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McMillan LLP

Cannabis Tier 2

McMillan LLP has positioned itself as a key player in Canada’s cannabis sector, having recently secured plum roles in several transformative transactions. In particular, its close relationship with Aurora Cannabis (the world’s second-largest cannabis producer) has led to a string of high-profile engagements. Most notably, the team advised Aurora on its C$3.2bn acquisition of MedReleaf in July 2018, which represented the largest merger in the Canadian cannabis space to-date. Entertainment and sports specialist Desmond Balakrishnan and capital markets partner James Munro are the key contacts in the Vancouver office.

Practice head(s):

Desmond Balakrishnan; James Munro

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The competition and antitrust practice at McMillan LLP is well weighted between transactional and behavioural work and covers a range of merger clearance, investigations, policy review and foreign investment matters. The firm has gained a reputation for cartel and class action cases. Of particular note, it represented The NutraSweet Company in the first abuse of dominance proceeding under the Competition Act. Toronto-based Neil Campbell co-chairs the competition and international trade groups and has extensive experience in merger reviews, investigations and compliance issues. James Musgrove, also in Toronto, is rated for his first-class behavioural practice.

Practice head(s):

Neil Campbell; James Musgrove

International trade Tier 2

McMillan LLP’s highly regarded international trade practice regularly works in conjunction with the firm's competition group, with Toronto-based regulatory heavyweight Neil Campbell co-chairing both departments. The firm has an impressive record in trade remedy cases and also has noted expertise in customs issues, economic sanctions and anti-corruption matters. Also recommended is Ottawa-based department co-chair Geoffrey Kubrick, who is rated for his deep expertise in anti-dumping and countervail investigations.

Practice head(s):

Neil Campbell; Geoffrey Kubrick

Transport: other transport Tier 2

McMillan LLP’s broad transportation practice has strong offerings in both rail and trucking law. The group, which counts transport companies, equipment manufacturers and public sector entities among its clients, advises on the full life cycle of matters, from development, to operational regulatory issues, to general corporate and commercial transactions. Recommended contacts in Vancouver include, Lucia Stuhldreier, who advises on a mix of regulatory, contentious and commercial issues, and regulatory expert François Tougas.

Practice head(s):

François Tougas

Banking and finance Tier 3

McMillan LLP draws upon its extensive regional network, includes offices across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, to provide comprehensive national coverage of banking and finance matters. Further afield, the group also benefits from an international platform in Hong Kong. Toronto-based Paul Avis, who co-chairs the financial services practice, handles all areas of debt financing, including syndicated loans, asset based lending and structured finance. Jeffrey Rogers, also based in Toronto, co-chairs the syndicated finance department and enjoys a strong reputation in the market. Other key contacts include John Morrison and Eric Friedman, who operate from Vancouver and Toronto respectively.

Practice head(s):

Paul Avis; Jeffrey Rogers

Infrastructure and projects Tier 3

McMillan LLP fields a capable infrastructure team, which benefits from the firm’s complimentary skill sets in PPP, financial services and government and public policy. The practice is jointly chaired in Toronto by Peter Willis and Timothy Murphy, who has expertise across all key infrastructure asset classes, including recent experience in bridges, roads, energy and rail.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Murphy; Peter Willis 

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

McMillan LLP’s corporate group, which spans offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, is well versed in private and public M&A deals, private equity investments and joint ventures. Internationally, the firm is distinguished by its focus on Asia and it benefits from distinct Japan and South Korea desks, as well as an office in Hong Kong. Toronto-based Paul Davis, who co-chairs the capital markets and M&A teams, has a strong background in complex corporate mandates, including proxy fights and contested transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davis; John Clifford

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 4

McMillan LLP houses a capable mining practice, which excels in the junior and mid-tier spaces. The group is recognized for its broad coverage of the industry, including exploration, development, project finance and production agreements, and also benefits from its ability to work seamlessly with the firm’s environmental regulation, government relations and tax practices. Vancouver-based corporate and securities specialist Bernhard Zinkhofer co-chairs the practice group alongside Cory Kent.

Practice head(s):

Cory Kent; Bernhard Zinkhofer

Insurance Tier 4

McMillan LLP houses a solid non-contentious insurance practice, which sits in the firm’s wider banking, finance and insurance practice group. The team handles the full spread of regulatory and transactional matters, from incorporation and corporate governance issues, to M&A and corporate reorganizations. Toronto-based Gerald Badali is recommended for product development and regulatory compliance matters.

International expertise Tier 4

McMillan LLP utilizes its Hong Kong office to specialize in advising Chinese, South Korean and Japanese clients on cross-border matters. Hong Kong chair Stephen Wortley, who splits his time between Hong Kong and Vancouver, is noted for his extensive expertise in capital markets and M&A transactions, particularly in the mining space.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

McMillan LLP’s sizeable national restructuring group is composed of capable business lawyers and insolvency litigators. The team, which is well represented throughout the firm’s national network, has experience in acting for all stakeholders in insolvency-related matters, with notable expertise in the mining, energy, paper and forestry sectors. Toronto-based Waël Rostom is a key contact. Former financial services co-chair Andrew Kent left to become general counsel at Frontera Energy.

Practice head(s):

Waël Rostom

Tax Tier 4

McMillan LLP has a broad national tax offering, with strong skill sets in the financial services and not-for-profit sectors. Additionally, the firm has a robust tax litigation practice, which routinely advises on the full range of audits, administrative appeals and court challenges. Michael Friedman, who has a strong record in the financial services sector, co-chairs the practice alongside Todd Miller, both of whom are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Michael Friedman; Todd Miller

Dispute resolution

McMillan LLP’s national practice is particularly prominent in Toronto, where it is a top choice for competition litigation, product liability and white-collar crime cases. Toronto-based David Kent enjoys a strong profile in the market and co-leads the class action defence, dispute resolution and intellectual property groups. Up-and-coming partner Benjamin Bathgate has experience in white-collar crime, professional liability and franchise disputes.

The firm

McMillan is a business law firm serving public, private and not-for-profit clients across key industries in Canada, the United States and internationally. With recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors, we provide solution-oriented legal advice through our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong. Our firm values – respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence – are at the heart of McMillan’s commitment to serve our clients, our local communities and the legal profession.

Areas of practice

Business Law: The firm delivers comprehensive business law services including on-going corporate and commercial advice to Canadian and foreign clients across a diverse range of industries.

Capital Markets: McMillan has extensive experience in virtually every area of securities law and acts for Canadian and foreign issuers of debt and equity securities and cryptocurrensies; financial institutions; investment banks and securities dealers.

Commercial Real Estate: The group helps clients create value, manage risk, enhance investment returns and create favourable tax structures for several commercial real estate initiatives.

Competition & Antitrust: McMillan offers a unique national platform for its competition law practice and is highly recognized for national and international merger, cartel and other competition matters. The group has played a leading role in the development of competition law and policy in Canada.

Cybersecurity: Represents individuals, businesses and government organizations that are at risk of having confidential data compromised by cyber-attacks. Delivering data breach solutions, advising managers and directors on ways to mitigate risks of cyber-attacks and guiding organizations on how to comply with privacy and legislation.

Employment & Labour Relations: Represents clients at all levels of provincial and federal courts, human rights tribunals, labour relations and pension boards, arbitration and government administrative bodies.

Financial Services: Approved counsel to all six major Canadian banks, all of the G14 banks, government institutions, and corporate clients on significant, complex domestic and cross-border financing and regulatory matters.

Government & Public Policy: The firm is a market leader in privatization and procurement with expertise in project planning, negotiating, and tendering.

Intellectual Property: McMillan helps clients protect and secure their valuable IP assets and is recognized as one of the leading intellectual property practices in Canada.

International Trade/WTO: McMillan advises provincial, national and multinational organizations in international trade tribunals by developing market-entry plans that considers the inherent challenges of entering into a new market.

Litigation: McMillan represents national and international clients facing virtually any type of business dispute or issue in any forum across Canada.

Mergers & Acquisitions: The firm acts for Canadian and foreign entities in transactions involving the purchase, sale and strategic combination of businesses across all major industry sectors.

Mining, Natural Resources & Energy: McMillan is involved in issues and transactions through all stages of exploration, development, and production and related environmental issues.

Privacy & Data Protection: McMillan assists clients with understanding privacy and data protection laws and the impact of regulatory requirements on their business while implementing measures to reduce risks.

Restructuring & Insolvency: Represents Canadian and foreign financial institutions, investment banks, governments, corporations, pension funds and hedge funds on several debt and debt-like products and services.

Tax: Providing comprehensive and pragmatic advice on corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, securities, structured financing and derivative products, leasing, and cross-border transactions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business Law John Clifford 416.856.7134
Business Law Charles Chevrette 514.987.5003
Capital Markets Paul Davis 416.307.4137
Capital Markets Leo Raffin 604.691.7450
Commercial Real Estate David Slan 416.865.7096
Commercial Real Estate Damon Chisholm 604.691.7464
Employment & Labour Relations Dave McKechnie 416.865.7051
Employment & Labour Relations David McInnes 604.691.7441
Financial Services Don Waters 416.865.7920
Financial Services Waël Rostom 416.865.7790
Litigation David Kent 416.865.1743
Litigation Joan Young 604.893.7639
Regulatory Mark Opashinov 416.865.7873
Regulatory Neil Campbell 416.865.7025
Tax Michael Friedman 416.865.7914
Tax Todd Miller 416.865.7058
Chief Executive Officer : Teresa Dufort
Executive Partner : David Dunlop
Executive Partner : Timothy Murphy
Executive Partner : Stephen Wortley