This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault has been providing outstanding client service for more than 150 years and is universally regarded as a leader in the Canadian market for finance, litigation and real estate. The firm’s success is attributable to its bold strategic choices – it was the first national law firm in Canada requiring approval from the Supreme Court of Canada and, more recently, has incorporated an integrated structure combining legal expertise with industry knowhow to better serve its clients. The firm consists of around 600 lawyers in offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal and Québec City, as well as London, UK. The firm achieves 62 listings in 21 practice areas.
|McCARTHY TÉTRAULT LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 62|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Banking||2||M & A||7|
|Commercial Litigation||5||Oil & Gas||1|
|Corporate Governance||1||Product Liability Defence||3|
|Corporate Tax||3||Project Finance||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||3||Real Estate||4|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||2||Regulatory Communications||3|
|Internet & e-Commerce||4||Trade & Customs||2|
M&A is a definite strength of the firm and the firm achieves an impressive seven listings in the corresponding chapter. Major recent transactions include advising Avaya in its US$915 million acquisition of Nortel Enterprise Solutions and acting for Royal Gold in its cross-border purchase of International Royalty Corporation for C$700 million, growing its portfolio to include royalty interests on 197 properties on six continents. Four of the lawyers in this chapter also appear in the capital markets chapter, attesting to the breadth of expertise of its lawyers. In Vancouver, Richard Balfour is the national practice group leader of the business law group and acts for private and public corporations, investment dealers, merchant banks and private equity funds in corporate finance and M&A transactions both in Canada and abroad. He is “without a doubt world-class” according to our sources. From the same office, Cameron Belsher is singled out for his expertise in capital markets, M&A and mining. He regularly advises on project developments and complex financial agreements in the mining sector as well as on M&A transactions and equity and debt financings. Toronto-based Garth Girvan is a “superb” lawyer with extensive experience in corporate finance, M&A and financial institutions regulation. His recent transactions include acting as counsel to BCE Inc in its C$1.07 billion proposed acquisition of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Alongside him, Graham Gow specialises in public M&A and capital markets and was recently involved in a hostile takeover bid by Central African Mining & Exploration Company for Katanga Mining. Further recognition in the capital markets chapter goes to Rene Sorell, who is recognised for his “in-depth knowledge” of securities law. He is also listed in the corporate governance chapter.
McCarthy Tétrault excels in the field of mining law, earning five listings in the corresponding chapter. Mining is a key sector of the Canadian economy and the firm provides the industry with practical strategies, innovative solutions and helps to resolve complicated disputes. The Toronto office is best represented, fielding three leading practitioners including chair of the global mining group Richard Miner. A “distinguished” figure in the market, Miner represents domestic and foreign mining clients on the formation, financing and operation of domestic and international joint ventures, M&A, property option and earn-in agreements, royalty agreements and processing and hedging arrangements. Co-leaders of the practice Brian Graves and Roger Taplin are also “highly recommended” for their “superior knowledge” in this field. Gary Litwack has extensive experience in public and private equity and debt financings, M&A and securities regulation and has a special focus on transactions involving mining companies.
Five lawyers represent the firm in the commercial litigation chapter including the “esteemed” Neil Finkelstein, who makes additional appearances in the competition and product liability defence chapters. Finkelstein has appeared before all levels of court including 25 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada. In Montréal, Gérald Tremblay QC also receives high praise for his “outstanding abilities” as a litigator. He focuses on civil, corporate, commercial and environmental law litigation.
The real estate chapter features four lawyers from the firm including two from the Toronto office. Abraham Costin acts for both large and small developers including Costco Canada and OMERS Realty Management Corporation. He is joined by Gordon Sato, a “great technician”, recommended for his expertise in real estate transactions. James Papadimitriou leads the real property and planning group for the Québec region and is “highly sought after” for his expertise on real estate acquisitions, developments, joint ventures, financings, commercial leasing transactions and commercial lending transactions. In Vancouver, Keith Burrell QC works extensively with real estate developers of large residential and mixed use projects in presale activity.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP receives strong recognition for its competition and internet, e-commerce and data protection expertise, fielding four lawyers to each chapter. In competition, Madeleine Renaud is “internationally renowned” for her competition litigation practice and has been involved in several landmark cases for clients such as Chrysler Canada and Imperial Oil. Oliver Borgers is noted for his considerable experience in merger control and foreign investment merger review issues. Charles Morgan is the Québec regional leader of the technology practice at the firm and is “well versed” in M&A, outsourcing, licensing, e-commerce, data protection and telecommunications.
The firm’s steadfast commitment to providing a quality service to its clients earns the firm a prestigious reputation in the international legal marketplace.
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