Canada


For our Canadian clients, we handle acquisitions and divestitures of all types of businesses in the U.S. We handle capital raising in the U.S. in whatever form, including public and private, debt and equity, project finance, asset-based, and other forms of financing. We handle cross-border joint ventures, investments and real estate and other commercial transactions. We also represent Canadian clients, including the Government of Canada, in various litigation and other adversarial proceedings. A number of our partners have spent more than 25 years representing Canadian businesses in the U.S.

We regularly advise Canadian businesses on all aspects of compliance with U.S. securities laws, including securities registration and listing and reporting and compliance requirements. One of our partners served for five years on the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission.

We also provide our Canadian clients with regulatory advice on a wide variety of U.S. legal issues, drawing on the firm's strong practices in the areas of antitrust, bankruptcy, employee benefits, employment and labor, energy, environmental protection, financial institutions regulation, government contracting, healthcare and biotech, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, investment funds, privacy, securities regulation, transportation and other disciplines.

We represent Alliance Pipeline, Enbridge, TransCanada and other Canadian energy businesses which have sponsored major cross-border oil and gas pipeline projects. We have advised a number of these projects on the permitting and environmental review process under both U.S. federal and state laws. We also counsel clients involved in proceedings initiated by the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

For our Canadian clients, we handle acquisitions and divestitures of all types of businesses in the U.S. We handle capital raising in the U.S. in whatever form, including public and private, debt and equity, project finance, asset-based, and other forms of financing. We handle cross-border joint ventures, investments and real estate and other commercial transactions. We also represent Canadian clients, including the Government of Canada, in various litigation and other adversarial proceedings. A number of our partners have spent more than 25 years representing Canadian businesses in the U.S.

We regularly advise Canadian businesses on all aspects of compliance with U.S. securities laws, including securities registration and listing and reporting and compliance requirements. One of our partners served for five years on the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission.

We also provide our Canadian clients with regulatory advice on a wide variety of U.S. legal issues, drawing on the firm's strong practices in the areas of antitrust, bankruptcy, employee benefits, employment and labor, energy, environmental protection, financial institutions regulation, government contracting, healthcare and biotech, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, investment funds, privacy, securities regulation, transportation and other disciplines.

We represent Alliance Pipeline, Enbridge, TransCanada and other Canadian energy businesses which have sponsored major cross-border oil and gas pipeline projects. We have advised a number of these projects on the permitting and environmental review process under both U.S. federal and state laws. We also counsel clients involved in proceedings initiated by the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Experience

Some examples of the transactions and litigation matters that we have handled for Canadian clients include the following:

  • For many years, we have represented Magna International and MI Developments, and their affiliates, as U.S. counsel in numerous acquisitions of public and private companies (including Magna’s bid to acquire Chrysler), in many public and private debt and equity offerings, in several subsidiary spin-offs and “take private” transactions and in connection with the Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings of Magna Entertainment and its subsidiaries.
  • We represented SMART Technologies Inc. in its cross-border IPO and related matters.
  • We have represented Brookfield Asset Management in a number of acquisition transactions.
  • For many years, we represented Canadian Pacific Limited as U.S. counsel, including representing it in the 2001 spin-off of its operating subsidiaries.
  • For many years, we have advised Canadian Pacific Railway and its subsidiaries in connection with a wide variety of U.S. corporate matters. We represented CPR in its recent acquisition of DM&E Railroad in the U.S.
  • For many years, we have represented Fording Coal on U.S. matters. We represented Fording on the U.S. aspects of its hostile takeover defense and the formation of Fording Canadian Coal Trust.
  • We have represented three of the largest Canadian pension funds in connection with various U.S. investments, including power generating assets, oil exploration, infrastructure and real estate.
  • We have represented Bombardier Inc. and its subsidiaries as U.S. counsel in acquisitions, divestitures, financings, securities offerings, securitizations, aircraft and equipment lease financings, commercial contract matters, joint ventures and other transactions.
  • We represented Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and a U.S. infrastructure fund in their joint purchase of ten power generation plants in six countries and continue to represent OTPP as an owner.
  • We have represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and other U.S. and Canadian underwriters and dealers in connection with MJDS and Rule 144A offerings in the U.S. for Canadian issuers such as Agrium, Barrick Gold, Canadian Occidental Petroleum, Norbord, Kinross, Placer Dome and others.
  • We have represented SNC-Lavalin and its subsidiaries in expanding their activities in the U.S., including acquiring assets and investing in energy and infrastructure projects.
  • We have represented Canadian companies in a variety of industries, including biotech and natural resources, in accessing U.S. capital markets.
  • We have also represented many Canadian clients in litigation and other proceedings in the U.S., ranging from commercial disputes to patent disputes to bankruptcy proceedings to securities class actions. We offer our clients extensive litigation experience in regulatory, trial, appellate and bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. involving virtually every area of substantive law.
  • We successfully represented the Government of Canada in the U.S. Court of International Trade and in the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit in obtaining the final victory for Canada in the courts before the U.S. and Canada agreed to a settlement of the softwood lumber dispute. We have also advised the Government of Canada in proceedings before the World Trade Organization.
  • We also represent DBRS, the Canadian credit rating agency, principally in connection with its ratings of structured products.