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Firm Profile

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

Aird & Berlis LLP is a leading Canadian law firm based in Toronto, serving clients across Canada and globally. The firm’s practice encompasses all principal areas of business law, including corporate/commercial, corporate finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring, energy, environmental, infrastructure/P3, technology, intellectual property, litigation, labour and employment, municipal and land use planning, real estate and tax. The firm’s diverse client base ranges from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations. Aird & Berlis LLP is a member of Interlaw, a network of leading full-service law firms across the globe.

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]

Highly regarded on a national and international basis for international tax planning, structuring of domestic and international business transactions and litigating tax disputes. Works with international clients on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, international restructuring and reorganisations, cross-border financing, tax controversy and litigation, inbound and outbound real estate transactions, hedge fund and private equity formation and structuring, financial products, including derivatives, transfer pricing, foreign affiliate transactions and cross-border and compensation planning for employees.
Contact: Jack Bernstein
Tel: 416 865 7766
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Barbara Worndl
Tel: 416 865 7754
Email: [email protected]

Advises 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]

Provides creative and innovative advice with respect to the structuring, procurement, negotiation and financing of a wide range of complex infrastructure projects, including public-private partnerships (P3s). Advises both the public sector and a broad range of private sector participants, including sponsors and financiers. Facilitates the successful implementation of financeable projects in which public and private sector interests are balanced and risks are appropriately allocated.
Contact: Douglas J S Younger
Tel: 416 865 4140
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Heidi Visser
Tel: 416 865 4141
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
Advises on the purchase, sale and development of real property; leasing transactions; and infrastructure planning, financing and procurement. Represents 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]

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Advises on receiverships, bankruptcies, proposals, reorganisations, restructurings, workouts, enforcements and liquidations. Provides innovative transactional advice, particularly with respect to out-of-court restructurings and the purchase and sale of insolvent businesses. Assists senior and subordinated lenders, borrowers and investors with the structuring and implementation of debt workout arrangements. Advises on litigation strategies to enhance recoveries or minimise the effect of insolvency upon the interests of stakeholders.
Contact: D Robb English
Tel: 416 865 4748
Email: [email protected]

Provides strategic advice and counsel to media and telecom companies, including broadcasters, internet content providers, broadcasting distributors and mobile service providers. Advises investors on media acquisitions and the application of the foreign investment rules in the communications sector and generally under Canada’s Investment Canada Act regime.
Contact: Stephen Zolf
Tel: 416 865 3062
Email: [email protected]

Labour & Employment:
Advises employers on workplace law matters, including wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, accommodation, compensation, harassment in the workplace, human rights, workplace and business restructurings, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts and occupational health and safety issues. Appears before the courts and various labour and employment-related tribunals.

Contact: Lorenzo Lisi
Tel: 416 865 7722
Email: [email protected]