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Canada: Private Funds 2016

We highlight 23 leading lawyers are highlighted for their impressive work in the field. From the structuring and investment of private funds in alternative asset classes, to compliance and strategic regulatory issues, these lawyers are well equipped to assist their clients in their endeavours.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Sarbjit Basra Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto
Marlene Davidge Torys, Toronto
Peter Ballantyne Torys, Toronto
Bernard Kwasniewski Torys, Toronto
Garth Foster Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto

Torys emerges as Canada’s leading private funds practice with an impressive five listings. Michael Akkawi heads the firm’s private equity practice, and is well known for his “outstanding work” dealing with pension, venture capital and private equity funds. “Seasoned expert” Marlene Davidge is renowned in the market for her “phenomenal reputation” in relation to structured products such as hedge and segregated funds. She is joined by Peter Ballantyne, whose superb knowledge of private equity funds ensures that he is remains a go-to for both sponsors and investors. Bernard Kwasniewski’s “distinguished practice” covers the whole gamut of private equity fund matters, from fund structuring through to investment, while Patricia Koval advises public companies and investment banks in relation to their financial and corporate governance issues.   

Four highly regarded individuals at Borden Ladner Gervais achieve listings this year, including Alfred Page, national leader of the firm’s securities, capital markets and public companies group. Known for his “exceptional acumen” in the area, he is “a great choice” for clients seeking counsel in relation to hedge funds. Regional leader of the investment management group, Lynn McGrade delivers high-quality advice to both domestic and foreign investment fund managers. The “incredibly focused” Ronald Kosonic regularly advises clients on both domestic and offshore funds, and stands out for his experience and creative approach. Alongside them, Scott McEvoy impresses with his “meticulous approach” to compliance issues and fund management.

Managing partner of the Montreal office, Shahir Guindi, is one of three lawyers at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt who receive nominations in this chapter. He garners recognition for his skilful handling of private equity fund formation. The “terrific” John Black co-chairs the firm’s investment funds and asset management group, and impresses sources with his deep expertise in regulatory and compliance matters. Ed Vandenberg is an “accomplished, smart and dedicated individual” according to clients, who include both investors and fund managers.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg’s two listings include one of our top-ranked practitioners, Sarbjit Basra. Considered by one source to be “the very best funds lawyer in the market”, he never fails to provide clients with “well-informed and considered counsel”. Alongside him, the “sensational” Paul Harris is admired by investors and sponsors for his “deep understanding” of alternative asset management.

At Gowling WLG, the “brilliant” Robert Hull is widely recognised for his leading fund formation work, particularly in relation to real estate matters. Luc Lissoir is highly sought after by sponsors and investors who praise his “excellent” work on private equity and debt fund formation.

Garth Foster at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin is widely recognised for the “practical and creative advice” that he delivers to clients, particularly when dealing with exchange traded funds. 

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