Firm Profile > Gowling WLG > Toronto, Canada

Gowling WLG
1600 – 1 FIRST CANADIAN PLACE
100 KING STREET WEST
TORONTO, ONTARIO, M5X 1G5
Canada

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 1

Gowling WLG ‘s leading practice is noted for its representation of Indigenous clients, including Indigenous businesses, organisations, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments, in the entire spectrum of non-contentious and litigation matters. The team balances a busy workload that features mandates pertaining to the negotiation of Indigenous equity participation and joint venture agreements, tax issues, title and treaty rights, impact benefit agreements and class action litigation. The service offering also extends to project proponents, industry players and governments in relation to consultations and regulatory advice. Vancouver-based Paul Seaman, who focuses on regulatory, transactional and constitutional matters, was recently appointed practice leader. Also in Vancouver, Aaron Christoff is routinely retained by First Nations clients engaged in litigation. Cam Cameron is a noteworthy practitioner in Ottawa that leads the team involved in the Indian Day School class action. Vancouver-based Scott Smith has combined expertise in Indigenous law, energy and environmental matters.

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Testimonials

‘My work with the Gowling team, in particular Cam Cameron, over the last 12 months or so has centered around Duty to Consult Assessments and Revenue Share Agreements with certain First Nations. The advice provided is pragmatic with an emphasis on maximizing the right opportunities beneficial to all parties involved. Mr. Cameron’s insight into Indigenous matter and OLG allows him to clearly outline risks while proposing solutions.’

‘Cam Cameron is a partner at Gowling WLG with expertise in Business and Indigenous Law. Mr. Cameron’s unique perspective and unmatched knowledge relating to gaming law, coupled with his Indigenous background provides an invaluable insight into OLG’s strategic initiatives. Mr. Cameron’s legal work has taken him across Canada to various Indigenous communities which enables him to consider all perspectives when providing advice. ’

Key clients

Chief Edward Hall, Kwikwetlem First Nation

First Nations Health Authority

Alexander First Nation

Kivalliq Inuit Association (“KIA”)

Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nation

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Carrier Sekani Family Services

CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

Whitecap Dakota First Nation

Former clients of David Blott in Indian Residential School claims process

Gwich’in Tribal Council

Sumas First Nation

Métis Nation of Ontario

Nunasi Corporation

Takla Nation

Canada > Intellectual property Tier 1

Gowling WLGconsistently delivers top-notch work‘ in respect of IP protection, enforcement and commercialization matters, notably overseeing the portfolios of household names such as Starbucks, Royal Bank of Canada and Linde. Shelagh Carnegie, co-head of the firm’s global IP group, dedicates her practice to all stages of the trademark prosecution lifecycle meanwhile Laurent Massam is noted for his experience in first-of-their-kind copyright cases and regularly appears before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Copyright Board of Canada and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice; the pair operate from Toronto together with IP litigator Kelly Gill and trademarks expert Jodi English, both of whom garner client acclaim for their ‘great legal and practical business advice‘. Meanwhile at the Ottawa office, Martha Savoy heads the Canada and Russia trademarks department, specializing in trademark and copyright registration, enforcement and litigation; she is based alongside Christopher Van Barr who recently represented Google in a dispute with Paid Search Engine Tools, leading a team which included Michael Crichton, an expert in the technology industry. Douglas Fyfe‘s core strengths lie in clearing, licensing, registration and opposition matters while over in Vancouver, Nelson Godfrey is carving out a prominent reputation for his contentious work and fronts the local IP litigation team. Senior associate Nikolas Purcell was a new arrival in November 2021.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive, proactive and they leverage each other’s strengths and expertise internally to serve their clients. They are very strong communicators and are strategic with their management of issues.’

‘This firm responds quickly, clearly and efficiently. Moreover, the people are excellent, each and every one of them. Over a 20 year period, they have consistently delivered top-notch work.

‘Kelly Gill and Jodi English are amazing. They provide great legal and practical business advice. They are also super responsive and are reasonably priced for such great service.’

‘Our company has worked with Gowling WLG in Canada for many years. They have a very strong trademark department and we also use them to file copyrights and enforce our trademark rights.’

‘I have worked with Doug Fyfe for many years. Doug is very knowledgeable in Canadian trademark law and practices as well as comparable US law and practices. Doug is very responsive and personable. He provides solid and practical advice. I always recommend Doug when someone is looking for counsel in Canada.’

‘Diverse and broad knowledge of the field. Superb responsiveness and common sense advice and analysis. Well-organized. Excellent communication skills and transparency. Overall, really smart, experienced, and good people.’

‘Gowling has a depth and breadth that surpasses any other firm we have worked with in the past. They have a highly experienced partner/staff for our industry. We are primarily working with trademark IP, which can require an intimate knowledge of specifics, but we have also tested them with patent IP and they have been able to internally engage with engineering and science to lead us in the right direction. In our experience, this often requires seeking outside expertise, which seems to be lacking in other firms. Certainly they are our firm of choice.’

‘We’ve made great strides in pruning our trademark portfolio with Gowlings undertaking a review to identify marks we no longer use and are not relevant. Gowling has also resolved a few domain name issues that have been laying around for years by developing a new way to approach the disputes. Overall, Gowling has made great strides in ensuring we have a protect trademark portfolio while reducing costs for our company. Gowling is consistently thinking of ways to improve delivery of legal services rather than waiting for us to ask.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly

Astellas Pharma

JemPak Corporation

CCM (Sport Maska)

Google

Paypal

TA Foods

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada

Bayer

Toys R Us

Weetabix

Harlequin Enterprises

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

Gowling WLG offers a broad set of services to its clients, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Often linking with the firm's corporate practice, the firm is able to act as a one-stop-shop for aviation clients. It has compliance and regulatory expertise, with experience advising on aviation-specific and broad corporate regulatory work, as well as transactional expertise, including leasing arrangements, air services agreement negotiation and financing. The team also provides litigation support on matters including personal injury, cargo claims and wrongful death matters. Guy David leads the practice, advising on both transactional matters and financing regulations out of Ottawa.

Practice head(s):

Guy David

Key clients

Bombardier

Export Development Canada

WestJet Airlines

NavCanada

United Airlines

Laurentian Bank / LBC Capital /LBEL

CAE

Menzies Aviation

Canada > Cannabis Tier 2

Clients of Gowling WLG benefit from the firm's national range of offices, which advise across the provinces. The cannabis team offers strong M&A expertise, as well as experience advising cannabis companies on capital markets matters, with recent highlights including its advice to IM Cannabis on its listing on Nasdaq, as well as marketing $35m of common shares. On the regulatory side, the practice is notable for including an integrated science team to help determine labelling requirements for new products. It also provides support to a number of retailers on product marketing regulations. The Toronto-based Peter Simeon and Ottawa-based Lewis Retik jointly lead the practice, focusing on capital markets and product regulations, respectively. Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel stands out for her IP litigation work in the cannabis sector.

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Testimonials

‘The lawyers are attentive to the clients’ needs in responding with timely relevant information and advice when required.’

Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is an outstanding lawyer, with amazing client service. She always makes herself available and makes me feel like I’m her most important client.’

‘Jason Saltzman and Joseph McDonald have been very responsive to our needs and requests for information and advice in a relevant and timely manner.’

‘Gowlings is known for being the best team for IP within the CPG and cannabis industry.’

Key clients

Bluma Wellness Inc.

IM Cannabis Corp.

SOL Global Investments Corp.

Khiron Life Sciences Corp.

Franchise Cannabis Corp.

Phivida Holdings Inc.

Truss Beverages

Canopy Growth Corporation/Tweed Farms Inc.

TREC Brands

Innocan Pharma Corporation

Aleafia Health Inc.

MichiCann Medical Inc.

Red White & Bloom Brands Inc.

NWN Scientific

Innoca Botanicals

Lifted Innovations Inc.

Canada > Environment Tier 2

Gowling WLG is well positioned to handle high-exposure environmental litigation across the country, including regulatory appeals, civil matters and prosecution defense.  In addition to its contentious caseload, the team also assists public and private-sector clients in relation to environmental assessments, regulatory issues, corporate risk and permitting matters. Toronto-based Rodney Northey is regularly seen acting for natural resources, waste management and energy clients in regulatory approvals and challenges. Also in Toronto, Harry Dahme is fully devoted to environmental law; his experience covers corporate environmental due diligence, brownfield redevelopment, chemical regulations and waste management matters. In the same office, Jennifer Danahy excels in both transactional mandates and environmental litigation at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Based in Vancouver, Wally Braul is a notable name in Western Canada for his work at the intersection of energy, indigenous law and environmental issues. Adam Chamberlain heads the practice.

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Testimonials

‘Expertise is the key. They understand the content and the process. ’

‘Knowledge of process and content. ’

‘I believe what makes Gowling WLG stand apart from other firms is their accessibility, their trustworthiness and their compassion. If I need advice about legal matters, I know it’s just a matter of picking up my phone or sending an email to get clear advice in a very short time. I know that any advice I get from Gowling WLG can be trusted as being in my best interests. Gowling WLG is not your stereotypical, “ambulance chasing” bunch of lawyers. They truly care about the people they are working with. ’

‘Previous experience and strength and in the environmental/brownfield site field was a key capability for our file. ’

‘Harry Dahme has excellent field/industry practice experience and rapport, including with other legal counsels, mediation, provincial regulatory agency, and Environmental Review Tribunal representatives. Very effective in guiding file agenda and strategies both internally and with external parties.’

Key clients

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

Government of Alberta

Kirby Offshore Marine LLC

University of British Columbia

Waste Connections

City of Mississauga

Toronto Hydro

Wheatland County

Romandale Farms Limited

Hamilton Beach Brands Canada, Inc.

Tŝilhqot’in National Government

Kivalliq Inuit Association

Canadian Public Health Association

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

Gowling WLG fields a large infrastructure and construction law team, which has recently led advice on numerous real estate developments, power plants and P3 projects in Canada. The practice is regularly retained by public authorities and operator subcontractors in the context of PPP projects, but increasingly provides assistance to project financiers and design-build contractors. The group has a strong base in Ontario, with practice heads Ted Betts and Faithe Holder sitting in the Toronto office. Betts is a name to note for large-scale construction and development projects, while Holder has decades of experience in the P3 market. Fellow co-leader Luc Lissoir, who is recommended for PPP procurement in the transportation and healthcare sectors, is based in Montréal. Darryl Brown retired in late 2020 and Adam Lewinberg left the firm in August 2021.

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Key clients

Acciona

Aecon

American Iron & Metals Inc.

Government of Alberta, Ministry of Infrastructure

Infrastructure Ontario (IO)

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Ledcor Group Inc.

Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.

RioCan Real Estate Management

Rosatom/AtomStroyExport (ASE) JSC

Siemens Canada

Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI)

Canada > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Canadian and international clients, including film and TV producers, distributors and broadcaster, book publishers and video game developers, seek the Gowling WLG‘s assistance with a variety of entertainment and sports law mandates. Drawing on the firm’s notable IP expertise, the team is particularly skilled at acting for music industry clients in relation to commercial transactions, talent agreements, record deals, licensing and merchandising arrangements. Major record labels, artists and songwriters, book publishers and other entertainment companies  routinely turn to Susan Abramovitch  for advice on cutting-edge issues, such as non-fungible tokens. Her practice encompasses both transactional work and dispute resolution.

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Testimonials

‘Susan Abramovitch brings an uncommon depth of experience, coupled with a pragmatic business approach, and more than fair billing practices.’

‘Working with Susan Abramovitch is like working with your best friend, who happens to also be your mentor and the smartest person you know.’

Key clients

Antica Productions Inc.

Azrieli Foundation

MERLIN

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

Kobalt Music Publishing

Tanya Tagaq

peermusic

Jane Goodall Institute Global

Quinlan Road/Loreena McKennitt

SOCAN

Mary Berg

Great Big Sea

National Arts Centre Corporation

Indspire

Harlequin Enterprises

Eleanor McCain

Secret City Records / Publishing

Six Shooter Records

Brad Roberts/Crash Test Dummies

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 2

The power practice at Gowling WLG is able to draw from a deep bench of expertise across M&A, project finance and development, IP law and energy regulation. Of particular note, the practice has strong credentials in renewables and nuclear energy, where Ahab Abdel-Aziz is the name to note for nuclear power generation mandates. Abdel-Aziz acts in policy and regulatory matters, as well as in the financing, development and licensing of nuclear projects. Thomas Timmins specialises in renewable power and energy storage projects in Canada and internationally. Ian Mondrow acts for a range of clients in regulatory matters. Magdalena Hanebach is another main point of contact for the nuclear industry in relation to project development, risk mitigation and regulatory issues.

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Other key lawyers:

Scott Fletcher; Ian Mondrow; Magdalena Hanebach

Key clients

Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (AREQ)

Brookfield Renewable Trading and Marketing LP and Lièvre Power LP

Cummins Inc.

Henvey Inlet First Nation

London Hydro/Electron

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Renewable Energy Production Association (“REPA”)

Rosatom group of companies (Rosatom Overseas, TVEL, Rusatom Services, AtomstroyExport, Novobirisk Chemicals Concentrates Plant)

Town of Ajax

Town of Grimsby

Canada > Business immigration Tier 3

Sitting within the firm’s employment and labor group, Gowling WLG‘s immigration offering assists employers with global mobility issues, international recruitment and compliance. Matters with US immigration implications are a particular strength, and the team draws on employment, privacy and tax expertise to complement its immigration advice in related work. Based in Waterloo, practice head Bill MacGregoris a very approachable lawyer who makes understanding immigration issues easy‘ and has over 25 years of experience in corporate and business immigration. Krista Schofer leads the western Canadian immigration practice, acting for corporate clients hiring foreign nationals in Canada or the US.

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Testimonials

‘Great team! They really know what they are doing. Great response time, great flexibility to meet on short notice. 100% results! No-one was turned away at the border or had any problem either getting in Canada or getting the work permit required.’

‘Bill MacGregor is great to work with. He knows his stuff – he is able to provide great advice quickly and straight to the point.’

‘Gowling provides quick, but efficient services to our various needs. The team is not only well equipped to answer various questions, they do so with impressive speed and accuracy. There have been many times where we have been in a jam and they have provided us with quality work we can trust.’

‘Bill MacGregor makes life easy. He is quick to respond to emails, and provides well detailed responses that usually resolve issues without much follow up. On top of that, his work quality is exception – we don’t have to spend time going back & forth to fix errors or clear up misunderstandings. Ultimately – Bill is a very approachable lawyer who makes understanding immigration issues easy. I appreciate his candid approach to discussions, which helps me quickly relay advice back to my teams.’

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Well regarded for its mid-market M&A expertise, Gowling WLG offers strong national corporate support to its clients. Part of a broad legal platform, the team benefits from the input of specialists in various areas in deals involving companies in the cannabis, life sciences, media and energy industries. It is particularly established in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, a key area for Canadian technology start-ups. Toronto-based partner Ian Palm is known for his expertise advising private equity and venture capital funds on deals in the technology, finance and energy sectors. Lorraine Mastersmith is also a key name in Ottawa, with considerable start-up and emerging company expertise.

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Key clients

Britannia Bud Canada Holdings Inc.

Ross Video Ltd

Accenture

FORTAI

McRock

Northpond Ventures

Delta CleanTech Inc.

PlantX Life Inc.

Heavenly Rx Ltd.

Phivida Holdings Inc.

Lifted Innovations Inc.

SOL Global Investment Corp.

Alibaba’s eWTP Tech Innovation Fund LP

Newlook Capital Inc.

Cortec Group

Canadian Hospital Specialties Limited

Newark Venture Partners

Innodem Neurosciences

Richardson Wealth Ltd.

Rocky Mountain Equipment Alberta Ltd.

Gyrus Capital

Geeq Corporation

Canada > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Gowling WLG is able to deploy teams of lawyers across Canada to act in a range of commercial disputes; the firm is praised for its ability to ‘pull in specialists throughout their organization as needed‘, drawing on the firm’s global presence, as well as its strength in IP litigation. In Alberta, the Calgary office has recently focused on the region’s emerging markets of renewable energy and agribusiness as well as environmental law. The team includes two standout younger partners: practice co-head Ricki Johnston, ‘a fabulous lawyer’ who is especially strong in investor loss claims; and Warren Foley, who has considerable extensive experience acting in energy-sector disputes. David Bishop jointly leads the litigation group and has experience across the range of disputes work in the market. Scott Kugler coordinates the national commercial litigation and class action practice groups from the Toronto office, which makes up the firm’s offering in Ontario, along with lawyers in Ottawa, Hamilton and Waterloo, where Sahil Shoor is the standout name, promoted to partner in January 2021. Aviation disputes, banking litigation, regulatory issues and white-collar criminal cases are among the team’s strengths, and it also boasts a significant francophone offering in the province. In Vancouver, Martin Palleson heads the advocacy department and handles commercial litigation, with an emphasis on corporate and insolvency and restructuring disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Gowling puts together a team with great depth – they are efficient with their time, transparent with the process and position being taken. They have the ability to pull in specialists throughout their organization as needed and have good internal collaboration across multiple jurisdictions and industries.’

‘The teams we have worked with at Gowling are extremely collaborative, supportive with internal memos, board meetings and are invested in the business outcome. Their ability to summarize the status or facts of the dispute to all levels of the organization is a credit to their team and reflects the time they take to understand their clients and their business.’

‘Effective and efficient – the team was easy to work with, focused on outcome and understood the business imperative of the litigation matter.’

‘Even though Gowling WLG is a large international firm, they take a keen interest in getting to know their clients. I find they are very personable, and my interactions with the firm almost feel like I’m dealing with a small boutique law firm with a slew of knowledge and bench-strength!’

‘Ricki Johnston is a fabulous lawyer. She is practical, diligent, personable, responsive, and well organized. I love working with Ricki and would retain her on any complex litigation dispute, but especially for investor loss claims. Ricki’s advice is always well reasoned and spot on. She combines the latest case law with her own approach. She is always looking to save the client money and thinking strategically about how to get us the best result.’

‘The team with whom we work know the law and the procedures and have a good depth of knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate. But they are also very practical and creative. They do not ‘go through the motions’ of defending a client. They look for ways to be proactive and to maximize efficiency while also providing superior service.’

‘Timely, accurate, responsive. Narrows down the legal issues in a clear way.’

‘Excellent oral and written advocacy skills.’

Key clients

Preformed Line Products

Siemens Canada

Omni Bridgeway

Keyera

Tremblant Resort Association

Amarjot Singh

Northmont Resort Properties

Charles Taylor Adjusting

Turner & Townsend

Obsidian Energy

Secure Energy

Kirby Offshore Marine

Gibson Energy

Richardson Wealth

Cummins

Lockheed Martin US

Siemens Canada

Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nation

BC Hydro

Corus and Cineflix Media

Farmobile

International Sail and Power Academy

Western Oilfield Equipment Rentals

First Nations Health Authority

Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Trimble Solutions

Coors Brewing Company

Whitecap Dakota First Nation

Sumas First Nation

Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission

City of Hamilton

Amazon Web Services

Home Trust Company

Seven Hills Group

Lash Point Associates

Stantec Consulting

Cuso International

Toronto Community Housing

Aberdeen International

United Airlines

Canada > Insurance Tier 3

Known for its regulatory expertise, Gowling WLG advises on the full range of Canadian federal and provincial insurance laws, which includes advising on market entrances, reorganisation and a number of transactional matters. The team also has a growing footprint handling matters relating to technology, advising on the establishment of lines relating to privacy and cybersecurity, as well as a group assisting insurtech companies. The team also provides contentious support on large-scale disputes. Filomena Frisina and Belinda Bain co-head the team from Toronto. Frisia leads the insurtech and regulatory arm, while Bain focuses on advocacy. Michael Garellek is also known for his Quebecois regulatory knowledge.

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Paul Stein QC; Parna Sabet-Stephenson; Michael Garellek

Testimonials

‘They are diverse in different areas including speciality risks (ie: E&O) and it’s a one-stop-shop! ’

‘Paul Stein is the best. He has his own caseload while mentoring juniors/associates. His mentorship results in excellent partners throughout the years. ’

‘Gowling’s team in Montreal has industry-leading knowledge in the Quebec insurance sector. This is an area where there is not a lot of legitimate expertise at large national/international firms in Canada. Gowling brings this expertise to the table every time and provides thorough and practical advice in all instances.’

‘Michael Garellek is a top lawyer. We work closely with him on many issues. He gives thorough and detailed advice. And the advice is always practical. Unlike some competitors, Gowling is always comfortable giving tough messages and practical recommendations for courses of action.’

Key clients

Ministère des Transports du Québec and Société québécoise des infrastructures

Siemens Canada

Keyera Corporation

Canada > International trade Tier 3

Gowling WLG has a broad trade practice, covering customs compliance, trade litigation, customs valuations, export controls, and other key trade issues. It is particularly known for its work on behalf of manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, importers, exporters and trade associations to create compliance regimes and advise on corruption matters. The team also has notable expertise with tech businesses, in particular those related to cryptography. Wendy Wagner leads the team from Ottawa and is known for her additional work with privacy companies. Associate Hunter Fox is also well regarded; he has a broad trade advocacy practice.

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Hunter Fox

Testimonials

‘Good reputation in the community. Strong relationships with government authorities help to clarify their position’

‘Hunter Fox was very quick to respond to all of our requests, took the time to understand our unique product and issues and his response was very thorough and complete. ’

‘The expertise in the area of software export is extensive. The practice’s understanding of the complexities and technical details involved in the export of cryptography software, in particular, is profound and extremely helpful to our business.’

‘Wendy Wagner is responsive and good-natured. She is knowledgeable at a fairly deep engineering level on the topic of cryptography software and related export law. It is rare to find that level of technical expertise in a lawyer.’

The Gowling WLG team is not only incredibly skilled in international trade, but also friendly and a true pleasure to work with. They are friendly, and explain things in a detailed yet easy to understand manner.

Hunter is one of the easiest people I have worked with. He is always incredibly thorough, communicative, and always helpful with whatever issues and problems arise. We will continue to utilize him for international trade questions, and have had nothing but positive experiences.

Key clients

Impex Solutions

Aexos Inc.

Restoration Hardware

Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association

Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

Covering both contentious and non-contentious procurement law mandates, Gowling WLG  is well-versed in bid protests, litigation over public tenders and in the application of domestic and international trade agreements. The team, which is primarily based in Ottawa, offers support to procuring entities and bidders across a range of key sectors seeking advice on significant bidding decisions and compliance issues in all jurisdictions in Canada. Department leader Phuong Ngo assists with procedural risk mitigation, procurement documentation and bid protests.

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Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable in the area of Procurement. Quick response. Practical approach.’

‘Easy access and quick response.’

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Working in close collaboration with the firm’s construction and P3 lawyers, Gowling WLG‘s real estate department is well-positioned to provide a one-stop-shop offering to a diverse client base composed of  major developers, pension funds, REITs, financial institutions and governmental entities, among others. Besides assisting with the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets and other transactional work (including financing deals), the practice particularly stands out for its significant experience in property development and leasing matters. Vancouver-based Joel Camley is skilled at leading multi-office teams in complex commercial real estate transactions and cross-border mandates. He oversees the national real estate practice group, while Ted Betts in Toronto heads up the infrastructure and construction law team.

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Testimonials

‘Very experienced, responsive and consistently meet tight timelines for our transactions. ’

‘Personable and easy to work with.’

‘The attention to detail and thoroughness provided by Roberto Aburto is second to none.’

‘The Real Estate team that we deal with at Gowling WLG is excellent to work with. They are responsive, professional and detail-oriented, and do a great job in meeting the unique needs of their client.’

Key clients

Amazon

Cadillac Fairview Corporation

Canopy Growth Corporation

Concert Properties

Industrial Alliance

International Development Research Centre

InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Ledcor Group Inc.

Minto Group

Oxford Properties

SHAPE Properties

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Gowling WLG has a strong pedigree for handling cross-border restructurings and insolvencies for creditors, debtors and court-appointed officers. Its global platform also makes it a strong choice for multinational companies. According to a client, a distinguishing feature of the practice is 'the unique combination of litigation and deal-making talent necessary to support turnarounds, restructurings and insolvency matters in a practical, strategic manner". Clifton Prophet and David Cohen, who are both based in Toronto, are the names to note.

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Tom Cumming

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive team with broad and deep capabilities. Take a pragmatic, commercial perspective and provide clear advice/recommendations rather than simply outlining the issues/alternatives.’

‘Clear, well-reasoned recommendations, combined with the willingness and ability to play a coordinating role on complex, syndicated files.’

‘The unique combination of litigation and deal-making talent necessary to support turnarounds, restructurings and insolvency matters in a practical, strategic manner, with litigation excellence when required. Well-respected, experienced lawyers and experts in their fields, who are well-connected for cross-border matters as well.’

‘Cliff Prophet and David Cohen bring a unique complementary litigation/insolvency and financial services/deals approach to projects that is very collaborative. Their expertise is woven well together and stands alone, as the situation requires.’

Key clients

KPMG

King Street Company Inc. and its affiliates.

Bowra Group – Quinsam Coal Corporation

2607380 Ontario

Merchant Growth – Creditloans Canada

JMB Crushing Systems

Redrock Camps Inc.

FTI Consulting Inc.

Otera Capital Inc.

ATB Financial

Lakehead University

Canada > Technology Tier 3

Gowling WLG acts for clients ranging in size from start-ups to multinationals, and its work spans a number of areas, including fintech, insurtech, e-commerce, AI and internet of things. The firm's recent highlights included acting for global technology consultancy Sourced Group on its $75m acquisition by Amdocs; this matter was led by Ottawa-based corporate partner Derek Keay, who focuses on corporate finance and M&A, primarily involving emerging technology companies. Also based in Ottawa is Lorraine Mastersmith, who frequently assists companies specialized in technology with commercial contracts, technology licensing and capital raising. Elsewhere, other notable individuals at the firm are Paul Armitage in Vancouver and Zafar Jaffer in Calgary. The practice is led by Waterloo-based partner Viona Duncan, who advises on tech M&A and finance transactions.

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Key clients

Amazon

Ebay

Google

North

Accenture

Ross Video

McRock Fund II

Precision NanoSystems

PlantX Life

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)

Payfare

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 4

Gowling WLG's team provides employment law advice to a number of multinational corporates with operations in Canada, including Burberry and Starbucks. In addition to providing M&A and general advisory support, the group is also active in employment litigation. Andrew Bratt leads the national practice from the firm's Toronto office, while a number of the team's practitioners are based at its office in Kitchener, including employment and privacy law expert Bettina Burgess. Up-and-coming partner Khiam Nong often assists clients with issues relating to employee misconduct, workplace bullying and sexual harassment. Josée Gervais in Montréal and Maxwell Brunette (whose practice is split between Vancouver and Calgary) are other names to note.

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Testimonials

‘Andrew Bratt is one of our go-to lawyers in this field in Canada. His practical, results oriented approach, easy demeanor, and sensitivity to cost are always appreciated. Not afraid of a fight but will not start one just to impress clients.’

Key clients

MyHealth Partners

Terminix Canada

Starbucks

Régie des Installations Olympiques

Dicom Transportation Group

Government of Québec – Ministry of Family

Carters Osh Kosh

Burberry

Sonder Canada

Thales Canada

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 4

Gowling WLG acts for a broad client base made up of mid-market mining producers, exploration and specialty metals companies, assisting them with site development, project finance and offtake arrangements. The firm excels in mining-related matters involving Latin America, for which Toronto-based France Tenaille is noted. Her practice is primarily focused on M&A transactions, corporate finance and cross-border deals in the natural resources sector. Ian Mitchell in Toronto is the newly appointed head of the group; he specialises in financing and securities matters, with a special emphasis in the mining sector.

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Testimonials

‘The mining practice’s excellent leadership combined with proactively relationship building makes them a critical partner. Their broad experience and creative thinking assist greatly in structuring deals that work for the client.’

Key clients

Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.

Mineros S.A.

Minera Alamos Inc.

Mines and Metals Trading (Peru) PLC (Silver X Mining Corp.)

Orla Mining Ltd.

Aurania Resources Ltd.

Largo Resources Ltd.

Balmoral Resources Ltd.

Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

West Vault Mining Inc.

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Los Andes Copper Ltd.

Paramount Gold Nevada

Rokmaster Resources Ltd.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Mawson Gold Limited

Capella Minerals Ltd.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

Gowling WLG attracts instructions from public and private clients across the entire oil and gas sector, seeking support in relation to asset acquisitions and dispositions, pipeline projects and expansions, and proceedings before regulators. Leading the practice from Calgary, Lorne Rollheiser has a significant background working with exploration and production companies in the development of upstream and midstream projects. Domestic and cross-border M&A transactions are other typical mandates for the practice head, who receives key support from energy regulatory expert James Smellie.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

James Smellie; Adriana da Silva Bellini; Joshua Jantzi

Testimonials

‘The depth and breadth of the energy regulation expertise is outstanding.’

Key clients

EOG Resources Inc.

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Acting for shareholders for Canadian Casing Accessories Inc.

Paytah Services Inc.

CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

Macquarie Energy Canada Ltd.

FEC Resources Inc.

Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA)

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

Delta Clean Tech

Aura Power Renewables

EPCOR

Plains Midstream

Pipestone Energy Corp.

Canada > Tax Tier 4

Gowling WLG has a strong profile among private equity firms, downstream investment funds and tax-exempt investors. Its work covers a full range of areas, including corporate tax, transactional tax, dispute resolution, transfer pricing, international tax and tax planning. In addition to being a key player in the Canadian market, the firm's international platform also puts it on a strong footing to handle multijurisdictional matters. Paul Carenza heads up the team, which is spread between the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa offices. Carenza is based in Toronto, as is John Sorensen, who is highlighted for his 'depth and breadth of experience in tax dispute files'.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

John Sorensen; Ash Gupta; Laura Gheorghiu; Mariam Al-Shikarchy; Christine Perry; Pierre Alary; Colin Green; Carl Hinzmann

Testimonials

‘John Sorensen in Gowling’s tax group is highly valued for his depth and breadth of experience on tax dispute files. John’s experience provides him with insight on which strategy to use when dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency or the Department of Justice.’

The feeling is that you don’t work with a lawyer, but with a friend who will do everything they can to help us reach our goal.

Extremely good technically, always on top of the new information and regulation that she spontaneously share with us, she always make herself available and on top of this fun to work with (Laura Gheorgiu is my key contact).’

Key clients

IM Cannabis Corp

Alectra

Khiron Life Sciences Corp

Expertus

AGA Financial Group

Peermusic

UAB FL Technics

MyHealth Partners

PlantX Life Inc.

Sol Cuisine Inc.

Deciem

Terminix Canada

Coinsquare Ltd.

Bluma Wellness Inc.

Payfare Inc.

Crank Software

Dore Hold Co Limited

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

HPC Housing Investment Corporation

West Vault Mining Inc.

Atkore Inc.

Britannia Bud Canada Holdings Inc.

ShookIOT

Leucrotta Exploration Inc.

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 5

Gowling WLG offers a strong lending-side practice, advising all six major banks and a range of non-traditional lenders. It also has a growing practice acting for corporate borrowers, with experience in acquisition financing and bond offerings. Toronto-based partner Christopher Alam heads the national lending group, acting for a wide range of financial institutions including US banks. Dom Glavota and Elizabeth Burton in Calgary are also key contacts, with respective expertise in loan recovery and syndicated finance. David Cohen in Toronto leads the financial institutions and services group. Harold Chataway and Derek Winett retired.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Farm Credit Canada

HSBC Bank Canada

Mattamy Homes

McMaster University

Royal Bank Of Canada

Acciona Infrastructure Canada

NAV Canada

Aecon Group Inc.

ScotiaBank

Toronto Dominion Bank

Manulife Financial Group

Yangaroo

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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.

Around the world, our 1,500+ legal professionals and dedicated business support teams apply our deep sector knowledge to understand your business and help you succeed.

Gowling WLG clients get access to in-depth knowledge in key global sectors and a suite of legal services. With over 1,500 legal professionals across 19 cities worldwide and broad experience in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help you rise to the challenges you face – both today, and tomorrow.

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; 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Automotive André Rivest andre.rivest@gowlingwlg.com
Aviation, aerospace and defence Naïm Alexandre Antaki naim.antaki@gowlingwlg.com
Construction and engineering Ted Betts ted.betts@gowlingwlg.com
Energy Thomas J. Timmins thomas.timmins@gowlingwlg.com
Financial institutions and services Christopher Alam christopher.alam@gowlingwlg.com
Food and beverage Lewis Retik Lewis.Retik@gowlingwlg.com
Life sciences John Norman john.norman@gowlingwlg.com
Natural resources Thomas J. Timmins thomas.timmins@gowlingwlg.com
Projects and infrastructure Ted Betts ted.betts@gowlingwlg.com
Real estate Joel Camley Joel.Camley@gowlingwlg.com
Retail and franchising Debi Sutin Debi.Sutin@gowlingwlg.com
Tech Viona Duncan Viona.Duncan@gowlingwlg.com
Advertising and product regulatory Daniel Cole Daniel.Cole@gowlingwlg.com
Banking and finance Christopher Alam christopher.alam@gowlingwlg.com
Capital markets Karen Hennessey karen.hennessey@gowlingwlg.com
Charities and not-for-profits Carole Chouinard carole.chouinard@gowlingwlg.com
Competition and antitrust Ian Macdonald ian.macdonald@gowlingwlg.com
Corporate commercial Karen Hennessey karen.hennessey@gowlingwlg.com
Employment, labour and equalities Andrew Bratt Andrew.Bratt@gowlingwlg.com
Entertainment law Susan Abramovitch susan.abramovitch@gowlingwlg.com
Environmental law Adam Chamberlain Adam.Chamberlain@gowlingwlg.com
Fintech Usman Sheikh Usman.Sheikh@gowlingwlg.com
Government affairs Pierre Pilote pierre.pilote@gowlingwlg.com
Gaming Scott Fletcher scott.fletcher@gowlingwlg.com
Indigenous law Paul Seaman Paul.Seaman@gowlingwlg.com
Insurance and professional liability Belinda Bain Belinda.Bain@gowlingwlg.com
Intellectual property Shelagh Carnegie shelagh.carnegie@gowlingwlg.com
Litigation and dispute resolution Scott Kugler Scott.Kugler@gowlingwlg.com
M&A Karen Hennessey karen.hennessey@gowlingwlg.com
Pensions Daniel Hayhurst daniel.hayhurst@gowlingwlg.com
Privacy and data protection Wendy Wagner Wendy.Wagner@gowlingwlg.com
Private equity Edward Johnston Edward.Johnston@gowlingwlg.com
Procurement Phuong T.V. Ngo phuong.ngo@gowlingwlg.com
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency Clifton Prophet clifton.prophet@gowlingwlg.com
Supreme Court of Canada services Lynne Watt lynne.watt@gowlingwlg.com
Tax Paul Carenza Paul.Carenza@gowlingwlg.com
White-collar defence and investigations Glen Jennings glen.jennings@gowlingwlg.com
Cannabis Peter Simeon peter.simeon@gowlingwlg.com
Number of Partners : 439
Number of other fee-earners : 368 (practising professionals, excluding clerks/paralegals)
Total staff : 2,119 (including the above)