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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Toronto
  • Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower
  • Toronto Dominion Centre
  • Toronto
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • M5K 1E6
  • Tel:+1 416 362 1812
  • Fax:+1 416 868 0673
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  • Chair & CEO: Marc-André Blanchard
  • Managing Partners: Herman Van Ommen (British Columbia), Sean Smyth (Alberta), Kim Thomassin (Québec), Robert Brant (United Kingdom

Firm Overview: McCarthy Tétrault provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. Built on a unique model of collaboration, the firm provides unequalled legal talent, industry knowledge and practice experience, and delivers customised legal services to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.
With offices in Canada’s major commercial centres and in London, UK, McCarthy Tétrault delivers integrated services in business law, litigation, tax, real estate, and labour and employment law. The firm’s lawyers work seamlessly across practice groups and regions, representing major Canadian enterprises and international clients, including financial services organisations, energy and resource companies, manufacturers, technology players, pharmaceutical companies and other major institutions.
For more than 150 years, McCarthy Tétrault has worked with all levels of government to develop the laws and regulations that have shaped – and continue to shape – the Canadian economy. McCarthy Tétrault’s London office specialises in assisting clients with their international transactions, and is staffed with both English and Canadian-qualified lawyers. A charter member of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, it is an integral part in the provision of the firm’s services in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Main Areas of Practice: 

■ Maple Group Acquisition Corporation, a consortium of Canadian banks and pension funds, in its acquisitions of TMX Group (operator of Toronto Stock Exchange) for C$3.8 billion, The Canadian Depository for Securities (Canada’s largest clearing and depository firm) for C$167.5 million and Alpha Trading System (alternative exchange that controls approximately 90% of Canada’s trading activities) for C$175 million. Lead lawyer: Graham Gow
■ BCE in its C$1.07 billion acquisition with Rogers Communications of a 75% interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Lead lawyer: Robert Hansen
■ Agrium in its US$2.8 billion purchase of Viterra’s agriproducts business. Lead lawyers: David Woollcombe, Gary Girvan
Key Clients: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CIBC, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, TD Bank
Contact: Richard Balfour Tel: +1 604 643 7915 Email: rbalfour@mccarthy.ca

Oil & Gas:
■ Grafton Asset Management in its C$100 million investment (minus the over-allotment option) in the C$122 million 29 Notikewin/Falher and Cardium well program in west-central Alberta, a joint venture of Grafton Energy and Bellatrix Exploration. Lead lawyer: Craig Spurn
■ Spectra Energy in its C$8 billion joint venture with British Gas for the development of a 4.2 billion cubic feet/day pipeline connecting to a C$24 billion LNG facility in northeastern British Columbia. Lead lawyer: Robin Sirett
■ Toyota Tsusho in its C$602 million purchase of an interest in Encana’s southern Alberta coalbed methane holdings. Lead lawyer: Craig Spurn
Key Clients: Heritage Oil, Enbridge, Penn West, Toyota Tsusho, Direct Energy
Contact: Craig Spurn Tel: +1 403 260 3525 Email: cspurn@mccarthy.ca

■ Merck Canada and Merck & Co. in its award of more than C$180 million by the Federal Court of Canada in damages against Apotex for infringement of Merck’s Lovastatin patent. Lead lawyer: Andrew Reddon
■ A former Nortel executive in his successful fraud acquittal before the Ontario Superior Court in connection with certain of the company’s financial statements in 2002 and 2003. Lead Lawyer: David Porter
■ AstraZeneca in the Ontario Superior Court’s denial of national class action certification – the first time this Court denied such certification in relation to a pharmaceutical product. Lead lawyer: Frank McLaughlin
Key Clients: Sony, Shell Canada, Phillip Morris International/Imperial Tobacco, Abbott Laboratories
Contact: David Leonard Tel: +1 416 601 7694 Email: dleonard@mccarthy.ca

■ Glencore International in its US$90 billion acquisition of Xstrata.
■ Rio Tinto in securing a controlling 51% interest in Turquoise Hill and in its support of equity, debt and project financing of up to US$9 billion in aggregate. Lead lawyer: Shea Small
■ Inmet Mining in its proposed C$133 million takeover bid for Petaquilla Minerals. Lead lawyer: Gary Girvan
Key Clients: Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Xstrata, Hunter Dickinson
Contact: Brian Graves Tel: +1 416 601 8153 Email: bgraves@mccarthy.ca
Contact: Roger Taplin Tel: +1 604 643 5922 Email: rtaplin@mccarthy.ca

Financial Services:
■ Golden Credit Card Trust in its US$1.15 billion note offerings, and Royal Bank of Canada as the seller. Lead lawyer: Marc MacMullin
■ BCE in its financing for Bell Canada’s C$3.38 billion takeover of Astral Media. Lead lawyer: Barry Ryan
■ CIBC in its establishment of a CMHC-registered covered bond programme and in its €1 billion offering of covered bonds. Lead lawyer: Marc MacMullin
Key Clients: TD Bank, Bank of Montréal, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, National Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, GE, Manulife
Contact: Barry Ryan Tel: +1 416 601 7799 Email: bryan@mccarthy.ca

Capital Markets:
■ The US dealers as Canadian counsel in Royal Bank of Canada’s US$2.5 billion bond offering – the first-ever US public covered bond offering. Lead lawyer: Marc MacMullin
■ Enbridge in its C$1.85 billion equity offerings. Lead lawyer: John Osler
■ Molson Coors Brewing Company as Canadian counsel in its C$1.9 billion debt offering to support its acquisition of StarBev. Lead lawyer: Philippe Fortier
Key Clients: TD Securities, Scotia Capital, RBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets, Credit Suisse
Contact: Jonathan Grant Tel: +1 416 601 7604 Email: jgrant@mccarthy.ca

Information Technology:
■ Kobo, a global e-reading service with one of the world’s largest digital libraries, in its US$315 million sale to Rakuten. Lead lawyer: George Takach
■ Desjardins Technology Group in the negotiation of a telecommunications services outsourcing agreement with a leading provider that includes fibre-to-branch and call centre services. Lead lawyer: Charles Morgan
■ Scotiabank in strategic sourcing matters, including its outsourcing renewal and various services procurements. Lead lawyer: Barry Sookman
Key Clients: Aastra Technologies, Cirque du Soleil, National Bank of Canada, TD Bank
Contact: Charles Morgan Tel: +1 514 397 4230 Email: cmorgan@mccarthy.ca

■ Anglo American in its US$5.2 billion acquisition of De Beers. Lead lawyer: Oliver Borgers
■ Hynix Semiconductor in the Supreme Court of Canada determination of indirect purchaser claims. Lead lawyer: Madeleine Renaud, AdE
■ BCE in its C$3.2 billion acquisition of CTV Television Network. Lead lawyer: Donald Houston
Key Clients: Rio Tinto, Pepsi, BCE, Unilever
Contact: Donald Houston Tel: +1 416 601 7506 Email: dhouston@mccarthy.ca

Labour & Employment:
■ Ontario Ministry of Education in the Provincial Discussion Table established to perform collective bargaining in Ontario’s education sector. Lead lawyer: Paul Boniferro
■ Major Montréal universities in injunction proceedings related to student strikes/boycotts. Lead lawyer: André Baril
■ Attorney General of Ontario in an application before the Superior Court concerning a pay dispute and involving constitutional process by the association that represents Ontario’s Justices of the Peace. Lead lawyer: Sunil Kapur
Key Clients: CIBC, Catalyst Paper, Fairmont Hotels
Contact: Jacques Rousse Tel: +1 514 397 4103 Email: jrousse@mccarthy.ca

Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation:
■ Morneau Shepell, the administrator of Nortel Networks’ US$9 billion Canadian pension funds, in plan governance, administration and compliance issues during the company’s international insolvency proceedings. Lead lawyers: Randy Bauslaugh and James Gage
■ SSQ Life Insurance Company in the pension aspects of its C$300 million acquisition with its majority shareholder, Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec, of AXA Life Insurance. Lead lawyer: Lorraine Allard
■ Air Canada’s three-member mediation/arbitration panel in determining the company’s long-term sustainability of its pension plans for its Canadian Auto Workers union members. Lead lawyer: Randy Bauslaugh
Key Clients: Morneau Shepell, OMERS, Siemens Canada, Kimberly-Clark, Knowledge First Financial
Contact: Randy Bauslaugh Tel: +1 416 601 7695 Email: rbauslaugh@mccarthy.ca

■ Boralex, Gaz Métro LP and Valener in the C$725 million non-recourse project financing of their 272 MW Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farm. Lead lawyer: Marc Dorion, QC, AdE
■ Enbridge in its purchase of a 50% undivided interest in the 300 MW Lac Alfred wind project. Lead lawyer: Marc Dorion, QC, AdE
■ Xstrata Copper in the sale to Origin Energy of a 51% stake in the proposed 1,000 MW hydro-electric project being developed in Chile. Lead lawyer: Seán O’Neill
Key Clients: Bruce Power, ENMAX, Enbridge, NextEra Energy
Contact: David Lever Tel: +1 416 601 7655 Email: dlever@mccarthy.ca

Real Estate:
■ RBC Capital Markets in H&R REIT’s C$500 million bond offering. Lead lawyer: John Currie
■ TD Bank in its C$375 million financing for Dundee REIT’s C$580 million acquisition of Whiterock REIT. Lead lawyer: John Currie
■ Shell Canada Products in its sale of 236 retail stations and convenience food stores in Québec and Atlantic Canada to Sobeys. Lead lawyer: James Papadimitriou
Key Clients: Oxford Properties, Brookfield, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Concert Properties
Contact: Lisa Vogt Tel: +1 604 643 7935 Email: lvogt@mccarthy.ca

■ Infrastructure Ontario and Humber River Regional Hospital in the financial close with Plenary Health Care Partnerships of a new C$1.75 billion acute care facility. Lead lawyer: Gordon Willcocks
■ The lenders and the agent National Bank Financial in the financial close of the C$128.6 million threekilometre Airport Rail Link Spur project, which includes a new passenger station at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Lead lawyer: Stephen Furlan
■ Infrastructure Ontario in the structuring, procurement, negotiation and settlement of the C$514 million Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village project. Lead lawyers: Godyne Sibay and Gordon Willcocks
Key Clients: EllisDon, Laing O’Rourke, Gracorp Capital, TD Securities, Scotia

Capital, National Bank Financial Contact: Gordon Willcocks Tel: +1 416 601 7818 Email: gwillcocks@mccarthy.ca
Contact: Linda Brown Tel: +1 604 643 7191 Email: lbrown@mccarthy.ca

■ Kraft Foods in the spinoff of its North American grocery business to create Mondelēz International, a global snacks business, and Kraft Foods Group, a North American grocery business. Co-lead lawyer: Douglas Cannon
■ A Rio Tinto affiliate in its C$650 million acquisition of Hathor Exploration. Lead lawyer: Ron Mar
■ Sunshine Oilsands in its C$580 million initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Canada’s first oil sands company to list on the HKEx. Lead lawyer: T J Kang
Key Clients: Bell Canada, Chrysler Canada, PepsiCo and Pepsi-Cola Canada, Bank of Montréal, Kraft Foods, Enbridge
Contact: Douglas Cannon Tel: +1 416 601 7815 Email: dcannon@mccarthy.ca

Areas of Practice

  • Aboriginal
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Clean Technology
  • Communications
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Trade & Investment
  • Labour & Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation
  • M&A
  • Mining
  • Municipal Planning
  • Outsourcing
  • Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Privacy
  • Private Equity
  • Private Transactions
  • Procurement
  • Public Companies
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Regulation & Investment Products
  • Tax
  • Technology & Licensing


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