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Canada > Indigenous law Tier 1

The practice at Gowling WLG is noted for advising a host of First Nation, Métis and Inuit governments, Indigenous political organizations, and government and corporate clients who work with Indigenous communities. Its advisory prowess encompasses the negotiation of claims and self-government agreements, Indigenous tax advice, environmental assessments and consultation to First Nations, as well as negotiating mineral and mining resource agreements. Class action litigation and disputes relating to Indigenous title and treaty rights make up the bulk of the team’s contentious work. Practice head Paul Seaman works from both the Toronto and Vancouver offices and focuses on transactions and projects where the Crown’s obligation to consult with Indigenous peoples is involved. Ottawa-based Cam Cameron majors on Indigenous commercial matters and gambling law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Seaman

Other key lawyers:

Canada > Intellectual property Tier 1

Gowling WLG’s pre-eminent practice is widely lauded for its ‘in-depth expertise and knowledge in the field of intellectual property’. The group’s enviably deep bench and full-service coverage of IP law ensures that it is a go-to choice to support major Canadian and multinational companies in patent and trademark prosecution and IP litigation, among other issues. In Toronto, national IP head Shelagh Carnegie is sought after for her wealth of experience in trademark portfolio management and enforcement; Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is also a key contact for trademark work; and Laurent Massam heads the IP litigation team. In Ottawa, heavyweight IP litigator Christopher Van Barr is widely revered for his record in representing major global corporations such as Google and Bayer. Patent experts Jay Zakaïb and John Harris, as well as trademark specialists Martha Savoy and Paula Clancy, are also noted in Ottawa. The group additionally benefits from a strong pool of up-and-coming lawyers including partners Nelson Godfrey (Vancouver) and Charlotte McDonald (Toronto), and impressive associate Jasleen Chahal (Toronto).

Practice head(s):

Shelagh Carnegie; John Harris; Laurent Massam; Martha Savoy

Other key lawyers:

Michael Crichton; Christopher Van Barr; Nelson Godfrey; Paula Clancy; Ronald Dimock; Matthew Estabrooks; Selena Kim; Brian Lee; Eric Macramalla; Anita Nador; John Norman; Marc Richard; Lynne Watt; Jay Zakaïb; Erin Creber; Alex Gloor; James Green; Frédéric Lussier; Charlotte McDonald; Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel; Jasleen Chahal; Adam Heckman; Nathan Piché


‘The firm packs a lot of experience, yet manages to stay quick and nimble. Always very responsive. I am aware the firm has a strong onus on diversity and handles a good amount of pro bono work.’

‘Though Shelagh Carnegie is co-chair of the IP practice, she takes great care of her clients through lightning fast responses, clarity in advice, and a business mindset that takes the competition into account. I have also found her prices eminently reasonable, especially for such an experienced lawyer.’

‘The team with which we currently work is highly responsive and knowledgeable. It also stands out for its diversity and capability to handle complex trademark matters.’

‘Eric Macramalla stands out as a highly responsive and capable attorney. He responds incredibly fast to requests and his opinions are always clear and concise. It is a pleasure working with him and our clients are very happy with the results.’

‘Laurent Massam is business-focused and effective in achieving results. He is strategic and helps to ensure our strategy protects our business as well as growing it. In addition, Laurent is extremely knowledgeable and an effective communicator.’

‘The team is comprised of specialists in various areas of IP we require, namely IP preparation and filing, trademark management, IP protection and IP litigation. At the onset, we were able to collaboratively develop an IP strategy for the organization which helped focus the efforts in specific areas of priority.’

‘One of the most impressive characteristics of the team we work with is its in-depth expertise and knowledge in the field of intellectual property. Attorneys possess a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances of IP law, enabling them to provide insightful and practical advice to clients.’

‘We work with Paula Clancy and one of her key strengths is her exceptional client-centric approach. She takes the time to thoroughly understand the needs and objectives of the clients, which allows her to tailor the services to best suit each client’s specific requirements.’

Key clients

Bayer, Bayer Intellectual Property

BC Hydro



Eli Lilly and Company


GE Renewable Energy Canada

Google Canada Corporation, Google and Alphabet

Major League Baseball Properties

Royal Bank of Canada

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

Starbucks Coffee Company

Takeda Pharmaceuticals


Work highlights

  • Represented the successful defendants (Google, Google Canada Corporation and Alphabet) in a patent infringement case before the Federal Court.
  • Represented Bayer in nine pharmaceutical patent litigation cases against nine generic manufacturers concerning the drug XARELTO.
  • Successfully represented the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) in an appeal, before the Federal Court of Appeal, from a decision of the Copyright Board of Canada concerning royalties for the retransmission in Canada of distant television signals.

Canada > Business immigration Tier 2

Working closely with the firm’s employment and labour departments, the team at Gowling WLG demonstrates strength assisting clients with temporary work permit applications, permanent residence applications, corporate employee transfer applications and developing immigration and international mobility policies for corporations and startups. Practice co-head Bill MacGregor focuses exclusively on corporate and business immigration, and regularly assists employers with work permits, international transfers and hires. Andrew Bratt (labour and employment, corporate transactions) completes the leadership team. Krista Schofer leads the western Canadian immigration practice and has extensive experience advising on immigration compliance and facilitating the application processes for temporary resident visas, permanent residency and citizenship.

Practice head(s):

Bill MacGregor; Andrew Bratt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ledcor Industries

BASF Canada

Work highlights

  • Advised Ledcor Industries on all Canadian immigration matters.
  • Assisted BASF Canada with strategic advice and obtained work permits for company hires and transfers into Canada from other BASF entities.

Canada > Cannabis Tier 2

An increasingly prominent firm in the cannabis sphere, Gowling WLG added 11 new clients to its roster over the past year. Distinguished by its ability to lean on the wider firm’s signature IP offering, the team shines in regulatory and IP-related issues, with sources highlighting its ‘extraordinary level of unique regulatory knowledge’. It also houses a robust transactional practice, which recently saw Toronto-based Peter Simeon advise IM Cannabis Corp on three strategic acquisitions completed through IMC Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of IM Cannabis and IMC Pharma. Ottawa-based regulatory specialist Lewis Retik co-heads the practice alongside Simeon. Toronto-based IP partner Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Peter Simeon; Lewis Retik

Other key lawyers:


‘Gowlings WLG has a very unique ability to provide quality regulatory advice in addition to providing product specific advice on cannabis in Canada. It is very difficult to find this extraordinary level of unique regulatory knowledge.’

‘Its comprehensive understanding of the ever-changing and complex cannabis regulations is truly unmatched. Whether it’s federal, provincial, or municipal regulations, Lewis Retik’s team has an in-depth grasp of the legal landscape, enabling it to navigate the intricacies of the cannabis industry with finesse.’

‘The team’s dedication to being at the forefront of regulatory changes empowers it to anticipate potential legal challenges and develop innovative strategies to address them effectively.’

‘Lewis Retik’s expertise and approach as a cannabis lawyer truly sets him apart from others in the field. Lewis is not just a lawyer; he is a thought leader in the realm of cannabis law.’

Key clients

Khiron Life Sciences Corp

IM Cannabis Corp

Lobe Sciences

Bluma Wellness

Innocan Pharma Corporation

Red White & Bloom Brands

Canopy Growth Corporation

Aleafia Health

Truss Beverage Company

SOL Global Investments Corp

MichiCann Medical

TREC Brands


Lifted Innovations

Franchise Global Health

Sierra Well

Work highlights

  • Advised IM Cannabis Corp on three strategic acquisitions completed through IMC Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of IM Cannabis and IMC Pharma.
  • Advised Israel-based Innocan Pharma Corporation on the filing of a final short-form base shelf prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada.
  • Advised Khiron Life Sciences Corp on its $4.6m public offering of units of the company.

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 2

Among Gowling WLG’s industry sweet spots, the power group is distinguished by its skill sets in renewable projects, nuclear-related issues and regulatory work. On the renewable energy front, department co-head Thomas Timmins is particularly noted for his projects experience; he is advising Alectra Utilities on the structuring and roll-out of Ontario’s new generation of advanced metering. Fellow co-head Ahab Abdel-Aziz is highly regarded for his global reputation in the nuclear space, where his record spans commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. Energy regulation specialist Ian Mondrow; and nuclear law-focused associate Magdalena Hanebach are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Ahab Abdel-Aziz; Thomas Timmins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients



Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (AREQ)

Brookfield Capital Partners

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)

Dexterra Group

Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp

General Electric Canada

General Fusion

Henvey Inlet First Nation

Hydrogen In Motion

Hydro One

Keyera Corporation

Kivalliq Inuit Association

Nalcor Energy Marketing Corporation (NEMC)

Renewable Energy Production Association (REPA)

Steel Reef Infrastructure

Town of Grimsby

Unilia (Canada) Fuel Cells

Waste Connections of Canada

Wolf Midstream

Work highlights

  • Advised Alectra Utilities on the procurement process design, procurement and roll-out of Ontario’s new generation of advanced metering (AMI 2.0).
  • Advised Canada Infrastructure Bank on the investment financing of the Atlantic Loop transmission project, involving transmission lines in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
  • Advised the Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA) in Enbridge Gas’ cost of service rate rebasing application and proposed five-year incentive regulation rate-making plan.

Canada > Environment Tier 2

Gowling WLG’s generous national network supports its involvement across a wide range of regional environmental law matters. In particular, the group is routinely engaged to handle environmental litigation — where it enjoys strong links with municipal clients — as well as environmental assessments, transactional support work, and regulatory issues. Department head Adam Chamberlain is based in Toronto but is additionally admitted to practice in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut; he specializes in environmental and Indigenous law issues. The group also includes Toronto-based Rodney Northey, who focuses on regulatory approvals and strategies, and Toronto-based Jennifer Danahy. Senior partner Harry Dahme recently retired, while Wally Braul and Joshua Jantzi departed the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Adam Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

Among Gowling WLG’s key attributes, sources value the infrastructure team’s ‘high level of collaboration’ and ‘strong reactivity’. Primarily recognized for its public sector-side work, where it leverages the wider firm’s close relationships with Crown corporations and municipal clients, the group also routinely acts for contractors. In a recent example of its work in the latter sphere, Toronto-based Mark Platteel paired up with talented Vancouver-based senior associate Natasha Rana to advise a consortium (formed by Dragados Canada, Acciona Infrastructure Canada and Aecon Infrastructure Management) on its bid for Phase One of the Calgary Green Line LRT Project. Platteel co-heads the practice together with Toronto-based Ted Betts and Montreal’s Luc Lissoir. Former department co-head Faithe Holder recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Ted Betts; Mark Platteel; Luc Lissoir

Other key lawyers:

Merie-Anne Beavis; Lindsay Wong; Natasha Rana; Matthew Bernardo


‘Gowlings is my go to for legal advice on complex deals. It is a firm that really values relationships; every time I have visited the team, the office has been extremely friendly and helpful. There is a good diversity and inclusivity atmosphere, and the staff and IT support have been helpful.’

‘Individuals are well-known in the industry, and make an effort to build relationships which goes a long way in business. Very knowledgeable, and always available to help resolve issues.’

‘We recommend the team for its market knowledge and high level of collaboration, plus direct experience with in-house prerogatives.’

‘In particular, Matthew Bernardo and Mark Platteel both have very relevant experience in-house in our industry space, and are diligent in providing comprehensive advice and actionable options.’

‘The team stands out for its expertise on complex PPP projects.’

‘We value their lawyers for their strong reactivity, commitment to projects and deadlines, and quality of opinions.’

‘A strong advisory team with the necessary depth to respond timely to both planned and unplanned requests for assistance. Very responsive, and produces quality work.’

‘Knowledgeable practitioners, who understand the day-to-day challenges of operational P3 agreements, both upstream and downstream.’

Key clients




Canada Infrastructure Bank


Infrastructure Ontario

Johnson Controls



Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable

Ministry of Transportation Ontario

Plenary Group (Canada)

RATP Dév., a subsidiary of the Société nationale des Chemins de fer de France

Société québécoise des infrastructures

Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Canada Infrastructure Bank on a C$277m financing in support of a $1.2bn+ (Phase 1) bioenergy project located in Varennes, Quebec.
  • Advised a consortium (formed by Dragados Canada, Acciona Infrastructure Canada and Aecon Infrastructure Management) on its bid for Phase One of the Calgary Green Line LRT Project.
  • Advised the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité Durable on the alternate mode public procurement of the Reconstruction of the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge and Deconstruction of the Existing Bridge Project.

Canada > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Forming a key part of a global entertainment and sports law practice, Gowling WLG  is routinely engaged by a broad mix of Canadian and international clients, including individual artists, film and television producers, distributors and broadcasters, music publishers and book publishers, among others. Underpinned by the wider firm’s formidable IP offering, the group is particularly well-placed to advise on trademarks, branding, copyright and design-related matters, but it also supports on corporate and litigation issues. Toronto-based department head Susan Abramovitch leverages 25 years of transactional and contentious experience in media and entertainment law, while her triple-qualified (Ontario, Quebec and New York) status marks her as a strong choice for multi-jurisdictional work.

Practice head(s):

Susan Abramovitch

Other key lawyers:

René Bissonnette


‘It is a leader in the entertainment field and has a very knowledgeable team. Always quick to respond and available day and night. The team has taken the time and effort to understand our business and to represent our interests.’

‘We work predominantly with Susan Abramovitch. Very knowledgeable, prompt and possesses many years of experience in our sector. We value her thoughtful consideration of our issues and concerns.’

‘Susan Abramovitch makes the media and entertainment practice at Gowling WLG unique. Susan is smart with a wealth of relevant experience in the industry. I can count on Susan for intelligent, pragmatic legal advice. She is easy to work with and an excellent representative and advocate in disputes.’

‘Gowlings is exceptional in my area (arts and entertainment) and Susan and her team are warm, friendly and thorough, while at the same time respecting that time and money matters. And one knows they are receiving the best advice possible.’

‘I work most often with Susan Abramovitch. Having someone at the absolute top of their profession as a legal advisor offers a strong sense of comfort and relief that we are engaging with our artists appropriately. She demonstrably cares in the impact of her guidance and work, and the outcome of the art.’

Key clients


Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

Copyright Collective of Canada

Eleanor McCain

Harlequin Enterprises

Indspire Awards

Mary Berg Media

National Arts Centre Corporation



Secret City Records / Publishing

The Quinlan Road Group/Loreena McKennitt

Shape Immersive Entertainment

Canada > Construction Tier 3

Gowling WLG leverages the global bench strength of locations in 19 cities across nine countries and three continents, to advise on the entire lifecycle of major constructions, including multi-phased, multi-purpose real estate development projects (such as office, retail, commercial and residential complexes). In addition, the group’s full service extends to procurement processes, the negotiation of contract and labour agreements, project financing and insurance, environmental issues, health and safety, workers’ compensation and construction litigations, mediation and arbitration. The firm’s client portfolio spans such sectors as education, insurance, government, energy and aerospace. Ted Betts heads the practice, bringing over 20 years of experience to construction and infrastructure matters. Other key figures include seasoned litigator Sahil Shoor and associate Tristan Neill, who works at the firm’s office in the Waterloo region. Matthew Bernardo and Aaron Hunter joined as partners from in-house roles in January and February 2023. Unless noted, all lawyers mentioned work in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Ted Betts

Other key lawyers:

Brian Kapusianyk KC; Christopher Stanek; Mark Crane; Sahil Shoor; Jordan Crone; Magda Hanebach: Tristan Neill


‘The Gowling practice has a broad footprint of knowledge, experience and coverage in Canada. The varied client base and projects provides for a unique perspective on the market and current trends. Coupled with their legal expertise, this provides an extremely valuable resource for all matters of dispute and litigation support in the construction and infrastructure space.’

‘Sahil Shoor is an experienced practitioner. He is hands-on in managing his client’s needs and risks, providing real world solutions tailored to the specific challenges in the current market.’

‘They have a diverse and strong team of lawyers that the group can pull support from to address multiple issues within the same project.’

‘Very pragmatic and results-driven.’

‘The Gowling team is very detail-oriented, organized and well-spoken. They carefully review and consider the materials provided to ensure all angles are covered.’

Key clients



Aoyuan International

First Capital Realty

IAMGOLD Corporation


Ledcor Group Inc.

McMaster University


RioCan Real Estate Management

Siemens Canada


Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)

Town of Milton

Victor Insurance

Work highlights

  • Assisting with the development of IMAGOLD’s Côté Gold Project in northeastern Ontario, advising on design, construction, commissioning and transition to operations for the mine, including contracting matters, change order matters and dispute resolution.
  • Acting as primary counsel for Victor Insurance covering claims made against engineers, architects and other professionals in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  • Acted as the counsel to McMaster University in all stages of the development of the McMaster Innovation Park, a 60-acre health sciences innovation and business incubator ecosystem.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Alberta Tier 3

The expertise of Gowling WLG‘s group covers energy, environmental and construction disputes, as well as arbitration and litigation stemming from PPP infrastructure projects and shareholders’ claims. Ricki Johnston heads up the Alberta practice and specializes in corporate commercial litigation and professional liability defence. Ex-practice head David Bishop remains active on product and professional liability disputes and corporate and commercial litigation matters. Warren Foley brings strength to litigating operator disputes, pipeline ruptures and facility allocation disputes in the energy industry. The key name to note at the associate level is Kevin Pedersen‘s; he supports the partners with commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ricki Johnston


‘Warren Foley has created a strong team around him, which allows the client the ability to seamlessly interchange their point of contact without any delays in workflow.’

Key clients

Northwynd REIT

Gibson Energy

Secure Energy (Drilling Services)

Yangarra Resources

Richardson Wealth

Waste Management of Canada Corporation

Obsidian Energy

Lafarge Canada

Strathcona Resources

Deltastream Energy Corporation

Preformed Line Products

Medipac Financial

Work highlights

  • Retained to act on behalf of several REITs and their individual trustees as well as the directors and officers of various related corporate entities in a class action proceeding in which the investors allege C$85m in losses arising from the operation and sale of various timeshare resorts

Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia Tier 3

Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario Tier 3

Gowling WLG‘s Ontario-based group is known for its activity in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. The firm boasts five Ontario bases, spanning Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Kitchener. Key department figures include Scott Kugler, whose focus is on complex commercial disputes, including class actions and shareholder disputes; and Natalie Mullins, well-versed in civil litigation and environmental law – she focuses her practice on complex contaminated lands disputes. Other key figures include Sandra Barton, who brings extensive experience to contractual disputes, and Sahil Shoor, who specializes in matters related to construction and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Scott Beattie; Duncan Boswell; Scott Kugler; Natalie Mullins; Robb Sheahan; Sean Sullivan

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Gowling was coordinated, efficient and very responsive to our needs. They reported on a timely basis, responded to our requests in a timely manner, and provided thorough yet practical advice. On the whole, we were extremely satisfied with their work and would highly recommend them to others.’

Canada > Dispute resolution: Quebec Tier 3

Gowling WLG's Montreal office offers a range of dispute resolution services, handling shareholder and partnership disputes, derivatives litigation, class action, breach of contract and product liability matters. The group is well-equipped to handle real estate, commercial, environmental, insolvency and construction litigation. Practice head Guy Poitras is well-versed in class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, electronic appliance and pharmaceutical products. Alexandre Sami is noted for his product liability and commercial litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Guy Poitras

Other key lawyers:


‘I am fully satisfied with the leadership of Alexandre Sami and his excellent winning team.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Lafarge Canada

Amazon Web Services

The Brick Warehouse

Glen Dimplex

Cadillac Fairview

Callidus Capital

Cogeco Connexion


Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA)


Work highlights

  • Acted for the United States Attorney General in an application to dismiss in a largely publicized case related to patients being unknowingly brainwashed as part of the Montreal Experiments in the 1950s.
  • Represented Amazon Web Services defending two class actions related to the Capital One data breach.
  • Counsel to a multinational automobile manufacturer in a class action involving four different matters and over 100 defendants.

Canada > Insurance Tier 3

Gowling WLG’s multidisciplinary insurance practice acts for a broad mix of industry clients — including insurers, other financial institutions, brokers and agents — on regulatory matters, corporate transactions and litigation. Toronto-based Belinda Bain heads the national insurance and professional liability group and is noted for contentious work. The team additionally draws on Calgary-based litigator Paul Stein KC. Michael Garellek departed in November 2022. Partner Filomena Frisina retired from the firm in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Belinda Bain

Other key lawyers:

Paul Stein KC; Parna Sabet-Stephenson


‘Exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge in insurance law. My go-to resource when needed. The team provides excellent assessments, recommendations, and resolutions to matters.’

Key clients

Sodexo Canada, HDI Global SE Canada Branch

Siemens Canada

A H Stucco, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Keyera Corporation, QBE Services

Dresser-Rand Canada Inc. Siemens D-R Holdings

Billyard Insurance Group

Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s




Canada > Real estate Tier 3

Global firm Gowling WLG channels the bench strength of its 7 national locations to advise multinational development companies, financial institutions, national retailers, Canadian and international pension funds, First Nations, Crown corporations, REITs, private utilities and health care institutions, on a diverse span of matters across the practice area. They range from real estate acquisitions and dispositions, master planned community developments (an area in which the firm shows particular expertise), joint ventures and the leasing of commercial, retail, industrial and hotel properties to construction, land-use planning and large-scale industrial, airport, and shopping centre redevelopments. The practice is led by Joel Camley, who brings extensive experience in multi-unit mixed use, office tower, hotel and airport projects. Murray Braaten provides expertise to developers and lending institutions in major commercial, real estate and resort investment and development matters, along with Paulina Kam, who, additionally, handles site acquisition, land assemblies rezoning and subdivision and servicing requirements. Pamela Green departed in May 2023. All lawyers mentioned work in the Vancouver office.

Practice head(s):

Joel Camley

Other key lawyers:

Murray Braaten; Paulina Kam; Rosa Lupo; Susan Rosen; Syll Kushner; Robert Farmer


‘The team at Gowling is great to work with. They are very knowledgeable, able to quickly simplify complex problems into clear points.’

‘Paulina Kam is fantastic to work with. She is knowledgeable, always delivers what is discussed, and takes initiative to ensure that the things are done in the client’s best interest.’

‘Experienced and efficient teams with good attention to detail and timely service and responses.’

‘This team is highly responsive, detail-oriented and client-focused.’

‘Syll Kushner is an incredibly knowledgeable partner, and is dedicated to his clients.’

‘Paulina Kam is exceptionally compassionate and responsive. Working with Paulina is a pleasure.’

‘Excellent service and advice.’

‘Robert Farmer has always gone above and beyond. He collaborates efficiently and effectively and is always available to answer any questions.’

Key clients

SHAPE Properties Corp.

Oris Development Group

British Pacific Properties

InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust and Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.

Seville Management and Leasing Ltd.

Precision NanoSystems

Montane Developments

Maker Pizza Inc.

Minto Group

Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Diva International (DIVACUP)

Campus Developments (Global) Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to SHAPE Properties Corp with respect to all acquisitions, financing and development matters, including all work related to the adoption of master plans for the redevelopment of communities, including, but not limited to, ‘the Amazing Brentwood’ and ‘the City of Lougheed’.
  • Advising Campus Developments (Global) Inc. in the acquisition, financing and real estate development matters for The Revalie (Ottawa), a 1410 bed mixed-use student housing development.
  • Acting for InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust which, together with Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd., acquired a portfolio of 15 multi-family residential properties in Metro Vancouver for a combined purchase price of $292.5m.

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The group at Gowling WLG specializes in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters, and is routinely instructed by debtors, creditors and court appointed officers. Geneviève Cloutier leads the practice from Montreal and focuses on insolvency and restructuring, distressed acquisitions, and banking and commercial litigation matters. National distressed M&A department practice head David Cohen, of the Toronto office, is also active on domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

Geneviève Cloutier

Other key lawyers:


‘Strong and broad legal knowledge and experience, combined with a pragmatic, business-oriented approach to their advisory role.’

Key clients

Ernst & Young

Callidus Capital

Fiera Capital Corporation/Briva Finance

FTI Consulting Canada

Budden & Associates

Ontario Auditor General

Quebec Loisir



NextEra Energy Marketing Services

Miniso BF Holding

Deloitte Restructuring

Export Development Canada

Structurlam Mass Timber

Caisse Desjardins Ontario Credit Union

Work highlights

  • Represented EY as monitor in the wind-up and realization on complex real property and resource assets in Northern Ontario.
  • Acted as counsel for Callidus Capital Corporation, in its capacity as senior lender, and other related entities, against a claim made by Bluberi in the aggregate amount of $220m.
  • Assisted Fiera Capital Corporation/Briva Finance with Groupe Selection’s insolvency proceedings.

Canada > Tax Tier 3

Gowling WLG‘s tax group demonstrates expertise in range of contentious and non-contentious matters, among them matters relating to transactional tax, tax dispute resolution, indirect tax, transfer matters and Indigenous tax. Practice head Paul Carenza leads from Toronto and majors on the design and implementation of tax-effective executive compensation plans for public and private sector employers. Ottawa-based Pierre Alary focuses primarily on contentious tax matters, as does tax disputes specialist John Sorensen in Toronto. Partner Dan Misutka left the firm in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carenza

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


1180667 B.C. Unlimited Liability Company

SOL Global Investments


Persist Oil & Gas

Maslack Supply Limited (shareholders)

Cozen O’Connor LLP

Leucrotta Exploration

Franchise Global Health

RHI Group


Savvas Learning Company

Delpharm Industrie

Resa Power


Bonduelle Group

Deep Trekker

Heico Group

Electronic Warfare Associates

Sodecia Canada Investments


Ghislaine Eid

Above Food

Pandell Technologies

Caliber Communications and Syncro Monitoring

Alto Verde Copper

Billyard Insurance Group

Blended Perspectives

Time Out Market

Khiron Life Sciences

Nuts for Cheese

Murphy Oil Company

Toyota Canada

Subaru Canada


Work highlights

  • Represented Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) in connection with a complex audit defence.
  • Represented Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada in a transfer pricing APA between the Canada Revenue Agency and the National Tax Agency of Japan.
  • Advised Bonduelle Group in connection with the announced sale of 65% of Bonduelle Americas Long Life, with an enterprise value of C$850m.

Canada > Technology Tier 3

Gowling WLG‘s almost 150-strong technology department routinely assists Canadian and international clients in both the private and public sectors with e-commerce law, M&A transactions, outsourcing and cybersecurity matters. The group is also regularly engaged in projects involving AI, blockchain and fintech. Viona Duncan steers the practice and specializes in assisting clients with M&A and debt and equity financings with technology components, as well as technology contracting matters such as licensing, joint venture, strategic alliance and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):

Viona Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Wagner


‘The team at offers a multitude of services in a large amount of practice areas. They have a seamless and integrated local and international team that cooperate between different practice areas to offer the best and most complete client service.’

‘The practice is both very practical and highly responsive. They return timely and business-enabling guidance regardless of the complexity of challenges thrown their way.’

‘Despite her heavy workload, Wendy Wagner is able to deliver high-quality advice based on her own experience and a strong bullpen of partners and associates who support her work.’

Key clients



META Platforms

Amazon and Amazon Web Services

Swift Labs

Glia Technologies

ACTO Technologies

Miovision Technologies

McRock Fund II LP

Flahmingo Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted as in-house product counsel for Central Product Platforms (META Platforms), managing and mitigating privacy, regulatory, commercial and risk.
  • Advised Amazon providing a broad range of ongoing legal services, government-related and strategic advice including the opening of its data services and fulfilment centres in Canada.
  • Advised Miovision on a funding round that raised $260m in growth funding, and acted as lead and corporate counsel in the acquisition of Rapid Flow Technologies.

Transport > Aviation Tier 3

The aviation expertise of the group at Gowling WLG encompasses customer and supply agreements, advertising and marketing affairs, joint bids and bid protests, procurement and lease agreements, financing and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Project development and finance specialist Thomas Timmins steers the practice. Key partners include Ottawa-based Cynthia Elderkin, whose focus is on transactions involving the regulation, leasing, sale and purchase of commercial, business and personal aircraft; and Montreal-based David Kierans, who handles secured lending and aviation finance.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Timmins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pipestone Energy

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)

Detail K2

Bank of Montreal (BMO)

Bank of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Defended United Airlines in a competition law class action.

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Global firm Gowling WLG leverages the bench strength of its 7 national locations and dedicated general corporate, corporate commercial, capital markets and public M&A, private M&A, and private funds teams, to provide a full service to international and domestic corporates involved in high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. The group’s client portfolio spans sectors ranging from food, cannabis, life sciences and tech to oil and gas, manufacturing, software and fintech. In addition, the firm’s offering extends to emerging areas, such as AI, blockchain and cryptocurrency. The practice is led in Calgary by Frank Sur, a specialist in energy and tech, who brings experience to private and public M&A, fund formation, public offerings, regulatory compliance and general commercial agreements. Partner Nurhan Aycan departed in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Frank Sur

Other key lawyers:

Peter Simeon; Brett Kagetsu; Todd Bissett; Peter Bouzalas; Derek Keay; Sharagim Habibi; Rafal Wrzesien; Linda Hogg; Zafar Jaffer


‘Collaborative and efficient in working with in-house counsel.’

‘Zafar Jaffer is outstanding in covering all aspects of Canadian M&A transactions. A problem solver. Always great to work with.’

Key clients

The Bountiful Company

DECIEM Beauty Group Inc.

Bluma Wellness Inc.

Red White & Bloom Brands Inc.

IM Cannabis Corp.

SOL Global Investments Corp.

Coinsquare Ltd.

The Real Brokerage Inc.


TickTrade Systems, Inc.

Newlook Capital Inc.

Edge Imaging Inc.

Leading Edge Materials Corp.

Sourced Group


Miovision Technologies Inc.

Home Hardware Stores Limited

Community Tax LLC

Rugby Mining Limited

Capella Minerals Ltd.

Sysco Canada Inc.


PlantX Life Inc.

CPC Pumps

EMERGE Commerce Ltd.

JMB Crushing Systems Inc.

Providence Therapeutics Inc.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

NextEra Energy Marketing Services

McRock Capital

Accenture Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to PerkinElmer in the divestiture of its Applied, Food and Enterprise Services businesses to New Mountain Capital, for an aggregate consideration of $2.45bn.
  • Advised the Bonduelle Group on negotiations with Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to sell 65% of Bonduelle Americas Long Life (BALL), with an enterprise value of C$850m.
  • Advising Above Food, on its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Bite Acquisition, a US special purpose acquisition company.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 4

With 7 national locations and a presence spanning the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the mining practice at Gowling WLG brings strength to mid-market matters, assisting domestic and multinational mining operations with matters ranging from mineral exploration and project finance to environmental issues, joint ventures and high-value, multi-jurisdictional M&A. Securities expert Ian Mitchell leads the team, advising on M&A, public offerings, private placements and regulatory compliance. Other key figures include Erik Goldsilver, who brings over 20 years to the practice space; France Tenaille, who brings expertise in Latin America, having practiced in both Ontario and Venezuela; and, in Vancouver, business department head Brett Kagetsu and Cyndi Laval, a specialist in advising publicly-listed companies in the resources industry. Unless noted, all lawyers mentioned work in the Toronto office.

Practice head(s):

Ian Mitchell


‘A highly motivated and experienced team. They know the sector, the main challenges and pitfalls and how to solve and/or mitigate them. They are empathetic and listen to clients’ needs and fears.’

‘France Tenaille is an amazing professional, with a deep understanding of civil law and common law. Her ability to lead and get the things done is just incredible.’

‘Gowling’s mining team has an unparalleled track-record in the Latin American mining market. The team stands out for its first-hand knowledge of the projects, business and market participants acting in the Latin American mining sector. Partners are hands-on and business-oriented.’

‘France Tenaille is at the very top of Canada’s mining lawyers. She stands out from the rest when it comes to mining investments in Latin America. She is extremely hard-working, with a distinctive ability to focus on the key matters and get deals done. Brett Kagetsu is also an instrumental member of the team, deal-oriented, with extensive experience in dealing with Asian-based clients doing business in Latin America.’

‘Erik Goldsilver is a top-notch lawyer.’

Key clients


Silver X Mining Corp.

Aurania Resources

Alto Verde Copper


Salazar Resources Limited

Rokmaster Resources Corp.

Amerigo Resources

Gold Springs Resource Corp.

Platinum Group Metals

West Vault Mining

Aura Minerals

Kivalliq Inuit Association

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Mawson Gold Limited

Capella Minerals

Rugby Mining Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing Mineros with ongoing counsel related to corporate governance and securities matters following its Canadian IPO and concurrent Colombian public offering and listing on the TSX.
  • Acted as counsel to Sandstorm Gold in the acquisition of nine royalties and one stream from BaseCore Metals for $525m.
  • Acted as counsel to Aura Minerals with respect to its acquisition of Big River Gold Limited and joint venture with Dundee Resource.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

Gowling WLG’s Calgary-centred oil and gas practice is now led by incoming partner Andrew Lamb, who joined from Lamb Law in December 2022, following the October 2022 retirement of former group head Lorne Rollheiser. Among the team’s highlight matters, it is increasingly working alongside its power practice to handle energy transition-related issues. James Smellie also retired in 2022, while Joshua Jantzi recently left to join DLA Piper (Canada) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lamb

Other key lawyers:

Adriana da Silva Bellini


‘I have worked with Andrew Lamb for over a decade and I was excited to hear of his appointment at Gowling WLG.’

‘Andrew Lamb is an excellent lawyer who is incredibly efficient, thoughtful and honest. He prices competitively and the work we get back is always top tier. Looking forward to doing more business with Gowlings and Andy.’

Key clients

CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

FortisBC Energy

Intelligent Wellhead Systems

Pipestone Energy Corp

MacEwen Petroleum

Kirby Offshore Marine

Keyera Corp

Secure Energy Services

Wolf Midstream


Persist Oil & Gas

Steel Reef Infrastructure

BTG Energy

Alco Gas & Oil Production Equipment

Coelacanth Energy

Plains Midstream Canada

Work highlights

  • Advised Keyera Corp on the construction of the Key Access Pipeline System (KAPS) for natural gas liquids, including five mainline construction contracts, seven impact and benefits agreements with Indigenous partners and the pipe procurement contract.
  • Advised Leucrotta Exploration and Coelacanth Energy on Leucrotta’s plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta), pursuant to which Vermilion Energy acquired Leucrotta, excluding value assigned to the newly-formed Coelacanth Energy.
  • Advised Kirby Offshore Marine on matters arising from a marine oil spill off the coast of British Columbia, including representation in a civil action brought by a First Nation.

Canada > International trade Tier 4

The ‘prompt, pragmatic and solutions-focused’ international trade practice at Gowling WLG is routinely engaged to advise on export controls, economic sanctions, customs compliance and trade litigation, including trade remedies. Ottawa-based trade and cyber security expert Wendy Wagner fronts the group and maintains a broad trade practice, demonstrating strong recent activity in customs and sanctions-related matters. The team additionally draws on Ottawa-based associate Hunter Fox, who sits in the advocacy group and provides support on trade-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Wagner

Other key lawyers:


‘We’ve been so pleased with all our interactions with Gowlings. Its team is prompt, pragmatic and solutions-focused. Lawyers who understand that businesses want practical, actionable advice.’

‘With Gowlings, one gets a straightforward answer to a straightforward question, together with practical advice. Wendy Wagner encompasses all the traits of the best lawyers.’

‘Wendy Wagner and the international trade team at Gowling WLG provide practical global trade compliance advice for our US and multinational clients. The group is easy to work with and very knowledgeable in the area of export controls, sanctions, privacy and trade remedies.’

‘Wendy Wagner is our go-to partner at Gowling WLG on export control and controlled goods matters. Wendy is always super-responsive and provides us with business-centric advice. She is able to provide us with succinct summaries of complex areas of the law.’

‘The team uses key individual strengths to provide a fulsome service in international trade law. Lawyers are easy to work with and honour their commitments at all times.’

‘We highlight the group for its excellence in customs law and its top-notch CITT work.’

Key clients

Atrium Innovations

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers

BioNeutra North America

Canada Infrastructure Bank

Landmark Global

Work highlights

  • Represented Atrium Innovations in a four-day CITT hearing regarding the tariff classification of natural health products.
  • Advised Canada Infrastructure Bank on the trade-related aspects of a $277m financing transaction.
  • Advised the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers on revisions and updates to the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers’ standard trading conditions to accommodate the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management project.

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 4

The ‘passionate, accurate, confident and experienced’ group at Gowling WLG is routinely retained by corporations in diverse sectors seeking assistance with labour and employment matters. The practice is jointly led by a trio of partners, comprising: the ‘very knowledgeable’ Toronto-based national lead Andrew Bratt; Maxwell Brunette, who splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver and focuses on labour relations matters and employment standards disputes; and Josée Gervais, who leads from the Montreal office and handles the gamut of employment law matters. Bettina Burgess is the key contact at the Kitchener office.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bratt; Maxwell Brunette; Josée Gervais

Other key lawyers:


‘The team collaborates very well – great people skills, and good business understanding.’

‘Passionate, accurate, confident and experienced.’

‘The lawyers are extremely professional and have excellent subject expertise, providing authentic, up-to-date and relevant guidance, all delivered with a very down-to-earth approach. Able to take legal jargon and make it useful in day-to-day business. Always accessible, thorough and provide a quick turnaround.’

‘Andrew Bratt is amazing. He is accessible, approachable, down-to-earth and very knowledgeable on how the legal aspect impacts our day-to-day business. We would be lost without his guidance on some very tricky cases.’

Key clients

GTS Canada

Canadian Blood Services

Billyard Insurance Group


ICF Canada

The Genuine Canadian

Government of Québec – Ministry of Family

Government of Québec – Secrétariat du conseil du trésor

Suncor Energy Services

Société Ferroviaire et Portuaire de Pointe-Noire (SFPPN)

Hydro-Quebec Union

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)


Medical Council of Canada

LifeWorks (now Telus Health)

Terminix Canada

Edgewell Personal Care Canada, ULC

Wal-Mart Canada

Mattr (formerly Shawcor)

October’s Very Own (OVO)

David Thom and Scott Stewart

Ryder Truck Rental Canada

Intel Corporation

QuadReal Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mattr in connection with a multi-million dollar wrongful dismissal lawsuit commenced by a former executive following the termination of his employment.
  • Acted for Royal Bank of Canada in connection with the dismissal of an employee involved in an attempted fraud against the bank.
  • Assisted ICF Canada with all employment-related work.

Canada > Banking and finance

Gowling WLG fields a comprehensive banking and finance practice, which brings to bear niche expertise in specialist areas such as fintech, blockchain and Canada payments rules. Toronto-based Christopher Alam leads the national lending team, and, additionally, leads the Toronto real estate and financial services groups. Calgary lead Elizabeth Burton is also noted for her robust transactional finance practice. Other key contacts include Dom Glavota, who splits his time between Toronto and Hamilton, and Toronto-based Kelby Carter.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Alam

Other key lawyers:


‘We value the team for its collaboration, availability and billing.’

‘Elizabeth Burton has a deep and comprehensive understanding of the law as it relates to the syndicated loans we work on (diversified, energy and real estate). Excellent communication skills ultimately reducing billing hours. She and her team will get things done in a timely manner.’

‘The team is characterized by its ethical integrity, adaptability and a client-centric approach.’

Key clients

Pipestone Energy Corp

Canada Infrastructure Bank

Detail K2

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Pipestone Energy Corp on the amendment and renewal of its C$280m syndicated borrowing base credit facilities with a syndicate of banks.
  • Acted for Canada Infrastructure Bank on a C$277m financing in support of a C$1.2bn bioenergy project located in Varennes, Quebec.
  • Advised Detail K2, and the sellers, on the sale of Detail K2 to Ronin Equity Partners.

Gowling WLG is an international law firm built on the belief that the best way to serve you is to be in tune with your world, aligned with your opportunity and ambitious for your success. With more than 1,500 legal professionals around the world, we provide our clients with in-depth knowledge in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world through our clients’ eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Main areas of practice include: energy; financial institutions and services; life sciences; projects and infrastructure; real estate; tech; corporate, M&A and capital markets; intellectual property; and litigation and dispute resolution.

Additional sectors and services include: automotive; aviation, aerospace and defence; administrative law; advertising and product regulatory; banking and finance; blockchain and smart contracts; cannabis; charities and not-for-profits; competition and antitrust; construction and engineering; employment, labour and equalities; entertainment law; environmental law; food and beverage; gaming; government affairs; Indigenous law; insurance and professional liability; manufacturing; mining; municipal law; natural resources; pensions; privacy and data protection; private equity; procurement; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; retail and franchising; Supreme Court of Canada services; tax; and white-collar defence and investigations.

Photo Name Position Profile
Murray Braaten photo Mr Murray Braaten Partner
Joel Camley photo Mr Joel Camley Partner Leader – Canadian Real Estate Practice Group
R. Nelson Godfrey photo Mr R. Nelson Godfrey Partner Patent Agent, Trademark Agent; Head of Vancouver IP Litigation Department
Brett Kagetsu photo Mr Brett Kagetsu Partner
Paulina Kam photo Ms Paulina Kam Partner
Cyndi D. Laval photo Ms Cyndi D. Laval Partner
Rodney Northey photo Rodney Northey Partner Certified Specialist (Environmental Law)
Martin Palleson photo Mr Martin Palleson Partner
Natasha Rana photo Ms Natasha Rana Partner
Paul Seaman photo Mr Paul Seaman Partner National Practice Group Leader – Indigenous Law
Number of Partners : 439
Number of other fee-earners : 368 (practising professionals, excluding clerks/paralegals)
Total staff : 2,119 (including the above)