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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre,
East Tower 22 Adelaide St. W.,
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 4E3

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s litigation group is spread across platforms in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Quebec, with cross-office teams routinely teaming up to advise on complex cases on a national scale. Key contacts in Calgary include senior counsel Frank Foran QC and Randall Block QC, who is rated for his experience in energy and regulatory litigation. Vancouver-based Robert Deane leads the international trade and arbitration group, and Guy Pratte, who splits his time between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, advises on commercial litigation, administrative law and constitutional law.

Practice head(s):

David Di Paolo; Michael Marion; Kathleen McDormand; Sarah McEachern; Mathieu Piché-Messier; Cait Sainsbury

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP stands out for its depth across the full power sector supply chain. Highly sought after by public and private sector clients in all key industry areas, the group routinely advises on corporate, commercial and regulatory issues pertaining to power generation, transmission and distribution. The team is highly regarded for its senior regulatory expertise, and also houses significant transactional experience, where it leans on the firm’s corporate, tax and finance teams to offer full-service advice on sophisticated deal structuring. Toronto-based Shane Freitag heads the national practice and has developed a reputation in complex transactional and regulatory mandates, while Mark Rodger serves as Toronto regional chair of the electricity markets group. The national team is also well represented in Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal.

Practice head(s):

Shane Freitag; Mark Rodger; Randall Block; Sean Muggah; Vince DeRose; Sylvie Bouvette

Key clients

Northland Power Inc.

BC Hydro

Independent Electricity System Operator (formerly Ontario Power Authority)

Energy+ Inc.

AltaLink L.P.

Peterborough Utilities Group Ltd.

Oakville Enterprises Corporation

Alterra Power Corp.

Manulife Financial

National Bank Financial

Manitoba Hydro

EDF EN Canada Inc.

Potentia Renewables Inc.

International trade Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP continues to consolidate its international trade offering following the arrival of high-profile specialists Milos BarutciskiMatthew Kronby and Jesse Goldman from Bennett Jones LLP in mid-2018. The practice now covers the gamut of trade and investment issues, from customs compliance and trade remedies, to high-profile WTO and FTA disputes. Of particular note, the team recently advised the Government of Ontario on the renegotiation of NAFTA and its pending replacement by the Canada-US Mexico Agreement. The firm also houses a robust anti-corruption practice, which routinely advises domestic and foreign clients on the development and implementation of global anti-corruption policies. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Milos Barutciski; Jesse Goldman; Matthew Kronby

Key clients

LNG Canada


Rio Tinto Alcan

Ferrostaal Metals Canada Inc.

International Industries Ltd.

Fluor Corporation

Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council

European Public Multinational

Canadian Executive

Canadian Technology Company

Government of Ontario

Labour and employment Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s formidable national practice leans on sizeable platforms throughout the country, with particularly dominant teams in Toronto and Montreal. The group routinely advises on labour relations, human rights, occupational health and safety, and privacy-related matters, with strengths in both non-contentious and litigious issues. In Montreal, Robert Bonhomme is highly sought after for labour relations and Danny Kaufer enjoys a prominent reputation for his bargaining and arbitration expertise. Matthew Certosimo in Toronto is an experienced litigator, who represents employers and employees in complex contentious cases. Other key contacts in Montreal include national department head André Royer and occupational health and safety specialist Katherine Poirier.

Transport: Shipping Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has a full-service shipping practice, which acts for shipowners, operators, charterers, liner companies and insurers. The national group is particularly dominant in Montreal and Vancouver. Group head Jean-Marie Fontaine and senior counsel Jeremy Bolger are based in the firm's Montreal office, and up-and-coming Dionysios Rossi is a key name in Vancouver. Peter Pamel was recently appointed Judge of the Federal Court.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marie Fontaine

Other key lawyers:

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP handles a steady stream of both private and public M&A, with a strong record in cross-border, particularly US-related, transactions. Its Vancouver office, which is the seat of mining head Fred Pletcher, continues to increase its presence in sophisticated mining transactions, while financial services and energy are sweet spots for the Toronto team. Its Calgary office had a banner year, which saw it advise on several big-ticket energy transactions, including its recent advice to the Government of Canada on its highly publicized acquisition of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. It also benefits from a well-staffed Montreal platform. Public M&A head Paul Mingay and private M&A head Graham King are the key contacts, both based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mingay; Graham King

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pan American Silver Corp.

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.

Cuda Energy Inc.

Ikkuma Resources Corp.

Pitney Bowes Inc.

MD Financial Group

Orient Overseas International Ltd.

Alterra Power Corp.

First Coin Capital Corp.

Greystone Capital Management Inc.

Canoe Financial LP

CiToxLAB Amérique du Nord Inc.

East River Oil and Gas Ltd.

Capital Power Corporation

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national practice is spread throughout its several national offices, but has concentrated mining expertise in Vancouver and Toronto. The group handles a mix of corporate, finance, commercial and regulatory matters for corporates from mid-tier and junior mining companies to major producers such as Pan American Silver. The mining practice also benefits from the firm's expertise in indigenous law and taxation. Vancouver-based Fred Pletcher advises Canadian and international mining companies on a range of corporate, project development and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Fred Pletcher; Mark Wheeler

Key clients

Pan American Silver Corp.

Ressources Quebec Inc.

Almadex Minerals Limited (to be renamed Azucar Minerals Ltd.) and 1154229 B.C. Ltd. (to be renamed Almadex Minerals Ltd.)

Nevsun Resources Ltd. (The Special Committee of)

Morgan Stanley and M. Klein & Co.

Kinross Gold Corp.

Epiroc Drilling Tools AB

National Bank Financial

Gold Standard Ventures Corp.

Kelt Exploration Ltd.

Cormark Securities Inc.

TD Securities Inc.

Indigenous law Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is equally adept at advising indigenous communities, government bodies and industry participants on indigenous law issues. Particularly prominent in contentious matters, the group is also well versed in regulatory concerns, project development and due diligence issues. Spearheaded nationally by Montreal-based Nadir André and Vancouver-based Scott Kerwin, the department draws on the experience of Vancouver-based senior counsel Patrick Foy QC, who is highly regarded for his public law expertise. Senior counsel David Camp is another contact in the Vancouver office.

Practice head(s):

Nadir André; Scott Kerwin

Other key lawyers:


The team provides very professional service and explains matters at hand very well.’

Lawyers are very professional and down to earth. Very experienced in all matters that have came up with my community.’

Public procurement Tier 2

In line with the wider firm’s signature strength, the procurement team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has particular expertise in health care-related matters. The national group is also is a popular choice to advise private and public sector clients on procurement matters connected to the energy and transportation spheres, with infrastructure development, outsourcing arrangements and procurement litigation all notable sweet spots. IT group head Mark Fecenko is noted for his procurement experience in the municipal, health care and higher education areas, while construction specialist Richard Shaban is noted for his infrastructure development focus.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fecenko; Rick Shaban

Key clients

The City of Ottawa

Province of Nova Scotia

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

Iron Mountain

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Group Purchasing Organization

Selex Sistemi Integrati S.p.A.

Manitoba Hydro

University Health Network

Province of British Columbia

BC Hydro

Champlain Bridge

City of Ottawa Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

University Health Network

Ontario Telemedicine Network

Banking and finance Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s increasingly prominent banking team combines a strong presence in both Eastern and Western Canada with strengths in corporate lending, structured finance, project finance and regulatory matters. The firm is a key counsel to major banks such as BMO, Scotiabank and HSBC Bank Canada, and also consistently acts for credit unions, funds and borrowers. Key contacts include Vancouver-based national lead Donald Bird, who regularly acts for lenders and borrowers, Montreal-based Vincent Frenette, and Calgary-based corporate finance partner David Whelan QC. Also recommended is Montreal-based senior counsel Kenneth Atlas.

Practice head(s):

Donald Bird; Vincent Frenette; Stephen Redican; David Whelan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union

Bank of Montreal

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Ares Capital Corporation

RFA Capital Partners Inc. and RFA CMBS Limited Partnership

Roynat Capital Inc.

Auto Canada Inc.

Her Majesty in Right of Canada (The Government of Canada)

Finning International Inc.

Sun Life Financial

Capital Power

HSBC Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

National Bank of Canada


Business immigration Tier 3

With expertise in case analysis, visa services and every business immigration point in between, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has established itself as a key adviser to multinational companies on international mobility issues. Among its recent engagements, it has been particularly active on behalf of clients in the entertainment, construction and technology industries. Brian Dingle, who steers the group from Toronto, enjoys strong relationships with major US film and TV studios.

Practice head(s):

Brian Dingle

Key clients

Credit Suisse


Capital markets Tier 3

It was a storming start to 2019 for Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, which ranked at the top by deal value for issuer-side equity offerings in Canada for the first half of the year. The performance was marked by an impressive seven-deal run, which also earned the firm a second place rank for deal count in the leader tables. The practice also handles a significant volume of debt capital markets transactions and it also routinely acts for underwriters. The team is particularly standout in mining work, with recent strong showings in the lithium space, but the technology, retail and financial services sectors also represent a growing share of high-quality work. Kent Kufeldt, who splits his time between Vancouver and Calgary, and Vancouver-based mining chair Fred Pletcher are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Kent Kufeldt

Key clients

Aritzia Inc.

The Supreme Cannabis Company

First Block Capital Inc.

Eight Capital Inc.

Titan Medical Inc.

Stone Canyon Industries LLC

Kelt Exploration Ltd.

Clear Sky Capital Inc.

ProMetic Life Sciences Inc.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Husky Energy Inc.

AutoCanada Inc.

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is recognized for the strength of its behavioural practice, which spans the full scope of cartel defence, regulatory issues, class actions and regulatory litigation. The group’s emphasis on contentious work, combined with its ability to draw upon the wider firm’s strong regulatory offering, makes it a popular choice for high-stakes litigation. Notably, the team represented George Weston and Loblaw Companies on their successful application for immunity from prosecution, under the Bureau’s Immunity Program, as part of the Bureau’s high-profile investigation into price-fixing in the bread market. Robert Russell chairs the department.

Practice head(s):

Robert Russell

Key clients

Loblaw Companies Limited

George Weston Limited

Deutsche Bank AG

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd./Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

Pan American Silver Corp.



KEMET Corporation/KEMET Electronics Corporation

RBC Global Asset Management Inc.

Alterra Power Corp

Eli Lilly and Company

Stone Canyon Industries LLC

Government of Canada/Canada Development Investment Corporation

Innovative Medicines Canada

Pirelli North America, Inc.

TMD Friction Holdings GmbH

Yuasa Battery

Purdue Pharma

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 3

Historically known for its emphasis on regulatory matters, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP had an impressive run on the transactional side over the past year. Most notably, the firm was selected by the Government of Canada to advise on its landmark C$4.5bn purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline to enable its inter-provincial expansion. It also remains a key player in regulatory matters, with a strong record in complex litigation. Transactional partner Peter Bryan heads the national group.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bryan; Michael Marion; Rick Williams; Alan Ross

Key clients

Government of Canada and Canada Development Investment Corporation

LNG Canada Development Inc.

Cuda Energy Inc.

Ikkuma Resources Corp

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Koch Oil

Progress Energy

Husky Oil Operations Limited and affiliates

Kelt Exploration Ltd.

ConocoPhillips-Canada Resources Corp

Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd.

Weatherford International

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada

KOGAS Canada Ltd.


Birchcliff Energy Ltd.


Environment Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s first-class shipping expertise secured several significant environmental engagements over the past year, including a grounding and associated fuel spill. Rick Williams, who is based in Vancouver, advises on commercial, regulatory and contentious issues, particularly in relation to project development, and energy and natural resource matters.

Practice head(s):

Rick Williams


The environmental team is very knowledgeable and responsive on short timelines.’

‘Rick Williams and Dino Rossi are both excellent.’

Key clients

Pavilion Energy Corp.

Primavera Resources Corp

Region of Peel


Eaton Corporation

BC Hydro

City of Vaughan

Markel International Ltd.

Sun-Canadian Pipeline Company Limited

Canada Color and Chemicals


Leucrotta Exploration Inc.

United Technologies Corporation

Ridley Terminals Inc.

Infrastructure and projects Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has expertise across the full life cycle of project development matters, with strong standalone offerings in procurement, development and litigation. The firm’s top-tier construction group is a valuable asset on the implementation side, and it enjoys strong relationships with contractors, but also houses an increasingly impressive public authority-side practice. Headed by Vancouver-based Robert Shouldice, the team is especially active in the energy sector, and also utilizes cross-practice teams to handle projects in the health care and rail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Robert Shouldice


A great team for its good balance of expertise, levels of experience, personalities and legal, commercial and project experience. They truly understand our projects and our business and what we care about.’

BLG brings a high level of confidence and trust in getting the job done in a timely and professional manner, due to its wide variety of expertise and experience in many areas of specialized practices.’

Each BLG expert has strengths not found in many other firms and the personal, friendly service is a nice added touch to what sometimes can be a frenetic situation.

BLG has a long history of bringing value and change to their industry. Their advocacy for improvements to practices in the PPP and real estate contracting industry sets them apart.’

Key clients

BC Hydro

Groupe NouvLR (Consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Dragados Canada, Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau Inc. and EBC Inc.)


Husky Energy Inc.

Northland Power

Hospital for Sick Children

Parkway Infrastructure Contractors (Consortium of Fluor Canada, Ltd., Dragados Canada, Inc. and Acciona Infrastructures Canada Inc.)

Federal Government of Canada (Transmountain)

City of Ottawa

Polaris Infrastructure Inc.

Insurance Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP distinguishes itself by its robust insurance litigation expertise, routinely acting for insurers, reinsurers, brokers and self-insured clients on a litany of contentious matters. The group provides comprehensive sector coverage of all key areas of liability, but remains best known for its strength in the manufacturing, health care and municipal areas. Ottawa-based Larry Elliot heads the insurance and tort liability group, and Donna Spagnolo is a key contact on the corporate and regulatory front.

Practice head(s):

Larry Elliot

Intellectual property Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has an impressive record in IP portfolio management. Indeed, the firm is responsible for over 36,000 active patent applications and registrations, and over 39,000 trademark applications and registrations. On the contentious front, the firm handles a significant volume of patent and trademark infringement cases, and also houses a sizeable anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting enforcement practice. Calgary-based Jason Howg leads the national group and specializes in patent law in the technology field. In Toronto, Justine Wiebe is noted for her robust trademark practice.

Practice head(s):

Jason Howg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mobility View Incorporated

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Eli Lilly Canada Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Del Caribe, Inc., Lilly S.A., and ICOS Corporation

Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.

Hollyweed North Cannabis Inc.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc.

Pensions Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s pensions and benefits group sits within its market-leading labour and employment department and has a strong track record in pension governance matters. Headed by Toronto-based Andrew Harrison, the national group is also consistently involved in transactional support work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harrison

Key clients

Ville de Laval

Ville de Gatineau

Association Québécoise de la production médiatique

Zayo Canada inc.

Government of Canada and Canada Development Investment Corporation

MD Holdings

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services

Real estate Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national group handles the full range of real estate matters, with recent strong showings in infrastructure, municipal, leasing and property finance. The team is also able to advise on major developments from inception, working closely with the firm's highly regarded construction group. Led from Vancouver by David Longcroft, who is noted for his experience in mixed-use project development, the practice is also well represented in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa.

Practice head(s):

David Longcroft

Key clients

630 René Lévesque West Real Estate Investment Trust and 630 René-Lévesque West C. (Centurian Group-AETNA Group, New York City)

ACM Advisors

AGF Management Limited

Alberta Electrical System Operator

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO)

Alberta Treasury Board Financial

HSBC Bank Canada

Peterborough Distribution Inc.

Québec Forestlands LP

Rosen Canada Ltd.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s restructuring practice is best known for its representation of senior secured lenders, including Canada’s leading banks, as well as secured noteholders. The group is also a popular choice for insolvency professionals, with recent mandates for each of the ‘Big Four’ accountants. In addition to its experience acting for a variety of participants, the firm’s solid platforms across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec is another significant differentiator. Montreal-based Marc Duchesne co-leads the team together with Toronto’s Alex MacFarlane and Calgary-based litigator Josef Krüger QC.

Practice head(s):

Marc Duchesne; Alex MacFarlane; Josef Krüger

Key clients

Bombay & Co. Inc. And Bowring & Co. Inc.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Aviva Canada Inc.

Grant Thornton Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Hydra Ventures BV

Sears Holdings and Sears Roebuck

Bank of Montreal

Ernst and Young

The Children’s Place




Royal Bank of Canada

The Bank of Nova Scotia

HSBC Bank of Canada

National Bank


The Toronto Dominion Bank

Technology Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has an impressive track record in advising public sector entities on major outsourcing transactions, with recent strong showings in the health and defence sectors. The practice group also stand out in technology M&A, intellectual property and privacy matters. Toronto-based group head Mark Fecenko is noted for his procurement expertise and is a popular choice for clients in the health care, energy and education spheres.

Transport: aviation Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s aviation practice is perhaps best known in the contentious space, though the team also advises on finance and corporate transactions. Vancouver-based litigator Leon Beukman heads the aviation focus group and has a strong record in representing airlines, operators and manufacturers in product liability and contractual claims.

Practice head(s):

Leon Beukman

Transport: other transport Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s multi-disciplinary practice group focuses on regulatory and contentious matters, and also links up with the firm’s projects and construction teams to advise on infrastructure development. Toronto-based litigator Robin Squires and Vancouver-based transactional specialist Robert Shouldice are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Robert Shouldice; Robin Squires

Tax Tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s transaction-driven tax practice acts for a varied client base, with a particular focus on the energy, life sciences and financial services sectors. Stephen Fyfe in Toronto is a key contact on the transactional front and brings to bear extensive experience in energy markets and investment funds. The firm also houses an increasingly active tax litigation practice, where Calgary-based Laurie Goldbach is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Craig Webster

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Canada Development Investment Corp.

MD Holdings

Pan American Silver Corp.

Atlas Copco AB

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Arbutus Biopharma Corporation

First Coin Capital Corp.

As the largest full-service Canadian law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) delivers the most comprehensive legal solutions and client services for domestic and international clients – across more practice areas and industry sectors – than any other Canadian firm.

With over 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals, BLG services businesses and institutions across all of their legal needs – from M&A and capital markets; to major litigation, financing, and trademark and patent registration.

BLG is the largest of Canada’s few AmLaw Global 100 firms, with five full-service offices located in each of Canada’s principal business markets, and the nation’s capital. As a bilingual English-French firm, BLG excels under both the common and civil law systems in Canada.

BLG has a legacy of ‘firsts’ – from being Canada’s first-founded law firm, to one of the first in North America to implement client service standards, and receives numerous legal industry recognitions for innovation in client service and value.

BLG takes great pride in the communities it serves, and supports a variety of initiatives including pro bono legal services, fundraising and volunteer programs, such as the BLG Reads to Kids Program.

International work

BLG provides business law, dispute resolution and intellectual property solutions to a wide range of clients internationally in virtually every area of law. Special expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and public-private projects, financings, international trade law, commercial litigation and arbitration. BLG has acted in international banking transactions (including sovereign risk lending); international insolvencies, liquidations and restructurings; international joint ventures, reorganisations and acquisitions; commercial contracts; and international and multi-jurisdictional disputes.


Diversity and inclusiveness are critical to BLG’s success. The firm’s team reflects the diverse and multicultural communities in which it operates. The firm’s ability to draw on a variety of perspectives enables it to provide focused, innovative and relevant legal services to its clients.


BLG provides insight to domestic and international public and private corporations across all business sectors. BLG regularly advises governments, governmental organizations and agencies, as well as trade groups and broader public sector clients.

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Banking and financial services
Securities and capital markets
Mergers and acquisitions
Litigation and arbitration
Insurance and tort liability
Competition and antitrust
Energy, oil and gas and mining
Infrastructure and PPP
Labor and employment
Intellectual property
Real estate
Environmental law
Privacy, cyber and data security
Public policy and government relations
Information technology
Life sciences
Health law
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Photo Name Position Profile
 Milos Barutciski  photo Milos Barutciski Partner
Ms Linda L. Bertoldi  photo Ms Linda L. Bertoldi Senior Counsel and National Leader of BLG’s Electricity Markets Group.
Mr Matthew L.O. Certosimo, C.S.  photo Mr Matthew L.O. Certosimo, C.S. Partner
 Shane Freitag  photo Shane Freitag Partner and Toronto Regional Co-Chair of the Electricity Markets Group
 Andrew Harrison  photo Andrew Harrison Partner and National Leader of the firm’s Pension and Benefits Group
 Matthew Kronby  photo Matthew Kronby Partner
Mr Guy J. Pratte, AdE  photo Mr Guy J. Pratte, AdE Partner and Chair Emeritus, BLG.
Mr J. Mark Rodger  photo Mr J. Mark Rodger Partner
Number of Partners : 372
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 331