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2016 McCarthy Tétrault News



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Bryan West authors a Practical Guide to Navigating Builders’ Liens in Alberta

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December 2, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Bryan G. West


Calgary, December 2, 2016 — “Builders’ Liens in Alberta: Procedure, Law and the Annotated Act, 2016-2017” by McCarthy Tétrault senior associate Bryan West is now available. The first of its kind, this is an indispensable guide to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory system following the introduction of the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act.

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Deborah Templer joins McCarthy Tétrault as the newest equity partner in our Litigation Group

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November 21, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Deborah Templer


Toronto, November 21, 2016 — Join us in welcoming Deborah Templer to McCarthy Tétrault as the newest equity partner in our Toronto office. Deborah’s practice is focused on multi-faceted commercial concerns, with class actions that include securities, medical defence, as well as occupier and product liability.

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McCarthy Tétrault salutes 2016 Rising Stars Ana Badour and Steeves Bujold

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November 18, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Ana Badour
Steeves Bujold


Toronto, November 18, 2016 — Last night in Toronto, two more McCarthy Tétrault partners were honoured with a Lexpert Rising Stars award. Ana Badour, partner in the firm’s Financial Services Group, and Steeves Bujold, partner in the Litigation Group, were named among this year’s select group of Canadian leading lawyers under 40.

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McCarthy Tétrault among the Top 100 Canadian Employers for the 5th consecutive year

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November 7, 2016


Toronto, November 7, 2016 — Canada’s Top 100 Employers’ were revealed today and, for the fifth consecutive year, McCarthy Tétrault was selected. Now in its 18th year, the annual survey – the largest project of its kind in Canada – aims to identify organizations that lead their industries in workplace programs and benefits for employees.

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Kim Thomassin receives Mérite Christine-Tourigny and Avocat émérite distinctions from Barreau du Québec

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November 3, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Marc-André Blanchard
Kim Thomassin


Montréal, November 3, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault congratulates Kim Thomassin, National Client Leader and Regional Managing Partner, Québec, for having been singled out by the Barreau du Québec for the Mérite Christine-Tourigny award in June and, yesterday, for the Avocat émérite title. In awarding these distinctions, the Barreau has stressed Kim’s leadership, professional excellence and commitment, in particular, towards the professional advancement of women.

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Steve Mason to Lead McCarthy Tétrault’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group

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November 2, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Steven Mason


Toronto, November 2, 2016 —Steve Mason has been appointed leader of McCarthy Tétrault’s IP Litigation group in a move that supports increased synergy between all aspects of our IP law practice and an unparalleled litigation practice. Under Steve’s new leadership, the IP Litigation group will continue to provide the same standard for success that has defined their results.

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McCarthy Tétrault presents Vestra Vox, Canada’s first national student law blog

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October 13, 2016


Montreal, October 13, 2016 – The first of its kind in Canada, Vestra Vox, a national student law blog, launches today at VestraVox.com. Presented by McCarthy Tétrault, the blog provides an online space for law students at universities across Canada to share their insights on the subject of law with a wider audience, outside the confines of their law school.

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In Memory of Thomas B. Akin

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October 6, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Thomas B. Akin


It is with deep regret that McCarthy Tétrault announces the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague Tom Akin on Wednesday September 28th. Tom was senior counsel in the Toronto office, a talented and experienced litigator he was recognized as a prominent tax advisor in Canada and an exemplary member of the legal profession.
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McCarthy Tétrault’s makes its mark in the Chambers Canada Results

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October 4, 2016


Toronto, October 4, 2016 —Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business has once again recognized McCarthy Tétrault for its leadership in the industry and top tier talent. The second annual guide was published at the end of September and our firm’s lawyers and practice groups received more rankings overall than any other firm in Canada. In total, 111 of its lawyers were recognized 133 times across 47 areas of research. Additionally, 16 of the firm’s areas of practice received Band 1 recognition, the highest ranking denoted by Chambers in its research. Our firm was also named Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year at the Annual Chambers Canada Awards held on September 29, 2016.

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Cameron Belsher Appointed Leader of McCarthy Tétrault’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group

DATE

September 29, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Cameron Belsher


McCarthy Tétrault

Toronto, September 29, 2016 — Cameron Belsher, partner and Chair of McCarthy Tétrault’s Board of Partners, has been appointed leader of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) group. Building on a significant depth of industry-focused expertise across the firm, Mr. Belsher will work with skilled and dynamic M&A practitioners and will leverage a considerable track record of success.

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Doing Business in Canada 2016: Read the latest updates to our popular guide

DATE

September 23, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Suzanne V. Murphy


Toronto, September 23, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault’s Doing Business in Canada provides a user-friendly overview of central aspects of the Canadian political and legal systems that are most likely to affect new and established business in Canada. The newest edition reflects legislative changes including:
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McCarthy Tétrault advises on Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year

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September 20, 2016


Toronto, September 20, 2016 – On Thursday evening at the International Tax Review (ITR) 11th Americas Tax Awards in New York, a transaction McCarthy Tétrault acted on as counsel received the Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year Award.

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LMG Life Sciences names McCarthy Tétrault Canadian Financial & Transactional Firm of 2016

DATE

September 20, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Andrew J. Reddon


Toronto, September 20, 2016 – We are pleased to announced that McCarthy Tétrault was honoured by LMG Life Sciences with the award for Canadian Financial and Transactional Firm of the Year at last week’s awards gala in New York. Andrew Reddon, a partner in our Toronto office, was further named the Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year.

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Best Lawyers in Canada honours 16 McCarthy Tétrault lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year”

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August 10, 2016


Toronto, August 10, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault congratulates 16 of its lawyers who were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada, released today. “Lawyer of the Year” status goes to the lawyers who received the highest overall feedback in Best Lawyers extensive annual peer-only survey. Each year, only one lawyer is chosen for each practice area in each evaluated city. This recognition is a reflection of a lawyer’s reputation as a leader among their peers in the legal industry.

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Benchmark Canada names McCarthy Tétrault partner Sarit Batner one of the Top 25 Women Litigators in Canada

DATE

August 4, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Sarit E. Batner


Toronto, August 4, 2016 — Sarit Batner, a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Toronto and a member of the firm’s Board of Partners, has been named by Benchmark Canada as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation for the third consecutive year.

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McCarthy Tétrault partner Neil Finkelstein named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada

DATE

August 2, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Neil Finkelstein


Toronto, August 2, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault congratulates Toronto litigation partner Neil Finkelstein on his recognition as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in the Corporate-Commercial category.

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McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law Group welcomes Patrick Shea

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July 12, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Patrick M. Shea


Montréal, July 12, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Shea recently joined the firm’s Business Law Group in the Montréal office as a partner. Recognized as a leading lawyer, principally in the areas of M&A, private equity and corporate and commercial law, Patrick’s skills and experience are an unequivocally strong complement to McCarthy Tétrault’s national platform.

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McCarthy Tétrault partners with Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to launch Indigenous Youth Mentoring Program

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July 6, 2016


Toronto, July 6, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault LLP and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) are proud to announce their first collaboration, the McCarthy Tétrault-MAEI Indigenous Legal Mentoring Program.

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Partner Geoff R. Hall authors third edition of Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law

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June 2, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Geoff R. Hall


Toronto, June 2, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law. Authored by Geoff R. Hall, a senior commercial litigator at the firm, the book clearly sets out the principles governing the interpretation of contracts in Canada, particularly in light of the landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada in Sattva and Bhasin.

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McCarthy Tétrault’s Real Property & Planning Group welcomes Olivia Colic

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June 1, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Olivia Colic


Calgary, June 1, 2016 — One of Alberta’s most trusted real estate legal advisors, Olivia Colic, has joined McCarthy Tétrault’s Real Property & Planning Group as equity partner in the firm’s Calgary office. With more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, Olivia is a strong addition to McCarthy Tétrault’s national platform and Calgary team.

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McCarthy Tétrault Partner Madeleine Renaud appointed to The C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council

DATE

May 26, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Madeleine Renaud


Montréal, May 26, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault is very pleased to announce that Madeleine Renaud, partner in the firm’s Competition Group, was recently appointed to the C.D. Howe Institute’s Competition Policy Council (CPC).

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McCarthy Tétrault Appoints Godyne Sibay as Regional Managing Partner for Ontario

DATE

May 20, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Godyne N.L. Sibay


Toronto, May 20, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce that Godyne Sibay, a partner in the Real Property and Planning Group in Toronto, is the firm’s new Regional Managing Partner for Ontario.

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McCarthy Tétrault hosts an Evening with Kathleen Taylor, Chair of RBC

DATE

May 18, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Heidi Gordon
Carole J. Piovesan


Toronto, May 18, 2016 — May is Mentoring Month at McCarthy Tétrault. We take this time to shine a spotlight on the importance of mentorship and recognize individuals who have made valuable contributions as mentors in the firm. “Mentoring is a vital part of our lawyers’ career progression and development,” says CEO David Leonard. “We value mentoring as it not only makes us better lawyers, it helps us to learn to better serve our clients.”

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McCarthy Tétrault advises GE Capital Canada Funding Company on landmark $5.15 billion debt tender offer

Toronto, May 13, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce that the firm acted for GE Capital Canada Funding Company in connection with the cash tender offers by the company to purchase up to $5.15 billion of certain of its outstanding Canadian dollar medium term notes guaranteed by GE. The landmark debt tender offers were the largest in Canadian history, with over 68% of the notes tendered.
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McCarthy Tétrault tops the Financial Post’s debt and equities Q1 2016 league tables

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May 5, 2016


Toronto, May 5, 2016 — The Financial Post’s Legal Post Q1 2016 league tables are out and McCarthy Tétrault led in several debt and equities tables as Canadian legal counsel to issuers during the quarter.

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McCarthy Tétrault Announces New Senior Leadership Team

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April 20, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Barbara J. Boake
Matthew D. Peters
Shea T. Small
Kim Thomassin


McCarthy Tétrault

Toronto, April 20, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault today announced several changes to the firm’s Senior Leadership Team. The changes follow this month’s earlier appointment of Dave Leonard as the new CEO.

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McCarthy Tétrault’s business law group welcomes Karl Tabbakh

DATE

April 18, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Karl Tabbakh


Montréal, April 18, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to welcome Karl Tabbakh back to the firm as an equity partner in the Montréal office. With 20 years of global experience in investments, mergers and acquisitions, securities and capital markets transactions, Karl is a strategic and trusted legal advisor whose insight will represent a significant advantage on clients’ domestic and international projects.

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McCarthy Tétrault Appoints Cameron Belsher as Chair of the Board of Partners

DATE

April 13, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Cameron Belsher


Toronto, April 13, 2016 — The Board of Partners of McCarthy Tétrault today announced that Cameron Belsher will become Chair of the firm’s Board of Partners effective immediately. He will continue his role as a partner in the Business Law Group and remain a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. Mr. Belsher will work together with the Board of Partners and the newly appointed CEO, Dave Leonard, to lead the firm’s overall vision to grow as an innovative, market leading firm of exceptional lawyers, professionals and staff who share a common purpose: to provide unparalleled legal and business solutions to our clients.

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McCarthy Tétrault takes another bold step with new modern workspace in Vancouver

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April 11, 2016


 

Vancouver, April 11, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce that our Vancouver team of leading legal professionals and staff have relocated to new cutting-edge facilities at 745 Thurlow Street. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s commercial district, McCarthy Tétrault’s new workspace epitomizes the firm’s market leadership in how we do business by putting clients first and driving innovation and collaboration.

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McCarthy Tétrault Announces New CEO

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April 1, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

David E. Leonard


Toronto and Montreal, April 1, 2016 – The Board of Partners of McCarthy Tétrault today announced that effective immediately David Leonard will become the firm's new CEO, succeeding Marc-André Blanchard. The announcement follows a partners' ratification vote that gave Mr. Leonard overwhelming support.

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McCarthy Tétrault Continues to Stand Out in Chambers Global

DATE

March 18, 2016


Toronto, March 18, 2016 — The 2016 Chambers Global Guide to the Leading Lawyers for Business results are in and McCarthy Tétrault is once again recognized as a leading business law firm in Canada.

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Kim Thomassin receives the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec

DATE

March 17, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Kim Thomassin


Montréal, March 16, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is proud to announce that on March 8, 2016, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Kim Thomassin, Managing Partner for the Québec Region, was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec.

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The MPF Awards for Management Excellence honours McCarthy Tétrault with awards for innovation and diversity programming

DATE

March 10, 2016


Toronto, March 10, 2016 — Last night in London, UK, Managing Partners’ Forum recognized McCarthy Tétrault’s leadership in legal innovation and our commitment to diversity and inclusion with two MPF Awards for Management Excellence. Matched against professional services firms from around the world, we won awards for:

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Jim Janetos joins McCarthy Tétrault as our newest equity partner

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March 9, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Jim Janetos


Toronto, March 9, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault is proud to welcome Jim Janetos to the firm as an equity partner in our Toronto office. Jim’s practice is focused on major infrastructure projects. Jim has significant experience advising on public-private partnership transactions across Ontario and in Canada.

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McCarthy Tétrault releases sixth annual Mining in the Courts

Toronto, March 8, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce the sixth edition of its annual publication Mining in the Courts, Year in Review. Published by the firm’s Global Mining Litigation Group, the publication provides an overview of legal developments and key Canadian case law affecting the mining industry in the past year.

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Peter S. Grant Reappointed as Broadcasting Arbitrator for Federal Elections

DATE

March 7, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Peter S. Grant


Toronto - March 7, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce that Peter S. Grant, Senior Counsel to the firm, has been reappointed as the Broadcasting Arbitrator under the Canada Elections Act. Mr. Grant’s duties will include determining the allocation of paid and free time political advertising and arbitrating disputes between broadcasters and the political parties during the next federal general election.
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McCarthy Tétrault once again hosts annual Warren K. Winkler Class Actions Moot

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March 4, 2016


Toronto, March 4, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault hosted the Third Annual Warren K. Winkler Class Actions Moot on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Held at the firm’s Toronto office, students from Queen’s University, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Toronto argued a complex pharmaceutical class action certification motion.

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Insights and analysis: McCarthy Tétrault’s Canadian ERA Perspectives blog

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March 2, 2016


Toronto, March 2, 2016 — From climate change and carbon tax commentary, to pipeline, oil and energy topics, and sustainable First Nations project development news, our Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal (ERA) Group aims to cut through the noise and offer strategic analysis on the laws, legislations and policies affecting ERA stakeholders, businesses and their clients.
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Canada’s 2016 Best Diversity Employers: McCarthy Tétrault listed once again

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February 24, 2016


Toronto, February 24, 2016 - McCarthy Tétrault’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has earned us, for the fourth consecutive year, the distinction of being one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. This recognition is granted in parallel with being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in November 2015.

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Benchmark Canada honours McCarthy Tétrault with four awards

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February 19, 2016


Toronto, February 19, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce the firm and its partners were honoured in four categories at Benchmark Canada’s 2016 awards gala last night in Toronto. The awards recognize excellence in litigation across the country.

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Two Client Choice Awards for McCarthy Tétrault partners

DATE

February 17, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

James D. Gage
Roger Taplin


Toronto, February 17, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault proudly announces that two of its partners were honoured with Lexology Client Choice Awards in recognition of their ability to add real value to clients’ businesses, above and beyond other players in the market. The partners distinguished for their client service are:

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McCarthy Tétrault announces the fourth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada: A Guide for Defendants

Toronto, February 17, 2016 — The fourth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada: A Guide for Defendants is now available. McCarthy Tétrault lawyers offer valuable insights for business leaders and professionals exposed to class actions as well as their counsel. It outlines the procedural machinery of Canadian class actions and the law that governs them, provides strategic analysis on managing the risks they entail, and explains the most important recent developments and trends on a national and international scale.
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Herman Van Ommen Begins His Term as LSBC Vice-President

DATE

February 2, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Herman Van Ommen


Vancouver, February 2, 2016 – We are happy to announce Herman Van Ommen, Q.C., partner in our Vancouver litigation group has begun his term as Vice-President of The Law Society of British Columbia.

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McCarthy Tétrault ranked as top Canadian advisor in 2015 year-end infrastructure league tables

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January 29, 2016


Toronto, January 29, 2016 – This just in, we are once again the leading and only Canadian law firm ranked as one of the top 10 firms in North America by Infrastructure Journal.

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Congratulations to our 15 newest partners at McCarthy Tétrault

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January 29, 2016


Toronto, January 29, 2016 – Please join us in congratulating our 15 new partners recently invited into the partnership. These new partners are remarkable individuals who advise our clients across all markets and industries within the firm’s practice.

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Marc-André Blanchard to become ‎Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations

DATE

January 16, 2016

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Marc-André Blanchard


Toronto, January 16, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault proudly confirms its Chair and Chief Executive Officer Marc-André Blanchard has been appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, to become Ambassador to the United Nations, effective April 1, 2016.

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McCarthy Tétrault Launches Restructuring Roundup Blog

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January 12, 2016


Toronto, January 12, 2016 — McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce the launch of the National Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group’s new blog, Restructuring Roundup. The blog will offer readers practical tips in a more timely space for communicating developments on restructuring and insolvency issues. The posts will cover all aspects of the practice and will be relevant to debtors, creditors, court officers, purchasers, investors and other stakeholder groups.

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McCarthy Tétrault acts on half of Lexpert’s Top 10 Decisions and 4 Top 10 Deals of 2015

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January 11, 2016


Toronto, January 11, 2016Lexpert’s Top 10 Deals and Top 10 Business Decisions of 2015 have been published, and we are proud to have advised on 4 of the Top 10 Deals and 5 of the Top 10 Business Decisions of 2015. Published annually since 2004, Lexpert identifies the top deals based on an extensive canvas conducted in October and November of each year, using the economic and regulatory landscape as the benchmark.

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