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Gowling WLG
SUITE 2600
160 ELGIN STREET
OTTAWA, ON K1P 1C3
Canada

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 1

Gowling WLG is home to a well-established, highly reputable practice. The team is noted for advising a vast array of clients including First Nation, Métis and Inuit governments, Indigenous political organizations, business and individuals across Canada. Its client base also extends to both corporate and governmental bodies that aid Indigenous communities and its breadth of expertise includes negotiating claims and self-government agreements, overseeing vehicles for the management of Indigenous wealth, environmental assessments and consultation to First Nation and project proponents. Litigation is also an acclaimed service for the group; cases include disputes of Indigenous title and treaty rights, membership and Indian status and class actions. Paul Seaman leads the team, splitting his time between the Vancouver and Toronto offices; his work focuses on transactions and projects where the Crown’s obligation to consult with Indigenous peoples is involved. Cam Cameron, based in Ottawa, is noted for his contracts, gaming law and commercial Indigenous matter expertise. Alex O'Reilly was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Nunatsiavut Government

Mi’kmaq First Nation’s Assembly of Newfoundland

Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nation

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Whitecap Dakota First Nation

Alexander First Nation

Westbank First Nation

Cheyenne Walters, Lori-Lynn David

Gwich’in Tribal Council

Sumas First Nation

Tsilhqot’in National Government

CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

Metlakatla Development Corporation

Work highlights

    Canada > Intellectual property Tier 1

    Gowling WLG fields a full-service IP offering, demonstrating first-rate capabilities in all facets of contentious and litigious trademark, patent and copyright affairs. In Toronto, Shelagh Carnegie undertakes global trademark portfolio management and enforcement work, often acting on behalf of internationally famous brands, meanwhile Laurent Massam boasts significant contentious abilities, acting on a wealth of patent, trademark, copyright and trade sector litigation from industries such as manufacturing, broadcasting, software and transport; the pair co-lead the national practice alongside Ottawa-based duo, John Harris, notably a patent agent in both Canada and the US, and Martha Savoy who brings over 20 years of prosecuting, litigation enforcing trademark rights to the table. Other standout names in the Capital include Michael Crichton, noted for his tenacity for electrical, computer hardware and software, manufacturing and communications-related disputes, as well as Christopher Van Barr who has undertaken trade secret, trademark and patent cases on behalf of names such as Google, Bayer and Canada’s National Research Council. Over in Vancouver, Nelson Godfrey garners acclaim for all forms of IP disputes and trademark prosecution, acting for leading players within the video game, alcoholic beverage, e-commerce, retail, internet and technology fields.

    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; Laurent Massam; 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

    Testimonials

    ‘Gowlings manages all legal aspects of our organization, except for privacy and technology matters. Laurent Massam is business focused and effective in achieving results. He is mindful and very respectful. Laurent is very strategic and helps ensure our strategy protects our business, as well as, growing it. Laurent is effective and effective council for our organization. He is diligent and has a great sense of humour. I highly recommend him and his team.’

    ‘We use Gowling WLG for patent work. Gowling has a good network of domestic and international patent law associates, and the coordination is fairly seemless. The domestic (Canadian, Brian Lee) counsel is excellent with this coordination. Gowling is open to client requests, for example to split counsels or to label their communications with the customer’s local numbering system, which helps keep track easier.’

    ‘Christopher Van Barr is an exceptional orator and lead counsel. He is actively involved in all aspects of the litigation throughout the case. I also enjoyed working with Michael Crichton, Charlotte McDonald and others.’

    ‘Charlotte McDonald is our main point of contact, and she is helpful, responsive, flexible, friendly and understanding.’

    ‘Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is one such stand-out. We continue to be impressed with her diligence, and depth of knowledge. Legal procedures in the trademark registration process and communication with the PTO have been well handled and complete. Ms. Rizkalla-Kamel follows up on outstanding issues promptly. She guides her team with the same diligence and care.’

    ‘Paula Clancy is unique in terms of awareness of clients’ needs and of developing a strategy for trademark protection that is effective and meets with clients’ requirements. Paula is extremely responsive, precise in the advice she gives and proactive when it comes to avoiding unnecessary expenses and office actions.’

    ‘Nelson Godfrey and the team are experienced trademark procurement professionals. They are collaborative, smart and knowledgeable. Their opinions are thorough, well-reasoned and practical. They are great communicators and can break down complicated scenarios in a simple and easy to understand manner. Since they understand our business, they can delicately balance trademark law with business needs, and provide sensible and realistic advice.’

    ‘Gowling is super responsive, clear, takes time to learn our business model, and effective in disputes.’

    Key clients

    Australian Mud Company Pty. Ltd.

    Bayer Inc.

    Canadian Tire

    Cenovus Energy

    Cisco Systems Inc.

    Copyright Collective of Canada

    Corning Inc.

    Deciem, Inc.

    Discovery

    Dizolve Group Corp.

    eBay

    Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp.

    Eli Lilly and Company

    Galderma

    General Fusion Inc.

    Google LLC

    GoPro

    Harper Collins – Harlequin Books

    Hayabusa Fightwear Inc.

    Henkel Chemicals

    Kijiji

    Kinaxis Inc.

    Kyowa Kirin Inc.

    Little Caesars

    Merck

    Mother Parkers

    OJO Labs

    Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation

    PayPal Inc.

    Porsche

    Protagenic Therapeutics Inc.

    Providence Therapeutic Holdings Inc.

    Rad Power Bikes

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Shisheido

    Siemens Canada Limited

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

    Starbucks Coffee Co.

    Tacori Jewellery

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

    TD Bank

    Treasury Wine Estates

    Trend Hunter Inc.

    Twitter

    UCB Canada Inc.

    Weetabix

    WEIR – ESCO

    WestJet

    Yamaha Motor

    Work highlights

    • Represented the successful defendants, Google LLC, Google Canada Corporation and Alphabet Inc., in Paid Search Engine Tools, LLC v. Google Canada Corporation et al., 2021 FC 1435 whereby the Federal Court dismissed the action finding that the Google Ads product in question did not infringe the claimant’s patent.
    • Representing Bayer in 9 pharmaceutical patent litigation cases against 9 generic manufacturers over the blockbuster drug XARELTO. The magnitude of these cases in terms of scale, scope, number of interlocutory decisions, and trial work, was enormous. During the course of these cases, several precedent-setting motions and appeals were decided. For example, Bayer was successful at the Federal Court of Appeal (a) on its motion to permit it to rely on its pre-litigation experimental work and (b) on its motion to compel production of samples from certain generics.
    • Successfully represented SOCAN, one of 9 collective societies collecting royalties from TV broadcasters (Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Shaw, Videotron), 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

    Gowling WLG‘s team often oversees corporate employee transfer applications, temporary work permit applications, citizenship applications, immigration compliance and investor and entrepreneur applications. Its expertise also includes tax services as well as creating workforce mobility solutions. Bill MacGregor‘s focus lies within corporate and business immigration matters, and he is also known for assisting employers with international transfers and hires; he leads the practice alongside Andrew Bratt whose expertise includes labour and employment issues concerning corporate transactions.  Krista Schofer focuses on leading the western Canadian practice and regularly counsels corporate clients looking to hire foreign nationals.

    Practice head(s):

    Bill MacGregor; Andrew Bratt

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Bill MacGregor: great knowledge of immigration law and practice.’

    ‘Collaborative; knowledgeable; responsive.’

    ‘Knowledgeable; responsive; professional; kind; problem solving; critical thinking.’

    ‘This team is very organized and work very hard to quickly turn around results.’

    ‘They are very professional and pay great attention to detail.’

    ‘This team is great. Always available, very efficient and practical. They really are experts in the matter. They are able to get us what we need very quickly and always at a very reasonable cost.’

    Work highlights

      Canada > Cannabis Tier 2

      The team at Gowling WLG utilizes its multidisciplinary approach to advise clients on all cannabis related matters. Clients seeking regulatory advice benefit from the practice’s integrated scientific team which excels on cannabis product formulations, labelling compliance and ensure manufacturing and distribution is in accordance with legislation. Aside from regulatory work, the team is also equipped to oversee M&A and handle capital market matters and is led by Peter Simeon and Lewis Retik. Simeon, who is based in Toronto, has particular experience overseeing transactions and capital market issues. Retik, who is Ottawa based, is a key contact for regulatory advice. Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel supports the team with her extensive IP expertise.

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      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is very proficient and strong within the branding and IP space for consumer packaged goods.’

      ‘Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is not only good at what she does, but she shows that she cares about her clients and her clients’ team. She always thought of our team for learning and development sessions that the firm provides – which is very useful as we are a small start-up.’

      Key clients

      Khiron Life Sciences Corp.

      Sublimation Inc.

      IM Cannabis Corp.

      Lobe Sciences Ltd.

      Bluma Wellness Inc.

      Innocan Pharma Corporation

      Red White & Bloom Brands Inc.

      Canopy Growth Corporation

      Aleafia Health Inc.

      Truss Beverage Company

      SOL Global Investments Corp.

      MichiCann Medical Inc.

      TREC Brands Inc.

      BioHarvest

      Lifted Innovations Inc.

      Sierra Well

      Work highlights

        Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 2

        With platforms in key provinces across Canada, Gowling WLG‘s national power practice is active across the country in a range of conventional and alternative power matters. In Toronto, Thomas Timmins is recommended for his projects expertise; he is acting for Alectra Utilities on the procurement, contract negotiation and roll-out of Ontario’s new generation of advanced metering (AMI 2.0). Other key names in Toronto include Ahab Abdel-Aziz, an expert in nuclear energy who heads the firm's dedicated Nuclear Group; energy regulation expert Ian Mondrow; and acclaimed associate Magdalena Hanebach, who likewise places emphasis on nuclear law.

        Key clients

        Alectra Inc.

        Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (AREQ)

        BrookfieldCapitalPartnersLtd.

        CumminsInc.

        HenveyInletFirstNation

        Hydro One

        Kivalliq Inuit Association

        Renewable Energy Production Association (“REPA”)

        TownofGrimsby

        Waste Connections of Canada Inc.

        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).
        • Represented Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (AREQ) in a file initiated by Hydro-Québec Distribution before the Québec energy board pertaining to the adoption of rates for the use of electricity by blockchain/crypto-miners.
        • Advised the Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA) before the Québec energy board in the context of a joint request filed by Hydro-Québec and Énergir concerning an application for measures to support the decarbonization of building heating (the bi-energy service offer).

        Canada > Environment Tier 2

        Regulatory appeals, civil actions and prosecution defence are often overseen by the team at Gowling WLG with its coast-to-coast expertise enabling it to represent clients in all environmental litigation cases. Toronto-based environmental and Indigenous law specialist, Adam Chamberlain, leads the practice while Wally Braul is noted for his presence in Western Canada, splitting his time between Vancouver and Calgary, where he oversees the full spectrum of environmental issues. Harry Dahme is the key contact for handling environmental risks arising from corporate transactions, whereas Jennifer Danahy‘s expertise includes the design and implementation of environmental management systems and Rodney Northey‘s focus lies within regulatory approvals and strategies; all are based in Toronto. Jessica Boily, Alexandra Sadvari and Mark Youden were promoted to partner in January 2022.

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        Testimonials

        ‘Very knowledgeable about both the substantive elements of the law and the rules for enforcing the rights of litigants.’

        ‘Highly organized with a vision to building the necessary steps for success.’

         

        Key clients

        Groupe Somavrac Inc.

        Sanimax

        Tsilhqot’in National Government

        Responsible Plastic Use Coalition (RPUC), Dow Canada, Imperial Oil, NOVA Chemicals

        Wei Guang Real Estates Development

        Government of Alberta

        University of British Columbia

        Kirby Offshore Marine LLC

        Regional Municipality of Halton

        Corporation of the City of Burlington

        Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills

        Corporation of the Town of Milton

        Corporation of the Town of Oakville

        Romandale Farms Limited

        Kivalliq Inuit Association

        Canadian Public Health Association

        Wheatland County

        Work highlights

          Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

          Handling a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, Gowling WLG‘s infrastructure practice is equipped to advise on procurement, construction and project finance, also bringing to bear robust expertise in complementary areas such as environmental and Indigenous law. Toronto-based construction specialist, Ted Betts, co-heads the practice together with Toronto-based projects partner Faithe Holder, who possesses strong real estate experience, and Montreal-based Luc Lissoir, who focuses on infrastructure procurement and transactions. Senior associate Natasha Rana recently joined in Vancouver from DLA Piper (Canada) LLP.

          Key clients

          ACCIONA Infrastructure

          Dragados/ACS

          Bombardier/Alstom

          Infrastructure Ontario (IO)

          Johnson Controls, Inc.

          Keolis S.A.

          Metrolinx

          Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ)

          Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO)

          PlenaryGroup(Canada)Ltd.

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

          Signature sur le Saint-Laurent

          Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI)

          Work highlights

          • Advised the service provider, Johnson Controls Canada LP, as part of a shortlisted consortium in connection with a DBFM project for the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Halifax Infirmary project for the Government of Nova Scotia.
          • Advised Infrastructure Ontario and Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation in connection with the DBF West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Project.
          • Advised the Ministre des Transports (MTQ) with respect to the alternate mode DBF public procurement of the Reconstruction of the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge and Deconstruction of the Existing Bridge Project.

          Canada > Media and entertainment Tier 2

          Entertainment and sports law lies at the heart of Gowling WLG‘s practice, which is sought after by both Canadian and international clients. The team utilizes its broad knowledge to advise on strategic business deal terms and evolving industry standards. Having appeared before all levels of court for both civil and commercial disputes, the practice is also noted for its litigation expertise; entertainment and sports organizations benefit from the team's licensing and sponsorship knowledge. With over 20 years’ worth of entertainment industry experience, Susan Abramovitch leads the practice from Toronto, routinely supporting on the drafting and negotiating contracts, dispute resolution and international industry standard counselling.

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          Testimonials

          ‘I went with Gowling’s specifically for Susan Abramovitch’s experience in the publishing field. Not only was I familiar with her work, but she was also recommended by people I respect in the field.’

          ‘Susan Abramovitch has the experience I needed to get through some tricky agreements. I immediately had the confidence my issues would get resolved and that my business would be protected for the long-term. Her experience in the field was hugely beneficial to our negotiations.’

          ‘I found the admin support accurate, timely and very smooth.’

          ‘Susan Abramovitch: one of her key superpowers is combining her incredible legal knowledge and experience, with a keen listening ear that really hears what the client’s goals and situation is. She navigated us through many tricky waters to successful resolutions and long-term good relations with the parties involved – no mean feat.’

          ‘An introduction from Susan Abramovitch is not to be ignored, and is a high recommendation.’

          ‘The people at the firm made me feel like I was the most important person in the room and took my negotiations seriously. This gave me confidence going into the working environment this contract set me up for.’

          ‘Susan’s confidence, her approach and her other level skill set of negotiating made me believe that I was not only in the best and most fair place going into the working environment but that the entire production would respect me in it.’

          ‘Susan Abramovitch is fantastic. Skilled and excellent!’

          Key clients

          Brad Roberts/Crash Test Dummies

          Copyright Collective of Canada

          EleanorMcCain

          Harlequin Enterprises

          Indspire Awards

          Jane Goodall Institute Global

          Mary Berg

          NationalArtsCentreCorporation

          Peermusic

          Plutoverse

          Secret City Records / Publishing

          Six Shooter Records

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

          TheQuinlanRoadGroup/LoreenaMcKennitt

          Universal Music Canada

          YANGAROO Inc.

          Work highlights

          • Successfully represented SOCAN, one of 9 collective societies collecting royalties from TV broadcasters (Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Shaw, Videotron), 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 > Insurance Tier 3

          Gowling WLG maintains a broad insurance practice nationally, with its recent experience spanning a mix of litigation, M&A, regulatory law and insurtech-related matters. Toronto is the seat of department lead Belinda Bain, who specializes in contentious work with an emphasis on municipal liability, professional liability, product liability and class actions. Key names on the non-contentious side include Toronto-based Filomena Frisina, who is well versed in regulatory insurance issues and general business matters, and up-and-coming financial regulation specialist, Michael Garellek, in Montreal.

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          Key clients

          Sodexo Canada Ltd, HDI Global SE Canada Branch

          Siemens Canada

          A. H. Stucco Ltd., Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

          Keyera Corporation, QBE Services Inc.

          Work highlights

          • Representing Sodexo Canada in a claim against King Coating Roofing, and others, seeking damages in connection with a fire at an office tower where Sodexo’s Canadian head office is located.
          • Defending Siemens Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada in a C$50m claim brought against it, and others, by Canfor Pulp, concerning damages arising from a fire at the Canfor pulp and paper mill.
          • Representing the insurer of A H Stucco in relation to claims from the owners of 21 separate hotel properties in Alberta and Saskatchewan that they suffered property damage as a result of the allegedly defective work conducted by A H Stucco.

          Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

          Canada > Real estate Tier 3

          A global firm headquartered in Canada, Gowling WLG serves a roster of development companies, domestic and international pension funds, national retailers, REITs and financial institutions, among others; its team is adept in a plethora of matters from leasing, transactions and developments through to land-use, joint venture and co-ownership structures. Joel Camley, based in Vancouver, is well-versed in mixed-use, office tower, airport and hotel assets, serving as practice co-head alongside Michael Polowin, an Ottawa lawyer who leverages a track record in supporting at all stages of significant development projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Joel Camley; Michael Polowin

          Other key lawyers:

          Murray Braaten; Rosa Lupo; Sylvia Adriano; Susan Rosen; Syll Kushner; Pamela Green; Robert Farmer; Mark Giavedoni; Paulina Kam

          Testimonials

          ‘The practice is conventional but it is good and very acceptable. the team is easy to work with and often tries to keep the cost down.’

          ‘Paulina Kam is very easy to talk to and respectful of clients. Generally gives good recommendations otherwise would consult with other colleague such as Murray Braaten who is very knowledgeable on the Real Estate field.’

          ‘Excellent reputation of the firm, depth of coverage and capabilities.’

          ‘Robert Farmer is an outstanding lawyer who is my go to Trusted Partner and advisor for all RBC transactions. He depth of knowledge on RBC policy and practices is immense, and always provide excellent guidance when presenting the bank. He is well respected in the industry and always considers the position of the opposing counsel and their client to see an amicable and reasonable outcome for all.’

           

          Key clients

          SHAPE Properties Corp.

          Dava Developments Ltd.

          Meridian Credit Union Limited

          Campus Developments (Global) Inc.

          Work highlights

          • Counsel to SHAPE Properties Corp. on all real estate aspects and on preliminary syndicated financing for The City of Lougheed, a $7 billion redevelopment of a suburban shopping district in Burnaby, British Columbia
          • Counsel to 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 that once complete will be the largest privately owned student housing property in Canada.
          • Counsel to 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 $292.5 million.

          Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

          Gowling WLG‘s broad practice benefits clients seeking multi-jurisdictional and cross-border restructuring and insolvency expertise. Its know-how is often sought by debtors, creditors and court appointed officers. The practice is led by Montreal based expert, Geneviève Cloutier whose practice focus lies within distressed acquisitions as well as commercial and banking litigation.

          Practice head(s):

          Geneviève Cloutier

          Other key lawyers:

          Virginie Gauthier; Jonathan Ross; Clifton Prophet; David Cohen; Tom Cumming

          Testimonials

          ‘Jonathan Ross is very knowledgeable of restructuring and insolvency matters and has the experience to provide practical legal advice that considers his client’s business requirements. Simply put it is very easy to work with Jonathan to devise strategies and action outcomes, he does not waste time, does not overcomplicate the issues, and is flexible to respond on short notice.’

          ‘Gowling WLG’s restructuring and insolvency team provides timely, expert, and relevant strategic and legal advice regarding complex CCAA matters.’

          ‘Virginie Gauthier is an outstanding asset to Gowling WLG. She takes the time to get to know her clients, and really cares not only about the files but about the clients instructing her. She is smart, strategic, and cuts to the chase, providing laser focused advice that doesn’t waste time or funds. I highly recommend Virginie!’

          ‘Jonathan Ross is very responsive, always available and extremally knowledgeable in his area of law. He has obtained a number of very positive results for us in difficult situations. Highly recommend.’

          ‘They are very attentive to client needs and work with the client to solve their issues.’

          ‘John Ross has been excellent to respond to all needs, as well as provide excellent direction in difficult situations. Very timely and responsive.’

          Key clients

          Ernst&YoungInc.

          The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

          Groupe Dynamite Inc.

          Encore FX

          CallidusCapitalCorporation

          FTIConsultingCanadaInc.

          Budden & Associates

          Various Retail

          Ontario Auditor General

          MeridianCreditUnion

          Cree Nation Government and the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)

          The Bowra Group

          MNP Ltd.

          GNCR

          Work highlights

          • Represent EY as monitor in the wind-up and realization on complex real property and resource assets in Northern Ontario; claims in excess of $1bn.
          • 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.
          • Represented three landlord clients where the issue of payment of rent under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act was for the first time debated in Quebec in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

          Canada > Tax Tier 3

          Gowling WLG‘s tax team was recently bolstered by a pair of lateral hires into Calgary: in September 2021 Lesley Kim joined from Miller Thomson, while tax litigator Dan Misutka joined in January 2022 from Felesky Flynn LLP. Led from Toronto by Paul Carenza, the national group is experienced across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including transactional tax, indirect tax, international tax and transfer pricing-related issues. Other key contacts include Ash Gupta, who is noted for corporate tax planning, and tax disputes specialist John Sorensen, both are based in Toronto.

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          Key clients

          Yroo Inc.

          1180667 B.C. Unlimited Liability Company

          SOL Global Investments

          Payfare Inc.

          Persist Oil & Gas

          Work highlights

          • Advised Leucrotta Exploration on its acquisition by Vermilion Energy.
          • Advised Aazhogan Limited Partnership, a partnership of Rainy River First Nations and BMI Group, on the acquisition of the international toll bridge between Fort Frances, Ontario and International Falls, Minnesota.
          • Acted for the Bonduelle Group on the sale of 65% of Bonduelle Americas Long Life to Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

          Canada > Technology Tier 3

          The team at Gowling WLG handles a wide scope of technology matters such as outsourcing, e-commerce, cybersecurity, IP and systems integration. The practice is often sought by clients in emerging technologies such as AI, digital transformation, fintech and blockchain. Viona Duncan heads the team and often advises Canadian and international clients on technology issues arising from commercial transactions. Megan Cornell and Mohammed Muraj joined the team in late 2021.

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          Key clients

          Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS)

          eBayInc.

          Google

          McRock Fund II LP

          Coinsquare Ltd.

          Altus Assessments Inc.

          Citylitics Inc.

          Payfare Inc.

          DejeroLabsInc.

          Napkyn Inc.

          Work highlights

          • Counsel to McRock Capital, which led a $57m Series A financing round for Landing AI.
          • Advised Feenics Cloud Access Control Inc, with respect to its significant acquisition by ACRE, a global leader of state-of-the-art security systems.
          • 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.

          Transport > Aviation Tier 3

          The group at Gowling WLG often integrates with its corporate and litigation practices to provide clients with comprehensive aviation law advice. Expertise includes passenger rights, regulatory litigation and personal injury and wrongful death cases. Cynthia Elderkin‘s broad practice expertise encompasses the purchase and sale of aircraft, as well as regulatory issues, meanwhile David Kierans has extensive experience handling aviation finance matters; the pair co-lead the practice from Ottawa and Montreal respectively.

          Practice head(s):

          Cynthia Elderkin; David Kierans

          Key clients

          Bombardier/Alstom

          CAE Inc.

          Gulfstream Aerospace

          NAV CANADA

          United Airlines, Inc.

          WestJet Airlines Ltd.

          Work highlights

            Canada > Construction Tier 3

            The team at Gowling WLG acts at all stage of major construction and infrastructure projects including design, procurement, contract drafting, financing, environmental review and dispute issues. The group is exceptionally knowledgeable of the construction aspects of multi-use, multiphased real estate development projects and is headed from Toronto by Ted Betts; he serves as an expert in the tendering, structuring, drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and routinely acts on P3, infrastructure, power, mining and transport schemes.

            Practice head(s):

            Ted Betts

            Other key lawyers:

            Brian Kapusianyk KC; Christopher Stanek; Mark Crane; Sahil Shoor; Magda Hanebach

            Key clients

            ACCIONA

            AECOM

            City of Greater Sudbury

            Keolis S.A.

            Ledcor Group Inc.

            McMaster University/McMaster Innovation Park

            RATP Dév, a subsidiary of the Société nationale des Chemins de fer de France (SNCF)

            RioCan Real Estate Management

            Siemens Canada

            Signature sur le Saint-Laurent

            Stantec

            Victor Insurance Managers

            Work highlights

            • Advising the City of Greater Sudbury in the procurement, design and construction of the Sudbury Events Centre. The Sudbury Events Centre will be a multi-functional event complex, including a 5,800 seat hockey arena and offering space concerts, weddings, private functions, corporate events, conventions, and office rentals.      
            • Advising Stantec/QBE Insurance on complex litigation matters related to the design and construction of the East Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby, Ontario, which was an $860 million design-build project.
            • Counsel for Victor Insurance, the professional liability insurance company covering claims made against engineers, architects and other professionals in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

            Canada > Dispute resolution: Alberta Tier 3

            Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.

            Practice head(s):

            David Bishop; Ricki Johnston

            Other key lawyers:

            Warren Foley; Brian Kapusianyk KC; Alison Gray; Kevin Pedersen

            Testimonials

            ‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. ‘

            ‘Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’

            ‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’

            Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’

            ‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’

            ‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’

            ‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’

            ‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’

            Key clients

            Northwynd REIT

            Gibson Energy

            Secure Energy (Drilling Services) Inc.

            Yangarra Resources Ltd.

            Richardson Wealth Limited

            Waste Management of Canada Corporation

            Obsidian Energy

            Lafarge Canada Inc.

            Pengrowth Energy Corporation

            Strathcona Resources Ltd.

            Work highlights

            • Retained to defend a large International Insurance Brokerage Firm in potential arbitration proceedings related to a claim involving a pipeline spill, giving rise to damages in excess of $1B US.1.  
            • Advised a joint venture in an arbitration relating to the awarding of a significant construction contract.
            • 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 in the REIT allege $85M in losses to their investments arising from the operation and sale of various timeshare resorts.

            Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia Tier 3

            Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.

            Practice head(s):

            Martin Palleson

            Other key lawyers:

            Paul Seaman; Scott Smith; Max Faille; Aaron Christoff; Keith Brown

            Testimonials

            ‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’

            ‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’

            Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’

            ‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’

            ‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’

            ‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’

            ‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’

            ‘Expertise in corporate litigation and class actions.’

            Key clients

            Siemens Canada

            Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nation

            First Nations Health Authority

            Work highlights

            • Counsel to the Province of Alberta with respect to multiparty litigation involving some $100 million in claimed damages and remediation of contamination at a large residential subdivision    
            • Counsel to Siemens Canada before the Supreme Court of British Columbia defending a $50 million claim for damages arising from a 2008 pulp and paper mill fire and the alleged failure of the fire protection system installed by Siemens.
            • Counsel to the Sumas First Nation in negotiations with the Province of British Columbia, and in litigation against the Province and the City of Abbotsford, in connection with a high-profile and complex dispute concerning an Indigenous sacred site and burial ground, the fee simple title which was purchased by a third party in foreclosure, and later had a road right of way expropriated through it by the City.

            Canada > Dispute resolution: Quebec Tier 3

            Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.

            Practice head(s):

            Guy Poitras

            Other key lawyers:

            Paule Hamelin; Billy Katelanos; Mila Badran

            Testimonials

            ‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’

            ‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’

            Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’

            ‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’

            ‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’

            ‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’

            ‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’

            ‘Expertise in corporate litigation and class actions.’

            Key clients

            Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

            Lafarge Canada Inc.

            Amazon Web Services

            The Brick Warehouse LP

            Glen Dimplex

            The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

            Callidus Capital Corporation

            Cogeco Connexion Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Counsel the United States Attorney General (United States Department of Justice) 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.      
            • Counsel to a multinational automobile manufacturer in a class action involving 4 different matters and over 100 defendants. All tier 1 Montreal Legal Firms are involved in this matter.
            • Counsel to Amazon Web Services in the highest profile data breach case in Canada defending the two class actions related to the capital One data breach.

            Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

            An international firm headquartered in Ottawa, Gowling WLG caters to publicly held and publicly traded companies, both domestic and multinational, in a broad spectrum of transactions. Ian Palm co-leads the team with Frank Sur, operating across corporate finance, M&A, venture capital and private equity deals, from industries as varied as technology, energy, finance services, life sciences and infrastructure. A key point of differentiation for the group is its proficiency in new technologies such as AI, cryptocurrencies, blockchain and cannabis.

            Practice head(s):

            Frank Sur; Ian Palm

            Other key lawyers:

            Nurhan Aycan; Lorraine Mastersmith; Peter Simeon; Derek Keay; Jason Saltzman; Cyndi Laval; Rafal Wrzesien

            Key clients

            The Bountiful Company

            DECIEMBeautyGroupInc.

            Bluma Wellness Inc.

            Red White & Bloom Brands Inc.

            IMCannabisCorp.

            SOLGlobalInvestmentsCorp.

            Coinsquare Ltd.

            The Real Brokerage Inc.

            ADCOREInc.

            TickTrade Systems Inc.

            Quantum Automotive Group

            Sol Cuisine Inc.

            YANGAROO Inc.

            Newlook Capital Inc.

            Edge Imaging Inc.

            LeadingEdgeMaterialsCorp.

            SourcedGroup

            Novacap/FortNine

            Miovision Technologies Inc.

            HomeHardwareStoresLimited

            Community Tax LLC

            RugbyMiningLimited

            Capella Minerals Ltd.

            Sysco Canada Inc.

            Feenics

            PlantX Life Inc.

            CPC Pumps

            EMERGE Commerce Ltd.

            JMB Crushing Systems Inc.

            Providence Therapeutics Inc.

            The Cadillac Fairview Corporation

            NextEra Energy Marketing Services LLC

            McRockCapital

            Bridgit Inc.

            Accenture Inc.

            Greatario

            DejeroLabsInc.

            Snap One

            Work highlights

            • Acted for the Bonduelle Group announced that it had entered into exclusive negotiations with Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, to sell 65% of Bonduelle Americas Long Life, with an enterprise value of C$850 million (approximately €625 million), to these investors.
            • Represented Leucrotta Exploration Inc. as it completed its previously announced plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta), pursuant to which Vermilion Energy Inc. acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of Leucrotta for an aggregate consideration of approximately $500 million, excluding value assigned to the newly formed Montney company, Coelacanth Energy Inc.
            • Acted for Aazhogan Limited Partnership, a partnership of Rainy River First Nations and BMI Group, as it completed the acquisition of the international toll bridge between Fort Frances, Ontario and International Falls, Minnesota.

            Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 4

            In a significant coup, Gowling WLG boosted its mining team with the April 2022 hire of Erik Goldsilver from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; he arrives with significant experience across the full life cycle of mining projects. Capital markets partner Ian Mitchell heads a practice that also includes Ontario- and Venezuela-qualified France Tenaille, who naturally has an emphasis on Latin America-related work. All named partners are based in Toronto.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            ‘Good breadth of coverage and depth in our service market (corporate commercial, resources focus).’

            ‘Erik Goldsilver is our longstanding counsel, with very deep expertise in mining M&A and contracts.’

            Key clients

            Mineros S.A.

            Silver X Mining Corp.

            Aurania Resources Ltd.

            Alto Verde Copper Inc.

            Largo Inc.

            Salazar Resources Limited

            Rokmaster Resources Corp.

            Amerigo Resources Ltd.

            Gold Springs Resource Corp.

            Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

            West Vault Mining Inc.

            Bald Eagle Gold Corp.

            Aura Minerals

            Kivalliq Inuit Association

            Canaccord Genuity Corp.

            Mawson Gold Ltd.

            Capella Minerals Ltd.

            Rugby Mining Limited

            Work highlights

            • Acted for Mineros on its Canadian IPO and concurrent Colombian public offering, and listing on the TSX.
            • Advised Sandstorm Gold on the acquisition of nine royalties and one stream from BaseCore Metals for $525m.
            • Acted for Aura Minerals with respect to its acquisition of Big River Gold and related joint venture with Dundee Resources.

            Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

            Among Gowling WLG‘s most prominent files, it recently acted as regulatory counsel to Cenovus Energy in connection with Enbridge’s application to convert its Mainline pipeline system from common to contract carriage. Calgary-based administrative law stalwart James Smellie is recommended for regulatory issues and led on the Cenovus work. Lorne Rollheiser, also based in Calgary, heads the oil and gas practice and handles a mix of regulatory and transactional matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            ‘The deep historical regulatory experience combined with current commercial practices that James Smellie brings to the table is highly valued and appreciated.’

            Key clients

            EOG Resources, Inc.

            Cenovus Energy Inc.

            CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

            Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA)

            Government of Alberta – Alberta Environment and Parks Cherokee Canada Inc. and 1510837 Alberta Ltd.

            FortisBC Energy Inc.

            Leucrotta Exploration Inc.

            Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc.

            Pipestone Energy Corp.

            MacEwen Petroleum Inc.

            Largo Inc.

            Samson Cree Nation (SCN)

            Kirby Offshore Marine LLC

            Government of Alberta

            Work highlights

            • Advised the international division of EOG Resources on its investments outside of North America.
            • Acted as regulatory counsel to Cenovus Energy in relation to the application of Enbridge to convert its Mainline pipeline system from common to contract carriage.
            • Advised Kirby Offshore Marine on environmental law matters connected to a marine oil spill off the coast of British Columbia.

            Canada > International trade Tier 4

            Gowling WLG houses a compact but capable international trade group, which advises on trade and investment agreements, export controls and sanctions and customs compliance. Ottawa-based department head Wendy Wagner is highlighted by sources as ‘pragmatic, responsive, knowledgeable and efficient‘. Advocacy associate Hunter Fox provides support on contentious matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            Our experience is primarily with Wendy Wagner and we have had more limited exposure and opportunity to work with the broader team.’

            Wendy Wagner has been a pleasure to work with on these matters. She is pragmatic, responsive, knowledgeable and efficient; all of the qualities every in-house legal team and business looks for and values.

            Key clients

            Siemens Energy Canada Ltd and Siemens Energy Austria Gmbh

            Aexos Inc.

            Sol Cuisine Ltd.

            The Bountiful Company

            Work highlights

            • Successfully defended Siemens Energy Canada and Siemens Energy Austria in antidumping proceedings before the CBSA and CITT in a case concerning certain small power transformers.
            • Successfully represented Aexos in a tariff classification appeal before the CITT.
            • Advised Sol Cuisine on international trade matters connected to its acquisition by PlantPlus Foods LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, PlantPlus Foods Canada Inc.

            Canada > Labour and employment Tier 4

            Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario Tier 4

            Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.

            Practice head(s):

            Scott Kugler

            Other key lawyers:

            Sandra Barton; Todd Burke; John Callaghan; Clifford Cole; Mark Crane; Clifton Prophet; Christopher Stanek; Anne Tardif; Haddon Murray

            Testimonials

            ‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’

            ‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’

            Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’

            ‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’

            ‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’

            ‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’

            ‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’

            ‘Expertise in corporate litigation and class actions.’

            Key clients

            City of Hamilton

            Amazon Web Services

            Home Trust Company

            Seven Hills Group LLC (“Seven Hills”)

            Lash Point Associates Corporation

            Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Stantec

            Architecture Ltd. (collectively Stantec) and QBE

            Great Lakes Pilotage Authority

            The Corporation of the City of Ottawa

            United Airlines, Inc.

            CRH Canada Group Ltd.

            Regional Municipality of Niagara

            City of Waterloo

            Work highlights

            • Successfully defended Amazon Web Services against largest data breach class action in Canada, obtaining complete dismissal of case.      
            • Defending Stantec in litigation arising from an $860 million design-build construction project.
            • Successfully defended the City of Ottawa against a claim seeking to establish a novel duty of care that would have imposed huge burdens on all municipalities in Ontario, with ultimate success at the Supreme Court of Canada.

            Canada > Banking and finance Tier 5

            Gowling WLG houses a broad financial services practice, which advises all six of Canada’s major banks from its extensive network of national offices, and also acts for foreign banks and domestic and foreign insurers. In Toronto, national lending head Christopher Alam is noted for his experience in advising both lenders and borrowers. Other key contacts include Calgary-based Elizabeth Burton, who has a focus on financings in the energy, real estate and agricultural sectors, and lender-side specialist Dom Glavota, who splits his time between Toronto and Hamilton.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            ‘Thomas Subic and his team are personable; they anticipate my needs and they are very timely.’

            Key clients

            Pipestone Energy Corp.

            Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

            Henvey Inlet First Nation

            McMaster Innovation Park

            CIBC World Markets Inc.

            RBC Dominion Securities

            Scotia Capital Inc.

            BMO Nesbitt Burns

            TD Securities Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Advised Pipestone Energy Corp on the amendment (and renewal) of its syndicated borrowing base credit facilities with a syndicate of banks, re-affirming its borrowing base at C$280m.
            • Acted for Henvey Inlet First Nation on the development of an on-reserve 300 MW wind generation project and transmission line on Henvey Inlet First Nation lands and other reserve and traditional territory.
            • Advised joint leads and joint bookrunners (CIBC World Markets, RBC Dominion Securities and Scotia Capital, and co-agents BMO Nesbitt Burns and TD Securities) on Calgary Airport Authority’s inaugural bond offering, which raised C$2bn of private placement bonds.

            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.

            Number of Partners : 439
            Number of other fee-earners : 368 (practising professionals, excluding clerks/paralegals)
            Total staff : 2,119 (including the above)