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Borden Ladner Gervais

BLG garners over 75 listings in our research, which exemplifies its status as one of Canada’s preeminent national full-service firms. Its lawyers are to be found in almost every chapter of this edition, with recognition in 35 practice areas in total. Indeed, the firm provides a one-stop shop for clients across all the main areas of business law, as well as covering all the major regional markets across Canada. This year’s research finds that the firm particularly excels in the construction, government contracts, investigations, trade and customs, and insurance and reinsurance fields.


 The top-tier construction practice is chaired by Bruce Reynolds in Toronto; he is widely recognised as one of the best in his field. He leads on many of the firm’s mandates, advising owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in both commercial transactions and related disputes. National practice leader Sharon Vogel is regularly engaged in the firm’s highest-profile construction disputes before all levels of courts in Canada. The firm construction practice also incorporates large PPPs and procurement mandates, in which Ian Houston is among the most prominent names in the market. 

The investigations shop at BLG ranks highly with the firm called upon to oversee high-profile internal and regulatory investigations. While Tyler Hodgson is on temporary leave to act as senior investigator to the World Bank, Ronald Foerster and James Douglas are seen as the key players. Foerster has particular expertise in fraud investigations and Douglas acts as national head of the securities litigation group – handling investigations conducted by the securities regulatory authorities, such as the Ontario Securities Commission and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The firm also comes top of our Trade and Customs chapter. In particular the international trade group is highlighted for its expertise in WTO proceedings, and is very visible on high-profile trade remedy litigation and customs issues. Gerry Stobo is considered one of the top trade remedy lawyers in the market and has an impressive track record, including representing Canada’s trade remedy agency, the CITT, as well as regularly acting as lead counsel on complex dumping and subsidy disputes for multinationals. Gregory Tereposky and Jeffrey Thomas are two other nominees who are widely respected in the market.

In our Insurance and Reinsurance chapter the firm too leads the way with market-leading pedigree in both contentious and non-contentious sides of the industry. Robert Charbonneau, a seasoned litigation counsel in Montreal, handles some of the most important coverage issues for the firm, acting for both domestic and international insurers and non-insurer corporations. Keith Batten is also a big name on the coverage side, particularly in relation to defending insurance broker’s E&O claims. Meanwhile, chair of the insurance and regulatory group Jill McCutcheon is a premier name on the regulatory side for major insurers and reinsurers, covering formation, regulatory approvals, compliance and governance matters. 

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