This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin appointed 12 new partners in 2013, all of whom were lateral hires, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to building up its practices around the globe. Its Toronto, Montreal, London, Paris and Johannesburg offices have all seen an intake of notable individuals, with the firm’s life sciences, labour and employment, banking, M&A and mining practices benefiting in particular.
|FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN|
|Arbitration||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||2|
|Banking||2||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Capital Markets||1||Labour & Employment||4|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Life Sciences||6|
|Corporate Governance||2||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Immigration||1||Project Finance||7|
|Corporate Tax||1||Public Procurement||4|
|Environment||1||Telecoms & Media||3|
|Information Technology||3||Trade & Customs||1|
The Toronto office witnessed the greatest intake of new partners, with four joining including Ingrid VanderElst, who boosts the firm’s life sciences and intellectual property practice due her renowned expertise in these fields. A trio of practitioners added weight to the Montreal office in the areas of real estate, M&A and IP, and the Quebec office saw the arrival of a new litigation and dispute resolution partner. The firm’s London-based banking and finance team was bolstered by two new practitioners and the firm’s Paris and Johannesburg offices both welcomed individuals to their labour, employment and human rights teams.
|Total Listings in WWL||56||Established||2000|
|Home jurisdiction||Canada||Total size of firm||Over 700|
|Number of partners||458||Number of offices||9|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Fasken Martineau boasts an internationally renowned mining practice, with its practitioners having advised clients in over 50 developing countries. The “legendary” Michael Bourassa is our mining lawyer of the year, with more nominations than any other individual in our research for this area. He coordinated the firm’s global mining group from 2004 to 2012 and continues to play a major role in the team. Clients value his “deep regulatory understanding” and peers hail his “unrivalled technical knowledge”. Head of the global mining practice is the “hugely talented” John Turner. He is frequently seen on high-profile corporate finance and M&A deals in the resources sector and recently played an integral role in Oryx Petroleum’s $250.5 million public offering. Current coordinator of the global mining group Josh Lewis is admired for the depth and breadth of his practice, which covers exploration, joint ventures, offtakes, streaming and royalties, project development, equity and debt financing, and M&A. Charles Higgins is hailed as a “major player” in the Toronto market and is lauded for his “stellar client list” that includes Formation Metals, Minera and Sillenger Exploration.
Life sciences is another area in which the firm excels with its practitioners providing counsel to clients on all aspects of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences industries. Managing partner of Fasken Martineau and head of the firm’s life sciences group is the “formidable” Gary Howes. He is considered a “standout” lawyer, most notably in the transactional arena, for his “unparalleled industry knowledge and experience”. Recently he acted for Biotica Technology in its collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to discover, develop and commercialise novel erythromycin-based macrolides in inflammatory diseases. Co-chair of the group Timothy Squire is lauded for his “exceptional regulatory understanding” across the entire health product life cycle. Mathieu Gagné is singled out for both his regulatory and product liability expertise in this sector and clients praise his “responsiveness” and “efficiency”.
The firm’s project finance group is held in great esteem, with Brian Kelsall coming especially highly regarded for his practice in this area. He is “very active” in the market, advising participants in Canadian projects in in the infrastructure, mining, energy, power and real estate sectors. “Seasoned professional” Xeno Martis is the “lawyer of choice” for lending syndicates and investors and recently led the team advising Nalcor Energy in connection with the C$6.2 billion development of the hydroelectric power and transmission project in the Lower Churchill Falls, as well as in connection with the guarantee to be provided for the project financing by the Federal Government of Canada.
In the information technology sector, the firm is well known for the advice and assistance it provides to a broad range of clients, including entrepreneurs and start-ups, established businesses and multinational corporations and governments. The “stellar” John Beardwood plays a leading role in the firm’s technology, IP, outsourcing and privacy and information practices and is “highly sought after” for his advice and negotiation abilities on technology-related transactions.
The firm is well known for devoting significant time and expertise to pro bono legal matters. For the past four years Fasken Martineau has represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, first in R v Nur in 2011 and last year at the appeal hearings in Nur and R v Smickle at the Ontario Court of Appeal. The results are significant, as they are the first instances in which the Ontario Court of Appeal has struck down a mandatory minimum sentence for a first offence of possession of a firearm.
Fasken Martineau is a signatory of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network’s statement of principles and is committed to a diverse and welcoming workplace. It believes that diversity plays a key role in the firm’s success by encouraging inclusiveness, innovation and broadening the scope of problem-solving. The firm promotes an inclusive culture that reflects the diverse communities within which it operates and ensures that this is reflected in their administration and operations, and recruitment, retention and promotion of employees.
The past year saw the firm’s merger with South African firm Bell Dewar come to fruition; full integration was achieved by February 2013. This has consolidated Fasken Martineau’s position as one of the key international players in the African market and the region remains an area of focus for the firm post-merger, with a new partner hired in August last year. Furthermore, with 12 new partners in the last 12 months the firm continues to deepen its expertise across multiple practice areas and in multiple locations around the globe. Maintaining top-class client service remains the core aspect of Fasken Martineau’s strategy for the future, with the firm taking great satisfaction from its clients who continue to entrust them with their most important issues.
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