Firm Profile > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada

Bennett Jones LLP
3400 ONE FIRST CANADIAN PLACE
PO BOX 130
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Canada

Transport > Aviation Tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP is known for its deep knowledge of the aviation industry, offering broad corporate and litigation expertise to its clients. The team is well renowned for its transactional advice, advising service providers and airlines on aircraft sales, leasing, financing and debt restructuring needs. Recent work in the transactional space includes advising Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service on the c$120m replacement of its helicopter fleet. Litigation is another area of strength for the team, and it is particularly active in maintenance, damage and safety suits; the team also advises on foreign ownership laws. Patrick Brennan leads the team from Calgary and has a stellar reputation handling transactional matters.  Other key names include Toronto-based Ian Michael, who advises on M&A, and associate Noriko Shimura, who focuses on finance. Corporate lawyer Kenton Rein re-joined the firm from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

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Other key lawyers:

Ian Michael; Noriko Shimura; Kenton Rein

Key clients

Flair Airlines Ltd.

ATB Financial

Canadian Aviation Infrastructure Consortia

Chorus Aviation Inc.

Chorus Aviation Capital (Ireland) Limited

General Bank of Canada

Jazz Aviation LP

Voyageur Aviation Corp.

Longview Aviation Capital Corp

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service

Canada > Cannabis Tier 1

The cannabis team at Bennett Jones LLP offers dedicated transactional, regulatory and litigation services for a range of national cannabis producers. Toronto-based Curtis Cusinato and Gordon McKenna advised on CMG Partners’ $282m SPAC offering, the largest cannabis-industry SPAC in history. It also leverages the firm’s broader insolvency practices to advise on a number of restructurings in the industry. On the regulatory side, it offers expertise with packaging and labelling, consumer health as well as new Health Canada rules. The practice is led by Aaron Sonshine and Dominique Hussey from Toronto. Sonshine focuses on the transactional side of the practice, with experience in a number of cannabis-sector mergers, financings and corporate governance matters. Hussey is a seasoned litigator, acting in IP, marketing and labelling matters, with a broad range of pharmaceutical and product experience. Angela Blake is well regarded for her expertise in corporate restructuring, whiles Melissa Dimilta provides key IP litigation support to the cannabis team.

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Key clients

Cresco Labs

TerrAscend Corp.

48North Cannabis Corp.

3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd.

HTC Purenergy Inc.

Beleave Inc.

CannTrust Holdings Inc.

Mettrum Ltd.

Empower Clinics Inc.

TruTrace Technologies Inc.

Canada > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP maintains its longstanding position at the top of the market in Alberta, while in Ontario it is now an established high-stakes litigation counsel, and its Vancouver office is growing in litigation and is noted for its arbitration expertise too. The commercial litigation team in Calgary is coordinated by David Hawreluk and Michael Theroux, and their respective strengths in the oil and gas and wider energy sectors are reflected in a number of the practice’s recent cases. Munaf Mohamed QC is another key name in Calgary and his work has a strong emphasis on civil fraud and international asset recovery claims, and Blair Yorke-Slader stands out for his trial and appellate business and energy litigation practice. Laura Gill and Michael Mysak are both partners with bright futures in Alberta. In Toronto, high-stakes class actions featured in the 2020 standout matters; Cheryl Woodin and Michael Eizenga co-lead that practice, while overall practice head Richard Swan has led a range of litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings. Robert Staley is a name to note for securities litigation. In the Vancouver office, David Gruber is a go-to contact; his corporate and commercial litigation experience encompasses shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract cases and securities matters.

Key clients

Atco

Bank of Montreal

BMO Life Assurance

Calgary Exhibition and Stampede

Canadian Natural Resources

Canadian Pacific Railway

Cenovus Energy

Dow Chemical Canada

Enbridge

Encana

Enerflow Industries

Husky Oil Operations

Imperial Oil

Japan Canada Oil Sands

Matco Investments

Meg Energy

North West Redwater Partnership

Parkland Pipeline Contractors

Pembina Pipeline

Petronas Canada

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Schlumberger

Stuart Olson

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure

Total Energy Services

Axor Group

Borrelli Walsh

Gateway Casinos

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Concord Pacific Group

Boffo Investment

Volkswagen

General Motors

Monsanto Canada

Nestle Canada

Hyundai/Kia

Algonquin Power & Utilities

Atlas Copco

Marriott Hotels

Clyde Bergeman Power Group

Luxtona

Forbes & Manhattan

Premier Gold Mines

Optiva

Katanga Mining

Canada > Environment Tier 1

Offering coast-to-coast coverage, Bennett Jones LLP provides comprehensive legal services covering all environmental issues arising from project development, M&A, financing transactions, and insolvencies. The practice, which is frequently retained by clients from the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, is particularly well-placed to assist with environmental regulatory compliance, prosecutions under provincial and federal environmental legislation, class actions and crisis management. The team is a go-to destination for companies from the oil and gas and infrastructure segments seeking advice on environmental impact assessments for the regulatory approval of projects. In Toronto, environmental specialist Leonard Griffiths has a wealth of experience in brownfield redevelopment and contaminated sites. Brad Gilmour, who sits in the Calgary office, leads on regulatory compliance work and is also often involved in environmental litigation and project approvals. Vancouver-based Radha Curpen brings together expertise in project permitting, ESG and transactional mandates. David Bursey, whose experience covers environmental issues pertaining to the mining, forestry, energy and transport sectors, is another name to note in Vancouver. Based in Toronto, Sarah Gilbert  is a contact for matters involving the transportation of dangerous goods, waste management, air emissions and contaminated properties.

Key clients

BC LNG Alliance

Business Council of British Columbia

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Capital Regional District

Conuma Coal Resources Limited

Global Container Terminals

Mining Association of British Columbia

Pacific Traverse Energy

Polaris LNG Ltd.

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facility Corporation

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

With deep knowledge of the energy industry, Bennett Jones LLP is frequently engaged in the most significant oil and gas-related mandates for a host of private and public-sector stakeholders, including lenders, project developers, and major corporations. Clients benefit not only from core transactional expertise, but also the team’s ability to handle the structuring and development of large-scale projects and complex regulatory issues, most notably permitting and enforcement matters. Also noteworthy is the department’s experience in negotiating joint venture development agreements in relation to First Nations participation and treaty lands. The team is under the joint leadership of two partners based in Calgary: Vivek Warrier , who specialises in project development and M&A in the oil and gas sector, and Shawn Munro , whose areas of focus include regulatory and environmental aspects of energy projects. David Bursey is a preeminent energy regulatory lawyer in Vancouver. Other notable practitioners in Calgary include Donald GreenfieldLoyola Keough, and Lawrence Smith, all of whom have a wealth of experience in regulatory proceedings, and Patrick Maguire, who is seasoned in industry-related commercial transactions.

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Key clients

ATCO Ltd.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Gibson Energy

Ovintiv

MEG Energy Corp.

Murphy Oil Company Ltd.

North West Redwater Partnership

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Repsol S.A

Schlumberger Production Management

Statoil Canada Ltd.

Kinder Morgan

Secure Energy

Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Canada > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP is well regarded for its merger review and litigation work; it has a particular emphasis on international work due to its offices in Washington DC and New York. An example of this is the team's advice on Allergan’s proposed $63bn acquisition by Abbvie, which was led by Melanie Aitken in DC and supported by Adam Kalbfleisch and the recently promoted Kyle Donnelly from Toronto and New York, respectively. It offers a broad range of sector expertise covering technology, telecoms and natural resources, among others. Aitken leads the US team from DC, while Randal Hughes leads the Canadian team from Toronto. Litigator John Rook and Emrys Davis are other key names.

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Key clients

Allergan plc

ALPHA Corporation

American Airlines

Apergy Corporation

Brewers Retail Inc.

Bridgestone Corporation

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Mosaic Forest Management

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Canadian Pacific

CIP Capital Management LLC

EQT Partners Inc.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Gibson Energy ULC

KingSett Capital

Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited

Meritor, Inc.

Mylan N.V.

Northland Properties Corp.

Panasonic Corporation

Premier Gold Mines Limited

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

PSAV Inc.

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Schlumberger Canada Limited

Signify N.V.

Stone Canyon Industries Holdings, LLC

Sycamore Partners

The Blackstone Group

The Nielsen Company

Third Eye Capital

Tiffany & Co.

Time Warner Inc.

TMX Group Limited

Total Energy Services Inc.

Usui International Corporation

Volkswagen

Audi

Canada > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP offers its clients key corporate transactional support, and has vast expertise in the energy, cannabis and retail sectors. Though historically based in its Calgary office, the team also has active practices out of Toronto and Vancouver. In a major highlight, capital markets co-head John Piasta advised Cenovus Energy on its $23.6bn acquisition of Husky Energy. The team has also been expanding its bench strength, promoting a number of associates and hiring multiple new partners. Curtis Cusinato and Linda Misetich-Dann jointly lead the Toronto corporate team, with Cusinato focusing on M&A matters, and Misetich-Dann maintaining a broad corporate law practice. In Calgary, Brent Kraus leads the team, advising on transactional, governance and shareholder activism matters. John Mercury is a key name for private equity work, and Christian Gauthier is a junior partner of note.

Key clients

Stone Canyon Industries Holdings

Riverstone Holdings

Odyssey Capital Partners

Third Eye Capital

Cenovus Energy Inc.

TELUS

OPTrust

Osisko Gold

Lineage Logistics

Bay Grove Capital

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Canada > Infrastructure projects Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP is a popular destination for private and public sector project owners engaged in a range of projects, including energy, telecoms, wastewater, transportation, social and urban infrastructure. Construction law expert Jason Roth chairs the capital projects group that is skilled at advising clients on the entire life-cycle of projects, including funding, procurement, development, construction, dispute resolution and governance issues. Recent arrivals David Little and Charlene Hiller strengthened and diversified the practice’s offering in Vancouver. Little focuses on the infrastructure sector, and is proficient in PPPs, development and procurement, while Hiller is often retained to assist with the procurement and construction of healthcare, mining and transportation projects.

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Key clients

Provincial Health Services Authority (on multiple projects)

Providence Healthcare Society

Fraser Health Authority

Northern Health Authority

Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Interior Health Authority

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Infrastructure BC Inc.

Douglas College

ATCO Power (2010) Ltd.

Gibson Energy ULC

ATCO Pipelines

Rangeland Midstream

Travelers Insurance

7th Avenue Sky Partnership

Canada > International trade Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP advises clients across the full range of international trade matters, including trade remedy cases, export control matters, import regulations and disputes. Notable highlights include Ottawa-based Valerie Hughes representing the Qatari government in a WTO dispute with the UAE and acting for G-III apparel in a customs appeal. The team is particularly known for its supply chain compliance and advisory work under a number of international frameworks, in particular advocating for Chinese suppliers in front of Global Affairs and the Department of National defense. Darrel Pearson leads the team from Toronto, offering a broad trade practice. Other key names include Sabrina Bandali and George Reid, who handle investigations and disputes, and recently promoted partner Jessica Horwitz.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Hughes; Sabrina Bandali; George Reid; Jessica Horwitz

Key clients

Cenovus Energy

Crate & Barrel Canada

G-III Canada

Gold Bar

Gottex

Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Ltd.

Hyundai Steel Company

Kissner Group

Luxtona Limited

Nippon Steel Corporation

Lone Pine Resources Inc. (Prairie Provident Resources)

Retail Council of Canada

Sentsy Canada

Volkswagen

Watermill Group

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Zekelman Industries

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 2

Canadian and international mining companies of all sizes, financial institutions and investors seek Bennett Jones LLP‘s legal assistance in the full scope of mining matters, with an emphasis on M&A deals and financing transactions. During the course of 2020, the team was particularly active advising mining clients on the impact of the pandemic, which was reflected in an increase of restructuring, crisis management and corporate governance mandates over the review period. The practice’s service offering goes beyond capital markets and corporate transactions, and also includes royalty and streaming agreements, project finance and development, regulatory matters, and dispute resolution. Leading the department is transactional partner Sander Grieve, whose specialisms encompass global mining exploration, development and extraction. Typical mandates for Abbas Ali Khan  include M&A deals and financing on behalf of mining companies. Securities and corporate law specialist Linda Misetich Dann  is also deeply involved in the mining practice. All named practitioners are based in Toronto.

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Key clients

Magna Gold Corp.

First Mining Gold Corp.

Karora Resources Inc.

1911 Gold Corporation

Waterton Global Resource Management

First Majestic Silver Corp.

Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation

Cardinal Resources Limited

Excellon Resources Ltd.

Katanga Mining Limited

Victoria Gold Corp.

Kissner Group

Kissner Group Holdings LP, and its owners Metalmark Capital Holdings LLC and Silvertree-KMC II LP

Premier Gold Mines Limited

Argonaut Gold Inc.

Osisko Gold Royalties

Osisko Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc.

Osisko Development

SolGold plc

Energy and natural resources > Power Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP has an experienced power and renewables practice that provides support to an impressive roster of clients, comprising domestic and international producers, suppliers and developers across Canada. The firm is a go-to destination for energy regulation and infrastructure projects across  generation, transmission and distribution, demonstrating particular strength in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Typical mandates for the Calgary-based team also include environmental compliance, procurement, restructuring and M&A transactions. Co-head David Macaulay  ‘s experience in the sector covers M&A and project development in Western Canada. Fellow co-chair Thomas McInerney is regularly retained bu energy clients in commercial transactions, and renewable power generation projects. Loyola Keough is another key practitioner, who is noted for her expertise in electricity regulatory matters.  

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Key clients

ATCO Electric Ltd.

ATCO Electric Yukon

ATCO Power Canada Ltd.

Canada Trade Law Bureau (Government of Canada)

Canadian Utilities Limited

City of Vancouver

Heartland Generation Ltd./Alberta Power (2000) Ltd.

Industrial Customer Group (Teck Metals Ltd., Weyerhaueser Company Limited, Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership, Domtar Inc.)

SunEdison

TELUS

Canada > Real estate and construction Tier 2

With a great national footprint, Bennett Jones LLP represents a domestic and international client roster of owner, developers, investors and financiers in a broad variety of real estate transactions and projects. The team is jointly led by four partners based across Canada: Ron Barron in Calgary, Robert Bothwell in Edmonton, Jane Helmstadter  in Toronto and Larry Sandrin in Vancouver. Helmstadter's practice encompasses commercial real estate transactions and development mandates, which are also key areas of activity for fellow co-head Sandrin. Paul Mantini in Toronto regularly assists with the development and financing of large-scale projects, while Simon Crawford  in the same office is highly regarded for his wealth of experience in high-value transactions involving commercial and residential properties. John van Gent is another name to note for transactional work in Toronto. Based in Calgary, Alixe Cameron excels in commercial real estate matters, encompassing office towers, industrial and retail buildings, condo developments and farmlands.

Key clients

Aoyuan Property Group

ATCO Group

Brookfield Properties Corporation

Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited (including FGL Sports Ltd., Mark’s Work Wear House Ltd.)

Canderel Group of Companies

CREIT – Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust

Edgar Development Corporation

Gateway Casino’s & Entertainment

GWL Realty Advisors

Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

Oxford Properties Group Inc.

Canada > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP provides key insolvency services to clients in the energy and natural resources sector. Elsewhere, Sean Zweig is advising a consortium of provinces in connection with three large-scale tobacco industry insolvencies. Kevin Zych is another key figure in the team, which acts for debtors, lenders, investors and court-appointed monitors. Zych co-leads the team with Christopher Simard. Other key names include Kelsey Meyer and litigator Ken Lenz, both of whom are Calgary-based.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Sean Zweig; Kelsey Meyer; Ken Lenz

Key clients

Bellatrix Unsecured Bondholders

BJ Services Holdings Canada

Bonavista Energy Corporation

Bybrook Capital

Calfrac Well Services

Clover Leaf Holdings Seafood Company

Contrarian Capital Management

Ernst & Young Inc.

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Grant Thornton Limited

KSV Kofman Inc.

PharmHouse Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Solus Alternative Investments

Stoneway Capital Corporation

Syncora Guarantee

Trez Capital

UrtheCast Corp.

Canada > Banking and finance Tier 3

Known for its work with alternative lenders and credit providers, Bennett Jones LLP also acts on the lender side for traditional banks, in both new financings and refinancings. Its most notable offering is on the borrower side, with a leading practice in the natural resources sector, where it acts for both mining and energy companies. Within this area, Mark Rasile acted for Cenovus on the debt financing for its merger with Husky Energy. It is also a national leader in aircraft financing. Steve Lutz and Patrick Brennan jointly lead the practice from Toronto and Calgary respectively, advising lenders and aircraft financiers. Karen Dawson, also in Calgary, stands out for her significant experience with alternative lenders, while John Teolis is key on the financial regulatory side. David Rotchtin is known for his cannabis-sector expertise.

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Key clients

Argonaut Gold Inc.

ATB Financial Services

ATCO Group

Bank of Montreal

BMO Capital Partners

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Canso Investment Counsel

Cenovus Energy Inc

Chorus Aviation

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited

Obsidian Energy Ltd

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Third Eye Capital

Stantec In.

Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada

Canada > Capital markets Tier 3

With offices in Calgary and Toronto, Bennett Jones LLP advises a growing list of major companies on debt and equity markets matters. The team is particularly known for its energy and natural resources sector work, and is also increasingly active in the agribusiness and transport sectors. Key names based in the Calgary office include Mark Powell, who heads the trading and derivatives practice and has considerable expertise in securitization, and John Piasta, who jointly heads the capital markets team alongside Toronto-based partner Kristopher Hanc. Also noteworthy is Gordon Cameron in New York, who brings significant US/Canadian cross-border experience to the practice, and Brent Kraus , who offers additional energy sector expertise.

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Key clients

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Canso Investment Counsel

Cresco Labs

CU Inc.

Encana Corporation

Katanga Mining Limited

Killam Apartment REIT

Osisko Mining

Osisko Gold Royalties

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Waste Connections, Inc.

Stantec In.

Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada

CMG Partners Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Royal Bank of Canada

True Wind Capital

Waterton Global Resource Management

Canada > Indigenous law Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP undertakes a variety of Aboriginal law work, with lawyers offering significant experience in the space, especially in relation to the accommodation of Indigenous communities’ interests in the context of development projects, commercial arrangements and transactions. The practice predominantly acts for proponents of energy, natural resources and transportation projects, but is also well-versed in advising Indigenous groups on internal governance, Aboriginal rights claims and land development policies. Based in Vancouver, David Bursey assists with duty to consult matters and represents clients before provincial and federal courts, while Radha Curpen is noted for her broad practice that covers Aboriginal self-government, land and water rights claims, and the Indian Act. Also in Vancouver, Sharon Singh brings together expertise in Aboriginal due diligence related to project development, policy and governance issues. Deirdre Sheehan in Calgary regularly assists with approval processes.

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Key clients

ATCO Group

Business Council of British Columbia

Pembina Pipelines

Capital Regional District

Encana Corporation

EOG Resources Canada Inc.

Global Container Terminals

Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited

Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Group

MEG Energy Corp.

Mining Association of British Columbia

Nexen Inc.

Nisga’a Lisms Government

Pacific Northern Gas Ltd.

Pacific Traverse Energy

Cedar LNG Partners LP

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation

Williams Energy (Canada)

All Nations Cannabis

Canada > Intellectual property Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP‘s broad IP practice covers prosecution, litigation, advisory and transactional advice from offices in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. Stephen Burns, is based at the latter office and focuses on M&A transactions with complex IP elements while over in Toronto, fellow practice co-head  Dominique Hussey is active on the contentious front, handling patent and trademark litigation with noted strength in the pharmaceutical sector. Jeilah Chan counts names such as Ferrero Group and Prada among her client list and supports with both IP strategy and litigation.  

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Key clients

Amgen Canada

Auro Pharma

Canadian Natural Resources

Enviro-Pro Geosynthetics

Autumn Paper (Alexander McQueen)

Square

Syncrude Canada

Tec Edmonton

Vaderstad Industries

Bottega Veneta

Prada

Canopy Growth

Tweed

Spectrum Canada

This Works

Tokyo Smoke

Champion Petfoods

Eci Software

Guccio Gucci

Ferrero Group

Beam Suntory

Kinnikinnick Foods

Novozymes

Blue Ant Media

Nate Hendley and James Lorimer and Company

Bayer

Canadian Utilities

Tru-wind Microdea

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

North West Redwater Partnership

Canada > International expertise Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP offers strong US links to its clients, with two US offices in New York and Washington DC, and lawyers who have been called to the bar in China, the UK, Doha, Australia and Japan. The team offers key expertise in mining, international trade, competition regulation, infrastructure and private equity. It also has a notable government relations practice, particularly operating out of its DC office. Melanie Aitken serves as the practice head in Washington, with her competition and foreign investment experience including serving as competition commissioner. Gordon Cameron leads the New York office, providing expertise in cross-border M&A deals.

Key clients

Alberta Forest Products Association/Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council

Alere Inc,

American Airlines

Apollo Global Management LLC

ATCO Group, including subsidiaries

Avenue Capital Group

BMO Financial Group

Brookfield Properties Corp.

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Inc.

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Chorus Aviation Inc.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL)

Coca-Cola

Columbia Pipeline Group

Denham Capital Management LP

DirectCash Payments

EFG Bank (Switzerland)

Ferrero SpA

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

G&K Services, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Government of Canada

Grant Thornton BVI

Guccio Gucci SpA

Honeywell International

Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Ltd.

Katanga Mining Ltd.

Klondex Mines

Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.

Luxtona LLC

Novatex Limited / M/s Gatron Industries Limited (Gatranova) / M/s G-Pac Corporation

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd.

Osisko Mining

Oxford Properties Group

Patterson-UTI Energy

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Quality Cheese Inc.

Repsol S.A.

Rio Tinto Alcan

Riverstone Investment Group LLC

Schlumberger Limited

Sino-Forest Corporation

Steve Madden Canada

SunEdison Canada

Teva Canada

Time Warner

Total Energy Services Inc.

TriWest Capital Partners

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., Audi AG, Audi Canada Inc.

Walton Group of Companies

Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada and Wells Fargo Bank NA

Woodfibre LNG Ltd.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Canada > Labour and employment Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP's employment team provides a comprehensive service to clients from the firm's offices in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Its work ranges in scope from advice on standalone employment issues to corporate support. Clients include Telus, Canada Utilities and Riverstone Holdings. One of the key contacts at the firm is John Gilmore in Calgary, who advises clients on employment contracts and collective agreements, as well as employee terminations and downsizing. Another key figure is Carl Cunningham in Toronto, who frequently acts for federally and provincially-regulated employers. Also based in Toronto is Susan Seller, who is the go-to pensions and benefits expert. Christine Plante joined the Calgary office in September 2020 from Canadian Pacific Railway Company.

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Key clients

Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Utilities Limited/ATCO Group

Dayco Products/Dayco Canada

De Havilland Company of Canada

Bird Construction

Kissner Group Holdings/Stone Canyon Industries Holdings

Dye & Durham

Riverstone Holdings

Thermo Fisher Scientific

TriWest Capital Partners

Cenovus

A Parent Media Co

Japan Canada Oil Sands

Seasons Retirement

Canada > Pensions Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP's pensions and benefits work is a core part of its wider employment services offering. It advises on the design, establishment, administration and investment of registered and non-registered pension plans. The team is also knowledgeable about pensions and benefits issues arising from M&A and other corporate transactions. Its roster of clients includes names such as Canada Medical Association and Dayco Canada. Susan Seller chairs the employment services group. Jordan Fremont and associate Jaspreet Kaur are other key contacts. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

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Key clients

Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Utilities/ATCO Group

Dayco Products/Dayco Canada

De Havilland Company of Canada

Bird Construction

Kissner Group Holdings/Stone Canyon Industries Holdings

Dye & Durham

Riverstone Holdings

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Canada > Tax Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP is highly reputed for advice on tax planning, as well as the tax aspects of M&A, inbound private equity investments, equity fundraises and debt restructurings. Its team's expertise spans areas such as oil and gas, mining, real estate, technology and financial services. Recent work including providing tax advice to Cenovus Energy in relation to its $23.6bn combination with Husky Energy. Thomas Bauer in Toronto jointly leads the practice with Calgary-based partner Darcy Moch. Other key names include vice-chair Stephen BowmanEdwin Kroft QC and Jehad Haymour.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Bowman; Jehad Haymour

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

ATCO Power / Canadian Utilities Limited

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Canadian Pacific Railway

CBS Corporation

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Cresco Labs LLC

Devon Canada Corporation / Devon Canada Crude Marketing Corporation

ExxonMobil Canada Resources Company

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Osisko Gold Royalties

Premier Gold Mines Limited

Stone Canyon Industries

Third Eye Capital

Vale Canada Limited

Waste Connections Inc.

Zekelman Industries

Canada > Technology Tier 3

Toronto-based partner Gary Solway leads Bennett Jones LLP's technology, media and entertainment practice, which handles a wide range of mandates for start-up and emerging technology enterprises. Its varied portfolio of work includes M&A and finance transactions, as well as licensing matters. Solway has over 35 years of experience acting for venture capital investors, start-ups, mature businesses and public companies in the IT sector. Also recommended is Sébastien Gittens, who works across both the IT and IP practices from the Calgary office; he focuses on M&A and licensing matters. Bruce Hibbard, who is also based in Calgary, assists private equity and venture capital funds with fund formation and investments in start-ups.

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Key clients

Clearpath Robotics

Blue Ant Media

Dye & Durham

SkyHive

Canadian Business Growth Fund – Appnovation

Xontogeny

Zerokey

Volkswagen Canada/Audi Canada

Pioneer Fund II

LendingArch Financial

Firm Overview

Bennett Jones is one of Canada’s premier business law firms and home to more than 400 lawyers and business advisors in nine Canadian and international offices — Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton,

Ottawa, Vancouver, New York, and a representative office in Beijing. The firm’s focus on deepening relationships with clients in key global business centres has enabled it to lead a wide range of complex cross-border and international transactions and litigation. As such, Bennett Jones is ideally suited to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures and investments, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities in the US, Asia, the Middle East, and around the world.

Firm Culture

Bennett Jones reflects the integrity and professional excellence of the firm’s Founding Partners. Over the years, the firm has produced some of Canada’s most accomplished legal and business leaders, fostering values that  established it as one of Canada’s most successful business law firms. The firm prides itself on offering clients innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approaches to business, legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities. Mutual respect and independent thought are cornerstones of client and colleague interactions. Bennett Jones is proud to have been recognized for 17 consecutive years as one of Canada’s Best Employers.

Main Areas of Practice

Energy & Oil & Gas:
Contact: Vivek Warrier Tel: +403 298 3040
Email: warrierv@bennettjones.com
Contact: Shawn Munro Tel: +403 298 3481
Email: munros@bennettjones.com

Infrastructure & Projects:
Contact: Jason Roth Tel: +403 298 2070
Email: rothj@bennettjones.com

Mining:
Contact: Sander Grieve Tel: +416 777 4826
Email: grieves@bennettjones.com

Private Equity:
Contact: John Mercury Tel: +403 298 4493
Email: mercuryj@bennettjones.com

M&A:
Contact: Kris Hanc Tel: +416 777 7395
Email: hanck@bennettjones.com
Contact: John Piasta Tel: +403 298 3333
Email: piastaj@bennettjones.com

Litigation:
Contact: Richard Swan Tel: +416 777 7479
Email: swanr@bennettjones.com
Contact: Ken Lenz Tel: +403 298 3317
Email: lenzk@bennettjones.com

Banking & Finance:
Contact: Steve Lutz Tel: +416 777 5732
Email: lutzs@bennettjones.com
Contact: Pat Brennan Tel: +403 298 3433
Email: brennanp@bennettjones.com

Real Estate:
Contact: Jane Helmstadter Tel: +416 777 7470
Email: helmstadterj@bennettjones.com
Contact: Ron Barron Tel: +403 298 3491
Email: barronr@bennettjones.com

International Trade & Investment:
Contact: Darrel Pearson Tel: +416 777 4811
Email: pearsond@bennettjones.com

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Contact: Kevin Zych Tel: +416 777 5738
Email: zychk@bennettjones.com
Contact: Chris Simard Tel: +403 298 4485
Email: simardc@bennettjones.com

Competition/Antitrust:
Contact: Randal Hughes Tel: +416 777 7471
Email: hughesr@bennettjones.com
Contact: Melanie Aitken Tel: +202 204 0500
Email: aitkenm@bennettjones.com

Tax:
Contact: Darcy Moch Tel: +403 298 3390
Email: mochd@bennettjones.com
Contact: Thomas Bauer Tel: +416 777 6540
Email: bauert@bennettjones.com

Practice Areas

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Agribusiness
  • Arbitration
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets & M&A
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Competition, Anti-Trust & Foreign Investment
  • Construction
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Employment Services
  • Energy: Oil & Gas/Power & Renewable’s
  • Environmental
  • Fraud Law
  • Government Affairs & Public Policy
  • Health
  • Information Technology & Data Security
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Mining
  • Private Equity
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Securities Litigation
  • Structured Finance / Asset Securitization
  • Tax
  • Technology, Media & Entertainment

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Vice Chair, Clients & Industries John Mercury mercuryj@bennettjones.com 403 298 4493
Industry Co-Leader, Energy and O&G Vivek Warrier warrierv@bennettjones.com 403 298 3040
Industry Co-Leader, Energy and O&G Shawn Munro munros@bennettjones.com 403 298 3481
Industry Leader, Funds & Finance Claire Kennedy kennedyc@bennettjones.com 403 298 6150
Industry Leader, Mining Sander Grieve grieves@bennettjones.com 416 777 4826
Industry Leader, Capital Projects Jason Roth rothj@bennettjones.com 403 298 2070
Department Head, Corporate Brent Kraus krausb@bennettjones.com 403 298 3071
Department Head, Corporate Linda Misetich Dann misetichdannl@bennettjones.com 416 777 4636
Department Head, Corporate Jonathan McCullough mcculloughj@bennettjones.com 604 891 5306
Department Head, Litigation Richard Swan swanr@bennettjones.com 416 777 7479
Department Head, Litigation Kenneth Lenz lenzs@bennettjones.com 403 298 3317
Department Head, Litigation Stuart Hankinson hankinsons@bennettjones.com 604 891 5188
Department Head, Regulatory Brad Gilmour gilmourb@bennettjones.com 403 298 3382
Department Head, Tax Darcy Moch mochd@bennettjones.com 403 298 3390
Department Head, Tax Thomas Bauer bauert@bennettjones.com 416 777 6540
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Melanie Aitken photo Ms Melanie Aitken Managing Principal, Bennett Jones (US)
Mr Abbas Ali Khan  photo Mr Abbas Ali Khan Partner
Mr Thomas Bauer  photo Mr Thomas Bauer Partner, Co-Head of Tax
Mr Paul Blundy  photo Mr Paul Blundy Partner, Head of Public Infrastructure
Mr Stephen Bowman  photo Mr Stephen Bowman Toronto Managing Partner, Head of China Group
Mr Patrick Brennan  photo Mr Patrick Brennan Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services
Mr Stephen Burns  photo Mr Stephen Burns Partner, Co-Head of Innovation, Technology & Branding
Mr Simon Crawford  photo Mr Simon Crawford Partner
Mr Carl Cunningham  photo Mr Carl Cunningham Partner
Mr Emrys Davis photo Mr Emrys Davis Partner
Ms Karen Dawson  photo Ms Karen Dawson Partner
Mr Michael Eizenga  photo Mr Michael Eizenga Partner, Head of Class Actions
Ms Sarah Gilbert  photo Ms Sarah Gilbert Counsel
Mr John Gilmore  photo Mr John Gilmore Partner, Co-Head of Employment Services
Mr Brad Gilmour  photo Mr Brad Gilmour Partner, Head of Regulatory
Mr Don Greenfield  photo Mr Don Greenfield Partner
Mr Sander Grieve  photo Mr Sander Grieve Partner, Head of Mining
Mr Leonard Griffiths  photo Mr Leonard Griffiths Partner, Head of Environmental
Ms Jane Helmstadter  photo Ms Jane Helmstadter Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate
Mr Randal Hughes  photo Mr Randal Hughes Partner, Co-Chair of Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment
Ms Dominique Hussey  photo Ms Dominique Hussey Partner, Trademark Agent, Co-Head of Innovation, Technology & Branding
Mr Adam Kalbfleisch  photo Mr Adam Kalbfleisch Partner
Mr Martin Kratz photo Mr Martin Kratz Partner, Head of Intellectual Property
Mr Kenneth Lenz photo Mr Kenneth Lenz Partner, Co-Head of Litigation
Mr Jeffrey Leon photo Mr Jeffrey Leon Partner, Co-Head of Litigation
Mr Steven Lutz  photo Mr Steven Lutz Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services
Mr Hugh MacKinnon  photo Mr Hugh MacKinnon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Michael Mysak  photo Mr Michael Mysak Partner
Mr Darrel Pearson  photo Mr Darrel Pearson Partner, Head of International Trade
Mr Kieran Ryan  photo Mr Kieran Ryan Partner
Mr Aaron Sonshine photo Mr Aaron Sonshine Partner
Mr David Spencer  photo Mr David Spencer Partner
 Perry Spitznagel photo Perry Spitznagel Vice-Chairman and Calgary Managing Partner
Mr Robert Staley  photo Mr Robert Staley Partner
Mr George Vlavianos  photo Mr George Vlavianos Managing Partner, Doha
Mr Vivek Warrier  photo Mr Vivek Warrier Partner, Co-Head of Energy & Oil & Gas Industry Team
Mr Wayne Whitlock photo Mr Wayne Whitlock Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate
Mr Blair Yorke-Slader  photo Mr Blair Yorke-Slader Vice-Chairman, Partner
Mr Sean Zweig  photo Mr Sean Zweig Partner
Mr Kevin Zych  photo Mr Kevin Zych Partner, Co-Head of Restructuring + Insolvency
Mr John van Gent  photo Mr John van Gent Partner
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