Firm Profile > McMillan LLP > Vancouver, Canada

McMillan LLP
SUITE 1500, PO BOX 11117

Cannabis Tier 2

McMillan LLP has been active in a variety of cannabis sector-work, including financing arrangements, regulatory compliance, M&A, labelling and distribution, tax and IP. The practice is particularly recommended for clients in the medical cannabis industry. Gaming and entertainment specialist Desmond Balakrishnan is the key contact in the Vancouver office along with securities partner James Munro.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Behavioural and transactional matters are regular features of the antitrust work undertaken by McMillan LLP. The team covers a range of investigations, foreign investment matters, merger clearance and policy review, and is also recognized for its work in cartel matters and class actions. Neil Campbell co-chairs the competition and international trade law groups and has worked on major cartel cases and class actions including multiple abuse of dominance and other unilateral conduct investigations. James Musgrove is a name to note for behavioural work.

Other transport Tier 2

McMillan LLP's transportation practice is known for its work in both rail and trucking law. In the rail space, the team has advised on a wide variety of regulatory compliance matters, including the transportation of dangerous goods, as well as logistics and commercial distribution and dispute resolution. The trucking team has been particularly active in cross-border matters involving the US. François Tougas in Vancouver is a contact in the team.

Banking and finance Tier 3

McMillan LLP houses a broad financial services practice, which brings together distinct skill sets in bank finance transactions, debt capital markets, regulatory banking matters and fintech. Spread across the firm’s offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, the sizeable group enjoys close relationships with domestic and international banks, government institutions and corporate borrowers. Toronto-based Jeffrey Rogers co-heads the syndicated finance team and acts for Canadian and foreign financial institutions and borrowers on finance deals. Also in Toronto, Paul Avis co-chairs the financial services department and primarily advises lenders on syndicated lending, asset-based lending and real estate finance.

Infrastructure projects Tier 3

McMillan LLP's infrastructure industry group advises on a full range of projects matters, including procurement, construction, financing, environmental law and regulatory issues. Among the team's clients are project owners and developers, lenders and contractors. Peter Willis in Toronto jointly leads the group alongside Timothy Murphy.

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International trade Tier 3

McMillan LLP has acted for clients ranging from growth-stage companies to large multinationals, having developed a particularly strong record in trade remedy cases. The firm has also been recognized for customs matters, anti-corruption work and sanctions advice. Regulatory specialist Neil Campbell co-chairs the trade and competition departments.

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Corporate and M&A Tier 4

McMillan LLP’s corporate and M&A practice brings together national teams in Calgary, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver, and also benefits from an international platform in Hong Kong. The firm is active in a variety of industry sectors, with notable experience in energy, infrastructure and consumer products. Key contacts in Toronto include capital markets and M&A co-chair Paul Davis and national business law group coordinator John Clifford.

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Insurance Tier 4

McMillan LLP has acted for insurers, brokers and other industry participants, including adjusters, in matters including M&A and corporate reorganizations; incorporation, licensing, and regulatory approvals; and corporate governance issues. Christopher Garrah in Toronto and Darcy Ammerman in Ottawa are key contacts.

International expertise Tier 4

McMillan LLP has strong capabilities in international trade, cross-border regulatory matters and competition advice, and international arbitration. In Toronto, Neil Campbell is a key figure in trade and competition, while Robert Wisner takes the lead on arbitration and corporate litigation, having taken lead roles in cases in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, the firm's corporate teams regularly advise foreign companies on setting up operations and conducting transactions in Canada, as well as advising Canadian businesses on investments abroad. A unique feature of the firm's international offering is its Hong Kong office, headed up by Stephen Wortley. Wortley and his team advise on Hong Kong-focused securities matters, and other operational transactional issues. The team also works with Chinese companies on outbound investments into Canada.

Mining Tier 4

McMillan LLP has broad expertise advising junior and mid-tier clients on corporate and financing transactions and project development mandates. The team regularly supports and works in conjunction with the firm's various other practice groups, including banking, corporate and securities, government relations, tax and litigation. The department is jointly chaired by Vancouver-based partners Bernhard Zinkhofer and Cory Kent.

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Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Toronto-based McMillan LLP regularly works with distressed companies, boards of directors, Canadian and US financial institutions, lending syndicates and bondholders, advising on the full range of restructuring and insolvency issues. In particular, the firm has built a track record in the mining, oil and gas and print media sectors. Waël Rostom is a key contact in the department.

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Tax Tier 4

McMillan LLP 'can be counted on to give high-quality and practical tax advice', both on corporate transactions and tax disputes. Headed by Michael Friedman, the team has expertise in the areas of natural resources, pharmaceuticals and automotives, where it advises a variety of domestic and multinational clients on cross-border transactions and transfer pricing matters. The firm is also developing a reputation in PPP project and cannabis-sector transactions.

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McMillan’s tax team can be counted on to give high-quality and, crucially, practical tax advice on complicated tax matters. Their practice is very client focused with an emphasis on helping their client achieve their objectives, rather than simply highlighting problems.

Key clients

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Bank of Montreal

Royal Bank of Canada

Citibank Canada

GE Capital

MasterCard International Incorporated

Honda Motor Company

Tyco International Ltd.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

The Catalyst Capital Group Inc.

Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Kilmer Group

Fortress Investment Group

Huron Capital Partners

Boehringer Ingelheim

Gruppo Campari

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Assa Abloy

Dispute resolution

McMillan LLP’s national litigation group has a presence in the firm's offices across the country. The diverse group handles the full range of commercial litigation, class action and arbitration, with a strong record in competition and product liability matters. National dispute resolution co-chair David Kent is highly regarded for class actions work. Benjamin Bathgate, who co-leads the fraud practice, is noted for his experience in white-collar criminal cases.

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