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Chambers Canada Awards 2016

The 2016 Chambers Canada Guide Launch and Awards was held on Thursday, September 29th at Fairmont Royal York, Toronto.

The awards are based on the research for the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business. These awards reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

 Click here to view the photo gallery from the book launch and awards ceremony

 

Click here to see last year's winners

 
Winners 2016

Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession

Simon A. Fish
EVP & General Counsel - BMO Financial Group

Simon Fish is Executive Vice-President & General Counsel of BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for leading BMO’s legal, compliance and regulatory affairs worldwide. This includes mergers and acquisitions, securities and banking regulation, corporate governance, and complex litigation.

Mr. Fish is a member of the bank’s executive management team. He chairs the bank’s reputation risk management committee and the environmental, social and corporate governance committee. He also serves as BMO’s executive diversity champion and is co-chair of the enterprise diversity council.

Raised in South Africa, Mr. Fish has had an impressive career in Canada. Prior to joining BMO, he served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Vale, before which he held the position of Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Shell Canada. Earlier in his career, he practiced corporate and securities law with international law firm Dechert LLP.

Mr. Fish is also a founding member of Legal Leaders for Diversity, a group of Canadian General Counsel committed to the creation of a more inclusive legal profession. Both private practice and other in-house lawyers agree:

“He is a true team builder and has a style and a way of managing and leading that not only trains and teaches and inspires confidence and mentors but really enables and empowers his team.” “He is a pioneer in terms of corporate and law firm diversity.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lawson A.W.Hunter Q.C.
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Lawson A.W. Hunter, Q.C. is competition, regulatory and government relations counsel at Stikeman Elliott LLP. He is widely regarded as a dean of the Canadian Competition Bar. Mr. Hunter was the leader of the firm’s Competition and Foreign Investment Group from 1993-2003, before which he played an instrumental role in the drafting of the federal Competition Act during his tenure as Canada’s Commissioner of Competition. From 2003-2008 he served as executive vice president and chief corporate officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. He re-joined the firm in 2008, assuming the role of head of department from April 2010 to May 2012.

He continues to be acclaimed for his leadership of high-profile and precedent-setting merger transactions, and acted as Canadian counsel to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on its USD19.5 billion acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen in 2013.

Clients say: “He is very thorough, very thoughtful and well connected in terms of his ability to get things accomplished in Canada.”

Originally from Florenceville, New Brunswick, he is considered by many to be the “Godfather of competition law.”

Banking

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Torys LLP

Winner: Torys LLP

This firm achieved top rankings in our new banking regulatory, insurance regulatory and capital markets tables. It also offers leading expertise in debt financing and project finance, and represents an enviable client list which features many of Canada's largest financial institutions and pension funds.

Competition

Bennett Jones LLP
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
McMillan LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Winner: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

This firm has one of the largest competition groups in Canada, which has continued to grow over the past 12 months. This year it acted on a number of major Canadian and global merger and foreign investment transactions, including the CAD67 billion acquisition by Dell of EMC Corp, as well as on significant competition litigation matters. The firm also recently established a dedicated practice group focused on supplementary information requests and e-discovery. Many congratulations to Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Corporate

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Torys LLP

Winner: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt had a tremendous year in 2016, playing a central role in many of Canada’s largest private equity, capital markets and M&A transactions across various industry sectors. It had notable involvement in the IPO of Hydro One, the acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands by Suncor, as well as the acquisition by TPG of a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil. It has a strong and deep bench of talented practitioners based in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, where the firm is at the forefront of emerging company and venture capital work. Sources say they are "one of the best firms to use for anything with a high degree of complexity and for matters that span multiple practice areas."

Dispute Resolution

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Torys LLP

Winner: McCarthy Tetrault LLP

This firm’s outstanding litigation experience permeates nearly every practice area in which it is ranked. It enjoys top rankings in class actions, white collar crime and has a formidable medical malpractice defence practice, a substantial competition litigation practice as well as strength and depth in commercial dispute resolution. Sources say: “They’ve got the strongest presence across the country and probably stand alone in the country in those markets. They’ve got broad and deep experience across those offices.”

Employment

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright

Winner: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, LLP

Chambers wishes to salute Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, LLP for its thriving practice across both labour and employment in Canada. It offers substantial provincial, national and international capabilities, and stands out for its representation of national and federally regulated employers across various industries. It has represented clients including the likes of Air Canada, Canada Post, the Canadian employers Council, the Mounted Police Members Legal Fund FETCO in precedent setting labour litigation before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Energy

Bennett Jones LLP
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Torys LLP

Winner: Stikeman Elliott

Stikeman Elliott stands out for its commitment to the energy industry cross-country and its balanced offering across power, oil and gas and mining, where the firm has a long-standing reputation and is accomplished in both the Canadian and global markets. This year the firm grew its energy group in Calgary, where it was involved in the CAD1.53 billion sale of Legacy Oil & Gas to Crescent Point Energy. It has significant energy regulatory and litigation capabilities in both Ontario and Alberta, and has been involved in major wind and hydro power project development in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador.

IP

Goodmans LLP
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Winner: Gowling WLG

This firm has one of the best known and most long-standing IP practices in Canada. It had yet another successful year, with standout pieces of work in the areas of trade marks, copyright and patent law, across numerous industries including life sciences, technology and food and consumer goods. Its top-flight client roster includes both national and international clients such as adidas, Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline. Gowling WLG also enjoys a market-leading reputation in advertising and marketing, offering extensive experience of product regulatory issues.

Real Estate

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Goodmans LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Winner: Goodmans LLP

This firm stands out as a leader in the real estate investment trusts space, as well as for its ability to advise national and international clients on high-profile commercial transactions involving properties across Canada and beyond, despite its single office location. It also makes an impression for its work in the senior housing and hospitality sectors. Its enviable client roster includes the likes of RioCan REIT, CPPIB, Brookfield Asset Management and RBC Capital Markets.

Regional Law Firm of the Year

Lavery, de Billy
Lawson Lundell LLP
MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP
McLennan Ross LLP
Stewart McKelvey

Winner: Macpherson Leslie & Tyerman

Macpherson Leslie & Tyerman is a leading Western Canadian firm based in Saskatchewan, with offices in both Regina and Saskatoon, as well as in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The firm is a mainstay of the agriculture industry in the Prairies and handles sophisticated corporate work for clients such as Canpotex, one of the world’s largest potash exporting and marketing firms. In January 2017, MLT will merge with Manitoba's largest full-service firm, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP to form MLT Aikins LLP.