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Baker McKenzie


Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s group, which handles a broad mix of merger control, foreign investment matters and investigations, provides a ‘responsive and knowledgeable service’. Department lead Arlan Gates, who ‘possesses broad and deep knowledge’, recently advised a private equity player on obtaining Canadian merger and foreign investment clearance for its acquisition of a Canada-headquartered company.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Toronto practice is distinguished by its ability to plug into the global firm’s wider network to advise on the Canadian leg of multi-jurisdictional deals. In a recent example, it advised Motorola Solutions on the local aspects of its $1bn acquisition of Avigilon Corporation. Local practice chair Sonia Yung is the key contact.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

Due to the jurisdictional nature of Canada’s litigation landscape, we have included local tables for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The combined editorial follows in alphabetical order by firm name. Baker McKenzie’s 'highly professional’ Toronto-based group attracts praise for its 'timely and effective service’. The team plugs into the firm’s broader global network to specialize in cross-border litigation, particularly fraud and asset recovery matters, and it acts for an impressive roster of major multinational clients including HSBC Bank Canada and McDonald's Restaurants of Canada. John Pirie leads the Canadian litigation and government enforcement practice and, alongside David Gadsden, is defending Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting in new allegations brought by the Sino-Forest Corporation Litigation Trust. Matthew Latella is also recommended for his ability to 'think strategically to prepare for all situations’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

The ‘incredibly responsive and nimble’ team at Baker McKenzie finds favour for its ability to marshal support from its global network and sources say, ’we feel hugely supported by them around the world’. Group head Christopher Aide ‘takes the time to get to know the client and its business’ and handles trademark and design portfolio management and brand protection matters for clients such as Unilever. Stephanie Vaccari, who heads the luxury and fashion group, is ‘extremely knowledgeable, practical and business-friendly’.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Responsive and analytical’, Baker McKenzie’s trade practice comprises ‘experts in both the law and the nuances of the administrative process’. The group’s ‘in-depth knowledge of the Canadian customs framework’ blends with its global network to ensure that it is a top choice for many multinationals doing business in Canada — Hilti (Canada) and McCormick & Company among them. Customs matters are a notable strength but the group also handles trade remedies, trade agreements, export controls, trade sanctions and regulatory matters. Department head Paul Burns earns praise for his ‘great long-range strategic vision’.

Leading individuals

Paul Burns - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s employment team earns rave reviews for its ‘unmatched client service’, ‘strong knowledge in the area of union drives’ and ‘ability to really understand the client’s business’. Group chair George Avraam, who provides ’knowledgeable legal advice tailored to the client’s culture’, successfully represented Olympus Canada in a complex case stemming from a wrongful dismissal claim. Managing partner Kevin Coon (‘particularly proactive’), litigator William Watson (‘expert in handling unionization campaigns for employers’) and Christopher Burkett are also key names.

Leading individuals

George Avraam - Baker McKenzie

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Toronto-based team has a broad focus, which takes in tax planning, tax controversies, transfer pricing, indirect taxes and global wealth management. Group head Jacques Bernier is a sought-after tax litigator who specializes in transfer pricing. Clients include private Canadian companies through to major multinationals.

Leading individuals

Jacques Bernier - Baker McKenzie

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Technology - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s group, which is particularly prominent in data protection and regulatory issues, is led jointly by Theo Ling (‘a specialist in privacy issues’) and Arlan Gates (‘maintains a very flexible approach’). Highlights included assisting a multinational financial services company with reviewing its supplier agreements in relation to GDPR compliance.

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