Firm Profile > McCarthy Tétrault > Toronto, Canada

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Considered by many as a top choice for finance transactions, McCarthy Tétrault’s broad practice also houses significant regulatory firepower, with financial services co-head Barry Ryan noted as ‘simply terrific’ for his capabilities in both areas. The group, which benefits from strong platforms in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, is best known for its experience in large, multi-layered transactions, where it can draw upon other departments within the firm to provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary advice. In a recent example, up-and-coming partner Justin Lapedus advised Credit Suisse, Cayman Islands Branch as agent on a $1.4bn debt financing and a $100m revolving facility to Searchlight Capital Partners, connected to its acquisition of Mitel Networks; the deal drew on supplementary support from the business, bankruptcy, tax and pensions teams. Infrastructure specialist Stephen Furlan is a key contact for project finance matters, while national financial services co-lead Marc MacMullin has a strong profile in the structured finance space. Other areas of note include oil and gas, where Calgary-based Joseph Palin is a key contact, and fintech, where Ana Badour is establishing herself as a future star. The group also benefits from the senior experience of cross-border expert Richard Higa and Montreal-based counsel Michel Deschamps Ad E.

Practice head(s):

Marc MacMullin; Barry Ryan

Testimonials

McCarthys is one of our two preferred firms to act as lenders’ counsel in the infrastructure space.

Aside from the standard expectations (legal knowledge, appropriate staffing, etc.) two key criteria are being able to distill issues and be practical — McCarthys excels in all facets.

We appreciate the team’s practicality (sorting out what issues are important, and what are not, from a lenders’ point of view) and its industry knowledge. We consider McCarthys to be the leading firm in Canada for project finance and PPPs.’

This team is composed of strong people from associate to senior partner; at the senior level, lawyers are stand-out performers.

Key clients

Bank of Montréal

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

National Bank of Canada

Deutsche Bank

Equitable Bank

Capital One N.A.

Royal Bank of Canada/RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Golub Capital

Morgan Stanley

Capital markets Tier 1

A leader in the financial services space, McCarthy Tétrault’s close relationships with major domestic and international banks marks the firm as a first port of call for manager-side mandates. The group is well known for its debt and equity expertise, but posted a particularly strong performance in equity transactions during the first half of 2019, where it ranked top (by deal value) for manager-side equity offerings in Canada and second (by deal value) for manager-side IPOs. The firm also acts for issuers, including Ford Auto Securitization Trust, Stelco Holdings, and Summit Industrial Income REIT. In Toronto, national capital markets co-head Andrew Parker is widely regarded as a leading light for his broad expertise covering both debt and equity offerings. Other key names in Toronto include structured finance heavyweight Marc MacMullin and Dirk Rueter. In Montreal, department co-lead Patrick Boucher is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Boucher; Andrew Parker; Marc MacMullin; Dirk Rueter

Testimonials

McCarthy Tetrault is the top legal firm in Canada in this space. It is our first call for counsel on any transaction and we only use other law firms when we can’t use McCarthys because it is representing the other side or is conflicted.’

The group fields a deep bench of talented lawyers, whose breadth of expertise and experience gives us comfort that we are getting the best advice. We have full trust in the advice they provide and in their ability to negotiate and achieve the best possible outcome for us.’

Their partners are very knowledgeable, responsive and detailed-oriented. They are involved in most of the transactions in the market, so they are well informed as to recent developments and precedents and always factor those in.’

Key clients

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce & CIBC World Markets Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

The Toronto Dominion Bank & TD Securities Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada & RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc.

National Bank of Canada and National Bank Financial Inc.

Stelco Holdings Inc.

Jamieson Wellness Inc.

HSBC Canada Bank and HSBC Canadian Covered Bond (Legislative) Guarantor Limited Partnership

Desjardins

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault’s national group, which draws upon sizeable platforms across the country as well as international footholds in London and New York, stands out for its strong industry-focused approach. The firm, which ranked sixth for Canadian M&A by deal count in 2018, maintains a pre-eminent reputation for finance and private equity-related deals and also stands out in infrastructure, energy and mining transactions. Cameron Belsher, who works between Vancouver and Toronto, heads the M&A group and is highly regarded for his strong private equity and financial institutions relationships; he is the key contact partner for CVC Capital Partners, as well as HSBC and TD Bank. Other key names include Toronto’s David Woollcombe, who advises on M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions, and up-and-coming private equity specialist Shevaun McGrath, also based in Toronto. Over the past year, the firm bolstered its corporate team in Toronto with several strategic hires: it added a corporate-focused cannabis practice with the additions of Ranjeev Dhillon and Rami Chalabi from Bennett Jones LLP; it boosted its transactional technology expertise with the arrivals of Christine Ing and Domenic Presta from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; it also reinforced its financial services offering with the arrival of Robert Richardson, who rejoined the firm after a 17-year stint in-house at CIBC. Garth Girvan and Graham Gow retired.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Belsher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Lawyers are available, timely and very knowledgeable. The firm provides excellent service and support staff are top-notch as well.’

We received good value – McCarthy Tetrault is a highly respected firm.’

Cameron Belsher has the ability to provide various scenarios as possible solutions so our board’s decisions were based on multi-level information and not simply legal advice, however important that is.’

Key clients

Bell Canada (BCE)

Brookfield Asset Management

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

CVC Capital Partners

Enbridge Inc.

Innergex Renewable Energy

Oaktree Capital Management

Point Loma Resources

Rhône Group

Vista Equity Partners

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault brings together market-leading capabilities in transactional and regulatory matters with renowned expertise in the renewable and nuclear sectors. Best known for its experience in project development and financing matters, the group is engaged by a range of project stakeholders, including lenders, developers, equity investors and equipment suppliers. In addition, the firm’s heavyweight corporate practice and strong global reputation also makes it an attractive choice for Canadian and international clients in cross-border M&A and corporate deals. Key names in Toronto include group head Seán O’Neill and David Lever, who heads the firm’s infrastructure practice. Also recommended is George Vegh, who is widely regarded as a leader in public utility and wholesale market regulation. The team also fields experienced partners in Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Seán O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife)

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Bruce Power Inc.

NextEra Energy Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc.

Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation

Environment Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault’s diverse environmental law practice handles a relatively even balance of contentious and non-contentious work. On the non-contentious front, the group leverages the wider firm’s top-tier infrastructure and corporate offerings to provide comprehensive service in project development and transactional support matters. The department also excels in environmental litigation, with strong skill sets in contaminated sites, transportation of dangerous goods and permit appeals. Vancouver-based Paul Cassidy advises on the full scope of regulatory, litigation, policy and project development matters, and Cindy Vaillancourt Montreal is recommended for her expertise in environmental and climate change law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Brady; Paul Cassidy; Gord Nettleton; Pierre Renaud

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bruce Power

Wood Canada Limited

FortisAlberta Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Neptune Terminals Ltd.

Shell Canada / LNG Canada

Suncor Energy

International Paper

Vale Canada Limited

Railway Association of Canada

Infrastructure and projects Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault fields a full-service infrastructure team, with specialist skill sets in key areas of procurement, development and financing. Best known for its project finance expertise, the group benefits from the firm’s formidable financial services strength, advising domestic and international banks and underwriters on Canada’s largest projects; a recent example included advising the lenders on the C$5.7bn Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which is the largest bi-national infrastructure project along the Canada-US border. In addition to its lender client base, the team also routinely acts for sponsors, consortia and investors across a wide range of transportation, social and energy infrastructure projects. Key contacts in Toronto include infrastructure lead David Lever, procurement expert Godyne Sibay and senior counsel Gordon Willcocks. In Vancouver, Linda Brown is widely recognized as a leader project finance space, while Morgan Troke has been noted as an impressive younger partner.

Practice head(s):

David Lever; Linda Brown

Testimonials

‘McCarthy Tetrault’s lawyers are true team players who work well with all parties on a deal. Lawyers take into account the best interest of the client (sponsors or lenders) they are representing, balanced with the overall requirements of the other parties, to ensure that the best possible bid is put forward and that it is crisply and well executed.’

The team understands, and can articulate, highly complex issues through a business lens as well as a legal viewpoint, which is a critical success factor for infrastructure transactions. As a result, McCarthys is one of my very few go-to law firms in the Canadian infrastructure finance space.’

The entire team at McCarthys has exceptional experience in acting as counsel on project finance transactions, specifically for P3 projects. They have a strong understanding of all aspects of documentation, including project concession agreements, finance documents as well as commercial contracts.’

Their experience and knowledge-base allows clients to quickly benchmark precedents and to understand the fundamental rationale behind key legal aspects of the transaction. While in engagement, the entire team is fully up-to-speed, providing maximum value to clients.’

The team, collectively, provides exceptional value by clearly understanding all legal aspects of the transaction. They also offer exceptional availability throughout the engagement, often above and beyond what is provided by their competitors.’

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario and Lands Corp

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

ACS Concessions Canada

EllisDon Corporation

Aecon Concessions

OMERS Infrastructure (formerly Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc.)

Kiewit Development Canada

CRH Dufferin

Manulife Financial

Graham Construction

Parsons

Amico

International trade Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault’s comprehensive trade practice, which is split between Toronto and Montreal, is a leader in all key areas of trade law. On the investigations and compliance side, it routinely advises on trade remedies, export and import controls, economic sanctions and anti-corruption issues. The team also has strengths in government relations, and trade and investment agreements. Toronto-based department head John Boscariol is held up as one of the leading experts in the market and has deep expertise in investigations, compliance and litigation. Also recommended is Toronto-based up-and-coming trade specialist Martha Harrison, who has developed experience in the retail and consumer goods spheres.

Practice head(s):

John Boscariol

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Overall, great depth and skills suited to sanctions and international trade law. I can only think of one or two other firms in Canada that come close.’

John Boscariol is clearly one of the leading experts on international trade law and sanctions. He has in-depth knowledge and experience, and has valuable contacts in key positions in the Canadian Government.’

John Boscariol is very promptly responsive, and provides thoughtful regulatory advice that meets the needs of our business and our risk tolerance.’

Key clients

Weatherford Canada Partnership

Woodfibre LNG Ltd.

Québec Border Mills

HSBC Bank Canada

Dow Corning Canada/Dow Corning Corporation

Andriy Portnov, former Deputy Chief of Staff to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

United States Gypsum Company and CGC Inc.

LNG Canada Development Inc.

TT Trade Services

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Real estate Tier 1

One of the largest national real estate groups in Canada, McCarthy Tétrault is recognized for the breadth of its service offering and its ability to draw upon cross-office resources in large-scale transactions. The group, which routinely acts for investors, pensions funds, REITs and developers, keeps busy across the full spread of transactional and planning matters, with strong showings in asset acquisitions and disposals, leasing arrangements, property finance and real estate development. Vancouver-based Keith Burrell QC, who maintains premier development practice, is considered one of the top real estate specialists in British Columbia. In Toronto, Abraham Costin and John Currie are valued for their senior transactional expertise, while Jamie Orzech is noted as an impressive up-and-coming partner. Other key regional contacts include James Papadimitriou in Montreal and Olivia Colic in Calgary.

Practice head(s):

William McCullough

Key clients

Cadillac Fairview

Slate Asset Management LP

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Réseau Sélection and Revera partnership

Otéra Capital

TD Bank Financial Group

Morguard Investments Ltd.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Technology Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault continued to cement its top-tier position with strong showings across the full range of outsourcing agreements, M&A, fintech and data security. The transactions side of the practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Toronto-based Christine Ing, who joined in 2018 from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and has particular experience in the fintech space. Montreal-based Charles Morgan co-leads the team alongside Ing and has a strong record in complex and cutting-edge transactions; he recently advised National Bank of Canada on its $150m debt issuance and innovative blockchain simulation in the US financial markets. George Takach is also highly sought after for transactional matters, while Barry Sookman ranks among the market’s leading regulatory specialists. On the more junior end, Michael Scherman, who provided support on several fintech matters over the past year, is a talented associate in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Christine Ing; Charles Morgan

Testimonials

McCarthy’s team consistently brings new perspectives to the table and is always up to date on the most recent trends and developments. ’

The group has been willing to engage not just on pure legal activities, but has also worked closely with our consultation team to ensure complex legal constructs can be understood by our constituent community.’

George Takach has been phenomenal in ensuring that we have access to timely information — he turns products around at lightening speeds. He is also tenacious, dedicated and committed to his clients in a way that gives you unwavering confidence.’

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

Capgemini Canada Inc.

CIBC

Compu-Finder

Enbridge Inc.

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Kira Inc.

LeddarTech Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Telecoms Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault covers the full range of telecoms issues, from providing regulatory advice to new entrants, through to corporate transactions and complex litigation. The group’s ability to utilize the firm’s first-class dispute resolution, financial services, and corporate and M&A practices is also big draw. A top choice for major domestic and global telecoms companies, satellite carriers, wireless networks and other service providers, the firm also routinely acts for regulators and governments. Toronto-based Grant Buchanan heads the practice group and has a strong focus on broadcast and telecoms regulation and Copyright Board work. Toronto-based counsel Peter Grant was recently selected to be part of the seven-expert panel studying regulatory changes to the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act. Newly promoted counsel Keith Rose, who was a software developer prior to becoming a lawyer, has been highlighted as a future star.

Practice head(s):

Grant Buchanan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bell Canada and affiliates

The Walt Disney Company

TD Securities

Drew Marine UK Holdings Ltd.

Blue Ant Media Inc.

National Football League & affiliates

Telesat Canada

Canadian Retransmission Collective

Fusion Telecommunications International Inc.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Transport: other transport Tier 1

Anchored by its expertise in corporate and infrastructure law, McCarthy Tétrault provides a full-service offering to clients in the rail and road sectors. Group head David Blair, who splits his time between Montreal and Quebec City, ranks among Canada’s leading specialists on rail and road regulation. Brian Lipson, based in Quebec City, is an associate to watch and focuses on regulatory compliance, licensing and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

David Blair

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CSX Transportation Inc.

Versacold Logistics Services Inc.

VIA Rail Canada

Transdev Canada Inc.

Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC

Day & Ross

Keolis Canada inc.

Federal Express Canada Ltd.

Port of Quebec

Uber Freight

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault continues to consolidate its competition offering following a flurry of recent hires, which saw new practice head Jason Gudofsky and partner Debbie Salzberger join from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in March 2018, while Nikiforos Iatrou joined four months later from WeirFoulds LLP. The increasingly prominent practice group has significantly boosted its profile on the merger review side, with recent engagements on multinational merger cases for enviable names such as Blackstone Group, 21st Century Fox and Shire. At the domestic level, the firm has handled competition work for WestJet Airlines, Bell Canada and TimberWest. The team also has deep expertise in contentious issues, including criminal cartels, abuses of dominance and competition class actions. Other senior names in the group include Oliver Borgers, one of the most distinguished merger control lawyers in Canada, and Donald Houston, who is considered among the country’s leading litigators.

Practice head(s):

Jason Gudofsky

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I rely on McCarthy’s competition practice because partners within the team have a great deal of insight into (and are well-connected to) the Competition Bureau.’

Nikiforos Iatrou provides pragmatic and strategic legal advice that aligns with the client’s business needs.’

Key clients

21st Century Fox

Bell Canada

BMW

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Molson Coors Brewing Co

Nestlé

TimberWest

Unilever

WestJet Airlines

Solenis

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault leverages its premier financial services and corporate practices to handle mining-sector M&A and finance transactions. The firm also has significant expertise in project development and high-stakes litigation, with the ability to provide advice under both common law and civil law regimes (including the OHADA laws of West Africa). In addition, the firm benefits from an international office network in New York and London, the latter of which houses several dual UK and Canadian-qualified partners with mining experience. Vancouver-based Roger Taplin, who is regarded among the market’s leading mining transactional specialists, co-leads the group together with Toronto-based Eva Bellissimo and Shea Small, who splits his practice between Toronto and London.

Practice head(s):

Shea Small; Roger Taplin; Eva Bellissimo

Key clients

Wheaton Precious Metals

Trevali Mining Corporation

Newcrest Mining Limited

Glencore plc

Rio Tinto plc

Anglo American plc

Vale S.A.

Goldcorp Inc.

Champion Iron Ore

Royal Gold Inc.

Indigenous law Tier 2

The increasingly active practice group at McCarthy Tétrault has equal strengths in advisory mandates and contentious work, where it can draw on the firm’s top-tier litigation offering. On the non-contentious side, the department is well versed in Aboriginal rights and treaty rights, consultation and accommodation issues, project approvals and transactional support. Vancouver-based counsel Stephanie Axmann focuses on project development and commercial work, while up-and-coming partner Bryn Gray in Toronto is noted for his experience in regulatory and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Axmann; Peter Brady; Paul Cassidy; Bryn Gray; Marc-Alexandre Hudon

Key clients

Rio Tinto Fer et Titane

Bruce Power

Hydro One Networks Inc.

Government of Canada

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

KGHM International Ltd.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Hydrocarbure Anticosti Senc.

Insurance Tier 2

A strong performer in the transactional space, McCarthy Tétrault is consistently engaged by domestic and international insurers to advise on all aspects of M&A, capital raising and financing mandates. The group’s prolific deal activity is underpinned by its robust regulatory expertise, which draws upon strong provincial offerings in Ontario and Quebec. Led from Toronto by regulatory and transactional expert Nancy Carroll, the non-contentious side of the practice also draws on the experience of Montreal-based financial services specialist Sonia Struthers. Toronto-based litigator William Scott is recommended for insurance litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Carroll

Testimonials

They took the time to become familiar with the company’s operations, goals and objectives before providing their advice. This assisted me in advising senior management on legal strategy in a way which made business sense to the leadership.’

Broad-based expertise in insurance law; experience in working for insurance companies as well as distribution (market conduct); well connected with federal and provincial regulators; expertise stretches from life insurance to property & casualty insurance; well-known for demutualization.’

They are very skilled in the financial services realm, especially with respect to the Insurance Company’s Act. They are skilled negotiators under challenging circumstances with difficult opponents.’

Nancy Carroll provides valuable insights into the insurance industry and provincial and federal regulators, in particular OSFI.  As a forward-looking lawyer, Nancy keeps up with industry trends.’

Nancy Carroll is able to keep a complex and challenging project on track. We were able to achieve results that otherwise might not have been possible.’

Key clients

iA Financial Group

Desjardins Financial Group

Canada Life Assurance Company

Sun Life Financial Inc.

The Great-West Life Assurance Company; London Life Insurance Company

E-L Financial Services; Empire Life Insurance Company

Mutual Policyholders of Economical Mutual Insurance Company

Munich Re Life; Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada

La Capitale Financial Group

Pacific Life Re Limited

SSQ Financial Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

Best known for its strength in IP litigation, McCarthy Tétrault also handles a significant volume of trademark and patent prosecution, enforcement and acquisitions. In addition, the group routinely teams up with other departments in the firm to advise on commercial transactions and corporate support matters. Steven Mason heads the IP litigation practice and has experience in patent, copyright, regulatory and trade secrets disputes. Another key contact is litigator Barry Sookman, who focuses on IT, IP and privacy matters. On the non-contentious side, Alfred Macchione is a name to note for portfolio management. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Macchione; Steven Mason

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Akebia Therapeutics

National Football League

Merck & Co. Inc.

Allergan Inc. and Allergan, Inc.

Aux Sable Liquid Products

Sanofi

Bristol Myers Squibb

Cubist Pharmaceuticals LLC

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.

MEG Energy

TELUS Communications Inc.

Canadian Retransmission Collective

Music Canada

Abbott Laboratories

Bell Canada

Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.

Astro Thermal Tec Ltd.

Otsuka Canada

International expertise Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault has had a presence in London since 1987 and its UK office has built up a distinguished record of involvement in M&A and capital markets transactions, particularly in the mining space. London managing partner Robert Brant, who is dual qualified in Ontario, and England and Wales, is recognized as a leader in cross-border M&A. Global mining co-head Shea Small, who splits his time between London and Toronto, is recommended for his focus on mining deals, while Christopher Langdon, also based between London and Toronto, is noted for his projects expertise. The firm also has a capable New York office.

Practice head(s):

Shea Small

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Newcrest Mining

BNP Paribas

Gazit Globe Ltd.

Shire Plc.

Unilever Plc.

Nestlé S.A.

NextEra Energy Partners

Vale S.A.

Permira Funds

Mubadala Capital, ParkJockey, Softbank

Mubadala Investment Company

21st Century Fox

Marine Harvest ASA

City Capital Ventures

La Mancha Holding S.à.r.l.

Appian Capital Advisory LLP

Pensions Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault fields a robust practice group, which acts across all stages of pensions law, from plan creation and implementation, to administration and investment. The group also consistently teams up with other departments in the firm to provide support on transactional matters. The national practice group is led in Toronto by Randy Bauslaugh, but also has a presence in Calgary and Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Randy Bauslaugh

Key clients

Morneau Shepell Ltd. in its capacity as the administrator of the Canadian registered pension plans of Nortel

Brewers Retail Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)

Fairfax Financial

Lawyers Financial

Axalta Coatings Systems

Direct Energy Marketing Limited

Board of Trustees of Christian Schools International Canadian pension and benefit trust funds

Nestlé S.A.

Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault boasts a comprehensive national restructuring practice, which is well versed in representing debtors, creditors, financial institutions and court-appointed officials across Canada. Well known for its strength in cross-border cases, the firm regularly acts on multi-jurisdictional matters alongside US, European and other foreign co-counsels. The team has recent highlight experience in restructuring transactions involving the US and Japan. The national group is chaired by Toronto-based James Gage, who steered US Steel Canada through its successful C$4bn restructuring. Philippe Bélanger, who was retained by the Canadian Government to review and comment on legislative amendments to the Canadian insolvency regime, is the key contact in Montreal.

Practice head(s):

James Gage

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team at McCarthys is comprised of smart people, who are easy to talk to and build a relationship with. Lawyers are client-focused and inspire trust.’

Key clients

Baiyin International Investment

Deloitte Restructuring Inc.

Ernst & Young Inc., as CCAA Monitor of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited

Ernst & Young Inc., as CCAA Monitor of OmniArch

Morneau Shepell Ltd.

RCGT, as CCAA Monitor of Aquadis

RCGT, as CCAA Monitor of Groupe LaVue

RCGT, as CCAA Monitor of Les Grands Travaux Soter

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Takata Corporation

Walton Global Investments Ltd. and Walton International Group (USA), Inc.

Tax Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault’s practice is well weighted between transactional tax matters and tax litigation, with notable expertise in transfer pricing and commodity tax. The national group, which draws upon platforms in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, is also distinguished by its strong experience in the financial services and energy sectors, as well as REITs transactions and cross-border mandates. A key figure in the practice group is Gabrielle Richards, who has a strong record advising banks, such as BMO and TD Bank, on capital markets transactions. Douglas Cannon advises on a range of M&A, reorganizations and financing transactions, and Chia-Yi Chua heads the tax disputes practice. The team was recently boosted by the arrival of Raj Juneja, who joined from AutoCanada.

Practice head(s):

Christian Meighen

Testimonials

A very technical group that comes up with creative solutions to problems. Lawyers are responsive and always on-call. The firm thinks about issues commercially, not just academically.’

McCarthys’ team is composed of very knowledgeable partners, who provide very practical advice.’

Key clients

Airbnb

Brookfield Asset Management

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Enbridge Inc.

Nestlé S.A.

Pomerleau

Rio Novo Gold

Slate Properties

Summit Industrial Income REIT

Uber

Walter Surface Technologies

Business immigration Tier 3

Full-service heavyweight McCarthy Tétrault routinely advises individuals and corporations on contentious and non-contentious immigration matters, with notable expertise in transactional support work. The group is well versed in immigration issues specific to most of Canada’s key industry sectors, including natural resources, energy, financial services, technology and agriculture. The practice is headed by Montreal-based Stéphane Duval, who served as immigration officer for the Government of Canada prior to transitioning to law.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Duval

Testimonials

The immigration group at McCarthy Tetrault is reliable, fast and friendly.’

Cannabis Tier 3

In a significant boost to McCarthy Tétrault’s ambitions in the cannabis space, the firm recently bolstered its industry expertise with the hires of recognized specialist Ranjeev Dhillon and talented younger partner Rami Chalabi, both of whom joined the Toronto office from Bennett Jones LLP. The firm has industry experience in securities transactions, M&A, joint ventures and regulatory matters, and is especially active on the lender side of financing deals, where it leverages its strong banking relationships.

Practice head(s):

Ranjeev Dhillon; Rami Chalabi

Testimonials

Very seasoned and experienced partners in the area of cannabis-related law both in Canada and internationally. The team is well-connected with influential stakeholders in the global cannabis ecosystem.’

Ranjeev Dhillon has a wealth of knowledge in all facets of the law related to cannabis business and licensing and Rami Chambli has a similar level of knowledge. Together, they are building a top global cannabis law practice and are having a very positive impact on the cannabis industry overall.’

Key clients

Canopy Growth Corporation

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc.

Nesta Holding Co.

Greenhill & Co. Canada Ltd.

Aphria Inc.

Dixie Brands, Inc.

Honest Inc., dba Province Brands of Canada

Feather Company Limited

Anson Funds

Valens Groworks Corp.

Sundial Growers Inc.

51st Parallel Inc.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc.

AV Cannabis Inc.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault is consistently excellent in complex litigation and is able to provide genuinely seamless Canadian disputes advice across its nationwide platform. The firm is able to resource big-ticket cases with cross-office teams, a recent example of which is its representation of Philip Morris International and Philip Morris USA in a number of health care cost recovery lawsuits brought by Canadian provincial governments worth a combined C$200bn. In Toronto, Paul Steep stands out for his expertise in securities litigation, including class actions, and Sarit Batner is recognized for her strong courtroom experience. Simon Potter Ad E in Montreal is noted for his focus on trade and competition issues. Michael Feder QC and Miranda Lam are litigators to note in Vancouver, while associate Sandra Aigbinode Lange is highlighted as a rising star in Calgary.

Practice head(s):

Steeves Bujold; Sean Collins; Jill Yates; Caroline Zayid

Testimonials

They have a very good, diverse team that is well trained; junior lawyers are trusted with challenging work that gives long-term value for clients. Work is done by the team, not just the partner on the file.’

I have worked with lots of firms and lawyers in Canada but I have had the best results and experience with McCarthy Tetrault. They are willing to ratchet up the aggressiveness and creativity, within reasonable bounds.’

It is rare to find your best, most creative thinkers in the same place as your most hard-nosed litigators. McCarthys BC absolutely embodies both.’

I have worked with many of the top lawyers in Canada, and I wouldn’t put a one of them ahead of Mike Feder. He is as smart as they come, but more importantly, he naturally thinks outside the box, has judgment beyond his years, and is focused like a laser on what matters without wasting time on what doesn’t.’

Miranda Lam provides excellent strategic insight, combined with strong communication of complex legal issues.’

Sandra Aigbinode Lange is a rising star at McCarthys. She is a talented young trial lawyer, who is also extremely diligent.’

Key clients

Direct Energy Marketing Limited

Enbridge, Inc.

Cenovus Energy Inc

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc. (formerly, Talisman Energy Inc.)

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Syngenta

ENGIE Fabricom Canada Inc.

Strategic Group of Companies

Toyota Tsusho Wheatland

Alberta Treasury Branches

TimberWest Forest Corp.

Wood Canada Limited (“Wood”) formerly Amec Earth and Environmental a division of Amec Americas Limited

The Home Depot

Tahoe Resources Inc.

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Paladin Labs

ING Bank N.V. and the receivers of the O.W. Bunker group of companies appointed by it

Re:Play Resorts

Newmont Goldcorp

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Philip Morris/ Rothman, Benson & Hedges, Inc.

AirBnB

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife)

Molson Coors

Ernst & Young

PayPal

KPMG

Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries, TK Holdings and Highland Industries

Active key clients over the last 12 months

Bell Canada / BCE

Desjardins Financial Group

Bombardier Inc.

Laurentian Bank / B2B Bank

Glencore Canada

Abbott Laboratories Ltd.

Nissan

National Bank / National Bank Financial

Québec Port Authority and IMTT-Québec

TD Bank

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault leverages its top-tier corporate offering to advise on cross-border energy-sector transactions. The firm’s increasingly prominent LNG practice is also a key component of the practice. Led out of Calgary by transactional oil and gas specialist Brian Bidyk, the national group also benefits from a strong Vancouver platform.

Practice head(s):

Brian Bidyk

Key clients

Projetbécancour.ag Limited Partnership

LNG Canada

Inter Pipeline

Enbridge Inc.

Anegada Oil Corp.

TORC Oil & Gas

PetroTal Ltd.

Shell Canada

Spartan Energy Corp.

Red River Oil

Surge Energy

Labour and employment Tier 3

Boasting an impressive national footprint, McCarthy Tétrault provides on-the-ground employment and labour law advice from its Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary and Vancouver offices. The full-service heavyweight is best known for its ability to pair up with its corporate team to advise on major transaction-related matters, but it also packs a punch in labour relations, human rights, health and safety, and litigation. In Montreal, André Baril is highly regarded for his record in labour relations and labour disputes. Key names in Toronto include national group lead Tim Lawson and talented up-and-coming partner Trevor Lawson.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lawson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BMW Canada

Enbridge Inc.

FedEx Ground Package Systems, Ltd.

Kellogg Canada Inc.

lululemon athletica

PepsiCo Beverages

Suncor

Uber

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Public procurement Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault combines top-tier offerings in infrastructure and finance to provide specialist advice to bidding consortia, banks, and construction and services providers on PPP procurement matters. The firm also houses a growing procurement litigation practice. Toronto-based counsel Gordon Willcocks is regularly engaged by public sector clients (including government entities, hospitals and educational institutions) to advise on all aspects of procurement processes.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Willcocks

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario (Government of Ontario Procurement Agency)

Metrolinx (Government of Ontario Transportation Agency)

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 economy. 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 firms, 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 arrangement and 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>Play 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.

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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 City Managing Partner Matthew Cumming
London, UK Managing Partner Robert Brant
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