Borden Ladner Gervais LLP > Calgary, Canada > Firm Profile

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Centennial Place, East Tower
520 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 1900
Calgary, AB T2P 0R3
Canada

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP maintains a well-established record in representing major market players (BC Hydro, AltaLink and Northland Power) on a wide range of transactional, regulatory and disputes work. Toronto-based national head Shane Freitag combines strong skill sets in transactional and regulatory matters and recently teamed up with Toronto-based transactional energy partner, Rob Blackstein, to advise Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories on their initiative to host small modular nuclear reactors at sites operated by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Other recommended names include Mark Rodger, who specializes in commercial, regulatory and government relations-related issues, and Jonathan Liteplo, who has an emphasis on utilities regulation.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AltaLink

Northland Power Inc.

Manitoba Hydro

EPCOR Utilities Inc.

BC Hydro

Northwest Territories Power Corporation

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.

Government of Alberta

Oakville Enterprises Inc.

Terrestrial Energy Inc.

North Bay Hydro Distribution Limited and Espanola Regional Hydro Distribution Corporation

City of Kitchener

Waterloo North Hydro Inc. and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.

Fortescue Future Industries

Elexicon Energy Inc.

PUC Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for AltaLink on several regulatory matters, including on its 2022-2023 general tariff application seeking approvals of revenue requirements of C$877m in 2022 and C$895m in 2023.
  • Acted for Manitoba Hydro on the development of the C$8.7bn Keeyask Hydroelectric Project in northern Manitoba, which will have approximately 695 MW of capacity.
  • Advised Northland Power on a number of corporate finance, M&A and regulatory matters, including on its C$990m bought deal offering.

Canada > International trade Tier 1

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 1

From well-staffed platforms in key Canadian provinces, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP provides a full-service national labour and employment practice, which frequently secures key roles in precedent-setting matters. In a recent example, the firm represented Dell Canada in a landmark case discussing the vesting of long-term incentives. Toronto-based Jeffrey Mitchell led on the Dell Canada work; other recommended practitioners in Toronto include labour and employment litigator Matthew Certosimo and Clifford Hart, who handles a mix of contentious and advisory matters. Montreal remains the group’s most high-profile seat and houses several key partners, including seasoned senior counsel Danny Kaufer, national department head André Royer and Maryse Tremblay, who brings to bear extensive expertise in advising federally regulated employers. Other noted names include Vancouver-based Shelley-Mae Mitchell, who handles an array of labour, employment and human rights law, and dual UK- and Alberta-qualified Duncan Marsden in Calgary.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Société Générale

Intact Corporation financière

Technicolor Canada

Canadian Linen

Transcat Canada

IKEA Canada

The Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario

CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Bell Technical Solutions before the Federal Court in a judicial review application brought by a former non-unionized employee challenging a decision issued by an adjudicator, in which his unjust dismissal complaint was dismissed.
  • Successfully represented Bell Canada in a grievance arbitration dispute filed by Unifor pertaining to the performance of a certain type of bargaining unit work by individuals outside of the bargaining unit, who are employed by an affiliated company.
  • Represented Dell Canada in an action brought by an individual for wrongful dismissal against his former employer.

Transport > Shipping Tier 1

The long-standing transportation practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP consists of a dedicated shipping team, with lawyers practising from offices across Canada. Its vast client list includes ship-owners, operators, liner companies, charterers, marine terminal operators, defence clubs and ship builders. The team has a reputable dispute offering, often overseeing customs claims, cargo claims, ship arrests and major collision cases. In addition to contentious expertise, the team is also well versed in regulatory and transactional matters. The shipping group, which forms part of the firm’s wider transportation practice, is led by Jean-Marie Fontaine; he advises high-profile clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters with specific expertise in charter party contracts, limitation actions, collisions, spills and the arrest of cargos. Dionysios Rossi is noted for his specialized disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Graham Walker; Dionysios Rossi; Jean-Francois Bilodeau

Key clients

Hapag Lloyd

Kirby Corporation

BELPacific Excavating and Shoring Limited Partnership

Ridley Terminals Inc.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.

BC Ferries

BMT Fleet Technology

Major Insurers, Allianz, AXA XL, USAIG, AIG, TT Club, Swiss Re, Lloyds, ITIC

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

Chantier Davie Canada Inc.

Kintetsu World Express (Canada) Inc.

And many others

Work highlights

  • Represented Zim on several Federal Court actions arising out of a major ongoing vessel casualty incident on the West Coast of Canada involving the M/V Zim Kingston, a container vessel chartered by Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Canada > Construction Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP delivers first-rate expertise on a wealth of project types, from transport and health service ventures through to social infrastructures and energy schemes. Patricia Morrison KC leads the practice from the Calgary office and thrives on commercial, industrial and infrastructure project disputes in addition to front-end matters such as deliver models, tenders and contract negotiations; she operates alongside Jeffrey Vallis KC, an expert on the contentious front who caters to owners, lenders, contractors and subcontracts on a broad range of blockbuster disputes. Toronto-based Richard Shaban serves as a transactional, project delivery and procurement expert, who has forged an enviable reputation within the healthcare space meanwhile, over in Montreal, Simon Grégoire is a star name for disputes relating to infrastructure and energy projects. Further core strengths of the practice include project governance models, public funding and private financing structures, land acquisition, project agreements and project administration matters, among many others.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Morrison KC

Other key lawyers:

Simon Gregoire; Richard Shaban; Jeffrey Vallis KC; Gabriel Lefebrve;  Rodney Smith; Hugh Meighen; Jason Buttuls

Key clients

Aviva Insurance and Argo Surety

BC Hydro

Canada Infrastructure Bank

City of Ottawa

Construction Polaris Inc.

Doosan Power Systems Ltd.

EBC

EDT (Consortium of EBC, Dragados and Transelec)

Eurovia VINCI

Flatiron

Graham Construction

Government of British Columbia

Groupe TNT (currently Transelec)

Infrastructure BC

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

Northland Power

NouvLR

Pomerleau

Province of Nova Scotia

SNC-Lavalin

The Hospital for Sick Children

Tower EBC

TransLink

Zeidler Partnership Architects

Zurich Insurance Company

Work highlights

    Canada > Business immigration Tier 2

    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP fields a vast practice, advising clients on immigration matters from establishing new headquarters and hiring foreign nationals to undertaking audits, investigations and managing associated risks. The team has also launched BLG Beyond Business Immigration which serves clients immigration portfolio needs and provides coast-to-coast support. The practice is led by Toronto based Brian Dingle, a go-to name for citizenship law matters, who represents employers across an array of sectors such as IT, mining, finance, sport and entertainment. Darren McGuire, Brian Portas and Valérie Marcas are noted for their respective expertise in maritime law, employment law and immigration programs.

    Practice head(s):

    Work highlights

    • Represented US and international film and television studios on business immigration matters, including the acquisition of key foreign talent, audits and inspections under the International Mobility Program.
    • Advised restaurant client on the establishment of a new global headquarters in Canada and the immigration consequences flowing from the corporate reorganization.
    • Advised beauty client on the hiring of foreign nationals, principally senior executives, managers, professionals and specialists.

    Canada > Indigenous law Tier 2

    The team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP advises a range of clients including project proponents, key stakeholders, the Crown and Indigenous groups. Expertise includes permitting and approval matters where projects may affect Aboriginal and Treaty rights. The practice is also sought by Indigenous governments, private entities, organizations and agencies to oversee environmental assessments, project financing, acquisitions of indigenous land and accommodation processes. Cherie Brant leads the team from Toronto. Her expertise includes the provision of strategic policy and governance counsel to Indigenous groups that wish to exercise their authority and jurisdiction. Patrick Foy KC focus lies within Indigenous-related appellate and judicial review; he is based in Vancouver.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Nadir André; Julie-Anne Pariseau; Patrick Foy KC

    Key clients

    Canada Infrastructure Bank

    British Columbia Housing Management Commission and Provincial Rental Housing Corporation

    TELUS

    Atikamekw of Opitciwan Band

    Rockyview Resources Inc.

    Metis Nation of Ontario

    BC Rail

    Kitgan Zibi Anishnaabe

    Graymont Western Canada

    Ridley Terminals Inc

    BCR Properties

    Capital Regional District

    BC Environmental Assessment Office

    Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government

    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

    North Coal Limited

    BC Ferries

    Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat

    Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Development Corporation

    ARC Resources

    Work highlights

      Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

      With a presence in key provinces across Canada, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s extensive geographical spread is supported by a broad sector focus. The infrastructure practice combines partners specializing in procurement, construction and litigation and is active across all core infrastructure sectors, including energy, transportation and social infrastructure. Vancouver-based Robert Shouldice heads the infrastructure team and advises on project planning, structuring and implementation. Other key contacts include Douglas Sanders and Richard Shaban, who co-lead the procurement group out of Vancouver and Toronto respectively, and Calgary-based construction lead Patricia Morrison KC. Vancouver’s Sarah Bird is a talented up-and-coming partner.

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Aviva Insurance and Argo Surety

      BC Hydro

      Canada Infrastructure Bank

      City of Ottawa

      Construction Polaris Inc.

      Doosan Power Systems Ltd.

      EBC

      EDT (Consortium of EBC, Dragados and Transelec)

      Eurovia VINCI

      Flatiron

      Graham Construction

      Government of British Columbia

      Groupe TNT (currently Transelec)

      Infrastructure BC

      Infrastructure Ontario

      Metrolinx

      Northland Power

      NouvLR

      Pomerleau

      Province of Nova Scotia

      SNC-Lavalin

      The Hospital for Sick Children

      Tower EBC

      TransLink

      Zeidler Partnership Architects

      Zurich Insurance Company

      Work highlights

      • Advising Alstom Canada in connection with its participation as a member of ONxpress Transportation Partners for the Metrolinx Regional Express Railway GO Rail expansion project package.
      • Acting as lead commercial and disputes counsel to BC Hydro on the Site C Dam and Hydroelectric Generating Station project.
      • Advising the City of Ottawa on Stage 1 of the Confederation line, which includes rail regulatory, land assembly and contract administration work.

      Canada > Insurance Tier 2

      Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s insurance offering is weighted towards contentious work and houses one of the largest national insurance defence claims practices in Canada. The firm is also well-versed in regulatory and transactional matters. Larry Elliot, regional managing partner for the Ottawa office, is a key partner and has an emphasis on personal injury, product liability and stockbroker negligence. Other recommended names include Toronto-based Kevin McGivney, who covers insurance and municipal law, and Calgary-based Patrick Heisen, who has a focus on defending professionals. Insurance and tort liability specialist Rebecca Bush co-heads the group from Toronto alongside corporate insurance partner Donna Spagnolo, and specialized disputes lead Graham Walker who works from Vancouver.

      Key clients

      Lloyds, including but not limited to the following syndicates: Aegis, Argo, Amlin, AXA XL, C.V. Starr, Beazley, Kiln, Brit Syndicate, QBE, Atrium, Pembrooke, Creechurch, Markel International, Ironshore, Appollo, Tokio Marine,

      Chubb / ACE

      Travelers

      Hospital Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)

      Desjardins (State Farm, the Personal, Certas)

      Cigna

      Encon

      AXA XL

      The Cooperators

      ICBC

      Sun Life

      Trisura

      Guarantee Company of North America

      Economical Insurance

      Work highlights

      • Defended high-profile, multimillion-dollar class actions relating to insurance coverage for Covid-19-related business losses.
      • Successfully represented Groupe Promutuel, as the principal defendant insurer, in attempts by dentists in Quebec to file for authorization to institute a class action connected to Covid-19 losses.
      • Acted for a Canadian subsidiary of Securian Financial Group on the acquisition, directly and indirectly, of all of the issued and outstanding shares of several companies.

      Transport > Aviation Tier 2

      The team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP possesses extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters; it advises clients across all aviation disciplines, such as air carriers, charter operators, engine manufacturers, airports and insures who rely on the group for financing matters including aircraft restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. The aviation group within its Transportation practice is led by Kate Ayre whose focus lies within civil aviation litigation. Mention is also given to Nigah Awj for her expertise in cargo and insurance claims, aviation financing and the importation and registration of vessels, aircraft and automobiles.

      Practice head(s):

      Kate Ayre

      Other key lawyers:

      Nigah Awj; Robin Squires; Robert Shouldice; Jean-Marie Fontaine; Dionysios Rossi

      Key clients

      Air Canada

      WestJet

      Aéroports de Montréal

      Allianz

      AXA XL

      USAIG

      AIG

      TT Club

      Swiss Re, Lloyds

      ITIC

       

      Work highlights

      • Advised insurer on a multi-million claim concerning alleged injury to an infant during international flight and medical malpractice allegations against the air carrier and destination airport.

      Canada > Dispute resolution: Alberta Tier 2

      In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.

      Practice head(s):

      Patricia Morrison KC

       

      Other key lawyers:

      Randall Block KC; Jeffrey Vallis KC; David Madsen KC; Matti Lemmens; Loni da Costa; Jack Maslen

      Key clients

      Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (“CEPA”) No

      Devon Canada Corporation No

      ConocoPhillips-Canada Resources Corp No

      Richardson Wealth (“RW”) No

      NAFTA Case No

      Emission Rx Ltd., Jeffrey Nelson, Justin Bouchard & Richard

      Stagg No

      Tiger Calcium Services Inc.

      Chris Hudson, Eugenia Hudson-King, Andrew Case Hudson,

      ACH Holdings LLC (“Hudson”)

      BHE Canada

      Signalta Resources Limited

      Enercorp Sand Solutions Inc.

      Alberta Health Services (AHS)

      Certain Underwriters at Lloyds – Wataga Properties (as

      representative Plaintiff) v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds

      Highland Park Developments Limited Partnership and

      1744228 Alberta Ltd.

      EPCOR Water Services Inc. and EPCOR Utilities Inc.

      Plum and Posey Inc. and Adrinna Hardy

      Work highlights

        Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia Tier 2

        In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.

        Practice head(s):

        Robert Deane; Sarah McEachern

        Other key lawyers:

        Brad Dixon; Michelle Maniago

        Key clients

        The Bank of Nova Scotia

        Purdue Pharma

        Coast Capital Savings Credit Union

        HSBC Bank Canada

        British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)

        Cactus World Holdings Ltd.

        Globe General Trading

        Pan American Silver Corp.

        Surespan Structures Ltd.

        United Mexican States

        Loblaw Companies Limited

        Farrish

        Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

        Appleton

        Work highlights

          Canada > Dispute resolution: Quebec Tier 2

          In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.

          Practice head(s):

          Mathieu Piché-Messier; Gabriel  Lefebvre

          Other key lawyers:

          François Grondin; Karine Chênevert; Patrick Plante; Guy Pratte;

          Key clients

          JTI- MacDonald Corp- The Tobacco Trials

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

          Sutherland (et al) v. Electronic Arts Inc. (et al) | Zynga Game Canada Ltd.

          The Bank of Nova Scotia

          Attorney General of Quebec v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company et al

          Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton s.e.n.c.r.l. v. Chantal Bourgeois et al.

          Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

          6362222 Canada inc. (doing business under “Createch)

          Honourable Pierre Fitzgibbon, Québec Minister of Economy

          Mazda

          Canadian Bankers’ Association (CBA)

          Aimia Inc. and Kognitiv Corporation

          AIC Inc.

          The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)

          Court of Québec Judges Conference

          Canada > Banking and finance Tier 3

          Canada > Capital markets Tier 3

          Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

          Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

          Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s national mining group handles a mix of transactional, regulatory and contentious work, with recent strong showings in M&A and securities matters. Mainly active on behalf of mining companies, including juniors and majors, the team also frequently represents investment dealers and financial institutions as well as industry service providers. Vancouver’s Fred Pletcher chairs the practice and is noted for his experience across all spheres of mining law. Corporate finance partners Graeme Martindale and Andrew Powers also maintain active mining practices from Vancouver and Toronto respectively. 

          Practice head(s):

          Other key lawyers:

          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

          Sandstorm Gold Ltd.

          Kelt Exploration Ltd.

          Cormark Securities Inc.

          TD Securities Inc.

          IDM Mining

          Great Bear Resources

          BMO Capital Markets

          PI Financials

          IR Battery Resources and Processing Inc.

          Kenorland Minerals Ltd.

          FMC Lithium

          Bank of Nova Scotia

          Kasuk Exploration

          Cameco Corporation

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Cameco Corporation on its joint acquisition, together with Orano Canada, of a C$187m participating interest in the Cigar Lake Joint Venture from Idemitsu Canada Resources.
          • Represented Pan American Silver Corporation in a dispute with Southern Peaks Mining LP arising under a share purchase agreement.
          • Advised the underwriters (National Bank and BMO Capital Markets) to Artemis Gold on a C$171m bought deal offering.

          Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

          Borden Ladner Gervais LLP stands out for the strength of its regulatory energy offering, including complex administrative law disputes. The team also acts on oil and gas transactions, infrastructure projects and corporate finance matters. In Calgary, Alan Ross KC and senior counsel Randall Block KC are noted for regulatory and administrative proceedings, while environmental law specialist Rick Williams is a key contact for regulatory work in Vancouver. Calgary’s Peter Bryan, who fronts the national practice, has a focus on transactions in the midstream sector. Michael Marion was recently appointed to the bench.

          Practice head(s):

          Peter Bryan; Rick Williams; Alan Ross KC

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Government of Canada

          LNG Canada Development Inc.

          Cenovus Energy

          Devon Canada

          Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV)/ Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation

          BP Canada Energy Group ULC

          ConocoPhillips Canada

          Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)

          Enbridge

          Parkland Corporation

          PetroChina Canada

          Kelt Exploration Ltd.

          Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

          Plains Midstream

          Daqing Energy Canada Ltd.

          Tangle Creek Energy Ltd.

          Sinopec Canada

          Work highlights

          • Advising LNG Canada Development on all operational and regulatory (federal and provincial) aspects of its C$40bn LNG Export Terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia.
          • Representing the Province of British Columbia in an action commenced by Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN), in which BRFN sought to prohibit industrial development within a 40,000 sq km area in British Columbia.
          • Representing ConocoPhillips in the Canada Energy Regulator’s review and approval of NOVA Gas Transmissions’ application to construct and operate the North Corridor Expansion Project.

          Canada > Environment Tier 3

          Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has offices across Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary. Its national presence attracts clients from a range of sectors including oil and gas, shipping, real estate development, pipelines and energy. The team advises on all provincial, territorial and international environmental laws. Areas of expertise consist of environmental permits and compliance, contaminated sites litigation, spill reporting and incident response as well as environmental assessments. Rick Williams leads the practice from the Vancouver office and is best-known for his commercial, regulatory and litigation expertise.

          Practice head(s):

          Key clients

          Kirby Corporation

          Ministry of the Attorney General/Province of British Columbia

          British Columbia Railway Company

          BELPacific Excavating and Shoring Limited Partnership

          Richardson Terminals Ltd.

          Crew Energy Inc.

          Weyerhaeuser Company Limited

          Foodservice Packaging Institute

          Matter Global Solutions

          Husky Oil Operations Limited

          City of Markham

          Triple M Metal

          Renfrew View Homes

          Work highlights

            Canada > Intellectual property Tier 3

            Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is geared to support on an array of prosecution, enforcement, dispute, licensing and transactional IP affairs, including those relating to patents, industrial designs, copyrights and trade secrets. The practice is spearheaded by Calgary-based Jason Howg, both a patent and trademark agent, who possesses an in-depth knowledge of IT, software and computer-related technologies. In Toronto, Justine Wiebe hones her focus on global trademark strategies, acting for domestic clients in addition to those with international portfolios, meanwhile Brandon Evenson is a protection and enforcement expert who leverages his background in computer and software engineering to support a number of high-tech players. Over at the Ottawa office, Chantal Saunders is routinely involved in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, whereas Beverley Moore is a go-to for patent litigation and actions under the Patented Medicines Regulations.

            Practice head(s):

            Other key lawyers:

            Justine Wiebe; Chantal Saunders; Beverley Moore; Brandon Evenson; Jason Howg; Geneviève Bergeron; Jeff Gordon; Jennifer Ponton

            Key clients

            Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

            Titan Medical Inc.

            M-I L.L.C. (an affiliate of Schlumberger)

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

            Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp.

            VNDLY Canada Technologies Inc.

            Ecolab Inc.

            Mobility View Inc.

            Bora Creations S.L. c/o Squire Patton Boggs

            Network Innovations Ltd.

            Paybright Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Advised Elanco Animal Health Incorporated on the signing of four contracts with EVAH Corp.
            • Representing Eli Lilly Canada Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Del Caribe, Inc., Lilly S.A., and ICOS Corporation against all marketing generic companies in a number of appeals relating to patent infringement matters relating to the CIALIS® and ADCIRCA® tadalafil products.
            • Defended an application in the Federal Court by Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. for a declaration that it is the owner of the unregistered trademark LOCUST LANE, as well as relief for alleged passing off by Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp.

            Canada > Pensions Tier 3

            The pension and benefits group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP forms an integral part of its labour and employment practice. Clients span across a vast array of sectors including education, energy, insurance, aerospace and technology. The team often advises on pension plans and pension fund governance matters, and is also highly regarded for its advice on the benefit aspects of international acquisitions. The team is headed by Andrew Harrison who is based in Toronto.

            Practice head(s):

            Key clients

            Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada Co.

            Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario

            The New York Times Company

            ROLLS-ROYCE CANADA LIMITÉE

            Work highlights

            • Represented Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada Co. in an application for the Court to provide directions as to which of two competing individuals should receive a pre-retirement death benefit payable in respect of a former HPE employee’s participation in HPE’s pension plan.
            • Represented CEO of Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario in a proceeding before the Financial Services Tribunal in which a member of the OPSEU Pension Plan alleges that the transfer of his pension entitlement to another plan wrongfully deprived him of its commuted value.

            Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

            Canada > Real estate Tier 3

            Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on transactional, financing, development and leasing, include ground leases, subleases, sale-leasebacks and built-to-suit arrangements. The practice is led by David Longcroft, a specialist in relation to the sale, purchase, management and development of hotel assets with the wider team also exceedingly knowledgeable of retail, office, industrial and residential properties.

            Practice head(s):

            Other key lawyers:

            Sylvie Bouvette; Frank Arnone; Brennan Carroll; Catherine Guertin; Jamison Young; Ian Graf; Line Abecassis; Xue Yan

            Key clients

            Aéroports de Montréal

            Bell Canada

            Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

            City of Ottawa

            HSBC Bank Canada

            Ivanhoé Cambridge

            K+S Aktiengesellschaft

            Morguard Corporation/Morguard REIT/Temple Hotels

            Oxford Properties

            Parkland Corporation

            QuadReal Property Group and Insurance Corp of BC (ICBC)

            VIA Rail Canada

            Work highlights

              Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

              Canada > Tax Tier 3

              Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s comprehensive group advises on the full gamut of tax matters, from corporate tax and estate planning, through to commodity tax and transactional matters. Additionally, the department houses a capable disputes unit, which is well versed in all stages of tax litigation. Craig Webster steers the group from Toronto and has an emphasis on investment funds-related matters. Toronto-based Steve Suarez is recommended for his broad tax practice, which spans transactional and contentious issues. Calgary-based Laurie Goldbach fronts the tax litigation team.

              Practice head(s):

              Key clients

              VNDLY Canada Technologies Inc.

              The Forestland Group

              Group Mach Acquisition Inc.

              Paybright Inc.

              Parata Systems

              Mackenzie Investments (“Mackenzie”) and Canada Life Investment Management Ltd. (“CLIML”)

              Playtika Holding Corp.

              Frequentis AG

              Securian Financial Group, Inc.

              Eprioc Drilling Tools AB

              Wentao Yang

              Bialik / St. Christopher’s Trust

              Kone Inc.

              Work highlights

              • Advised Group Mach Acquisition on its acquisition of approximately C$1.5 billion of retail and office properties from Cominar REIT.
              • Advised PayBright, one of Canada’s leading buy-now-pay-later providers, on its acquisition by Affirm.
              • Acted as Canadian counsel to Parata Systems, a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare Partners, on its acquisition of Synergy Medical, including its US and UK subsidiaries.

              Canada > Technology Tier 3

              Transport > Other transport Tier 3

              Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s vast client list includes national and regional railway companies, urban transit authorities, transportation service providers and project developers. The team’s expertise includes regulatory planning and compliance, financing and infrastructure. Robin Squires oversees the practice’s national transportation group, with Robert Shouldice heading the rail and road team.

              Other key lawyers:

              Aaron Bowler

              Key clients

              BELPacific Excavating and Shoring Limited Partnership

              Railways: Canadaian National Railway, BC Rail, Southern Railway of BC, Canadian Pacific Railway, Burlington Northern Railway

              Greyhound Canada, Mullen Trucking, Bison Transport Inc

              Public transport : Metrolinx, Translik

              Cities and Municipalities, Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo

              Major Insurers, Allianz, AXA XL, USAIG, AIG, TT Club, Swiss Re, Lloyds, ITIC

              Chantier Davie Canada Inc.

              Kintetsu World Express (Canada) Inc.

              Work highlights

                Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario Tier 3

                In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.

                Practice head(s):

                David Di Paolo; Nadia Effendi; Kathleen McDormand

                 

                Other key lawyers:

                Guy Pratte; Caitlin Sainsbury; Graham Splawski

                Key clients

                Amazon Canada

                Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

                “Drake” (Aubrey Drake Graham)

                Medical Device Manufacturer

                Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)

                Clarus Securities Inc.

                Deutsche Bank AG

                York University

                Vivendi Ticketing U.S. LLC (a division of Vivendi S.A.)

                Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

                Kinross Gold Corporation, Round Mountain Gold Corporation and KG Mining (Bald Mountain) Inc. v. Cyanco Company LLC

                Mackenzie Financial

                AIC Ltd.

                John Deere Financial Inc. and Nortrax Canada Inc.

                The Ottawa Hospital

                Doosan Babcock

                City of Ottawa

                Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

                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 750 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 complex disputes, 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: Diversity and inclusiveness are critical to the firm’s success. The principles of employment equity, diversity and human rights are an integral part of our culture. As Canada’s law firm, BLG champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the wider legal community. BLG actively participates in and promote programs aimed at improving and celebrating diversity within the legal profession and the broader business community, including our robust Transgender Accommodation and Inclusivity Policy, BLG’s mental health strategy, unconscious bias training, and the development and continued growth of the Driven By Women™ initiative. BLG is a proud partners of Catalyst Canada, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Pride at Work Canada.

                Clients and community: BLG is proud to support its clients and communities. The firm provides insight to domestic and international public and private corporations across all business sectors. BLG advises governments, governmental organisations and agencies, as well as trade groups and broader public sector clients. The firm’s ability to make a positive impact in the communities in which it lives and works directly connects to how it cultivates its relationships, both inside and outside of the office. BLG supports nearly 200 different non-profit organizations annually, ranging from local charities and grassroots community initiatives to international charitable missions. The firm’s cross-practice and cross-country firm provides more than 20,000 pro bono hours of legal support to nearly 200 not-for-profits and vulnerable individuals.

                For further information, visit blg.com

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