Canada: Capital Markets 2018

In this chapter, we shine the spotlight on 82 leading capital markets lawyers who have come highly recommended by peers and clients alike for their expertise in debt and equity products and structured finance transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Patricia L Olasker Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto
2. Neill May Goodmans LLP, Toronto
3. Edward J Waitzer Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
4. Jeffrey M Singer Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
5. Vincent A Mercier Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto

Stikeman Elliott achieves 11 listings in this chapter.
Edward Waitzer is a leading name in the Canadian capital markets arena, where he is recommended for his expert handling of complex transactions.
Jeffrey Singer is widely held to be “one of the best” operators in the Canadian market. Peers report that “his name is one of those you see most often” in sophisticated private equity transactions. 
Joel Binder stands out as a “terrific” capital markets lawyer. He is regularly engaged to advise clients on private equity matters, public offerings and takeover bids. 
Simon Romano draws praise as “an excellent capital markets lawyer” who comes highly recommended for providing first-rate transactional advice to private equity funds, financial institutions and companies.
Christopher Nixon is “very well known” for his deep knowledge of private equity transactions and for providing excellent advice to investment funds in the domestic and international markets. 
Keith Chatwin is highlighted as “a big player” in the Canadian market by peers, who describe him as an “excellent” debt and equity lawyer.
Neville McClure is a highly respected lawyer in the firm’s Vancouver office. He has vast expertise advising mining sector clients on IPOs and financing transactions.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt sees eight experts listed here.
Desmond Lee is “a pre-eminent capital markets lawyer “who is well known for his extensive experience in debt and equity financing transactions and IPOs. He advises clients from a broad range of sectors including healthcare, financial services, and energy.
Christopher Murray draws praise as “a very knowledgeable practitioner”. He has a strong practice advising Asian clients on energy investments in Canada, and is well known for his “excellent work” in the space.
Mark DesLauriers impresses peers with his deep expertise in cross-border finance transactions and is a highly sought-after adviser among public companies, investors and financial institutions.
Michael Innes is “very strong in debt and equity capital markets”, say peers, who “frequently recommend” him for his expert advice on private equity matters.

Blake Cassels & Graydon is home to twelve impressive lawyers.
Ross Bentley is a “very highly recommended” figure in the in the Canadian market who is known for his extensive transactional experience. He advises on domestic and cross-border deals and is well versed in high-yield debt matters.
The “terrific” Jeff Glass is a seasoned debt and equity lawyer, who is renowned for providing excellent advice to investors, financial institutions and asset managers on complex transactions and securities matters.
Michael Gans is held in high esteem for providing top-tier advice on complex capital markets transactions. He heads the firm’s practice group and is very well regarded for his work in the space.
Brock Gibson QC is a go-to adviser among financial institutions and energy companies and is regularly engaged to advice on debt and equity offerings. He has a first-rate transactional practice and deep expertise in the financial industry.

Goodmans achieves six listings in this chapter.
Neill May boasts a strong securities practice and deep expertise in a broad range of financial transactions. He is well versed in IPOs and provides high-quality strategic advice.
Stephen Pincus leads the capital markets group at the firm draws praise as “a very strong player” in the Canadian market. He advises on complex cross-border transactions and large IPOs.
Robert Vaux is a well-regarded capital markets lawyer with an excellent reputation for his experience structuring large-scale capital markets transactions.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg sees seven lawyers listed here.
Patricia Olasker is an outstanding capital markets lawyer with broad experience advising investors and companies in complex transactions and debt and equity products.
Vincent Mercier is highlighted as “a leading lawyer” with an excellent reputation for providing sophisticated advice to clients from the public and private sectors.
The “fantastic” Mindy Gilbert impresses peers with her commercial experience in cross-border debt and equity transactions across the real estate, financial and mining industries.
William Ainley is “very prominent in the capital markets space” say peers who speak highly of his top-quality work in private equity acquisitions.

McCarthy Tétrault achieves seven listings this year.
Andrew Parker is known for his commercial advice and expertise in securities law. Peers say, “He is highly recommended for debt capital markets transactions, particularly on the underwriter side.”
Graham Gow enjoys an excellent reputation among peers for his experience in sophisticated transactions and for providing expert advice to issuers and public companies.
Cameron Belsher has a strong private equity practice and stands out for his experience advising on complex international transactions.

Torys is home to four impressive lawyers.
Glen Johnson stands out as a “pre-eminent” figure in the Canadian market, say peers, who speak highly of his well-established debt and equity practice.
Kevin Morris is a seasoned transactional lawyer with broad experience advising companies on public offerings and financing matters.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer achieves four listings here.
Alyson Goldman draws praise as “an excellent technical lawyer” by peers, who say, “She is a pleasure to deal with and is very highly regarded in the community.”
Steven Cohen is a long-standing expert in debt and equity securities and enjoys an excellent reputation for his broad transactional experience.

At Bennett Jones, David Spencer enjoys an “excellent reputation in the community”. Sources say, “He is the real deal,” and speak highly of his expertise in IPOs and high-yield financing.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is home to Christopher Morgan, a prominent capital markets adviser who is “very experienced and knowledgeable” on cross-border debt and equity financing.

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