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Canada: Private Funds 2017

In this chapter we highlight 24 private funds lawyers with proven expertise in private equity, venture capital and hedge fund formation and structuring. Listed individuals boast a broad range of expertise spanning regulatory, strategic and compliance matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sarbjit Basra Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto
2. Alix d'Anglejan-Chatillon Stikeman Elliott, Montreal
3. Lynn McGrade Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto

Full-service Canadian law firm BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS achieves an impressive four listings this year and boasts the leading private funds team in the country.
The “excellent” Lynn McGrade is a prominent figure in the market, highly sought after by Canadian and international clients for her superb knowledge of asset management.
Alfred Page is widely recognised for his expertise in commercial transactions as well as his top-quality representation of hedge funds, private equity lenders and venture capital funds.  
Ronald Kosonic draws high praise for his strong expertise in fund formation matters, while Scott McEvoy is highlighted for his first-class investment management practice.

Three practitioners from international business law firm TORYS are highlighted in this year’s research.
Peter Ballantyne “is definitely a leader” in the Canadian market. He is known for his expertise in private equity funds and frequently represents major investors and fund sponsors who regard him highly for his work in the space.
Bernard Kwasniewski receives wide-ranging endorsements for his strong fund formation practice and excellent representation of investors in sophisticated finance transactions.
Michael Akkawi is a prominent name in the region, who stands out for his expert commercial advice and experience representing major investors in fund structuring matters.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT sees three lawyers recognised for the high quality of their work in the space.
Alix d'Anglejan-Chatillon is “very strong” in corporate transactions and regulatory matters and draws praise for her expertise in both the structuring and formation of funds. 
Darin Renton is a seasoned expert in fund formation, structuring and distribution. He comes highly recommended for his expertise in M&A transactions.
Samantha Horn boasts a strong fund formation practice and enjoys an excellent reputation for her detail-orientated approach to M&A.

At DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERGSarbjit Basra is a favourite among private equity firms. He stands out for his pragmatic and commercial counsel on fund structuring and transactional matters.

Garth Foster is a leading name at FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN. He draws widespread recognition for his world-class practice that focuses on fund formation and fund acquisitions.

MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT’s Sean Sadler is a highly experienced funds lawyer who boasts a well-established reputation in the market.

At MCCULLOUGH O'CONNOR IRWIN, founding partner Jonathan McCullough is recognised as “an excellent adviser” with broad expertise in private equity transactions. 

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