Firm Profile > Torys > Toronto, Canada

Torys
79 WELLINGTON STREET WEST, SUITE 3000
BOX 270, TD CENTRE
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Canada

Capital markets Tier 1

A popular choice for prolific issuers, Torys’ stellar institutional relationships supply a steady stream of debt and equity mandates, with Brookfield and Fairfax Financial among its most high-profile repeat clients. On the underwriter side, the group regularly acts for leading Canadian and US investment banks. International work is another significant differentiator. Indeed, the team is consistently involved in multi-jurisdictional offerings, particularly deals with a US dimension where it can utilize its well-staffed New York office. Glen Johnson provides comprehensive advice on securities regulation and corporate finance matters. David Seville handles a mix of debt and equity transactions, with complementary expertise in private equity and regulatory finance issues. Michael Feldman is noted for his experience in debt capital markets, with a focus on structured finance and securitizations. Rima Ramchandani is recommended for her growing profile in cross-border capital markets deals; she recently paired up with Calgary-based corporate finance partner Janan Paskaran to advise Sundial Growers on its $143m cross-border IPO and listing on the Nasdaq. Also in Calgary, Scott Cochlan co-leads the national practice together with Seville and Ramchandani and advises issuers and underwriters on a range of domestic and cross-border offerings. Named lawyers are based in Toronto, unless otherwise stated.

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Testimonials

‘The Torys Capital Markets team has an exceptionally strong customer service orientation. They are innovative and developed a completely new securitization product for us which enabled a cross-border transaction.’

‘Michael Feldman is thoughtful, innovative and customer-service oriented. Rima Ramchandani is a delight to work with, providing timely and practical advice.’

Key clients

Bank of Montreal

Brookfield

Choice Properties REIT

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Manulife

Scotia Capital

Sherritt International

Superior Plus

TD Bank

TMX Group

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Torys is distinguished by its longstanding relationships with some of the most active repeat acquirers in Canada, particularly private equity players such as Brookfield and pension funds including CPP Investments and Alberta Investment Management Corporation. Largely centred in Toronto, the national team also benefits from a leading transactional energy group in Calgary and a smaller corporate offering in Montréal. The firm consistently follows its key clients abroad and its prominent New York office provides invaluable corporate firepower in cross-border transactions. The firm also enjoys strong relationships with global corporate clients doing regular business in Canada. Firm managing partner Matthew Cockburn has an established record in corporate transactions, with a focus on advising private equity and pension funds. John Emanoilidis co-heads the M&A group and has broad experience in public and private M&A, private equity and corporate finance matters. Corporate chair Cornell Wright routinely acts for bidders, targets and shareholders on the full range of M&A deals; he recently paired up with Adrienne DiPaolo to act for Onex in its C$445m acquisition of Gluskin Sheff + Associates. Former New York managing partner Karrin Powys-Lybbe now co-heads the M&A department from Toronto and led on several substantial matters for Brookfield over the past year.

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‘Torys is top notch for their combination of cost and service. Torys is very aligned with our cost conscience business model and works with us to find fee arrangements that meet our objectives and I never feel like I am just being billed for hours. More importantly, Torys and team provide the kind of service that clearly demonstrate they care about our business outcomes. They provide legal support and analyses, but also provide business and commercial context. Our company does not have inhouse legal and we treat Torys as part of our team. This accountability is a clear differentiator. Many lawyers provide a one-dimensional legal service, but we are looking for aligned partners in our company who care about our business outcomes. They are not just there to highlight risks, but take a commercial perspective on how to address these legal risks with a business perspective.’

‘Stephanie Stimpson has lots of international transactional experience, but also has strong knowledge of credit/financing and corporate governance as well.’

‘Derek Flaman is a credible and experience transactional lawyer that provides great advice. His industry knowledge is impressive and we highly value his opinion.’

‘Peter Danner is a work horse that provides incredible service. He is thoughtful and thorough.’

Key clients

Brookfield Group

CPP Investments

Onex Corporation

Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

Canadian Tire Corporation

Enbridge Inc.

KKR & Co. Inc.

Husky Energy Inc.

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Great-West Lifeco Inc.

Infrastructure projects Tier 1

'Responsive, diligent and constructive', the team at Torys operates on both sides of the Canada-US border to plan, procure, finance and build major infrastructure projects. The practice group works closely with the firm's highly regarded power and oil and gas teams to advise on large-scale energy. A recent example of this linked-up approach saw the team advising Wataynikaneyap Power on various commercial, regulatory and strategic matters related to the development, financing and operation of the C$1.9bn Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project. PPP specialist Mark Bain jointly leads the practice group alongside Scott Kraag, who has considerable experience in the energy and mining sectors. Also recommended is Daniel Ford, who is increasingly active in public mandates in the rail and healthcare sectors. All are based in Toronto.

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The Torys team is very responsive, diligent and constructive in their approach to advising us on legal matters. Frequently developing commercially reasonable solutions to complex legal challenges on large infrastructure projects.

There is a general understanding of the pace and diligence required to execute on infrastructure projects.

Key clients

Government of the Northwest Territories

Wataynikaneyap Power LP

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Infrastructure Ontario

MTR Corporation Ltd.

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.

Fengate Capital Management Ltd.

National Bank

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Mizuho Corporate Bank

Natixis

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Insurance Tier 1

Acting as primary Canadian regulatory counsel to prominent insurers and reinsurers in Canada and globally, Torys is perhaps best known for its market-leading regulatory work, though the team also stands out for its strengths in transactional and contentious matters. Co-chair Jill McCutcheon is rated for her work in transactional matters, particularly for regulated financial institutions; and joint practice chair Blair Keefe focuses on corporate and regulatory issues. The team also handles a full range of insurance coverage disputes and a wide variety of reinsurance and business litigation. Senior counsel Kelly Morris is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Toronto.

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Key clients

Sun Life Financial

Manulife Financial Corporation

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Wilton Re

ivari (formerly TransAmerica)

TD Meloche Monnex

Northbridge Financial Corporation

Brookfield Annuity Company

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Oil and gas Tier 1

Torys' 'solution-oriented' oil and gas practice has extensive experience in large, complex transactions, a recent example of which saw the team acting for KKR in the establishment of the C$1.15bn Canadian midstream infrastructure platform, and in the platform’s subsequent C$600m acquisition of Meritage Midstream. Practice head Derek Flaman led on this, and has a strong practice focused on commercial law in the energy sector, with an emphasis on joint ventures and project development. Chris Christopher who is described as 'approachable and accommodating', is recommended for M&A work. Of late, the team has highlighted its strength in headline international transactions, having advised Africa Oil on its $3.75bn farmout agreement with Azinam Limited. The group also has a robust regulatory group, which provides a full range of advice to developers, owners, operators, lenders and equity investors.

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Testimonials

We work with Torys’ Calgary office extensively on M&A transactions, transportation deals and rail related work.  They make us feel like their favourite client. All of the lawyers we work with there are extremely responsive, solutions oriented, efficient and smart.  We always feel we get great value from the team, and consider Torys to be an important partner in our business.

Chris Christopher is a brilliant lawyer, skilled tactician and an outstanding person.  Chris has an impressive way of operating at the highest level while remaining approachable and accommodating with clients, which is a winning combination for our business leaders.

Key clients

Husky Energy

Northleaf Capital Partners Ltd.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Suncor Energy Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Vermilion Energy Inc.

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Africa Oil

AIMCo

Pensions Tier 1

Torys pension practice is best known for its expertise in pension fund investing, where it advises major pension funds both on domestic and international investments, and is also recommended for complex strategic structuring advice. Other key areas of work include transactional post-closing pension support, and a full range of plan drafting, opinions, governance structuring and maintenance. Mitch Frazer chairs the practice and is sought after for his expertise in pension administration. Susan Nickerson and associate Tom Stevenson are also noted. All lawyers are based in Toronto.

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Key clients

Enbridge Inc.

Morneau Shepell Inc.

Navistar Canada, Inc.

Federal Express Canada Corp. and various subsidiaries

Morton Salt Company

Rogers Communications Inc.

OMERS Infrastructure

Destination Canada

Power Tier 1

'Unmatched' in the words of one client, the team at Torys has expertise in all areas of electricity transmission and distribution, and power generation. The practice is also noted for its cross-border capabilities, particularly in transactions involving the US. Project finance continues to make up a large part of the department's workload, having recently been retained as project counsel to Wataynikaneyap Power to advise on the supply of clean power to residents in remote communities. Based in the firm's Toronto office, the practice is jointly led by M&A and project development specialist Krista Hill and administrative law expert Charles Keizer. Also recommended is Valerie Helbronner, who specializes in project development work. Jonathan Weisz retired in January 2020.

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Torys is the best legal firm in Calgary that deals with Energy Regulation. They have been integral to my company’s success before the regulator. In terms of strengths and capabilities, the breadth of experience and knowledge that they have is unmatched by other law firms in Calgary. They are always available and their work product is first rate.

Key clients

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Province of Ontario

Alectra Utilities Corporation

Wataynikaneyap Power LP

Kinectrics Inc.

Enmax Power Corporation

Suncor Energy

OMERS Infrastructure (formerly Borealis Infrastructure)

Toronto Hydro Utilities Inc.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Banking and finance Tier 2

A top choice for borrowers in corporate finance deals, Torys is also a prominent name for lender-side work, where it regularly advises Canada’s ‘Big Six’ banks, as well as pension funds and, increasingly, private equity funds. On the transactional side, the group handles a raft of purely domestic and cross-border matters, with leveraged finance, acquisition finance and project finance all notable strong suits. The firm also houses one of the market’s most admired bank regulatory practices, which is regularly called upon by major financial institutions (including Canada’s three largest banks), insurance companies, securities dealers and trust and loan companies to advise on complex governance, product development and consumer law issues. Key names in Toronto include banking and debt finance co-head Adam Delean, who is recommended for his broad experience in corporate banking, leveraged finance and structured finance, both for lenders and borrowers. Amanda Balasubramanian co-heads the banking and debt finance department and acts for lenders and borrowers in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Up-and-coming partner Tom Zverina is also noted for his transactional expertise in Toronto. On the regulatory front, Blair Keefe is widely considered a market leader for advising financial institutions on corporate, finance and regulatory issues. In Calgary, Kevin Fougere is highly regarded for corporate lending and project finance, with an emphasis on energy-related matters. Jonathan Weisz recently retired.

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‘Torys has a very strong group of individuals at all practices – including banking and finance. The group is viewed accurately as being collegial and easy to work with. They are without issue one of the best banking groups in the city. I would suggest that compared to other firms, Torys is clearly one of the top banking groups.’

‘Tom Zverina is not the most senior of the group, but he is the most conversant with private equity acquisition financings and considered one of the top practitioners in the city. His clients think the world of him and he is exceptionally pragmatic and reasonable. He is always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Amanda Balasubramanian is considered a rising star among younger banking partners. She is very well liked and respected. I envision that she over time will be one of the elite banking lawyers in the city.’

Key clients

The Toronto-Dominion Bank/TD Securities Inc.

The Bank of Nova Scotia/Scotia Capital

Bank of Montreal/BMO Capital Markets

National Bank of Canada/National Bank Financial Group

Royal Bank of Canada/RBC Capital Markets

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”)

CPP Investments

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Mizuho Bank Ltd.

Fairfax Financial

Cannabis Tier 2

'Available almost 24/7 and able to execute immediately', Torys' cannabis practice is regularly involved in major joint ventures, M&A, and licensing and collaboration agreements, where it acts for blue-chip companies, start-ups and other licensed producers. Moreover, the firm leverages its New York office and US law experts in Toronto to capabilities the cross-border capabilities of its strong corporate and securities offering. The group also stands out for its expertise in regulatory matters related to the cannabis industry. Key figures in the Toronto office include life sciences head Cheryl Reicin and food and drug regulatory chair Eileen McMahon.

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I chose to work with Torys LLP due to their professionalism, knowledge of the field, practical solutions and out of the box thinking. Availability almost 24/7 and ability to execute immediately. Comprehensive ability to provide a 360 solution

Personal touch and dedication to detail – Ability to assist beyond the direct project – Deep knowledge of the people and the field

Key clients

Village Farms International, Inc.

Sundial Growers Inc.

Tilray, Inc.

Trichome Financial Corp.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Syqe Medical Ltd.

Experion Holdings Ltd. (formerly Viridium Pacific Group Ltd.)

PhytoGro Canada Ltd.

Cryptologic Corp.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Torys has a track record of handling significant antitrust mandates. The team has advised NRG Energy on its acquisition of Direct Energy, with joint practice head Omar Wakil leading on the competition aspects of the transaction. In addition, the team has continued to be engaged in standalone merger reviews and also has strengths in competition disputes. Linda Plumpton is recommended here, chairing the firm's litigation group; she is particularly skilled in class action defences, investigations and foreign investment matters. Co-chair Dany Assaf advises international and domestic clients on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment matters, including national security reviews.

Environment Tier 2

The team at Torys is recognized by clients for its 'breadth of expertise'. Headed by Toronto-based Dennis Mahony, the environmental practice has strengths across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, though it is perhaps best known for its contentious work, defending clients in major disputes in administrative, civil and regulatory proceedings across Canada. On the non-contentious front, the group is regularly instructed to advise on regulatory matters including climate change, and to obtain approvals on large scale infrastructure projects. Tyson Dyck and Michael Fortier are further key contacts in the team.

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One of the things that makes Torys practice unique is their breadth of experience.  There is a history of knowledge and skill developed over that time that I would not trust to anyone else.

Michael Fortier has decades of experience in a variety of legal matters, but he has assisted our company with various types of transactions and knows the risk tolerances, preferences, corporate structures and level of diligence our company offers.

Key clients

Canadian National Railway

Canadian Tire Corporation

Windlectric, an Algonquin Power & Utilities company

Nation Rise Wind Farm Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of EDP Renewables

Toromont Industries

Wataynikaneyap Power LP

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Dowa Metals & Mining Co. Ltd.

BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Praxair Canada Inc.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Based in the firm's Toronto office, the IP group at Torys has a very solid reputation in patent prosecution and IP litigation, with core strengths in the pharmaceuticals, agri-business, food and cosmetics sectors. Group lead Eileen McMahon specializes in patent law and patent strategy, as does partner Teresa Reguly. Edward Fan focuses on IP transactions, particularly in the technology sector. The group also fields a strong litigation team, with Andrew Bernstein and Andrew Shaughnessy noted for their work in pharmaceuticals-related patent disputes.

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Key clients

Horizon Pharma Inc.

Procter & Gamble

Corteva Agriscience

Coty Inc.

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Zoetis Inc.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Scientific Games Corporation

Novelis (Aditya Birla)

Shoppers Drug Mart

Tennis Canada

Hydrogenics

Real estate Tier 2

Torys advises owners, developers and lenders on projects across Canada, bringing together expertise in a variety of disciplines to provide full support on projects involving the financing and construction of large-scale multi-use real estate. In addition to finance and development, the team acts for some of the country's largest pension funds in real estate investment and acquisitions. The department is jointly led by Toronto-based Sabrina Gherbaz and Graham Rawlinson. Other names to note include senior partner David Dell, who is highly regarded for his transactional experience, and Andy Gibbons, who has experience of a variety of commercial real estate matters, as well as land and real estate issues involving infrastructure and energy projects. Senior counsel Andrew Bedford in Calgary is also recommended.

Testimonials

Andrew Bedford in the Calgary office is outstanding mix of smart and practical.  Distills technical real estate matters into short, practical explanations for in-house lawyers who only occasionally deal with real estate.   Great value for money.

Key clients

Brookfield Properties Corporation

Oxford Properties Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

The Toronto-Dominion Bank/TD Securities Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce/CIBC World Markets Inc.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Metrolinx

Axium Infrastructure

Investor Real Property Funds

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Torys has a strong national presence, but is particularly strong in the Calgary market, where it generates a significant amount of work in the oil and gas space, working closely alongside the firm's top-tier oil and gas practice. Acting for a wide range of core parties, including debtors, court officers and creditors, the team is also active outside of the oil and gas space, boasting the ability to bring in 'the right resources from the firm to think through complex issues'. Tony Demarinis leads the national team from Toronto, and is recognized for his work in the high-end restructuring and insolvency field. Also recommended is David Bish, who leads the corporate restructuring practice and focuses on bankruptcies, insolvencies, receiverships and restructurings.

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The team brings the right resources from the firm to think through complex issues, are extremely responsive, able to take into account various viewpoints and bridge the commercial/legal aspects.

A balanced approach that took into consideration both the commercial and legal aspects.

David Bish laid out the paths and clearly articulated the considerations in a very complex and unique matter.

Key clients

PIMCO

Barings LLC. Brigade Capital Management. DDJ Capital Management

Ernst & Young Inc.

QuadReal

Home Trust

Morneau Shepell

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Sagard Credit Partner

Resources Partners

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Tarion Warranty Corporation

FTI Consulting

Clairvest

Medical Pharmacies Group Limited

General Nutrition Centres

Tax Tier 2

'Combining top tax technical knowledge with top-notch legal work', Torys' tax team works closely with the firm's premier corporate group to assist financial institutions, pension funds and companies with a wide range of transactional matters. The team also stands out for its ability to handle complex international deals, with a strong track record of transactions involving parties in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Practice head Jerald Wortsman specializes in domestic and international corporate tax planning and is recognized by clients for his 'vast tax experience'. Also recommended is Corrado Cardarelli, who maintains a broad corporate tax practice covering M&A, private funds, tax-exempt investments and structured financial products.

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Always available and gets things done even when timing is tight –  Industry thought leaders with deep experience –  Can speak with authority since they know the industry and what is considered market

The tax team that I work with are some of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with — combining top tax technical knowledge with their top notch legal work.

Jerald Wortsman is always available, has vast tax experience, and knows my company inside and out.

Key clients

Brookfield Group of Companies

Scotiabank

Thomson Reuters

Bank of Montreal

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP)

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Norbord Inc.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Technology Tier 2

Torys stands out for its expertise in fintech and financial services work, particularly in the payments space. Areas of core strength include outsourcing and contracting work in the public sector, and cross-border technology deals involving the US. The team is jointly led by payments and fintech specialist Joel Ramsey and Adam Armstrong, who handles outsourcing transactions, software and hardware licensing, with expertise in blockchain, fintech and cloud computing. Also recommended is counsel Ebad Rahman. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)

The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS/Scotiabank)

Payments Canada

Home Trust Company

Morneau Sheppell Ltd.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Canadian Football League (CFL)

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Indigenous law Tier 3

The Toronto-based Indigenous law group at Torys is integral the firm's ability  to provide comprehensive legal service on transformative natural resources transactions and infrastructure projects, where the practice group regularly advises on Aboriginal consultation. The firm also handles commercial disputes, acting both for Indigenous groups and non-Indigenous companies. Power and projects expert Valerie Helbronner co-chairs the team with John Terry, who advises on the duty to consult and corporate social responsibility issues.

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Government of Ontario (Ministry of Northern Development & Mines)

Government of Yukon

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

Wataynikaneyap Power

Government of Northwest Territories

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Ontario First Nations (2008) Limited Partnership (OFNLP) (a partnership of the First Nations in Ontario other than the Chippewas of Rama First Nation)

International expertise Tier 3

Torys is regularly involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactional and project development work. Its New York office provides a platform for US-Canada M&A transactions, in addition to working with US investors and Canadian businesses on private equity, corporate financing, and regulatory elements. Tara Mackay divides her time between New York and Toronto, and specializes in project financing work, advising on major infrastructure transactions across Canada and the US. The firm also regularly advises Asia-based clients on setting up operations in Canada, and partnerships with Canadian firms. New York's David Chaikof a standout name in this regard. In Latin America and Africa, the focus is on natural resources and mining work, where key figures include Toronto's Michael Amm. Amm and fellow team members have extensive experience advising Canadian and US investment banks and private equity funds on financing large-scale minerals transactions and projects.

Mining Tier 3

The 'practical and commercial' team at Torys has continued to increase its activity in mining M&A, a recent example of which was its advice to Pala Investments on the C$511m acquisition of Cobalt 27. The department continues to undertake a significant amount of capital markets work, and also has a thriving royalty and streaming finance practice. It also has experience structuring and negotiating sophisticated joint ventures and and representing clients in international arbitration claims regarding mining rights and international investments. Michael Amm and Michael Pickersgill ('efficient, calm and collected') jointly lead the group from Toronto.

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Practical, measured and commercial approach. Creative problem solvers. Broad industry and subject matter expertise.

Mike Pickersgill – efficient, calm and collected

Top tier in the sector for commercial capability, knowledge and sound legal advice on transactions and litigation. One of the top two we work with regularly in the mining sector.

Great legal advice married with sound commercial judgement and problem solving. Most firms can give you sound legal advice. The best can help you creatively come up with excellent solutions to structure the best deals.

Key clients

Orion Resource Partners

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Pala Investments Limited

Triple Flag Precious Metals

Sprott Resources

Nevada Copper Corp.

BMO Capital Markets

Newcrest Mining

Americas Gold & Silver Corporation

Alamos Gold Inc.

BaseCore Metals LP

Stelco Holdings Inc.

Sherritt International

Dowa Metals & Mining Co.

Mitsubishi Materials

Public procurement Tier 3

Torys 'provides dynamic, thoroughly reasoned and strategic support to its clients in challenging environments'. The procurement team has a particularly strong reputation for advising government clients, with noted expertise in the areas of defence, healthcare and life sciences, telecoms, transportation and energy. The group is also becoming increasingly active in the procurement of large technology projects. Corporate and commercial lawyer Thomas Yeo jointly heads the team from Toronto with infrastructure and energy specialist Philip Symmonds.

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The dynamic amongst the members of the Torys team was incredible.

Phil Symmonds was the primary lawyer that I dealt. Phil’s ability to deal with difficult individuals was outstanding. It was a total pleasure to interact with him. He was respectful, always calm and very perceptive of the key players role and personability. To top it off, his insight and legal advice advanced the project substantially.

Adam Banack and Tom Yeo were both an incredible asset to the legal team. Adam has the personality to bring people together and resolve matters to everyone satisfactory.

The work performed by Torys LLP Public Procurement practice has consistently been of exceptional quality with excellent delivery time.

Overall expertise in extremely complex public procurement and intellectual property; plus the expertise of their partners and associates. In particular, Phil Symmonds, Adam Armstrong, Thomas Yeo and Emma Sako.

The lawyers I have worked with are very experienced, knowledgeable, creative and responsive. I especially appreciate that they are practical minded when working with our business people, including presenting complex legal issues in clear business terms that they can understand and deal with.

I highly recommend Adam Armstrong, Ebad Rahman, Adam Banack, Jessica Bishop and Danielle Colliver.

Public procurement is a niche area that requires an intimate knowledge of complex rules flowing from Canada’s international trade agreements. The project-based nature of the files necessitates a sophistication and professionalism to advise a team of clients with diverse expectations and goals. Tory’s provides dynamic, thoroughly-reasoned and strategic support to its clients in challenging environments. They were key to the success of one of Canada’s largest procurements and they possess expertise that is unmatched in this field.

An unwavering commitment to excellence; unflinching attention to detail; delivery without compromise. Phil Symmonds, Adam Banack (Counsel),Tom Yeo (Counsel) and Emma Sako (associate) brought a superior level of professionalism to a demanding exercise with poise and resolve. Without them, delivery would have been impossible. They made everyone around them rise to a level of excellence that was unparalleled. Not only are they excellent lawyers, but they are terrific people and a true benefit to any team. They are simply the best!

Key clients

Government of Canada

Wataynikaneyap Power LP

TransitNEXT (SNC-Lavalin Capital)

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (“SWIFT”)

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (“GNL”)

Government of Canada

Haldimand County

International trade Tier 4

Torys is best known in this area for its record in trade and investment disputes and international arbitration. The practice group is led by Toronto-based senior litigation and arbitration counsel John Terry, who leads the practice from Toronto, who focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, and international business and public law. The team has also advised clients on various NAFTA and WTO issues, anti-corruption and AML, sanctions compliance, and export control issues.

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Windstream Energy LLC

Infinito Gold Ltd.

Fairfax Financial

Husky Energy Inc.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

CPP Investments

Public Sector Pension Investments

Russian Federation

Windstream Energy LLC

Labour and employment Tier 4

Led by Lisa Talbot, the employment team at Torys represents well-known domestic and multinational corporate clients in employment disputes and class actions across the country. In addition to its litigation and internal investigations work, the team also advises on the hiring and firing of executives, executive compensation matters and human rights issues. It also supports the firm's corporate transactional work. The wider pensions and employment practice is chaired by Mitch Frazer.

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Uber Technologies Inc., Uber Canada Inc., Uber B.V.

BlackBerry Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited/George Westin/Choice Properties

REIT

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Four Seasons Hotels Limited

Alamos Gold Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Dispute resolution

Torys’ dispute resolution group is active in high-stakes litigation across the country, with a leading class action practice complemented by specialist offerings in financial services, product liability and IP. The firm’s position in the Ontario market is particularly commanding, but it also fields an increasingly prominent team in Montréal. Toronto-based litigator Sheila Block has built a standout record in precedent-setting cases and successfully represented Ontario First Nations Limited Partnership (a partnership of 132 of the 133 First Nations in Ontario) in arbitration brought against the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation concerning breaches of a gaming revenue sharing agreement. Other senior experts in Toronto include Patricia Jackson, who is a premier name for class actions, and department chair Linda Plumpton. Also in Toronto are Gillian Dingle, who coordinates the department, and senior associate Sarah Whitmore. Christopher Richter and counsel Geneviève Bertrand are recommended in Montréal.

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Key clients

Stronach Consulting Corp.

Anson Group Canada, Anson Investments LP, Anson Capital LP, Anson Investments Master Fund LP, Anson Advisors Inc., Anson Catalyst Master Fund LP

Resolute FP Canada

Brookfield Infrastructure Fund IV GP LLC

BlackBerry

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Parkland Fuel Corporation

TMX Group

Ontario First Nations (2008) LP

The City of Saint John

Torys LLP is a respected international business law firm with a reputation for quality, innovation and teamwork. Our experience, our collaborative practice style, and the insight and imagination we bring to our work have made us our clients’ choice for their largest and most complex transactions as well as for general matters in which strategic advice is key.

We work with clients who expect the best advice and exceptional service, and our dedication to excellence across practice areas and industries has resulted in an enviable record of experience in Canada and globally. Teamwork is one of our firm’s distinguishing features, reflected in all aspects of how the firm partners with clients and collaborates internally. Long-standing clients continue to retain Torys not only for our excellent service and legal expertise, but also because of a shared value for lasting partnerships based on trust and respect.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Debt Finance Amanda C. Balasubramanian abalasubramanian@torys.com 416.865.8137
Intellectual Property, Cannabis Group Eileen McMahon emcmahon@torys.com 416.865.7676
Cannabis Group Cheryl Reicin creicin@torys.com 416.865.7373
Corporate and Capital Markets Rima Ramchandani rramchandani@torys.com 416.865.7666
Corporate and Capital Markets David A. Seville dseville@torys.com 416.865.7821
Corporate and Capital Markets Scott Cochlan scochlan@torys.com 403.776.3784
Competition and Foreign Investment Dany H. Assaf dassaf@torys.com 416.865.7303
Competition and Foreign Investment/ Mergers and Acquisition Linda M. Plumpton lplumpton@torys.com 416.865.8193
Competition and Foreign Investment Omar Wakil owakil@torys.com 416.865.7635
Mergers and Acquisitions John Emanoilidis jemanoilidis@torys.com 416.865.8145
Mergers and Acquisitions Karrin Powys-Lyybe kpowys-lybbe@torys.com 416.865.7829
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Gillian Dingle gdingle@torys.com 416.865.8229
Mining and Metals Michael Amm mamm@torys.com 416.865.8140
Mining and Metals Michael Pickersgill mpickersgill@torys.com 416.865.8180
Oil & Gas Derek Flaman dflaman@torys.com 403.776.3759
Environmental Dennis E. Mahony dmahony@torys.com 416.865.8214
Indigenous, Trade and Investment Disputes John A. Terry jterry@torys.com 416.865.8245
Indigenous Valerie Helbronner vhelbronner@torys.com 416.865.7516
Projects Mark W.S. Bain mbain@torys.com 416.865.7349
Projects Scott A. Kraag skraag@torys.com 416.865.7980
Insurance Transactions/Insurance Regulatory Blair Keefe bkeefe@torys.com 416.865.8164
Insurance Transactions/Insurance Regulatory Jill McCutcheon jmccutcheon@torys.com 416.865.8121
Employment, Pensions and Employment Mitch Frazer mfrazer@torys.com 416.865.8220
Strategic Procurement Phillip Symmonds psymmonds@torys.com 416.865.8219
Strategic Procurement Thomas Yeo tyeo@torys.com 416.865.8125
Real Estate Sabrina Gherbaz sgherbaz@torys.com 416.865.8179
Real Estate Graham Rawlinson grawlinson@torys.com 416.865.7397
Corporate Restructuring and Advisory David Bish dbish@torys.com 416.865.7353
Corporate Restructuring and Advisory Tony DeMarinis tdemarinis@torys.com 416.865.8162
Tax Jerald M. Wortsman jwortsman@torys.com 416.865.7384
Technology Contracting Adam S. Armstrong aarmstrong@torys.com 416.865.7336
Technology Contracting Joel Ramsey jramsey@torys.com 416.865.7638
Number of partners : 129
Number of lawyers : 247
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Managing Partner : Matthew Cockburn