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Canada: Capital Markets 2016

In this chapter, 76 individuals are recognised for their significant expertise representing and advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks, funds, REITs and other market participants on all aspects of capital markets transactions domestically and internationally.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Robert Paré Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Montréal
Jeffrey Lloyd Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Sharon Geraghty Torys, Toronto
Brock Gibson QC Blake Cassels & Graydon, Calgary
Jonathan Lampe Goodmans, Toronto

 Blake Cassels & Graydon tops our research this year with an impressive nine listings. Six of the firm’s listings hail from the Toronto office, including one of the most highly regarded individuals in the research: Jeffrey Lloyd. Lloyd is considered a leading light in the field, renowned for his expertise in both domestic and cross-border IPOs and extensive experience advising issuers and underwriters on offerings of equity and debt. The “exceptional” Chris Hewat is a “fantastic dealmaker” with significant experience advising issuers, investment dealers and investors in the technology sector. Head of the Toronto office’s securities practice Michael Gans is praised by peers and clients alike for his “diligent approach”. Gans regularly counsels issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders in domestic and cross-border equity, fixed income and structured product offerings. The firm’s Calgary office is home to firm chair Brock Gibson QC who is celebrated for his “market-leading expertise” and “enviable client list”. Pat Finnerty’s impressive practice focuses on public offerings and private placements. Respondents are effusive in their praise of Dan McLeod’s “knowledge of securities law” and his ability “to negotiate effectively with counter-parties”.

Stikeman Elliott also performs strongly with eight nominations. National co-chair of the firm’s corporate finance and securities practice group Joel Binder is praised for handling of complex high-profile equity offerings. One respondent sums up market sentiment by describing him as “a reliable helmsman during tricky negotiations” who provides “an intuitive awareness of client needs”. Simon Romano is an accomplished practitioner commended for his prominent standing in debt and equity offerings for issuers and underwriters. Edward Waitzer is considered “a go-to lawyer” for complex securities transactions.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg garners seven nominees in this year’s research. Vincent Mercier is “a market-leading authority” with considerable expertise in public offerings and securitisation transactions. Clients are impressed with his “no-nonsense approach” and “unflappable manner”. Joining him in the firm’s Toronto office is the “terrific” Patricia Olasker who draws praise for her “dynamic and intuitive approach”. William Ainley is “a first-rate practitioner” with plentiful experience acting as lead counsel in leveraged buyouts and other types of securities transactions. Mindy Gilbert is highly sought after for her expertise in both domestic and cross-border public and private debt and equity offerings, with sources commending her “fine attention to the small details”.

Seven fine practitioners are selected for inclusion from McCarthy Tétrault. Garth Girvan is described as “a smart, sophisticated and shrewd lawyer” by peers. He is recognised as a respected senior figure in the market with almost 40 years of experience. David Woollcombe is extremely well thought of in the debt and equity space, and is praised for his strong client portfolio of issuers and underwriters, including the likes of Fairmont Hotels, CP Ships, GE Capital and Thomson Reuters. In the firm’s Montreal office, Clemens Mayr provides clients with “well-considered and thoughtful advice” and is considered “one of the real heavyweights in securities law in Quebec”. Richard Balfour is “a key player” with a wealth of experience as lead counsel in securities transactions. Cameron Belsher is praised for his “finely tuned skills” and “bespoke advice” in equity and debt financings.

Goodmans sees seven of its lawyers recommended for inclusion. Co-chair of the corporate securities group Jonathan Lampe is recognised by peers as “a first-class lawyer” known for his knowledge of Canadian and international securities law.  Fellow co-chair Stephen Halperin is a “sterling practitioner” who “operates at the very highest level”. Dale Lastman is the firm chair and he is a “brilliant negotiation and tactician” with experience providing counsel on public offerings. Neill May garners praise for offering clients “creative, solutions-oriented advice”.

Six lawyers are recommended at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt. Clay Horner is “as smart as they come” and “an outstanding transactional lawyer” with expertise in debt and equity offerings. In Calgary, Frank Turner is co-head of the firm’s Asia-Pacific department and is “a tough negotiator who always manages to get the best for his clients”. Montreal-based Robert Yalden is a “top-notch lawyer” with over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex capital markets transactions.

Six nominees are singled out at Torys. Sharon Geraghty is “an absolute star” who structures complex securities offering with “a rare composure and sophistication”. Kevin Morris from the firm’s Toronto office is praised for his “fantastic practice” focusing on public and private placements on the part of issuers and underwriters.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin is home to five outstanding lawyers. Robert Paré is “comfortably one of the country’s best securities law practitioners”, according to respondents, who also praise his “commercial awareness” and “strategic acumen”. International chair of the firm’s securities and M&A group Richard Steinberg is recommended for his “acute awareness of client needs” and his “ability to push deals through favourably”. Jonathan Levin is a well-respected name in Canada, with peers and clients alike praising his “astute business sense” and “tactical nous”.

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison garners two entries in the following chapter. Toronto-based Christopher Cummings is “a client favourite” with a wealth of experience representing clients in cross-border capital markets transactions. The “superb” Adam Givertz is a well-established capital markets practitioner known for representing both issuers and underwriters in high yield offerings. Clients greatly appreciate Givertz’s “deep knowledge and responsiveness” and “wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him”.

Gowling WLG’s managing partner Tina Woodside is “a very knowledgeable and solutions-oriented practitioner who works hard to get the best for her clients” according to one source.

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