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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Canada

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Aboriginal law group is represented throughout the firm’s national network. In Quebec City, Pierre-Christian Labeau is the name to note. In Vancouver, Robin Longe is recommended for his ‘strong expertise’.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a diverse national banking practice, which routinely advises lenders and borrowers on project finance, syndicated loans, structured finance and acquisition finance — among other matters. Lawyers are prized for their ‘valuable industry knowledge and response times’ as well as their ‘practical approach, with standout names including Calgary’s Rick Borden, who is highly sought after for major financings. Borden recently acted hand-in-hand with the firm’s Montreal, Ottawa and Luxembourg offices to advise the lenders on a credit agreement to support a multibillion-dollar acquisition. In Toronto, David M.A. Amato advised an international bank on the amendment and restatement of a multimillion-dollar asset-based lending facility. In Vancouver, David Bain is ‘proactive and user-friendly’. David Lemieux is a key contact in Montreal. The team also includes asset-based lending expert Arnold Cohen, debt capital markets partner Peter J. Wiazowski and Robert G. Borduas — all of whom are based in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Rick Borden - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution: Quebec - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Practical and business-savvy’, Norton Rose Fulbright impresses with its ‘top-notch industry knowledge’, particularly on the energy side where it is ‘in the thick of it and up to date on all key issues’. It also shines in natural resources, construction, environmental and corporate and commercial litigation. In Alberta, Clarke Hunter QC stands out as ‘thorough, well-prepared and thoughtful’. In Quebec, star name Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is representing a hydroelectricity client in litigation concerning the renewal of a longstanding supply contract, while Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Perreault are representing and infrastructure client in a significant constitutional law case. Other respected senior names include Vancouver-based national group head Daniel Bennett QC, Montreal-based Sophie Melchers, and Robert Frank and the ‘very strategic’ Orestes Pasparakis in Toronto. The ‘deep bench’ also features several notable younger partners, including Vancouver-based Ryan Dalziel (‘very strong on public law’) and Toronto’s Rahool P. Agarwal (‘absolutely excellent’). Calgary’s Mary Comeau retired.

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Alberta

Clarke Hunter QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

Daniel Bennett QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Quebec

Jean Bertrand, Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

Sophie Melchers - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

Ryan Dalziel - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers: Dispute resolution: Ontario

Rahool P. Agarwal - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright secures praise for its ‘strong industry knowledge and deep teams’. Particularly lauded as a ‘leader in Quebec’, the department is also represented in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Group lead Jean Piette Ad E, who splits his time between Montreal and Quebec City, has ‘unparalleled environmental knowledge’; he paired up with ‘very strong environmental litigatorFrançois Fontaine Ad E to defend a steel company against charges brought by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Leading individuals

Jean Piette Ad E - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s national practice is a force in Vancouver, which is the seat of sought-after national Group head Greg Lewis QC, who is ‘consistently open to debate and always calm, cool and curious’. James LeMoine, also in Vancouver, is an ‘excellent lawyer’ and advised a transit authority on a line extension project. In Montreal, senior sector specialist Robert Bordaus and Alain Ricard acted for an infrastructure client regarding a light rail project. Ottawa’s Geoffrey G. Gilbert and Vancouver’s Matt Mulligan are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Greg Lewis QC - Norton Rose Fulbright

James LeMoine - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Satisfied clients of Norton Rose Fulbright assert it is ‘simply the best for employment law’, with the group’s ‘great 24/7 availability’, ‘exceptional knowledge’ and ‘collaborative rather than a one-size-fits-all approach’ standing out as distinguishing factors. The comprehensive national team, which comprises over 80 lawyers, is routinely engaged across the full spread of collective bargaining, compliance, health and safety, and contentious matters, for both private and public sector employers. Toronto-based global employment head Richard J. Charney is ’extremely knowledgeable and simply the best at what he does’; he successfully represented a client in a judicial review application. Among its Montreal highlights, François Côté represented a client in a grievance arbitration concerning a subcontracting issue and Michel G. Carle advised a client in a judicial review application seeking to quash a tribunal decision holding that its first-level managers could unionize. Luc Beaulieu is also senior name in Montreal, and Herb Isherwood and Timothy D. Mitchell are key contacts in Vancouver and Calgary respectively.

Leading individuals

Michel G. Carle - Norton Rose Fulbright

Richard J. Charney - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘client-focused team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘expert in the mining area’, according to some. Historically known for its ability to plug into a ‘tier one global practice’, sources report that it has been ‘increasingly active on the local mining scene’. Among its highlights, Toronto’s David McIntyre acted alongside the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices to advise a mining company on the purchase of a stake in gold mine and various joint venture arrangements. In Ottawa, infrastructure expert Geoffrey G. Gilbert paired up with of counsel and ‘responsive problem-solverAlison Babbitt to advise a mining company on a project finance package with a couple of finance providers. Marvin Singer and Robert Mason are also key contacts — both are in Toronto.

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Energy and natural resources: power
Energy and natural resources: power - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s comprehensive national practice benefits from experienced teams in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The firm’s sector focus is equally broad, with conventional power, renewable energy and climate change all notable areas of expertise. On the transactional front, Ottawa-based Andrew Pritchard advised a hydroelectricy client on various acquisitions in Canada and the US. In Calgary, David A. Eeles and John P. Carleton are acting for an electric system operator a major renewable electricity procurement program. In another regulatory highlight, Montreal partners Éric Dunberry and Marie-Christine Hivon are advising a hydroelectricy client on regulatory applications. In Vancouver, Matthew D. Keen is a ‘rising star’.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Keen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

Leading individuals

John Bromley - Norton Rose Fulbright

Shelley Chapelski - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next generation lawyers

Vanessa Rochester - Norton Rose Fulbright

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