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Lawson Lundell LLP

Indigenous law Tier 2

With offices in Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Kelowna, Lawson Lundell LLP is noted for its expertise in acting for clients in the mining, energy—particularly oil and gas—and forestry sectors, assisting with the Indigenous law aspects of project development matters. John Olynyk in Calgary advises railways, mining companies and natural resource developers on Indigenous law matters; Keith Bergner advises governments, Crown corporations and private sector clients on their duty to consult; and Vancouver-based Lana Shipley has extensive experience negotiating agreements with First Nations.

Mining Tier 2

Lawson Lundell LLP has advised junior mining companies and large international clients on high-value investment transactions and M&A, as well as on early-stage exploration and other mining projects. The practice group has an on-the-ground presence in Vancouver, Calgary and Yellowknife. Contacts in the Vancouver office include Khaled Abdel-Barr, Karen MacMillan and senior counsel Chris Baldwin.

Pensions Tier 2

Lawson Lundell LLP houses a strong pensions practice, its regional base in Western Canada giving it particular sector experience in energy, natural resources and forestry. The group also acts for financial services, manufacturing and public sector pension plans. In addition to handling governance, administration and investment issues, the firm has a strong reputation in plan litigation. Vancouver-based practice head Murray Campbell is a key contact.

Environment Tier 3

Lawson Lundell LLP is particularly experienced in the mining sector, but also has a track record of acting for clients in the fields of oil and gas, pulp and paper, and forestry. The team has shown activity in commercial transactions and regulatory work, as well as in infrastructure and project development. Brad Armstrong QC in Vancouver is a contract.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Lawson Lundell LLP's labour, employment and human rights group is experienced in both provincial and federal workplace law, with key areas of work including labour relations, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, wrongful dismissals and employment equity. Robert Sider is a contact in Vancouver.

Power Tier 3

Lawson Lundell LLP has experience across a wide range of generation technologies, including co-generation gas, coal, nuclear and renewable sources such as hydropower, biomass, wind, and solar. The group has particular experience advising on regulatory issues before provincial and federal regulators. Vancouver-based Jeff Christian heads the regulatory litigation team, and focuses on the energy, utilities and natural resources sectors.

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Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Vancouver-headquartered Lawson Lundell LLP stands out for its focus on Western and Northern Canada, where it is recognized as a strong performer in several core regional industries, including mining, agribusiness and energy. David Allard is widely regarded as a leader in British Columbia for M&A transactions, particularly in the areas of forestry and technology, while Valerie Mann is recommended for technology work; both are based in Vancouver.

Key clients

Canfor Corporation, Canadian Forest Products and Canfor Pulp Products Inc.

Barrick Gold Corporation

B2Gold Corp.

BC Hydro

Catalyst Paper Corporation (Paper Excellence)

Mosaic Forest Management Corp./ TimberWest Forest Corp and Island Timberlands LP

Westshore Terminals Investment Corp.

Earth’s Own Foods

SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

Courthouse Technologies Inc.

Buyatab Online Inc.

Hungerford Properties

Renewal Funds

Oil and gas Tier 4

Led out of Calgary, Lawson Lundell LLP advises a variety of producers on exploration, acquisition and disposition and production of conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas, as well as on oil and gas transportation. The practice is balanced  between commercial and regulatory work, with particular specialisms in environmental, Indigenous law, M&A, tax, public markets, construction and labour and employment matters. Paul Negenman is recommended for his work on transactions.

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Real estate Tier 5

Lawson Lundell LLP has handled commercial, residential and industrial real estate matters for a wide variety of investors and development groups. Leasing specialist Peter Tolensky heads up the department from Vancouver. The team is supported by the wider firm's tax, environmental and Indigenous law practices.

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Dispute resolution

Lawson Lundell LLP’s focus on Western Canada marks it as a popular choice for clients in core regional industries, including mining, energy, forestry and technology. The group is also distinguished by its ability to lean on the wider firm’s robust offerings in complementary practice areas, such as Indigenous and environmental law. The department is split between offices in BC and Alberta, with its Vancouver team remaining the most prominent. Craig Ferris QC is a name to note in Vancouver; he is recommended for his experience in shareholder remedies, product liability, mining litigation and financial services, particularly pension disputes. In Calgary, Michael Donaldson has a strong record in energy litigation.

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Key clients

Teck Metals

PacNet Services

Baffinland Iron Mines

Imperial Distributors Canada Inc.

Chevron Canada

Crescent Point Energy

TransAlta Corporation

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Pieridae Energy

Canadian Natural Resources

Lawson Lundell is a full-service business law firm in Western and Northern Canada, known for its practical and strategic approach to legal services. Our clients are leaders in the jurisdictions where we are located and around the world. Our offices are in VancouverCalgaryYellowknife and Kelowna. Our diverse client base requires that we also focus on activities in other parts of the world, which offers us ever increasing opportunities to stay aware of changes and developments worldwide.

The firm is a recognised leader in mining, energy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, banking, pensions and employee benefits, real estate and tax. The firm is equally strong in regulatory and commercial litigation with recognised experience in indigenous, environmental, labour and employment, and insolvency. Our practice areas and some of the industries we serve are listed here.

The firm and its lawyers are consistently recognised in leading directories, including Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, Lexpert, Benchmark Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada. The approach and philosophy that guides the firm’s legal work has been developed through decades of working with its clients and understanding their business and industry objectives.

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