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Aird & Berlis LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street
  • Suite 1800, Box 754
  • Toronto
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON M5J 2T9

Firm profile submitted by Aird & Berlis LLP

Managing Partner: Steven Zakem
Number of partners: 115
Number of other lawyers: 35
Languages: English, French, Bosnian, Croatian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Spanish

Aird & Berlis is a leading Canadian law firm serving clients across Canada and globally. The firm’s clients range from startups to multinational corporations. With strong national and international expertise, Aird & Berlis provides strategic legal advice in all principal areas of business law.

PRACTICE AREAS Capital Markets Construction Corporate Commercial Energy Environmental Estates & Trusts Financial Services Infrastructure Intellectual Property Investment Management & Registration Litigation & Dispute Resolution Mergers & Acquisitions Municipal & Land Use Planning Privacy & Data Security Private Equity Real Estate Tax Technology Venture Finance Workplace Law INDUSTRIES Cannabis Charities & Not-for-Profits FinTech First Nations Gaming Mines & Minerals Sports & Media Telecommunications Transportation

Highly regarded on a national and international basis for tax planning, structuring of domestic and international business transactions and tax dispute resolution. Depth of expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, reorganizations, income trusts, mutual and hedge funds, private equity formation and structuring, partnerships, joint ventures, derivatives, executive compensation and relocation, foreign affiliate transactions, foreign investment entities, cross-border loans, transfer pricing and tax controversy.
Jack Bernstein Tel: 416 865 7766  Email: [email protected]
Contact: Barbara Worndl Tel: 416 865 7754  Email: [email protected]

Exceptional expertise in all aspects of domestic and international public and private debt and equity financings; fund formation; take-over bids; reorganisations; mergers, acquisitions and divestiture transactions, including leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and 'going private' transactions; securities regulatory compliance; independent committee representation; proxy battles; periodic and continuous disclosure and corporate governance.
Contact: Martin E Kovnats Tel: 416 865 3419  Email: [email protected]
Contact: Thomas A Fenton Tel: 416 865 4631  Email: [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Adept at navigating out-of-court restructurings, the purchase and sale of insolvent businesses and assets, the structuring and implementation of debt workout arrangements for senior and subordinated lenders, borrowers and investors and assisting regulatory bodies with investigations and enforcement strategies. Develop effective litigation strategies and successfully represent clients in bankruptcy and commercial courts.
Contact: D Robb English Tel: 416 865 4748  Email: [email protected]
Contact: Steven L Graff Tel: 416 865 7726  Email: [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
Advise employers on workplace law matters, including wrongful and constructive dismissals, employment contracts, accommodation, compensation and benefits, harassment in the workplace, privacy, human rights, workplace and business restructurings, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts and occupational health and safety issues. Appear before the courts and various labour and employment-related tribunals.
Lorenzo Lisi Tel: 416 865 7722  Email: [email protected]

Advise domestic and international clients on generation, cogeneration, district energy, nuclear, electricity and gas distribution, geothermal and geoexchange, conservation and demand management, emissions trading, power transmission, smart meters, financing, corporate structures, joint ventures, outsourcing and mergers and acquisitions.
Contact: Fred D Cass Tel: 416 865 7742  Email: [email protected]
Contact: Ron Clark  Tel: 416 865 7701  Email: [email protected]

Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting:
Provide strategic advice on competitive access to cable/telecom facilities and networks; merger clearance, including regulatory approval for transfers of ownership and control; wireless spectrum policy; Canadian content rules and regulations; funding of Canadian producers and content creators; and IP issues relating to the acquisition of content for online and digital platforms.
Contact: Stephen Zolf Tel: 416 865 3062  Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
Advise on the purchase, sale and development of real property; leasing transactions; and infrastructure planning, financing and procurement. Represent clients involved in the development, construction and management of office buildings, hotels, residential and commercial condominiums, residential rental projects, retirement homes and shopping centres.
Contact: Monty Warsh Tel: 416 865 4626  Email: [email protected]

Projects - PPP & Infrastructure:
Provide innovative advice with respect to the structuring, procurement, financing, refinancing and divestiture of complex infrastructure projects across Canada and internationally, including public-private partnerships (P3s). Advise both the public sector and a broad range of private sector participants.
Contact: Douglas J S Younger Tel: 416 865 4140  Email: [email protected]
Contact: Heidi Visser Tel: 416 865 4141  Email: [email protected]

Zoning/Land Use:
Advise landowners, developers, financial institutions, municipalities and various public interest groups on municipal, land use planning and development matters. Appear regularly before local and regional councils, land division committees, committees of adjustment, the courts and various tribunals dealing with land use, such as the Ontario Municipal Board.
Contact: N Jane Pepino Tel: 416 865 7727  Email: [email protected]
Contact: Steven Zakem Tel: 416 865 3440  Email: [email protected]


  • Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street,
  • Suite 1800, Box 754,
  • Toronto,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON M5J 2T9
  • Tel +1 416 863 1500
  • Fax +1 416 863 1515
  • Email : [email protected]
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