Firm Profile > McCarthy Tétrault > Toronto, Canada

McCarthy Tétrault
66 Wellington Street West
Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower Box 48
Toronto ON M5K 1E6

Banking and finance Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault’s comprehensive financial services practice is rated market-wide for its expertise in all core areas of banking and finance. Widely acknowledged as a market leader for project finance, the group also brings to bear strong skill sets in traditional corporate lending, debt capital markets, fintech and regulatory matters, including litigation. The team acts for a diverse portfolio of clients and is a fixture on bank-side mandates for major local and international financial institutions; it is also consistently instructed by trust companies, insurance companies and corporate borrowers. Richard Higa in Toronto is recognized for his close bank relationships; he recently advised CIBC, as lead arranger, on a C$2.6bn financing to support the C$4.8bn acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT by Starlight Investments and KingSett Capital. Justin Lapedus is active in a range of lender and borrower-side transactions; he counts corporate borrowers, private equity funds and financial institutions among his key clients. Stephen Furlan is also noted in Toronto for his strong track record in project finance deals. Other key transactional contacts include Joseph Palin in Calgary, who is recommended for energy-related work, and Montréal-based Michel Deschamps Ad E and Marie-France Gagnon, who spearheads the Quebec business law practice. On the regulatory front, Toronto-based fintech specialist Ana Badour advises a mix of government departments, financial industry associations and banks on financial institution regulatory matters. Barry Ryan in Toronto is also highly regarded for his senior expertise in regulatory and transactional matters; he recently stepped down to counsel but still co-heads the bank regulatory group together with Badour. Marc MacMullin now solely steers the wider financial services group from Toronto; he focuses on structured finance, asset-backed programmes and covered bond transactions. The firm has offices across Canada, as well as robust international footholds in London and New York.

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‘They know the specialty finance (lend to lender) space well. We get a lot of comfort from their advice given they know market terms, can draw upon comparable deals and are always available to provide their opinions pre and post transaction.’

‘Quick turn around times, friendly professionals and willing to discuss deals and the market both during and after business hours. DJ Lynde has been great to work with on a number of deals and has gone out of his way to set-up lunch and learns with various firm partners, networking events and other social gatherings where we get to meet the firm’s partners and associates and pick their brains on topical items.’

‘Strong partnership with clients and clearly puts clients interests/deadlines firsts. Processes are always well managed, well communicated and completed with strong quality. Sound and practical advice is always provided.’

‘Justin Lapedus is a strong partner with the ability to execute complex files for new industries and ensures straightforward execution of transactions.’

‘DJ Lynde has excellent communication skills and ensures easy execution of transactions.’

‘Ana Badour’s experience covers a wide range of banking areas from traditional finance and lending to new and emerging payment and regulatory matters. This allows her to have a full end to end understanding of banking and finance which is a huge asset!’

Key clients

The Financial Advisor (Brookfield/Genworth)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and GIC

Varagon Capital Partners

Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporations and Metrolinx

Goldmoney Inc.

National Bank of Canada and Desjardins

Scotia Capital Inc.

Le Groupe Maurice

Government of Quebec


Newcrest Mining

Canadian Dealers

The Bank of Montreal

Agricultural Bank of China

National Bank of Canada

BMO Harris Bank

Kruger Packaging Holdings

Capital markets Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault’s capital markets team is complemented by the firm's top-tier banking and finance practice and strong institutional bank relationships. As such, the group has been called 'the strongest practice on the street' when it comes to underwriter-side work; though the team also routinely advises corporate and financial services clients as issuers on public and private offerings. The team is well versed in both debt and equity deals, but is differentiated in part by the strength of its structured finance practice, where is is routinely involved in high-profile debt transactions, including covered bonds and maple bonds. Contacts in Toronto include national capital markets co-head Andrew Parker, who has an impressive record in debt and equity offerings, and Marc MacMullin, who heads the financial services group and is a favourite with banks to assist with their structured finance, asset-backed securities and covered bond transactions. A recent highlight for MacMullin involved advising HSBC Bank Canada on its $1bn covered bond issuance. Other recommended names in Toronto are structured finance co-head Dean MasseJo-Anna Brimmer, who focuses on securitization, covered bonds and debt capital markets; and ‘stand-out associate’ Christopher Bamford. In Montréal, capital markets co-head Patrick Boucher is highly regarded for his combination of securities and corporate expertise, and recently advised the National Bank of Canada, as issuer, on the renewal of its $10bn euro note programme.


‘McCarthy Tetrault LLP has the strongest capital markets practice on the street. They have a very deep bench of talented lawyers, both Partners and Associates, including many of the top lawyers in their areas of specialization. They are involved in many of the transactions in Canada, which is reflective of the quality of service they provide, but this also puts them in a position to give us the best advise and service on the transactions we engage them on as they have the most knowledge of what is happening in the marketplace. They are our trusted advisors, strong advocates for us on any matters on which they represent us as counsel, and are able to deliver top quality service that is second to none.’

‘I primarily deal with their securitization lawyers, many of whom are the top securitization lawyers in Canada. Marc MacMullin, senior partner there and head of their financial services group and Dean Masse, partner in their securitization practice are two partners that stand out in particular. They are both incredibly intelligent and thorough. They are very strong negotiators who tirelessly advocate for my best interests as their client. They do a great job identifying and addressesing any legal or business points and explaining it to us in a way that is easy to understand so that we fully appreciate the risks and can get comfortable that they are appropriately mitigated. In addition to Marc and Dean, Chris Bamford is a stand-out associate. He is by far the strongest securitization associate that we have worked with in Canada. He displays maturity and legal accumen that is well beyond his year. He acts like and view him to be equivalent to a partner in the quality of service he provides to us.’

Key clients

National Bank of Canada

Canadian Dealers including: National Bank Financial, Scotia Capital, BMO Nesbitt Burns, RBC Dominion Securities, CIBC World Markets, Merrill Lynch Canada, TD Securities, Desjardins Securities, Wells Fargo Securities Canada, BNP Paribas (Canada) Securities and Rabo Securities Canada

JP Morgan Securities LLC

JP Morgan Securities Canada

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Wells Fargo and Company

Desjardins Securities

BMO Nesbitt Burns

RBC Dominion Securities

Canadian Market Infrastructure Committee

HSBC Bank Canada

OMERS Finance Trust

AbCellera Biologics Inc.


The Walt Disney Company

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Competition and antitrust Tier 1

The 'diverse group' at McCarthy Tétrault advises on the full range of antitrust issues, including merger control, criminal and civil investigations, litigation and class actions, misleading advertising and deceptive practices. The team represents clients across all key industry sectors but is particularly specialised in the airlines, pharmaceuticals, health, IT and TMT sectors. Foreign investment review and national security continue to be key sources of work in the department, with recent work including investments by state-owned enterprises, cultural reviews and national security investigations. Senior partner Oliver Borgers and practice head Jason Gudofsky are both names to note in this area. The group has grown with the arrival of Casey Halladay from McMillan LLP, a move that strengthens the firm's cartel work, as well as other contentious matters including abuse of dominance. Litigator Donald Houston is retained on cartel investigations and prosecutions, civil cases and private actions.  

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The firm has invested in bringing together a diverse group with knowledge across the array of antitrust matters. As an added bonus, they are responsive, pragmatic, and work well with co-counsel.

Casey Halladay’s assessment of a merger matter from the outset was spot on, in terms of likelihood of a SIR, its scope, and the ultimate outcome.

Key clients

WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Cineworld Group plc

Le Groupe Maurice

AbbVie Inc.



PepsiCo, Inc.

The Home Depot, Inc.


La Coop fédérée/Olymel

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault’s ‘extremely commercial’ group impresses with its ‘deep bench of experts that can get to the bottom of every complex issue’. The national department stands out for its consistency across Canada’s key business centres, fielding market-leading lawyers in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver; it also has a presence in Calgary. Its nationwide strength, combined with international offices in London and New York, mark it as a popular choice for large-scale M&A, particularly transactions with a cross-border component. Notable industry sweet spots include retail, infrastructure, real estate and natural resources. National M&A co-head Cameron Belsher is widely regarded as a leader in the field; he splits his practice between Vancouver and Toronto. Other senior contacts in Toronto include David Woollcombe, who focuses on M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions, and private equity specialist Shevaun McGrath. Toronto-based up-and-coming partner Jonathan See is an ‘exceptional transaction quarterback’. He recently advised a consortium including Brookfield Infrastructure and Singapore’s GIC on its $8.4bn acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming. Global mining co-lead Shea Small divides his time between London and Toronto. In Montréal, Clemens Mayr ranks among the market’s leading corporate lawyers, and national capital markets co-head Patrick Boucher is also recommended.


‘Extremely commercial and able to add real value from a strategic perspective. Have a deep bench of specialist subject experts that can get to the bottom of every complex issue, especially regulatory issues, but advice is distilled and relayed to the client in a way that is useful and relevant to the matter at hand and avoids academic discourse and ”CYA”-type memos, etc., which aren’t useful for the client.’

‘Exceptional leadership and commercial attributes. The team we work with (in particularly, Jonathan See as the lead, supported typically by Bob Richardson, Jake Iriwn, Isabelle Henkelman and Scott Bergen) understands what we need as a client and always delivers in a very timely and robust manner. Jonathan See is an exceptional transaction ”quarterback” and ensures a seamless work product is produced with useful, practical and strategic advice.’

‘This team’s ability to rely on subject matter experts but weave their advice into an overall set of commercial advice is absolutely stand-out from other firms in my view. Never any useless, academic, technical advice from this group!’

‘The McCarthy Corporate and M&A team is highly responsive and detail oriented. They are able to provide high quality advice that we rely on for our corporate and governance matters.’

‘Heidi Gordon and Robert Hansen are exceptional partners that we trust to provide answers to our management team and board. They are highly responsive and have a breadth of experience that allows them to answer any question we have.’

Key clients

Bell Canada (BCE)

Brookfield Asset Management

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Cortland Partners

Cineworld Group plc

Enbridge Inc.


Jim Pattison Conglomerate

National Bank

Newcrest Mining

Oaktree Capital Management

OMERS / Borealis

Pengrowth Energy Corporation

Rhône Group

Slate Retail REIT / Slate Office REIT

TD Bank

Vista Equity Partners

Zijin Mining

Environment Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault balances its practice between contentious and non-contentious work across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, transportation, clean tech, waste management, energy generation and transmission and mining. On the litigious side, the firm supports both environmental litigation and mediation, while on the non-contentious front it advises on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, project development and day-to-day business operations. Regulatory work also makes up a key part of the department's work, with strong experience assisting clients in navigating provincial, territorial, federal and international laws. Paul Cassidy heads the national environmental practice from Vancouver and his sought after for his corporate, regulatory, litigation and project development expertise. Cindy Vaillancourt also comes recommended for her advice on environmental and climate change law and is based in Montreal. Co-heads Gord Nettleton and Pierre Renaud are key contacts in Calgary and Montréal respectively. Peter Brady took a general counsel position in November 2020.

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Key clients

Kruger Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials

Brookfield Infrastructure

Wood Canada

Canadian National Railway Company

Business Council of British Columbia

Samsonite Canada

The City of Medicine Hat



Suncor Energy Inc.


Infrastructure projects Tier 1

At McCarthy Tétrault, clients feel 'absolutely certain that the quality of the work will be top notch'. A 'cohesive and coordinated' full-service group, the team handles a range of procurement, development and financing mandates for a variety of clients involved in public-private partnerships, including EPC contractors, service providers, domestic and international banks, and other institutional lenders. Joint group heads Linda Brown and David Lever in particular are seen as leaders in project finance. The duo have considerable experience in domestic and international projects matters. Ontario-based Godyne Sibay specializes in public procurement, while counsel Gordon Willcocks in Toronto is recognized for his expertise in construction, procurement and financing work in complex infrastructure development projects. Next generation partner Morgan Troke in Vancouver is also recommended for his work in infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

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The McCarthy team has a deep understanding of risks inherent to infrastructure projects, particularly the P3 structure. As such, they can appropriately advise as to actual risk factors to be mitigated (as opposed to all theoretical risk factors).’

They truly master the field of infrastructure projects. They have done this successfully at the federal, provincial and regional level. We have worked with all major firms and find this team to usually have a leg up on all others, in terms of knowledge and precedent to refer to.

With McCarthy, I am absolutely certain that the quality of the work will be top notch as that been the case time and time again which is essential for our company. You know with certainty that nothing has been left untouched when the final work product is delivered and that is how McCarthy has become a trusted partner to our company.

‘Ability of the team to work cohesively and are coordinated. I can call on any of the team members for a response. All are fully aware of my issues and can assist.

Individuals are available when I need and are prompt in getting back to me. Individuals have strong knowledge of the market and can explain concepts easily.

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario and Lands Corp

Parsons Corporation

ACS Infrastructure Canada

EllisDon Corporation

Aecon Concessions

ENGIE Services Inc.

Kiewit Development Canada


The City of Calgary

Graham Construction

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

Parkland Fuel

International trade Tier 1

Split between Toronto and Montréal, McCarthy Tétrault's international trade group is 'quick to understand the complexities of its clients' business and products'. The team is highly sought after for its advice on enforcement and compliance, economic sanctions, and import and export controls. It also has a strong reputation in trade disputes, including WTO proceedings and matters before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Acting for domestic and international financial institutions, the group has developed expertise in a range of heavily regulated markets, including energy, mining, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, technology and defence. Litigator John Boscariol leads the team from Toronto, and is recommended for his experience of foreign investment regulation and cross-border trade. Also recommended are Martha Harrison, who focuses on matters involving power, energy, natural resources and technology; and Carmen Francis, a standout senior associate in the team.

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The International Trade team at McCarthy Tetrault is very responsive, and quick to understand the complexities of our business and our products. I value their ability to provide quick answers in a short amount of time.

John Boscariol is the ideal outside counsel resource for in-house counsel. He is an expert in his field, trustworthy, reliable, predictable, and proactive. He is sensible with billing and will work to meet your needs.

Key clients

LNG Canada Development Inc. / Woodfibre LNG Ltd.

Other transport Tier 1

A top choice for clients in the rail and road sectors, McCarthy Tétrault's full-service department is rated in particular for its regulatory, compliance and risk management advice. The practice group is headed by David Blair, 'an invaluable asset for transportation regulatory matters'. Dividing his time between Montréal and Quebec City, Blair is highlighted by clients in part for his ability to 'quickly facilitate referrals to partners in other practice groups to ensure complete coverage of any client matter'. In addition to regulatory matters, the team also handles M&A and commercial work for transport companies, investment groups and manufacturers. Brian Lipson is a standout associate in the practice group.

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‘The team has particular expertise in Canadian Transport law, most specifically in the regulatory space.’

‘David Blair is a knowledgeable, experienced partner who is readily accessible. He is invaluable as an asset for Transportation regulatory matters. He is able to quickly facilitate referrals to partners in other practice groups to ensure complete coverage of any client matter. I greatly enjoy working with David and hope to do so for years to come.’

‘Transport in itself is a highly specialized practice which requires experience and a full and general knowledge of the domain which McCarty Tetrault has.’

‘We mainly work with David Blair who is a partner of the firm and has acquired throughout the years a great experience with many clients of different dimensions and can represent us in any related field. He is always available and provides fast replies to our questions. He is well-renowned by the Boards before which he represents us and is very knowlegeable attorney, recognized as such by his peers.’

‘Experience and knowledge of designated representatives.’

‘David Blair is highly competent and reliable professional’

Key clients

CSX Transportation Inc.

Versacold Logistics Services Inc.

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC

Day & Ross Inc.

Power Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault's deep involvement in the power industry is evidenced by the range of clients it represents. Acting for lenders and equity investors, developers, power purchasers and industrial users, the department brings together a highly regarded transactional group with an equally skilled regulatory practice best known for its work in the nuclear and renewable sectors. Leading the firm's power group is Seán O’Neill, who has experience acting for financial institutions and borrowers in project financings for renewable energy projects across Canada and the United States. David Lever and Suzanne Murphy are rated for their M&A and corporate finance work, while George Vegh is a name to note in the regulatory space. Named lawyers are based in the Toronto office.

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Key clients

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife)


Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Bruce Power Inc.

NextEra Energy Inc.

New South Wales Treasury Corporation

Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc.

Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation

Connor, Clark and Lunn Infrastructure

Real estate Tier 1

Housing one of the largest real estate teams in Canada, McCarthy Tétrault's core expertise includes asset acquisitions and disposals, infrastructure development, corporate leasing and real estate financing. The group advises a wide variety of clients, including pension funds, REITs, mortgage and private equity funds, developers and governmental bodies on all types of commercial real estate matters. In addition to its size and bench strength, the team is recognized for its on-the-ground presence across the country, which places the team in a strong position to handle large-scale mandates involving real estate assets spread across the provinces. Key contacts in Toronto include department head William McCullough, and transaction specialists Abraham Costin, John Currie and Jamie Orzech. Vancouver-based Keith Burrell QC is recommended for his work with major real estate developers.

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Key clients

Toronto-Dominion Bank

LaSalle Investment Management

QuadReal Property Group Limited Partnership

Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust

GWL Realty Advisors

Scotia Bank

Fitzrovia Real Estate

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Cortland Partners, LLC

ONE Properties

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Greystone (GMI)

bcIMC Realty Corporation

Tax Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault's fields a nationally recognized team of tax experts, spread across offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montréal. Headed by Raj Juneja in Toronto, the team is especially standout in the areas of financial services and financial products taxation, as well as in REITs and private funds taxation. Moreover, the group has considerable experience of cross-border transactions and tax litigation. Of recent note, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Robert Kopstein, who joined from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in June 2020 and brings with him a wealth of experience both of domestic and cross-border taxation. Other key figures include corporate transactions specialist Gabrielle Richards and Douglas Cannon, who advises on domestic and cross-border divestitures, corporate reorganizations and financing transactions. Chia-Yi Chua specializes in contentious tax matters. Michel Ranger joined from McMillan LLP in February 2021.

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Dedication – will work hard and spend however long it takes to get the job done. Never failed to deliver and very intelligent in the legal, tax and commercial front.

Raj Juneja was also helpful, kind, and took the time to explain tax aspects for us in Canada.

Key clients


Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Brookfield Asset Management

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Enbridge Inc.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Fortis Inc.

Nestlé S.A.

Newcrest Mining

Rio Novo Gold

Slate Properties

Summit Industrial Income REIT


Walter Surface Technologies



Technology Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault is consistently considered among the market leaders in every trending segment of the tech market. Indeed, the team excels in corporate, commercial and regulatory work in the areas of fintech, blockchain, AI, and cybersecurity, to name just a few. The technology group is jointly led by Christine Ing in Toronto and Montréal-based Charles Morgan - two of the top technology lawyers in Canada. Ing is among the market leaders in the field fintech, where she acts for major Canadian banks and institutional investors, and Morgan is recognized for his experience of data breaches and incident response. Other names to note in Toronto include M&A and finance specialst George Takach and litigator Barry Sookman, who is rated for his knowledge of IP and IT law. Associate Michael Scherman is making a name for himself in the emerging technologies space.

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Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Aéroports de Montréal



Enbridge Inc.

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Kira Inc.

National Bank of Canada


Telecoms Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault's team handles a full range of telecoms work, from high-value transactions to bespoke regulatory matters and complex litigation. The disputes group in particular is routinely involved in market-leading cases, a recent example of which was its representation of Bell Canada and the NFL in a closely-watched case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Toronto-based practice head Grant Buchanan has extensive experience in broadcast and telecom regulation and financing. Counsel Keith Rose, who has a background as software engineer, specializes in technology and communications law. Satellite carriers, mobile and fixed wireless networks, cable operators, and other service providers are also among the core client base. Peter Grant retired in April 2020.

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National Football League

Bell Canada

Cineworld Group plc

Ministries: Canadian Heritage; Innovation, Science & Development

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

TD Securities Inc.

Xplornet Communications Inc.

Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority

Queens University

Cannabis Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault runs a truly nationwide practice with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Québec, and can also draw on its office in New York for US-facing matters. Indeed, for many international clients, or those looking for access to international markets, the team is a first port of call. Rami Chalabi in Toronto, has a strong track record in cross-border transactions and international business partnerships in the space. Industry specialist Ranjeev Dhillon heads the team from Toronto with commercial litigator Awanish Sinha. The firm is also well-positioned to adapt to changes in the sector. Its top-tier corporate practice has become invaluable in responding to more demanding corporate governance in the sector, as well as to insolvencies and consolidation.

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Lean and balanced team

Have their pulse on the industry, all the key players and what terms make sense in a deal. More so than any other firm, understands how to best structure a deal in this space. As always, great client servicing.

Rami Chalabi – excellent client servicing, very easy to work with, excellent understanding of the industry and staffs deal teams appropriately. All law firm partners should be like Rami. Very transparent and fair with billing.

The co leaders of the cannabis practice, Ranjeev Dhillon and his partner are very well versed in the cannabis industry and have worked with cannabis clients since the early stages of the legal cannabis industry in Canada. There are many firms and lawyers who jumped into working with cannabis clients much later and it is obvious that they don’t fully understand the industry. Ranj and Rami do.

I appreciate Ranj’s knowledge and experience in this industry. As in house counsel at a cannabis producer in Canada, his experience saves me a lot of time and our conversations are direct and effective.

The team brings a wide depth of knowledge and extensive experience in the regulated cannabis sector. They’ve handled very complex legal-regulatory files for a number of major licence holders in Canada and into the US.

While the entire McCarthy cannabis team is excellent, the partners Ranjeev Dhillon and Rami Chalabi are two of the top legal minds in the Canadian cannabis sector. Both of these individuals are experts in the field yet are practical, problem solvers who don’t over-complicate things. They ensure that client representatives understand even the most complex legal matter to ensure the customer’s needs are always met. They have a slavish focus on customer service.

The team provide excellent legal counsel but even more importantly they have an unparalleled understanding of this nascent industry’s market dynamics, participants and ever-changing regulatory framework. MT is at the forefront of regulatory changes by Health Canada and have spend numerous hours with the regulator and exchanges to navigate and be a sounding board for potential changes and refinements to policies, procedures and regulation.

Ranjeev Dhillon’s versatility as a lawyer to not only provide excellent counsel but doing so with a strong understanding of the industry and a strong commercial sense sets him apart from his peers. Ranjeev also puts a great deal of effort of connecting industry participants to help broaden his clients’ network with professionals and peers to aid them in the growth of their business. Lastly, he provides his clients with a platform to present their qualifications and business to interested parties by way of conferences and roundtable discussions.

Robert (Bob) Richardson’s impressive legal mind and commercial sense also sets him apart from his peers. Bob has a strong command of the board room is action oriented and is undeniably working in the best interests of his clients.

Shane D’Souza is an outstanding litigator. Shane demonstrates a great deal of poise and is an excellent communicator especially in the face of adversity and stressful situations.

Exceptional knowledge of and experience in the cannabis practice, I would consider this team to have an unparalleled ability to support clients given the highly regulated and nuanced space that is the cannabis market.

Rami Chalabi and Ranjeev Dhillon are the two individuals with whom we are familiar. They are both extremely professional and committed to quick turnarounds without compromising quality.

The McCarthy team is my first call for any Canadian cannabis issues. This includes Canadian securities law issues, market checks for business terms, and generally any of the cross-border issues I face in my practice.

I’m a lawyer at a US firm focused on the cannabis industry. Due to the high number of CSE listed issuers in the US cannabis industry I often work with Canadian counsel and have to deal with a lot of cross-border issues. I have clients in common with a wide range of Canadian firms and McCarthy is my top choice.

Rami Chalabi – extremely responsive and helpful on matters of both law and business. He’s my first call for cross-border and Canadian issues.

Ranjeev Dhillon – very helpful on structuring matters and providing our clients with advice on the Canadian market.

Key clients

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc.

Aphria Inc.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Anson Advisors Inc.

CannTrust Holdings Inc.

AV Cannabis Inc.

3|Sixty Risk Solutions Inc.

Greenhill & Co.

The Valens Company

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Folium Biosciences

Nesta Holdings Co.

Sundial Growers Inc.

Feather Company Ltd.

Sunens Inc.

BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

WeGrow B.C. Ltd.

Indigenous law Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault's Indigenous law practice stands out for its track record in complex contentious matters, including disputes arising from treaty rights and revenue sharing arrangements. In addition, the team advises on relationship building with Indigenous groups, and has experience negotiating and drafting commercial and business agreements. Paul Cassidy in Vancouver chairs the practice group and has extensive experience in the areas of mining and resource extraction. Toronto-based partner Bryn Gray is recommended for his expertise in matters relating to energy and infrastructure project development. Stephanie Axmann left the firm for a role at the Ministry of Attorney General. Peter Brady left for an in-house role in November 2020.

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Rio Tinto Fer Titane

KGHM International Ltd.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Bruce Power

Tataskweyak Cree Nation

Glencore plc

Newcrest Mining Limited

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Insurance Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault 'has strong institutional knowledge of insurance and regulatory matters' and is known for its involvement in complex domestic and cross-border M&A and other corporate transactions in the insurance sector. The team also handles capital raising and financing mandates for Canada’s insurance companies, and fields a leading team in privacy and cyber incident response. Clients praise the team's responsiveness, as well as its ability to call in experts from across the firm's full-service platform to advise on a huge variety of issues facing the insurance sector. Practice head Nancy Carroll in Toronto is sought out 'specifically for her extensive expertise and impeccable reputation in the area of insurance regulatory law'. On the contentious front, the litigation group handles insurance coverage disputes, reinsurance disputes and complex general liability claims.

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Extremely thorough understanding of the statutes, presented by a legal team whose superior communication skills can make it sensible to those less familiar.

Hartley Lefton is a great lawyer. He is responsive, knowledgeable, and on-point. He has taken the time to get to know our business along with its legal counsel.

The team at McCarthy Tetrault provided excellent service and support. Led by Nancy Carroll, the team was extremely knowledgeable and responsive to our needs and requests. They provided thorough responses to our inquiries and communicating with us often. Our needs expanded as the project continued, and the McCarthy Tetrault team always had an expert professional who could assist us.

The qualities we valued in Nancy Carroll of McCarthy Tetrault, include her quick and thorough responses to our inquiries, referrals to other experts on her team in various areas of inquiry, her professionalism, and her vast expertise and knowledge.

The firm was very attentive throughout the entire process. Nancy Carrol, in particular, stands out with her expertise in financial services/insurance regulatory matters, and her regulatory work for the mutual policyholders’ committee resulting in the agreed-upon allocation of demutualization benefits. Her measured and thorough approach helped ensure we took all relevant matters into consideration. Nancy also played a key role in facilitation agreement among both committees to create a Charitable Foundation and agree on its mission in 2019.

McCarthy has been providing AML practice, insurance brokerage, securities regulatory matters for me and my company. The team is very professional and knowledgeable, very well prepared to attend all meetings. They have lawyers in a variety of practice to meet our ends.

I am happy with all partners and associates working there. Nancy Carroll and Bobby Wang are my favorite. They have been providing me valuable advice. Their work is very thorough and well structured. It allows me to understand the situation and risks better so I am able to answer business decisions.

The project we worked on involved a general insurance company going public. The firm provided strong knowledge of the industry and the Insurance Company.

Working knowledge of the industry, analysis skills and bargaining ability were key to the success of this multi billion dollar assignment.

Nancy, Gordon & the McCarthy team have been an asset to facilitate my Vendor LMA for a key initiative project I launched in October 2019. They have been proactive and extremely accommodating to my/our needs. They deliver accurate, professional, punctual communications. I would strongly recommend their firm. Thank you for all your hard work!

Nancy delivers a high level of professional wisdom. She articulates in detail requirements that need to be included. Nancy takes the time to investigate , research and comes always prepared in the best interest of both parties. She facilitates meetings and ensures all key points are discovered and agreed upon the groups. She’s persistent and as always delivered above expectations.

Strong in reinsurance law, but a full service firm so addresses a multiplicity of legal needs.

Responsive and responsible – no need to chase down answers or deliverables. Its a simple thing but you’d be surprised at how many outside counsel miss the boat on this.

The team was agile, responding to our constantly pivoting needs quickly and on short deadlines. It was clear that McCarthy’s has strong institutional knowledge of insurance and regulatory matters. They grasped not only the regulatory implications of our project but understood the business aspects innately.

Nancy Carroll was the Partner we worked with. We sought her out specifically for her extensive expertise and impeccable reputation in the area of insurance regulatory law. Nancy was proactive and spotted issues before the emerged and allowed us to stay ahead of the many challenges that presented themselves over the life of the file.

Nancy’s level of service was top notch. She is unfailingly responsive, able to work on very tight deadlines while delivering high quality work, and respected the urgency associated with what seemed like endless requests. She is unflappable and inspires confidence when placed in adversarial or otherwise delicate situations.

Deep knowledge of the regulatory landscape and industry practices from working with most of the leading companies in the Canadian industry. Among the top three firms in the country for this.

Business-minded advice that is practical and focused on business objectives and outcomes. Nancy Carroll is a leader in this field.

Key clients

Sun Life Financial Inc.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Desjardins Financial Group

Canada Life Assurance Company

E-L Financial Services; Empire Life Insurance Company

Munich Re Life; Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada

Mutual Policyholders of Economical Mutual Insurance Company

Pacific Life Re Limited

iA Financial Group

SSQ Financial Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

'Strategic, responsive and thorough', McCarthy Tétrault's IP group is perhaps best known for handling patent infringement, copyright and regulatory disputes. The practice group is most active in the areas of pharmaceuticals, telecoms and oil and gas. Group co-chair Steven Mason has a strong record in complex disputes; senior counsel Barry Sookman specializes in IP and IT litigation and arbitration, and has expertise in copyright and anti-piracy matters; and practice co-chair Alfred Macchione has extensive experience of the prosecution and management of patent and trademark portfolios. Named lawyers are based in the firm's Toronto office.

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‘McCarthy’s IP group is incredibly strategic, responsive and thorough. We have enjoyed working with them.’

Key clients

DS Pharma

Nestlé S.A.

The National Football League

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bell Canada

Music Canada


MEG Energy


Merck & Co

Allergan Inc.

International expertise Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault is a firm with a wide international footprint, both in terms of inbound investment into Canada and global outbound work. Offices across Canada, as well as in New York and London, come together to create a network of lawyers equally able to advise Canadian clients on their work abroad, international investors seeking investments in Canada, and global businesses active across the world. The firm has also demonstrated its strengths in a range of market segments, including mining, retail, private equity, and energy. Leveraging these broad capabilities, the firm has recently been involved in transactions involving Africa, Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, and Latin America. The firm's international reputation also wins it regular referrals from businesses and law firms alike, with the firm’s key team members often being called in to assist with major international deals in their focus areas. Shea Small is one such key team member; he co-leads the firm’s international practice and works between Toronto and London. Small is very experience in the Asia Pacific mining sector, where he acts for Chinese investors, Australian mining companies, and investment banks. Vancouver-based Asia group chair Joyce Lee also works regularly with Chinese investors and companies looking to expand into Canada. Lee’s recent work has included joint ventures and minority investments, takeovers, and M&A. Christopher Langdon co-leads the projects team in Toronto and London, and is widely recognized as a project financing and commercial specialist, having advised financiers and sponsors on large-scale financing arrangements for projects in Canada, Africa, and the Middle East. Also in London, office managing partner Robert Brant has maintained a strong reputation in the corporate and M&A space, advising clients in several industries with a particular focus on energy and natural resources. Karl Tabbakh was appointed co-head of the international team in 2019, combining the role with his position as managing partner of the Montréal office. Tabbakh has extensive experience in the Middle East, having previously practiced in Abu Dhabi. Another key figure for international transactions is Matthew Cumming, head of the firm’s New York office and an experienced private equity lawyer. Cumming co-ordinates strategy in the US and is close to the firm's key private equity clients such as Orocobre, OMERS, and Slate.

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‘The team is very well integrated, in the same office and also between offices in Canada and elsewhere. The partner in charge follows closely the matter at stake, but delegates work to professionals having the right level of experience and expertise. They have expertise in a wide range of sectors, making it a one stop shop. In addition, they have relations with law firms all around the world and can therefore work closely with them and monitor their work, as if it was the same firm.’

‘Karl Tabbakh, a partner, is a great advisor. He follows closely the matters in which he is involved and can give good advice, including from a business perspective. He thinks about you even when you don’t think about him. Having been involved in many material transactions, all around the world, he knows his stuff and is reassuring. You know that he cares and that you can trust him. All of the junior partners and associates working with him are built from the same mould and it is something that you appreciate.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Abu Dhabi Investment Council

Cineworld Group

City Capital Ventures

Cortland Partners

Evolution Mining

Gazit Globe


Glencore AG

Metso Corporation

Mubadala Investment Company

Nestlé S.A.

Newcrest Mining

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

Rhône Capital

Stifel Financial Corp.


Zijin Mining Group Co.

Mining Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault provides comprehensive legal support to clients in the mining sector, bringing expertise in matters ranging from high-value project financing to ongoing operations. The team is recognized in particular for its involvement in cross-border M&A and financing deals, leveraging the firm's market-leading financial services and corporate practices. In particular, the team has had recent highlights with multi-jurisdictional components in, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Latin America, and of course, North America. To support its international work, the practice group is able to call upon colleagues from across the firm's international network in London and New York. Mining transaction specialist Roger Taplin jointly leads the group from Vancouver alongside Toronto-based Shea Small and Eva BellissimoChristopher Langdon co-heads the projects group in Toronto and London.

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McCarthy’s mining team is simply the best under high pressure environment.

Roger Taplin is an extraordinary lawyer. He combines intelligence, work ethic with a passion for client service. Roger’s analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems are second to none.

Key clients


Champion Iron

Calibre Mining

Evolution Mining

Endeavour Mining

Glencore AG

Jiangxi Copper

Kirkland Lake

Mubadala Investment Company

Newcrest Mining

Nemaska Lithium

Rio Tinto

Royal Gold

SSR Mining

Stelco Holdings Inc.

Silvercorp Metals

Shandong Gold


Vox Royalty

Zijin Mining Group Co.

Pensions Tier 2

The team at McCarthy Tétrault sits within the firms wider pensions, benefits and executive compensation group, and is recognized for its wide-ranging expertise in multi-employer pension plans; high-value transactional and investment work; and its complementary experience of tax, executive compensation and litigation. Headed by Randy Bauslaugh in the Toronto office, the practice group has significant experience in de-risking strategies, pension fund investment and pensions disputes. Areas of particular focus include university pensions matters and ESG investing.

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Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Cineworld Group plc

Lawyers Financial (Formerly Canadian Bar Insurance Association)

Partners Real Estate Investment Trust

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.

CCMP Capital Advisors, LP

Jamieson Laboratories Ltd.


Stifel Financial Corp.

Royal Bank of Canada

University of Windsor

Brookfield Infrastructure

Bell Canada


Acuity Brands


Morneau Shepell Ltd.

Cortland Partners LLP

Evolution Mining

FedEx Ground


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault houses a nationwide restructuring department with a strong reputation acting in cross-border cases, frequently working alongside co-counsels in Europe and the US. The group is instructed by creditors, debtors and financial institutions across Canada, undertaking the full breadth of work. Among its recent highlights, the team represented Diaquem in its involvement in the reorganization of Stornoway Diamonds under CCAA proceedings, including in the credit bid and re-financing of existing credit facilities. Names to note include James Gage, who leads the national group from Toronto, and Montréal-based Philippe Bélanger, who has expertise in bankruptcy and restructuring matters, as well as in related commercial litigation.

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Key clients

Alaris Royalty Corp.

Bank of Montreal as Agent for syndicate of banks

CannTrust Holdings and Affiliates

Deloitte Restructuring Inc.

Diaquem (a subsidiary of Investissement Québec)

Ernst & Young, court-appointed monitor to various entities of Aldo Group

Ernst & Young Inc., as court-appointed Monitor of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited

The Hertz Corporation and Affiliates

International Game Technology, Deloitte S.E.N.C.R.L., Luc Carignan, François Vigneault, Philippe Millette, Francis Proulx, François Pelletier as members of an ad hoc creditors’ group.

National Bank of Canada in the restructuring and receivership of Armoires Fabritec Ltée

National Bank of Canada in the restructuring of Bouclair inc.

Nemaska Lithium Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

TD Bank as agent

Business immigration Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault provides immigration advice to clients across the whole of Canada, supported by offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montréal. Headed by Stéphane Duval in Montréal, the team has extensive knowledge of sectors important to domestic economy, including oil and gas, mining and minerals, agriculture, financial services and logistics. In addition to acting in large-scale global mobility mandates and other corporate immigration matters, Duval also has experience representing individuals before provincial and national tribunals.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault’s commercial litigation group is commended by many for its ‘truly national practice’ and ‘very deep bench’. The firm is a regular player in precedent-setting cases at all levels of court and administrative tribunals and is highly regarded for its standout expertise in the areas of financial services, life sciences, mining, energy and retail. The department is particularly effective in Toronto, where Paul Steep is sought after for securities litigation, including class actions. Also recommended in Toronto are Sarit Batner, who has developed a significant trial and appellate litigation practice, and increasingly prominent litigator Eric Block. In Vancouver, Michael Feder QC has risen to become a force in the BC market, with recent cases covering regulatory, constitutional and product liability matters, including class actions. Miranda Lam and Aidan Cameron have both been highlighted as future stars in the BC team, while Patrick Williams is an accomplished associate. Simon Potter Ad E retired in Montréal, but the firm remains strong at the top level in Quebec, with standout litigators including Mason Poplaw. In Alberta, Sean Smyth QC is recommended for natural resources-related matters, as is talented associate Sandra Aigbinode Lange.


‘The firm is simply the best, they have the brightest and most responsive partners who are wonderful to work with.’

‘Jill Yates in particular is outstanding, she provides timely responses and give practical and measured advise. She manages conflicts in a quick manner – almost immediately so decisions can be made.’

‘McCarthy Tétrault has a truly national practice with a deep bench. I have worked with a lot of lawyers in Canada and would say that McT practices the most like big firm US lawyers would be used to.’

‘Mike Feder is the best lawyer I have worked with in Canada. Top drawer smart, creative, great judgment, and terrific on his feet. He is the full package. He is also wonderful to work with. Sarit Batner is a tough as nails litigator who can’t wait for the next cross examination. Paul Steep is smooth as silk in the courtroom, very savvy, and has excellent judgment. Deb Templer is a young partner to watch.’

‘The team is deep and committed to its clients. They try to put the most efficient team on litigation matters.’

‘Miranda Lam provides excellent service. She inspires confidence in her analysis and guidance and is always very responsive.’

‘McCarthy’s has a very deep bench when it relates to commercial litigation. The Vancouver team is top in class and is able to leverage experts in other areas of law given it is a multi-faceted national firm.’

‘Jill Yates was very quick to grasp the commercial / legal technical issues and perform a deep dive into the forestry industry and related complex regulatory and labour relations environment. She was available 24/7 to support me in relation to internal strategy and discussions. She was a very effective advocate when it came to trial and did not let the other side push us around using bullying tactics. She did an exceptional job standing up for our rights. This was a 5 year lengthy and complex process and we were ultimately successful at trial.’

‘Andrea Gray was extremely diligent in managing the documentation flow, working with witnesses, conducting research, drafting material and for bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to the issues. She was a highly valued member of the team and challenged us in a very positive way.’

Key clients

Direct Energy Marketing


Cenovus Energy Inc.

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

Larsen & Toubro


ENGIE Fabricom Canada Inc.

Toyota Tsusho Wheatland

Wood Canada

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

MEG Energy Corp.

City of Medicine Hat

Shell Canada

Orr-Ewing Estate

Aux Sable Liquid Products LP, Aux Sable Liquid Products Inc and Aux Sable Canada Ltd.

The National Football League

Smucker Foods of Canada


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Telus Communications

Juul Labs


Ernst & Young


Access Copyright

GrowthWorks Canadian Fund



Bell Canada / BCE

Philip Morris International / Rothmans, Benson & Hedges

Desjardins Financial Group


Laurentian Bank / B2B Bank

Glencore Canada

Abbott Laboratories


National Bank / National Bank Financial

Québec Port Authority and IMTT-Québec

TimberWest Forest

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Endo Pharmaceuticals and Paladin Labs

Tahoe Resources

Railway Association of Canada

Labour and employment Tier 3

Striking 'just the right balance between aggressive and practical', the labour and employment team at McCarthy Tétrault has expertise across a range of contentious and transactional matters. A standout partner in the team is Shana Wolch in Calgary, 'an exceptional legal professional', who is noted for her expertise in occupational health and safety, and alcohol and drugs policies with a focus on cannabis. André Baril in Montréal has an especially strong reputation as a litigator in this space. Contacts in Toronto include Trevor Lawson, who acts for employers in a variety of industry sectors including consumer goods, retail and hospitality; and national group lead Tim Lawson.

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‘Very dynamic, client-oriented, open, amicable’

‘The McCarthy team strikes just the right balance between aggressive and practical problem solving.’

‘Responsive, practical, strategic and end result-focused, tailored to the specific needs and desires of the client.’

‘Shana Wolch is an exceptional lawyer and trusted advisor, and versatile in providing creative business solutions tailored to our company and always industry focused.’

‘The team were key partners to us in negotiating a complex, visible and sensitive set of collective agreements.’

‘The labour & employment team in McCarthy’s Calgary office, with leadership of Shana Wolch, is cutting edge. They provide proactive, solutions-oriented legal advice through their innate understanding of our business and practical approach. No firm in Calgary compares to McCarthys in this regard.’

‘Shana Wolch who is extraordinary lawyer in the L&E space. She gets the issues, cuts to the chase and helps us figure out on-the-spot solutions in many cases.’

‘Shana Wolch is an exceptional legal professional. Her depth and breath of knowledge and experience is impressive, and her empathetic approach is outstanding.’

‘McCarthy Tetrault is an incredibly diverse firm with expertise across all areas of our legal needs. This ‘deep bench’ allows for easy and effective communication which allows my company to remain confident in the actions it takes and the decisions that are made. McCarthy Tetrault works hard to engage the team for any given job and, as result, leaves our team in a strong and progressive market position.’

Key clients

Government of Ontario Department of Education

Hudson’s Bay Company

Mercedes-Benz Canada


Fedex Freight Canada

PepsiCo Beverages

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Hertz Canada Limited

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Oil and gas Tier 3

'Prompt and thorough', McCarthy Tétrault's oil and gas department is best known for its record in major M&A and financing transactions. A key component of the firm's full-service corporate practice, the team has also shown its strength in large-scale joint ventures for the development and acquisition of energy assets. Calgary-based Brian Bidyk leads the team, and focuses on corporate and commercial matters, specialising in M&A and divestitures. The firm also has a footprint in Vancouver, lending to its market recognition on the West Coast.

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Very responsive. Not afraid to reach out to others. Prompt. Thorough.

Key clients

Crescent Point Resources Partnership

Suncor Energy Inc.

Pengrowth Energy Corporation

Enbridge Inc.

Inter Pipeline

Anegada Oil Corp

TORC Oil & Gas

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure

Parkland Fuel Corporation

BHE Canada, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Public procurement Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault's procurement group 'has extensive experience in public procurement in a variety of markets' and is rated by clients for its ability to  effectively 'drill down the most essential changes worth debating with a public authority'. Acting both for public and private entities, the team also benefits from its ability to draw on the firm's wider industry groups in a range of areas, particularly project finance. The department also has a growing procurement litigation practice handling bid disputes. Calgary-based practice head Catherine Samuel has particular experience in the areas of energy, telecoms, technology, retail and financial services.

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The McCarthy team has extensive experience in public procurement in a variety of markets. As such, they are able to both (a) advise on risk allocation changes that have a potential to be considered/effected (in more mature markets), and (b) draw examples and experience from other markets to effectively sell new approaches (in less mature markets). In any event, they are able to drill down the most essential changes worth debating with a public authority, avoiding time consuming and aggravating lengthy and unfruitful reviews of comments.

Anca Neacsu is well-respected by her peers amongst partners, including public authorities. Her deep experience, credibility and hard work make her an ideal business partner.

It was a pleasure to work alongside Anca, she was simply superb while we had to combat this other large competitor who pulled out every trick in their arsenal. We persevered in the legal and commercial discussions with an end result of us winning the pilot and being selected as the vendor. Anca added significant value in the strategic work at the beginning and very much so during the business case phase where the client brought in an outside consultant for an NPV analysis. With Anca’s support we ended up improving our position. The relationship we formed with Anca and McCarthy is what we deem a true partnership and she has set the bar high for our other partners in other countries.

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario





York University

Province of Ontario

Vantage Airport Group


ACS/Aecon Group

Built on a unique model of collaboration, innovation and efficiency, McCarthy Tétrault delivers strategic and innovative legal and business solutions for clients, wherever their business takes them. The firm advises on complex and significant matters for Canadian and international interests, offering clients access to unparalleled legal talent, practice experience, and deep knowledge of the industries driving the Canadian and global economies. The firm has worked with all levels of government to develop laws and regulations that have shaped — and continue to shape — the Canadian market. With offices in Canada’s major commercial centres, in New York and London, UK, McCarthy Tétrault delivers services in business law, litigation, tax, real estate, and labour and employment law. With a fully integrated platform, lawyers work seamlessly across practice areas and regions, representing major Canadian and international clients.

As Canada’s most innovative law firm, McCarthy Tétrault has led advancements in the legal profession and effectively adapted to changing client needs. The firm continues to re-imagine and restructure legal service delivery, driving value for clients through customised project management, alternative fee arrangements, creative staffing solutions and process re-engineering. McCarthy Tétrault has developed MT>Divisions, a group of complementary business lines, either acquired or developed by the firm including MT>3, MT>Align, MT>Ventures and MT>iplus. Each offering supports the proactive, technology-empowered nature of the enterprise and the ability to rapidly scale and launch innovative solutions. Dedicated to investing in its people, clients, and communities, McCarthy Tétrault’s Inclusion Now program is an ambitious plan to accelerate a vision to be the firm of choice for clients and talent. A first-of-its-kind in the Canadian legal profession, McCarthy Tétrault has built an Inclusion Office that weaves together the values of diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility, informing every aspect of the firm.

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO David Leonard
Chair David Lever
British Columba Managing Partner Sven Milelli
Alberta Managing Partner Olivia Colic
Ontario Managing Partner Godyne Sibay
Quebec Managing Partner Karl Tabbakh
Quebec City Managing Partner Mathieu Laflamme
New York, US Managing Partner Matthew Cumming
London, UK Managing Partner Robert Brant
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 Peter Grant photo Peter Grant Counsel, past chair of the firm’s Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group.…
 Bryn Gray photo Bryn Gray Partner specializing in Aboriginal law with experience working on a broad range…
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 Geoff Hall  photo Geoff Hall
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 Martha Harrison photo Martha Harrison Partner in the International Trade and Investment Law group, specializes in international…
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 Frank McLaughlin  photo Frank McLaughlin Frank’s practice focuses on the defence of pharmaceutical product liability class actions,…
 Heather Meredith  photo Heather Meredith Practice focuses on commercial insolvency, restructuring, bankruptcy and related litigation. Experience in…
 Suzanne Murphy  photo Suzanne Murphy Suzanne Murphy is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto…
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 Andrew Parker photo Andrew Parker Andrew is co-head of the firm’s National Capital Markets Practice and is…
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 Jonathan See  photo Jonathan See Jonathan See is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto…
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Number of partners : 292
Number of other lawyers : 415

McCarthy Tétrault’s industry-leading Inclusion Now program

Inclusion Now is McCarthy Tétrault’s award-winning, action-oriented program aimed at attracting, retaining and advancing women, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, members of the LGBTQ2S community, and people with disabilities.

Recognized as the Diversity Initiative of the Year at the 2020 Canadian Law Awards, Inclusion Now is a multi-year program that informs every aspect of who we are as a Firm. Through Inclusion Now, we are eliminating structural barriers, ensuring equality of opportunity, providing cultural competency education, increasing diverse representation, and building a deeply inclusive culture where all our people feel a sense of belonging.

McCarthy Tétrault is the first, and only, Canadian law firm to have a stand-alone office dedicated to diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility, and to have appointed a full-time Chief Inclusion Officer who is a member of our Leadership team and has a Firm-wide mandate. The Inclusion Now Office has three dedicated and two part-time resources, including a Senior Legal Advisor on Indigenous Initiatives, a role that is another first in the Canadian legal profession. McCarthy Tétrault is the only law firm in Canada making this level of investment into diversity and inclusion.

Our Inclusion Now strategy has four pillars: Leadership, Talent, Culture, and Community.


Inclusion Now is one of the Firm’s key priorities and we promote our goals through authentic leadership. Our Inclusion Now Council is chaired by the Firm’s CEO and comprised of Senior Leaders, who are ultimately accountable for its success.

Additionally, we have launched four Action Groups: Pride, Race, Abilities and Gender Equality. To date, 30% of our people are engaged in the work of Inclusion Now.


We are committed to creating a workplace that represents the diversity of our profession, which necessitates enhancing the inclusiveness of our policies and practices. As part of Inclusion Now, we have developed a comprehensive performance measurement plan with ambitious and realistic goals to keep us accountable.