Canada: Private Funds 2018

This chapter sees 25 outstanding practitioners highlighted for their work handling fund formation and regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bernard Kwasniewski Torys LLP, Toronto
2. Sarbjit S Basra Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto

Stikeman Elliott sees three lawyers listed this year.
Samantha Horn is a well-established name in the private funds space who is praised by colleagues for her broad expertise on venture capital financing, buyouts and fund formation.
Darin Renton enjoys an excellent reputation among peers, who highlight him for his depth of insight into investment fund structuring, with specialist understanding of the energy sector.
Alix d’Anglejan-Chatillon draws praise for her broad experience in the Canadian private funds space. She is adept on issues relating to derivatives and asset management.

At Torys, Bernard Kwasniewski draws widespread praise from sources for his top-tier funds practice as well as his impressive expertise in co-investment transactions and venture capital investment structuring.
Michael Akkawi remains a favourite among respondents who commend his in-depth understanding of private funds matters. He provides specialist insight into leveraged buyouts, restructurings and equity investment.

At Bennett Jones, James Beeby enjoys an excellent reputation in the Canadian market for his strong expertise in public debt and equity offerings, cross-border investment and venture capital matters.
Jonathan McCullough is a well-regarded name among peers and possesses with more than 30 decades’ experience advising on investment structuring, regulation and recapitalisations.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg’s Sarbjit Basra is “a fantastic lawyer” who colleagues “have a lot of respect” for. His practice a wide range of matters from private equity transactions to fund formation.

At Gowling WLG, Ian Palm “really knows his stuff”, according to sources when it comes to private equity, joint ventures and venture capital transactions.

McCarthy Tétrault’s Sean Sadler is “well regarded” by colleagues for his “standout practice” which spans a range of investment vehicles, from hedge funds to retail mutual funds.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt’s Ed Vandenberg is “an excellent lawyer” who market observers praise for his “reasonable and very intelligent” approach to private equity fund formation. He is highlighted for his particular expertise in the emerging technology space.
John Groenewegen “stands out” in the Canadian private funds market according to sources who note he is well versed on recapitalisation, acquisitions and pensions fund investment.

At Fasken, Garth Foster is a recognisable figure in the private funds space. He runs an enviable practice that sees him advise on the regulatory side of fund creation.
François Brais remains a favourite among respondents who praise his impressive work handling fund creation and compliance matters on behalf of clients.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Michael Bunn garners much respect from colleagues in the jurisdiction for his know-how on capital raising and regulatory advice for a wide array of funds including retail mutual and private equity.

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