Firm Profile > Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP > Toronto, Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 BAY STREET
SUITE 4000, COMMERCE COURT WEST
TORONTO, ONTARIO M5L 1A9
Canada

Aviation Tier 1

Acting for air carriers, investment banks and several of the market's largest air leasing companies, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has experience of a wide range of transactional matters, including aviation finance and leasing, M&A, public procurement, debt restructuring and insurance matters. In addition, the firm has a strong regulatory department, with a dedicated drones team led by Jason MacIntyre and Auriol Marasco. The wider aircraft group is jointly led by aircraft finance specialist Donald Gray in Toronto, alongside MacIntyre and Marasco, who also have expertise in aviation finance. MacIntyre in particular is rated for his structured finance work.

Key clients

AerCap

Aergo Capital Limited

Air Lease Corporation (ALC)

Aviation Working Group (AWG)

Avolon

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

Field Aviation Company Inc.

GE Capital Aviation Services (Ireland and US)

Morgan Stanley

Nutrien

PNC Aviation Finance (US)

WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Banking and finance Tier 1

A dominant force nationally for financial services legal work, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is recognized for its strength in complex transactional and regulatory matters, acting from well-staffed platforms in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia. The firm’s comprehensive domestic offering marks it as a popular choice for headline Canadian work, while its ability to marshal support from its offices in New York, London and Beijing ensures that it is also routinely involved in multi-jurisdictional financings for both local and foreign financial institutions and borrowers. Additionally, the group is distinguished by its ability to pair up with complementary market-leading practices within the wider firm (including capital markets, corporate and tax) to advise on multi-layered transactions. Names to note in Toronto include national group lead Paul Belanger, who advises financial institutions and insurance companies on myriad regulatory matters; Michael Matheson, considered among the country’s leading transactional specialists; Michael Harquail, who handles a mix of corporate lending, debt restructuring and general corporate matters; Simon Finch, recommended for private debt transactions, as well as for mining and project finance; up-and-coming partner Aimee Yee; and counsel Mena Bellofiore. In Calgary, Michael McIntosh QC is acknowledged as a market leader for energy-related work; he recently advised TC Energy Corporation on the sale of a 65% equity stake in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project and a related financing transaction, which marked largest project financing in Canadian history. Nick Tropak is another increasingly prominent name for banking and finance in Calgary. The national group also includes Montréal practice head Sébastien Vilder and Michael Birch, who spearheads the Vancouver banking team. Dawn Jetten retired from active practice in 2019.

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Key clients

Bank of Montreal

Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

ENMAX Corporation

Equinox Gold Corp.

HSBC Bank Canada

Jupiter Resources Inc.

Republic Financial Holdings

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

TC Energy Corporation

Capital markets Tier 1

Equally skilled in debt and equity work, the team at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP handles the full range of public and private offerings, including IPOs, rights issues, investment grade debt matters and high-yield bond offerings. The firm has first-class financial services and corporate practices, ensuring a steady stream of headline transactions for both issuers and underwriters. It is also recognized for its expertise in regulatory matters. In Toronto, Tim Andison recently advised the underwriters on Air Canada’s public offering of C$500m of voting shares and private placement of $650m of convertible senior notes. Other key names in Toronto include M&A and corporate finance specialist Jeffrey Lloyd, national group lead Eric Moncik, and Chris Hewat, who has a strong record in biotech and technology-related issuances. Associate Joseph Zed is also an emerging talent in Toronto. Formerly based in Calgary, Ross Bentley now manages the London office and splits his time between London and Calgary; he is recognized for his experience of the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. Calgary-based up-and-coming partner Jeff Bakker is another name to note for energy-related work.

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Key clients

BMO Capital Markets

CIBC World Markets

Fortuna Silver Mines

goeasy

Granite Real Estate Investment Trust

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Power Corporation of Canada

Suncor Energy

TC Energy Corporation

WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP advises on the full range of antitrust matters, often being retained on some of the largest and highest-profile mergers in Canada. Contentious highlights over the past year have included acting in relation to advertising and abuse of dominance claims, reviewable trade practices and other civil matters before the Canadian Competition Tribunal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Randall Hofley returned to the team in January 2020 following a two-year term at the Competition Bureau; he specializes in enforcement matters, abuse of dominance, and deceptive marketing practices. On the regulatory side, Brian Facey advises on strategic multi-jurisdictional and domestic merger transactions, criminal cartel cases, follow-on class actions, and distribution and advertising matters. Facey chairs the wider competition group.

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Testimonials

The Blakes team is without a doubt one of the leading competition law practices in Canada.  They have very impressive bench strength and depth of experience.

We have worked most closely with Brian Facey who is excellent.  Brian is so quick to see the bigger picture and approaches everything with a very strategic mindset.

Key clients

Bell Canada

General Electric Company

Intact Financial Corporation

Labatt/AB Inbev

Louis Vuitton SE

Nutrien Ltd.

Superior Propane

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Visa Canada Corporation

WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Corporate heavyweight Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP comfortably maintains its position at the top of the market. Fielding one of the largest national groups in Canada, with premier teams in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, the group also benefits from robust international platforms in New York and London. A fixture in major, cross-border M&A, the prolific team counts some of the country’s most active acquirers among its key clients, including pension funds, oil and gas companies and mining clients. Leading international technology, energy and private equity players also turn to the firm for assistance with multi-jurisdictional mandates. In Calgary, firm chair Brock Gibson QC is sought after for complex M&A and private equity transactions. Ross Bentley splits his time between Calgary and London and is a popular choice for cross-border deals. Names to note in Toronto include Jeffrey Lloyd and Michael Gans, who divides his time between Toronto and New York, has an impressive record in headline M&A, private equity and corporate matters; he recently paired up with New York managing partner Geoffrey Belsher to advise Canada-based The Stars Group on its C$6bn merger with Flutter Entertainment, which formed the largest online betting and gaming operator in the world. David Kruse and Eric Moncik jointly lead the group from Toronto. Toronto-based Linda Tu is an impressive associate in the team. Noralee Bradley left to become chief legal officer at Nutrien.

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Key clients

Daimler AG

Dell Technologies Inc.

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC

Encana Corporation

Hudson’s Bay Company

Kinder Morgan Canada

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Starlight US Multi-Family (No. 5) Core Fund

The Stars Group

TC Energy Corporation

WestJet Airlines

Environment Tier 1

Boasting a strong presence across Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is regularly involved in large-scale business transactions, development projects and real estate mandates demanding specialized environmental law advice. The practice group stands out for a number of reasons, including its experience in core industry sectors and its capabilities to directly represent clients in disputes before tribunals and at all levels of Canadian courts. Jonathan Kahn heads up the department in Toronto and advises on domestic and cross-border acquisition transactions; Vancouver-based Tony Crossman has experience of regulation, corporate compliance and due diligence; Charles Kazaz splits his time between Montréal and Toronto and specializes in matters involving the mining sector; and Terri-Lee Oleniuk in Calgary acts for a variety of companies in environmental assessments and regulatory proceedings.

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Key clients

Suncor Energy Inc.

ENMAX Corporation

Imperial Oil Limited

BluEarth Renewables

CRH Canada Group Inc.

Carillion Canada Group

Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.

Nutrien Ltd.

TransCanada Pipelines Limited

Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.

Indigenous law Tier 1

Known for its work on natural resources development projects, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP advises on Aboriginal consultation and accommodation considerations, joint ventures for business with Indigenous peoples, governance and taxation issues. The group also has a strong track record in litigation encompassing aboriginal legal issues such as challenges to government permits for natural resource development. Roy Millen, who leads the group from Vancouver, advises private-sector clients across Canada on the indigenous law aspects of energy, mining and other major projects. Sam Adkins, also based in Vancouver, focuses on aboriginal and project development matters for clients in the resource sector. Toronto-based Ben Jetten is the name to note for disputes in this space.

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Testimonials

They are always helpful and have a friendly approach to working with others. I am aware of a major project and the community individuals they work with there; the community has nothing but good things to say about the law firm and individuals.

Key clients

Barrick Gold Corporation

B.C. Treaty Commission

Grand River Enterprises

H20 Power Limited Partnership

LNG Canada Development Inc.

NexGen Energy Ltd.

Pure Gold Mining Inc.

Seabridge Gold Inc.

Six Nations of the Grand River / Six Nations Council

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Fission Uranium Corporation

Seven Leaf Medical Cannabis

Infrastructure projects Tier 1

With an infrastructure group spread across Western Ontario and Quebec, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP operates as a unified national practice group, taking lead roles in significant PPP projects and transactions across Canada. The team has experience of every asset class, with a particular focus on transit infrastructure, having recently acted for the City of Calgary in the development of a light rail transit line. Indeed, the firm has a strong reputation for advising public sector entities, an area where Judy Wilson is a key contact. The firm also has an impressive track record acting for clients in the private sector, including private bidders, financiers and integrated consortia. Catherine Doyle is highly sought after in this space for her market-leading expertise in the financing and development of infrastructure assets. Other key names in the practice include Alain Massicotte, who heads the Montréal infrastructure and P3 group and Jeffrey Merrick, who chairs the wider team from Vancouver. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless stated otherwise.

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Key clients

Fengate Capital Management

Arjun Infrastructure Partners Limited

City of Calgary

Infrastructure Ontario

City of Toronto

VIA Rail Canada

City of Winnipeg

Collectif Santé Montréal, S.E.C.

Société québécoise des infrastructures

ACS Infrastructure

Insurance Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's insurance practice is strong across the board, handling a full range of corporate and commercial matters, regulatory concerns and disputes. Practice chair Paul Belanger is a key contact for regulatory work, with extensive expertise acting for Canadian insurance companies and other regulated and unregulated providers of financial services. On the transactional side, Jake Gilbert is noted for his work on cross-border and domestic M&A. David Tupper in Calgary is the name to note for high-stakes coverage disputes. Unless otherwise stated, all named lawyers are based in Toronto. Dawn Jetten retired in January 2020.

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Key clients

Allianz Canada

Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada

CDP Investissement Inc.

Co-operative Superannuation Society (CSS)

HUB International Limited

Industrial Alliance Financial Services Inc.

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Intact Financial Corporation

QBE Insurance

Standard Life Aberdeen Plc (formerly Standard Life Plc)

International expertise Tier 1

Known throughout Canada for its top-tier corporate, banking and capital markets practices, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is also recognized as a strong performer on the global stage, leveraging an extensive international presence, with teams of lawyers active in several major international markets. The firm's New York office, led by highly experienced corporate lawyer Geoffrey Belsher, assists US-based clients with investments into Canada, cross-border transactions, and regulatory issues such as TSX listings, environmental legislation, and competition law. A similar level of service is offered to European clients investing in Canada. Indeed, the firm's London office both strengthens relationships and connections with European clients, and also furthers the firm's access to other global markets, particularly Africa, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. Ross Bentley divides time between Calgary and London and acts as managing partner of the firm's London office. Though the firm does not have an on-the-ground presence in Australia, teams regularly act on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in the island continent, with activity in the country's thriving mining and infrastructure sectors. Toronto's John Wilkin and London's Jennifer Maxwell are key figures for work in the Australian region. Maxwell also has experience advising Chinese clients on global investments; most notably, investments into the Canadian and African mining and minerals sector. The firm also has long-standing and productive relationships with Japanese companies investing in Canada, as well as Canadian clients operating in Japan. Key contacts in this space include Toronto-based firm managing partner Bryson Stokes, and infrastructure-focused lawyer Vivian Kung.

Oil and gas Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's strong transactional practice continues to work on some of Canada's most significant deals, having recently advised Kinder Morgan on the C$4.35bn acquisition by Pembina Pipeline Corporation of KML and the Cochin pipeline system. Transaction specialist Mungo Hardwicke-Brown led on this. The firm also boasts an equally adept regulatory practice, with significant experience securing approvals from key environmental agencies. Lars Olthafer and Terri-Lee Oleniuk are key names to note in this area. Largely centred in Calgary, the group is also able to lean on a wider domestic and international office network to work on big-ticket mandates across the entire stream of production. Keith Byblow leads the department.

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Key clients

Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation

Ceres Global Ag Corporation

TC Energy Corporation

Suncor Energy Inc.

Kinder Morgan Canada Services Inc.

LNG Canada Development Inc.

TransGas Limited

Grand Rapids Pipeline Limited Partnership

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd.

Pensions Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a top choice for the full range of investment, transactional and regulatory work in the pensions space. Jeremy Forgie is sought after to advise large pension plans, public corporations and fund investment managers. Kathryn Bush, who is an experienced litigator and is known for her work advising on jointly sponsored pension plans, co-chairs the group with Jeffrey Sommers. Sean Maxwell in Calgary handles a wide variety of matters in pensions and employee benefits law, including fiduciary duties and corporate insolvency. Lindsay McLeod is noted for her practice focused on regulatory compliance and plan administration issues. All named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

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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

Acting for public- and private-sector clients in a range of transactional and contentious matters, the team at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is in a league of its own in the public procurement space. Working in conjunction with the firm's top-tier infrastructure group, the procurement team has noted expertise in the transit and transportation, water and wastewater, energy and mining sectors. Other key areas of work include healthcare and education procurement. Montréal-based Clémentine Sallée focuses her practice on project finance and construction, while Toronto-based practice head Judy Wilson is recognized for her work supporting public organizations with outsourcing and procurement. Also based in Toronto is Marianne Smith, who has extensive experience of risk management. Senior associate Alyssa Shivji is also recommended.

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Key clients

City of Calgary

Marine Atlantic Inc.

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Infrastructure Ontario

City of Burlington

Town of Innisfill

Ontario Power Generation

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

University of Toronto

Mohawk College

St Lawrence College

Niagara College

Health Shared Services Ontario

Exo (Réseau de transport métropolitain)

Société québécoise des infrastructures

Inter-American Bank of Development

Propulsion Québec (in collaboration with the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain)

Consortium composed of Pomerleau Inc. and American Iron and Metal (AIM)

Real estate Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is widely considered to be a leader in the real estate transactions market, having worked on some of the largest property acquisitions and disposals in Canada, with further bench strength in property finance and investment structuring. The firm's client base is made up of developers, real estate advisers, institutional investors, REITs, government entities, and hotel owners and operators. In addition, the firm's expertise spans a range of asset types, including corporate real estate and office buildings and infrastructure assets, particularly in the areas of energy and mining. Moreover, the practice group is fully integrated across offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver, enabling a truly nationwide service offering. The department is jointly chaired by Chris Huband and cross-border transactions expert Thomas Von Hahn, both of whom are based in Toronto. Other key contacts in the Toronto office include Daniel Kofman, who is highly rated for his acquisitions and disposals work, and Silvana D’Alimonte, who focuses on financing transactions and joint ventures.

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Key clients

BentallGreenOak

Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Ivanhoé Cambridge/Otéra Capital

HOOPP Realty Inc.

Ontario Pension Board (now 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 has a full-service tax practice, with extensive experience of complex domestic and cross-border transactions, large-scale corporate reorganizations, funds structuring, energy taxation, and complex financing transactions. The team is recognized for its strength in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and transfer pricing matters, but also stands out for its tax controversy work. In addition, it is also noted for its strength in indirect taxation, with a bench of specialists devoted to commodity tax and customs, including HST, GST and QST. Contacts include corporate tax specialist Paul StepakJeffrey Shafer and Scott Wilkie, two names to note for transfer pricing advice; and Mark Tonkovich, who specializes in contentious tax work. Jeffrey Trossman is also recommended. Robert Kopstein, Nancy Diep and Jean-Marc Gagnon all left the practice for separate destinations between December 2019 and June 2020; however, the team welcomed partners from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Dentons, and also promoted Casey Richardson-Scott to the partnership in January 2020.

Key clients

AnheuserBusch-InBev SA

BCE Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

ViacomCBS Inc.

KraftHeinz Canada ULC

PSP Investments

Power Corporation of Canada

Suncor Energy Inc.

CIT Group Securities (Canada) Inc.

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

Technology Tier 1

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields a full-service technology practice with a truly national reach, with offices in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. The team stands out for its activity in the areas of fintech and e-commerce, leveraging the strength of the firm's top-tier banking and finance practice; however, it is also involved in impressive highlights for clients in the transportation, fashion, healthcare, mining and telecoms sectors. Montréal-based Sunny Handa leads the firm's national technology group, as well as the communications law practice. Acting for market disruptors and tech giants alike, Handa has developed a leading reputation in complex corporate and commercial transactions and large-scale technology projects. David Feldman is a contact in the Toronto office.

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Key clients

ATB Financial

Cority Software Inc.

Cormark Securities Inc.

E2E Holdings, LLC

EVO Payments

National Bank of Canada

Parthenon Capital

Sappi Limited

The Descartes Systems Group

Trustarc Inc.

Cannabis Tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has a strong multi-disciplinary offering for clients in the cannabis sector, acting for investors, but with a focus on advising licensed producers. It can draw upon the transactional experience of Vancouver office lead Kathleen Keilty in M&A and capital markets transactions. The team also has a strong record in cross-border deals, an area where Tricia Kuhl, who heads the Montréal group, has specialist knowledge applicable both for European companies setting up operations in Canada and for Canadian companies looking to import or export cannabis products. Alexis Levine and Kevin Rusli are key contacts in the Toronto office, where co-chair Chris Nyberg is also based.

Key clients

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Canopy Rivers Inc.

Chemistree Technology Inc.

Cronos Group Inc.

Evolve Funds Group Inc.

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

Jefferies LLC

TerrAscend Corp.

Tilray, Inc.

Trec Brands Inc.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields a comprehensive national disputes practice, which benefits from market-leading litigators in all of Canada’s four largest commercial centres. Notably, the firm is a strong performer both locally, where it advises on a range of province-specific core regional industries; and nationally, where it is a popular choice for major cross-province cases, including class actions. The Alberta group has also has a standout year—particularly in the energy and construction spheres—under the leadership of high-profile litigator David Tupper. Other recommended names in Calgary include increasingly prominent commercial litigator Renee Reichelt and associate Ian Breneman, who focuses on transport and energy matters. In British Columbia, James Sullivan QC is recommended for product liability, class actions and energy-related cases, while national arbitration co-lead Joseph McArthur handles a mix of commercial litigation and arbitration. In Ontario, Michael Barrack is a name to note, as is Gordon McKee, widely recognized as a leader in class actions. Toronto litigation lead Bradley Berg and up-and-coming partner Iris Fischer are also recommended in Ontario. Montréal managing partner Robert Torralbo is a highly regarded litigator in Quebec. Also of note, the Quebec group was recently boosted by the arrival of insurance and construction-focused litigator Matthew Liben, who joined from Stikeman Elliott LLP.

Key clients

Suncor Energy

CHC Casinos Canada

ADAG Corporation Canada

Labatt Breweries of Canada LP

Horizons ETFS Management (Canada) Inc.

Visa Canada Corporation

BDO Canada LLP

Belinda Stronach

Hydro-Québec

City of Montréal

Air Canada

Bell Canada

Visa Canada Corporation

Le Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc.

Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Intrawest ULC

J. Michael Pearson

ABB Inc.

CNOOC International Ltd. (formerly Nexen Energy ULC)

Baker Hughes Canada Company

WestJet Airlines

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Tundra Oil & Gas

Husky Energy Inc.

Enerplus Corporation

Munich Re Insurance

Husky Oil Operations

CP Rail

ENMAX Corporation

CIBC

Imperial Oil

Repsol Inc.

ExxonMobil Corporation

HSBC Bank Canada

TD Waterhouse Canada Inc.

Lyft Canada Inc.

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union

Ivanhoe Cambridge II Inc.

AON Hewitt

Lindt & Sprungli (Canada)

Royal Bank of Canada

Lundin Mining Corp.

Coca Cola

Mackie Research Capital Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Seven Leaf Medical Cannabis

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC

Mining Tier 2

Acting for financial institutions, intermediate and junior listed-mining companies, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has developed a strong reputation in large-scale transactional work. Reflecting growth in the industry, the practice has also developed capabilities in emerging technologies and alternative mine financing arrangements. Toronto-based department head John Wilkin focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, while Bob Wooder and Peter O’Callaghan also come recommended for large, complex transactions. The team also benefits from domestic offices in Montréal and Calgary, as well as from international platforms in London, New York, Beijing and Manama.

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Key clients

Alio Gold, Inc.

Americas Gold and Silver Corporation

Ascot Resources Ltd.

Aura Minerals Inc.

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.

Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp.

Power Tier 2

Acting both for domestic and international clients, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP advises lenders and investors, project owners and developers, contractors and suppliers on all aspects of alternative power work. The firm runs a nationwide practice group that can call on expertise in all forms of alternative and renewable energy across offices in Montreal, Calgary and Toronto. In recent team developments, Bryson Stokes became the firm's managing partner in January 2020, with Toronto based Vivian Kung taking a lead role on major project developments. Other key names in the practice include Calgary-based Peter Keohane, who focuses on commercial transactions and Sébastien Vilder in Montréal, a contact for project financing work.

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Key clients

BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Fengate Real Asset Investments

Energy Capital Partners

ENMAX Corporation

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Government of Gabon – Ministry of Energy

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)

MUFG Bank, Ltd., Canada Branch (MUFG) and Bank of Montréal (BMO)

KFW Ipex-Bank GmbH and Caixabank, S.A.

DZ BANK AG DEUTSCHE ZENTRAL-GENOSSENSCHAFTSBANK, New York Branch, CRÉDIT AGRICOLE CORPORATE AND INVESTMENT BANK, SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE and CAIXABANK, S.A.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

With a network of offices spread across the country, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is routinely involved in restructuring and insolvency mandates in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montréal. The breadth of its geographic reach is matched by the breadth of its client base, with regular instructions from Canadian and US financial institutions, corporate debtors, and restructuring financial advisory firms. The practice group is complemented by the wider firm's highly regarded banking and finance, M&A, tax and disputes groups. It also handles a steady flow of work off the back of the firm's premier oil and gas practice. Toronto-based Pamela Huff leads the national practice group, while Peter Rubin, Kelly Bourassa and Bernard Boucher head up the Vancouver, Calgary and Montréal offices, respectively.

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Key clients

Barings Finance LLC

Carillion Canada Group

City of Montreal

Cona Resources Ltd., a portfolio company of Waterous Energy Fund

Corner Flag LLC

Deloitte Canada

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC

Ernst & Young Inc.

KPMG Inc.

Morneau Shepell Ltd.

National Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

International trade Tier 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's trade practice, works closely with the firm's highly regarded tax group to provide clients with comprehensive legal service on commodities and customs matters. Based primarily in the firm's Toronto office, the practice group also advises on sanctions, trade remedies, and treaty disputes. Group head Greg Kanargelidis has noted expertise in global trade and investment law matters, advising on the planning and structuring of transactions, as well as on the full range of customs matters.

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The Ocean Cleanup

The Hillman Group Canada ULC

Olbert Metal Sales Ltd.

Telecoms Tier 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acts for internet service providers, telecoms carriers and satellite service providers, providing a range of regulatory and transactional advice as a part of the firm's wider technology group. Montréal-based Sunny Handa heads the practice group and has extensive experience in the field of e-commerce.

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Inmarsat Solutions (Canada) Inc., Inmarsat Licenses (Canada) Inc. and Inmarsat PLC (Inmarsat)

SES S.A.

BCE Inc. and Bell Canada

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Labour and employment Tier 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's employment team is most active in support of its busy corporate practice, though the team also advises on executive arrangements, accommodation requests, and discrimination and harassment complaints. Practice head Andrea York in Toronto acts for domestic and multi-national employers in a variety of sectors and has recently been busy assisting clients with managing return to work and other workplace issues arising as a result of the pandemic.

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Havas Canada Holdings Inc.

Instacart

John Deere Canada ULC

Just Eat plc.

Kinder Morgan Canada Limited

Mercedes-Benz West Island

Nestlé Canada Inc.

Omnicom Canada Corp.

The Bank of Nova Scotia

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Intellectual property Tier 5

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has handled IP prosecution and enforcement, commercialization and disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and trade secrets. Litigator Melanie Baird is particularly known for her expertise in biologics and biosimilars. Group chair Chris Hunter has experience of IP acquisition and enforcement. The practice group saw a number of departures in February 2020, though still maintains a presence in Toronto, Calgary and Montréal.