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McCarthy Tétrault

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Calgary, London, Montreal, New York, Quebec, Toronto and 1 more

Canada

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s national environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law practice is led jointly by Toronto’s Peter Brady and Selina Lee-Andersen in Vancouver. The group also draws upon the experience of the ‘very knowledgeable’ Toronto-based litigator Bryn Gray and ‘up-and-coming’ Vancouver-based counsel Stephanie Axmann. Recent work includes advising Hydro One Networks on Aboriginal law matters relating to its application to the Ontario Energy Board to set its distribution rates. The team has also recently undertaken work for Innergex Renewable Energy and Canadian Energy Pipelines Association.

Next generation lawyers

Stephanie Axmann - McCarthy Tétrault

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

One of the top two banking practices in Canada’, McCarthy Tétrault stands out for its senior experience coupled with the ‘tremendous potential’ of its younger lawyers. The ‘deep and broad group’, which handles the full range of transactional and regulatory work, is well-dispersed nationally, drawing upon key individuals in the firm’s Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver offices — it also leans on international outposts in New York and London. Clients include the majority of domestic and foreign banks operating in Canada (including BMO, CIBC, Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo Canada) and it also acts for major corporate borrowers. In Toronto, department co-lead Barry Ryan is a ‘genuine heavy-hitter’ and he teamed up with fellow co-head Marc MacMullin and ‘excellent rising star’ Ana Badour to advise Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) on the provision of a C$2bn liquidity line to Home Trust Company; HOOPP then syndicated portions of the credit facility to units of Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Fortress Investments and a major North American financial institution. In another Toronto office highlight, MacMullin, Gordon Baird and Michael McConnell acted for Equitable Bank in a C$2bn backstop-secured funding facility with a syndicate of Canadian bank lenders. In Montreal, counsel Michel Deschamps advised the agent and lenders on a syndicated credit facility to SNC-Lavalin Group connected to its acquisition of WS Atkins. Other recommended names include Richard Higa, who recently advised Jefferies Finance on Dentalcorp Health Service's $908m debt financing, and project finance expert Stephen Furlan — both are based in Toronto. In a notable development, the firm recently boosted its Calgary offering with the hire of Joseph Palin from Dentons.

Leading individuals

Barry Ryan - McCarthy Tétrault

Michel Deschamps - McCarthy Tétrault

Stephen Furlan - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Ana Badour - McCarthy Tétrault

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Business immigration
Business immigration - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

At McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal-based national department head Stéphane Duval has a strong profile in the market for his advice to individuals, Canadian companies and major multinationals on immigration and international mobility issues. Areas of expertise include work permits, permanent residency matters and inadmissibility issues.

Leading individuals

Stéphane Duval - McCarthy Tétrault

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault acts on a steady stream of equity and debt deals for both issuers and underwriters. Toronto-based group co-head Andrew Parker is a ‘leader in his field’ and advised Stelco Holdings on its high-profile C$230m IPO. In another equity highlight, Toronto partners David Tennant and Deandra Schubert acted for Jamieson Wellness (and major shareholder CCMP Capital Advisors) in its C$300m IPO and C$273.4m secondary offering. Montreal-based Patrick Boucher jointly heads the department and, alongside Parker, advised CIBC World Markets as lead underwriter on various financings connected to Intact Financial’s acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group, including Intact's C$425m medium-term notes issuance. Marc MacMullin is highly sought after for securitizations and jointly leads the structured finance group alongside Dirk Rueter.

Leading individuals

Andrew Parker - McCarthy Tétrault

Marc MacMullin - McCarthy Tétrault

Patrick Boucher - McCarthy Tétrault

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s competition group sent out a statement of intent through its recent hiring spree, with sources asserting ‘the team has totally reinvented itself in the last six months’. In March 2018, the arrivals of Jason Gudofsky, who now leads the department, and Debbie Salzberger from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP ‘provided a turbocharge to the practice’. In July, Nikiforos Iatrou also joined from WeirFoulds LLP. Other key names in the increasingly prominent team include competition litigation head Donald Houston , transactional specialist Oliver Borgers and ‘very strong Montreal-based expert Madeleine Renaud Ad E. Among its key merger review files, it advised Rayonier Advanced Materials on its C$1.1bn acquisition of Tembec. It also advised Bass Pro Group on its $5.5bn acquisition of Cabela. On the contentious side, it is representing Credit Suisse in class actions in Ontario and Quebec arising from an alleged conspiracy in foreign exchange transactions. Named partners are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Donald Houston - McCarthy Tétrault

Jason Gudofsky - McCarthy Tétrault

Madeleine Renaud Ad E - McCarthy Tétrault

Oliver Borgers  - McCarthy Tétrault

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

'Top Canadian firm’, McCarthy Tétrault has a comprehensive corporate practice which is well balanced across its offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec — it also benefits from international footholds in New York and London. Prominent national M&A head Cameron Belsher, who splits his time between Toronto and Vancouver, spearheads a diverse practice, which is routinely involved in deals in all of Canada’s key market segments, including energy and natural resources, real estate, life sciences, agriculture, infrastructure and TMT. In a recent example of its ability to seamlessly work across offices, Belsher teamed up with Toronto’s David Woollcombe and Vancouver’s Pavan Jawanda to advise CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV, a wholly owned subsidiary of private equity giant CVC Capital Partners, on its acquisition of OANDA Global. Also in Toronto, private equity co-head Shevaun McGrath, who joined the firm in 2017 from Goodmans, advised Cvent, a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, on the acquisition of QuickMobile. Among the Montreal office’s highlights, Clemens Mayr acted for Rayonier Advanced Materials in its C$1.1bn acquisition of Tembec. In Vancouver, managing partner for the British Columbia region Sven Milelli is 'top notch’ and led the firm’s advice (as co-counsel alongside Bennett Jones LLP) to Parkland Fuel on its C$1.5bn acquisition of Chevron Canada’s downstream fuel business in Canada. In Calgary, Catherine Samuel advised Shell Canada on the C$11.1bn disposition of its oil sands assets to a subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) and its joint acquisition of Marathon Oil Canada with CNRL. Other recommended names in Toronto include Graham Gow, senior counsel Garth Girvan and the 'practical and results-driven’ Robert Hansen. Patrick Boucher is also recommended in Montreal.

Leading individuals

Cameron Belsher - McCarthy Tétrault

Garth Girvan - McCarthy Tétrault

Graham Gow - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Shevaun McGrath - McCarthy Tétrault

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

Dispute resolution: Quebec - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

Commended as ‘fabulous in Ontario’, McCarthy Tétrault’s national practice draws upon experienced groups in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Toronto, Paul Steep — ‘a truly elite litigator’ — successfully defended National Bank of Canada before the Ontario Court of Appeal in one of 13 class actions stemming from the bank’s involvement in the public offering preceding the collapse of Poseidon Energy. Toronto-based Sarit Batner’s ‘star is in the ascendant’; she, together with Steep, represented Philip Morris in the Ontario and New Brunswick sets of healthcare cost recovery actions brought by Canadian provincial governments – its Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal teams are advising the tobacco giant and its affiliates on parallel litigation in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Alberta, regional managing partner Sean Smyth QC represented a group of defendants in several class actions arising from the acquisition and sale of several real estate assets. Michael Feder and class action specialist Jill Yates are recommended in Vancouver, while Simon Potter Ad E is a key figure in Montreal. Toronto-based Paul Morrison left to join Miller Thomson.

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Ontario

Paul Steep - McCarthy Tétrault

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Quebec

Simon Potter Ad E - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers: Dispute resolution: Ontario

Sarit Batner - McCarthy Tétrault

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault ‘sets itself apart through its broad national presence’, which sees high-profile names dispersed across its Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary offices. The practice, which has strong experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, handles the full spread of related issues, including project development, contaminated site matters, environmental litigation and transactional support. Vancouver-based group co-head Paul Cassidy is ‘one of the best environmental specialists in the country’ and advised Neptune Bulk Terminals on its permitting strategy for the Port Metro Vancouver expansion. Peter Brady, who jointly leads the group from Toronto, is advising Bruce Power on the environmental risk assessments related to its refurbishment of six nuclear reactors. In Montreal, Cindy Vaillancourt is ‘excellent’.

Leading individuals

Paul Cassidy - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Cindy Vaillancourt - McCarthy Tétrault

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s projects practice covers all the bases in terms of infrastructure law, with notable expertise in transport, energy and social infrastructure projects. It also sets itself apart through its national breadth, and the sizeable department draws upon well-staffed teams in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In Toronto, group co-head David Lever advised Bruce Power on certain portions of the construction mandate related to the refurbishment of five nuclear power units at the Bruce Power Generating Station. Ontario managing partner Godyne Sibay is also a key contact in Toronto and advised York University on the extension of the Spadina subway line and stations at York University. In another Toronto office highlight, a team comprising Sibay, real estate partner Tristan Musgrave and counsel Gordon Willcocks advised Infrastructure Ontario and CAMH on construction and procurement matters related to the DBFM contract for the CAMH Phase 1C redevelopment project. In Vancouver, department co-head Linda Brown is held up as a ‘leading projects lawyer’; she recently advised the successful bidder on the Finch West LRT project. Jody Aldcorn and ‘rising star’ Morgan Troke are also recommended in Vancouver, and Mathieu Dubord is a key contact in Montreal. High-profile specialist Byran Gibson QC retired in 2017.

Leading individuals

Godyne Sibay - McCarthy Tétrault

Gordon Willcocks - McCarthy Tétrault

Linda Brown - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Morgan Troke - McCarthy Tétrault

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

The insurance group at McCarthy Tétrault is active across a broad scope of regulatory, corporate, M&A and commercial matters but it is best known for its ‘robust non-contentious practice’. Toronto-based group head Nancy Carroll is ‘extremely strong’ and advised Brown & Brown on the establishment of its Canadian operations. On the corporate side, Carroll acted alongside the business law department to advise Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) on its acquisition of Excel Funds Management and Excel Investment Counsel. Vancouver’s Ariel DeJong is recommended for insurance litigation.

Leading individuals

Nancy Carroll - McCarthy Tétrault

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

A ‘leading IP litigation firm’, McCarthy Tétrault also handles a broad mix of IP prosecution and other non-contentious patent, trademark and copyright matters. The litigation side of the practice, which is commended for its ‘intense concentration of talent’, is led by the ‘effective and pragmatic’ Steven Mason; he is representing the National Football League, Bell Canada, Bell Media and their affiliates in two closely watched copyright appeals stemming from their challenge to the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to ban the practice of simultaneous substitution for the Super Bowl. Alfred Macchione is a key contact for non-contentious work and provides ongoing advice to Constellation Software on trademark portfolio strategy, branding and prosecution. Senior technology specialist Barry Sookman and IP litigator David Tait are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Alfred Macchione - McCarthy Tétrault

Barry Sookman - McCarthy Tétrault

Steven Mason - McCarthy Tétrault

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International expertise
International expertise - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault, which has international offices in London and New York, is best known for its global experience in the mining, energy infrastructure and technology sectors. UK- and Ontario-qualified London managing partner Robert Brant is recommended for international M&A and securities offerings. Other senior names include global mining co-head Shea Small, who splits his time between Toronto and London, and US markets lead David Tennant, who is based between Toronto and New York. Up-and-coming partner Christopher Langdon, who divides his time between London and Toronto, jointly heads the projects group and has recently advised on deals in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

Leading individuals

Robert Brant - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Langdon - McCarthy Tétrault

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

The ‘tremendously strong’ trade team at McCarthy Tétrault is considered among ‘the deepest in the market’, and the recent arrival of ‘excellent next generation lawyer’ Martha Harrison to the Toronto office from Dentons only cements this reputation. The comprehensive practice, which is split between the firm’s Toronto and Montreal offices, excels in all the key trade pillars of enforcement, disputes, compliance and strategy — it also routinely draws upon the wider firm’s market-leading tax, finance and litigation units. In Toronto, group head John Boscariol is a ‘leading light’ and advised United States Gypsum Company and CGC in an anti-dumping case concerning gypsum wallboard imported from the US. In Montreal, counsel Simon Potter Ad E has extensive experience in trade litigation; he is representing Québec Border Mills in the new softwood lumber dispute.

Leading individuals

John Boscariol - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Martha Harrison - McCarthy Tétrault

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault handles a wide spectrum of transactional matters, day-to-day employment and labour issues, and litigation. Toronto’s Tim Lawson heads the national group and is advising new Crown corporation Canadian Infrastructure Bank on all employment issues related to its establishment, including policy and hiring matters. Up-and-coming partner Trevor Lawson, also based in Toronto, advises Ontario Lottery and Gaming on its labour and employment work, including acting as its chief spokesperson on the negotiation of collective agreements affecting more than 1,500 employees. Toronto group lead Sunil Kapur and Montreal-based André Baril are also noted. Paul Boniferro was recently appointed deputy attorney general of Ontario.

Next generation lawyers

Trevor Lawson - McCarthy Tétrault

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s team, which is spread between its Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver offices, is well versed in administration, corporate support and litigation. In Toronto, experienced group head Randy Bauslaugh advised the Canadian Bar Insurance Association on the development of a multi-employer target collective defined contribution pension scheme for law firms and accounting firms in Canada. The group also draws upon the senior expertise of counsel Gregory Winfield, who has recently undertaken work for OMERS and Glencore, and new arrival Deron Waldock, who was formerly in-house at Aon Hewitt — both are in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Randy Bauslaugh - McCarthy Tétrault

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s national group advises private sector clients and government entities on the full life cycle of procurement matters. In 2018, the firm advised Eurovia on its acquisition of civil engineering company Groupe TNT — Montreal-based Marc-Alexandre Hudon led the procurement aspects of that deal. The team also includes Martha Harrison, who joined in 2017 from Dentons, and senior counsel Gordon Willcocks — both are based in Toronto.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s real estate group, which ranks among the largest in the country, is well represented throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec and is a popular choice for cross-province transactions. The sizeable department is well versed in acquisitions and dispositions, project development, leasing transactions and property finance for a wide range of clients, including public and private companies, pension funds, private equity players and banks. In Toronto, practice lead John Currie is widely regarded as a leading light and had a banner year, which included acting alongside Toronto-based sector specialist Abraham Costin — and the London office — to advise VPMA Bay Adelaide Property on its C$850m acquisition of a 50% stake in the Bay Adelaide Centre from Brookfield Property Partners. Currie also acted with Toronto’s Jonathan See to advise the Slate Canadian Real Estate Opportunity Fund I on its C$1.1bn acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets from Cominar REIT. In Montreal, James Papadimitriou and Annie Gagnon Larocque acted for GWL Realty Advisors on a sale and leaseback transaction, under which SNC-Lavalin Group sold its Montreal head office building for C$170m to GWL Realty Advisors and leased it back for 20 years. Other senior names include Vancouver-based Keith Burrell QC, who acted with Costin on a significant joint venture transaction, and Toronto-based investment specialist Danny Grandilli. In addition, the group draws upon ‘very strong rising star’ Jamie Orzech in Toronto.

Leading individuals

Abraham Costin - McCarthy Tétrault

John Currie - McCarthy Tétrault

Keith Burrell QC - McCarthy Tétrault

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Orzech - McCarthy Tétrault

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

Over the past year, McCarthy Tétrault’s national team advised a broad range of stakeholders in complex restructuring and insolvency matters, with a strong showing in multi-jurisdictional cases. In Toronto, James Gage is a ‘big name in insolvency law’ and advised Stelco on its successful CCAA restructuring, which involved C$4bn worth of claims. In Western Canada, Sean Collins — who splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver — is an ‘excellent restructuring lawyer’ and represented the court-appointed monitor in OmniArch Capital’s CCAA case. Philippe Bélanger, regarded by many as ‘the best in Montreal’, is advising the court-appointed monitor in the C$200m CCAA proceedings of Quebec general contractor, GTS. Toronto-based national practice lead Barbara Boake, who acted alongside Gage to advise Morneau Shepell as administrator of Nortel’s Canadian registered pension plans, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

James Gage - McCarthy Tétrault

Philippe Bélanger - McCarthy Tétrault

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s national tax practice, which is represented in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, is best known for its strong skill set in financial services-related mandates. M&A, cross-border matters and tax litigation are also areas of expertise. In Toronto, senior figure Douglas Cannon, together with Stefanie Morand, advised Jamieson Wellness on the tax aspects of its C$300m IPO. Toronto’s Gabrielle Richards, also a seasoned specialist, advised TD Bank Group on the issuance of a $1bn green bond. On the contentious side, ‘star litigator’ Chia-Yi Chua is representing Embarc in a case involving the common law principles of agency law as applied to federal sales taxes. The group also includes Toronto-based Nigel Johnston, who is strong in capital markets and resource taxation, and Montreal-based national lead Christian Meighen.

Leading individuals

Chia-Yi Chua - McCarthy Tétrault

Douglas Cannon - McCarthy Tétrault

Gabrielle Richards - McCarthy Tétrault

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s technology practice, which was already a market leader, was significantly boosted in 2018 through the arrival of the ‘very talented’ Christine Ing, who joined the Toronto office from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. According to sources, the firm has ‘dominated the Canadian technology market since it first became a practice area’ and its recent high-profile hire should cement its reputation going forward. In Toronto, sector specialist Barry Sookman is widely admired for his ‘encyclopedic knowledge of the industry’ and, together with the firm’s litigation and IP departments, represented a group of interveners in the landmark Google Inc v Equustek Solutions case. On the commercial side, Montreal-based department head Charles Morgan advised Bombardier on negotiating a global services management agreement with IBM valued at approximately C$700m. On the transactional front, Toronto-based George Takach acted for Kroll Computer Systems in its sale to Telus. Other names to note include Vancouver-based David Crane and Montreal-based Véronique Wattiez Larose.

Leading individuals

Barry Sookman - McCarthy Tétrault

Christine Ing - McCarthy Tétrault

George Takach - McCarthy Tétrault

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s ‘established history in the telecoms area’ combines with its ‘enormous depth of experience and bench strength’ to mark the group as a ‘top-notch communications outfit’. A firm fixture in both regulatory and transactional engagements, the group acts for a diverse spread of domestic and foreign corporations, governments and regulators. Among its recent highlights, Toronto-based group head Grant Buchanan and corporate finance partner Robert Hansen advised Fusion Telecommunications International on its $739m acquisition of the cloud and business services unit of Birch Communications. In a high-profile set of contentious cases, the firm represented the National Football League, NFL International and NFL Productions in their appeal of a CRTC decision banning the practice of substituting US television commercials with Canadian commercials — Buchanan and Toronto-based senior counsel Peter Grant are advising on the communications law-related aspects of that work. IT specialist Charles Morgan is a name to note in Montreal. Hank Intven retired in 2018.

Leading individuals

Grant Buchanan - McCarthy Tétrault

Peter Grant - McCarthy Tétrault

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault impresses with its ‘expertise across a wide range of issues’, which includes recent experience in streaming transactions, capital markets, M&A, joint ventures and project finance. Vancouver-based global co-head Roger Taplin ‘seamlessly blends legal advice with commercial understanding’ and advised Goldcorp on a complex transaction that included the acquisition of a 50% interest in the Cerro Casale project, the acquisition of the Quebrada Seca project and the structuring of a regional joint venture with Barrick for three projects in Chile. Global mining co-head Shea Small, who splits his time between Toronto and London, provides ‘thoughtful and commercial advice’ and advised Newcrest Mining on its $250m strategic investment in Lundin Gold and its $20m earn-in agreement with Lundin Gold. The group was recently strengthened in Toronto by the arrival of ‘fantastic addition Eva Bellissimo from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

Leading individuals

Roger Taplin - McCarthy Tétrault

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Energy and natural resources: oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault

A strong performer in M&A deals, McCarthy Tétrault’s energy practice also handles project development, corporate finance and regulatory matters. Cameron Hughes — who now leads the department following the departure of Craig Spurn to Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP — recently teamed up with Vancouver-based Sven Milelli and regulatory expert Gordon Nettleton to advise Parkland Fuel on its C$1.5bn acquisition of Chevron Canada’s downstream fuel business. Sony Gill advised Spartan Energy on its C$1.4bn acquisition by Vermilion Energy. In 2018, the group was boosted with the double hire of Brian Bidyk and Kerri Howard from DLA Piper (Canada) LLP.

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Energy and natural resources: power
Energy and natural resources: power - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

The ‘fantastic all-round group’ at McCarthy Tétrault is lauded for its ‘great expertise in all key areas’. Transactional work is a key pillar of the practice, in line with its firm-wide strength, and it is also sought after for its niche expertise in wholesale market governance. In a highlight deal, Suzanne Murphy acted alongside the corporate team to advise NextEra Energy Partners on the $1.2bn sale of a portfolio of four wind and two solar generation projects to an affiliate of CPPIB. Department lead Seán O’Neill also had an active year on the renewables side, which included advising Samsung Renewable Energy on both the sale of its interest in Windsor Solar LP and on the sale of its interest Southgate Solar LP. Marc Dorion Ad E, who splits his time between Quebec City and Montreal, heads the natural resources group in Quebec and was part of the team that advised Innergex Renewable Energy on its C$1.1bn acquisition of Alterra Power. High-profile senior counsel George Vegh heads the Toronto energy regulation practice and advised on the regulatory aspects of the NextEra deal. Infrastructure and projects lead David Lever and project finance specialist Stephen Furlan are also recommended. Named partners are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

David Lever - McCarthy Tétrault

George Vegh - McCarthy Tétrault

Seán O’Neill - McCarthy Tétrault

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Canada: Transport

Transport: other transport
Transport: other transport - ranked: tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s transportation practice shines in bus, truck and rail-related matters and acts for some of the leading names in those respective sectors, including Greyhound Canada Transportation, Federal Express Canada and Via Rail Canada. David Blair, who steers the group from Quebec City, is a preeminent transport specialist.

Leading individuals

David Blair - McCarthy Tétrault

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