimonials

A very dedicated team, with broad knowledge of issues and the capacity to rally all areas of the law needed on a given file.’

Key clients

Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)

CDPQ Infra Inc.

TransLink (Metro Vancouver Transit Authority)

Metrolinx (Greater Toronto Transportation Authority)

Infrastructure Ontario

City of Ottawa

Bombardier Transport

Bechtel Canada

Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited

Energetic Trucking

Cannabis Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s cannabis practice has a particular focus on regulatory matters. The practice group has provided regulatory advice to clients such as Auxly Cannabis Group, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, and KushCo Bottle Supply. The team can also utilize the wider firm’s national business group for transactional support when needed, with Vancouver-based corporate finance partner Michael Posnikoff being a particular asset transactional side. Sara Zborovski left the firm for Stikeman Elliott LLP.

Key clients

MedReleaf Corp

Auxly Group

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

Fleurish

HEXO Corp.

Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation

KushCo Bottle Supply

Apollo Applied Research Inc.

BC Green Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cura-Can Health Corp

PureSinse Inc.

Emerald Harvest

Resolve Digital Health

WeedBox

Medi-Can Health Solutions Ltd.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian competition practice is complemented by the firm's robust international offering, which generates a significant number of cross-border merger cases and multi-jurisdictional antitrust investigations. A recent example included the team advising JTEKT Corporation on price-fixing and bid-rigging investigations regarding certain motor vehicle components spanned Canada, Australia and Asia. Led out of Toronto by Kevin Ackhurst, the department also benefits from experienced partners in Calgary and Vancouver as well as Montreal, where litigator Eric Lefebvre is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Ackhurst

Testimonials

High-end experience in the industry and expertise to match. Cannot say enough about the assistance received to date.’

The team was very responsive, highly knowledgeable and had good contacts with the regulator for useful interactions. Bench strength is always an added value when dealing with any team at Norton Rose Fulbright.’

The work completed, particularly in creating technical advocacy resources, is outstanding.’

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management

Canadian Tire Corporation

Citigroup Inc.

CN

Green Growth Brands

HEXO Corp.

JTEKT Corporation

Makivik Corporation / Bradley Air Services Limited

Metro Inc.

Morguard Corporation

Parmalat S.p.A.

Pfizer Canada Inc.

Sharp Corporation

SNC Lavalin

Tervita Corporation

Environment Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright provides coast-to-coast coverage of environmental law matters, with strengths across the full range of contentious proceedings, transactional support and regulatory issues. Toronto-based Janet Bobechko now heads the national department, following the departure of Montreal’s Jean Piette Ad E to BCF Business Law. Associate Michael Manhas ‘communicates effectively’ and is a lawyer to watch in the Vancouver office.

Practice head(s):

Janet Bobechko

Testimonials

The team at Norton Rose is very knowledgeable and experienced. They are very responsive to questions and ensure they provide thoughtful and well-thought-out advice.’

Michael Manhas has been working on an environmental litigation matter for us and is an excellent lawyer. He is smart, communicates effectively and is also a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Accuworx

ArcelorMittal

Badger Daylighting

Boliden Limited

Bombardier

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Canada Lands Company

Canadian National Railway

CDPQ Infra

CreateTO

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Eaton Industries

Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc.

Equicapita Income Trust

Municipalite de Sainte-Martre Sure-le-lac

Municipality Lac Beauport

Nexen

Parmalat

Pepsico Foods and Beverages

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Pt. Ellice Properties

Quebec Port Authority

Réseau de transport de la Capitale

Rio Tinto Alcan

SNC Lavalin

Suncor Energy

TELUS

Tervita Corporation

Tenneco Automotive

Indigenous law Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has experience across the spectrum of Aboriginal law, covering all the key elements of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Best known for representing industry participants, particularly mining and energy companies, it also advises local government clients on indigenous law issues. The group is led from Quebec City by Pierre-Christian Labeau, who is currently acting as the Quebec government negotiator in land claims.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Argento; Raymond Chartier Pierre-Christian Labeau; Robin Longe

Key clients

Mine Canadian Malartic Corporation

Iron Ore Co. of Canada, a majority owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, and the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway

Government of Quebec

Alberta Electric System Operator

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada.

Municipality of Saint-Augustin, Province of Quebec

Justice Canada

Hillcore Group Holdings Ltd.

Rio Tinto (RT)

Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA)

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

J.1. Properties Inc.

Infrastructure and projects Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out as a top choice for rail projects, particularly on the local authority side where it enjoys close relationships with Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. Other sector strengths include energy, social and wastewater projects. In addition to project development mandates, the firm continues to build on its secondary market expertise, recent examples of which included its advice to InfraRed Capital on the sale of its interest in the Iqaluit Airport PPP, a the deal led by Douglas Buchanan QC, who recently joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Buchanan jointly leads the North America infrastructure group in Vancouver alongside Greg Lewis QCJames LeMoine is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Buchanan QC; Greg Lewis QC

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Infrastructure Ontario

TransLink/Province of BC

Metrolinx

InfraRed Capital

Plenary Group

Alberta Electric System Operator

Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District)

Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria)

SaskBuilds Corporation

City of Ottawa

Partnerships British Columbia

Seaspan ULC

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Fraser Health Authority

Volker Stevin

Axium Infrastructure

Fierra Infrastructure

Columbia Power Corporation/Columbia Basin Trust

Real estate Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly active in infrastructure-related matters, with a strong record in advising on the development of transportation projects. In addition, the team also advises on the acquisition, disposition and management of real estate assets and the development of commercial, residential and mixed-used projects. Vancouver-based John Sampson co-chairs the practice alongside Montreal-based Mario Caron, who is recognized for his focus on commercial leasing and property sales and acquisitions. Also in Vancouver, Neil Davie has a growing profile for real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mario Caron; John Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very good at handling inter-office matters and drawing upon skills found in various locations.’

Key clients

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

DesjardinsSecurité Financiére

Grosvenor Canada Limited

CDPQ Infra

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

Rio Tinto

Genstar Development Company

Canada Pension Investment Board (CPPIB)

Aspen Properties

SSQ Assurance Vie

Aspac Developments Ltd.

Canada Lands Company CLC Limited

Quebecor

RONA Inc.

Cineplex Entertainment Limited Partnership

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Indigo Parc Canada Inc.

RGN Management Limited Partnership

Alvarez & Marsal Canada

Brookfield Business Partners LP

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

The Manulife Insurance Co.

Burnaby Lands Ltd.

VEREIT Inc.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for representing debtors and court-appointed officers, and leverages its robust energy and mining expertise to secure a steady flow of activity in natural resources-related restructurings. It also continues to win a significant share of retail-related mandates. The national practice has strong footholds in all of Canada’s four largest commercial centres, and is also increasingly involved in US-related proceedings. The team is jointly led by Montreal-based Sylvain Rigaud and Vancouver-based Kieran Siddall, and also includes Howard Gorman QC in Calgary. In addition, younger partner Luc Morin is highlighted as ‘probably the best restructuring lawyer of his generation in Montreal’.

Practice head(s):

Sylvain Rigaud; Kieran Siddall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team demonstrates a unique combination of technical knowledge and business acumen.’

Luc Morin is probably the best restructuring lawyer of his generation in Montreal; technically very strong with good business acumen and relationship skills. Sylvain Rigaud is a very strong professional.’

Key clients

Caisse de Depot et placement du Québec

Royal Bank of Canada

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Wells Fargo Bank

Bank of America

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Nova Scotia

Ernst & Young Inc.

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Alvarez & Marsal Inc.

Richter LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Board of Directors of Essar Steel Algoma Inc.

Third Eye Capital Management Inc.

HSBC Holdings Plc

Farm Credit Canada

Tax Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a comprehensive tax service spanning tax planning, litigation and transactional support matters. The team sets itself apart through the size of its platform both nationally, where it can draw upon tax specialists throughout its six Canadian offices, and internationally, where it can plug into the wider firm’s 150-strong global tax group for support on multi-jurisdictional deals. The group is jointly led by Calgary-based transactional tax specialist Dion Legge and Montreal-based tax litigator Dominic Belley, and also includes Montreal-based Wilfrid Lefebvre QC, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading tax specialists.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Belley; Dion Legge

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tervita Corporation

Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Infrastructure

Wolf Midstream Inc.

Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc.

Nuuvera Inc.

Bombardier

Canadian Tire

Telus Incorporated

Desjardins Group

Laurentian Bank

Parmalat

ICC Labs

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc.

Brault and Martineau

Technology Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ability to plug into its extensive global network makes it an attractive choice for multinational technology clients. In a recent example, the team advised Calgary-headquartered software company Solium Capital on its C$1.1bn acquisition by Morgan Stanley, which involved legal teams in the US and the UK. In addition to a strong corporate transactional offering, the group advises on a variety of related issues including outsourcing, venture capital investments, and data security. The department is led from Toronto by intellectual property specialist Anthony de Fazekas, and also includes associate Andrew McCoomb, who is highlighted as a rising star for contentious matters. Robert Percival left the firm for Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Anthony de Fazekas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

An experienced and thoughtful team. Lawyers are very professional and willing to listen to ideas.’

Andrew McCoomb is experienced, organized and detail-oriented. He provided good strategies and was easy to talk to.’

Key clients

FundersClub Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada

Symantec Corporation

Coveo Solutions Inc.

Vivonet

TELUS Corporation

Laserax Inc.

Curve Dental

Flight Centre Group

Purplebricks Group Plc

Ciena Corporation

Accenture

CGI

Laurentian Bank

Canadian Tire Corporation

Aimia Inc.

Desjardins Group

Equitable Bank

Insurance Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright’s increasingly prominent insurance litigation practice handles a broad range of matters nationally, with notable expertise in the marine, construction and professional liability sectors. André Legrand in Montreal, and Calgary-based up-and-coming partner Lara Mason have particular experience in professional liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Aldo Argento

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

We have had a great relationship with this firm. They are client-oriented, the work is done on time, they often offer unique options in approaching claims. Their billing practices are fair.’

Lara Mason in the Calgary office has been a fantastic find for our legal team. she is professional with just the right amount firmness in dealing with our claims. She is thorough and makes sure we have all of our bases covered.’

Key clients

Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange

QBE Services Inc.

Lloyd’s

AIG Insurance Company of Canada

Fonds d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle du Barreau Québec

Berkshire Hathaway Services

Intact Insurance Company

La Mutuelle des municipalités du Québec

Liberty International Underwriters

Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Inc.

Berkley Canada Inc.

Domtar Inc.

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company

ENCON Group Inc.

Shipowners P&I Club

CPA Professional Liability Plan Inc.

Marsh Canada Inc.

Great American Insurance Company

iA Financial Group

Beazley Group

AVIVA Canada Inc.

North of England Property and Indemnity Association

International trade Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright’s national trade team handles a range of contentious, regulatory and policy matters, with notable expertise in trade remedies, economic sanctions and export and import controls. The group, which is steered from Ottawa by department co-heads Martin Masse and Richard Wagner, also benefits from its ability to plug into the wider firm’s formidable global network to advise on multi-jurisdictional issues.

Practice head(s):

Martin Masse; Richard Wagner

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

Dow AgroSciences LLP

Skechers USA Canada Inc.

Jockey Canada Limited

J. Cheese Inc.

SMS Equipment Inc.

The Pampered Chef

Stampin’ Up! Canada

Sable Offshore Energy Inc.

Sandvik Tamrock Canada Inc.

Danone/Nutricia

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 4000+ lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the US, 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, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; life sciences and healthcare. 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 Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Dar es Salaam, 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, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, 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): 315+
Number of other fee-earners (Canada): 650+

Key Canadian Contacts

Financial institutions: Andrew Fleming (Toronto)
Energy: Robert Froehlich (Calgary) and Matthew Keen (Vancouver)
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Greg Lewis (Vancouver)
Transport: Alain Ricard (Montréal)
Technology and innovation: Anthony de Fazekas (Toronto)
Life sciences and healthcare: Randy Sutton (Toronto)

Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Amirault  photo Paul Amirault Partner
 Alison Babbitt  photo Alison Babbitt Of Counsel
 Alison G. FitzGerald  photo Alison G. FitzGerald Of Counsel
 Geoffrey G. Gilbert  photo Geoffrey G. Gilbert Partner
 Matthew J. Halpin  photo Matthew J. Halpin Senior Partner
 Pierre-Paul Henrie  photo Pierre-Paul Henrie Managing Partner, Ottawa Office
 Charles E. Hurdon  photo Charles E. Hurdon Managing Partner – Canada
 Dan J. Leduc  photo Dan J. Leduc Partner
 Norman B. Lieff  photo Norman B. Lieff Senior Partner
 Kevin MacNeill  photo Kevin MacNeill Partner
 Jamie A. Macdonald  photo Jamie A. Macdonald Partner
 Martin Masse  photo Martin Masse Partner
 Tate McLeod  photo Tate McLeod Partner
 Oliver Moore  photo Oliver Moore Partner
 D. John Naccarato  photo D. John Naccarato Senior Partner
 Stephen Nattrass  photo Stephen Nattrass Senior Associate
 Julie L. Paquette  photo Julie L. Paquette Partner
 Andrew Pritchard  photo Andrew Pritchard Senior Partner
 Ned A. Steinman  photo Ned A. Steinman Partner
 Richard A. Wagner  photo Richard A. Wagner Senior Partner
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