Firm Profile > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada

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

Cannabis Tier 1

A prime-mover in the cannabis space, Bennett Jones LLP’s focus on building a full-service offering has paid dividends, and the firm houses a well-rounded industry group across its Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary offices. The national department is led jointly from Toronto by IP litigator Dominique Hussey and corporate finance specialist Aaron Sonshine, who recently led the firm’s advice to Cresco Labs on its $100m oversubscribed funding round, which represented the second-largest private funding round in US cannabis history. In addition to its corporate finance experience, the practice group has specialist expertise in M&A, consumer markets, agribusiness and health law. In 2019, the team welcomed the arrival of Curtis Cusinato, who was formerly head of the corporate group at Stikeman Elliott LLPRanjeev Dhillon and Rami Chalabi left to join McCarthy Tétrault.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Sonshine; Dominique Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A first-mover in the cannabis space, Bennett Jones has established an impressive track record in the sector.’

Key clients

48North Cannabis Co. (formerly DelShen Therapeutics Corp.)

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (formerly Wheaton Income)

Beleave Inc.

BLOCKStrain Technology Corp

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Cresco Labs (US)

FSD Pharma Inc.

Harvest One Cannabis Inc.

Indiva Limited

Lennox Lewis

PlantExt Ltd.

Segra International Corp.

The Supreme Cannabis Company (formerly Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc.)

TILT Holdings Inc.

VIVO Cannabis Inc.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP has one of the most highly respected teams in Alberta, fielding experienced partners in Calgary and Edmonton. The firm also benefits from an increasingly prominent Toronto base, which is home to one of the market’s leading class action practices. In Western Canada, the group is best known for its premier reputation in the energy, mining and construction fields. Based in the Calgary office, Blair Yorke-Slader QC has a first-rate litigation practice, with unrivalled expertise in energy-related matters, while Munaf Mohamed co-chairs the fraud law practice and advises on a mix of civil fraud, product liability and energy litigation. Michael Mysak, also in Calgary, is recommended for his growing profile in securities and fraud litigation. In Toronto, Jeffrey Leon is sought after for securities litigation and class actions. Other names to note in Toronto are Michael Eizenga, who co-leads the class action group, and Robert Staley, who focuses on securities litigation and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Eizenga; Alan Gardner;  David Hawreluk; Ken Lenz; Jim Patterson; Richard Swan; Mike Theroux; Cheryl Woodin

Testimonials

Bennett Jones has deep bench strength and is able to properly staff a file depending on the complexity of the matter with a good mixture of partners and associates.’

Results matter. This team won the largest judgement in the history of Western Canada. They are who we trust to handle the biggest cases.’

They make you feel like you are their only client. Also, they take the time to get to know the business from the inside out so their advice tackles issues from a business practicability in addition to legal standpoint.’

Very organized, diligent, and responsive. Able to think strategically for our business and communicate simply.’

Blair Yorke-Slader is the best trial lawyer in the province, and maybe the best in Canada.’

Jeffrey Leon is widely recognized by his peers, and deservedly so. He is personable, bright, determined, and very capable.’

Munaf Mohamed is an excellent litigator. We use him on our most sensitive matters. He is a strategic thinker who at the same time drills down to understand the details of complex files.

Key clients

Air Canada

Alliance Pipeline Ltd.

ANC Timber Ltd.

ATCO Ltd.

Auxly Cannabis Group

Bank of Montreal

Calgary Police Service

Calgary Stampede

Canadian Medical Protective Association

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Dow Chemical Canada ULC

EFG Bank

Enerflow Industries Inc.

Hemostemix Inc.

IBM Canada Ltd.

Matco Investments Ltd.

NEP Canada ULC

OmniArch Capital Corporation

Penn West Petroleum Ltd.

Precision Castparts

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.

Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Propak Systems

PwC

Qatar Aluminium Limited

Questerre Energy Corporation

Sanjel Corporation

TransCanada Turbines

Wood Group Mustang (Canada) Inc.

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP is hailed by sources as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for oil and gas companies, with its broad expertise across corporate, commercial and regulatory matters being a asset to the practice group. Benefiting from one of the largest dedicated energy teams in the market, the Calgary-headquartered national firm is a popular choice for complex, multi-disciplinary files, particularly in the project development and corporate spaces. Its comprehensive industry expertise, which includes the midstream sector, pipelines, LNG and oil sands development, is supported by the wider firm’s robust offerings in environmental, corporate and tax law. On the regulatory side, Lawrence Smith QC and Loyola Keough are considered among the leading names in the market. On the transactional side, Robert Booth QC is highly regarded for exploration and pipeline projects, while corporate co-head Patrick Maguire is sought after for M&A and joint venture transactions. The group also includes highly experienced transactional expert Donald Greenfield QC and up-and-coming industry specialists Kieran Ryan and Vivek Warrier.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Munro; Vivek Warrier

Testimonials

The team is a one-stop-shop for oil and gas and is distinguished by the depth and breath of talent across contract negotiations, environmental and regulatory permitting, financial issues, human resources, EPC contracting and insurance claims.’

Lawyers have a no-nonsense approach and handle the legal aspects as if they were owners in our business.’

A very broad range of expertise. These folks know everyone in the business and their connections are top notch. Relationship partners are the best at getting things addressed. Fees are very reasonable.’

Shawn Munro is a go-to-guy for anything you need; he gets it done. Energy partner Vivek Warrier is a good lawyer to work with.’

Key clients

ATCO Ltd.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Gibson Energy

Encana Corporation

MEG Energy Corp.

Murphy Oil Company Ltd.

North West Redwater Partnership

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Paramount Resources Ltd.

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Repsol S.A

Schlumberger Production Management

Statoil Canada Ltd.

Kinder Morgan

Secure Energy

Golar LNG

Environment Tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP’s first-class environmental law group is recognized for its experience in environmental impact assessments related to major infrastructure projects, particularly in the areas of energy and natural resources, which lines up nicely with its firm-wide strength. The team is also routinely engaged to advise on contaminated site issues, dangerous goods, spills and the defence of environmental prosecutions. Leonard Griffiths in Toronto is highly recommended, and Calgary-based Brad Gilmour, who heads the regulatory department, is noted for his expertise in environmental, energy, regulatory and Aboriginal law. Other names to note include Vancouver office managing partner Radha Curpen, who is qualified in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and New York, Calgary-based energy expert Shawn Munro and Toronto-based counsel Sarah Gilbert.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Griffiths; Radha Curpen; Brad Gilmour

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Bennett Jones’ environment team is incredibly responsive and has the ability to focus on practical risks. It has an understanding of the law, and how it applies that is both wide and deep, and it also has the capacity to fit its knowledge base to your industry-specific needs.’

Sarah Gilbert is one of my most valuable resources. She always has ideas about which avenues to pursue, which regimes might apply, what questions need to be answered, and how to address issues that arise – or before they arise. Sarah is whip-smart with a vast and precise knowledge of environmental law. ’

Key clients

Federal Review Panel (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency)

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facility Corporation

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Capital Regional District

ATCO Electric Ltd.

Pacific Traverse Energy

Transport: aviation Tier 1

Bennett Jones LLP has a specialist aviation practice, which is sought after by major airlines and aircraft operators to advise on the full suite of financing, leasing, acquisition and regulatory matters. Calgary-based Patrick Brennan, who co-heads the national financial services department, is widely recognized as a leading expert in the area. Toronto-based Ian Michael is also noted for his activity in the airport infrastructure space.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Brennan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

An excellent team with key strength in structuring and execution of lending and associated security agreements for business aircraft. The group draws on strong support and excellent inter-disciplinary resources from the firm partnership to support speciality areas typically associated with private aircraft ownership.’

Excellent speed and turnaround in comparison to other firms, which results in lower overall transaction execution costs to the aircraft owner.’

Superb post-transaction support for the inevitable questions that come up at re-financing, or when the owner has a requirement to amend either their ownership structure or financing arrangement.’

Very practical team with the ability to differentiate well between the “nice to haves” and the “need to haves” in order to keep transactions moving along smoothly.’

Patrick Brennan and his associates have developed such a strong expertise in aviation and associated lending for commercial and business aircraft that, combined with a transparent and structured approach, we obtain a clean and predictable transaction every time.’

Key clients

Air North

Airside Aviation

Alberta Treasury Branches

Canadian Aviation Infrastructure Consortia, including:

Calgary Fuel Facilities Corporation Ltd.

Edmonton Fuel Facilities Corporation

Halifax International Fuel Facilities Corporation

Hamilton Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation

Kelowna Glycol Facilities Corporation

Montreal International Fuel Facilities Corporation

Ottawa International Fuel Facilities Corporation (and Ottawa

International De-icing Facilities Corporation)

Pearson International Fuel Facilities Corporation

St. John’s Fuel Facilities Corporation

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation

Winnipeg International Fuel Facilities Corporation

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Canadian North Inc.

Chorus Aviation Capital Corp.

Chorus Aviation Inc.

Chorus Aviation Capital (Ireland) Limited

General Bank of Canada

Jazz Aviation LP

Voyageur Aviation Corp.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP excels in contentious work, where it has strengths across the full gamut of civil and criminal matters. A regular fixture in complex antitrust disputes, the group has litigated both for and against the Bureau. Jointly led by Washington DC-based Melanie Aitken (former Commissioner of Competition) and prominent Toronto-based competition expert Randal Hughes, the team is also routinely engaged to advise on domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger reviews. Toronto-based litigator John Rook QC is another of the team's senior contacts. In addition, the department benefits from an impressive band of up-and-coming partners including Adam Kalbfleisch, who handles an array of competition, foreign investment review and regulatory matters, and litigator Emrys Davis, who was promoted to partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Aitken; Randal Hughes

Testimonials

Bennett Jones is our go to firm for competition in Canada. The team is very user friendly and its guidance has proven itself time and time again.’

The Bennett Jones antitrust and competition team, headed in Canada by Randal Hughes, is an exceptional group with strength across the board in antitrust and competition matters.

Randal Hughes is hands down the best competition lawyer in Canada. He has the respect of the Bureau, his peers in Canada, and the international antitrust community. Emrys Davis is a very strong up-and-coming member of the antitrust team, who also has great strengths across the board.

John Rook and Emrys Davis are the best two antitrust litigators in Canada. John Rook is extraordinarily experienced and seasoned with superb judgment; he is also, unlike many Canadian counsel, not at all reluctant to take on the Competition Commission. Emrys Davis is John’s protégé and is extremely insightful with excellent strategic instincts.

Key clients

Akzo Nobel N.V.

ALPHA Corporation

American Airlines

Brewers Retail Inc. (The Beer Store)

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Conagra Brands, Inc.

Enercare Inc.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Gibson Energy ULC

Longview Aviation Capital Corp.

Meritor, Inc.

Northern Harvest Group of Companies

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

Tervita Corporation

The Nielsen Company

Time Warner Inc.

TMX Group Limited

Total Energy Services Inc.

Usui International Corporation and Usui Co., Ltd.

Verlaggsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH (Macmillan Publishers)

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

Warner Bros.

Panasonic Corporation

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Widely recognized for its top-tier Calgary offering and natural resources expertise, Bennett Jones LLP houses a dominant transactional oil and gas practice. Its broad industry experience also encompasses the mining, technology, cannabis and financial services spheres. The firm’s increasingly prominent Toronto practice was recently boosted by a pair of high-profile hires from Stikeman Elliott LLP: Curtis Cusinato, who was formerly co-managing partner of Stikeman’s Toronto office, joined alongside Matthew Hunt. The firm also bulked up its Vancouver platform through its 2018 merger with McCullough O'Connor Irwin, which saw the arrival of new corporate head for British Columbia, Jonathan McCullough. David Spencer, who is sought after for sophisticated energy deals, and firm vice-chairman Perry Spitznagel QC are both key contacts in Calgary. Abbas Ali Khan continues to build up his profile in the Toronto market.

Practice head(s):

Linda Misetich Dann; Kris Hanc; Brent Kraus; John Piasta

Testimonials

Lawyers and law firms are like tools, where it is necessary to select the right tool for the job. When the job in question is an M&A deal in the many millions of dollars, it is important to recruit a top-tier law firm to provide counsel. Unquestionably, Bennett Jones is my first choice to support this kind of job.’

Responsive full-service team that provides the necessary legal advice with strong transaction management and anticipates roadblocks and hurdles so they can be overcome as they (inevitably) happen.’

They are experts in the area of investment agreements. There is very little that they have seen and they are able to use their experience and expertise to get us the best possible terms.’

The team has exceptional bench strength. Brent Kraus has business knowledge, intellect, experience and is the most responsive lawyer we use.’

I can trust this team’s advice to be accurate and  I can trust the counsel to be honest with me, and not simply tell me when I want to hear. Mia Bacic and her team are thorough; no stone is left unturned. The legal intricacies are explained to the client in a manner that allows the client to make informed decisions on next steps.’

Key clients

Aecon Group Inc.

AKITA Drilling

Anamered Investments

ATCO Group

Baker Technologies Inc.

BlackPearl Resources Inc.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Cenovus Energy Inc.

CIP Capital Management LLP

Civeo Canada Inc.

Cresco Labs, LLC

Crius Energy Trust

Dalradian Resources Inc.

Extendicare Inc.

First Majestic Silver Corp.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Japan Canada Oil Sand Limited

Katanga Mining Limited

Klondex Mines Inc.

Longview Aviation Capital Corp.

NEP Canada ULC

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Premier Gold Mines Ltd.

 Roll-up Corporation

S.I. Systems Ltd.

Schlumberger Limited

Spirit AeroSystems

TriWest Capital Partners

Unsecured Bondholders of Concordia International

UrtheCast Corp.

Velvet Energy Ltd.

VIVO Cannabis Inc.

Waste Connections, Inc.

ZCL Composites Inc.

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP combines a comprehensive corporate and securities offering with exploration and development expertise and a robust regulatory practice. The firm acts for Canadian and international mining companies, investment banks and investors, and regularly handles deals across all asset classes, with recent strong showings in gold, silver, copper and coal. Key contacts in Toronto include practice head Sander Grieve, who has strong experience in corporate finance, M&A and corporate governance, and up-and-coming partner Abbas Ali Khan.

Practice head(s):

Sander Grieve

Key clients

Osisko Mining Inc.

Klondex Mines Ltd.

Premier Gold Mines Ltd.

SolGold plc

Seabridge Gold Inc.

First Majestic Silver Corp.

Katanga Mining Limited

Adventus Zinc Corporation

Argonaut Gold Inc.

McEwen Mining Inc.

Mountain Province Diamonds

Victoria Gold Corp.

Dalradian Resources Inc.

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP’s national practice group has a strong track record in energy infrastructure projects, particularly in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Notably, the firm’s strong relationship with the ATCO group of companies generates a steady stream of power-related mandates. Based in Calgary, transactional specialist David Macaulay has a strong profile for project development mandates, while Loyola Keough is a name to note for regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

David Macaulay

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ATCO Power Canada Ltd.

ATCO Electric Ltd.

ATCO Electric Yukon

Canada Trade Law Bureau (Government of Canada)

TELUS

ATCO Power Canada Ltd.

International trade Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP houses a sophisticated international trade practice, which advises on every aspect of international trade law. A strong performer in trade remedy cases, the group also has an impressive track record in customs matters, export controls, economic sanctions and trade treaty disputes. Toronto-based department chair Darrel Pearson has a distinguished record in leading cases; he advised on two of three cases involving customs law and international trade remedy law heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in the last 50 years. In 2018, trade specialist Valerie Hughes joined as senior counsel in the Ottawa office; she was formerly Assistant Deputy Minister and Counsel to the Department of Finance.

Practice head(s):

Darrel Pearson

Testimonials

Bennett Jones combines business consultancy with legal expertise to provide a well-rounded approach to issues. The contacts the group has through years of broad business experience enables the client to reach the appropriate people to advance objectives.’

Bennett Jones is exceptional in having highly qualified and experienced people with an understanding of both law and practice in the international trade area. This is a specialized area where few private practitioners know much about the law at all; knowledge of how things actually work in the pseudo-diplomatic area of international trade law is particularly valuable in this context.’

We appreciate their expertise and practical knowledge, as well as their ability to work seamlessly and productively with the in-house legal team, in-house business team and other professional advisors alike.’

The team at Bennett Jones was very professional and demonstrated extreme proficiency with regard to the subject matter. I felt that all the advice provided was reasonable, practical and tactical. The firm was always consistent in their message regarding the matter.

Darrel Pearson speaks authoritatively and a has a great mastery of the law; I was always comfortable that Darrel was leading us down the most strategic path in terms of being able to prevail. He also had longstanding relationships in the CBSA and I do believe his relationships were helpful in getting meetings, having our side of the story heard and facilitating a conclusion.’

Valerie Hughes in-depth knowledge of international trade agreements, enabling her to speak with credibility to stakeholders but also to talk in layman’s terms for the client, was invaluable. Leveraging her contacts and expertise allowed us to advance our position and gain support across government.’

Real estate Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP advises on the full life cycle of real estate matters, from initial planning and construction issues, to eventual commercial leasing, and sales and acquisitions. The national group enjoys regional strongholds across the country, fielding a dominant practice in Alberta and an increasingly prominent position in Ontario. In Toronto, Paul Mantini is highly regarded for high-end property finance and development matters, and Simon Crawford is recommended for his first-class transactional expertise. Larry Sandrin in Vancouver is recognized as a leader in real estate development, including infrastructure projects. The department also benefits from a talented band of up-and-coming partners, including Toronto-based finance specialist John van Gent and Calgary-based Alixe Cameron.

Practice head(s):

Ron Barron; Jane Helmstadter; Larry Sandrin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The partners and associates work well together and are able to coordinate work seamlessly, so that if one partner is unavailable we get support from another partner.’

Key clients

Aoyuan Property Group

ATCO Group

Anthem United Communities

BC Pavilion Corporation

Brookfield Properties Corporation

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

Canderel Group of Companies

Capital Regional District

Coca-Cola

CREIT – Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust

Citimark Development Corporation

Edgar Development Corporation

Gateway Casino’s & Entertainment

GWL Realty Advisors

Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

KingSett Capital

Manulife Financial

Oxford Properties Group Inc.

ONE Properties

RBC Capital Markets Inc.

Scotia Capital Markets/The Bank of Nova Scotia

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

West Campus Development Trust

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Bennett Jones LLP leverages its pre-eminent oil and gas practice to stake out leading roles in energy and natural resources-related insolvencies; its strong recent run in this field includes debtor-side roles for Quicksilver Resources and NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services. The increasingly prominent practice group also has a solid record in the manufacturing, real estate and retail sectors. The firm's lawyers routinely act for all stakeholders in restructuring and recapitalization matters, but are perhaps best known for their expertise in creditor representations. Toronto-based Kevin Zych co-leads the national team alongside Calgary-based Chris Simard, and Sean Zweig in Toronto has been singled out as an impressive up-and-coming partner. Richard Orzy retired in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Zych; Christopher Simard

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Board of Directors of Sears Canada

FTI Consulting Canada Inc.

Bybrook Capital

Wilmington Trust, National Association

Solus Alternative Investments

Ernst & Young Inc.

Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited

KSV Kofman Inc.

NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services

Contrarian Capital Management

American Roads

Syncora Guarantee

SunEdison Canada

Banking and finance Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP’s longstanding dominance in the oil and gas sector has produced an energy-focused finance practice specializing in advising corporate borrowers on project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and leveraged finance transactions. In Calgary, Philip Backman QC’s name is synonymous with energy finance; he continues to advise North West Redwater Partnership on the financing of the construction of its C$10bn bitumen refinery in Alberta, one of the largest projects ever constructed in Canada. Outside of the energy sphere, Calgary-based financial services co-head Patrick Brennan is highlighted as ‘the first name you think of for aviation finance in Canada’. Karen Dawson is also a key contact in Calgary. On the lender side, Toronto-based Mark Rasile has recently undertaken work for China Construction Bank. Steven Lutz, who co-leads the financial services group, is also recommended in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Steven Lutz; Patrick Brennan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I am very fortunate to work with an experienced team who make me, as a client, feel like my requirements are on the front burner every time.’

While Bennett Jones is a large firm, they offer a uniquely “small firm” feel. I know that when there is an issue I can call the partner and have a conversation about legal and business risk, which is very valuable to me.’

Key clients

AIMCo- Alberta Investment Management Corp.

Alberta Treasury Branches (ATB)

ATCO Group

Bank of America

Bank of Montreal (BMO), BMO Capital Partners and various affiliates

Chorus Aviation

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited

Newalta Inc.

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada and Wells Fargo Bank NA

Capital markets Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP is a key player in both high-end and mid-market deals, with its top-notch reputation in the energy and natural resources sectors a significant driver of its most high-profile transactions. The firm is best known for its relationships with corporate issuers, both private and public, which it advises on the full spread of equity and debt matters. It also has significant underwriter-side experience, which included recent mandates for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets and Acumen Capital Finance Partners. Calgary-based Brent Kraus, who ‘works to find business solutions’, enjoys a strong reputation for his experience advising junior to mid-size companies and investment dealers on public and private financings. John Piasta and Kristopher Hanc jointly lead the department from Calgary and Toronto respectively.

Practice head(s):

John Piasta; Kris Hanc

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team combines a wealth of experience with specific understanding of the client’s business, which allows well-considered, relevant and usable advice on disclosure and transactions.’

Bennett Jones has great bench strength and draws upon a broad range of experience.’

Lawyers are responsive, practical and easy to work with.’

Key clients

ATCO Ltd.

Victoria Gold Corp.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

First Majestic Silver Corp.

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Extendicare

Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (now Alcanna Ltd.)

Klondex Mines Ltd.

MEG Energy Corp.

North West Redwater Partnership

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Waste Connections Ltd.

Schlumberger Limited

Secure Energy Services Inc.

Indigenous law Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP’s national group, which is mainly split between Vancouver and Calgary, utilizes the firm’s signature natural resources offering to advise corporate clients on the indigenous law aspects of energy, mining and utilities projects. It also has experience in acting for First Nations, particularly in relation to land and resource development policies and economic development. Jointly led from Vancouver by David Bursey and Radha Curpen, the team also includes impressive senior associate Sharon Singh, who is noted for her mining sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

David Bursey; Radha Curpen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ATCO Group

Encana Corporation

MEG Energy Corp.

Nexen Inc.

Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited

Williams Energy (Canada)

Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Group

EOG Resources Canada Inc.

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Capital Regional District

Pacific Traverse Energy

Conuma Coal Resource

Infrastructure and projects Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP’s capital projects group is best known for its capability in major energy infrastructure mandates, where it often teams up with its market-leading oil and gas and environmental law practices to structure complex projects. On the PPP side, the firm has a solid record in social infrastructure projects, particularly in the aviation and health care spheres, where it routinely advises all project participants. The national practice is particularly strong in Calgary and Toronto. Construction head Jason Roth is a key contact in the Calgary office.

Practice head(s):

Jason Roth

Testimonials

Bennett Jones works to understand our business and provides value from beginning to end. The team always responds rapidly and usually has a proven solution to provide.’

In our recent project, the Bennett Jones team (including Mark Kortbeek for commercial, Paul Blundy for P3 experience and Deirdre Shehan for regulatory) provided exemplary work and resulted in a flawless execution of the project.’

Bennett Jones has been steadily improving their infrastructure finance capabilities and have developed an excellent knowledge base. My go to-lawyers are Paul Blundy and Will Osler.’

Key clients

Airline Fuel and De-icing Facilities Consortia

Ameresco Canada Inc.

ATCO Group (all subsidiaries including: ATCO Electric Ltd., ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd., ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd, ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd., Alberta PowerLine etc.)

Canadian Aviation Fuel facilities Consortia (i.e. Calgary Fuel Facilities, Montreal International Fuel facilities, Pearson International Fuel facilities, Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities etc.)

Capital Regional District Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board

City of Vancouver

Government of Nunavut

NorthWest Redwater Partnership

Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation

Providence Care Hospital, Kingston

The Corporation of the City of Brampton

Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation

Intellectual property Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP handles a mix of prosecution, litigation and transactional IP matters, with niche expertise in advising energy companies on their increasingly sophisticated IP requirements. Other industry strong suits include pharmaceuticals, agriculture and mining. Toronto-based Dominique Hussey, who is dual-qualified in Ontario and New York, heads the IP litigation practice and is equally adept in trademark and patent matters. Calgary-based Martin Kratz QC is noted for his expertise in IP law and technology.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; Dominique Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Bennett Jones is terrific; we trust them with high-level matters.’

Dominique Hussey and Jeilah Chan are amazing. Smart, business-minded, responsive and reliable. My go-to team in Canada for all trademark matters.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

ATCO Group / Canadian Utilities including subsidiaries: ATCO Electric, ATCO Gas, ATCO Pipelines, ATCO Australia, ATCO Energy Solutions, ATCO Power, ATCO Mexico, ATCO Structures & Logistics and ATCO Sustainable communities.

Aurobindo Pharma Inc.

Blue Ant Media Inc.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL)

Coca-Cola

Consortium Book Distribution

Ferrero SpA

GoEasy

Guccio Gucci SpA

MEG Energy

Monsanto Canada Inc.

Square Inc.

TELUS Communications Company

Teva Canada/Teva Industries Ltd. 

TriWest Capital Partners

International expertise Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP’s strategic focus on oil and gas drives a significant volume of cross-border work and the firm is well-placed to support that international focus with offices in New York and Beijing. Former Canadian Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken is a key member of the US team and is highly regarded for her track record in cross-border antitrust matters. In 2019, Doha-based arbitration specialist George Vlavianos left to join Simmons & Simmons Middle East.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP houses a robust labour and employment practice, which is well balanced between standalone advisory and contentious matters, and transactional support work. In line with the firm-wide strength, the practice group, which has solid footholds in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, is particularly active in the energy and natural resources industries. Calgary-based John Gilmore, who had a strong recent run in M&A-related matters, and Toronto-based Carl Cunningham jointly head the department. The group was recently boosted by the arrival of new Ottawa-based senior counsel Lori Sterling, who was formerly federal Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Skills Development.

Practice head(s):

Carl Cunningham; John Gilmore

Key clients

Argonaut Gold

ATCO Ltd/ Canadian Utilities Ltd. (and all subsidiaries)

Core-Mark International Inc.

Deluxe Corporation

Direct Cash Payments Inc.

Edge Natural Resources LLC

EOG Resources, Inc.

Extendicare Inc.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Invis Inc.

Macquarie North America

McCain Foods Limited

McEwen Mining

NES Global Talent

Newalta Corporation

Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Repsol, S.A

S.I. Systems

Secure Energy Services

Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation

TriWest Capital Partners

Westlake Chemical

Tax Tier 3

Bennett Jones LLP’s signature energy offering has led the firm to develop expertise in natural resources taxation, with recent strong showings in oil and gas, power and mining-related matters. The group also has an impressive record in advising on the tax aspects of major corporate restructurings and cross-border transactions. Toronto managing partner Stephen Bowman is a key figure for transactional tax matters, while Calgary-based practice co-chair Darcy Moch is noted for his coverage of both corporate and personal tax planning. The firm also houses a dynamic tax litigation practice, which was recently boosted by the arrivals of high-profile litigator Edwin Kroft QC, who is based between the firm’s Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary offices, and Vancouver-based Deborah Toaze from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Moreover, Calgary-based litigator Jehad Haymour recently joined from Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Bauer; Darcy Moch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very capable tax team. Lawyers provide a great level of service.’

Key clients

Air Canada

ATCO Ltd.

Bank of Montreal

Devon Energy Corporation

EOD Resources

Extendicare Inc.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd.

Gibson Energy Inc.

Killam Apartment REIT

MEG Energy Corporation

NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services Corporation

Newalta Corporation

Niska Gas Storage Partnership

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Osisko Gold Royalties

Osisko Mining Corporation

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Premier Gold Mines

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Statoil Canada Inc.

SunEdison

Tri-West Capital Partners

Veresen Inc.

Waste Connections Inc.

Technology Tier 3

Calgary-headquartered Bennett Jones LLP routinely advises energy and natural resources companies on technology issues, including clean tech and licensing matters. Other practice strengths include health care, electronic payments and outsourcing agreements. Key lawyers include Stephen Burns, who advises on outsourcing, IT procurement and privacy issues; data protection expert Martin Kratz QC; and up-and-coming technology specialist Sébastien Gittens, all of whom are based in Calgary. Toronto-based Matthew Flynn recently joined from McCarthy Tétrault to co-head the fintech and blockchain group.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; Dominique Hussey

Testimonials

Bennett Jones has assembled a cross-functional team that are capable of handling a wide array of technology issues (including SAAS, IP, Data Privacy etc.).

Bennett Jones has the bullpen to be able to serve almost any need that develops during a deal or one-off situations that arise.

Sébastien Gittens really stood out to me as an excellent project manager – not only was he able to provide succinct business and practical advice, but he was able to manage foreign firms in achieving the same or similar results.

Stephen Burns is a fountain of knowledge and experience. He knows the technology contracting market exceptionally well and can drive favourable and above market outcomes through negotiation and cogent analysis of transaction dynamics.

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

ATCO Limited

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.

Calgary Police Services

Cancer Care Ontario

Canopy Growth Corporation

Celero Solutions Inc.

Cenovus Energy

CMPA

District Ventures

DrFirst.com, Inc.

FlashStock Technology Inc.

Husky Energy Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

North West Redwater Partnership

LNG Canada Inc.

OMERS Ventures

Paramount Resources

Payments Canada

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Suncor Energy

TELUS

VinriTechnologies Inc.

Pensions Tier 4

Bennett Jones LLP’s pensions team forms a key part of its broader employment offering. Best known for its activity in transactional support matters, the group also advises plan administrators, managers and trustees on plan design, establishment and administration. Toronto-based Susan Seller leads the national pensions practice.

Practice head(s):

Susan Seller

Key clients

Board of Directors of Sears Canada Inc.

Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)

Canadian Utilities Limited/ATCO Group

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Dayco Products LLC

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Klondex Mines Ltd.

Longview Aviation Capital Corp.

Schlumberger Production Management

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
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