Firm Profile > Fasken > Toronto, Canada


Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 1

Fasken’s signature mining practice is recognized as a global leader across the full spread of transactional, development and contentious matters. In addition to its seven domestic offices, the group also draws upon sizeable platforms in key mining finance hubs such as London, Johannesburg and Beijing, and it ranks among the most active firms for new listings on the TSX, the AIM Market, and the JSE. Global mining head John Turner is widely regarded as a go-to specialist for corporate finance matters, while Michael Bourassa is sought after for his broad experience in Canadian and international mining projects. Brian Graves, who is dual qualified in New York and Ontario, is also rated for his cross-border M&A expertise. Among the up-and-coming partners, Krisztián Tóth and Vancouver-based Johanna Fipke are names to note. Also of note, in 2018 mining-focused corporate finance partner Grant McGlaughlin joined from Goodmans. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

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Fasken provides outstandingly thorough and practical legal advice. Lawyers go the extra mile, every day, without compromising on quality of advice.’

Key clients

Aurico Metals Inc.

De Beers Canada Inc.

Detour Gold.

First Quantum Minerals Inc.

IAMGOLD Corporation

K92 Mining Inc.

Leagold Mining

Orion Mine Finance

Sibanye Gold

Teck Resources Limited

Indigenous law Tier 1

Fasken houses one of the largest indigenous law groups in the market, providing specialist expertise across all key areas of the practice area, including consultation issues, litigation, joint ventures arrangements and reserve land development. Acting for a mix of natural resources and energy companies, First Nations and public sector clients, the group is a top choice for support on major energy and natural resources projects, particularly in the mining space. Litigator Kevin O’Callaghan leads the practice from Vancouver and has deep expertise in precedent-setting Aboriginal law cases. Brenden Hunter, who is highly regarded for his experience in projects-related matters, is a key name in Calgary.

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British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority (BC Hydro) – Site C Clean Energy Project

Encana Corporation

Manitoba Hydro

De Beers Canada Inc.

Detour Gold Corporation

Hudbay Minerals

AltaLink Management Ltd. (Berkshire Hathaway Energy)

Cermaq Canada

Husby Forest Products Ltd.

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (“BGM”)

Insurance Tier 1

Fasken’s specialist insurance practice is especially standout on the regulatory and transactional fronts, where it is well versed in an array of M&A-related matters, policy work and product development. A top choice for both domestic and foreign insurers, the group enjoys strong relationships with property and casualty insurers (Intact, Travellers), life insurance companies (Manulife, Foresters) and major global giants (Aviva, Swiss Re). Robert McDowell ranks among the leading insurance specialists in the market and advises across the spectrum of regulatory, governance and transactional matters. Koker Christensen, who co-chairs the financial institutions group alongside McDowell, is also highly regarded for his high-level transactional and regulatory experience. On the contentious side, Peter Pliszka is noted for his focus on product liability, class actions and insurance litigation. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.


Fasken is extremely responsive to our work turnaround requests. Moreover, they want us to be extremely happy with their level of service so they will never quibble about their charges.’

Fasken provides great value-add services such as seminars and training. It is very apparent Fasken value our relationship. They make us feel like we are their most important client.’

Koker Christensen and Robert McDowell are exceptional lawyers with first-class experience of OSFI insurance regulation.’

Key clients

Aviva Canada

The Co-operators Group Limited



Swiss Re



Independent Order of Foresters

Caisse Centrale de Réassurance (CCR)

Intact Insurance

Aviva U.K.


Labour and employment Tier 1

Fasken’s impressively broad practice stands out across all the key pillars of labour, employment and human rights law, with strong skill sets in strategy, transactions and contentious issues. The firm’s extensive national footprint marks it as a top choice for federal employment and labour matters, particularly in the airline, TMT, banking and  energy sectors, and it also has leading cross-border practice. In terms of the latter, Toronto-based sector specialist Brian Burkett was invited by the Canadian Government to serve on the NAFTA Labour Consultation Group to assist in the formulation of the labour and dispute resolution provisions of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Seasoned litigator Douglas Gilbert, also based in Toronto, is another key figure in the practice group.

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The Fasken team includes Canada’s foremost specialists in federal labour law. Their bench strength in labour law generally is impressive and they regularly draw on that strength from coast to coast.

A strong team that is well equipped for litigation even on short notice but also, very good for advice on best practice in labour relations.’

We originally chose Faskens based on the specific and relevant expertise of their labour law team and have chosen to remain with them because of this continued expertise and because of the strong relationship that has developed between the individuals within our respective organizations.’

What I admire most about this team is its commitment to excellence both in the specific expertise of the work and in its dedication to providing timely, responsive and relevant insights to clients. Their practical, hands-on approach to our relationship adds great value.’

The team provides timely and practical counsel. Its depth of knowledge and breadth of experience ensures we do not waste valuable time and resources. The partners we use really take the time to understand our business and us as people; we always feel that they regard themselves as members of our corporate team.

Doug Gilbert and Brian Burkett are a formidable duo when it comes to federal labour law, among the other areas they practice in. Few practitioners have the deep knowledge of the law and their clients’ businesses, the seasoned judgement, and truly long term strategic view that these two bring to every file.’

Stéphane Fillion is fast, always well prepared and can advise on a broad spectrum of questions pertaining to labour relations. A dedicated lawyer, above else.’

Key clients

Tim Hortons


NBC Universal

Air Canada

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Enbridge inc.

Aviva Canada Inc.

Fortis BC

Rogers Communications

Cummins Canada ULC

Telecoms Tier 1

Though it is perhaps best known for its formidable regulatory practice, Fasken houses a full-service communications group that is also standout on the transactional and contentious fronts. The team enjoys close relationships with some of Canada’s most significant radio, television and telecoms service providers, including Rogers Communications, TELUS Communications and Shaw Communications, and is also a popular choice for major multinational telecoms clients. Ottawa-based Gerald Kerr-Wilson co-leads the wider TMT department and has strong skill sets in communications and public law. Also in Ottawa, regulatory specialist Laurence Dunbar is routinely sought after by domestic and foreign governments for legislative and policy advice, and counsel Stephen Whitehead is also recommended. Barbara Miller is a name to note in the Toronto office.

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Fasken came highly recommended by two independent, large firms in the US. Our company was undergoing a cross-border transaction, which was quite complex and required in-depth business considerations, regulatory advice, and Federal Commission interaction. The depth of knowledge and experience the Fasken attorneys brought to the table was astounding.’

The firm exceeded all expectations from availability, to quality of attorneys, to delivering the legal product. A number of our executives took note of Fasken’s abilities and how easy they were to work with.’

Key clients

Rogers Media Inc.

Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Canadian Telecommunications Contribution Consortium Inc. (CTCC)

Sirius XM Canada

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation / Société Radio-Canada

Banking and finance Tier 2

Fasken’s national practice strikes a balance between transactional and compliance matters, with project finance, mining-related deals and financial services regulation all standing out as strong suits. On the transactional front, the firm enjoys close links with lenders (it is on the panel of four of the six largest Canadian banks, and it is also a preferred counsel for foreign financial institutions, credit unions and alternative lenders) as well as major borrowers. Names to note in Toronto include John Torrey, who is lauded as a market heavyweight and is particularly experienced in mining-related matters. The group also benefits from the senior experience of finance stalwart Jon Holmstrom and regulatory specialist Stephen Clark. Among the next generation of partners, up-and-coming specialist Thomas Meagher continues to impress. Also recommended is Montreal-based Marc Novello, who is highly regarded for bank financing.

Key clients

Nalcor Energy

Dorel Industries Inc.

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

National Bank Financial Markets

Sprott Private Resource Lending (Collector), LP

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Detour Gold Corporation

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Bank of Montreal


KingSett Capital

Windset Farms (Canada) Ltd.

Capital markets Tier 2

In line with the firm's global reputation, Fasken’s most high-profile deals are driven by the firm's mining industry expertise. The team also secures a significant, and increasing, flow of securities transactions involving the financial services, cannabis and TMT sectors. A solid performer in both debt and equity offerings for both issuers and underwriters, the group draws upon its extensive national and international network to handle complex, multi-faceted transactions. In a recent example, Calgary’s Sarah Gingrich led the firm’s advice to trophy client First Quantum Minerals on a dual-tranche offering of notes totalling C$1.8bn, which involved input from partners in Vancouver and London. Other key names include global mining heavyweight John Turner in Toronto, and Montreal-based Jean-Pierre Chamberland.


The firm demonstrates a willingness to build strong relationships with clients, including through alternative fee arrangements, where appropriate, and secondments.’

Fasken houses a specialized unit within the team with deep expertise on investment funds, including a unique Montreal-based French-speaking group, which no other firm possesses.’

Key clients

TMX Group Limited


First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

Fiera Capital Corporation

Beacon Securities Limited Inc.

Middlefield Limited Inc.

Desjardins Securities

Just Energy Inc.

GMP Securities L.P.

TD Securities Inc.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Globally renowned for the strength of its mining practice, Fasken also secures a significant share of life sciences, technology, aviation and cannabis sector transactions. The firm handles an array of public and private deals, with a recent strong run in contested M&A for both targets and bidders. A popular choice for cross-border transactions in the national resources sector, its offices in Beijing, Johannesburg and London are key assets for global clients looking for multi-jurisdictional support. Toronto-based securities and M&A head John Turner (who also leads the global mining group) is a go-to lawyer for mining companies. M&A and private equity partner Gesta Abols recently joined from Goodmans.

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Key clients

Air Canada

Aphria Inc.

First Quantum

Intact Financial Corporation

Just Energy Group Inc.

Novacap Investments

Parkland Fuel Corporation


The Co-operators Group Limited

United Rentals, Inc.


Zijin Mining Group

Environment Tier 2

In addition to its strengths in key areas such as contaminated sites, transactional support and permitting, Fasken’s comprehensive practice group advises on complex environmental assessments, environmental defence work and carbon markets. The team is best known for its experience in major energy infrastructure projects, where it often teams up with its indigenous law and energy practices to provide seamless regulatory advice. Most notably, the team is advising TransCanada PipeLines on its mammoth Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline project; energy and environmental specialist Paul Wilson is leading a cross-departmental team on that matter. Names to note in Toronto include Rosalind Cooper, who is noted for her strong litigation expertise. Montreal-based Pierre-Olivier Charlebois, who heads the environmental, energy and climate change group for the Quebec region, is a notable up-and-comer.


Fasken’s group demonstrates excellent knowledge, excellent responsiveness, great efficiency and fair billing.’

Rosalind Cooper is extremely knowledgeable and always “hits the ground running.” She responds immediately and uses her time, and the client’s time, very efficiently. When a short response will do, she provides one, rather than making an unnecessary big deal out of something small.’

Key clients

FortisBC Energy Inc.

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

BC Hydro and Power Authority

Hexion Canada Inc.

CP Rail

Cermaq Canada

Manitoba Hydro

Teck Resources

Infrastructure and projects Tier 2

Fasken’s national group routinely advises lenders, sponsors and consortia in social, transportation and energy projects, both in Canada and abroad. Traditionally known for its robust project finance expertise, the group has also has strong showings in public sector mandates. Of particular note, it assisted the Canadian Federal Government with two of its three recent major P3 infrastructure procurements, including the high-profile Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which was led by experienced Toronto-based specialists Brian Kelsall and Thomas Barlow. Department chair Ella Plotkin, also based in Toronto, advises on projects in the infrastructure, energy, telecoms and natural resource spheres.

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Plenary Group U.S.

Plenary Group Canada

Government of Canada

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Interior Health Authority

Valard Construction

Quanta Services

Quanta Capital

Agence Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM)

International expertise Tier 2

Global mining giant Fasken benefits from strong footholds in some of the world’s key mining hubs, namely London, Johannesburg and Beijing. It also utilizes its well-staffed UK office as a launch pad into Africa as well as Europe. London managing partner Al Gourley stands out for his expertise in cross-border mining-sector transactions involving Europe, Africa, Australia and Canada.

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Best known for its regulatory focus, Fasken’s robust media and entertainment team also capabilities in intellectual property and commercial transactions. Moreover, the industry group is further complemented by the firm’s impressive strength in communications law. Toronto-based Barbara Miller has a strong profile in the market and advises clients within the telecoms and broadcasting industries on investment matters, financing issues and asset acquisitions and disposals.

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Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

Bell Canada, Cogeco, Google, Rogers, Shaw, Videotron, and Spotify

Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Rogers Media Inc. (“Rogers”)

Thomson Reuters

AD IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyer Association

Bell Canada, Cogeco, Google, Rogers, Shaw, Videotron and Spotify

A & E Television

Acadian Broadcasting

Public procurement Tier 2

Fasken’s national team has experience in federal, provincial and municipal procurement matters, with high levels of activity across the country, anchored by its platforms in Ontario, BC and Quebec. The group strikes a balance between contentious and non-contentious work, with strong recent showings in bid challenges, infrastructure development and compliance matters. Peter Mantas co-leads the department from Ottawa and is sought after for public procurement disputes. Vancouver-based practice co-lead David Little specializes in infrastructure project procurement.

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In-depth knowledgeable of client’s suite of contract templates. Extended experience in EPCM/construction affairs, including litigation. Available on short notice making them ideal consultants when dealing with a project environment. Possess easy to reach partners savvy in different industries complementing and supporting client’s legal advisory services on a broader spectrum.’

David Little and Charlene Hiller will gather information and facts at highest possible level, will analyze and timely revert with suite of options based on risk scale and success ratio expectations, thus enabling client to evaluate and proceed with best course for action.’

Key clients

Bronson Consulting Group

Guy Lapierre, GAL Power


Alion Science and Technology Corporation

Thales Canada Inc.

Interior Health Authority

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

Government of Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Agence Régionale de Transport Métropolitain

Technology Tier 2

Fasken’s IT practice combines a robust regulatory offering with experience in commercial transactions, including outsourcings and infrastructure service agreements. The firm also houses a dynamic start-up and emerging companies practice, which is particularly dominant in Vancouver and Montreal. In Vancouver, department co-head Karam Bayrakal is highly regarded for his experience in all aspects of acquiring, transferring and developing technology, while in Toronto Andrew Nunes advises technology clients on a varied mix of corporate and commercial matters.

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The team is knowledgeable, practical and focused on the issues that matter.’

Key clients

RightMesh AG

Dapper Labs Inc.

ENTR (9361-5003 Québec Inc.)

Transit App (9280-0366 Québec Inc.)

Sonder Canada Inc.

Soundbite Medical Solutions Inc.

Elastic Path Software Inc.

Group of investors, led by APMS Investment Fund and Calvin Ayre

TriNimbus Technologies

Business immigration Tier 3

Fasken’s immigration group sits within its market-leading labour and employment practice and routinely assists organizations with obtaining temporary work permits for executives, professionals and specialized employees. The sizeable team has partners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, and is also supported internationally by senior staff in Johannesburg. Gilda Villaran and Ralph Nero jointly lead the department from Montreal and Toronto respectively.

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Knowledgeable, responsive and able to meet our global immigration needs so that our company can stay competitive.

Lawyers are very responsive, which is extremely important when you are dealing with time-sensitive immigration matters.’

Cannabis Tier 3

Fasken’s cannabis practice is best known for its robust regulatory offering, which is complemented by the wider firm’s strength in securities and M&A. The team acts for the full range of industry clients, including licensed producers, distributors and suppliers, and also draws on firm’s financial services expertise to act for lenders to and insurers of industry participants. Communications specialist Barbara Miller heads the department from Toronto and has a strong background in regulatory and transactional matters.

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Fasken, especially Barbara Miller, is a powerhouse when it comes to cannabis law.

Cannabis is an emerging industry and the team at Faskens always seems to be ahead of the curve. ’

Barbara is amazing at bringing in and managing whatever different resources and practice areas are needed from within Fasken to contribute to getting a transaction done. Between the size, scope, and timeframes of the deals we have asked her to deliver on, she’s basically pulled off miracles.

Key clients

The Flowr Corporation

Redwood Asset Management Inc. (now Purpose Investments Inc.)

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

GMP Securities L.P.

Nuuvera Inc.

Integral Associates

BZAM Holdings Inc.

BZAM Management Inc.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Fasken has continued to broaden the scope of its competition and antitrust practice. The firm boosted its behavioural expertise in 2018 with the hires of John Pecman (the most recent former Commissioner of Competition) who joined as a senior business advisor in Ottawa, and counsel Chris Margison, who also joined from the Bureau. The double hire brings the number of former enforcers with the Bureau up to five and demonstrates the firm’s growing profile for contentious work. In addition, the firm is well-placed to handle merger filings, particularly mining-related transactions, and cross-border cases. The practice group is jointly led by Antonio Di Domenico and Huy Do, who specializes in M&A reviews and criminal investigations. Anther name to note is Anthony Baldanza, who focuses on a range of competition and foreign investment law matters. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

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Fasken’s team is very strong due to the diversity of experience it brings to the table, including substantial experience working at the Competition Bureau and the Department of Justice litigating competition cases.

The group comprises incredibly smart, knowledgeable and personable people who are a joy to work with even when tension is high and situations are stressful.’

Key clients

Air Canada

Air Transat


Commissioner of Competition (Competition Bureau)

Kraft Heinz

Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada Co.

La Coop fédérée

Discount Car & Truck Rentals

Toshiba Corporation


Zijin Mining

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 3

Fasken’s multi-disciplinary oil and gas group routinely works alongside the firm’s prominent indigenous law and environmental law practices to excel in infrastructure project development. The firm is also a popular choice for contentious regulatory matters in the oil and gas sphere, where Vancouver-based energy and regulatory litigator Matthew Ghikas is a key name.

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The Fasken team is composed of practical, business-minded and creative lawyers.’

Key clients

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

FortisBC Energy Inc. (FEI)


Association des distributeurs d’énergie du Québec (ADEQ)

Parkland Fuel Corp

EDF Trading North America, LLC

FortisBC Holdings Inc.

Encana Corporation

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Arrow Exploration Corp.

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 3

Fasken brings a robust regulatory practice together with highly regarded Aboriginal and environmental law practices. A popular choice to advise on complex, and often contested, infrastructure projects, the team routinely manages environmental assessment, permitting and consultation processes. Calgary-based managing partner Peter Feldberg enjoys a strong reputation for his regulatory expertise, while Vancouver’s Ron Ezekiel is the key contact for commercial transactions. Also in Vancouver, regulatory partner Christopher Bystrom has been highlighted by clients as a future star.

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The Fasken team is unique due to its strong ability to take an open and transparent approach to regulatory applications, which clearly communicates the client’s position and builds credibility and goodwill with the Commission and interveners.’

Fasken’s energy team in Vancouver is highly client-oriented and members go out of their way to understand the client’s needs, business and unique circumstances. They are quick to learn the nuances involved in the issues faced by the client and bring their wealth of knowledge and creativity to address those issues.

Chris Bystrom is very knowledgeable on legal and regulatory issues and is a strong strategic thinker, who is able to identify angles that others may not think of and devise strategies to address complex problems.’

Key clients

BC Hydro and Power Authority

EPCOR Utilities Inc.

Just Energy Group

FortisBC Inc.

AltaLink Management Ltd. (Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada)

ENERCON Canada Inc.

Nalcor Energy

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Manitoba Hydro


Republic of Guinea

International trade Tier 3

Fasken is staffed by an impressive bench of former politicians and regulatory counsel, including a past Minister of International Trade and a former senior lawyer at the CITT, and is thus noted for its unique insight into the regulatory regime governing trade. The group handles the full gamut of international trade and foreign investment law matters, with notable expertise in trade treaty concerns, customs issues, trade remedies and anti-corruption compliance. Clifford Sosnow, who splits his practice between Toronto and Ottawa, co-leads the group together with Montreal-based Peter Kirby.

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Fasken has a breadth of knowledge on a variety of international trade topics. This includes both macro trade policy issues, as well as more technical regulatory and trade barriers such as Cuban sanctions.’

Fasken has provided critical expertise in our trade issue. The team has developed expert knowledge of our business, the risks and the most effective means of advancing our concerns with both international and national regulators.’

Clifford Sosnow demonstrates strong experience, attention to detail and commitment to customer service.’

Pensions Tier 3

Fasken is distinguished in part by its record in contentious matters, where it routinely utilizes the wider firm’s deep bench of litigators to handle complex disputes, including class actions. In addition, in the non-contentious space, the team advises on plan design, administration and restructuring. Former department head Peggy McCallum recently stepped down to counsel and Ross Gascho now leads the team. Michael Wolpert joined from Lawson Lundell LLP and splits his time between Calgary and Toronto.

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We can always reach someone at Fasken and have an answer quickly, if other resources are required Fasken always has an expert on site.’

‘Peggy McCallum’s successor, Ross Gascho, has slid into the role virtually seamlessly.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

Kellogg Canada Inc.

SCI Group Inc.

E.I. du Pont Canada Company

AT&T Global Services Canada Co.

Intact Financial Corporation

CP Rail

Manulife Financial

Co-operators Life Insurance Company

Real estate Tier 3

Fasken has continued to raise its profile on the investment side, with recent mandates for Oxford Properties Group, Ivanhoe Cambridge and LaSalle Investment Management (Canada). The practice is also noted for its expertise in development and leasing matters. In Montreal, transactional specialist Richard Clare has varied experience in financings, acquisitions and dispositions, while Toronto-based Andrea Centa has an established profile for her work in property development, property finance, and acquisitions and dispositions.

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The team is very strong, capable and experienced. Lawyers are good at anticipating and asking questions before they come up. Most of all, they function as a tight, integrated team — and I emphasize team; they all work well together. Communication amongst the team and with the client are impressive.’

This team has a good number of lawyers with experience in advising on complicated development or transactional projects.’

The Fasken real estate team is the most seamless national team with whom I have dealt. When I request changes to a form of agreement in one province, those changes are also made in other provinces where we work with Fasken. The firm also presented a national strategy for our legal work and makes use of resources across all of their offices.’

Key clients

Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.

LaSalle Investment Management (Canada)

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company


Government of Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Woodbine Entertainment Group

Immobilier CarbonLeo – Royalmount Shopping Centre

Oxford Properties Group

BASF Canada Inc.



Holt Renfrew

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Fasken’s practice has a strong record in advising accountants and lenders on insolvency and restructuring cases, and enjoys close relationships with enviable clients such as PwC, Deloitte, HSBC Bank Canada and Royal Bank of Canada. The firm also stands out for its regional strength across all of Canada’s key centres, including Vancouver, where John Grieve QC is the name to note, and Toronto, which is the seat of global restructuring head Stuart Brotman. The firm’s signature mining practice is a significant driver of work and thus the team deep expertise in advising a variety of stakeholders on multi-jurisdictional mining-related insolvencies. Vancouver-based litigator Kibben Jackson is a talented up-and-comer.

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The group has deep and broad bench strength. Kibben Jackson is pragmatic and good at consensus building.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc

Ernst & Young Inc.

Deloitte & Touche Inc.

Alvarez & Marsal Canada ULC

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

HSBC Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

Bank of Nova Scotia

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Bank of Montreal

Richter Advisory Group Inc.

R.C. Morris

Stern Partner Inc.

Catalyst Capital Group

Gordon Brothers Group

BDO Canada

Raymond Chabot

Transport: aviation Tier 3

Fasken houses a robust disputes practice that represents airlines, leasing companies and other aviation service providers in complex claims, including class actions. The group also teams up with its market-leading employment practice to provide industry-specific labour and employment advice. Vancouver-based litigator Michael Parrish is noted for his expertise in aviation and product liability cases. Former group head Martin Sheehan was appointed Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec

Key clients

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Airbus Group

Airbus Helicopters

Boeing Company

Gate Gourmet

Marsh Canada Limited

Turbomeca SA

Piper Aircraft, Inc.

Federal Employers- Transportation and Communication (FETCO)

Transport: other transport Tier 3

Fasken is recognized for its solid auto sector offering, which routinely acts for by original equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in regulatory and contentious mandates. On the infrastructure side, the firm is noted for its strong record in advising on rail and bus projects. Toronto-based litigator Steven Rosenhek chairs the automotive group.

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Dispute resolution Tier 4

Fasken’s litigation practice has a presence in all of Canada’s four key markets but it is particularly prominent in Toronto and British Columbia, where it fields one of the most experienced benches in the province. The firm’s is a top choice for resources-related litigation, an also has expertise in financial services, technology and public law litigation. The national group is led from Vancouver by Geoffrey Cowper QC, whose practice spans commercial law, public law and human rights. Other key names in Vancouver are Mark Andrews QC, who has acted as counsel in over 200 published judgments of the BC and Federal Courts, and corporate and commercial litigator Tracey Cohen QC. Other key figures include Toronto-based Sarah Armstrong, who serves as firm-wide arbitration chair, Marc-André Fabien Ad E in Montreal, and Robert Maxwell in Calgary.

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Key clients

Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada Co.

Royal Bank of Canada

BC Hydro and Power Authority

Mount Polley Mining Corporation and Imperials Metal Corporation

Nevsun Resources Ltd.

YouYi Group Holdings (Canada) Ltd.

Craig James, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; and Gary Lenz, Sergeant-at-Arms

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Brendan S. MacMillan

Canada Post Corporation

Eldorado Gold Corp

Marni Johnson et al – Trustees of the British Columbia Credit Union Employees’ Pension Plan

Google LLC

Detour Gold Corporation



Guy Lapierre

Automodular Corporation

Bronson Consulting Group


Alion Science and Technology Corporation

The Co-operators Group Insurance

Hon. Scott Brison

Cook (Canada) Inc., Cook Medical LLC, Cook Medical Incorporated (a.k.a. Cook Medical, Inc.), Cook Incorporated, Cook Group, Inc., and William Cook Europe APS

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

Equifax Inc. and Equifax Canada Co.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (U.S.)

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Canada

Nissan Canada Inc., Nissan North America Inc., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Nissan Canada Finance Inc. and Nissan Design America, Inc.

Sandoz Canada Inc

BNP Paribas

Laurentian University

Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Spotify Canada


Bombardier Recreational Products

Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd



Canadian Broadcasting Corporation




Québecor Média

Intellectual property Tier 4

Fasken’s national practice covers the spectrum of IP issues, from IP audits and filing to portfolio management and litigation. The firm leverages its market-leading communications expertise in copyright matters, where it has recently been engaged by major telecoms clients such as Bell Canada, Cogeco and Spotify. Headed in Montreal by Julie Desrosiers, who specializes in patent litigation, the team also has broad expertise in patent and trademark matters. Associate Michael Shortt, who has an emphasis on the video game and artificial intelligence industries, and trademark specialist Jean-Philippe Mikus are also recommended in Montreal.

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The team is world-class and puts forward timely and business-savvy advice.’

Fasken’s network of foreign correspondents is second to none. I rely on the firm to coordinate and bring back effective and actionable information – and they consistently deliver on this front. From complex copyright issues to strategic management of trademarks, the team is heads above other big firms that do IP in name only.’

Michael Shortt is a tank. He is energetic and passionate about IP and his work. He can bring very creative input to complex files, and shows a very refreshing balance of academic knowledge and more practical advice.’

Key clients

Bell Canada, Cogeco, Google, Rogers, Shaw, Videotron & Spotify

Janssen Inc.

Bell Canada, TekSavvy, TELUS, Videotron, SaskTel, Cogeco, Canadian Network Operators Consortium, Xplornet and Shaw (“ISP Coalition”)

Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopter v Bell Textron

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP)

Nuheara Limited

Uber Technologies Inc.

Element AI Inc.

Intuit Inc.

Endoceutics inc.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Dermarché Labs, LLC

Symbility Solutions Inc.

Jamieson Laboratories Ltd.

British Columbia Automobile Association

The Jim Pattison Group


White Spot Limited


Sensio Inc.

Amgen & Others

Greenhouse Grown Foods Ltd. (dba Windset Farms)

The Little Potato Company Ltd.


Quebec Government


Fiera Capital Corporation

Tax Tier 4

Fasken’s global mining reputation places it in a strong position to advise on tax matters in the natural resources sector, including tax planning and international tax structuring. Toronto-based Christopher Steeves leads the group, which is also active in the financial services and private client spheres. In Montreal, Alain Ranger is noted for his skill sets in transactional and contentious tax issues.

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Fasken’s team demonstrated excellent knowledge of their subject matter with the ability to translate it into results on our behalf.’

Lawyers possess strong knowledge of the law, with the capacity to apply the law on a practical basis to move cases forward.’

Key clients

Air Canada

Government of Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Special Committee of The Jean Coutu Group (JCP) Inc.

Sotera Health LLC and Nordion Inc.

Zijin Mining Group Co.

Agreement Express Inc.

United Rentals, Inc.

Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

NewCastle Gold Ltd.

Just Energy Group Inc.


In this increasingly competitive business environment, making decisions effectively and efficiently is vital for any organization to thrive. Fasken’s more than 700 lawyers in Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa are always ready to navigate legal challenges and capitalize on business opportunities. As a leading international business law and litigation firm, Fasken offers experience and expertise across a wide range of industries and practice areas to fulfil the needs of organizations worldwide. The firm’s utmost concern is to provide the business community with the tools to meet constantly evolving legal obligations and adjust to industry transformations. Its clients range from corporations, government agencies, regulatory authorities, non-profit bodies and individuals, each of whom benefit from a commitment to quality, cogent advice and strong international reach. Fasken’s excellence and broad industry expertise consistently garners accolades and top rankings worldwide by Chambers Global, Lexpert, IFLR 1000’s Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, The Best Lawyers in Canada, and Who’s Who Legal. Core practice areas include: aboriginal, antitrust/competition and marketing, Asia Pacific, banking and finance, communications, construction, corporate social responsibility, energy, financial institutions, forestry, government relations, political law, health, information technology and public/private partnerships, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, intellectual property, international arbitration, investment products and wealth management, labour/ employment and human rights, life sciences, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, mining, pensions and benefits, privacy and information protection, private equity and venture capital, real estate, tax, trusts, wills/estates and charities.


While Fasken takes pride in each of these acknowledgements, the firm takes its greatest satisfaction from clients who continue to entrust it with the most pressing matters. Fasken aims to see legal issues in the context of its clients’ broader business issues, and has created a firm that is nimble, entrepreneurial and responsive to the global pressures facing all clients. Its success depends on the success of its clients.


Department Name Email Telephone
Aboriginal law Kevin O'Callaghan +1 604 631 4839
Banking and finance Jon J Holmstrom +1 416 865 5125
Mining John SM Turner +1 416 865 4380
Labour, employment and human rights Claire Vachon +1 613 696 6870
Mergers and acquisitions Richard J Steinberg +1 416 865 5443
Litigation and dispute resolution Geoffrey Cowper +1 604 631 3185
Infrastructure and public-private partnerships W Thomas Barlow +1 416 868 3403
Information technology John P Beardwood +1 416 868 3490
Antitrust/competition and marketing Anthony F Baldanza +1 416 865 4352
Real estate Richard J Clare +1 514 397 7501
Private client Kar Cheong (KC) Miu +1 604 631 4980
Private client Corina S Weigl +1 416 865 4549
Telecoms, media and broadcasting Laurence JE Dunbar +1 613 236 3882
Contacts : Peter Feldberg, +1 403 261 5364,