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Gowling WLG

Intellectual property Tier 1

A force in Canada and beyond, Gowling WLG’s premier intellectual property team provides specialist advice across all key pillars of IP protection, enforcement and commercialization. From prosecution to complex high-stakes litigation, the group advises major multinational brands, including Starbucks, Twitter and Bayer on strategic trademark and patent matters. The group is co-led by Robert MacDonald, who is recognized for his comprehensive trademark practice and manages the Canadian portfolios of several large multinationals. Contacts in the contentious space include Anthony Creber and Christopher Van Barr, who has first-class experience in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. On the more junior end, Michael Crichton leads the IP litigation and strategy group, and Vancouver-based Scott Foster focuses on contentious IP matters. Associate Nelson Godfrey is also recommended in Vancouver. Named lawyers are based in Ottawa unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Robert MacDonald; Michael Crichton


Gowling WLG’s attention to detail and client care goes beyond any other firm. We’re so comfortable with the relationship that we have developed we almost always proceed with their recommendation, which saves us a lot of time and energy that we can focus on our core business operations.’

For every other firm that we’ve worked with, there has always been a push and pull, with Gowlings it’s been smooth from our first conversation.’

Gowlings stands out for its great historical knowledge and its passion for clients’ brands.’

A highly responsive, available team comprised of thorough, diligent and detailed-oriented practitioners you hope to have on your side.’

Gowling WLG fields an incredibly efficient, high-quality IP team. Lawyers are highly strategic and exercise good judgement in how they spend my company’s money. I highly recommend it for IP litigation and prosecution work.’

Scott Foster is an excellent patent litigator; very strategic and highly efficient.’

Nelson Godfrey is tremendously knowledgeable, extremely professional and an excellent communicator.’

Key clients






Beam Suntory

Canadian Bank Note

Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

Horizon Pharma PLC

Eli Lilly & Company


LG Electronics

United Airlines


CCM Hockey

Idenix Pharmaceuticals

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 2

The power practice at Gowling WLG is distinguished by its specialist offerings in several core areas. On the nuclear side, Ahab Abdel-Aziz is globally recognized as a market leader; he advised Rosatom on its negotiations with the Egyptian government for the $30bn Rosatom El Dabaa Nuclear Power Project, one of the largest new-build nuclear power construction projects in the world. Associate Magdalena Hanebach is also noted for nuclear law. On the regulatory side, Ian Mondrow advises public sector clients and NGOs on energy policy and energy sector design, as well as complex regulatory proceedings. The sizeable national group also stands out for its strong involvement in renewable energy and indigenous law-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Paul Harricks; Ahab Abdel-Aziz; Thomas Timmins

Other key lawyers:


‘This is the stand-out Canadian nuclear practice and the group is respected internationally for their work in and outside Canada — they have recently concluded market-leading negotiations on Egypt’s new nuclear facilities.’

Ahab Abdel-Aziz is an INLA board member and the key partner. Magdalena Hanebach has limitless energy and is an associate to watch.’

Key clients

Alectra Inc. (formed through the merger of Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream [our long time and existing client])

Rosatom Overseas, JSC

NextEra Energy

Emera Inc./Nova Scotia Power

Nalcor Energy

British Columbia Hydro

Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA)

Brookfield Renewable Power


Henvey Inlet First Nation

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Enwave Corporation

Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario

Industrial Alliance

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Shanghai Electric

Anbaric Development Partners


Environment Tier 2

Gowling WLG’s sizeable national practice, which leans on partners in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, is particularly well versed in environmental litigation, where it is especially active for municipal clients. The group also advises on environmental assessments, regulatory matters and corporate support issues. Toronto-based Rodney Northey chairs the practice and has a focus on regulatory approvals and environmental strategy. Also in Toronto, Harry Dahme is considered among the leading environmental lawyers in Canada and brings to bear specialist expertise in waste management, water facilities and contaminated sites. In Vancouver, Wally Braul is noted for his environmental litigation practice. Up-and-coming partner Jennifer Danahy is another Toronto-based contact.

Practice head(s):

Rodney Northey

Key clients

Regional Municipality of Halton

Kirby Offshore Marine LLC

University of British Columbia

City of Mississauga

Government of Alberta

Corporation of the Town of Oakville

Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay

Marten Falls First Nation

Nunavut Resources Corporation

Gwich’in Council International

Regional Municipalities of Durham and York

Indigenous law Tier 2

Gowling WLG acts primarily for indigenous clients, but also advises government clients and corporates that work with indigenous communities. Hamilton-based Jaimie Lickers heads the practice group and has niche expertise in advising First Nations on trust and taxation issues. Vancouver-based litigator Maxime Faille is sought after for his broad indigenous law experience, while Cam Cameron in Ottawa has a strong track record on the economic development side.

Practice head(s):

Jaimie Lickers

Other key lawyers:


Gowling WLG possesses a strong Aboriginal law practice with a lens that is national in focus.’

The firm has taken to host indigenous law learning events that have proved to be successful, including hosting events to coincide with National Indigenous Peoples Day. The firm seems to take its diversity and inclusion commitments seriously.’

Cam Cameron has repeatedly responded to our ability to communicate with diverse populations, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations. Our contracts as well as our Memoranda of Understanding reflect cultural sensitivities and traditions.’

Cam Cameron is very knowledgeable on indigenous issues and takes a leadership role in advancing knowledge in this area. He is always available to provide support in a timely manner and his work is valued and trusted.’

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Gowling WLG acts for a varied base of sports, theatre, fine arts, multimedia and book publishing clients, which it advises on regulatory, transactional and contentious issues. The team is also valued for its ability to plug into the firm’s globally respected intellectual property practice for support on branding, copyright and design matters. Experienced entertainment specialist Susan Abramovitch, who is qualified in Ontario, Quebec and New York, heads the group from Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Susan Abramovitch

Key clients

Six Shooter Records


Bruce Cockburn

Jann Arden

Great Big Sea

Arlene Dickinson

Harlequin Enterprises


Secret City Records

Ryerson University

Public procurement Tier 2

Best known for its procurement litigation practice, Gowling WLG also advises on RFP processes and project development, both for bidders and procuring agencies. Led by Ottawa-based litigator and regulatory expert Phuong Ngo, the group distinguishes itself in part by its broad sector focus, with recent expertise spanning the defence, infrastructure and transportation spheres. Montreal-based Luc Lissoir is noted for project finance-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Phuong Ngo

Other key lawyers:


The Gowling team has experience in assisting clients on both sides of the procurement process. They are able to provide a perspective on market practices in various jurisdictions. The advice is customized, up to date and therefore complementary to in-house counsel expertise and reach.’

The team members’ skills are complementary. Each team member has extensive knowledge of its particular field of law and they all worked very hard to provide exceptional quality deliverables in a timely manner. Gowling WLG has exceeded our expectations. Their rates are a bit lower than those of other firms and considering their expertise in infrastructure, they provide excellent value for money.’

Luc Lissoir and Nicolas Cayouette are an absolute pleasure to work with. Both have extensive knowledge of the legal, construction, financial and even technical issues related to DBF, DBFM and PPP projects. They also have experience on the public and private side of projects, which gives them perspective and a practical approach to the procurement process and contract drafting.’

Key clients

Société québécoise des infrastructures and Ministère des Transports du Québec

Nouvelle Autoroute 30, G.P. and its partners, Acciona S.A. and Grupo ACS

Transport: aviation Tier 2

Acting for airlines, manufacturers, investors, and banks, Gowling WLG strikes a balance between transactional and contentious work, with a strong recent showing in the aviation finance space. In addition, the team regularly advises regulatory issues, aircraft sales and acquisitions, leasing arrangements and operational matters. Montreal-based Marie-France Béland, who focuses on aviation finance, heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Marie-France Béland


A large global firm, yet the partners are very accessible and responsive, so you feel like you are dealing with our own internal legal team.’

Strong expertise, with hands-on and responsive lawyers. The group has a very professional, non-confrontational approach during dealings with other parties.’

David Kierans and Marie-France Beland and super-knowledgeable, highly-available and always exude confidence and mastery. Both are also great at finding the acceptable middle ground needed to complete a deal.

Key clients

Export Development Canada

Bombardier Inc

Westjet Airlines

United Airlines


Air Canada

CIBC World Market

Delta Airlines

CAE Inc.

ECN Aviation

Gulfstream Aerospace

Menzies Aviation

Cannabis Tier 3

Gowling WLG’s national practice strikes a balance between transactional and regulatory matters, with the firm’s signature IP strength being a considerable asset on the advertising and product regulatory fronts. The firm also punches above its weight on the capital markets side, enjoying a significant recent run of cross-border deals involving the US and Latin America. Jointly led by Ottawa-based regulatory specialist Lewis Retik and corporate finance partner Peter Simeon in Toronto, the multi-disciplinary industry group also draws upon the expertise of partners in the real estate and litigation departments.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Retik; Peter Simeon


The team we work with on both the trademark and promotions/marketing side are excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful on the matters we need advice on and also proactively advise us on industry trends to look out for.’

The group is timely and detailed in their responses and work. Specifically, Natalie Rizkalla-Kamal and Lewis Retik are incredible advisors and we feel lucky to have them on our team.’

Key clients

Namaste Technologies Inc.

SOL Global Investments Corp.

Khiron Life Sciences Corp.

Molson Coors Canada

Canopy Growth Corporation

Aleafia Health Inc.

Phivida Holdings Inc.

Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc.

Cannabis One Holdings

TREC Brands Inc.

Wink Cannabis Inc.

Blissed Media Inc.

Ascendant Laboratories Inc.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Gowling WLG is a strong performer in the mid-market, both domestically and internationally through its ability to lean on platforms across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm’s market-leading IP offering complements its thriving life sciences transactional practice, while other areas of activity include energy and natural resources, infrastructure and technology. A name to note is Toronto-based Ian Palm, who counts private and public companies, pension funds and private equity investors among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Karen Hennessey


The Gowling team is extremely easy to work with; lawyers are responsive, provide accurate and great work, and have depth of knowledge across all the corporate functions we’ve required.

Ian Palm is excellent to work with. He is highly responsive and understands the quick pace of work that we require. He is always able to deliver high-quality work on our timelines, and will engage the team as required across different practices.’

Key clients



BCE/Bell Canada

General Electric

Johnson Controls Inc

Scythian Biosciences (now SOL Global Investments Corp)

The Cooper Companies

Newell Brands

Essar Steel

Blackhawk Network Holdings

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Supported by an extensive national and international network, Gowling WLG has a dynamic litigation practice that is active across Canada and beyond. The firm is particularly well versed in shareholder, insolvency and construction disputes, and also houses standalone offerings in class actions, product liability and arbitration. David Bishop spearheads the Calgary advocacy group and is sought after for directors’ and officers’ defence, product liability and class actions. Toronto-based Scott Kugler heads the Canadian commercial litigation group and focuses on class actions and shareholder disputes. Also recommended are Martin Palleson and Alexandre Sami, who lead the Vancouver and Montreal advocacy teams respectively.

Practice head(s):

Scott Kugler


The team has a lot of experience representing municipalities and always provide services in a cost-effective and timely manner. They have a good understanding of their clients and work towards achieving resolutions that meet their expectations and goals.’

The Gowlings team is large and covers many areas of expertise. Even though I only dealt with one partner, I gained the impression of a breadth of experience available should that be necessary, and with a wealth of practical and legal backgrounds to back up my particular requirements.’

The service is very efficient, expeditive and to the point. They provide great support and follow up on our files. They are organized, they work in team and they are highly responsive.

Key clients

Skipthedishes Restaurant Services Inc.

Siemens Canada

Government of Alberta

Crescent Point Energy

Yangarra Resources Ltd.

Associated Engineering

Petrobank Energy & Resources Ltd.

Hudye Group Inc.

Cor Group Inc.

Keyera Corporation

Central Fund of Canada Limited (CFCL)

Pengrowth Energy Corporation

Deep Well Services

Preformed Line Products (Canada) Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada


Royal Bank of Canada

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Citigroup Inc.

United Airlines, Inc.

Everest Insurance Company of Canada

Restoration Hardware Canada

Pierre Duhaime

Shaver-Kudell Manufacturing

Senvion Canada Inc. and Senvion GmbH

Lloyd’s Underwriters professional liability insurers of WSP Canada Inc.

Kitco Metals Inc.

STMicroelectronics Inc.


Pomdial Inc.

J.L. Freeman s.e.c.

Bell Canada


United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (“AREQ”)

Montréal, Maine & Atlantic Canada Co./Montréal, Maine & Atlantic Railway

Newterra Group Ltd.

Edward Sorbara, Gregory Sorbara and Marcella Tanzola

ITS Electronics

Ottawa Medical Square

Carleton Condominium Corporation

TD Insurance

Delta Airlines

United Airlines Inc.

Infrastructure and projects Tier 3

Gowling WLG strikes a balance between private and public-sector work, with a strong experience in energy and transportation projects. The wider firm’s robust procurement offering has helped develop strong relationships with local authorities, though the projects team also acts for contractors, sponsors and lenders on bidding processes, development matters and project finance. Also of note is the firm’s solid international network, making it a popular choice for projects outside of Canada, particularly in the US and the Middle East. Edward Betts heads the infrastructure and construction practice from Toronto, and Darryl Brown is a key figure in the real estate team.

Practice head(s):

Edward Betts; Darryl Brown

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario

JSC Rosatom Overseas

Kenaidan and Obayashi

Henvey Inlet First Nation

Bombardier Transportation Canada

Stantec Architecture

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

Toronto Community Housing

Johnson Controls




Fengate Property Management LTD

Société québécoise des infrastructures

Insurance Tier 3

Gowling WLG fields a full-service insurance offering, which is particularly concentrated in its Toronto and Calgary offices. Toronto-based Filomena Frisina, who leads the financial services regulatory group, is the key contact for non-contentious work and is highly regarded for her high-level M&A experience. In Calgary, Taryn Burnett leads the insurance and professional liability group and has a strong focus on professional liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Taryn Burnett

Other key lawyers:


Issues and legal requirements can be complex, and vary tremendously from one provincial jurisdiction to the next. The team at Gowling WLG not only understand the legal issues but have taken the time to listen and learn about operational challenges, helping in implementing compliant programs.’

This firm is proactive. They get assigned our complex files, or files with difficult counsel because Gowling WLG lawyers are professionals and their files are overseen by senior counsel to ensure adherence to our litigation best practices.’

Key clients

Siemens Canada and HDI Global SE Canada Branch

Skipthedishes Restaurant Services Inc.

Hudye Group Inc.

Sodexo Canada Ltd. and HDI Global SE Canada Branch

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

Keyera Corporation/QBE Services Inc.

International trade Tier 3

Over the past year, Gowling WLG’s trade practice handled several matters related to Canada’s retaliatory tariffs against the US on steel products. Other recent areas of activity include trade and investment litigation, trade remedies and trade treaty matters. The group, which regularly represents leading Canadian and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, and industry associations, is led from Ottawa by Wendy Wagner. Also in Ottawa, senior litigator Richard Dearden is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Wagner


The team, led by Wendy Wagner, completed our file in a very timely fashion and exhibited very insightful understanding of the task at hand. They took the lead on addressing the key components of the appeal and had a very quick grasp of how to present the same. They articulated the argument extremely well with little guidance required from ourselves.’

Gowling WLG is my go-to law firm for Canadian export controls and sanctions matters. Wendy Wagner knows the Canadian trade control regulations in and out, but is also very practical and hands-on. She is a phenomenal lawyer.’

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Gowling WLG focuses on creditor-side work, and enjoys strong relationships with major Canadian banks such as BMO and CIBC. The group is also experienced in advising court-appointed officers and debtors on national and cross-border restructurings. Tenacious litigator Clifton Prophet heads the restructuring and insolvency group in Toronto, while Derrick Tay spearheads the corporate restructuring practice.

Practice head(s):

Clifton Prophet

Other key lawyers:


The Gowling WLG team are real teammates when you are in a deal; they keep ahead of issues and provide very practical real-time advice. I think it is the “let’s find a way to get this done” approach that really helps their team to stand out.’

The Gowling WLG team is well respected locally for consensus building and innovative solutions.

Cliff Prophet for litigation is excellent for his ability to quickly assess situations and provide pragmatic options.’

Key clients

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Special Loans Group and Asset-based Lending Group

Bank of Montreal, Transportation Finance Group and Special Account Management Unit

Brian Denega of Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton Limited, as receiver and manager and trustee in bankruptcy of Redwater Energy Corp

Callidus Capital Corporation

Nortel Networks Corporation

Souris Mini Inc., Les Boutiques Souris Mini Inc. and Souris Mini International Inc.

MLT Aikins LLP

Banking and finance Tier 4

Gowling WLG’s banking and finance practice covers all the major bases, with its extensive national network attracting a diverse regional deal flow spanning the real estate, energy, manufacturing and technology sectors, among others. The firm’s international dimension is also a significant string to its bow, and it remains a popular choice for foreign as well as domestic borrowers and lenders. Cost-effectiveness is a recurring theme among market sources, a trait that underlies the group’s success in leveraging the wider firm’s tech-savvy approach to legal services delivery to provide industry-specific tools supporting fixed-fee arrangements. David Cohen has a strong record restructuring and distressed M&A and heads the team from Toronto. In Calgary, Elizabeth Burton impresses with her ability to ‘find the most effective alternative by considering many different views and ideas’; she is noted for energy and real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

David Cohen


The team’s knowledge in the commercial banking finance sector, coupled with its partners’ ability to address the viewpoints of in-house counsel, differentiates Gowlings from other law firms.’

Gowling WLG’s responsiveness, contacts and knowledge makes it unique and, from a client perspective, results in efficient deal flow and lower legal bills.’

Gowlings is a solid firm with international links. As our clients grow, using a form with global reach becomes more and more important. Lawyers are all top-flight and really understand our client base.’

We value the firm’s strong internal communication, depth of knowledge across the entire team and deep industry knowledge.’

We can always count on Gowlings to come to us in advance to discuss and walk through the structure of the deal which leads to the most efficient, cost effective approach to any proposed transaction.’

Key clients

RBC Royal Bank

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Bank of Nova Scotia

Toronto Dominion Bank

Bank of Montreal

HSBC Bank Canada

National Bank of Canada

Crédit Mutuel – Banque Transatlantique

Banque Maroccaine de Commerce Extérieur (BMCE)

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 4

Gowling WLG's mining practice has an emphasis on corporate and finance matters, which is complemented by group’s ability to link with the global firm’s well-regarded fundraising practice. The firm also advises on operational and regulatory issues nationwide, including lease negotiation and site development. Calgary-based Stuart Olley, who sits in the firm’s capital markets, M&A and private equity groups, leads the natural resources department.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Olley


The team is flexible, responsive to needs and limitations, and demonstrates effective cost management.’

Gowling WLG’s mining practice offers exceptional legal advice related to Canadian securities law. Advice is based on thorough research and tenure and we can always count on it to be appropriate for our requirements.’

We value the team’s depth of expertise, availability and solution-based approach to resolving issues.’

Key clients

Adventus Zinc Corporation

Altus Strategies Plc

American CuMo Mining Corporation

Amerigo Resources Ltd.

Ascendant Resources Inc.

Aurania Resources Ltd.

Awale Resources Ltd.

Balmoral Resources Ltd.

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.

Black Sands Mining Canada Inc.

Brixton Metals Corporation

Candente Copper Corp.

Candente Gold Corp.

Canterra Minerals Corporation

Cavalla Resources Limited

Cementation Canada

Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation

Comsup Minerals Ltd.

Cross River Ventures Corp.

First Bauxite Corporation

Gold Dragon Resources Corporation

Gold Torrent Inc.

GoldON Resources Ltd.

Goldstream Minerals Inc.

Great Thunder Gold Corp.

Highland Gold Mining Ltd.

Independence Gold Corp.

InZinc Mining Ltd.

Jannatec Technologies

JDL Gold Corp.

K92 Mining Inc.

Karmin Exploration Inc.

Korea Resources Corporation

Labrador Gold Corp.

Largo Resources Ltd.

Leading Edge Materials Corp.

Los Andes Copper Ltd.

Mawson Resources Limited

Meadow Bay Gold Corporation

Meryllion Resources Corporation

Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd.

Minera Alamos Inc.

Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd.

Mkango Resources Ltd.

New Era Minerals Inc.

Nortec Minerals Corp.

Osisko Metals Incorporated

Outokumpu Mines Ltd.

Paramount Gold Nevada Corp.

Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

Purcell Basin Minerals Inc.

QMC Quantum Minerals Corp.

Quinto Resources Inc.

RDH Mining Equipment Ltd.

Riley Resources Corp.


Rokmaster Resources Corp.

Rugby Mining Limited

Rupert Resources Ltd.

Sabina Gold & Silver Corporation

Salazar Resources Ltd.

Shanta Gold Limited

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Terraco Gold Corp.

Territory Metals Corp.

Tolima Gold Inc.

TriMetals Mining Inc.

URZ Energy Corp.

US Gold Corp.

VR Resources Ltd.

Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd.

West Kirkland Mining Inc.

Western Lithium USA Corporation

Zijin Mining Group Co., Limited

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 4

Gowling WLG houses a full-service oil and gas offering, which is noted for its strong record in the mid-market. On the transactional side, the multi-disciplinary team handles a range of financing, M&A and joint venture agreements. It also fields a robust regulatory practice that regularly links up with its litigation, indigenous and environmental law teams to provide comprehensive coverage on complex mandates. Calgary-based transactional partner Lorne Rollheiser is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Lorne Rollheiser

Key clients


Plains Midstream

Macquarie Energy LLC

XACT Downhole Telemetry Inc.

Tecton Energy Services Ltd.

FortisBC Energy Inc.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Gowling WLG’s sizeable international platform marks it as a popular choice for cross-border matters, particularly for inbound companies looking to establish a presence in Canada. The firm also handles a steady stream of employment litigation cases. Practicing across the firm's Vancouver and Calgary offices, Maxwell Brunette heads the group in Western Canada and focuses on labour relations, employment matters, human rights and privacy law. Kitchener-based Bettina Burgess leads the national group.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Burgess

Other key lawyers:


The firm demonstrates deep knowledge of employment laws across Canadian provinces, with the ability to efficiently educate both basics and complexities to non-Canadian attorneys, and practical approaches to risk and benefit scenarios.’

Bettina Burgess has invested the time needed to really understand our company and its peculiarities. This has enabled cost and time efficiencies on both sides of our partnership.’

Key clients

Sun Life Financial

Geosoft Inc.

Saint Elizabeth

CPC Logistics Canada Ltd.

Magnet Forensics

The Riverside Company

Carters Osh Kosh




Real estate Tier 4

Gowling WLG continues to strengthen its credentials on the development side and it is currently advising SHAPE Properties on three sizeable mall redevelopment projects. The group also houses significant leasing and finance expertise. Joel Camley, who is well versed in real estate acquisitions and disposals, leasing transactions and property finance, heads the team from Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Joel Camley

Key clients


Shape Properties


Under Armour

Home Hardware Stores Limited

ATI Technologies

Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc.

Sobeys Inc.

Tax Tier 4

Gowling WLG’s well-rounded national practice group has strengths in several core transactional areas, including private equity and real estate, with specialist offerings in transfer pricing, tax-effective executive compensation plans and indigenous taxation. Led from Toronto by tax litigator John Sorensen, the group also includes transactional tax partner Ash Gupta and executive compensation specialist Paul Carenza.

Practice head(s):

John Sorensen

Other key lawyers:


The team provides thoughtful feedback and is willing to work toward solutions, rather than simply providing one point of view. We value its responsiveness and willingness to explore options.’

Gowlings sets itself apart by providing effective and practical advice in terms that a non-tax expert can understand, and in a timely and cost-efficient manor.’

Paul Carenza provides excellent expertise on complex transactions.’

Key clients

NextEra Energy Partners, LP

Alectra Utilities Corp.

Vectorworks, Inc.

Interac Association

Lasalle Investment Management Ltd.

Silversmith Capital Partners

Minera Alamos Inc.

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Blackhawk Network (Canada) Ltd.

Technology Tier 4

Gowling WLG draws on the wider firm’s full service offering to provide multi-disciplinary coverage of the technology sector, from regulatory compliance to venture capital investing to IP concerns. The practice is chaired by Viona Duncan, who is based in the fast-growing tech hub of the Waterloo region. Ottawa-based corporate finance partner Lorraine Mastersmith is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Viona Duncan

Other key lawyers:


Gowling WLG’s technology practice is comprised of highly responsive, skilled professionals. Lawyers consistently give pragmatic, thoughtful, business-based advice and if they are unable to answer my question, I know they will be able to quickly access the necessary resources within the firm to do so.’

As in-house counsel, I often have general knowledge regarding a specific issue; I rely on GWLG to augment my analysis and support (or refine) my thinking.’

Lorraine Mastersmith is responsive, very competent, pragmatic and fair in her approach to client service.’

Gowling WLG is an international full-service law firm with more than 1,400 legal professionals in 19 cities across Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

From complex cross-border transactions and intellectual property matters to high-stakes litigation and disputes, we provide clients with sophisticated legal advice across a diverse range of areas. We pair this comprehensive service offering with in-depth expertise and experience in key global sectors, including advanced manufacturing, energy, financial services, infrastructure, life sciences, natural resources, real estate and tech.

Our firm is built on the belief that the best way to serve our clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity, and ambitious for their success. That’s why we collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to deliver tailored solutions specific to each client’s unique needs – 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 & smart contracts; 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; 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Sectors Automotive
Sectors Aviation, aerospace and defence
Sectors Construction and engineering
Sectors Energy
Sectors Financial institutions and services
Sectors Food and beverage
Sectors Life sciences
Sectors Manufacturing
Sectors Natural resources
Sectors Projects and infrastructure
Sectors Real estate
Sectors Retail and franchising
Sectors Tech
Services Advertising and product regulatory
Services Banking and finance
Services Capital markets
Services Charities and not-for-profits
Services Competition and antitrust
Services Corporate commercial
Services Employment, labour and equalities
Services Entertainment law
Services Environmental law
Services Fintech
Services Gaming
Services Government affairs
Services Indigenous law
Services Insurance and professional liability
Services Intellectual property
Services Litigation and dispute resolution
Services M&A
Services Pensions
Services Privacy and data protection
Services Private equity
Services Procurement
Services Real estate
Services Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency
Services Supreme Court of Canada services
Services Tax
Services 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)