Firm Profile > Torys > Toronto, Canada

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

Capital markets Tier 1

2019 was another strong year for Torys LLP, which handled over 66 offerings and private placements, totalling over $21.4bn, during just the first six months of the year. On the issuer side, the firm's strong institutional relationships continue to pay dividends; most notably, it handled five offerings worth a combined C$2.3bn for Brookfield over the past year. It is also a top choice for other seasoned issuers, such as Manulife and Fairfax Financial. In addition, the firm is a regular fixture on manager-side matters, with several recent engagements by major investment banks such as CIBC World Markets, BMO Capital Markets and RBC Dominion Securities. The group is jointly led by Calgary’s Scott Cochlan and Toronto-based partners Rima Ramchandani and David Seville. Other key figures in Toronto include Glen Johnson, who handles the full spread of securities regulation, compliance and corporate finance matters, and standout senior associate Robbie Leibel.

Practice head(s):

Rima Ramchandani; David Seville; Scott Cochlan

Other key lawyers:

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 LLP’s close relationships with many of Canada’s most active acquisition funds and corporations, particularly Brookfield and leading Canadian pension funds, ensures that it is consistently engaged in headline corporate transactions. From its core offices in Toronto and Calgary — along with a smaller office in Montreal — the firm is active across the country, with its recent work for clients such as Quebec-based CDPQ and British Columbia-based Canaccord Genuity demonstrating the scope of its national coverage. It also benefits from one of the broadest New York platforms among domestic firms, which provides capable support on both inbound and outbound deals. John Emanoilidis co-leads the department and advises domestic and foreign acquirers, targets, special committees, selling shareholders and investment banks on complex M&A. Cornell Wright, who also co-heads the group, has recently led on some of the firm’s most high-profile corporate matters, including advising Thomson Reuters on its strategic partnership with Blackstone, which marked one of the largest private equity deals globally in 2018. Matthew Cockburn is a top choice for private equity funds and has recently undertaken work for TorQuest Partners and Clairvest Group.

Practice head(s):

John Emanoilidis; Cornell Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Torys handles all aspects of an M&A deal and goes above and beyond to ensure all aspects are handled in a timely and professional manner.’

Key clients

Thomson Reuters Corporation

Loblaw Companies and George Weston Group

Choice Properties REIT

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Husky Injection Molding Systems

Caisse de Dépôt and Placement of Quebec

TorQuest Partners, Inc.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Enbridge Inc.

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 1

Seven years on from its establishment in Calgary, Torys LLP climbs to the first tier on the back of its dominant transactional oil and gas practice. The firm has worked hard to increase its market share in a challenging market and has recently landed key roles on a slew of high-profile energy deals. Notably, the firm was selected to advise Enbridge on the C$4.3bn sale of its Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, which represented the largest Canadian private oil and gas deal of 2018. Group head Derek Flaman, who led the Enbridge deal, is highly regarded for corporate and commercial work. Chris Christopher is also recommended for oil and gas transactions, while Calgary managing partner Luigi Cusano is noted for regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Derek Flaman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team provides legal support and analyses, but also business and commercial context. Torys treat our work like it is their own investment at stake. This accountability is a clear differentiator.

Torys is very aligned with our cost-conscious business model and works with us to find fee arrangements that meet our objectives. More importantly, the team provides the kind of service that clearly demonstrates they care about our business outcomes.’

Chris Christopher is thorough and well prepared to deal with any issues in a transaction. He is practical, attuned to clients’ needs and excellent at finding solutions to problems.’

Derek Flaman’s deal experience is impressive. He is pragmatic and provides insightful feedback that is usually a good reality check to the situation. He’s also calm, cool and collected in the negotiating room.’

Peter Danner has an economics degree from Harvard and really demonstrates a broad commercial understanding beyond legal analysis. Additionally, he’s a crazy hard worker and a total professional.

Key clients

Husky Energy

Harvest Operations Corp.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Suncor Energy Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Vermilion Energy Inc.

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Precision Drilling

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 1

Torys LLP advises across the spectrum of power law, bringing together corporate, finance and regulatory expertise to provide a full-service sector offering. The group, which is equally adept at transactional and regulatory matters, also distinguishes itself through its experience advising all industry stakeholders, with developers, investors and generation, transmission and distribution companies all among its key clients. On the transactional side, Krista Hill is highly regarded for M&A and project development work. Also recommended are project finance expert Jonathan Weisz and Valerie Helbronner, who also focuses on project development. Charles Keizer is a key contact for administrative law and project development work. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Krista Hill; Charles Keizer

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

Insurance Tier 1

Torys LLP’s highly regarded regulatory practice is matched by the firm’s top-tier offerings in litigation, and corporate and M&A, marking the group as a leader in all aspects of insurance law. On the non-contentious front, Blair Keefe is widely considered as a go-to expert in corporate and regulatory matters; he provides ongoing advice to Manulife and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada on new products and services offerings. Jill McCutcheon is also rated for regulatory and transactional work and has notable experience in the property and casualty, life and reinsurance spheres. David Outerbridge leads the insurance litigation practice and is noted for his record in construction, energy, product liability and environmental claims; he recently represented Brewers Retail in a coverage dispute with its property insurer over environmental contamination. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Blair Keefe; Jill McCutcheon; David Outerbridge

Testimonials

The team demonstrates superior intelligence and expertise, is exceptionally personable, and has a strong ability to ensure understanding on customer level. Provides incredible support — service and advice received are well beyond expectations.’

Their expertise around insurance market conduct matters and regulatory matters is unmatched. Very knowledgeable and expert and experienced.’

Torys has an extremely strong insurance practice, covering virtually all aspects of the industry. The stand-out distinguishing lawyer is Blair Keefe, whose expertise in regulatory matters is unrivalled, but he is complemented by a very skilled team with top-notch capabilities across the board.

Key clients

The Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Company

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Industrial Alliance Investment Management Inc.

Morguard Investments Limited/Morguard REIT

Manulife Financial Corporation

SmartCentres Management Inc.

Ivari (formerly TransAmerica)

TD Meloche Monnex

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Pensions Tier 1

Torys LLP climbs a tier this year on the back of its growing profile in the administration space, which sees it routinely advise key clients such as Scotiabank and Navistar (as well as several major public sector pensions funds) on a litany of day-to-day pensions matters; however, the firm remains best known for its dominant investment offering. Complemented by its ability to draw on top-tier corporate expertise and premier institutional relationships, the group routinely advises Canada’s most active pension funds, including OMERS, on domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A, joint venture and investment transactions. Mitch Frazer chairs the department and is recognized for his broad practice focus. Also recommended are Susan Nickerson and senior associate Tom Stevenson, who is currently chair of the Ontario Bar Association Pension and Benefits section. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Mitch Frazer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Torys pensions practice has an unsurpassed sub-specialty in pension fund investment, as well as being excellent in all other areas of pensions and benefits administration.’

Torys provides the comfort I need to make decisions and bring forward fully thought-out recommendations to our pension committee. They advise on all avenues and potential outcomes on initiatives — unknown or surprise items don’t pop up following their thorough consultation.’

Torys’ pensions team consistently delivers on time, respecting our need to move items quickly.’

Mitch Frazer is an advisor extraordinaire and demonstrates top leadership.’

Mitch Frazer is, by far, the most knowledgeable lawyer I’ve worked with in the pensions space in Canada. He has incredibility deep knowledge of the pensions landscape, is very thoughtful in his approach and is solution-focused and listens to his clients.

Susan Nickerson possesses exquisite skill and knowledge, and has excellent client communication skills.’

Tom Stevenson has great research and writing skills.’

Key clients

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Enbridge Inc.

Morneau Shepell Inc.

Navistar Canada, Inc.

Federal Express Canada Corp. and various subsidiaries

Morton Salt Company

Oxford Properties Group

Rogers Communications Inc.

OMERS Infrastructure

Banking and finance Tier 2

Among Torys LLP’s key attributes, market sources draw particular attention to the firm's market-leading regulatory practice, which is spearheaded by financial services expert Blair Keefe, ‘one of the the best in his field’. The group also continues to broaden its footprint on the transactional front, where it regularly links up with other key departments in the firm to provide a full-service offering to corporate borrowers and lenders. Up-and-coming partner Tom Zverina took the helm for a couple of very high-profile recent deals, including advising Mizuho Bank on the politically sensitive — and ultimately terminated — $2.6bn financing of the acquisition of US energy company Avista by Ontario-headquartered Hydro One. He also led the firm’s advice to Choice Properties REIT on the C$2.5bn financing of its acquisition of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust’s assets, which created Canada’s largest REIT, valued at approximately C$16bn. The national department also draws upon the expertise of Calgary-based Kevin Fougere (noted as ‘a top pick for energy-related financings’), project finance specialist Jonathan Weisz, and joint practice co-heads Adam Delean and Amanda Balasubramanian. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Adam Delean; Amanda Balasubramanian

Testimonials

Torys has a well-led team with great bench strength.’

Practical, effective and business-minded lawyers. They raise the issues and tell you which ones matter most.’

Deep and broad market knowledge that adds tremendous value.’

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/NBFG

Royal Bank of Canada/RBC Capital Markets

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Mizuho Bank Ltd.

Fairfax Financial

Cannabis Tier 2

Torys LLP’s multi-disciplinary practice combines a top-tier corporate offering with strong expertise in food and drug regulation and life sciences. The firm advises a wide range of industry players, including blue-chip companies, licensed producers and start-ups, across the full cannabis ecosystem, with medical cannabis standing out as a particular strong suit. The practice group in jointly led from Toronto by Eileen McMahon, who chairs the intellectual property and food and drug regulatory practices, and life sciences head Cheryl Reicin.

Practice head(s):

Eileen McMahon; Cheryl Reicin

Key clients

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

TMX Group

Village Farms International, Inc.

Therapix Biosciences Ltd.

Scientus Pharma Inc.

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.

CannaRoyalty Corp. (dba Origin House)

Trichome Financial Corp.

Syqe Medical Ltd.

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

The Cronos Group/Peace Naturals

Eureka 93 Inc.

M Partners Inc.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Torys LLP continues to gain ground in the competition space, winning an increasing share of standalone merger reviews. Most notably for Parkland Fuel, which the team advised on its acquisition of 75% of the shares of Sol Investments; the client initially approached the firm for its regulatory expertise, before retaining the corporate group to advise on the transaction. Omar Wakil led the competition aspects of the Parkland deal and also handled the merger clearance reviews for Linde and Takeda Pharmaceutical. On the contentious front, competition litigation head Linda Plumpton is highly regarded for her experience across the full suite of investigations, class action defence and foreign investment matters. Dany Assaf, who co-chairs the department alongside Wakil, is also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Dany Assaf; Omar Wakil

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team matches unparalleled expertise with practicality and is a pleasure to work with.’

Omar Wakil and Linda Plumpton are top-notch lawyers, who provide great client service and excellent, business-minded advice.’

Key clients

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Linde AG

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“Choice Properties”)

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (“Husky”)

Hachette Book Group Inc. and Hachette Book Group Canada Ltd. (“Hachette”)

Tenneco Inc.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Cigna Corporation

Dilawri Group of Companies (“Dilawri”)

Precision Drilling Corporation

Environment Tier 2

Torys LLP houses a sophisticated environmental law group, with discrete offerings in deal support, litigation, project permitting, and regulatory and compliance matters. The firm’s top-tier electricity practice marks it as a popular choice for matters relating to the power and utilities spheres, though the team has proved its ability to act in any sector, with its recent experience also spanning the rail, mining, forestry and oil and gas industries. Dennis Mahony heads the group and has complementary expertise in health and safety, climate change and emissions trading. Also recommended are Tyson Dyck, who is noted for his leading climate change practice, and Michael Fortier, who focuses on environmental and indigenous law matters.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Mahony

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has a deep understanding of the Ontario power market and provides valued, practical advice regarding project development. The team is able to assist in all stages of project development and help find creative solutions to tough problems.’

Tyson Dyck is a great lawyer who provides valued, practical advice to our company regarding all matters of power project development in Ontario.’

Key clients

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Canadian National Railway

Enbridge Inc.

Canadian Tire Corporation

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Union Gas

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

Cameco Corporation

Morguard Investments Limited and Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust

EDP Renewables

Infrastructure and projects Tier 2

Torys LLP houses an increasingly prominent infrastructure practice, which handles a broad range of PPP, project finance, procurement and secondary market transactions. The group is particularly valued for its ability to link up with the firm’s pre-eminent energy practice to advise on power, and oil and gas infrastructure. It also sets itself apart through a well-balanced client base, including local authorities, lenders and developers, both nationally and internationally. Mark Bain heads the PPP practice and has a strong track record of advising local authorities, including the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Other key contacts include Daniel Ford, who is highly regarded for his experience in the health care and rail sectors, and project finance head Scott Kraag. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bain; Scott Kraag

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Torys has the in-house expertise to handle all of my legal requirements. Not only do they handle my project requirements but they also handle my governance and intellectual property issues as well. On top of this, they treat me as if I’m their only client and they respond on my schedule, not on theirs.’

Even when I don’t fully understand the implications of a legal issue or decision, the team ensures that I’m presented with all of the facts and risks so that I’m armed with all the information before proceeding. They take this position even if the message isn’t something that I necessarily want to hear and is contrary to my preference at the time. Torys has my back and I know that they are looking out for me.’

Key clients

Government of the Northwest Territories

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Mizuho Corporate Bank

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.

Natixis

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Real estate Tier 2

Torys LLP’s real estate team leverages the firm’s premier institutional relationships to specialize in advising pensions and private equity funds on major investment deals. Headed by David Dell, the team acts for key investors such as Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Oxford Properties (wholly owned by Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) and Brookfield. The group is also well versed in property development, real estate finance and acquisition and sale transactions. Other names to note include Graham Rawlinson, who heads the dynamic senior housing practice, and counsel Andy Gibbons, who has an impressive record in energy and infrastructure-related matters.

Practice head(s):

David Dell

Other key lawyers:

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 LLP’s close relationships with institutional clients see it regularly engaged in high-profile restructuring matters. In particular, the group dvised investors CPPIB and Fairfax Financial Holdings on several matters over the past year, including investment restructuring and distressed M&A. The group also routinely secures roles for insolvent companies, lenders and court-appointed monitors and receivers. National head Tony Demarinis has experience in restructurings, recapitalizations and distressed investments, and Scott Bomhof, whose clients include Nortel, First Capital Realty and CPPIB, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tony Demarinis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

An experienced team providing reasoned advice and a steady approach to restructuring cases. Their partners are generally consistent in their style and temperament, and do an excellent job of recognizing their clients’ key concerns and advocating appropriately for them.’

The restructuring group is very dependable, with practical and great technical knowledge of the area. The full-service aspects of the firm are also very helpful as we were able to draw upon the expertise of the entire Torys’ team (e.g. M&A, securities, banking and litigation) throughout the entire matter. Tony DeMarinis and David Bish are all-stars.’

The Torys team is commercial in their approach and user friendly. Scott Bomhof takes a client-focused approach, and works well with co-counsel. He is happy to strategize and also help facilitate a local counsel role.’

Key clients

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Essar Group of Companies

Brookfield Asset Management

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Home Capital

Tarion Warranty Corporation

FTI Consulting

Clairvest

Tax Tier 2

Torys LLP’s first-class corporate and M&A practice generates a steady workflow of high-profile transactional tax matters. In particular, the team has notable expertise in advising pensions funds, financial institutions and energy corporations on big-ticket deals. Also fo note is the firm’s impressive cross-border capability and its ability to draw on its New York office for support in US-related work. Moreover, the team has recently advised outbound transactions involving Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Toronto-based Corrado Cardarelli chairs the national tax practice and specializes in domestic and cross-border tax structuring. Other names in Toronto include Jerald Wortsman and tax litigation head Martha MacDonald.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Cardarelli; Jerald Wortsman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team provides excellent practical and very timely advice. Lawyers are knowledgeable in many areas and up to date on current legislation, explaining what effect the law has on our particular business.’

Torys has a fantastic mix of individuals, who are very bright, practical, smart and responsive but have very little ego and are great to work with.’

Corrado Cardarelli is fantastic. He has great breadth and depth of experience and brings a practical perspective to all of our work — I can’t remember ever second guessing his conclusions.

Martha MacDonald is very confident and capable. As a litigator, I am glad she is on my team — I would not want to go up against her!

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)

CIBC/CIBC World Markets Inc.

TD Bank Group/TD Securities Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 3

Torys LLP continues to thrive in the mining space, with a growing portfolio of clients including mining companies, finance houses and private equity investors. Historically strong in finance and securities, the mining group is best known for its expertise in complex streaming deals. Toronto-based transactions lawyers Michael Amm and Michael Pickersgill jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Amm; Michael Pickersgill

Key clients

Sherritt International

Franco-Nevada Corporation

ArcelorMittal S.A

Magris Resources

BaseCore Metals

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Triple Flag Mining Finance

Americas Silver Corp.

Alamos Gold

Orion Mine Finance

Intellectual property Tier 3

Torys LLP is particularly impressive in IP litigation, with recent engagements from Edwards LifeSciences, Alcon, Sanofi Aventis, Nova Chemicals and Pfizer. On the non-contentious front, the group is well versed in licensing matters and IP transactions, and draws upon the wider firm’s full-service offering to advise on regulatory, privacy and taxation-related issues. Led by patent specialist Eileen McMahon, the Toronto-based group includes IP litigator Andrew Shaughnessy, who handles both patent and trademark cases, and Andrew Bernstein, who also focuses on IP litigation. Also recommended is up-and-coming partner Edward Fan, who advises on the acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of IP.

Practice head(s):

Eileen McMahon; Andrew Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Demonstrates a deep understanding of the law and changing political environment along with a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and its business needs.’

Torys’ team understands both IP and regulatory rules and regulations in Canada and stays on top of all business-related matters. They understand both our IP and regulatory needs seamlessly, making our legal submissions that cover both aspects equally seamless.’

Lawyers possess very strong advocacy skills combined with strong technical expertise. Superior to other firms we have used in the past.’

Andrew Shaughnessy demonstrates exceptional advocacy skills and excellent client service. Edward Fan has very strong technical expertise in patents and provides excellent client service.’

Key clients

DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred International

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

Thomson Reuters

Procter & Gamble

Bally/Shuffle Master

Coty

Zoetis

AbbVie

Profound Medical

Resource Well Completion Technologies Inc.

Pfizer

International expertise Tier 3

Torys LLP is a top choice for outbound transactions, acting for an enviable institutional client base including active pension funds and multinational Canadian companies. In addition, the team is routinely engaged by foreign clients to advise on inbound M&A and corporate transactions. The firm’s international work is supported by a diverse New York platform, which provides strong skill sets in corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Tara Mackay, who splits her time between New York and Toronto, is recognized for her top-notch projects expertise.

Public procurement Tier 3

Torys LLP houses an increasingly active procurement practice, which regularly advises both private and public sector clients. The multi-disciplinary practice group has expertise across a wide range of industries, with recent highlight experience in health care, defence, technology and infrastructure projects. Energy and infrastructure specialist Philip Symmonds and corporate finance partner Thomas Yeo  jointly head the group from Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Philip Symmonds; Thomas Yeo

Testimonials

The entire Torys team was wholly professional, yet friendly and a pleasure to work with. Their collective strength was in their comprehensive understanding of the complete file, which was diverse in its complexity across different technical areas. I was able to communicate with any member of the team, and each would have a good understanding of all of the issues.’

A dynamic, hardworking team with excellent cohesion and customer focus. Team works together to achieve the client’s aim. Provided frank and straightforward advice, which was delivered with exceptional forethought, professionalism and candour. The individuals of the Torys team integrated well with the client team and built trust from day one.’

They definitely work very well as a team; each member bringing an important skill set. They are able to adjust to the corporate culture of the client and join the in-house team seamlessly.’

Philip Symmonds is a natural leader, who provided superb legal wisdom and a measured approach to solving complex issues. Philip’s strength is in providing a fulsome understanding of risk and in directing the team in response to changing priorities.’

Thomas Yeo is very friendly and easy to work with, and is one who can distil a complex issue into an understandable set of terms. His drafting skills are exceptional.’

Key clients

Government of Canada

Ontario Power Generation

Government of the Northwest Territories

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (“SWIFT”)

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

Wataynikaneyap Power LP

Payments Canada

Technology Tier 3

Torys LLP’s technology group is regularly engaged by major Canadian banks to advise on fintech issues and regulatory compliance. In addition, the firm houses a strong public sector practice, which counts Payments Canada (the provider of Canada’s national payments systems) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as key clients. The team is jointly headed by Adam Armstrong, who focuses on outsourcing and licensing transactions, and payments and cards specialist Joel Ramsey. Counsel Ebad Rahman, who specializes in technology contracting, outsourcing and sponsorship arrangements, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adam Armstrong; Joel Ramsey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Torys brings a different approach to deal making than some of the other firms in that they work on trying to bridge client needs with supplier capabilities. Partners seek to find a win/win outcome for both sides as opposed to completely de-risking the deal and putting a disproportionate amount of risk on the supplier.’

Both Joel Ramsey and Steven Slavens have exceptional client relationships and are extremely well versed in marketplace standards. This combination results in a bilateral negotiation that balances risk and supplier performance in deals that work for both sides.’

Ebad Raman is a highly skilled lawyer and technology expert, as well as a calm and professional negotiator.’

Key clients

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)

The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS/Scotiabank)

Home Trust Company

Morneau Shepell Ltd.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Canadian Football League (CFL)

Payments Canada

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Indigenous law Tier 4

The compact but effective group at Torys LLP handles consultation, and advises on project developments and contentious matters. Spearheaded from Toronto by litigator John Terry and power specialist Valerie Helbronner, the group also benefits from the experience of senior counsel Frank Iacobucci QC, who was formerly a justice of the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

John Terry; Valerie Helbronner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Government of Ontario (Ministry of Northern Development & Mines)

Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership

Government of Yukon

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

Wataynikaneyap Power

International trade Tier 4

Torys LLP’s practice has a distinct focus on trade and investment disputes and also handles compliance and policy matters. Toronto-based John Terry is respected for his experience advising corporations and government entities on NAFTA and WTO matters.

Practice head(s):

John Terry

Labour and employment Tier 4

Torys LLP’s group has a strong emphasis on contentious matters and benefits its ability to link up with its formidable class action defence practice. The firm has handled some of the most high-profile employment class actions brought in Canada, including its recent work for the Canadian Hockey League and Uber. Moreover, the team also has significant experience in labour relations, human rights and occupational health and safety. Names to note include counsel Darryl Hiscocks and employment litigation head Lisa Talbot, both of whom are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Mitch Frazer; Lisa Talbot

Testimonials

The firm provides specialized employer HR support as well as the ability to draw from other areas of the practice when needed.’

Darryl Hiscocks demonstrates high-level employment knowledge and experience; he is our go-to lawyer for all of our HR issues.’

Key clients

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

BlackBerry Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited/George Weston/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

Best known for its dominant Ontario team, Torys LLP continues to gain ground in the Quebec market, where it represents major household name clients, including Air Canada and Canada Post. Christopher Richter, who maintains an extremely broad civil, corporate and commercial litigation practice, is a key contact in Montreal. In Toronto the team is particularly well known for class actions. Senior litigator Sheila Block has particular expertise in corporate, securities and IP disputes, litigation chair Linda Plumpton is sought after for competition litigation and class actions, and Patricia Jackson is also noted for her thriving class action defence practice. Up-and-coming partner Crawford Smith left to join Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bernstein; Linda Plumpton

Key clients

Stronach Consulting Corp.

Anson Funds

Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

The Canadian Bankers Association

Canadian Hockey League

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Dundee Securities Ltd. and Cormark Securities Inc.

Canada Post Corporation

Choice Properties REIT

AstraZeneca Canada Inc.

Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company

Bank of America

Deloitte

 

Torys LLP is an international business law firm that works with clients who expect the best advice and exceptional service. Torys’ dedication to excellence across practice areas and industries has resulted in an enviable record of experience in Canada and globally. Teamwork is one of the 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 its 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
Banking and Debt Finance Blair Keefe bkeefe@torys.com 416.865.8164
Banking and Debt Finance Scott A. Kraag skraag@torys.com 416.865.7980
Board Advisory and Governance John Emanoilidis jemanoilidis@torys.com 416.865.8145
Board Advisory and Governance Cornell C.V. Wright cwright@torys.com 416.865.7651
Capital Markets Rima Ramchandani rramchandani@torys.com 416.865.7666
Capital Markets David A. Seville dseville@torys.com 416.865.7821
Competition and Foreign Investment Dany H. Assaf dassaf@torys.com 416.865.7303
Competition and Foreign Investment Omar Wakil owakil@torys.com 416.865.7635
Consumer Protection Blair W. Keefe bkeefe@torys.com 416.865.8164
Consumer Protection Brigitte Goulard bgoulard@torys.com 416.865.8129
Consumer Protection Christopher Richter crichter@torys.com 514.868.5606
Corporate Restructuring and Advisory David Bish dbish@torys.com 416.865.7353
Corporate Restructuring and Advisory Tony DeMarinis tdemarinis@torys.com 416.865.8162
Emerging Companies and VC Kristine M. Di Bacco kdibacco@torys.com 416.865.8115
Environmental Dennis E. Mahony dmahony@torys.com 416.865.8214
Environmental Michael J. Fortier mfortier@torys.com 416.865.8147
Indigenous John A. Terry jterry@torys.com 416.865.8245
Indigenous Valerie Helbronner vhelbronner@torys.com 416.865.7516
Intellectual Property Eileen M. McMahon emcmahon@torys.com 416.865.7676
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Linda M. Plumpton lplumpton@torys.com 416.865.8193
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Gillian B. Dingle gdingle@torys.com 416.865.8229
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sylvie Rodrigue, Ad. E. srodrigue@torys.com 514.868.5601
Mergers and Acquisitions John Emanoilidis jemanoilidis@torys.com 416.865.8145
Mergers and Acquisitions Cornell C.V. Wright cwright@torys.com 416.865.7651
Pensions and Employment Mitch Frazer mfrazer@torys.com 416.865.8220
Private Client Services David A. Steele dsteele@torys.com 416.865.8150
Private Equity Michael F.E. Akkawi makkawi@torys.com 416.865.8122
Projects Mark W.S. Bain mbain@torys.com 416.865.7349
Projects Tara A. Mackay tmackay@torys.com 212.880.6332
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 : 120
Number of lawyers : 342
Contacts : Les Viner