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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
1000 De La Gauchetière Street West
Suite 900
Montréal, QC H3B 5H4

Canada > Construction Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP remains a leader in the practice space, advising domestic and international owners/sponsors, governmental authorities, suppliers, service providers, contractor/developer consortiums, lenders and equity investors over the course of the entire lifecycle of major construction projects. With a client base spanning such sectors as transportation, health services, social infrastructure and energy, the firm assists with matters ranging from early-stage project and procurement planning and structuring, project governance, public funding and private financing to regulatory approval matters, closing matters and litigation, mediation and arbitration. Patricia Morrison KC leads the team in Calgary and provides expertise on large-scale infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects, in addition to high-value disputes involving tenders, construction contracts and liens. Jeffrey Vallis KC, also in Calgary, brings experience in domestic and international arbitrations. Richard Shaban in Toronto draws on 30 years of handling transactional work and the resolution of issues during procurement and project delivery. In Montreal, Simon Grégoire specializes in complex construction litigation and infrastructure and energy construction disputes. Other key figures include Gabriel Lefebvre, who brings strength to engineers' liability claims in Montreal, Rodney Smith in Calgary and veteran arbitrator Hugh Meighen in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Morrison KC

Other key lawyers:

Simon Gregoire; Richard Shaban; Jeffrey Vallis KC; Michael Skene; Gabriel Lefebrve; Rodney Smith; Hugh Meighen

Key clients


Aviva Insurance and Argo Surety

Couillard Construction Limitée


Graham Construction

PCL Constructors



Ziedler Partnership Architects

Zurich Insurance Company

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 's full-service power practice deploys experts across the full scope of transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Among the names to note, Toronto-based commercial specialist and national group head Shane Freitag possesses an impressive record in advising major utilities in both Ontario and Alberta, with his broad skill set spanning both regulatory and transactional matters. Other key transactional contacts include Toronto’s Rob Blackstein, who recently acted for SNC-Lavalin on its agreement with Ontario Power Generation to develop the Darlington New Nuclear Project. The group also draws on the senior experience of Toronto-based Mark Rodger, who specializes in commercial, regulatory and government relations-related power issues; and Calgary’s Jonathan Liteplo, who is highly regarded for his focus on energy and utilities regulation.

Practice head(s):

Shane Freitag

Other key lawyers:

Mark Rodger; Jonathan Liteplo; Rob Blackstein; John Vellone; Alan Ross KC

Key clients


Northland Power

Manitoba Hydro

EPCOR Utilities

BC Hydro

Northwest Territories Power Corporation

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Nuclear Laboratories

Government of Alberta

Oakville Enterprises

Capital Power

North Bay Hydro Distribution Limited and Espanola Regional Hydro Distribution Corporation

City of Kitchener

Waterloo North Hydro Inc. and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro

Fortescue Future Industries

Elexicon Energy


Canada > International trade Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s full-spectrum international trade practice demonstrates premier offerings in all facets of trade and investment regulation, including customs and trade remedies, trade policy, sanctions and export controls, World Trade Organization (WTO) and free trade agreement (FTA) dispute resolution and anti-corruption law. Vancouver-based regulatory partner Jeffrey Thomas brings expertise to domestic trade laws, sanctions and Competition Act-related matters. Talented Toronto-based associate Jacob Mantle is also noted. Former department co-heads Jesse Goldman and Matthew Kronby departed in October 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council

Government of the UK, Department for International Trade

Hardwoods Specialty Products

Dairy Farmers of Ontario


Husteel Co

Ashley Furniture Industries

Vallourec, VCI/Vallourec Tianda

Imperial Oil/Exxon

CIE Manufacturing/COSCO

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 1

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP boasts a strong labour and employment offering, with key lawyers posted in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Employment matters, labour relations, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, privacy, pensions and benefit, and immigration matters feature among the group’s specialities. André Royer steers the sizable national group from Montreal and acts for employers in relation to unlawful dismissal, conditions of employment, occupational health and safety, and labour relations matters. Additional key figures at the Montreal office include senior counsel and collective bargaining specialist Danny Kaufer, and Maryse Tremblay, who is known for advising federally regulated employers. Key Toronto contacts include litigator Matthew Certosimo and Clifford Hart, who covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. Over in Calgary, Duncan Marsden is active in the advisory space.

Practice head(s):

André Royer

Key clients

Coast Capital Savings

WestJet Airlines

Oracle Canada ULC

Schenker of Canada

Quebec Indigenous communities: Crees of Waskaganish, Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band, Long Point First Nation, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Mohak counsel of Kanesatake, Wiikwemkoong and Makivik

Kiewit Construction, Kiewit Bridge and Marine and Kiewit Infrastructure West

Bell Media

Autorité des marchés financiers

Handa Travel

Bank of Montreal


Transport > Shipping Tier 1

The team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in shipping law, and is routinely instructed by shipowners, operators, ship builders, charterers, liner companies and marine terminal operators, both in Canada and overseas. The group’s contentious expertise covers cargo claims, limitation actions, customs claims, collisions and spills, while on the advisory side it offers counsel on the drafting of logistics and warehousing agreements, the purchase, sale and financing of ships and permits work. Jean-Marie Fontaine steers the practice from Montreal and is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious matters, including advising on the transportation of dangerous goods, shipbuilding disputes and marine insurance policies. Vancouver-based Dionysios Rossi handles high-profile disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marie Fontaine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hapag Lloyd

Kirby Corporation

BELPacific Excavating and Shoring Limited Partnership

Ridley Terminals

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

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

Kintetsu World Express (Canada)

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owners of the M/V Scott Stuttgart in the defence of a claim arising from a damage incident in New Brunswick.
  • Acted for the City of Toronto and Shipowners Mutual P&I Association following the Sam McBride boat crash in 2022.
  • Represented Maersk in an incident relating to an alleged silver cargo theft.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Alberta Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s Calgary office excels at litigation involving pipelines, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related matters. The group also has experience handling arbitration, insolvency disputes, and shareholder and contractual disputes. A recent work highlight saw the group successfully represent Signalta Resources in a claim against Canadian Natural Resources, a notable energy dispute. Patricia Morrison KC steers the practice and is routinely involved in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction disputes on large-scale commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects. Key contact Randall Block KC is highly specialized in energy and oil and gas litigation. In addition to oil and gas disputes, Loni da Costa brings expertise to securities defence and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Morrison K.C

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Signalta Resources

PrairieSky Royalty

Richardson Wealth


ConocoPhillips-Canada Resources

Alberta Health Services

Emission Rx

EPCOR Water Services

Barrel Oil

WSP Canada

Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s British Columbia office is well-versed in commercial litigation involving the construction, power, oil-and-gas, transportation and mining segments, and has experience acting for government bodies, corporations and families. The group has additional expertise handling arbitration and insolvency, shareholder and contractual disputes. Practice co-head Sarah McEachern is retained by clients seeking solutions to complex commercial and construction disputes; she handles both litigation and arbitration and has particular knowledge of the mining and healthcare sectors. Leading alongside her, Robert Deane is highly specialized in arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Robert Deane; Sarah McEachern

Key clients

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

City of Vancouver

Deep Water Recovery and Union Bay Industries

Electronic Arts

Haider Pirani, Mehboob Pirani and Mustaq Piranis

Harpreet Singh Khela

Husky Energy (now Cenovus)

Mark Morabito

Pan American Silver

Powertech Labs

Revolution Resource Recovery Park

South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (Translink)

University of Brussels

Vancouver College Limited

Canada > Dispute resolution: Quebec Tier 2

The Quebec practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is noted for its skill in class actions, white collar crime, cybersecurity, IP, banking and financial services, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Major domestic banks and multinationals in the aeronautic, telecoms, logistics and construction sectors routinely feature on the group’s client roster. Practice co-head Mathieu Piché-Messier majors on civil and commercial litigation and international arbitration, with a particular focus on aviation law and IP matters. Alongside him, Gabriel Lefebvre is well-versed in representing property owners, contractors, bonding companies and insurers in contentious construction matters. Litigators François Grondin and Karine Chênevert are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Mathieu Piché-Messier; Gabriel Lefebvre

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Conférence des juges de la Cour du Québec


Québec Minister of Economy and Innovation

Elad Canada


RBC Dominion Securities and RBC Direct Investing

Cormer Group Industries

Loblaws Companies, Weston Foods Canada

Scotia Capital

Bell Mobility

Conférence des juges de la Cour du Québec

Aéroports de Montréal

6362222 Canada (Createch)


Nathalie Bondil


Samsung Electronics

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 2

The group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is regularly called upon by Indigenous governments, agencies, financial institutions and energy companies to assist with environmental assessments, consultations and accommodation processes. Other noted strengths of the group include project financings involving Indigenous groups and lands, Indigenous jurisdiction issues and litigation. Toronto-based Cherie Brant steers the practice; she routinely provides policy and governance counsel to Indigenous groups and leads on energy transactions. Dedicated Indigenous law counsel Chris Roine of the Vancouver office is noted for his experience assisting First Nations organizations with partnerships, commercial arrangements and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Cherie Brant

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BC Ferries Corporation

Fort Severn First Nation

British Columbia Housing Management Commission

Provincial Rental Housing Corporation

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 's integrated projects and construction group is among the largest in Canada, with the ability to draw on well-staffed platforms in key provinces across the country. Vancouver-based infrastructure specialist Douglas Sanders spearheads the department and has strong experience in PPP projects; he is advising Alstom Canada on its participation as a member of ONxpress Transportation Partners for the Metrolinx Regional Express Railway GO Rail Expansion Project, Package 3. In Montreal, Pascale Dionne is noted for project finance work, while Sarah Bird specializes in PPP and project development in Vancouver, and senior counsel Richard Shaban is noted for construction and procurement in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alstom Transport Canada

BC Hydro

Canada Infrastructure Bank

City of Ottawa

Eldorado Gold Corporation

Groupe Nouv-LR

Oakridge Geo Thermal


Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals


Teck Resources

Trigon Pacific Terminals

Canada > Insurance Tier 2

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s thriving insurance litigation group handles the full range of insurance defence claims, with a focus on national insurance programs for domestic and international insurers. The team also impresses with its public sector expertise, where it routinely acts as defence counsel to municipalities, school boards and hospitals. Toronto-based Rebecca Bush leads the insurance and tort liability group nationally and is recommended for her record in public authority litigation and tort litigation for large institutional clients. The group also includes Ottawa-based Larry Elliot, who focuses on civil litigation; Toronto-based Kevin McGivney, who frequently defends police services and municipalities; transactional and regulatory insurance specialist Donna Spagnolo; and specialized disputes head Graham Walker.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Bush; Donna Spagnolo; Graham Walker

Other key lawyers:

Larry ElliotKevin McGivney; Patrick Heinsen

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, Apollo, Tokio Marine, Riverstone, Sompo and Acappella

City of Toronto

Chubb / ACE


Hospital Insurance Reciprocal of Canada

Desjardins (State Farm, the Personal, Certas)



The Cooperators

Sun Life


Economical Insurance


Work highlights

  • Advised certain underwriters at Lloyd’s in an action relating to a large omnibus national class proceeding against 16 Canadian insurance companies alleging they breached their respective contracts with business owners, and other duties, by refusing to pay business interruption claims caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Retained by the City of Ottawa to advise on legal options to take steps to bring an end to the Freedom Convoy occupation in the City.
  • Defended the City of Toronto and the Toronto Police Services Board in a dozen lawsuits arising from the Toronto Raptors parade and celebration at Nathan Phillips Square on June 17, 2019.

Canada > Banking and finance

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP maintains a broad banking and finance practice, which acts for both corporate borrowers and lenders on financings; it also contributes significant regulatory expertise. The national group enjoys a prominent platform in Montreal, which is the seat of national financial services lead Claudine Millette; she specializes in advising lenders on financing matters. Other key names in Montreal include Vincent Frenette, who focuses on corporate finance and acquisition finance; and Montreal group head Olivier Tardif, who handles transactional and regulatory work. In Toronto, Gus Karantzoulis and Howard Silverman are noted for finance transactions, while Stephen Redican heads the national regulatory practice.

Practice head(s):

Claudine Millette; Stephen Redican

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Frenette; Olivier Tardif; Gus Karantzoulis; Howard Silverman; Ira Cooper; Shane Pearlman; Edward Wang

Key clients

Madryn Asset Management

Arxnovum Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted for Madryn Asset Management, as administrative agent to the lenders, on a credit agreement in favour of Greenbrook TMS.
  • Advised Arxnovum on its registration as the first crypto-specific exempt market dealer and portfolio manager in Canada.

Canada > Business immigration Tier 3

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Core strengths of the group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP include cartel defence, class action, regulatory advisory and litigation, as well as transactional work, including mergers and foreign investment review. It is regularly instructed by tech, mining, banking, healthcare and e-commerce-sector clients. Senior partner Subrata Bhattacharjee steers the practice from Toronto and specializes in providing strategic competition, foreign investment and regulatory advice to global corporations. Key partner Denes Rothschild (also in Toronto) majors on proposed mergers and foreign investment review, as well as litigation.

Practice head(s):

Subrata Bhattacharjee

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Samsung Electronics

PSA International Pte and PSA Canada Ventures

Parrish & Heimbecker

Meta Platforms

George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies

Pan American Silver

Wood Canada and John Wood Group

Deutsche Bank

Nova Sea

Formosa Plastics

Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company and Securian Financial Group

ECHL (East Coast Hockey League)

Isologic Radiopharmaceutiques Novateurs

Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw Companies

JAB Holding Company and Independence Pet Group

First Citizens BancShares


Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario Tier 3

The Ontario practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP services clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, mining, healthcare, retail and real estate. The group is noted for its participation in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings, in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. A trio of partners co-lead: David Di Paolo handles securities litigation, class actions and shareholder disputes; Nadia Effendi specializes in class actions as well as administrative and regulatory matters; Ottawa-based Kathleen McDormand completes the leadership team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients


Kinross Gold

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

801 Albert Street, TIP Albert Limited Partnership



Lake Shore Gold Corp


Rx Drug Mart

Bridgeport Asset Management and Balmoral Wood Litigation Strategy

AKM Holdings

Granite Point Capital Management

B. Agrest

R. Blankenstein Enterprises

Municipality of the City of Ottawa

Harry Gefen

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP employs the full bench strength of over 800 lawyers across 5 national locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, to provide major domestic and international mining companies, public and private issuers, underwriters and institutional investors with a comprehensive range of services across the practice area. They cover joint ventures, streaming, M&A, project finance, due diligence, as well as environmental, tax and Indigenous matters. Fred Pletcher in Vancouver leads the national team, bringing over 30 years of mining industry experience to acquisitions and dispositions, development projects, exploration properties and option agreements. Graeme Martindale, also in Vancouver, advises clients on initial public offerings, public and private equity and debt financings, compliance and corporate governance. The Toronto office was bolstered by the June 2022 arrival of Timothy McCormick from Stikeman Elliott LLP. Andrew Powers has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Fred Pletcher

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Martindale; Tim McCormick

Key clients

Pan American Silver Corp.

Ressources Quebec Inc.

Cameco Corporation

Eldorado Gold Corporation

Imperial Metals Corporation

Kinross Gold Corp.

POSCO Canada Limited.

Sandstorm Gold Royalties

Bear Creek Mining Corporation

BMO Capital Markets

CIBC Capital Markets

TD Securities Inc.

National Bank Financial

Lumina Gold Corp.

Luminex Resources Corp.

Cormark Securities Inc.

Almaden Minerals Ltd.

IDM Mining

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Distinguished by the breadth of its regulatory offering, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP routinely represents domestic and multinational energy companies on environmental and administrative law matters, including litigation. The practice also handles commercial work. Calgary-based transactional partner Peter Bryan leads the oil and gas group nationally, while commercial and regulatory specialist Rick Williams heads the department in Vancouver and also fronts the national environmental team. Other key names in Calgary include senior counsel Randall Block KC, who is a go-to name for energy disputes, and regulatory expert Alan Ross KC.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bryan; Rick Williams; Alan Ross KC

Other key lawyers:

Randall Block KC; Karen Salmon

Key clients

Government of Canada

Cenovus Energy

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

Export Development Canada

BP Canada Energy Group

ConocoPhillips Canada

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)


Parkland Corporation

PetroChina Canada

Kelt Exploration

Birchcliff Energy

Plains Midstream

Daqing Energy Canada

Signalta Resources

Canada > Environment Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP houses a robust environmental law practice, which is particularly recognized for its activity in energy, mining and Indigenous law-related matters. From its broad base of offices across the country, the group is equipped to handle environmental disputes, regulatory issues, and transactional support work. Vancouver-based Rick Williams fronts the department and is well versed in both contentious and non-contentious work, but he is primarily noted for his experience in project development, permitting and operations in the energy and natural resource sectors. Toronto-based Gabrielle Kramer is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rick Williams

Other key lawyers:

Dionysios Rossi; Gabrielle Kramer; Jonathan Cocker; Graham Walker

Key clients

Kirby Corporation

British Columbia Railway Company

The Corporation of the City of Markham

Cenovus Energy

Ontario Waste Management Association

Hy2Gen, Northland

Pan American Silver Corp

Ivanhoe Cambridge


Canada > Intellectual property Tier 3

Work highlights

Canada > Pensions Tier 3

Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

The 49-strong group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has experience representing both government authorities – including Crown corporations and municipalities – and private sector developers, in a wide spectrum of public procurements. Vancouver-based partner Douglas Sanders co-heads the practice and majors on PPPs and the drafting of construction contracts. Alongside him, counsel Richard Shaban of the Toronto office assists hospitals, public authorities and developers with construction projects. Mark Fecenko completes the leadership trio.

Practice head(s):

Richard Shaban; Doug Sanders; Mark Fecenko

Key clients

BC Hydro

City of Ottawa

Eldorado Gold

Oakridge Geo Thermal

Ontario Hospitals Association


Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals

Trigon Pacific Terminals


Canada > Real estate Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP employs the full bench strength of over 800 lawyers in 5 national locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, to advise a diverse client base of pension funds, life insurance companies, utility companies, institutional investors, family offices, public sector clients, developers, commercial landlords, tenants and REITs, on wide range of real estate matters. The team is led by Aaron Bowler in Calgary, who brings experience to high-value acquisitions and dispositions, financings, developments and restructurings, across such asset classes as office towers, hotels, shopping centres, railways and resorts. Key figures include senior partner Sylvie Bouvette in Montreal, who represents sellers and purchasers in joint ventures; Frank Arnone in Toronto, who assists clients with complex investment structures; Line Abecassis in Montreal, an expert in acquisitions, divestitures and the leasing of industrial, office, and retail and mixed-use buildings; and David Longcroft, an experienced specialist in mixed-use projects and associated air space parcel subdivisions.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Bowler

Other key lawyers:

Sylvie Bouvette; David Longcroft; Frank Arnone; Brennan Carroll; Catherine Guertin; 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

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's practice is frequently called upon by senior secured lenders, insolvency professionals acting as monitors and court-appointed receivers, private equity funds, as well as debtors, for its restructuring expertise. Additional expertise lies in acting for DIP lenders, court officers and prospective purchasers regarding cross-border proceedings including Chapter 11. Toronto-based practice head Alex MacFarlane has particular experience acting for distressed finance, cannabis and retail sector clients, while senior counsel Marc Duchesne co-leads in Montreal and works primarily on the debtor side.

Practice head(s):

Alex MacFarlane; Marc Duchesne


‘Content expertise, reliable, available at short notice, good collaborators.’

‘Alex MacFarlane is great in the area of insolvency.’

Key clients

Bank of Montréal

The Bank of Nova Scotia

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Export Development Canada

National Bank of Canada

Azoxco Cryogénique

Northern Ontario School of Medicine


Purdue Pharma


Fuller Landau

Armstrong Flooring Canada

Ernst & Young

Deloitte Restructuring



BDO Canada

Romspen Investment

Canada > Tax Tier 3

The 43-strong team at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP handles the range of tax matters, including corporate tax, estate planning, commodity tax and the tax aspects of domestic and international transactions. The group also takes care of disputes relating to Canada’s federal and provincial taxes, including GST and HST, income tax and commodity taxes. Toronto-based practice head Craig Webster leads from Toronto and focuses on tax matters relating to investment funds. Also working at the Toronto office, Steve Suarez is active on both transactional and contentious issues. Calgary-based Laurie Goldbach fronts the tax disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Craig Webster

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Lake Shore Gold/Pan American Silver

Wentao Yang

Champlain College of Vermont – Montreal Campus

Pam American Silver

Capital Power

Loblaw Companies

Horizon Capital Holdings

Trustees of the Mohamed Aly Pirani Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing Kone in a successful tax appeal to the Court of Quebec.
  • Acted as counsel for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada challenging the interpretation of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule.
  • Defended Lake Shore Gold in an application for a tax indemnity brought by subscribers to a flow-through share agreement.

Canada > Technology Tier 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's technology group demonstrates strength in commercial agreements, disputes M&A, and cybersecurity, IP, privacy, data protection and regulatory matters. Vancouver-based partner Andrew Hennigar specializes in assisting private companies with domestic and cross-border M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and strategic alliances and partnerships. The focus of Mark Fecenko's Toronto-based practice is on the intersection of technology, procurement and partnering with the private and public sectors. Patrice Martin in Montreal brings skill to such areas as AI and autonomous vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hennigar

Other key lawyers:

Key clients



Emtelligent Solutions

Exo Imaging

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Marlin Equity Partners

BDC Capital

Assabet Capital Partners

Satisfai Health

Carmanah Technologies

Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Chantier Davie Canada

Transport > Other transport Tier 3

National and regional railway companies, urban transit authorities, transportation service providers, project developers, contractors, operators and insurers regularly feature on the client roster of the group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Areas of expertise include financing, regulatory planning, compliance, litigation and arbitration. Toronto-based litigator Robin Squires steers the national department and handles class action defence and complex casualty matters. Ex-rail and road team head Robert Shouldice retired in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Robin Squires

Key clients

Kintetsu World Express (Canada)



Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo

Canadian National Railway, BC Rail, Southern Railway of BC, Canadian Pacific Railway, Burlington Northern Railway

Greyhound Canada, Mullen Trucking, Bison Transport

Work highlights

  • Defended Canadian Pacific Railway Company in a class action arising from the 2013 derailment of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train.
  • Assisted Southern Railway of British Columbia with Federal Court judicial review proceedings.
  • Assisted the City of Ottawa and Grope NouvLR (Montreal LRT) in light rail works which include rail transit regulatory matters.

Canada > Capital markets Tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s capital markets practice has a focus on the mid-market space, which ensures a steady stream of smaller offerings — both debt and equity. Led from Vancouver by Kent Kufeldt, who consistently represents both issuers and underwriters, the department also draws on Vancouver-based mining head Fred Pletcher. The Toronto team was recently boosted by the hires of Timothy McCormick and counsel Laura Levine, who both joined as partners from Stikeman Elliott LLP. Additionally, Frazer House joined as a partner from Torys, where he was an associate.

Practice head(s):

Kent Kufeldt; Tim McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barclays Capital

Loblaw Companies

CIBC Capital Markets

Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec

Capital Power Corporation

SNC-Lavalin Group

BDC Capital, GO Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Desjardins Capital and UI Investissement (France)

Agrinam Acquisition Corporation

Cormark Securities

Cardiol Therapeutics

Inovia Capital

BMO Capital Markets

TD Securities

Stifel Nicolaus Canada

National Bank Financial

Clarus Securities

PI Financial Corp

Red Cloud Securities

UMB Bank

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP utilizes the full bench strength of over 800 lawyers across 5 national locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, to advise national and international corporates and financial institutions involved in high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice’s client base spans sectors ranging from media, tech, cannabis, infrastructure, energy and mining to financial services, retail and transport. The group’s comprehensive service covers complex M&A, joint venture agreements, corporate finance, corporate governance and shareholder activism. The practice is led by national group head of corporate and capital markets Prema Thiele in Toronto, who brings over 30 years assisting international fund managers, portfolio managers and dealers with legal and compliance issues; corporate and commercial national business leader Subrata Bhattacharjee (also Toronto); and national business leader of securities and capital markets leader Kent Kufeldt in Vancouver and Calgary. Timothy McCormick joined from Stikeman Elliott LLP in June 2022. Jason Saltzman departed in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Prema Thiele; Subrata Bhattacharjee; Kent Kufeldt

Other key lawyers:

Fred Fletcher; Stefan Timms; Timothy McCormick

Key clients

Pan American Silver Corp.

John Wood Group plc

George Weston Limited | Loblaw | Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Guardian Capital Group Limited

Groupe Mach Acquisition Inc.

Mercer Global Investments Canada Ltd.

Independence Pet Group, Inc.

First Citizens BancShares, Inc.

Concentra Bank

CIBC Capital Markets

UMB Bank

Loblaw Companies Limited

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

The New York Times Company

Epiroc Rock Drills AB

POSCO Canada Limited

Transport > Aviation

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Charities and not-for-profit
Photo Name Position Profile
Line Abecassis photo Line Abecassis Partner
Jean-Marie Fontaine photo Jean-Marie Fontaine Partner
Simon Grégoire photo Simon Grégoire Partner
François Grondin photo François Grondin Partner
Danny Kaufer photo Danny Kaufer Senior Counsel
Gabriel Lefebvre photo Gabriel Lefebvre Partner and Regional practice leader for both Construction and Commercial Litigation Groups.
Patrice Martin photo Patrice Martin Partner, Corporate Commercial Group
Number of Partners : 372
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 331
Africa and Asia
Farsi (Persian)