This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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The past year has been one of continued growth for the firm. In March 2014 the firm announced the opening of its new Calgary office to accommodate its growing team and to better serve clients. Furthermore, the firm’s practices have been boosted by several significant lateral hires. The firm also promoted 14 practitioners to equity partners and 13 to income partners in January this year, further bolstering its impressively broad range of practice groups across Canada.
|Corporate Tax||3||Private Funds||1|
|Energy||3||Product Liability Defence||2|
|Information Technology||3||Public Procurement||2|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||3||Real Estate||4|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||2||Telecoms & Media||2|
|Investigations||1||Trade & Customs||2|
Lawyers at the firm have also been involved in some of the more prominent deals and litigation of 2013. Leading patent litigation and life sciences practitioner Steven Mason filed an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court in the ABC v Aereo case, which should settle the long-standing controversy about the extent of public performance right in US copyright law. He was also part of a team alongside Andrew Reddon that successfully represented AbbVie in a patent infringement case against Janssen.
|Total Listings in WWL||58||Established||1855|
|Home jurisdiction||Canada||Total size of firm||650|
|Number of partners||c 300||Number of offices||6|
PEOPLE AND PLACES
McCarthy Tétrault boasts an internationally renowned M&A practice and its practitioners are frequently seen on high-profile deals. Recent transactions include Unison Engine Components’ sale of eight facilities to Dynamic Precision and Petrominerales on its C$1.6 billion sale to Pacific Rubiales Energy. Vancouver-based Richard Balfour is the firm’s business law group national practice group leader and a “prominent figure” in the Canadian M&A market. He is the “lawyer of choice” for public corporations, investment dealers, merchant banks and private equity funds in need of “expert” transactional advice. The “formidable” David Woollcombe is former head of the business law group and a “doyen” of the Toronto legal market. Clients value his “wealth of experience” and “spot-on advice” and his recent notable deals include representing Mattel on its acquisition of Mega Brands and CIBC on its sale of 50 per cent of its Aeroplan credit card portfolio to TD Bank. David Tennant is the US markets leader at the firm and he specialises in securities law. Peers “cannot say enough good things about him” and he boasts an enviable client list that includes Leon’s Furniture, OMERS Private Equity and Charter REIT. Cameron Belsher is renowned for his M&A expertise, notably within the mining sector.
The firm is home to a “world-class” mining team, with its members involved in many significant and complex deals in the sector both in Canada and internationally. Toronto-based Richard Miner is highly regarded for his knowledge of the industry and his “impressive” project experience in jurisdictions as diverse as Tanzania, Chile, Peru and the US. He is particularly active in representing various Chinese state owned and private mining companies in major transactions. Co-leader of the firm’s mining group Roger Taplin is based in Vancouver. He is lauded for his M&A and securities expertise within the sector, with notable clients including Anglo American, Northcliff Resources, Quintana Resources and Silvercorp Metals.
Practitioners at McCarthy Tétrault counsel clients in all types of real estate projects and the firm boasts one of the largest real estate practice groups in the country. Toronto-based Abraham Costin is considered a “real star” of the Canadian Bar for real estate and planning, with peers commending his “impressively broad” practice which includes leasing, acquisitions, development and financing. At the same office, Douglas Cannon stands out for his “deep understanding” of corporate tax law. He is the national practice group leader for tax and a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation. He is in “huge demand” by those in need of representation before the Canada Revenue Agency, the Ontario Ministry of Finance and the Canadian Department of Finance.
In Montreal, Michel Gagné stands out for his abilities in the life sciences sector and product liability defence work. He garners praise for his “outstanding” regulatory knowledge of the life sciences sector, especially in relation to minimising the risk of liability. He is also noted for his “superb” skills as a litigator, particularly complex technical litigation and in defending class actions.
The firm boasts a long history of pro bono work and is committed to giving back to the communities in which it has offices. Its efforts cover a diverse range of areas including civil liberties, human rights and financial, business, labour and employment law. McCarthy Tétrault was also the first major firm in Canada to be granted the status “Partner without Borders” by Lawyers Without Borders Canada, with lawyers from its Montreal office travelling to Haiti to take part in an environmental law training mission. Other projects include the unaccompanied minors project, for which practitioners are matched with children that arrive alone at Toronto Pearson International Airport and assist them in navigating the complex refugee claim process, and ArtScape, which sees lawyers negotiate lease of land, land-use planning and zoning, and sub-leases for artists and others.
The firm is strongly committed to diversity, which it believes enables the highest standard of professional excellence and client service. It fosters an environment and culture in which the differences of its professionals are considered an advantage to the firm and it is inclusive of everyone regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Notable initiatives McCarthy Tétrault has been involved in include sponsorship and pro bono work for the Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers, the South Asian Bar Association, Gris-Montréal, which works to demystify homosexuality and bisexuality within society, and the Montreal Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
McCarthy Tétrault has a history of taking bold steps, from building Canada’s first national law firm model to incorporating an integrated structure, and this is set to continue as the firm seeks to best serve its clients in the years ahead. Client service is the core focus of the firm and it is continually adapting and developing to meet clients’ changing needs, such as in regard to predictability and control of costs.
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