IFLR1000 is delighted to announce the shortlists for the inaugural IFLR1000 Canada Awards.

The awards celebrate the most innovative deals and the best performing Canadian firms and lawyers across 2019 and highlight where firms performed exceptionally both provincially and nationally. Our methodology and criteria can be viewed here.

Winners will be announced on June 11, 2020.

There will be no physical event for this year’s awards due to issues created by COVD-19 but winners will be announced online and we will be producing digital content analysing award winners. For more details please contact: Chris Edouard: chris.edouard@legalmediagroup.com

 

DEALS OF THE YEAR

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

 

Brookfield Infrastructure / GIC financing for acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming

  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Stikeman Elliott

Brookfield Renewable Partners C$50 million sustainability-linked loan

  • Goodmans
  • Torys

Maple Leaf Foods C$2 billion refinancing

  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Onex financing for acquisition of WestJet Airlines

  • DLA Piper
  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson
  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

PharmHouse's C$80 million credit facility

  • Cassels
  • Dentons

RFA Capital financing for acquisition of Street Capital Group

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Goodmans

Toronto Housing Community Corporation C$1.3 billion credit facility

  • Dentons
  • Norton Rose Fulbright

Verafin's C$515 million refinancing

  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project financing

  • Blaney McMurtry
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Fasken
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Torys
 

CAPITAL MARKETS

 

CAPREIT block trade

  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott

Fairstone Financial ABS issue

  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Home Trust Company Series 2019-1 MBS

  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Torys

Katanga Mining rights issue

  • Bennett Jones
  • Fasken
  • McCarthy Tétrault

Lightspeed TSE IPO

  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott

MCAP RMBS Series 2019-1

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Middlefield Global Real Asset Fund TSX IPO

  • Fasken
  • McCarthy Tétrault

Rogers Communications triple tranche bond issue

  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Subversive Capital NEO IPO

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Goodmans

Sun Life C$750 million sustainability bond issue

  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Torys
 

M&A

 

Air Canada $2.397 billion acquisition of Aeroplan

  • Fasken
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Miller Thomson
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Aquilini GameCo / Enthusiast Gaming merger

  • Clark Wilson
  • Minden Gross
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Stikeman Elliot

Barrick Gold / Newmont Goldcorp joint venture

  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Goodmans

BC Partners $5.2 billion acquisition of GardaWorld 

  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Séguin Racine
  • Stikeman Elliott

BlackRock Canada / RBC Global Asset Management joint venture

  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Blackstone C$6.2 billion acquisition of Dream Global REIT

  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Brookfield $750 million acquisition of 9% stake in TransAlta

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Torys

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners C$4.31 billion acquisition of Enbridge Canadian gas business

  • Lawson Lundell
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Torys

Newmont Mining $10 billion acquisition of Goldcorp

  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Onex C$5 billion acquisition of WestJet Airlines

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson
  • Goodmans
  • Norton Rose Fulbright

Pembina Pipeline $2.3 billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Goodmans
  • Stikeman Elliott
 

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

 

Clover Leaf Foods / Bumblebee Foods restructuring

  • Bennett Jones
  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Torys

Dianor Resources receivership

  • Brauti Thorning
  • Fasken
  • Lenczner Slaght
  • Roy O’Connor
  • Stikeman Elliott

Dundee Energy / Dundee Oil and Gas insolvency

  • Bennett Jones
  • Fasken
  • Gowling WLG
  • Harrison Pensa
  • Lax O’Sullivan
  • Thornton Grout Finnigan

Jack Cooper Ventures restructuring

  • Bennett Jones
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott

Redwater Energy Corporation receivership

  • Bennett Jones
  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Gowling WLG
  • McMillan
  • Norton Rose Fulbright

Sears Canada restructuring

  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Stornoway Diamond restructuring

  • Fasken
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott

Target Canada restructuring

  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Goodmans
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

 

FIRM OF THE YEAR

 

ALBERTA

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Burnet Duckworth & Palmer
  • Fasken
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Torys

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott

 

ONTARIO

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Goodmans
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Torys

 

QUEBEC

  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Fasken
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Stikeman Elliot
  • Norton Rose Fulbright

 

LAWYER OF THE YEAR

 

BANKING AND FINANCE 

  • Christopher Bennett - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Rick Borden - Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Kevin Fougere - Torys
  • Brian Kelsall - Fasken
  • Scott Kraag - Torys
  • Michael McIntosh - Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Marc Novello - Fasken
  • Richard O'Doherty - McCarthy Tétrault
  • Celia Rhea - Goodmans

 

CAPITAL MARKETS 

  • Robert Carelli - Stikeman Elliott
  • Rick Fullerton -Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Ramandeep Grewal - Stikeman Elliott
  • Michael Innes - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Desmond Lee - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Graeme Martindale - Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Stephen Pincus - Goodmans
  • Rima Ramchandani - Torys
  • Trevor Scott - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • David Weinberger - Stikeman Elliott

 

M&A 

  • Patrick Boucher - McCarthy Tétrault
  • John Ciardullo - Stikeman Elliott
  • Jeremy Fraiberg - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Neill May - Goodmans
  • Vincent Mercier - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Patricia Olasker - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Karrin Powys-Lybbe - Torys
  • Emmanuel Pressman - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Jonathan See - McCarthy Tétrault

 

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

  • David Bish - Torys
  • Stuart Brotman - Fasken
  • Jane Dietrich - Cassels
  • Christian Lachance - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Natasha MacParland - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Joseph Pasquariello - Goodmans
  • Ashley Taylor - Stikeman Elliott
  • Robert Thornton - Thornton Grout Finnigan
  • Marc Wasserman - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Fasken
  • Goodmans
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Torys

 

CAPITAL MARKETS 

  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Goodmans
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Torys 

 

M&A 

  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Goodmans
  • McCarthy Tetrault
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Torys

 

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY 

  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Fasken
  • Goodmans
  • Stikeman Elliott
  • Thornton Grout Finnigan
  • Torys

 

PROVINCIAL IMPACT DEALS OF THE YEAR (announced collectively with winners on June 11, 2020)