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Canada > Dispute resolution

Fasken's dispute resolution offering is especially strong in British Columbia, where it remains among the market leaders. The team’s class action expertise is coming increasingly to the fore as more national class actions are hosted in the province; Andrew Borrell is a key contact in defending these, while practice co-lead Tracey Cohen leads on these as well as a range of the market’s most complex litigation cases. Geoffrey Cowper has extensive experience litigating before the Supreme Court and leads the national dispute resolution group, and associate Alexandra Mitretodis is frequently involved in cross-jurisdiction disputes. Laura Cooper chairs the Ontario group, where securities litigation is a particular strength, along with class actions. Sarah Armstrong is a name to note in that respect, and associate Rachel Laurionis a very knowledgeable and skilled young lawyer‘ focused on product liability matters. Those lawyers are based at the Toronto office but the firm also has a small disputes team in Ottawa which acts in government-related matters. The Alberta team is based in Calgary and jointly led by Karen Wyke and Gulu Punia. Its expertise reflects the importance of the energy sector to the region, and Darren Reed comes recommended as a ‘top-notch litigator'. In Quebec, Frédéric Gilbert leads the practice group, with Marc-André Fabien a further key contact along with ‘exceptional lawyerVincent Cérat Lagana.


‘Fasken is our go to firm for product liability and class action matters. This firm has been servicing our company for many years and is a trusted advisor. They have extensive experience in this sector and their advice and guidance is always on point. ’

‘Very responsive, professional team that took the time to understand our business in order to give tailored advice rather than typical “lawyer” advice. While we have large volume and complexity in our matters, requiring a number of different counsel, I am familiar with everyone on our files, they take time to get to know our internal team and that makes working with them a great experience. ’

Our primary contact at the firm is Peter Plizska in the Toronto office. Peter has been providing services to our company for many years. He is very skilled, knowledgeable and a trusted advisor on product liability and class action matters. Peter is my go to person on product liability matters. He is always able to provide me with helpful guidance and advise on the spot.’

Rachel Laurion in the Toronto office handles various files for both our company and our foreign parent company. She is a very knowledgeable and skilled young lawyer with excellent communications skills. She provides clear and concise explanations and has obtained very positive results on several cases to date.’

‘They are all experts in their fields, they rely on each other for expertise and in order to get us the best answer. They are a fantastic team.’

‘Fasken has a great team which can handle any type of files. They are always available and very quick to answer to any demands. ’

‘Vincent Cerat-Lagana is an exceptional lawyer. Not only does he grasp the legal aspects of a file but he also realizes our business needs. His case management is unmatched, as he understands perfectly the necessity to close some files quickly. I trust Vincent 100% with all our files and that every decision he takes is in our best interest.’

‘Darren Reed is a top notch litigator, who is business-minded, practical, tough and whip smart.’

Key clients




Air Canada


HSBC Canada


Enercon Canada

Canadian Pacific Railway


Thurber Engineering

CMS Financial Management

AECOM Canada

Cook Group

Thurber Engineering

Federal New Democratic Party

Parkland Fuel


Royal Mutual Funds

Nevsun Resources

Wastech Services

Mount Polley Mining

Imperials Metal

Cambie Surgeries

Greenstar Plant Products

Bank of Montreal


Air Transat

Waterton Precious Metals Bid

Titan Minerals

Eastern Platinum


The Co-operators Group Insurance

Airbus Helicopters

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)


Intact Insurance Company

Elanco Canada

Bronson Consulting Group

Discipline Committee and Fitness to Practise Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dufferin Construction Company

Assembly of First Nations

Capital One


Air Canada

TD Waterhouse Canada

Epix Resource Finance

Nissan Canada

Guyana Goldfields

Pace Credit Union

Sandoz Canada

V.M. Koury Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented Google in multiple privacy class action proceedings, seeking to extend the scope of privacy rights and to obtain class-wide damages in circumstances where no individual harm to class members could be established.
  • Acting for car insurers Intact Insurance, Bélair Direct and Industrial Alliance in a class action instituted against car insurers across the province.
  • Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in the defence of two audit negligence claims involving Bondfield Construction.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 1

Standing out for its international footprint, Fasken is one of the first ports of call for high-value transactions and regulatory matters in the mining sector, where it acts for mineral exploration companies, major international financial institutions, underwriters and private equity funds in the gamut of matters. In addition to its strength in M&A and financing deals, the team is equipped to assist mining clients with development and operation agreements, permitting issues, international arbitration and IP law. Based in Vancouver, John Turner leads the global mining group, steering the team in a range of corporate finance and M&A deals involving mining companies active throughout Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Andrew Gabrielson coordinates the group from Vancouver, and regularly advises on commercial mining agreements, project development and acquisitions of mining assets. Brian Graves is another notable practitioner in Toronto; he is singled out for his experience of cross-border mining transactions. Toronto-base Krisztián Tóth focuses on mining finance and joint ventures, while Johanna Fipke in Vancouver has a deep understanding of permitting, M&A and financing in the mining sector.

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‘The Fasken mining team is highly experienced and seamlessly integrates the specialist expertise of its lawyers. They have the bench strength needed to efficiently manage large, complex transactions. This integration spans their offices across Canada – we often work with Fasken lawyers from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.’

‘Strong personal relationships; they understand our business and our approach to developing and completing transactions; and an honest relationship (for example, they tell us when busy on other client matters so we can appropriately re-schedule work deadlines).’

Key clients

AuRico Metals Inc.

De Beers Canada Inc.

Detour Gold Corporation

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

IAMGOLD Corporation

K92 Mining Inc.

Leagold Mining Corporation

Orion Mine Finance

Sibanye Gold Ltd.

Teck Resources Limited

Gatos Silver, Inc.

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 1

With unparalleled geographical reach across Canada, Fasken is recurrently retained by large corporations operating in the energy, oil and gas, mining, forestry, real estate and infrastructure sectors facing major legal challenges pertaining to Indigenous law. The team has an impressive track record of negotiating IBAs on behalf of industry players, and providing due diligence related to Indigenous issues arising from M&A, securities and tax transactions. On the contentious front, the group is a strong performer acting for private-sector clients in Aboriginal claims, injunctions and regulatory proceedings. Practice head Kevin O’Callaghan offers legal support to clients throughout Western and Northern Canada in relation to Indigenous law, project development, litigation and corporate social responsibility issues; he is based in Vancouver. Brenden Hunter is a key contact in the Calgary office, who regularly appears before regulatory tribunals and assists with Indigenous consultation obligations.

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Brenden Hunter; Tracy Pratt; Kai Alderson; Emilie Bundock; Bridget Kilbride


‘I work with Tracy Pratt at Fasken. She has a lot of experience with Ontario First Nations and understands how to make an early exploration agreement with Ontario First Nations in a timely fashion and that does not result in excessive costs and obligations. She is an excellent Indigenous Law lawyer. ’

‘Tracy Pratt goes the extra mile to ensure we get our agreements completed on time.’

Key clients

Boart Longyear Canada

Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Limited (a TC Energy subsidiary) (“CGL”)

AltaLink Management Ltd. (Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada)

BC Hydro

Gazoduq inc.

Manitoba Hydro

Cermaq Canada

Assembly of First Nations

Ovintiv Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Boart Longyear in respect of a joint venture with the economic development arm of Matachewan First Nation to deliver drilling services to mining operators in northeastern Ontario.
  • Advised Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Limited (a TC Energy subsidiary) (“CGL”) on many issues relating to a major natural gas pipeline project including blockades, injunctions and agreement negotiations and implementation
  • Aacting as lead counsel to AltaLink in relation to a number of new 240 kV transmission line projects proposed for central Alberta (the Provost to Edgerton, Nilrem to Vermilion and Central-East Transfer Out projects).

Canada > Insurance Tier 1

Fasken counts among its clients some of the most important global insurers and reinsurers, including Travelers, Swiss Re, Intact and Allianz. Known for its regulatory work, the team has expertise working with federal and provincial regulators, with work examples including securities issuances, novel joint ventures, and corporate reorganizations. In particular, the team has growing experience acting on behalf of insurtech companies and those with unique distribution methods. The practice also serves as a key advisor to firms hoping to enter the Canadian market, both new companies and foreign insurers. Its transactional arm is equally strong, advising on a number of key M&A matters in the industry. Koker Christensen chairs the team’s financial services group and heads the insurance team. He advises on key transactional matters, with added regulatory expertise. Kathleen Butterfield and associate Craig Bellefontaine focus on regulatory matters. All listed lawyers are based in Toronto.

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Acted for Foresters in the issuance of subordinated debt, the first-ever issuance of securities by this company
  • Provided insurance regulatory advice on the Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquisition of Towerhill Insurance Brokers Inc.
  • Provided regulatory advice during the agreement negotiations between Economical Insurance and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions to provide access to Swiss Re’s International Program Administration platform.

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 1

Fasken's federal labour and employment practice distinguishes itself acting for leading national employers in change management scenarios, such as reorganisations and privatisations. One of the firm's key clients is Air Canada, for whom Karen Sargeant in Toronto is one of the lead advisers; her work covers the full scope of labour and employment matters, with 2020 and 2021 being dominated by issues relating to Covid-19, such as layoffs and subsequent recalls. Sargeant co-heads the practice with Montréal-based partner Stéphane Fillion and David Wong in Vancouver. Also based in Vancouver is David McDonald, who is recommended for advice on labour relations and collective bargaining. Another key figure is counsel Douglas Gilbert who, along with Sargeant and Fillion, leads the firm’s advice to US corporates on their human resources strategies in Canada. Counsel Brian Burkett is also a key contact. Magali Cournoyer-Proulx and Christopher Pigott are among a group of partners representing the future of the practice.


‘The people we work with make this practice unique in that they are down to earth, supportive and provide incredible customer service. They are extremely attentive to our needs and appreciate, as a public sector employer, the need to contain costs associated with our various files.’

‘Hands down, Karen Sargeant and Erin Porter are a joy to work with. Their patience, availability, knowledge and most especially their down to earth personalities, are most welcome and appreciated. No matter how ridiculous or simple a question, they readily provide knowledgeable and respectful responses. In addition, when faced with a particularly complex issue, they dig in and “get it” in no time at all.’

‘Everyone I have worked with in this practice is personable, knowledgeable, and organized. I can always rely on them to stay on top of the files they are working on. I am able to reach out to them for any inquiries and they are always willing and able to provide an answer.’

‘Every partner and associate I work with has provided me with excellent service. I know that when I reach out to any of the partners or associates I am going to get a professional and knowledgeable response. They are all very organized and ensure all information is gathered prior to advising.’

Key clients

Air Canada

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)

Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP Rail)

Canadian Employers Council (CEC)


First Team Transport

Rogers Communications


Work highlights

  • Advising Air Canada on strategic matters and provides ongoing representation in collective agreement arbitrations, labour relations board proceedings and employment, human rights and health and safety claims.
  • Assisting Ubisoft’s Montréal, Québec City, Toronto and Winnipeg’s offices with setting up procedures against workplace harassment after numerous claims of sexual harassment and abuse against employees of the company that led to major resignations.
  • Acted for the Canadian Olympic Committee in navigating Covid-19 with regard to employment and human rights issues.

Canada > Telecoms Tier 1

A leader in the telecoms and broadcasting market in Canada, Fasken ‘has expert and leading-edge knowledge of the domestic and international telecom industry and applicable laws and legal developments’. Clients as diverse as wireless, cable, IPTV, satellite television and internet service providers, broadcasters, digital media suppliers, governmental entities and financial institutions (among others), turn to the team for assistance with the full-array of telecoms matters, including corporate transactions, licensing issues, compliance, policy and regulatory matters. Representing clients before administrative tribunals, including the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Copyright Board, are key strengths for the department that is active in key provinces across Canada and abroad. Based in Ottawa, practice head Gerald Kerr-Wilson has a wealth of experience acting for domestic and multinational communications companies in copyright licensing and litigation. Laurence Dunbar is another key contact in Ottawa, who stands out for his cross-border expertise. In the same office, Scott Prescott is recommended for regulatory issues involving the broadcasting industry, while Leslie Milton focuses on enforcement proceedings before Canadian communications regulators. Barbara Miller in Toronto advises on investments, M&A and financing, and is regarded as ‘a key contributor to client success in the Canadian telecom market’.

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‘The Telecom practise team epitomizes being “in the trenches” with their clients. The team has expert and leading-edge knowledge of the domestic and international telecom industry and applicable laws and legal developments, and marries that with business-efficient legal solutions, all reflecting the practice team’s deep understanding of a client’s highly complex and evolving operations, technologies and objectives. The firm’s highly respected Telecom practice team draws upon and works very well with the firm’s bench strength in other practice areas as needed, such as privacy, tax, competition, mergers and acquisitions, employment, governmental affairs, litigation, etc. Clients receive highly expert, one-stop, thorough 360 degree legal engagement and product which means greater efficiencies, more creative solutions and timeliness for client. ’

‘Highly expert in their fields. Leading edge knowledge of the telecom industry, its evolving technologies and legal requirements and developments. Excellent understanding and commitment to assisting clients achieve their objectives. Barbara Miller epitomizes the firm’s exceptional standard of excellence in all respects – legal expertise, problem-solving, clear communications, availability, creativity, efficiency, team player. She is an absolute treasure to work with and is a key contributor to client success in the Canadian telecom market.’

Key clients

SaskTel, Eastlink, TekSavvy, TELUS

Rogers Media

Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

Acadia Broadcasting Limited

Xplornet Communications Inc.

Bragg Communications Incorporated (carrying on business as Eastlink), Cogeco Communications Inc., Rogers Communications Canada Inc., Shaw Cable Systems G.P. and Videotron Ltd

MTA/ Matanuska Telephone Association, Inc. (Alaska)

Myriota Canada and Myriota Pty Ltd (Australia)

Sirius XM Canada Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Rogers Communications Inc. on its efforts to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals for its proposed acquisition of all of the shares of Shaw Communications Inc.

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 2

Fasken's banking team acts for a broad domestic and international clientele, with an emphasis on acquisition finance, private equity, leveraged finance and project finance. Known for its work on behalf of lenders, the team has strong relationships with major institutions in the Canadian financial services sector, as well as key links in Beijing, London and Johannesburg. The department is particularly specialised in mining sector-related matters, and acts on a number of borrower-side mandates in this field, including project finance and corporate credits. Toronto-based John Torrey served as lead counsel to a syndicate of lenders providing TELUS $500m of acquisition financing for the purchase of Lionbridge AI. Also based in Toronto is Thomas Meagher, who has led on a number of key mining mandates for the firm, and rising star associate Daniel Conrad. Marc Novello and Angela Onesi are key figures in the firm’s Montreal office. Calgary-based Scott Sangster is known as ‘a very knowledgeable and capable financial services lawyer’, focusing on Western Canadian matters.


‘We use Scott Sangster and his team for two reasons: they are very good at what they do and we trust them. There are others out there who we know do a good job but the trust factor puts them at the top of our list.’

‘We know Scott is a very knowledgeable and capable financial services lawyer, but more importantly we know he will represent our interests. That level of trust is key for us.’

They have a strong knowledge of the Canadian mining industry and are experienced in structuring and closing mine financings.’

John Torrey – Practical and looks for solutions. Good experience in mine financings.’

Key clients

Export Development Canada

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD)

Canadian Imperial bank of Commerce (CIBC)

National Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

HSBC Bank Canada

Bank of Montréal (BMO)

Just Energy Inc.

Desjardins Financial Group

ATB Financial

Work highlights

  • Served as lead counsel to the syndicate of international lenders on the $500m credit facility increase for the acquisition of Lionbridge AI.
  • Acted for a bank syndicate led by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank Financial for the $1.2bn acquisition financing for WSP Global to acquire Enterra Holdings.
  • Acted for Agropur Coopérative in connection with the amendment and restatement of its cross-border bank revolving and term credit facilities and the implementation of cross-border security.

Canada > Capital markets Tier 2

Fasken acts on the full range of equity and debt transactions, advising large corporations, national and international banks, and institutional investors. It stands out for its expertise in IPOs, SPACS, PIPEs and a number of follow-on debt and equity transactions, with highlights including Caitlin Rose's advice to Nuvei Corporation on its $833m IPO. The department is also known for its broad range of sector expertise, with a particular emphasis on the mining and energy industries. Sarah Gingrich leads the Calgary-based team, combining her securities experience with a broader focus on corporate law. Sean Stevens and John Turner lead the Toronto team, with Turner particularly known for his mining sector work. Other key lawyers include Montréal-based Jean-Pierre Chamberlain, who focuses on large capital markets transactions, and Daniel Fuke, known for his ability to ‘learn complex and technical concepts quickly’.

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‘The team is very organized, able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and distinguish between the important matters and deadlines of each as needed.’

‘Daniel Fuke, Partner, is responsive, knowledgeable, and dependable. He’s an excellent primary contact for our firm. Russell Lindzon is an outstanding associate, capable of staying on top of multiple projects and deadlines.’

‘We operate in a fairly technical industry, and our lawyers at Fasken have done a great job at learning and advising on complicated commercial and corporate matters. We also find they are uniquely good with clients in other areas such as networking events, introductions, and industry updates.’

‘Daniel Fuke is our primary lawyer at the firm. He is a very versatile lawyer and is able to learn complex and technical concepts quickly. He is always quick to respond and does great work on a wide variety of corporate and commercial mandates. He is very good at maintaining strong relationships with clients – often making useful introductions, passing along relevant articles and news, and meeting at industry events. It is clear that he cares about his work and his clients’ businesses. We can always trust that he will be able to manage difficult matters and when necessary coordinate with the appropriate specialists.’

Key clients

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Aphria Inc.

Beacon Securities Limited Inc.

Desjardins Securities

Eldorado Gold Corporation

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

Gatos Silver, Inc.

Haywood Securities Inc.

Leagold Mining Corporation

Loop Energy Inc.

Middlefield Limited Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Nuvei Corporation

Parkland Corporation

PI Financial

The Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

The Flowr Corporation

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD)

TMX Group Limited

Transat A.T. Inc.

Zijin Mining Group Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nuvei Corporation in its $833m initial public offering and concurrent private placement, the largest tech IPO in TSX’s history.
  • Advised First Quantum Minerals on its $1.5bn offering of senior notes.
  • Advised the Toronto-Dominion Bank in its C$3bn offering of subordinated bonds.

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Known for its diverse range of industry expertise, Fasken offers broad competition services to its clients. In addition to strong merger control expertise, the team is extremely strong in contentious competition work, including criminal matters, marketing and advertising, and abuse of dominance cases, and is particularly active representing clients under investigation. An example of this was Antonio Di Domenico's representation of FlightHub in a deceptive marketing investigation. He co-leads the team from Toronto alongside Huy Do, with both handling a varied range of competition services. Anthony Baldanza is also noteworthy for his expertise in cartel and restrictive trade matters.

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Transat A.T. Inc.

BASF Canada


Aphria Inc.

Agropur Cooperative

Caisse de depot

ATS Automation

Jim Pattison Group

Mazda Canada Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Masonite Corporation


Canadian Olympic Committee

eStruxture Data Centres Inc.

HomeLife Realty Services Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aphria in its reverse takeover over of Tilray.
  • Acting for FlightHub in respect of a Competition Bureau investigation into alleged deceptive marketing.
  • Acting for BASF Canada in respect of the Competition Bureau’s national investigation of alleged anti-competitive conduct.

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Continuing its rise to the top of the M&A volume tables, Fasken offers its clients broad transactional expertise, with recent highlights including its advice to Aphria on its C$5bn merger with Tilray, the largest cannabis-sector merger in history, and its work for the shareholders in the Estée Lauder/DECIEM acquisition. It also has notable experience advising technology, energy and natural resources companies on their corporate needs. Private equity also remains an important area of focus for the team. Sarah Gingrich, Sean Stevens and John Turner jointly lead the team, Gingrich in Calgary and the others in Toronto. Other key names include cross-border expert Blair Horn and promising associate Martin Ferreira Pinho in Vancouver, technology expert Jean Michel Lapierre in Montréal, and private equity team co-head Caitlin Rose.


‘I worked with Fasken on a cross-border M&A deal. I was impressed with their cross-border transactional capabilities as well as by their team’s project management skills, which I am sure contributed to getting the deal done.’

‘Caitlin is a seasoned transactional lawyer, with remarkable people and situation management abilities. I also noticed Alexandra Lazar, who seems like a promising M&A lawyer.’

Key clients

ACL Services Ltd.

Air Canada


AT&T Inc.

Aviva plc

Bank of Nova Scotia

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

CGI Inc.

De Beers Société Anonyme

E. I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

Frontenac Company

Google Inc.

The Kraft Heinz Company

IBM Corporation

Investissements Novacap Inc.

Nuvei Corporation

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Rio Tinto Group

Starbucks Corporation

Transat A.T. Inc

Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders in their sale of DECIEM to The Estée Lauder Companies at an enterprise value of C$2.8bn.
  • Acted for CDPQ in its acquisition of Plenary Americas.
  • Acted as a legal advisor to Aphria in its plan of arrangement to combine Aphria and Tilray, to create the world’s largest cannabis company.

Canada > Environment Tier 2

Fasken fields a well-established environmental law practice that is skilled at managing environmental risks in the context of transactions, infrastructure projects permitting and beyond. The team leverages its close ties to other practice groups within the firm, such as regulatory and indigenous law, to assist clients from the natural resources and energy sectors with the environmental assessment of new and large-scale projects. Also noteworthy is the group’s climate change and carbon markets expertise, as well as crisis management, contaminated sites and environmental litigation capabilities. Rosalind Cooper co-leads the practice from Toronto, focusing on the defense of environmental prosecutions and disputes before all levels of court. Fellow co-head Pierre-Olivier Charlebois is sought after by clients for his deep knowledge of the energy and mining sectors, environmental regulations and climate change issues; he is based in Montréal. In Vancouver, Kai Alderson is proficient in the permitting of major projects and in the handling of environmental liabilities in commercial transactions.

Key clients

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Hexion Canada Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in connection with the environmental assessment and permitting of its proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.
  • Advised Hexion on legal aspects related to a complex contaminated site related to a former manufacturing facility located in Vancouver, BC.

Canada > International expertise Tier 2

Canada > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Canada > Pensions Tier 2

The pensions and benefits group at Fasken has a longstanding strength in pensions litigation and is increasingly seen as a go-to for advice on plan governance, as well as the pensions aspects of M&A. Practice head Ross Gascho, who is based in Toronto, advises clients on all aspects of the implementation, administration, funding, governance and wind-up of pension, group benefit and profit-sharing plans. Michael Wolpert divides his time between Calgary and Toronto, while Dominique Monet works at both the Ottawa and Montréal offices. The team was strengthened in March 2021 by the addition of associate Allyson Marta from Stikeman Elliott LLP.

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Key clients

Kellogg Canada



The Co-Operators Life Insurance Company

TC Energy

Avon Canada

New Avon

Sobeys Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Avon on a proposed class action proceeding by Avon retirees claiming that Avon breached its contract with them when it terminated their post-retirement benefits effective January 1, 2020.
  • Acted for Sazerac in its first defined benefit plans, being an assumption of seller’s defined benefit plans when it bought the related business.
  • Advising TC Energy on a wide variety of issues regarding both plans, including governance, investment, trust, foreign employee matters, beneficiary issues, and day to day administration.

Canada > Public procurement Tier 2

Bringing together procurement experts and litigators, Fasken is not only adept at assisting clients with high-profile procurement transactions and projects at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, but is also proficient in litigation, trade issues and government relations matters. National security mandates, including procurements involving controlled goods and contract security, are a strong point for the team, that has been recently called upon by clients to provide innovative solutions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Based between Ottawa and Toronto, Peter Mantas, who regularly acts as lead litigation procurement counsel in prominent Canadian cases, oversees the nationwide department. Marcia Mills, who also splits her time between Ottawa and Toronto, has a wealth of experience advising government entities and private companies throughout the procurement cycle and on trade agreement compliance and disputes.

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Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario/ Metrolinx

Government of Canada and Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Bronson Consulting Group

Assembly of First Nations

United Kingdom, Department of International Trade

Alion Science and Technology Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acts for Bronson Consulting Group in a billion dollar case against the government of Canada involving a procurement for the delivery of Canadian visa services around the world.
  • Advises Alion in the challenging of a procurement for the replacement of Canada’s destroyers and frigates.
  • Has been appointed to the UK government’s post-Brexit international trade law panel in a consortium with London-based law firm Pinsent Masons and US law firm Baker Hostetler.

Canada > Technology Tier 2

Fasken has a first-rate reputation the emerging technology space, fielding a specialist team which acts for Canadian emerging tech companies, investors and acquirers. It also has a strong profile in the IT arena, with a dedicated group handling a wide range of provincial and federal issues. It advises clients on matters such as systems implementation, outsourcing arrangements and new technologes. The firm's strengths in the IT and tech arena are complemented by its capabilities in areas such as corporate and commercial, M&A, tax, IP and employment. Names to note include Christian Jacques, who focuses on corporate finance, technology and commercial law. Also recommended are IP lawyer Jean-Nicolas Delage and Karam Bayrakal, who works with private and public sector clients on IT infrastructure and systems integration, app development, licensing, and related privacy matters. Bayrakal is also noted for having specialist knowledge of the video games industry. Andrew Nunes in Toronto has a focus on M&A and outsourcing matters. Christopher Ferguson and Gabriel Stern, who are also based in Toronto, made partners in December 2020.

Key clients

Canada Healthy Infoway



Taiga Motors

Sonder Holdings

ACL Services

Lane Technologies

Delve Laboratories


Clevest Solutions

Transport > Other transport Tier 2

Fasken's transport group is known for its 'strong presence in the rail sector,' but it is also active for road sector clients. The team has a particularly strong relationship with Canada Pacific Railway, handling commercial litigation as well as collision and cargo claims. The team has additional expertise advising on infrastructure and PPP projects, environmental law and commercial work, including financing. It also offers labour and employment support to clients primarily in the trucking area, led by Toronto-based Ian Campbell. The team is led by Steven Rosenhek, Peter Pliszka and Rosalind Cooper in Toronto, and Paul Wilson in Vancouver.

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‘This is a team that cares about our business and takes an active interest in what we do. ’

‘They have a genuine interest in the business my firm was involved with. As a result they care and work collaboratively to resolve issues. They are great with innovative ideas to resolve issues as they arise’

‘Fasken has a strong presence in the rail sector and can be considered a premier firm in that area.’

Key clients

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Schneider National Carriers

Canadian Pacific Railway

Trimac Transportation

VIA Rail

Marsh Canada Limited

Turbomeca SA

XTL Transport

Penske Canada

Ryder Truck Rental Canada Ltd.,

Work highlights

  • Representing CP Railway in a dispute regarding whether CP Rail is obliged to reconstruct a railway bridge over the Fraser River for a major chemical distributor.
  • Advising Infrastructure Ontario on the Ontario Line Subway P3 project.
  • Advised Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on financial matters relating to the renovation of the Gordie Howe Bridge to Detroit, Michigan.

Canada > Cannabis Tier 3

Fasken's cannabis practice stands out for its significant regulatory expertise, regularly providing regulatory support to producers, distributors and retailers. In addition to marketing and labelling work, it also advises on applications for retail licenses, potential draft legislation, and matters relating to recalls and testing. It has a growing practice with newly legalized products, including edibles, extracts and topical products. The team also offers a transactional practice, focusing on M&A and corporate financing. Barbara Miller heads the team from Toronto, and stands out for her significant experience in cannabis-related licensing matters. Kosta Kostic joined the team from McMillan LLP; he has experience advising cannabis companies on capital markets matters.

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Verano Holdings, LLC


The Flowr Corporation

BZAM Management Inc.

BZAM Holdings Inc.

BZAM Cannabis Corp.

Flower One Holdings Inc.

Aleafia Health Inc.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc

Ring International Holding AG

Maricann Inc

CanAdelaar B.V.

Beacon Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Aphria Inc on its merger with Tilray, resulting in the world’s largest cannabis company by revenue.
  • Advising The Flowr Corporation on its strategic acquisition of Terrace Global.
  • Represented Grant Thornton, in its capacity as court-appointed monitor of Beleave Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries in CCAA proceedings.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Forming a key part of the firm’s global energy group, Fasken‘s oil and gas team showcases a very strong track record in regulatory proceedings, in which it acts for clients before government agencies and at all court levels. In addition to core oil and gas matters, the practice is sought after for its proficiency in approval processes, environmental requirements, ESG matters and indigenous law aspects of energy projects. Matthew Ghikas, who is noted for his extensive experience in energy regulations and litigation, oversees the oil and gas department, is a key name to note in Vancouver. The department is led by Ron Ezekiel and André Turmel in Vancouver and Montreal, respectively.

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Marathon Petroleum Canada Trading & Supply (Marathon)

FortisBC Energy Inc.

Parkland Corporation.

Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Work highlights

  • Advising Marathon on the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. application for Canadian Mainline Contracting Proceeding.
  • Advising FortisBC Energy Inc on its $800m Liquefied Natural Gas storage project, including with respect to obtaining the necessary regulatory approval from the BC Utilities Commission.
  • Advised Plains Midstream Canada ULC on all aspects of a share and asset swap transaction with Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 3

Fasken  has an active presence in the energy regulatory space, representing power clients before government regulators, in the permitting of projects and in high-risk proceedings. The team’s strength lies in electricity utility matters, including transmission and renewable project applications. Ron Ezekiel and Andre Turmel, who are based in Vancouver and Montreal respectively, jointly manage the practice. New green technologies and renewables are areas of expertise for Turmel. Managing partner Peter Feldberg in Calgary has a strong reputation in the regulatory sphere, especially in the power sector. In Vancouver, Christopher Bystrom stands our for his involvement in regulatory approvals and environmental assessments of major power projects.

Practice head(s):


‘Solid understanding of our utility’s assets and working of the system.’

‘Chris Bystrom has very strong understanding of our business. Chris has been instrumental in ensuring our regulatory applications are well prepared and well presented in front of our regulator. Chris has also ensured our witness panels are ready to provide strong compelling testimony as witnesses.’

‘Those in the Power practice at Fasken truly understand our business and what is important to the Company, which results in legal advice that is thoughtful and practical. They are incredibly responsive and always think of the larger strategic picture when providing advice.’

Key clients

Nalcor Energy Marketing Corporation

AltaLink Management Ltd. (Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada)

FortisAlberta Inc.

BC Hydro

FortisBC Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising AltaLink on a number of new 240 kV transmission line projects proposed for central Alberta.
  • Represented FortisAlberta in a virtual hearing before the Alberta Utilities Commission in an application concerning the rate design and cost allocation with respect to the recovery of FortisAlberta’s $1.453bn revenue requirement.
  • Advising BC Hydro on filing for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for two large capital projects related to BC Hydro’s Bridge River system.

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 3

At Fasken, the global infrastructure and projects group has a strong track record in PPP projects and secondary market transactions, and regularly acts on behalf of bidders, developers, lenders, and contractors, with a particular emphasis on the transportation and energy sectors. Toronto-based Ella Plotkin, who assists with all aspects of project development and financing in the infrastructure, natural resources and telecoms space, chairs the practice. Adam Lewinberg  joined in August 2021 and arrives with an extensive track record in public-private partnership, alternative finance and linear construction projects.

Practice head(s):


‘Fasken has a deep and experienced team that can manage highly complex and involved transactions. Their sophisticated understanding of P3s at Federal and Provincial levels of government and with the associated wide range of issues gives the team the ability to provide informed advice and counsel on novel issues and challenges. The team is focused, attentive, dedicated and proactive.’

‘Partners Tom Barlow, Brian Kelsall and Ella Plotkin provide well-informed advice and thinking on a wide range of issues, from a technical legal perspective but also through a pragmatic, commercial lens. As individuals they are comfortable in providing business clients and in-house counsel candid but respectful viewpoints when engaging in discussion and debate on issues, with the objective of providing a thorough consideration of decisions in the best interest of the client.’

‘Deep experience having practised in the field for decades.’

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario/ Metrolinx – Ontario Line Subway Project

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Government of Canada and Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

TC Energy

Canada Development Investment Corporation on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Plenary Americas – DC Streetlighting Project

Plenary Americas – North Carolina Broadband Project

DP World Prince Rupert Inc.

Tilson Tech – North Carolina Broadband project

RBC Dominion Securities

Toronto Dominion Securities Inc.

Quebec City

Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising Infrastructure Ontario/ Metrolinx on the planning, preparation, procurement and construction processes for the Ontario Line subway project.
  • Assisted Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, as the client reached financial close with Bridging North America General Partnership for the design, construction, financing, operations, maintenance and rehabilitation of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.
  • Advising Coastal GasLink on builders lien and holdback matters in respect of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

Canada > Intellectual property Tier 3

Fasken advises on the full range of strategic IP matters in addition litigation. After significant growth in 2019 and 2020, the team has organized in sub-groups focused on different niches of IP law, integrating the firm’s various offices across the country. Patent agent and litigator David Turgeon heads the practice from Montréal, where Julie Desrosiers often represents high-tech corporations in relation to the protection of their IP, trade secrets and strategic information; the pair are supported by associates Patricia Hénault, who handles IP-contract drafting in addition to disputes, and Michael Shortt, an expert in the artificial intelligence and video games industries.  

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

Thermolec Ltée

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP)

Merck Canada


Medunik Canada



Entertainment Software Association

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Quebecor Media

Bell Canada

Groupe Le Balthazar

Rogers Communications

Work highlights

  • Represented Bombardier Recreational Products in a multi-strand patent infringement dispute against Arctic Cat.
  • Advising Pattison Outdoor Advertising in a multi-faceted patent infringement dispute against T-Rex Property.
  • Acting for several pharmaceutical companies in a constitutional challenge to the federal government’s amendments to the patented medicines regulations and to the regulation of patented drug prices by the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board.

Canada > International trade Tier 3

Offering ‘excellent technical skills and high-quality advice,’ Fasken‘s trade practice provides corporate clients with advice on a number of key global trade agreements. It has a strong trade remedy practice, acting regularly in federal court on anti-dumping/countervailing measures, and a strong regulatory grasp. Most notable, however, is the firm’s anti-bribery and corruption offerings. The ‘no-nonsense, pragmatic and proactive’ Clifford Sosnow co-leads the team alongside experienced trade lawyer Peter Kirby.  Sosnow splits his time between Ottawa and Toronto, while Kirby is Montreal-based. The team works closely with its government relations practice, with key contacts being Dan Brock and Andrew House.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Chrétien; Andrew House; Dan Brock


‘A large multi-office firm able to assist business in all areas of expertise with excellent technical skills and high-quality advice, combined with partner involvement and proximity/availability and good integration and communication between the different practices within the firm. ’

‘Clifford Sosnow offers a no-nonsense, pragmatic and proactive approach. A well-experienced and knowledgeable lawyer with excellent professional judgement. He tells you exactly what to do.’

‘Dan Brock and Andrew House are exceptional. They are personally engaged, well connected to policymakers, have built a solid grasp of the unique needs of our business and are solid and pragmatic strategists.’

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 3

The real estate group at Fasken acts for a diverse roster of clients, comprising pension funds, REITS, financial institutions, public entities, developers and lenders. The team enjoys a strong presence in the Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary markets, and is often retained to assist with construction-related matters, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions and financings of real estate projects across the country. Andrea Centa in Toronto heads up the Ontario real estate department, and advises domestic and foreign clients on transactions and development mandates. Mariella Lo Papa, who is particularly noted for her expertise of retail leasing, is the main point of contact in the Montréal office, while Sergio Custodio in Vancouver oversees the British Columbia real estate practice. Also sitting in Montréal, Nicolas Leblanc acts for institutional investors in a range of real estate transactions, including financing and joint ventures.


‘The team has a good combination of senior partners and associates with various capabilities and specialized sub-areas.’

‘The partner Allison MacInnis is outstanding. She is very experienced, thorough and technical, and always tries to find solutions for the client.’

‘The team is very responsive and very knowledgeable. Always thinking outside of the box.’

‘Great depth of industry knowledge and experience. We get very practical advice from Faskens which is appreciated.’

Key clients

Fengate Capital Management Ltd.

LaSalle Investment Management (Canada)

Canada Lands Company CLC Limited

Lafarge Canada Inc.

Broccolini Construction Inc.

Oxford Properties Group

Artis REIT

Bank of Montreal

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Fiera Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Lafarge Canada Inc. on the acquisition of Mixcor Aggregates Inc.’s Alberta-based assets.
  • Advised real estate investment funds sponsored by Broccolini with respect to their joint venture with RioCan REIT whereby Broccolini acquired an interest in RioCan’s Centre Kirkland (Quebec).
  • Advised Carttera Management Inc. on the acquisition of a majority ownership stake and controlling interest in 530 Front Street West, Toronto, currently known as Portland Commons, an innovative office building designed with a focus on technology, wellness and sustainability.

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

In addition to handling informal workouts and restructurings, Fasken acts for a wide range of clients on formal proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, Canada Business Corporations Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. According to a client, ‘they excel in providing practical and creative solutions for their clients in some of the most complex restructuring situations.’ The team, which is led by Toronto-based partner Stuart Brotman, includes Brandon Farber in Montréal and Vancouver-based partner Kibben Jackson. John Grieve QC is another key individual.

Practice head(s):


‘Excellent service, very timely responses, and a wide array of experience in several different types of industries. I am comfortable entrusting matters in their hands. They get the job done and are good at it. ’

‘What makes Fasken great are the team members. Not only are they good at what they do, they’re also excellent people outside of work.’

‘The Fasken restructuring team is an experienced team with deep technical expertise combined with a practical, business-oriented approach. They are well connected with the Montreal business community and are generally involved in all major restructuring files in Montreal.’

‘Brandon Farber is responsive, technically strong and a trusted lawyer on files. He has a good rapport with his clients and consistently provides high-quality advice and legal work.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kingswood Capital Management, LP on its distressed acquisition of Mountain Equipment Co-op under the CCAA.
  • Advised Ernst & Young on the restructuring of Cirque du Soleil under the CCAA.
  • Represented RCM Capital Management Ltd. and SESA-BC Holdings Ltd. in the CCAA proceedings of Quest University Canada (Quest).

Transport > Aviation Tier 3

Fasken's aviation team provides a broad range of legal services to its clients, which include airlines and aviation maintenance providers. In addition to handling transactional matters, the team has particular expertise advising on employment matters, including disputes and visa-related matters, as well as unique airport restructurings. It also covers contentious matters, notably including large-scale, multi-jurisdictional class actions. Employment specialist Douglas Gilbert and Peter Pliszka, who focuses on disputes, are key names in Toronto, while Eric Simard , who is active in litigation, is the name to note in Montreal.

Key clients

Airbus Group

Boeing Company

Gate Gourmet

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Turbomeca SA

Piper Aircraft, Inc.

Airbus Helicopters

Marsh Canada Limited

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Gate Gourmet on a full range of labour and employment matters.
  • Represented Air Transat and TTC in connection with class actions related to Covid-19 cancellations.
  • Advised on the strategic partnership between J.P Morgan Chase and Air Canada to make Chase the exclusive issuer of the Aeroplan US credit card.

Canada > Business immigration Tier 4

Canada > Tax Tier 4

Fasken advises clients on tax planning, tax controversies and indirect tax cases. It is particularly active in the energy and natural resources industry, where it provides support on public and private M&A. Beyond acting for companies, work for high-net-worth families is another driver of activity. Christopher Steeves in Toronto advises on M&A-related tax matters. Elsewhere, Alain Ranger is a key contact in the Montreal office, while Michael Coburn is a name to note in Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Alain Ranger; Michael Coburn; Paul Casuccio; Ryan Rabinovitch

Key clients

MDC Partners Inc.

Aphria Inc.

Kingswood Capital Management, LP

Work highlights

  • Advised MDC Partners Inc on Canadian tax matters relating to a definitive transaction agreement to combine their business with Stagwell Media LP.
  • Advised Nuvei on the initial public offering of subordinate voting shares consisted of a treasury offering by Nuvei and a secondary offering by certain funds managed by Novacap Management Inc.
  • Advised SmartSweets on the sale of a majority stake of the company to TPG Growth.


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.


Aboriginal law Kevin O'Callaghankocallaghan@fasken.com+1 604 631 4839
Banking and finance Jon J Holmstromholmstrom@fasken.com+1 416 865 5125
Mining John SM Turnerjturner@fasken.com+1 416 865 4380
Labour, employment and human rights Claire Vachoncvachon@fasken.com+1 613 696 6870
Mergers and acquisitions Richard J Steinbergrsteinberg@fasken.com+1 416 865 5443
Litigation and dispute resolution Geoffrey Cowpergcowper@fasken.com+1 604 631 3185
Infrastructure and public-private partnerships W Thomas Barlowtbarlow@fasken.com+1 416 868 3403
Information technology John P Beardwoodjbeardwood@fasken.com+1 416 868 3490
Antitrust/competition and marketing Anthony F Baldanzaabaldanza@fasken.com+1 416 865 4352
Real estate Richard J Clarerclare@fasken.com+1 514 397 7501
Private client Kar Cheong (KC) Miukmiu@fasken.com+1 604 631 4980
Private client Corina S Weiglcweigl@fasken.com+1 416 865 4549
Telecoms, media and broadcasting Laurence JE Dunbarldunbar@fasken.com+1 613 236 3882
Contacts : Peter Feldberg, +1 403 261 5364, pfeldberg@fasken.com