Firm Profile > McCarthy Tétrault > Vancouver, Canada

McCarthy Tétrault
745 Thurlow Street
Suite 2400
Vancouver BC V6E 0C5
Canada

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 1

Known for the breadth of its transactional experience (covering acquisition financing, syndicated lending, structured financing, refinancings and restructuring of loans), McCarthy Tétrault offers banking support to top-flight international and domestic clients. It is particularly well regarded for its strength in project financing. With an integrated approach, the team leverages its broad array of commercial practices to support its banking clients in regulatory matters. Beyond that, it also offers litigation services to a number of Canadian financial institutions, including in class-action lawsuits related to regulatory matters. Richard Higa is known for his well-established transactional practice, with recent highlights including advice to Bank of America on a C$19bn bridge loan to Rogers Communications to facilitate the purchase of Shaw Communications. Another key figure on the transactional side is Stephen Furlan, who is highly regarded for his work in structuring and negotiating substantial project finance loans. His notable work has included advising a syndicate of 11 lenders on the C$1bn Cascade power plant projects. Ana Badour and Barry Ryan head up the firm’s regulatory work, with Badour known for acting on behalf of government agencies, industry associations as well as foreign and domestic banks. Justin Lapedus is known for his multi-jurisdictional financing work, and Ian Mak and Noel Chow ‘offer excellent knowledge and timely service and are great in communication’. Marc MacMullin heads the practice as part of the broader financial services team.

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Testimonials

‘We are very happy with McCarthy Tétrault’s legal service we have been provided so far. They are very knowledgeable and provide timely communications. We rely on their expert opinion and they are quick to reach out to other members of the team to confirm if the question falls outside of their area of expertise.’

‘Ian Mak and Noel Chow offer excellent knowledge and timely service and are great in communication.’

‘I find McCarthy Tétrault’s Banking and Finance practice unique due to its ability to provide expert advice quickly and in real-time. Problems are always evolving quickly in the type of banking matters that this firm handles for us. The lawyers we work with at McCarthy’s are always up to speed on our files, or often anticipating what comes next, and are able to provide meaningful advice.’

‘Nancy Carroll’s subject matter expertise and her rich experience set her apart from any other lawyer I have engaged. Nancy is invaluable due to her ability to go well beyond simply interpreting the legislative framework for us. She is able to draw on experience and articulate clearly how various regulators operate. She anticipates future issues that will arise.’

Key clients

ATB Financial

Bank of Montreal

Banneker Partners LLC

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

HPS Investment Partners, LLC

HSBC Bank Canada

Jefferies Finance LLC

Kruger Inc.

MUFG Bank

National Bank of Canada

Northland

The Bank of Nova Scotia

The Manufactures Life Insurance Company

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

RBC Capital Markets

Pacific Life Insurance Company

Desjardins Group/Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Antares Capital

Gollub Capital

Silicon Valley Bank

Owl Rock Capital Corporation

Twin Brook Capital Partners

Coinsquare Ltd.

Gemini Trust Company

Galaxy Digital Capital Management LP

The Royal Bank of Canada

Constellation Software Inc.

Canada > Capital markets Tier 1

Covering the full range of capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings, bought deals, debt offerings and other forms of follow-on offerings, McCarthy Tétrault is known for its combination of capital markets expertise, industry understanding and cross-border experience. The team has been increasingly involved in the issuing of new limited recourse capital notes (LRCN) debt instruments alongside the broader banking and finance practice, with Andrew Parker and Jo-Anna Brimmer recently acting for RBC in the issuance of C$1.75bn worth of them. The department also has experience in cross-border public offerings made through the Canada-US Multi-Jurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS). Parker co-leads the team from Toronto, while Patrick Boucher, who is known for his expertise with Quebecois financial institutions, leads the team in Montréal. Other key names include structured finance co-head Dean Masse, and banking and finance leader Marc MacMullin. The team was also bolstered by the hires of Alyson Goldman, Jessica Brown and Bradley Squibb from Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP.

Testimonials

‘As a primarily US-based company with a small Canadian operation, the McCarthy Tétrault team has been instrumental to provide us with sound opinion on Canadian law and typical market practices, about which, we would otherwise have very little visibility.’

‘Over the course of our engagement with McT, Jo-Anna Brimmer has become a key advisor to all aspects of our operation in Canada. She has evolved into our company’s relationship partner, handling not only deal work but providing useful guidance on corporate governance and tax issues.’

Key clients

OMERS Administration Corporation

OMERS Finance Trust

HSBC Bank Canada

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

TD Securities Inc.

National Bank of Canada

National Bank Financial Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Enercare Inc.

Canadian Market Infrastructure Committee

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

CIBC World Markets Inc.

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

Desjardins Securities Inc.

MUFG Union Bank, Ltd.

Canadian Tire Bank

Stelco Holdings Inc.

Summit Industrial Income REIT

Enbridge Inc.

Empire Life Insurance Company

Farmers Edge

Scotia Capital Inc.

Credit Suisse

Laurentian Bank of Canada

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault has invested significantly in its competition and antitrust practice, and as such is well equipped to advise on the full range of matters in this field. The team often collaborates with the firm’s M&A department, providing merger control and foreign investment review services on major deals. Highlights in this space included Jason Gudofsky and Deborah Salzberger's advice to LSE Group on the $27bn acquisition of Refinitiv. On the investigations and litigation side it offers similar experience, having handled civil and criminal cartel investigations, deceptive advertising cases and class actions before federal courts and the Competition Tribunal. Its industry expertise is likewise broad, covering technology, transportation, financial services, real estate and other sectors. Gudofsky leads the practice from Toronto, and is known for his international work, both in foreign investment and national security reviews. Oliver Borgers is also notable for this type of work. Donald Houston leads litigation, with both civil court and class action experience. Dominic Thérien is a key contact in the Montréal office.

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Testimonials

They have a deep bench and long experience with the Competition Bureau. Advice is practical, spot on, and they are extremely responsive.’

‘Dominic Therien is a real professional. Very up to date in his field. He’s available and all his documents/work are perfectly done. He’s able to find solutions and to properly explain the risks associated with the decisions made.’

‘Dominic is very down to earth and his explanations are easy to understand (Competition law can sometimes be a bit complex). He’s able to popularize legal concepts. He also has a lot of contacts and can find innovative solutions.

‘Simply the best Competition and antitrust team in Canada.’

‘McCarthy’s antitrust team is top-notch. The best in Canada. They handle the most difficult and complex matters and stand out for their judgment and strong advocacy skills. Clients love them.’

‘I think Jason Gudofsky is the best competition lawyer in Canada. He has a stronger advocacy style than others I have worked with. Very client friendly and detail oriented.’

‘Depth and breadth of experience in aviation.’

‘Casey Halladay is the ultimate allrounder in Canadian competition matters. He covers the full range of issues with a unique combination of depth and practicality.’

Key clients

Refinitiv

Aon plc

Endeavour Mining Corporation

WestJet

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Univar

Armour Transportation Systems

K+S Aktiengesellschaft

Trivago

Hockey Canada

Cogeco Communications and Cogeco Connexion

Cengage Learning

Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Eaton

Nemaska Lithium Inc.

Grieg Seafood

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

A ‘leading corporate and M&A group in Canada’, McCarthy Tétrault is well versed in a wide range of complex, high-value corporate transactions. Operating from its multiple national offices, the team not only has a strong grip on the domestic market but also offers an impressive international presence thanks to its New York and London offices. The team acted for Brookfield Infrastructure in its C$13.5bn takeover bid for Inter Pipeline, as well as advising Endeavor Mining on its $2.44bn combination with Teranga Gold. Shea Small and Jonathan See jointly lead the team out of Toronto, with Small also spending time in the London office and offering expertise in global mining work. Cameron Belsher also co-heads the team, splitting time between Toronto and Vancouver. David Woollcombe offers experience in private equity in addition to corporate support, and Clemens Mayr offers key support out of Montreal. Shevaun McGrath and Patrick Boucher are also names to note.

Testimonials

Leading corporate and M&A group in Canada.’

Highly skilled team, completely devoted to their clients, who work well together, keeping the team lean, efficient and cost-conscious.’

Both Eva Bellissimo and Shevaun McGrath are stars, super smart and cool under pressure.’

Roger Taplin is the best mining lawyer in Canada. Robin Mahood is a commercially savvy lawyer who is responsive and provides sound and practical commercial advice. Each are dynamic and are trusted advisors to our business.’

Key clients

Antarctica Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Cineworld Group plc

EllisDon Corporation

Endeavour Mining

Enbridge

Fairfax Financial

Instar Group

InstarAGF

Magris Resources Canada Inc.

Mubadala Investment Company

Newcrest Mining Limited

Novacap

OMERS

Rio Tinto

Slate Asset Management

Slate Retail REIT

Slate Office REIT

TD Greystone Asset Management

Vista Equity Partners

Canada > Environment Tier 1

With longstanding experience in the field of environmental law, McCarthy Tétrault advises on cutting-edge environmental matters, including climate change and emissions trading. The team is particularly recognized for its impressive track record in handling environmental aspects of transactions and projects, and is also proficient in regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters. Contentious matters involving contamination issues also feature on the practice’s portfolio. Based in Vancouver, Paul Cassidy is routinely engaged by international investors, helping them navigate the regulatory environment for doing business in Canada. His practice encompasses project development across North America, litigation and policy issues. He jointly oversees the nationwide group with Gordon Nettleton in Calgary and Cindy Vaillancourt in Montréal. The latter focuses on remediation issues, environmental compliance, permitting and due diligence.

Key clients

Kruger Products

Rayonier Advanced Materials

Brookfield Infrastructure

Canadian National Railway Company

Business Council of British Columbia

QSL Canada Inc.

Glencore Coal Canada

Suncor Energy Inc.

Mondelez International

Evolution Mining

Railway Association of Canada

LNG Canada

Shell Canada

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 1

The projects group at McCarthy Tétrault has cemented a leading position in the market through its work on high-value P3 projects and major project finance transactions in the energy, technology and infrastructure sectors throughout Canada and abroad. The team is seasoned in the entire spectrum of matters related to the procurement, construction, financing and development of projects, ranging from roads, airports and railways to wastewater systems, transmission lines and social infrastructure. Vancouver-based Linda Brown is routinely engaged by banks, pension funds, borrowers and consortia of bidders in significant infrastructure projects. She chairs the practice with David Lever, who is based in Toronto. Godyne Sibay and Gordon Willcocks, whose areas of expertise include project development, PPPs and procurement, are other noteworthy practitioners in the Toronto office. Sitting in Vancouver, Morgan Troke  is go-to counsel for lender and borrower-side clients in relation to complex infrastructure projects and transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Always have the clients interests at heart. Depth of talent. Prepared to help find solutions to issues.’

‘All the lawyers are knowledgeable and available to answer questions. The team works cohesively together, as it seems they communicate regularly with each other as all team members are fully aware of issues and concerns.’

‘Morgan Troke is very knowledgeable and can communicate issues in a clear, concise way.’

Key clients

ACS Infrastructure Canada

Aecon Concessions

ATB Financial

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

EllisDon Group of Companies

ENGIE Services Inc.

Graham Construction/Gracorp Development

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Kiewit Development Canada

Ledcor Group of Companies

Ministry of the Solicitor General

National Bank of Canada

Parsons Corporation

RBC Capital Markets

Stonebridge Financial Corporation

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

The Canada Life Assurance Company

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Vantage Airport Group

Wood Canada Limited

York University

Canada > International trade Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault‘s international trade practice is a go-to choice for businesses in need of trade and international investment expertise. It is sought after for its expertise relating to enforcement and compliance of numerous international statutes, including anti-corruption, sanctions, and import/export rules. Disputes are a core focus, with particular emphasis on anti-dumping and countervailing measures. This includes advising on the first dumping challenge under CUSMA regulations and handling aspects of WTO and CETA trade agreements. The group also has experience in heavily regulated product markets including energy, mining, pharmaceuticals, technology and defense. John Boscariol leads the team from Toronto, offering broad expertise in trade matters with an emphasis on foreign investment regulation. Also in Toronto are Martha Harrison and senior associate Carmen Francis; they have dual experience in trade and product regulatory frameworks, with Harrison particularly experienced in arbitrations. The team also has a key office in Montreal.

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Key clients

Atlantic Towing Ltd.

Andriy Portnov

Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

CGC Inc. / USG

Canadian Renewable Association

Irving Shipbuilding

Nuctech

Transport > Other transport Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault‘s transportation and logistics group offers broad support to its clients across both the road and rail industries. The team is particularly known for acting for inter-city bus operators, having been involved in a number of major cases, as well as acting for large motor carrier fleets. On the rail side, it handles service level cases, as well as disputes where the rail and energy industries intersect. The team provides regulatory and risk management support as well, acting at a national and provincial level. David Blair leads the team, splitting time between Quebec City and Montreal; he and associate Brian Lipson are ‘extremely capable experts in transportation law.’

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Testimonials

‘Brian Lipson and David Blair are both extremely capable experts in transportation law and have assisted in advising on regulatory matters concerning dealer and vehicle licensing in provinces across Canada. Their practices’ strengths center around the relationships they have with provincial regulators that allow them to give clients accurate and essential information that affects our business.’

‘Brian Lipson is a great team partner and has been willing to work with external and internal stakeholders for our company, including customers, on regulatory projects.’

Key clients

Greyhound Lines Inc. / Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC

Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec

Kéolis Canada

Via Rail Canada Inc.

Canadian National Railway Company

Home Depot of Canada

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Brandt Tractor Ltd.

La Coop Fédérée

Aphria Inc. / Pure Natures Wellness Inc.

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault provides a strong service to clients throughout the life cycle of power-related projects, spanning conventional generation, nuclear and renewable energy. The team is regularly engaged in high-value buy and sell-side M&A work throughout the value chain, and is also instructed by lenders and underwriters in the financing of all classes of transmission, distribution and generating assets and projects. Proceedings before courts and regulators across Canada and cross-border electricity mandates also feature on the workload. The group, which is led by Seán O’Neill in Toronto, is able to draw on existing expertise to assist clients on matters related to new and transitional areas in the power sector, such as green hydrogen production and Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development. David Lever has a wealth of experience in the power sector, advising on development, financing and regulatory matters. The latter is a primary focus for George Vegh, while Suzanne Murphy is noted for her transactional track record involving renewables and conventional energy assets. All named practitioners sit in the Toronto office.

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Key clients

Direct Energy

Centrica plc

Enwave Energy Corporation

NRStor C&I L.P. (now known as Aypa Power)

VINCI Energies International & Systems

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

Bruce Power LP

Boralex Ocean Falls Limited Partnership (a Boralex Inc. subsidiary)

Simon Fraser University

Hydro One Networks Inc.

Shell Canada

Stelco Inc.

ATB Financial

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault is home to a full-service real estate offering, and attracts instructions from private and publicly-traded investors, REITs, pension funds, governmental bodies and developers. In the acquisition and disposition space, the department is frequently engaged in high-value transactions, both of single assets and portfolios, spanning industrial, residential and commercial properties, hotels, office buildings and infrastructure projects. Furthermore, the team is also routinely called upon to advise on development-related joint ventures, financing deals, leasing matters and disputes. William McCullough in Toronto manages the department that also includes John Currie, who is noted for his proficiency in financing transactions involving the real estate sector, and Abraham Costin, who is counsel of choice for developers, pension funds and financial institutions. Also based in Toronto, Jamie Orzech balances a busy transactional workload that includes acquisitions and dispositions of all asset classes, implementation of real estate joint ventures and financings. In Vancouver, Keith Burrell advises on development and investment matters, and is often sought after by major developers of residential and mixed-use projects engaged in presale activity.

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Key clients

QuadReal and bcIMC Realty

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Otera Capital

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

LaSalle Investment Management

Stelco Inc.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canada > Tax Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault‘s team garners praise for its ‘good technical knowledge and good understanding of how tax impacts business.’ The team provides top tier transactional support to a sizeable number of clients, with notable expertise in the resources, manufacturing, financial services, communications, technology, real estate and transportation sectors. Its tax planning practice, which was boosted by the recent arrival of Randy Schwartz from PwC Law LLP, covers matters concerning multijurisdictional tax structures, tax-exempt entities and commodity tax issues. On the contentious side, the group acts for clients in tax audits, investigations and appeals. Its strength has been bolstered recently with a number of major partner hires, including the arrivals of Jeff Oldewening from KPMG Law in Canada and Mike Hegedus from PwC Law LLP. Raj Juneja leads the team in Toronto, with the practice also operating out of the Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver offices. Other key names include litigators Chia-yi Chua and Robert Kopstein, as well as Gabrielle Richards and Douglas Cannon. Michel Ranger joined from McMillan LLP.

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Testimonials

‘Good technical knowledge and good understanding on how tax impacts business.’

‘Very strong technical knowledge in the topic. Very responsive to questions, including late at night or on weekends.’

Practical solutions to complicated legal issues. Out of the box thinking.’

Good understanding of their clients’ business model.’

Key clients

Airbnb

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BCE/Bell

Brookfield Asset Management

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Cineworld plc

Desjardins Group

DRI Capital

Enbridge Inc.

Fairfax

Fortis Inc.

Husky Energy Inc.

Nestlé S.A.

Newcrest Mining

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Slate Properties

TORC Oil & Gas Ltd.

Uber

Canada > Technology Tier 1

McCarthy Tétrault has a strong track record undertaking technology transactions across a wide range of sectors, such as aeronautics, life sciences, biotechnology, software and hardware. It also provides a ‘high level of experience and expertise‘ in relation to digital transformation projects, machine learning, fintech and data protection. Christine Ing is a leading name for advice on a range of emerging technologies. Charles Morgan and Daniel Glover coordinate the cyber/data group from Montréal and Toronto respectively. In a notable mandate, Morgan and Glover led a large multidisciplinary team which acted for the six most systemically important domestic banks on the preparation of a submission to the Quebec National Assembly committee assessing Quebec’s Bill 64, which looks to modernize Quebec’s privacy regulatory regime. Also notable is that Ing and associate Michael Scherman advised Shoppers Drug Mart on its C$75m strategic investment in virtual healthcare provider Maple Corporation. Barry Sookman, who is a key contact for technology-related litigation, has ‘decades of deal experience that is invaluable at the negotiating table‘. George Takach is noted for his finance and M&A expertise. In Montréal, Véronique Wattiez Larose focuses on M&A, private equity and ongoing business matters for technology clients.

Testimonials

‘Christine Ing has a significant level of industry knowledge. She is curious and always seeks to understand what information is necessary to clarify the business terms, so she can prepare and negotiate a solid agreement. Christine loves her work and this is demonstrated by her throwing herself into any file that we’ve worked on together.’

‘Barry Sookman is a very deep expert in the law, with decades of deal experience that is invaluable at the negotiating table. He is calm and inspires confidence.’

‘High level of experience and expertise, together with practical application of that experience and expertise. Very efficient in how they provide the services.’

‘David Crane is succinct and efficient. His lack of pretension is refreshing.’

Key clients

Mobeewave

Shopper’s Drug Mart

Sirius XM Canada

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Nova Scotia

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

National Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canada > Telecoms Tier 1

Standing out for its stellar track record in litigation, McCarthy Tétrault provides support to a myriad of telecoms and broadcasting clients in relation to regulatory issues, business transactions, commercial agreements and licensing matters. The team, whose service offering also covers representation before the CRTC, is instructed by Canadian and international industry players, including satellite carriers, internet service providers, wireless networks, private equity investors, financial institutions and governments. The Toronto-based practice is led by renowned Grant Buchanan, who brings together expertise in regulatory matters, telecom financing and Copyright Board work. He receives key support from a team of specialist lawyers, which includes IP litigator Steven Mason and Brandon Kain, the latter of whom leads on appellate cases. Keith Rose is also noteworthy for his work with innovative new technologies in the 5G, Wi-Fi systems, connected vehicles and Internet of Things space.

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Bell Media

BCE Inc. (Bell Canada)

Cineworld Group plc

Telus Communications Inc.

Canada > Cannabis Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault offers high-end transactional services to its cannabis-sector clients. It has been involved in major restructurings, with Ranjeev Dhillon and Rami Chalabi notably advising Aurora on the restructuring of the C$25.9m it is owed by Choom Holdings. The team has also advised on a number of significant acquisitions. Due to its office base not only in the major commercial centres of Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal, but also in New York and London, the practice is well placed to help its clients access global markets. Dhillon jointly leads the team with Awanish Sinha, who focuses on corporate litigation. Eric Block is also known for his litigation work, with a particular emphasis on class actions.

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Key clients

Truss Beverage Co.

Tidal Health Solutions Ltd.

CannTrust Holdings Inc.

Aphria Inc.

Sundial Growers Inc.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Tilray Inc.

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

TILT Holdings Inc.

AV Cannabis Inc.

Greenhill & Co.

The Valens Company

Feather Company Ltd.

420 Investments Ltd.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Bank of Montreal

Sunens Inc.

Burb Cannabis Corp.

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 2

Standing out for its notable track record in litigation, McCarthy Tétrault‘s dedicated group also offers support to public-sector and industry clients on large-scale projects and operations across Canada engaging the rights of Indigenous groups. The team, which demonstrates strong credentials in the advancement of reconciliation opportunities, excels in the structuring of sophisticated commercial agreements involving First Nations and their lands, including joint ventures, impact benefit agreements and co-development projects. In addition to the core work on behalf of corporations, the department is also prepared to represent Indigenous people in litigation, notably class actions. Vancouver-based Paul Cassidy jointly leads the group with Bryn Gray in Vancouver and Marc-Alexandre Hudon, who sits in Montréal. Gray has in-depth knowledge of Aboriginal law and policy issues across all jurisdictions in Canada, including treaty rights and duty to consult litigation. Hudon advises on all aspects of Indigenous law ranging from commercial transactions, real estate planning to financing, litigation and the Indian Act.

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Key clients

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Evolution Mining

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Bruce Power

Tataskweyak Cree Nation

Glencore plc

Newcrest Mining Limited

Vale Canada

Skeena Resources Limited

Canada > Insurance Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault‘s insurance team has ‘wide-ranging legal and regulatory expertise’ within the insurance industry, offering services to a broad range of clients. It is best known for helping clients navigate Canada’s complex regulatory space, providing general advice across the country’s major provinces. The team has strong experience in assisting with broad corporate law needs, including transactional and capital markets work, as well as a disputes offering. The practice is led by Nancy Carroll, who is known for ‘her deep knowledge and practical advice’ with particular emphasis on insurtech and demutualisation. Other key names include Hartley Lefton, who joined from Dentons and litigator Hovsep Afarian. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

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Hartley Lefton; Sonia Struthers; Hovsep Afarian

Testimonials

‘McCarthy’s has wide-ranging legal and regulatory expertise that we were looking for and need.’

Nancy Carroll is an expert in this field. Her deep knowledge and practical advice is valued. Ana Badour also has deep knowledge and experience in her areas of expertise and her guidance is well thought through, responsive and practical.’

‘Strong knowledge of insurance law, cooperative and creative attitude; depth of bench; focus on policyholder-side engagements. I am not aware of a major law firm in Canada with similar experience.’

‘Hovsep Afarian has a superb technical knowledge of insurance issues, and case law is at his fingertips. He is a great resource and works well with co-counsel.’

‘Nancy Carrol, the partner and head of national insurance and reinsurance, has extensive experience and a deep understanding of the insurance sector. She leads the team to deliver work and advice efficiently and in good quality.’

‘The team is highly responsive, thorough and knowledgeable, offering a considered approach to insurance issues.’

‘Deep knowledge of the Canadian financial services industry. Strong relationships with key regulators. As good as any firm in this area, and better than most.’

Hovsep Afarian and William Scott are methodical in their approach, chasing down answers and devoting attention to getting the best result.

Key clients

Sun Life Financial Inc.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Desjardins Financial Group

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

E-L Financial Services

Empire Life Insurance Company

Pacific Life Re Limited

iA Financial Corporation

SSQ Financial Group

Aon plc

RBC Life Insurance Company

Quinlan Brothers Limited

Canada > Intellectual property Tier 2

Contentious matters are the standout forte for McCarthy Tétrault‘s practice which operates across all subsets of IP, providing representation before all levels of domestic courts in addition to international tribunals. Steven Mason has a number of high-profile victories at the Supreme Court of Canada under his belt, directing particular emphasis towards patent disputes, meanwhile Alfred Macchione oversees the prosecution and business IP practice and is often instructed by start-ups in the technology sector. Lisa Melanson heads the firm’s IP strategy initiative, managing global IP portfolios and leveraging her qualification at the New York Bar to support on cross-border mandates involving the US. Senior counsel Barry Sookman is a distinguished name in the field of copyright law whereas disputes experts Daniel Glover and Fiona Legere provide the group with a wealth of sector-specific expertise in fields such as retail, entertainment, technology, media, pharmaceutical and telecommunications. Named lawyers are based in Toronto with Vancouver-based Vincent Yip leading the firm’s Western Canadian IP practice.

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‘Very business-oriented, great inhouse prior experience which is helpful setting strategy.’

Key clients

Nestlé

The National Football League

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Pfizer

Bell Canada

Music Canada

Teranet

MEG Energy

League, Inc.

Abbvie

Sirius XM

Dollarama

Merck & Co

Allergan

Telus

Rogers Communications

Canada > International expertise Tier 2

With offices in New York and London, McCarthy Tétrault‘s international network is well positioned to act for a number of its key corporate clients. The firm offers a truly global scope with its international practice, with particular emphases on West Africa, focusing on the mining and energy sectors, Latin America, Australia and the Middle East. Shea Small, based out of London and Toronto, co-heads the international practice alongside Middle Eastern specialist Karl Tabbakh. Robert Brant serves as the managing partner for the London office, while Matthew Cumming serves as managing partner in New York, with both providing M&A expertise. Other key names include London-based projects group head Christopher Langdon and Joyce Lee, who has experience connecting Canadian and Chinese clients.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault‘s broad domestic and international service offering makes it an attractive choice for market-leading mining companies involved in large-scale cross-border transactions, corporate and commercial matters. The global metals and mining group has an unparalleled track record in M&A deals, projects and operational issues in key jurisdictions across the globe, including Africa and Latin America. Vancouver-based Roger Taplin, who primarily focuses on financing and M&A transactions, including streaming deals, joint ventures and takeovers, receives plaudits for his international mining law expertise. Splitting his time between Toronto and London, Shea Small also fields a broad transactional practice, with a particular emphasis on multijurisdictional M&A. Eva Bellissimo, whose experience covers the entire spectrum of mining work, sits in the Toronto office.

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Testimonials

‘McCarthy Tetrault’s team not only are knowledgeable in the areas of legal expertise but are able to comprehensively appreciate the situation at hand and offer strategic advice in addition to the technical legal advice required. They give prompt and well-considered legal advice and support.’

‘Shea Small not only clearly displays brilliant expertise in the mining field but also appreciates sensitivities and perspectives of the different parties’ considerations in a transaction to come up with the most strategic and practical solutions.’

Key clients

Vox Royalty Corp.

South32

Altius Renewable Royalties Corp.

Wyloo Metals

Magris Resources Canada Inc.

China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.

Jiangxi Copper

SSR Mining

Great Panther Mining

Appian Capital Advisory

Evolution Mining

Endeavour Mining

Newcrest Mining

Royal Gold

Vale

Mubadala Investment

Glencore

Rio Tinto

Newmont

Wheaton Precious Metals

Canada > Pensions Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault's specialist pensions, benefits and executive compensation group is 'practical, solutions-oriented and knowledgeable', according to a client. It advises a broad spectrum of clients on all aspects of designing, managing, administering, and providing services to pension and benefit plans. Investment structuring and working with multi-employer pension plans are noted areas of expertise. Randy Bauslaugh has national and cross-border experience across a variety of matters, including pension litigation, and he is also noted for fund investment work. He jointly leads the practice with the 'outstanding' Deron Waldock , who is experienced in assisting with the pensions aspects of complex transactions. Gregory Winfield is another key contact, as is associate Kelleher Lynch.

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Testimonials

‘The practice is diverse, both in terms of the range and complexity of the matters it is capable of handling, as well as its ability to staff an associate or partner with an appropriate level of experience and knowledge to address issues ranging from the more straightforward to the truly complex. Where pension questions crossover to include areas such as employment, tax and securities regulatory issues, the pension team integrates seamlessly and is able to provides holistic advice.’

‘Kelleher Lynch is outstanding. We work in a fast paced environment where we need answers quickly and Kell is able to provide practical, effective advice on short turnaround times. He is also able to pull in other areas of his firm effectively when coordinated responses are required. He has taken the time to learn our business and its unique features and tailors his advice to our particular circumstances.’

‘McCarthy’s pensions/labour & employment team is very practical, solutions-oriented and knowledgeable. We rely on this group extensively to assist with pensions/L&E matters on a day to day basis, as well as in relation to complex and challenging situations and projects. They never disappoint us in their service and outcomes attained.’

‘In the pensions practice, I have worked with Deron Waldock who has been a lifesaver for us Americans in Canada. He is incredibly responsive and understands our real world problems. He is outstanding.’

‘The team was extremely responsive – very timely and very detail-oriented. The team was able to leverage support from other practitioners in the firm seamlessly. The team demonstrated great flexibility with last minute changes. The team was able to provide examples from past experiences to help guide us through analogous situations.’

‘Kelleher Lynch was our contact in the team. His availability was top-notch. His willingness to dive into the matter and cross-reference information and re-draft items was excellent. He was open-minded and considerate of different opinions. He was respectful to and professional with opposing counsel.’

‘Willing to listen to the client’s concerns.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Lawyers Financial (Formerly Canadian Bar Insurance Association)

Rayonier Advanced Materials

Jamieson Laboratories

Fortive Corporation

Stifel Financial

Royal Bank of Canada

University of Windsor

Omers

Bell Canada

Aon

Credit Suisse

Brewers Retail

Climate Change Law Initiative

Christian Schools Pension and Benefit Plans Boards of Trustees

Lawyers Financial

Wells Fargo

Nestlé

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

McCarthy Tétrault acts for a mix of high-profile debtors, financial institutions, trustees and court-appointed monitors. It is known for its strength in domestic and cross-border restrcuturings, insolvencies and workouts. The firm’s recent work included advising Hertz on the Canadian refinancing aspects of its $19bn liability sheet. The group often works with the firm’s broader corporate team and offers industry expertise in areas such as, energy, technology and financial services. James Gage leads the team from Toronto and is known for his high profile work. Other key names include Sean Collins in Calgary and Heather Meredith, who is also based in Toronto. Philippe Bélanger left to become a high court judge.

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Key clients

Antarctica Capital

Bank of Montreal

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Ernst & Young Inc.

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Groupe Dynamite

Hematite Holdings Inc.

Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Holding Co. Ltd., an affiliate of CITIC Capital (China)

Magris Resources Canada Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Nemaska Lithium

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Raymond Chabot

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

The Hertz Corporation

Canada > Business immigration Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault has the bulk of its business immigration strength at its Montréal office, while offering support from across the country for its national and multinational client base. Practice group leader Stéphane Duval works between Toronto and Montréal, his focus is on corporate immigration and global mobility of workers and he draws on professional experience at Immigration Canada prior to his law career. Promoted to partner in March 2021, Julie Resetarits is a further key contact, while counsel Mélanie Houle and associate Shefali Tanna stand out from a strong pool of non-partner lawyers.

Canada > Dispute resolution Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault fields an impressive national dispute resolution practice, praised for its ‘exceptional bench strength and business advisory skills‘. It has one of Ontario’s leading litigation departments, which is renowned for handling precedent-setting matters, and appearing before all levels of court and tribunals across the country. A recent highlight saw the team defending Unity Health Toronto in its high-profile C$300m lawsuit with Zurich Insurance. This was co-led by the ‘exceptionalSarit Batner, one of the Toronto office’s standout partners, where securities-focused R Paul Steep is another partner to note. Arbitration is also a strength of the team, and Junior Sirivar is a key contact in that respect, acting in international arbitrations, with sector strengths including mining, banking, telecoms and healthcare. The group in Vancouver is well known for its work in the mining and energy sectors, as well as in cases involving environmental law and Indigenous rights. Jill Yates leads the team there and heads the national class action group, while Michael Feder is a leading name in the market, ‘terrific both at trial and on appeal‘. The team looks to have a bright future ahead with Miranda Lam building a strong commercial litigation practice and expertise in the retail sector, and Aidan Cameron noted for construction and insurance coverage matters. Patrick Williams also stands out at the associate level. The practice in Quebec has gone from strength to strength, led by professional liability expert Steeves Bujold. Mason Poplaw and François Giroux frequently act as lead counsel on some of the province’s standout disputes, and the team is one of the market leaders for insolvencies and class actions. Michel Gagné and Isabelle Vendette are further key figures, as is Emmanuelle Poupart in medical law disputes. In Alberta, the team is led by Douglas Yoshida and other key contacts include expert in the natural resources sector Sean Smyth, and Kara Smyth who also has an impressive practice and was involved in a number of major cases during 2020 and 2021.

Testimonials

In my experience with McCarthy Tétrault they are very realistic with expectations and will give you a realistic assessment on the merits of your case. I would rather have a real understanding of the outcome possibilities than be given a high probability of winning and that not turn out in the end. They are also very thorough and try to work through all of the provided information with great detail to ensure they understand the big picture as well as all of the intricacies of your case and business.’

‘Jill Yates is not only brilliant, but extremely practical and knows when to step in and when to let in house counsel take lead.’

‘Exceptional bench strength and business advisory skills. Mason Poplaw and his team see the global picture and not only the matter at hand. His presence in a boardroom is remarkable. I see how the firm draws on the entire firm-wide expertise. Very strong associates who are allowed to take their place is very reassuring – tells me that firm has succession plans in place for key clients like us. ’

‘Francois Giroux – practical, business oriented litigator. Has excellent business sense and knows how to move files forward to achieve desired outcomes.’

‘Mike Feder is, quite simply, the best lawyer I have worked with in Canada and I have worked with many, many top Canadian lawyers. Mike is creative, practical, and a brilliant analyst, as well as being great on his feet. He is terrific both at trial and on appeal and is an excellent writer. And on top of that, he is an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Kara Smyth – extremely hard-working, reads all the caselaw before arguing a case, is able to focus in on the key arguments and avoid the distractions, genuinely listens to input from associates, students, and clients.’

‘Sarit Batner is exceptional. She is playing chess while the other side is playing checkers. She makes you feel as though you have a true advocate on your side. Her preparation is unparalleled.’

The Calgary practice includes talented lawyers, especially for employment and IP related litigation, but can also call in resources from its long list of people in its many offices.’

Key clients

Uber Canada

TimberWest Forest

T. Burton Management

Goldcorp

China Minsheng Investment Group

CM (Canada) Asset Management Co.

Rio Tinto

Diavik Diamond Mines (2012)

KF Aerospace

Unity Health Toronto (St. Michael’s Hospital)

Grasshopper Solar

Univar Canada

Romandale Farms

PayPal

Canadian Broadcasting

Certas Direct Insurance Company

FSC (Annex) Limited Partnership

Aphria

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Hydro One Networks

Cineworld Group

The Estate of Colin Orr-Ewing

Bell Canada

BCE

Philip Morris International (PMI)

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges

Desjardins Financial Group

Bombardier

Laurentian Bank

B2B Bank

Glencore Canada

Abbott Laboratories

Nissan

National Bank

National Bank Financial

Québec Port Authority

IMTT-Québec

Direct Energy Marketing

Enbridge

Cenovus Energy

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada

Syngenta

Wood Canada

Crescent Point Energy

MEG Energy

City of Medicine Hat

Shell Canada

Orr-Ewing Estate

Aux Sable Liquid Products

Aux Sable Canada

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 3

Offering prompt, practical, business-focused advice,McCarthy Tétrault‘s labour and employment group advises on a range of advisory matters, as well as frequently representing its clients in disputes across the provinces and at national level. The Montréal office saw two partner additions in November 2020, with Alexandre Buswell and Myriane Le François joining from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. They join key litigator André Baril in Quebec. In Toronto, Trevor Lawson and Kate McNeill-Keller are praised for their ‘precise, on-point, practical advice‘. National practice head Tim Lawson has particular knowledge of the energy, financial services, transportation, retail and construction sectors. Shana Wolch is the lead partner in Calgary; her practice encompassing all areas of HR law. Donovan Plomp in Vancouver is recommended for his ‘prompt, practical, business-focused advice.

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Testimonials

‘Strong national employment practice offering prompt, practical, business-focused advice. As a company with operations across Canada, working with a firm with offices to support provincial L&E matters has been an asset.’

‘Donovan Plomp – prompt, practical, business-focused advice.’

‘Trevor Lawson – experienced, practical, business-focused.’

‘The MT Employment team is very responsive, providing strategic and practical advice. Their knowledge of the relevant law is always up-to-date and they keep the client’s costs in mind, when staffing a request and responding to questions. They provide strong support for all transactional, individual employee, and day-to-day issues.’

‘Trevor Lawson and Kate McNeill-Keller are outstanding business partners. They are both extremely responsive and provide precise, on-point, practical advice.’

‘They have a highly talented human resource team that continues to assist with all HR matters in a timely and efficient manner. They have done a masterful job of allowing our organization to avoid unnecessary litigation fees and have helped us resolve many issues in positive and productive ways.’

‘1) The take the time to know the nuances of our organization. 2) They are very efficient in their thinking and decision-making. 3) They show deep care and compassion for the individuals we work with.’

Key clients

Government of Ontario Department of Education

Rolls-Royce Canada

Cirque du Soleil

Stifel

Enbridge

Hudson’s Bay Company

Fedex Freight Canada

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Inter Pipeline

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Overseen by Calgary-based oil and gas practice chairs Brian Bidyk and Kerri Howard, McCarthy Tétrault is well placed to advise industry conglomerates, emerging producers and operators on transactional and project-related mandates. Leveraging the firm’s strong corporate and M&A capabilities, the team is particularly well suited to handling asset acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financings and restructurings. Kimberly Howard brings together in-depth knowledge of energy regulations, commercial matters and project development.

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Shell Canada

Crescent Point Resources Partnership

Suncor Energy Inc.

Element Technical Services

Enbridge Inc.

Inter Pipeline

TORC Oil & Gas

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure

Husky Energy

BHE Canada, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Surge Energy Inc.

Anegada Oil Corp.

PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.

AltaGas Ltd.

Canada > Public procurement Tier 3

McCarthy Tétrault's procurement practice benefits from the firm’s wider strength in project finance and development, acting for a range of clients, most notably in the energy, financial services and infrastructure sectors. Besides representing government entities in all aspects of procurement, including assistance with procurement process management, compliance and legal challenges to tenders, the team also excels at advising private-sector clients on procurements issued by government entities. Catherine Samuel in Calgary oversees the team with Tristan Musgrave in Toronto. Anca Neacsu is a noteworthy practitioner in Montreal; she has a formidable track record in procurement and PPP projects more broadly. Brad Nicpon and Carrie Fleming are recent additions to the Toronto office: Nicpon joined from the Government of Ontario, while Fleming was formerly at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP .

Key clients

Canada Infrastructure Bank

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

EllisDon Group of Companies

Parsons Corporation

Aecon Concessions

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure

ACS Infrastructure Canada

Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario)

Metrolinx

Government of Ontario

Wood Canada Limited

Vantage Airport Group

ATB Financial

York University

Scotia Capital Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Stonebridge Financial Corporation

ENGIE Services Inc.

Kiewit Development Canada

Graham Construction/Gracorp Development

Ledcor Group of Companies

RBC Capital Markets

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Ryerson University

Woodbine Entertainment Group

St. Michael’s Hospital

Shell Canada Energy

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Wilfrid Laurier University

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 & Client Solutions, a group of complementary business lines, either acquired or developed by the firm including MT>3, MT>Align, MT>Ventures, MT>Version, 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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 Jody Aldcorn  photo Jody Aldcorn Jody is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law Group in Vancouver.…
 Cameron Belsher photo Cameron Belsher Recent experience acting as lead counsel includes: friendly and hostile mergers and…
 Linda Brown photo Linda Brown Focus on projects, project finance and infrastructure. Regularly advises project proponents on…
 Keith Burrell photo Keith Burrell Counsel in the firm’s Vancouver office. Emphasis on complex commercial real estate…
 Aidan Cameron photo Aidan Cameron Aidan is a partner in our Litigation Group and a lead member…
 Paul Cassidy photo Paul Cassidy Practice is a combination of regulatory, corporate/commercial, litigation, policy and project development…
 Samantha Cunliffe  photo Samantha Cunliffe Partner in the firm’s Infrastructure and Project Finance Groups in Vancouver. Practice…
 Ariel DeJong  photo Ariel DeJong Partner in the firm’s Litigation Group and Insurance Group in Vancouver. Practice…
 Michael Feder photo Michael Feder Highly versatile litigator. Handles both complex commercial disputes and constitutional and other…
 Nicholas Hughes   photo Nicholas Hughes  Mr. Hughes is a senior litigator in McCarthy Tétrault’s Vancouver Office who…
 Ted Koffman  photo Ted Koffman Partner in the firm’s Business Law Group and Technology Group in Vancouver.…
 Miranda Lam photo Miranda Lam Partner in Litigation Group, Retail sector lead of National Retail & Consumer…
 Selina Lee-Andersen  photo Selina Lee-Andersen Partner in the firm’s Vancouver Business Law Group. Specializes in environmental law,…
 Robin Mahood  photo Robin Mahood Robin is a Partner in the firm’s Business Law Group in Vancouver.…
 Christopher McHardy  photo Christopher McHardy Partner in our Labour & Employment Group in Vancouver. Advises employers on…
 Sven Milelli  photo Sven Milelli Managing Partner of the firm’s B.C. Region. Advises Canadian, U.S. and international…
 Donovan Plomp  photo Donovan Plomp Partner in firm’s Labour & Employment group in Vancouver. Appeared as counsel…
 Conrad Rego  photo Conrad Rego Partner, Real Property & Planning Group in Vancouver. Practice focused on all…
 Craig Shirreff  photo Craig Shirreff Partner and leader of our Real Property and Planning Group in Vancouver.…
 Robin Sirett  photo Robin Sirett Partner in the Business Law Group in Vancouver. Practice involves a broad…
 Scott Smythe  photo Scott Smythe Partner in the Real Property and Planning Group in the firm’s Vancouver…
 Roger Taplin photo Roger Taplin Co-leader of the firm’s Global Mining Group. Practice primarily focuses on the…
 Morgan Troke photo Morgan Troke Partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law Group in Vancouver. Practice focused mainly…
 Patrick Williams photo Patrick Williams Patrick Williams is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Litigation Group in…
 Jill Yates  photo Jill Yates Partner in and Practice Lead of the firm’s Litigation Group in Vancouver.…
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Number of other lawyers : 415
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