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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
45 O'CONNOR STREET
SUITE 2000, WORLD EXCHANGE PLAZA
OTTAWA, ONTARIO K1P 1A4
Canada

Banking and finance Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP distinguishes itself through its deep bench and seamless strength across the country, with the practice holding dominant positions in all of Canada’s four largest commercial centres. The team also leans on international platforms in New York, London and Beijing, marking it as a top choice for cross-border mandates, where it acts for a mix of Canadian and foreign lenders and borrowers. In a highlight example of its multi-jurisdictional prowess, the firm was selected by JPMorgan Chase to advise on a $2.3bn DIP facility to Toys ‘R’ Us Canada, and its US parent, connected to the retail chain’s high-profile liquidation, which involved coordination between US and Canadian teams; up-and-coming partner Aimee Yee led that deal, which is testament to the strength of the firm's younger talent. Among the senior transactional specialists in Toronto, Michael Matheson is a leading name for major deals, particularly syndicated loans and acquisition financings; Simon Finch continues to impress on the alternative lending side; and Michael Harquail maintains a broad banking and finance practice. In Calgary, local group head Michael McIntosh QC is sought after for transactions in the oil and gas space, along with the increasingly prominent Nick Tropak. In addition, Sébastien Vilder and Michael Birch are the chief transactional contacts in Montreal and Vancouver respectively. The firm’s regulatory expertise is equally as respected as its deal-making capabilities, with Toronto-based national financial services lead Paul Belanger rated for his advice on governance issues, product development and banking M&A. Toronto-based Dawn Jetten is also noted for financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):

Paul Belanger; Michael Birch; Michael McIntosh QC; Sébastien Vilder

Testimonials

Blakes stands out for its strong experience in both transactional and regulatory work – and for its massively deep bench.’

The firm is clearly a leader in the field, based on its quality of work and strong partners. It is involved in 90% of the deals that come to market.’

Key clients

Caisse centrale Desjardins

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union

Element Fleet Management Corp.

ECN Capital Corp.

Financeit

MCAP Financial Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Capital markets Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has top-tier capabilities in corporate and banking work, which complements its comprehensive ECM and DCM practice group. The prolific practice is routinely ranked among the top firms nationally by deal value and deal count for both issuer and manager-side work. In a recent example, Toronto-based Tim Andison advised Cronos Group on its headline private placement, which saw tobacco giant Altria Group invest C$2.4bn into Cronos Group and receive a 45% stake in the global cannabis company. Other contacts in Toronto include Chris Hewat, who has a strong record in the technology sector, heavyweight capital markets specialist Jeffrey Lloyd, and national group lead Eric Moncik. In Calgary, Ross Bentley is highly regarded for energy-related offerings and recently led on mandates for AltaGas Canada and TransCanada PipeLines. Up-and-coming partner Jeff Bakker is also recommended in Calgary. Also of note in 2019, Pascal de Guise joined the Montreal office from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Practice head(s):

Eric Moncik

Key clients

Aecon Group

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

CIBC World Markets Inc.

CI Financial

Cronos Group Inc.

GMP Securities L.P.

National Bank Financial Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

RBC Capital Markets

Scotia Capital Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

TD Securities Inc.

Tilray, Inc.

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Vesta Energy Corp.

Zymeworks Inc.

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s competition and foreign investment practice is highly sought after by major global corporations to advise on sophisticated multi-jurisdictional merger control cases, while its top-tier corporate offering supplies a steady stream of domestic M&A filings. Department chair Brian Facey is widely considered a leader in the antitrust field and was selected by Essilor to advise on the local aspects of its €48bn merger with Luxottica, which successfully closed at the end of 2018. On the contentious front, litigator Robert Kwinter is a high-profile figure and recently represented several household-name multinational clients in complex class actions. Also recommended is Cassandra Brown, whose practice is split between transactional and behavioural matters. Randall Hofley rejoined the firm from the Competition Bureau in 2020. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Brian Facey

Key clients

AB Inbev

Bell Canada

Essilor

General Electric

John Deere

Johnson & Johnson

Kinder Morgan

Koch Industries

LafargeHolcim

Nestle Canada

Praxair

Qualcomm

Superior Plus

Red Hat

Siemens AG

Suncor Energy Inc.

Toronto Real Estate Board

The Jim Pattison Group

The Washington Group

Weatherford International

WestJet Airlines

WorleyParsons Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

One of the most consistent national practices in the market, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s corporate department distinguishes itself through its ability to lead multibillion-dollar deals from across its well-staffed platforms in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. In addition, the full-service heavyweight can draw upon its international outposts in New York, London and Beijing for support in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Michael Gans, who splits his time between Toronto and New York, had a banner year, which saw him advise The Stars Group on its C$6bn acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming — the seventh biggest deal in Canada during 2018. Jeffrey Lloyd, who handles M&A and securities matters, is also a key contact in Toronto. Calgary-based Ross Bentley is a premier name in Western Canada, with his recent experience spanning the energy, airline and infrastructure spheres. Other key names include firm chair Brock Gibson QC, who splits his practice between Calgary and Toronto, and Calgary-based corporate and finance specialist Noralee Bradley.

Practice head(s):

Eric Moncik

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Atlantic Gold Corporation

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec

ENMAX Corporation

Kinder Morgan Canada Limited

Laricina Energy Ltd.

Nevsun Resources Ltd.

Nutrien Ltd.

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

Savaria Corporation

Siemens AG / Siemens Canada Limited

Suncor Energy Inc.

The Stars Group Inc.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s oil and gas practice is evenly weighted between transactional and regulatory matters, with notable expertise in big-ticket M&A, joint ventures, project development and environmental issues. Largely concentrated in Calgary, with the ability to lean on offices from across the firm’s impressive national and international network, the multi-disciplinary group is well versed in all key industry segments, including exploration and production, the midstream sector and major infrastructure development. On the transactional front, Mungo Hardwicke-Brown is a high-profile figure; he teamed up with Keith Byblow to advise Kinder Morgan Canada on the landmark C$4.5bn sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project to the Government of Canada. Calgary managing partner Ben Rogers is also a key transactional specialist. On the regulatory side, Lars Olthafer is considered a leading light, while the ‘incredibly talentedTerri-Lee Oleniuk has been rated as a future star.

Practice head(s):

Keith Byblow; Yannick Beaudoin; Brock Gibson; Tony Crossman; David Glennie

Key clients

Kinder Morgan Canada Limited

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Jupiter Resources

Imperial Oil Limited

Nexen Inc.

Trican Well Service LLC

Precision Drilling Corporation

Encana Corporation

Environment Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP distinguishes itself in part through its expansive national platform, which benefits from strong footholds in each of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario and Quebec. The firm’s geographically diverse service offering is matched by an equally broad environmental focus that covers all industries and all environmental law issues. The group is best known for its strong track record in advising on the permitting, environmental assessment and project approval processes of significant mining, energy and infrastructure projects. It also handles site assessments, audits and transactional support matters. Toronto-based Jonathan Kahn heads the group and has varied expertise across regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. Charles Kazaz, who splits his time between Toronto and Montreal, has a strong emphasis on the mining industry, while Calgary-based Terri-Lee Oleniuk specializes in project-related issues. Sandy Carpenter recently left to establish his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kahn

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.

BC Hydro

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Ltd.

A&W Food Services of Canada

CRH Canada Group Inc.

Carillion Canada Group

Wynnchurch Capital, LLC

Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.

Nutrien Ltd. (formerly Agrium)

Indigenous law Tier 1

Complemented by the firm’s broad corporate and projects offerings and top-tier environmental law capability, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s practice brings together robust regulatory and transactional expertise in the indigenous law area. From Aboriginal consultation, through to due diligence, the team routinely advises a wide range of clients across the country on complex and strategic matters. The group is led from Vancouver by Roy Millen, who specializes in advising private sector clients on the indigenous law aspects of energy and mining projects. Sam Adkins, also based in Vancouver, has deep experience in consultation, negotiation and regulatory issues. Montreal-based Anne Drost and Calgary-based environmental law specialist Terri-Lee Oleniuk are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Roy Millen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barrick Gold Corporation

H2O Power Limited Partnership

Pure Gold Mining Inc.

LNG Canada Development Inc.

Seabridge Gold Inc.

Six Nations of the Grand River / Six Nations Council

B.C. Treaty Commission

TransCanada Pipelines Limited

Sojitz Corporation

Washington Group of Companies

Infrastructure and projects Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP stands out for its comprehensive national coverage of infrastructure projects, with its deal sheet including roles on major projects in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Region. Equally adept at advising private and public sector participants, the group has a leading record in PPP projects across all asset classes. Also impressive is the firm’s secondary market activity, where it advises bidders, buyers and sellers of infrastructure projects on both competitive auctions and two-party privately negotiated transactions. In Toronto, former banker Catherine Doyle acts for lenders and consortia on infrastructure matters, while Judy Wilson has one of the market’s leading public sector-side practices. Montreal-based Alain Massicotte chairs the group in Quebec and recently advised the Collectif Santé Montréal - the private partner for the new facility of the University of Montreal’s new hospital centre - on the landmark replacement of the existing contractor for the second stage of the project. Other names to note include Jeffrey Merrick, who chairs the group from Vancouver, and Toronto-based Vivian Kung, who is called to the Bar in Ontario and BC.

Practice head(s):

Alain Massicotte; Jeffrey Merrick; Judy Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.

AECON Group Inc.

Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.

EllisDon Capital Inc.

Veolia Energie Canada Inc.

Axium Infrastructure

Meridiam Infrastructure

Forum Equity Partners Inc.

Fluor Corporation

Infrastructure Ontario

City of Hamilton

City of Winnipeg

City of Toronto

City of Calgary

VIA Rail Canada

Carillion Canada Inc.

Transurban

Hochtief PPP Solutions North America

Insurance Tier 1

Recognized as one of the most well-balanced insurance practices in the market, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has strong skill sets in regulatory, transactional and contentious insurance matters. On the regulatory front, financial services lead Paul Belanger is routinely engaged by insurance companies to advise on governance and product development issues. Dawn Jetten, another senior member of the financial service regulatory practice, is also a popular choice for regulatory concerns. Up-and-coming corporate and commercial partner Jake Gilbert is noted for his experience in transactional support matters, which recently included advising Chicago-headquartered Hub International on its acquisition of Toronto-based Proteus Performance Management. On the contentious side, Calgary-based litigator David Tupper is sought after for high-stakes coverage disputes, including environmental and construction cases. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Paul Belanger; David Tupper

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HUB International Limited

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Intact Financial Corporation

Standard Life plc

VRG Capital

International expertise Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP commitment to its global offering is evidenced by a solid international network with platforms in New York, London and Beijing. The firm also houses several multi-disciplinary regional practices within Canada, including the Australia team, which frequently advises on inbound and outbound investments in the energy and mining sectors. Among the key names abroad, New York managing partner Geoffrey Belsher is noted for his prolific corporate and M&A practice, which stands out in mining and private equity deals. In London, David Glennie is sought out for natural resources transactions, while Robert Kwauk is a name to note in Beijing.

Pensions Tier 1

Operating at the forefront of pensions law, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s highly regarded national practice continues to lead the way in complex regulatory matters, particularly on the governance and de-risking fronts. On the investment side, the firm remains a top choice for leading funds, including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and OMERS Administration Corporation. Toronto-based practice co-head Kathryn Bush has an impressive record in advising provincial governments on pension plans and other benefits. Jeremy Forgie, also based in Toronto, is highly sought after for his experience in plan and fund governance and transactional matters. In Calgary, Sean Maxwell is an increasingly prominent figure and recently advised Kinder Morgan Canada on the pension aspects of its high-profile sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Bush; Jeffrey Sommers

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Morneau Shepell Ltd.

Hudson’s Bay Company

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

OMERS Administration Corporation

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada

Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Nutrien Ltd.

RR Donnelly

Alberta Government

Public procurement Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has a full-service procurement practice, which routinely advises public and private sector clients from a broad range of industry sectors on transactional, compliance and contentious issues. Complemented by the wider firm’s top-tier infrastructure expertise, the group is dominant across the country in transport, energy and natural resources projects, with recent strong showings in the rail space. Toronto-based Judy Wilson is widely recognized as one of the market’s leading procurement specialists and remains a popular choice to advise key public sector clients, such as Infrastructure Ontario, on major infrastructure projects. Also recommended is Toronto-based Marianne Smith, whose practice is well weighted between transactional and regulatory procurement matters, and Montreal-based up-and-coming partner Clémentine Sallée, who focuses on infrastructure and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Judy Wilson

Key clients

VIA Rail Canada

Marine Atlantic Inc.

City of Toronto

City of Calgary

City of Hamilton

City of Winnipeg

City of Brampton

City of Burlington

City of Greater Sudbury

Infrastructure Ontario

Liquor Control Board of Ontario

Ontario Power Generation

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

University of Toronto

Laurentian University

Ryerson University

University of Western Ontario

Colleges Ontario (24 individual colleges across Ontario)

Mohawk College

St. Lawrence College

Niagara College

Local Health Integration Networks

Real estate Tier 1

Transactional powerhouse Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP combines a pre-eminent offering in property acquisitions and disposals with strength in property finance and big-ticket investment structuring. The firm is a top choice for institutional investors, particularly pension funds, counting names like HOOPP Realty and Ontario Pension Board among its key clients. It also handles development and leasing matters for a varied mix of local and multinational corporations. The national practice, which draws on strong platforms in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, is also distinguished by its consistent involvement in real estate projects across the country. Practice co-head Chris Huband is highly sought after by institutional investors for his experience in headline property transactions, and Thomas von Hahn, who co-leads the practice alongside Huband, has expertise in cross-border transactions. Other key names include Silvana D’Alimonte, noted for her broad practice spanning financings, joint ventures and property acquisitions and disposals, and up-and-coming partner Daniel Kofman. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Chris Huband; Thomas von Hahn

Key clients

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP

Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Ivanhoé Cambridge/Otéra Capital

HOOPP Realty Inc.

Ontario Pension Board/Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Investors Real Property Fund

H&R Real Estate Investment Trust

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

Morguard Investments Ltd.

Tax Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields a full-service tax practice, which benefits from specialist expertise in income tax, commodity tax, tax disputes, and pension and employee benefits. Although the group routinely teams up with its top-tier corporate practice in a transactional support role, it also secures a significant volume of standalone mandates, which recently included advising The Coca-Cola Company on the tax aspects of the sale of Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada to Kilmer Group; a transaction that was led by up-and-coming partner Jeffrey Shafer. Jeffrey Trossman heads the national team and advises on all aspects of income tax planning and tax dispute resolution. Robert Kopstein, who splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver, is a key contact for Western Canada-related matters, while Scott Wilkie heads the transfer pricing team. In 2018, Mark Tonkovich joined from Baker McKenzie to lead the tax litigation practice, following the departures of former tax litigation head Edwin Kroft QC and Vancouver-based tax litigator Deborah Toaze to Bennett Jones LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tonkovich; Jeffrey Trossman; Scott Wilkie

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AnheuserBusch-InBev SA

BCE Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

CBS Corporation

KraftHeinz Canada ULC

Novacap Industries IV, LP.

TransCanada Corporation

Suncor Energy Inc.

CIT Group Securities (Canada) Inc.

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

H&R Real Estate Investment Trust

Power Corporation of Canada

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd

Transurban Group

Linamar Group

WestJet

Technology Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s full-service technology practice routinely acts for producers and users of technology, and is well versed across the full spread of transactions, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and cybersecurity issues. In addition, the firm’s pre-eminent banking and finance capability marks it as a popular choice for financial service-related outsourcing and fintech matters, while other industry sweet spots include e-commerce, life sciences, manufacturing and energy. Montreal-based Sunny Handa, who handles both regulatory and transactional work, heads the national group, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of cybersecurity and privacy specialist Imran Ahmad from Miller Thomson. Also in 2019, Robert Percival joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Sunny Handa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

McCain Foods Limited

Tencent

TD Bank Group

Frontier Capital, LLC

Transport: aviation Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s standalone aviation offering has strengths across all key pillars of aviation law, with specialist skill sets in finance, regulation, insurance and tax. It can also draw upon the wider firm’s full-service offering for support on large transactions. The team is led in Toronto by finance specialist Donald Gray, and also includes up-and-coming aviation partner Jason MacIntyre.

Practice head(s):

Donald Gray

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aergo Capital Limited

Aviation Working Group

Avolon

The Boeing Company

Credit Suisse

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

Elix Aviation Capital

GE Capital Aviation Services (Ireland and U.S.)

Morgan Stanley

PNC Aviation Finance (US)

Cannabis Tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s multi-disciplinary group stands out for the diversity of its practice and its geographical coverage. The firm benefits from overseas offices in New York, London and Beijing, and has notched up an impressive number of cross-border deals, advising on the Canadian aspects of transactions involving the US, Australia, Africa and Europe. Clients include domestic and international companies from across the industry, but it is particularly active for cannabis licensees. Finance specialist Alexis Levine is the key senior contact, while associate Chris Nyberg is recognized as a rising star in the cannabis industry.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Levine; Chris Nyberg; Kevin Rusli; Cheryl Satin

Key clients

TerrAscend Corp.

Khalifa Kush Enterprises Canada ULC

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc

Cannabis Growth Opportunity Corporation

Computershare Trust Company of Canada

Chemistree Technology Inc.

Evolve Funds Group Inc.

Mera Cannabis Corp. (formerly Avana Canada Inc.)

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

CannabisOneFive (C15)

Hunny Pot Cannabis Co.

Trec Brands Inc.

Eight Capital

Canopy Rivers Inc.

Cronos Group Inc.

Tilray, Inc.

Organigram Holdings Inc.

Auxly Cannabis Group

GMP Securities LP

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is consistently excellent in the disputes space nationwide, benefiting from top-level talent throughout its platforms in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec. The Calgary group is recognized for its energy litigation capability, with David Tupper highly sought after for energy, construction and securities cases. In addition, the Calgary team was recently boosted by the arrival of Renee Reichelt from McCarthy Tétrault, who brings significant banking and securities litigation expertise. Key contacts in Toronto include Michael Barrack, who handles criminal, civil and constitutional cases, and Bradley Berg, who advises on a wide range of commercial and civil matters. Montreal managing partner Robert Torralbo is highly regarded for class actions work, and James Sullivan QC is a stand-out litigator in Vancouver. Vancouver-based William Kaplan QC recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Bradley Berg; Francis Rouleau; Joe McArthur; James Sullivan QC; David Tupper; Sean Boyle

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Air Canada

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

Baker Hughes Canada Company

Bell Canada

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust

Capital Leasing Investment Corporation

CNOOC International Ltd. (formerly Nexen Energy ULC)

Coca-Cola Ltd.

Corix Group of Companies

CP Rail

ENMAX Corporation

Goldman Sachs Canada, Goldman Sachs Group

Infrastructure Ontario

Ivanhoe Cambridge II Inc.

Knowledge First Financial Inc.

KPMG

Labatt Brewing Company Limited

Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.

Microsoft Corporation

Robertson Building Systems Ltd.

Sateri International Inc.

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 2

Regularly appearing in high-profile mining M&A and securities matters, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s practice is best known for its transactional firepower. In addition, it draws on the firm’s auxiliary strength in dispute resolution and environmental law to provide comprehensive advice on operational, commercial and contentious matters. Led out of Toronto by John Wilkin, the national department also benefits from solid platforms in Montreal and Calgary, as well as a strong Vancouver team, which includes Bob Wooder and Peter O’Callaghan. Internationally, the firm has on-the-ground mining groups in London, New York, Beijing and Manama.

Practice head(s):

John Wilkin

Key clients

Alio Gold, Inc.

Ascot Resources Ltd.

Atlantic Gold Corporation

BHP Billiton

Capstone Mining Corp.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Equinox Gold Corp.

Ero Copper Corp.

First Quantum Minerals Limited

Kinross Gold Corporation

MAG Silver Corp.

Nevsun Resources Ltd.

NovaGold Resources Inc.

Nutrien Ltd.

Pretium Resources Inc.

Rio Tinto Alcan

Seabridge Gold Inc.

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a top-performer in power projects and transactions across Canada, with notable expertise in acquisitions and divestitures, and project finance and development. The team also has a reputation for large international mandates, recent example of which have included an instruction from the Government of Gabon. The firm also stands out for its experience across all key sub-sectors of the electricity market, both conventional and renewable energy, with recent strong activity in hydroelectric and wind projects. In Calgary, Peter Keohane and Scott Clarke are the key contacts for transactional matters, while Bryson Stokes and Sébastien Vilder are names to note in Toronto and Montreal respectively.

Practice head(s):

Peter Keohane; Bryson Stokes; Sébastien Vilder; Scott Clarke

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

AltaLink, L.P.

BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Boralex

Capstone Infrastructure

E. ON

ENMAX Corporation

H2O Power Limited Partnership

Suncor Energy Inc./Suncor Energy Products Inc.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

A strong performer across the country, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP distinguishes itself in part through its sizeable national practice, which is spread across its Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal offices. The group also benefits from its ability to draw on other departments within the firm to manage resource-heavy, multi-disciplinary cases. In a recent example, Toronto-based national lead Pamela Huff and Vancouver group head Peter Rubin led a cross-office and cross-practice team that represented Carillion Canada in its C$5bn CCAA restructuring, which marked the first significant Canadian PPP insolvency. The team also includes highly regarded Calgary group lead Kelly Bourassa, who has an impressive record in energy-related restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Huff; Peter Rubin; Kelly Bourassa; Bernard Boucher

Key clients

Alberta Treasury Branches

Alterna Savings and Credit Union Ltd.

Alvarez & Marsal

Cadillac Fairview

Canaccord Genuity

Carillion Canada Group

Credit Suisse

Deloitte

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Grant Thornton Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Wells Fargo

International trade Tier 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s trade group is distinguished by its ability to link up with the firm’s top-tier tax practice to provide a fully integrated customs and commodity tax offering. Other strengths include trade treaty disputes, economic sanctions, trade remedies matters and anti-corruption compliance. Toronto-based group head Greg Kanargelidis is routinely sought after by Canadian and foreign clients for advice on global trade and investment law.

Telecoms Tier 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acts for internet service providers, e-commerce companies and satellite service providers, and has a strong track record in the tech sector. Headed by Montreal-based technology expert Sunny Handa, the team has equal strengths in transactional and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sunny Handa

Key clients

Tata Communications

Inmarsat Solutions (Canada) Inc.

Toronto Star Newspapers Limited

ICM Partners

ARM Limited/Streamline Technologies

Intellectual property Tier 4

Traditionally a strong performer on the transactional side, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP boosted its litigation capability in 2018 with the hires of Toronto-based IP litigators Melanie Baird and Andrew Skodyn from Lenczner Slaght LLP, both of whom have significant expertise in the biologics field. On the non-contentious front, the firm advises on prosecution, due diligence and transactional work, across the full range of patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial design issues. Toronto-based Anthony Prenol heads the national practice group.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Prenol

Key clients

Essential Energy Services Ltd.

OTI Lumionics

Nutrien Ltd.

Xero Limited

Impact Group LLC

Janssen Inc., Janssen Biotech Inc.

The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research

Valeant Canada LP and

Depomed, Inc.

Cilag CmbH, Cilag AG

Labour and employment Tier 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s labour and employment practice primarily supports the firm’s prolific corporate practice, advising on the labour and employment aspects of major transactional mandates. Spread across the firm’s Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal offices, the team also advises on standalone matters, including workplace policies and employment litigation. Andrea York, who focuses on employment, labour and privacy matters, heads the group from Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Andrea York

Key clients

Nestle Canada Inc./Nestle Waters Canada

The Boeing Company

Agrium Inc.

Suncor Energy

The Washington Companies

Omnicom Canada Corp.

IMCD Group/ L.V. Lomas

Lavazza Group

Instacart

Scotiabank