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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 1

Known for its strong links with Canadian, American and global financial services institutions, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP offers a holistic banking and finance practice, covering both transactional and regulatory issues. With locations in the four business centres of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, its national team is positioned effectively to lead on domestic banking matters, while its international office network makes it a leading choice for clients with cross-border needs, including household names like Credit Suisse. Paul Belanger leads the national team from the Toronto office, advising service providers on regulatory issues, including governance, risk management and other areas. Also based in Toronto is Michael Matheson, who co-led a multi-jurisdictional matter for Intact Financial Corporation worth C$12.3bn. The Calgary-based Michael McIntosh has also been busy, advising on construction credit facilities to TC Energy for multiple major oil and LNG projects. Also based in Calgary is Nick Tropak, who maintains a broad financial practice. Simon Finch is known for his work with foreign financiers, in particular relating to private debt transactions. Aimee Yee is particularly active in cross-border refinancing transactions, while counsel Mena Bellofiore provides high-end financial regulatory compliance work.

Key clients

AST Financial

Ascot Resources Ltd.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Canadian Tire Bank

Credit Suisse AG Cayman Islands Branch

Desjardins Capital Markets

ENMAX Corporation

Intact Financial Corporation

Kinder Morgan Canada Limited


Pacific Equity Partners

Royal Bank of Canada

Sagen MI Canada Inc.

Silicon Valley Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Canada Branch

TC Energy Corporation

TD Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Intact Financial Corporation in connection with its proposed C$12.3bn acquisition, together with Tryg, of RSA Insurance Group.
  • Advised TC Energy and CGLLP on the $C6.8bn project financing with respect to the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project.
  • Advised Sagen MI Canada on its C$1.6bn acquisition by Brookfield Business Partners.

Canada > Capital markets Tier 1

Highly experienced in both equity and debt capital markets, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP is a leading firm to which a number of major public and private companies turn. The team has vast experience in public offerings, both in traditional and non-traditional IPO formats, including special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and private investment in public equity deals (PIPEs). Here it advises issuers, sponsors and underwriters, with notable work including Chris Hewat and Matthew Merkley's advice to the underwriters on the $1.5bn Shopify IPO. The firm also stands out for its work in key follow-on offerings and other corporate financing transactions. The regulatory team is further recognized for its broad range of expertise. Eric Moncik leads the team from Toronto, advising on a number of public and private acquisition financings. Jeffrey Lloyd and Tim Andison are other names to note in Toronto, respectively advising on corporate finance, and debt and equity offerings. Calgary-based partner Jeff Bakker focuses on energy-related transactions, while Ross Bentley splits his time between Calgary and London.

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Key clients

AbCellera Biologics Inc.

ABC Technologies Holdings Inc.

BMO Nesbitt Burns

Cenovus Energy Inc.

dentalcorp Holdings Ltd.

Intact Financial Corporation

Magnet Forensics Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Power Sustainable Capital Inc.

Savaria Corporation

Starlight Investments

Suncor Energy Inc.

TC Energy Corporation

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc

Work highlights

  • Served as counsel to Intact Financial Corporation on its offering of C$4.45bn of subscription receipts in connection with its acquisition of RSA Insurance Group.
  • Served as counsel to a syndicate of underwriters on the US$1.5bn public offering of subordinate voting shares of Shopify.
  • Advised Cenovus Energy on its public offering of $1bn in 5.375% senior unsecured notes via the Canada – US multi-jurisdictional disclosure system.

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP offers competition and antitrust advice to both domestic and international clients, covering a range of regulatory and litigation matters. On the transactional side, the team has been involved in a number of high-profile M&A deals, including Navin Joneja and Brian Facey advising on the antitrust aspects of Elanco Anima Health’s $7.6bn purchase of Bayer’s animal health division, and Joneja also advising on Canadian competition matters connected to Fitbit’s purchase by Google. It also offers contentious experience, advising on advertising, abuse of dominance claims, and acting in a number of competition-related class action matters. These include cases before the Canadian Competition Tribunal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Canadian Supreme Court. Facey leads the team from Toronto, advising on regulatory matters related to high-value M&A deals. Other names to note include Joneja, who focuses on foreign investment matters, and litigator Randall Hofley, both based in Toronto.

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Key clients

Dow Chemical Canada Inc.

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Equinix, Inc.

Fitbit, Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals S.A.

Intact Financial Corporation

London Stock Exchange Group

Louis Vuitton SE

Nasdaq, Inc.

The Stars Group Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Dow Chemical in its C$1bn+ litigation with NOVA Chemicals Corporation with respect to operation of facilities under a joint venture.
  • Advised Elanco Animal Health Incorporated on its $7.6bn purchase of Bayer AG’s animal health business.
  • Advised Equinix on the review of its C$1.041bn acquisition of 13 Bell data centres in Canada.

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Maintaining its status as a market leader in Canada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has been involved in a wide range of M&A deals across a variety of industries. In the energy sector, Chad Schneider served as lead counsel to Pembina Pipeline Corporation in its proposed C$8.3bn takeover of Inter Pipeline. Meanwhile, in the technology industry, David Kruse served as lead counsel to Nasdaq in its $2.75bn acquisition of Verafin. The firm stands out for its broad national platform, with key practitioners in its Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia offices. Beyond that, it also offers strong international services, with links to the New York and London markets. Calgary-based partner Ross Bentley balances a broad corporate practice, advising a number of energy and airline clients. In Toronto, Jeffrey Lloyd advises targets and acquirers, while Michael Gans, who also spends time in the New York office, is known for his inbound international expertise. Other names to note include Linda Tu in Toronto and Christine Milliken in Calgary, who are also establishing notable practices in this field. Kruse co-heads the team alongside Eric Moncik from Toronto.

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Key clients

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Cenovus Energy Inc.

DECIEM Beauty Group Inc.

Dell Technologies Inc.

Enerplus Corporation

Intact Financial Corporation

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Nasdaq, Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Sierra Wireless, Inc.

Starlight Group Property Holdings

TC Energy Corporation

Torstar Corporation

Work highlights

  • Served as counsel to Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its proposed C$8.3bn acquisition of Inter Pipeline.
  • Served as counsel to Starlight Group Property Holdings and KingSett Capital on its acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT, valued at C$4.8bn.
  • Advised Nasdaq on its $2.75bn cash purchase of Newfoundland-based Verafin.

Canada > Dispute resolution

The national dispute resolution practice at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP coordinates major, cross-province class actions, and also maintains focused regional practices, each of which fields experts in the industries most relevant to their respective markets. In Alberta, the team excels in construction disputes as well as those in the energy sector, a recent highlight seeing practice co-head Renee Reichelt and seasoned litigator David Tupper acting for Waterous Energy Fund in its hostile takeover of Osum Oil Sands. Michael Dixon jointly leads the team in Alberta with Reichelt, and Alyssa Duke is a further name to note in Calgary. In British Columbia, the firm regularly acts as counsel in complex commercial and corporate litigation, class action defence, domestic and international arbitration, and Indigenous and environmental claims. Joseph McArthur has experience litigating at all levels in Canada, including before the Supreme Court; his arbitration expertise is also of note, and he jointly leads the national arbitration practice. Sean Boyle's practice has an emphasis on business, securities and mining disputes, while Roy Millen acted for Lyft in the landmark litigation around its operations in British Columbia through 2020 and 2021. The multidisciplinary team in Toronto continues to act in a diverse range of significant litigation. Iris Fischer has particular experience in media, defamation, privacy and access-to-information cases, and she co-leads in Ontario with Catherine Beagan Flood, who has experience defending clients on both a local and national scale. Gordon McKee is noted for class actions, and Bradley Berg and Michael Barrack are also key contacts. Robert Torralbo is the managing partner in Montréal and renowned for defending class actions, and product liability, securities, banking and shareholder disputes. Litigation group head Francis Rouleau is another name to note, along with insurance litigation expert Matthew Liben. Recent partner appointment Ariane Bisaillon also stands out in Quebec.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP  handles an impressive volume of transactional work in the oil and gas sector, and is routinely involved in industry-shaping M&A transactions, investments and projects spanning the entire value chain. While M&A, joint ventures and financing deals are without a doubt a core strength, the team is also well-positioned to act for private and public-sector clients on energy regulations and project-related environmental and indigenous law issues. Based in Calgary, Keith Byblow steers the team on an array of corporate matters, including M&A and strategic partnerships involving the oil and gas industry. He receives key support from Christine Milliken, who plays an integral role in high-profile transactions. On the regulatory side, Terri-Lee Oleniuk manages a team of seasoned practitioners acting for clients before regulatory agencies across the country. Other names to note in the Calgary office include Mungo Hardwicke-Brown and Ben Rogers, the both of whom have broad transactional practices, and Lars Olthafer, who focuses on land issues regarding pipelines.

Key clients

TC Energy Corporation

Suncor Energy Inc.

Ceres Global AG Corporation

Pembina Kinder Morgan Canada (Jet Fuel) Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Stittco Utilities Man. Ltd.

TransGas Limited

Painted Pony Energy Ltd.

Jupiter Resources Ltd.

Husky Energy Inc.

Shell Canada Energy Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised TC Energy on its sale of a 65% equity stake in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project to KKR and AIMCo and the concurrent execution of a joint venture arrangement and a credit agreement providing non-recourse project-level financing to fund the majority of construction costs for the project.
  • Advising Kinder Morgan on the C$4.35bn acquisition of KML and the Cochin pipeline system by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.
  • Advised Suncor on its participation in the British Columbia Utilities Commission Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in British Columbia and related hearing for the Confidential Information Framework for fuel data reporting pursuant to the Fuel Price Transparency Act.

Canada > Environment Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP enjoys a strong reputation in the market, given its preeminent role in precedent-setting environmental cases and some of the most significant transactions and projects in Canada. Covering all aspects of environmental law, the firm is a trusted adviser to a range of clients operating in environmentally-sensitive industries involved in contentious matters arising from spills, environmental incidents and contaminated sites. Apart from its strength in litigation, the team also demonstrates broad capabilities in regulatory compliance, corporate transactions, financings, project approvals and investigations. National department head Jonathan Kahn, who sits in Toronto, has been particularly active advising on the environmental aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions and mining projects. Based between Toronto and Montréal, Charles Kazaz is recommended for environmental matters pertaining to the mining, industrial and waste management sectors. Tony Crossman steers the Vancouver natural resources and environmental team on an array of regulatory, compliance and litigation mandates. In Calgary, Terri-Lee Oleniuk is noted for her extensive experience in project-related environmental issues across the oil and gas, mining and power segments. Janice Walton  retired from practice in December 2020.

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 1

With deep knowledge of Indigenous issues, tribal rights and governance mattes, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a go-to destination for clients involved in the development of large-scale natural resources projects and consequential transactions taking place in Canada. The Vancouver-based team provides nationwide coverage, and is well-placed to assist with the gamut of Aboriginal matters, including advising on the management of Indigenous-related risks in the context of M&A deals, consultation obligations, and impact and benefit agreements. Project financing, taxation issues and commercial ventures with First Nations are other areas of expertise for the group, which also houses litigation specialists that are skilled at defending industry clients against challenges to government permits. Leading the practice is Roy Millen, who is proficient in assisting with project approvals, commercial agreements and claims brought by Indigenous communities. Corporate lawyer Sam Adkins  is another name to note in the team; he has a wealth of experience in the energy and mining sectors, and routinely advises on Aboriginal law issues and project development.

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Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 1

Spread across Western Canada, Ontario and Quebec, the infrastructure team at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a leading player in the P3 market, and continues to advise private and public sector clients on the most innovative projects in the country. The team is skilled at advising sponsors, contractors, bidders and financiers on a range of infrastructure and industrial projects, including transportation, energy and waste management. In addition to its strong project development capabilities, the firm also fields a stellar project finance team that is also adept at advising buyers and sellers at every phase of the secondary market investment process. Jeffrey Merrick in Vancouver chairs the national infrastructure group. Based in Toronto, Catherine Doyle is highly regarded for her market-leading expertise in the financing and development of infrastructure assets, while Judy Wilson stands out for her combined experience in procurement and PPP projects. Alain Massicotte, whose track record includes acting for lenders, public authorities and sponsors in major Quebec-based projects, oversees the Montréal infrastructure/ P3 group.

Canada > Insurance Tier 1

Offering a broad platform that features corporate transactional, regulatory and insurance litigation strength, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acts for top-flight insurers and reinsurers. On the transactional side, it advises on restructuring, M&A and capital markets matters for its clients, most notably acting for Intact Financial Corporation on its acquisition of RSA Insurance Group. Its regulatory arm, led by Toronto-based team head Paul Belanger, advises Canadian and international insurance companies on both federal and provincial regulatory requirements, across its four office areas. As for litigation, the team handles all forms of coverage and recovery claims, representing both insurers and insureds in front of all court and tribunal levels. Heading up the litigation group out of Calgary is David Tupper, whose practice centres around property and reinsurance cases involving high magnitude losses. Other key names in Toronto include transactional expert Jake Gilbert and Bonny Murray, who offers regulatory support with a particular focus on longevity insurance.

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Key clients

Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada

Canada Life Assurance Company

Hub International Inc.

Industrial Alliance Financial Services Inc.

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Intact Financial Corporation

QBE Insurance

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada

Sagen MI

Standard Life plc

Tundra Oil and Gas Limited

Zurich Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Intact Financial Corporation in connection with its proposed C$12.3bn acquisition, together with Tryg A/S, of RSA Insurance Group Plc
  • Advised Sagen MI Canada Inc. on its C$1.6bn acquisition by Brookfield Business Partners L.P
  • Acted for a consortium of international insurers in a coverage claim that was made for C$500m relating to refurbishment failures to the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Statio

Canada > International expertise Tier 1

With similar broad corporate expertise to its firm’s domestic branches, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's international offices act for clients looking for Canadian law expertise. Its international presence is run out of its offices in New York and London. The team in New York, led by Geoffrey Belsher, provides a key link to US clients looking for support with cross-border M&A, Investment Canada Act issues, and other regulatory needs including competition and regulation. The London office, led by Ross Bentley who splits time in Calgary, offers similar links to European clients, with a greater emphasis on mining and resource industries. Jamie Koumanakos, also based in New York, co-leads the firm’s private equity group, and leads relationships with many key private equity groups. London-based Jennifer Maxwell and Michael Kariya, who have broad corporate practices, are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Belsher; Ross Bentley

Canada > Pensions Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has one of Canada's foremost pensions and benefits departments, with lawyers across the country being able to advise clients on specific local jurisdictional issues, as well as those at a national level. In a recent standout highlight, Kathryn Bush worked with members of the litigation and insolvency teams to advise Morneau Shepell in its capacity as plan administrator of the Sears Canada pension plan. Bush jointly leads the practice with Jeffrey Sommers, who has over 20 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of the taxation, implementation, funding, administration and wind-up of pension, group benefit and profit-sharing arrangements. Both practitioners are Toronto-based, as is Jeremy Forgie, who acts for some of the largest pension plans and pension fund investment managers in Canada. Natalie Bussière is the name to note in Montréal, combining pensions and employment expertise. Sean Maxwell in Calgary acts for clients such as Suncor Energy and Nutrien. At associate level, Adam Ngan stands out in Toronto.

Canada > Public procurement Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has one of the preeminent public procurement practices in Canada and is regularly retained by both public and private sector clients operating in a range of industries, including infrastructure, energy, healthcare and education. With experience in procurement projects at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, the department not only assists bidders, but is also skilled at  advising on development of the procurement processes, contentious and compliance matters. Leading the practice is Judy Wilson, who is highly regarded for her experience in owner-side infrastructure matters and PPP procurements. She is based in the Toronto office, where Marianne Smith is also sought after for her expertise in PPP law, procurement and complex projects. Clémentine Sallée is a contact in Montreal for project structuring and compliance issues, while Toronto-based  Alyssa Shivji, who was recently promoted to partner, and Theresa Chan play a key role in high-profile procurement projects across Canada.

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 1

With remarkable national presence, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields a strong and sizeable real estate team that is rated for its experience acting for major domestic and international financial services clients, developers, institutional investors, REITs and governmental entities in the entire spectrum of matters. Of particular note, the team is routinely engaged in market-leading transactions, involving M&A, acquisition and disposition of commercial, industrial and residential asset classes, real estate financing, securitization and construction projects. The group is under the joint leadership of Chris Huband and Thomas Von Hahn in Toronto; Huband is recommended for commercial real estate transactions, joint ventures and development projects, while von Hahn is frequently retained by pension funds and investors in mandates involving mortgage portfolios. Also sitting in the Toronto office, Silvana D’Alimonte has significant experience in financing deals and security enforcement. Daniel Kofman, who is based in the same office, has a broad practice that encompasses leasing, development, financing and M&A.

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Offering a diverse array of industry expertise, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP‘s restructuring and insolvency team provides a full range of services to its corporate clients. The group has been involved in a number of high-profile matters recently, which included advising Deloitte as monitor on the JTI-Macdonald tobacco insolvency and acting for AllSaints USA in connection with insolvency proceedings in the US and UK. With the firm benefiting from a broad office network, it is able to support clients who operate across numerous provincial jurisdictions. Pamela Huff leads the Toronto based team, which also features cross-border insolvency expert Linc Rogers. Other names to note include Kelly Bourassa in Calgary, Bernard Boucher in Montreal and Peter Rubin in Vancouver.

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Key clients

AllSaints USA Retail Ltd.

Alvarez & Marsal Canada

Avina Acquisition Corp.

Bank of Montreal

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Carillion Canada Group

Deloitte Canada

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC

Ernst & Young Inc.

foodora inc.

FTI Consulting Canada

JPMorgan Chase Bank


National Bank of Canada

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Primacorp Ventures

Resource Capital Fund VI L.P.

TD Bank

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advised Dominion Diamond Mines on all aspects of its CCAA proceedings before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.
  • Advised Deloitte Restructuring on its role as monitor in the JTI-MacDonald Tobacco restructuring.
  • Acting for the Carillion Canada Group on all aspects of its Canada-wide restructuring efforts, including selling its various business lines and pursuing multiple construction litigation disputes.

Canada > Tax Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP excels in advising corporate clients on the tax aspects of cross-border corporate transactions and reorganisations. Indirect tax is a key area of strength for the firm, with a group of lawyers dedicated to commodity tax and customs issues. In addition to undertaking non-contentious work, the team is also active in tax audits and tax appeals. In 2020, highlights included advising Equinix on the US tax aspects of its C$1.04bn acquisition of Canadian data centres. Paul Stepak, Mark Tonkovich and Jeffrey Shafer lead the team out of the Toronto office. Andrew Spiro is regarded for his expertise in REIT and structured note taxation. Senior counsel Jeffrey Trossman is also held in high regard. Robert Kopstein and Amanda Heale departed for McCarthy Tétrault and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP respectively.

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Jeffrey Trossman; Andrew Spiro; Zvi Halpern-Shavim

Key clients

AnheuserBusch-InBev SA

BCE Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

ViacomCBS Inc.

KraftHeinz Canada ULC

Power Corporation of Canada

Suncor Energy Inc.

CIT Group Securities (Canada) Inc.

Hudson’s Bay Company

Cerberus Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equinix, Inc., a digital infrastructure company on its acquisition of 13 data centres in Canada and their operations from BCE Inc.
  • Acted for a consortium of investors including Starlight Investments and KingSett Capital on their C$4.8-billion acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT.
  • Served as counsel to Hudson’s Bay Company and its Special Committee of independent directors in connection with its go-private transaction.

Canada > Technology Tier 1

The technology practice at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP assists clients with transactional and regulatory matters, with practitioners from four domestic offices (Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary) collaborating to work on deals across Canada. In one highlight, Montréal-based practice head Sunny Handa was part of a cross-practice team, which acted for Nasdaq on its $2.75bn acquisition of Verafin. Elsewhere, the team advises clients on matters such as IT and business process outsourcing, strategic alliances and system integration projects, among other matters. In addition, it is sought after for advice on regulatory and compliance issues, which is centered on telecommunications, cybersecurity, privacy and  advertising. In Toronto, Robert Percival is a key contact for IT transactions and David Feldman specializes in negotiating complex, strategic IT commercial arrangements. Working with Handa in Montréal is Marie-Hélène Constantin.

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Key clients

Equinix, Inc.

Nasdaq, Inc.

SecureWorks Corp.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

HgCapital LLC

Transport > Aviation Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acts for a number of air carriers, leasing companies and financiers. The team’s transactional work is its core strength; it advises on financing, M&A, insurance, debt restructuring and procurement for high-profile clients. Recently, the firm has provided significant support to airlines on government air regulations in light of changes resulting from Covid-19. The team has seen an uptick in sale-leaseback transactions. Its regulatory arm focuses on assisting with certification from large regulatory boards, with a specialist advice on drones. The team is led out of Toronto by Donald Gray, Jason MacIntyre and Auriol Marasco. Marasco and MacIntyre lead the drones sub-group, while Gray provides financing expertise. Associate Jasmine Jin is also notable, supporting on structured financing and secured lending transactions in the aviation industry.

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Aviation Working Group


CDB Leasing

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

GE Capital Aviation Services

Jackson Square Aviation

Northfield Capital Corporation

PNC Bank Aviation Finance

The Boeing Company

WestJet Airlines

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to Jackson Square Aviation on the sale-leaseback of 3xB737MAX aircraft with Air Canada.
  • Acting as lead counsel for Avolon on the sale-leaseback of 6xB737MAX aircraft with Air Canada.
  • Acting as lead counsel for CDB Leasing on the sale-leaseback of 9xB737MAX aircraft with WestJet.

Canada > Cannabis Tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP takes a holistic approach to its cannabis practice, providing a full range of both broad corporate advice as well as dedicated cannabis regulatory support. The team has been involved in numerous high-value M&A deals in the sector, most notably the C$5bn merger of Aphria and Tilray, the largest cannabis merger in Canadian history; Vancouver-based practice head Kathleen Keilty led advice on the merger, and has also led on multiple capital markets deals. In addition, the department has notable experience in cross-border deals, with particular connections to the European market. On the regulatory side, the team offers expertise not only in product licensing and marketing, but also in IP and government relations. The team has particular expertise working with First Nations on their cannabis regimes, advising the largest First Nations producers and retailers. Tricia Kuhl heads up the Montreal Group, offering international cannabis expertise. Chris Nyberg leads the Toronto practice.

Key clients

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Canopy Rivers Inc.

Chemistree Technology Inc.

Cronos Group Inc.

Evolve Funds Group Inc.

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

Jeffries LLC

TerrAscend Corp.

Tilray, Inc.

Trec Brands Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tilray on its C$5bn merger with Aphria.
  • Advised ATB Financial as secured lender in restructuring matters with multiple cannabis licenseholders.
  • Acting as defence counsel to the two lead underwriters in the securities class action commenced against HEXO Corp.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 2

Benefitting from robust practices across capital markets, financing, corporate and M&A, environment and indigenous law, the mining group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is well-positioned to handle big-ticket deals and contractual matters on behalf of mining companies and financial institutions. The firm fields a team of mining experts who particularly excel in alternative financing arrangements, and are seasoned in fields as diverse as mining disclosure and securities law, streaming transactions and mining operation agreements. The group is led from the Toronto office by John Wilkin, who is noted for his broad transactional ad corporate finance expertise. These are core areas of activity for Bob Wooder, who is a key contact in Vancouver for public and private mining companies, and investment banks. Vancouver-based Peter O’Callaghan has a strong track record in mining transactions acting for both issuers and underwriters.

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 2

With presence in key provinces across Canada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields a unified national group that stands out for its deep understanding of alternative and renewable energy sources. The team, which acts for the full range of stakeholders, is particularly proficient in high-profile transactions and power project development, advising clients from initial financing through permitting, operation and ultimate disposition. Vivian Kung in Toronto takes a lead role on transactional matters, including high-value acquisitions, project financing and joint venture agreements. Now-managing partner Bryson Stokes in Calgary continues to work with power clients as a key relationship partner and senior strategy advisor. The Calgary office counts transactional lawyer Peter Keohane among its key practitioners. Sébastien Vilder in Montreal has a strong reputation in the renewable sector, having acted in multiple project financings in that segment.

Canada > International trade Tier 3

Acting on behalf of a diverse national and international client base, the team at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP provides a broad range of trade support. In addition to handling trade remedy litigation, the practice provides support on interpreting multilateral trade agreements, most notably CUSMA, negotiating sanctions, customs law, and commodity tax issues. Led by Toronto-based Greg Kanargelidis, the team is known to work closely with the firm’s broader tax practice. Other key names include Calgary-based Michael Dixon and Mark Morrison, who focus on white-collar criminal defense and anti-corruption, and associate Amy Lee, who has a broad customs law practice.

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The Hillman Group Canada ULC

Wayfair LLC

SNC Lavalin Group Inc.

Work highlights

  • Serving as compliance officer for SNC-Lavalin group following its fraud and bribery conviction in Libya.

Canada > Telecoms Tier 3

Drawing upon the firm's full-service offering, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP' communications practice is adept at assisting industry players in relation to transactions, regulatory enforcement actions and disputes. The team acts for a diverse client base, comprising international and domestic broadcasters, wired and mobile telecom companies, internet service and satellite providers, that routinely seek support in compliance work. Department head Sunny Handa is proficient in both corporate and regulatory matters pertaining to the telecoms, broadcasting and radio communications sectors. He is based in Montréal.

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Canada > Intellectual property Tier 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP‘s IP group handles work in a very diverse range of sectors and assists with transactional matters in addition to contentious affairs. Melanie Baird is particularly well-versed in matters in the life sciences space and is principally focused on disputes, so too is Andrew Skodyn who possesses considerable experience in representing pharmaceutical, technology and social media companies; the pair coordinate the practice alongside Chris Hunter whose workload includes IP-related M&A mandates, joint ventures and strategic licensing in addition to patent and trademark prosecution.  

Key clients

Janssen Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc., Cilag GmbH, Cilag AG, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd (all members of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies)

Genentech Inc., Hoffman-La Roche Limited, Biogen Inc., and F. Hoffman-La Roche AG

International Business Machines Corporation and IBM Canada Limited

Mill Street Brewery

Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc. Medexus Inc. and medac Gesellschaft für klinische Spezialpräparate mbH

Facebook Inc. and Instagram Inc.

Bausch Health Companies Inc. and Bausch Health, Canada Inc.

VerticalScope Inc.

WhitewaterWest Industries Ltd.


Centerbridge Partners L.P.

BMX Technologies

Clear Destination Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals S.A

HgCapital LLP

lululemon athletica Canada Inc.

Moneris Solutions Corporation

Nasdaq, Inc.

SecureWorks Corp.

Work highlights

  • Acting for for Mill Street Brewery (owned by Labatt) in a passing off, trademark infringement, copyright infringement and competition claim brought by one of Canada’s most iconic bands.
  • Acted for the plaintiffs, in a patent infringement and validity action involving Rituxan (rituximab), an innovative biologic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and Amgen’s proposed biosimilar product.
  • Acting for Facebook Inc. and Instagram Inc. in separate patent infringement actions relating to methods for the sharing of content on social media.

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's employment and labour practice provides support to the corporate and M&A department on all workforce-related aspects of transactions, in addition to providing ongoing advice to clients on a standalone basis. Its roster of clients includes names such as Wells Fargo, Suncor Energy and Westjet Airlines. Andrea York, who heads up the group from the firm's Toronto office, has 20 years of experience in all areas of employment and privacy law. Holly Reid is another Toronto-based employment specialist to note. Birch Miller is the name to note in Calgary.

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Tim Andison photo Tim AndisonTim’s practice focuses on a wide variety of M&A and debt and…
Melanie Baird photo Melanie BairdMelanie’s diverse commercial and intellectual property litigation practice encompasses patent, trademark, complex…
Michael Barrack photo Michael BarrackMichael is one of the leading senior litigators in Canada. In recent…
Catherine Beagan Flood photo Catherine Beagan FloodCathy has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in 18 appeals…
Paul Belanger photo Paul BelangerPaul is Practice Group Leader of the Financial Services practice. He deals…
Mena Bellofiore photo Mena BellofioreMena’s practice spans all aspects of regulatory compliance in the retail financial…
Geoffrey Belsher photo Geoffrey BelsherGeoff is Managing Partner of the Blakes New York office. He practises…
Bradley Berg photo Bradley BergBrad is an excellent litigator who works tirelessly for his clients. He…
Cassandra Brown photo Cassandra BrownCassandra is a Partner in the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group…
Kathryn Bush photo Kathryn BushKathy has over 30 years’ experience in the area of pension, benefits…
Theresa Chan photo Theresa ChanTheresa’s practice covers a range of corporate and commercial matters with a…
Catherine Doyle photo Catherine DoyleCatherine advises project proponents in the transportation, social infrastructure, alternative energy, power…
Silvana D’Alimonte photo Silvana D’AlimonteSilvana has 29 years of commercial real estate experience. She has worked…
Brian Facey photo Brian FaceyChair of Blakes Competition & Foreign Investment Group, which has been ranked…
David Feldman photo David FeldmanDavid is a Partner in the Technology Group at Blakes, based in…
Simon Finch photo Simon FinchSimon’s practice focuses on private debt transactions, acting both for borrowers and…
Iris Fischer photo Iris FischerIris is a litigation Partner and Toronto Litigation co-Practice Group Leader, with…
Jeremy Forgie photo Jeremy ForgieJeremy advises some of Canada’s largest pension plans and pension funds managers…
Michael Gans photo Michael GansMichael’s practice focuses on international inbound as well as domestic and cross-border…
Jake Gilbert photo Jake GilbertJake has a top tier M&A and commercial practice and advises domestic…
Donald Gray photo Donald GrayDonald heads the aircraft finance practice and is the Chair of the…
Joseph Grignano photo Joseph GrignanoJoseph practises real estate law with a specialization in commercial leasing matters.…
Zvi Halpern-Shavim photo Zvi Halpern-ShavimZvi’s practice involves all areas of sales and commodity tax, with a…
Michael Harquail photo Michael HarquailMichael advises a variety of financial institutions and corporate clients on corporate…
Chris Hewat photo Chris HewatChris practises securities and business law, with focus on mergers and acquisitions,…
Randall Hofley photo Randall HofleyRandall Hofley – partner in the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment and…
Chris Huband photo Chris HubandChris has over 30 years of experience in completing commercial real estate…
Pamela Huff photo Pamela HuffPamela is the National Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Restructuring &…
Chris Hunter photo Chris HunterChris is the Practice Group Leader of the Intellectual Property group. He…
John Hutmacher photo John HutmacherJohn works on acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financing, development, condominium and…
Ben Jetten photo Ben JettenBen has a diverse, complex litigation and administrative regulatory advocacy practice (including…
Navin Joneja photo Navin JonejaNavin is a partner in the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group.…
Jonathan Kahn photo Jonathan KahnJonathan is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers. He…
Michael Kariya photo Michael KariyaMichael advises companies, financial sponsors and foreign law firms on a wide…
Daniel Kofman photo Daniel KofmanDaniel’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions,…
Jamie Koumanakos photo Jamie KoumanakosJamie is Co-Head of the Blakes Private Equity Group, practicing Canadian corporate…
David Kruse photo David KruseDavid is the Practice Group Leader of the Corporate & Commercial group…
Vivian Kung photo Vivian KungVivian’s practice focuses on power, infrastructure/construction and mergers and acquisitions. She is…
Robert Kwinter photo Robert KwinterAdvises clients on the Competition Act including conspiracy, bid-rigging, trade association activities,…
Jeffrey Lloyd photo Jeffrey LloydJeff’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public company advisory matters and…
Jason MacIntyre photo Jason MacIntyreJason’s practice focuses primarily on secured lending and structured finance transactions, with…
Auriol Marasco photo Auriol MarascoAuriol’s practice focuses primarily on aircraft finance and aviation commercial and regulatory…
Michael Matheson photo Michael MathesonMichael has more than 20 years of experience in banking and financial…
Jennifer Maxwell photo Jennifer MaxwellBased in our London office, Jennifer represents private and public companies and…
Gordon McKee photo Gordon McKeeGord is a leading lawyer in class action and product liability defence,…
Lindsay McLeod photo Lindsay McLeodLindsay provides strategic and practical advice in all areas of pensions, employee…
Matthew Merkley photo Matthew MerkleyMatthew is the co-head of Blakes Toronto’s Corporate Governance practice. He represents…
Eric Moncik photo Eric MoncikEric serves as the Practice Group Leader of the Blakes Toronto Capital…
Bonny Murray photo Bonny MurrayBonny’s practice is focused on the financial services industry. She provides regulatory…
Adam Ngan photo Adam NganAdam’s practice covers all aspects of pensions, benefits and executive compensation law,…
Robert Percival photo Robert PercivalRobert’s practice focuses on technology transactions and outsourcing. Extensive experience advising domestic…
Holly Reid photo Holly ReidHolly has 20 years of experience as a specialist in employment law,…
Linc Rogers photo Linc RogersLinc acts as a principal adviser to key stakeholders in some of…
Jeffrey Shafer photo Jeffrey ShaferJeffrey practises in all areas of Canadian domestic and cross-border income tax…
Alyssa Shivji photo Alyssa ShivjiAlyssa’s practice focuses on public procurement, infrastructure, public-private partnerships (P3s) and construction…
Andrew Skodyn photo Andrew SkodynAndrew’s practice is focused on intellectual property and commercial litigation. As an…
Marianne Smith photo Marianne SmithMarianne has extensive experience in the areas of public procurement, public infrastructure,…
Julie Soloway photo Julie SolowayClients seek Julie’s advice on all aspects of competition law with a…
Jeffrey Sommers photo Jeffrey SommersJeff has practised exclusively in the area of pensions, benefits and executive…
Andrew Spiro photo Andrew SpiroAndrew advises clients on a wide range of tax matters including domestic…
Paul Stepak photo Paul StepakPaul is the National Practice Group Leader for the Blakes Tax group.…
Bryson Stokes photo Bryson StokesBryson is the Firm Manager Partner, National Practice Group Leader of the…
Mark Tonkovich photo Mark TonkovichMark Tonkovich’s practice focuses exclusively on resolving tax disputes. He represents many…
Jeffrey Trossman photo Jeffrey TrossmanJeffrey serves as Senior counsel in the Blakes Tax group, having previously…
Linda Tu photo Linda TuLinda’s practice focuses on the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions,…
Thomas Von Hahn photo Thomas Von HahnThomas is Co-Practice Group Leader of the Real Estate group. He is…
John Wilkin photo John WilkinJohn’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions and capital…
Judy Wilson photo Judy WilsonJudy has over 30 years of experience practicing extensively in procurement and…
Aimee Yee photo Aimee YeeAimee’s practice focuses primarily on domestic and cross-border financing and restructuring transactions.…
Andrea York photo Andrea YorkAndrea is the Practice Group Leader of the Blakes National Employment &…