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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: Sven Milelli (British Columbia), Sean Smyth (Alberta), Kim Thomassin (Québec), Robert Brant (United Kingdom)
  • Number of partners: 238
  • Number of other lawyers: 371

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, innovation and efficiency, 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. From its earliest days, McCarthy Tétrault pioneered advances in the practice of law and law firm management, to adapt to changing client needs. Following this tradition of legal service innovation, McCarthy Tétrault is leading the charge among Canadian firms to rethink and restructure the way it delivers legal services, building upon the firm’s promise to clients of better results – and a better experience. McCarthy Tétrault provides solutions to achieve the value a client needs through custom solutions. The firm’s approach includes project management, alternative fee and creative staffing arangements, and process re-engineering. 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:  

■ CIBC in the renewal of its credit card affinity arrangement with Aimia’s Aeroplan rewards program and the subsequent CAD3.3 billion sale of approximately half of CIBC’s Aeroplan rewards portfolio to TD Bank
■ Bell Media in its CAD3.38 billion acquisition of Astral Media Inc.
■ Desjardins Financial Group in its CAD1.6 billion acquisition of State Farm Canada’s businesses in property and casualty and life insurance, as well as its Canadian mutual fund, loan and living benefits companies
■ Fairfax Financial Holdings as the head of a group of investors in their USD1 billion investment in BlackBerry
■ Leon’s Furniture in its CAD700 million acquisition of The Brick
Key Clients: Fairfax Financial Holdings, CIBC, OMERS, BCE Inc. (Bell Media), Desjardins Financial Group, TD Bank
Contact: David Tennant Email: dtennant@mccarthy.ca Tel: +1-416-601-7777
Contact: David Woollcombe Email: dwoollcombe@mccarthy.ca Tel: +1-416-601-7555

Oil & Gas:
■Heritage Oil Plc in its USD1.55 billion acquisition by Energy Investments Global
■ Petrominerales Ltd. and Alvopetro Energy, the spinoff company, in its CAD1.6 billion sale to Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.
■ Surge Energy Inc. in its CAD240 million acquisition of an elite, operated, crude oil producing asset in the southwest area of Saskatchewan
Key Clients: Heritage Oil Plc., Enbridge Inc., Spectra Energy Corp., Canadian Overseas Petroluem Ltd., Shell Canada Products
Contact: Craig Spurn Tel: +1 403 260 3525
Email: cspurn@mccarthy.ca

■ Enbridge Inc. in connection with claims against its insurer regarding a more than CAD1 billion loss resulting from the rupture of a pipeline in the United States
■ Hydro-Québec in its request to get authorisation to replace 3,750,000 meters with smart meters, a CAD300 million project
■ TD Bank, as intervenors, in a very high profile prosecution before the Competition Tribunal with respect to the Visa and MasterCard credit card networks
■ AbbVie Corporation in its patent suit against Janssen Inc. in the Federal Court in relation to the drug STELARA
Key Clients: Philip Morris International Inc., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., AstraZeneca Canada Inc., Heritage Oil Plc., Desjardins Financial Group, BCE Inc., Microsoft
Contact: David Leonard Tel: +1 416 601 7694
Email: dleonard@mccarthy.ca

■ Rio Tinto in relation to its ongoing support of its USD7 billion in financing arrangements for the development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine operated by Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.
■ Anglo American on their USD1.55 billion departure from the Pebble Limited Partnership
■ Investissement Québec and its subsidiary Ressources Québec, in their CAD944 million financing package to Stornoway Diamond Corporation to fund the development and full production of its Renard diamond project in northern Québec
Key Clients: Rio Tinto Plc., Anglo American Plc., Vale S.A., First Quantum Minerals
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:
■ TD Securities and Goldman Sachs as co-underwriters and co-lead arrangers of the CAD5 billion global bond financing for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric facility – the single largest infrastructure financing in Canadian history
■ TD Bank Group and Genesis Trust II, as issuer, on its CAD1 billion initial asset-backed notes offering
■ Goreway Station Partnership in the CAD832 million refinancing of its existing credit facilities for the construction and operation of a 875 megawatt gas fired combined cycle power generation facility in Brampton
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 USD2.5 billion bond offering – the first-ever US public covered bond offering
■ Canadian counsel to AT&T in its CAD1 billion maple bond offering of 3.825% of AT&T’s global notes due 2020
■ RBC Dominion Securities, TD Securities and Scotia Capital, as agents, in West Edmonton Mall Property’s CAD900 million private placement 10-year bonds and defeasement CAD600 million of existing 5.66% First Mortgage Bonds. Lead lawyer: John Osler
■ TD Bank in its CAD500 million offering of Basel-III compliant preferred shares
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:
■ Sirius XM Canada Inc. in its CAD200 million note issue and CAD35 million refinancing of debt and creation of a new credit line
■ Medicago Inc. in its CAD357 million sale to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation
■ CPAS Systems Inc. in its sale to Xerox Key Clients: Sirius XM Canada Inc., BCE Inc., Talisman Energy Inc., British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Cirque du Soleil, National Bank of Canada, TD Bank
Contact: Charles Morgan Tel: +1 514 397 4230
Email: cmorgan@mccarthy.ca

Competition / Antitrust:
■ Agrium in its USD2.8 billion acquisition of Canadian assets acquired by Glencore International AG from Viterra
■ La Coop fédérée in its acquisition of a minority interest in Group BMR
■ E-L Financial Corporation in the CAD1.07 billion sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company to The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Key Clients: Microsoft, Anglo American Plc., Pespi Co., Shell Canada, BCE Inc., Lafarge Canada
Contact: Donald Houston Tel: +1 416 601 7506
Email: dhouston@mccarthy.ca

Labour & Employment:
■ VIARail Canada Inc., a federally regulated employer, before the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal of Canada, in two psychological harassment cases involving refusals to work pursuant to section 128 of the Canada Labour Code
■ The Government of Ontario in its CAD1 billion collective bargaining with the union representing all Ontario Provincial Police Officers; the collective agreement covers 9000 police officers
■ Université de Montréal in 6 grievances related to the application of the Pay Equity Act and its effect on salaries, movement of personnel, promotions and job classes’ articles of the collective agreement
Key Clients: The Government of Ontario, VIARail Canada Inc., Spectra Energy Corp., Scotia McLeod
Contact: Jacques Rousse Tel: +1 514 397 4103
Email: jrousse@mccarthy.ca

Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation:
■  Desjardins Financial Group on all pensions, benefits and executive compensation aspects of its CAD1.6 billion acquisition of State Farm Canada’s businesses in property and casualty and life insurance, as well as its Canadian mutual fund, loan and living benefits companies
■ Morneau Shepell Ltd., in its capacity as administrator of Nortel’s USD2 billion Canadian registered pension plans, a major creditor in the worldwide insolvency proceedings
■ General Dynamics Land Systems in its CAD10 million mediation and settlement of a class action relating to pension entitlements of employees arising out of a corporate transaction which occurred in 2003
Key Clients: Morneau Shell Ltd., Desjardins Financial Group, Leon’s Furniture Ltd., TD Bank, Fairfax Financial Group
Contact: Randy Bauslaugh Tel: +1 416 601 7695
Email: rbauslaugh@mccarthy.ca

■ CIBC, Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada, as lenders, on Conifex Power’s (a subsidiary of Conifex Timber) CAD102.7 million financing for the construction and operation of a 36-megawatt bioenergy power generation facility in Mackenzie, British Columbia
■ Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. on a CAD72 million non-recourse construction and term project financing for the Northwest Stave River run-of-river hydroelectric project located in British Columbia, Canada
Key Clients: Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Invenergy, Bruce Power Inc., EDP Renewables, NextEra Energy Inc., Goreway Station Partnership
Contact: David Lever Tel: +1 416 601 7655
Email: dlever@mccarthy.ca

Real Estate:
■ GE Canada Real Estate Equity and GE Canada Real Estate Financing Holding Company in the purchase financing, in the CAD1 billion acquisition of its real property portfolio by Slate Properties and Incore Equities
■ Onni Group in its CAD110.5 million sale of the 12.5 acre Gilmore Station area lands from Standard Life
■ GWL Realty Advisors Inc. in its CAD350.9 million purchase on behalf of a consortium of a 70-building, 58-property portfolio from OPB Realty Inc.
Key Clients: Oxford Properties, Brookfield Properties, Deloitte Management Services LP., York University, Diamond Corp., RioCan REIT
Contact: John Currie Tel: +1 416 601 8154
Email: jcurrie@mccarthy.ca

■ Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in negotiating the first of a kind design CAD33 billion contract with the Government of Canada for the design phase of work for the first set of new naval combat vessels for Canada, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships
■ National Bank Financial Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and Desjardins Securities Inc., as underwriters, to Integrated Team Solutions to the lenders of the successful proponent for the CAD801 million Providence Care Hospital Project in Kingston, Ontario
■ Affinity Partnerships in the CAD680 million design, build, finance and maintain of the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Project
■ Infrastructure Ontario and St. Michael’s Hospital in the St. Michael’s Hospital Redevelopment Project
■ National Bank of Canada, as lender, to the successful proponent, in the CAD198 million financial close and signing of a 30-year PPP agreement to design, build, finance and maintain a new detention centre in Sorel-Tracy, Québec
Key Clients: Infrastructure Ontario and Lands Corp, EllisDon Corporation, Ledcor Developments Inc., Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Citigroup Inc., Fengate Capital
Contact: Gordon Willcocks Tel: +1 416 601 7818
Email: gwillcocks@mccarthy.ca
Contact: Linda Brown Tel: +1 604 643 7191
Email: lbrown@mccarthy.ca

■ TransAlta on all tax aspects of the formation and IPO of TransAlta Renewable, including its capitalisation and acquisition of the renewable energy business from TransAlta; transaction value CAD1.15 billion
■ Empire Company and Sobeys in its CAD5.8 billion acquisition of Canada Safeway
■ Aastra Technologies Limited in its CAD392 million sale to Mitel Networks
■ Credit Suisse First Boston Canada Legacy Limited in an application to set aside an ex parte order authorising the Minister of National Revenue to issue a requirement to CS Canada to produce documents and information of unnamed persons pursuant to subsection 231.2(3) of the Income Tax Act (Canada)
Key Clients: BCE Inc., Enbridge Inc., CIBC, TransAlta, Chrysler Canada
Contact: Douglas Cannon Tel: +1 416 601 7815
Email: dcannon@mccarthy.ca

Areas of Practice

  • Aboriginal
  • Agribusiness
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Clean Technology
  • Communications
  • Competition / Antitrust
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products and Retail, Franchise & Distribution
  • Energy (Oil & Gas, Power)
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • 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
  • Projects
  • Public Companies
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Investigations
  • Securities Regulation & Investment Products
  • Tax
  • Technology & Licensing
  • Transport


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