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Dentons

850 - 2ND STREET SW, 15TH FLOOR, BANKERS COURT, CALGARY, ALBERTA T2P 0R8, CANADA
Tel:
Work +1 403 268 7000
Fax:
Fax +1 403 268 3100
Web:
www.dentons.com

Canada

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal law - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons moves up a tier on the back of superlative feedback, which highlights lawyers’ ‘deep strategic insight’ and ability to ‘find future-proofed solutions’. Among the names to note, counsel and group head Ann Bigué is ‘vastly experienced with in-depth knowledge’, and Alexandre-Philippe Avard is recommended for his ‘strong sense of information integration and growing knowledge’ – both are based in Montreal. Calgary-based regulatory expert Bernard J Roth is also a key contact. Representative clients include Conuma Coal Resources, Enbridge Pipelines and Syncrude Canada.

Leading individuals

Ann Bigué - Dentons

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ finds favour for its ‘results-focused approach and for its lawyers’ ability to combine ‘technical strength with commerciality and the ability to build relationships with all stakeholders’. Toronto-based group head Dennis Wiebe, noted as a ‘consummate deal-doer, has a strong track record in lending transactions and restructuring-related matters. Heidi Clark, a department manager in the Toronto office, is ‘thorough and effective without getting caught in the weeds’ and acted on several significant real estate financings over the past year. Toronto-based Thomas Hunter (‘very efficient and great to deal with’) and Montreal’s Joel Cabelli (‘produces excellent work, on time and on budget’) are also recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ national capital markets team secures a significant share of energy offerings, and is strong in both debt and equity deals. It has also recently handled deals relating to life sciences, mining and technology. In Calgary, the ‘very capable’ William Gilliland advised the underwriters on Parkland Fuel’s C$500m high-yield notes offering. On the issuer side, Gilliland assisted Capital Power with its $183m offering of subscription receipts. In a significant deal outside of the energy sector, Montreal-based corporate head Charles Spector advised Clementia Pharmaceuticals on its $137.9m IPO on the Nasdaq.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

A leader in Western Canada’, Dentons’ competition practice is valued for its ‘practical and business-focused advice’. Led jointly by Vancouver-based Barry Zalmanowitz QC (highly experienced and client-friendly’) and Toronto’s Sandy Walker (an ‘Investment Canada Act specialist and very knowledgeable about government workings’), the team covers all the bases in competition law, with solid skill sets in transactional and behavioural matters. Clients include Bayer, Cenovus and Suncor Energy.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ group, which is particularly active in the energy, technology and telecoms spheres, is led jointly by the 'very capable’ William Gilliland and Charles Spector, from Calgary and Montreal respectively. In a recent example of its communications expertise, Calgary partners William Jenkins and Stephanie Campbell advised Shaw Communications on the Canadian aspects of the $1.6bn sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, ViaWest, to Peak 10 Holding Corporation, a portfolio company of GI Partners. Canlin Energy, Capital Power and FMC Corporation are also representative clients.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dispute resolution: Quebec - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ group, which has a broad footprint across Canada, stands out for its ability to 'recommend solutions that have the potential to improve the client’s business’. The energy sector is a key source of work, but the practice has a wide focus that also encompasses financial services, mining, manufacturing, construction and transport. The team is particularly robust in Calgary, which is the seat of group co-lead Gordon Tarnowsky QC; he is representing Niko in two ICSID arbitration proceedings. In Toronto, senior counsel and securities litigation lead Robb Heintzman is a 'top litigator and very strong strategist’; he acted alongside Matthew Fleming to represent Deloitte in a complex auditor liability case brought by Livent. The 'proactive and client-focused’ Michael Schafler is also based in Toronto. Other names to note include David Wotherspoon in Vancouver and Laurent Nahmiash in Montreal.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Among Dentons’ recent highlights, Vancouver-based department co-chair John Haythorne advised Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on the C$454m Centerm Expansion Project. In Montreal, Anca Neacsu and Mathilde Carrière are advising ENGIE Services, as operation and maintenance provider in a consortium, on the Ohio State University energy project. Montreal-based Ilan Dunsky and Toronto-based Michael Ledgett chair the group.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

The ‘responsive and deeply knowledgeable’ group at Dentons provides ‘excellent value for money’. The group has strong expertise across a broad range of media, entertainment and broadcasting matters, but is best known for being ‘extremely strong in film finance’. In Toronto, Jim Russell is a ‘leader in the entertainment law area’ and recently advised music publishing company ole on a $500m credit facility with 12 US and Canadian banks. The group also counts Lions Gate Entertainment, Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation and QVC among its clients. Vancouver-based Gordon W Esau , who represents several major Hollywood studios, US television networks and US-based independent production companies, and Toronto-based entertainment specialist Ken Dhaliwal are also acknowledged experts.

Leading individuals

Gordon W Esau - Dentons

Jim Russell - Dentons

Ken Dhaliwal - Dentons

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

At Dentons, Toronto-based pensions expert Mary Picard is highly regarded for her advice on plan administration, regulatory issues and transactional support matters. In Vancouver, Scott Sweatman is also recommended for his focus on pensions, benefits, executive compensation and related tax law.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Responsive and highly attentive’, Dentons’ group provides ‘great value for money’, according to sources. The practice takes in all the main pillars of real estate law, with particular emphasis on project development and finance, investment-related matters, retail transactions and leasing. Ottawa group head Philip Rimer is an ‘excellent specialist’ and, alongside Ottawa’s Kelly Elliott and Toronto’s Sonja Homenuck, advised Albert & Lyon Equities, Albert & Lyon Properties Limited Partnership and Canderel CSQ Ottawa Limited Partnership on the C$480.6m acquisition and financing of Constitution Square, which represented the largest real estate transaction in Ottawa’s history. Toronto partners Jillian Shortt and Jules Mikelberg are also recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons, which blends ‘exceptionally good technical, practical and business advice’, is held up by clients as a ‘great choice for complex matters due to its strong and deep team’. Among its key names, John R Sandrelli is widely acclaimed as ‘the best in Vancouver’ and advised PwC as monitor in the CCAA restructuring of the Sunrise Group. In Calgary, national chair David Mann is valued for his ‘smart, solution-oriented and pragmatic approach’ and advised the TD Bank-led lending syndicate on the cross-border restructuring of Poseidon Concepts. Montreal group lead Roger Simard and Toronto group lead Kenneth Kraft are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

John R Sandrelli - Dentons

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ national group is particularly robust on the contentious side, but it is also routinely engaged in advisory and transactional matters. Calgary-based litigator Jehad Haymour is a high-profile figure in the market and represented Plains Midstream Canada in a rare tri-party tax dispute. Among its non-contentious highlights, Toronto-based Larry Nevsky advised Harris Corporation on the Canadian aspects of the $690m sale of its government information technology services business to an affiliate of Veritas Capital.

Leading individuals

Jehad Haymour - Dentons

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ national group — which is represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec — acts for an impressive raft of technology companies, users and licensees. In Toronto, Michael Beairsto is recommended for technology transactions and recently advised a multi-site healthcare services provider on the procurement and contracting of a human resources management cloud solution.

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

The ‘consistently responsive and practical’ group at Dentons distinguishes itself through its ‘deep knowledge of regulatory telecoms matters’ coupled with its ‘outstanding business sense’. Among its recent work, counsel Margot Patterson (who ‘provides practical, commercial guidance based on extensive regulatory and government-relations experience’) advised CorrCan Media Group on an application to the CRTC. Other names to note are senior telecoms counsel Gregory Kane QC, highlighted for his ‘very quick and effective solutions to regulatory issues’, and national section lead Monica Song. Kirsten Embree retired in 2018. All named lawyers are based in Ottawa.

Leading individuals

Gregory Kane QC - Dentons

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Extremely professional and responsive’, Dentons’ impresses with its commitment to ‘keep up the pace while providing strong advice’. Toronto-based counsel Carlo Vairo, noted for his ‘rare ability to stay on top of changes in a heavily regulated industry’, recently advised BBAM on a $120m sublease of three aircraft. Vancouver-based Robert Quon heads the group with Vairo.

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Transport: other transport
Transport: other transport - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

At Dentons, Toronto-based transportation co-chair Michael Ledgett has a solid record in transport-related infrastructure projects, with notable recent experience in road and rail projects. Calgary-based co-chair Alex G MacWilliam is recommended for regulatory matters.

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