McCarthy Tétrault’s "dynamic and highly responsive" team is lauded in inaugural Legal 500 Canada

Toronto, October 10, 2013 — McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce that in its inaugural 2014 edition, The Legal 500 Canada recognized the firm as having exceptional expertise in all 17 of the researched practice areas, named 27 of the firm’s lawyers as leading practitioners, and made special mentions of 31 other highly recommended lawyers.

Comments by sources included the following:

Banking and finance: "a market leader across the board"

  • Michel Deschamps: "excellent all-rounder; his experience in transactional and regulatory banking law is top-notch"
  • Stephen Furlan: is "one of the market’s leading project finance lawyers"
  • Barry Ryan: "understanding banking institutions inside out – he anticipates your questions and knows the solutions"

Competition and antitrust

  • Donald Houston: "heads the team from Toronto"

Corporate and M&A: "dynamic and highly responsive team"; "user-friendly, business savvy and highly dedicated"

  • Gary Girvan: "excellent in every respect"
  • Graham Gow: "strategic mind"

Dispute Resolution: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec: "the group also includes litigation specialists in Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal and shines across the full spread of commercial litigation, class actions and dispute resolution"

  • Neil Finkelstein: "prolific and versatile"
  • Simon Potter: "has a strong reputation for his record in class actions"

Energy: Mining, Oil & Gas, and Power

  • David Lever: "a, if not the, star energy transactional lawyer in the Canadian market";
  • George Vegh: "strong market knowledge combined with a sharp legal mind"


  • Douglas Thomson: "razor-sharp mind and top-tier experience"

Infrastructure and projects

  • Byran Gibson, QC: "has a premier profile for projects work"

Intellectual Property

  • Alfred Macchione

International trade: "responsive, knowledgeable and incredibly easy to work with"

  • John Boscariol: "Canada’s premier name for international trade law"
  • Simon Potter: "phenomenal litigator"

Labour and employment: responsive and dedicated lawyers

  • Randy Bauslaugh: "top of the list when it comes to pensions matters in Canada"
  • Paul Boniferro

Public procurement: "highly client-focused and understand procurement processes inside out"

Real estate: "more real estate stars than any of the top Canadian firms"

  • Keith Burrell, QC: "highly experienced and user-friendly"
  • Abraham Costin: "fiercely dedicated and highly commercial"
  • Gordon Sato: "out-and-out real estate specialist"

Restructuring and insolvency


  • Douglas Cannon: "strong tax partner with excellent experience in working on major transactions"
  • Chia-yi Chua: "dedicated and highly analytical lawyer"

Technology, media and telecoms

  • Grant Buchanan: "efficient and great to deal with"
  • Peter Grant: "wrote the book on communications law in Canada"
  • Hank Intven: "regulatory guru"
  • Barry Sookman: "the absolute reference for IT law in Canada"
  • George Takach: "superior knowledge of the IT market"

Special mentions included:

  • Gordon Baird
  • Richard Balfour
  • Cameron Belsher
  • Peter Birkness
  • Oliver Borgers
  • Linda Brown
  • Jean Charest
  • Sean Collin
  • John Currie
  • Marc Dorion, QC
  • Stephen Furlan
  • James Gage
  • Brian Graves
  • Douglas Hamilton
  • David Leonard
  • Steven Mason
  • Kevin McElcheran
  • Charles Morgan
  • Paul Morrison
  • Andrew Reddon
  • Madeleine Renaud
  • Jacques Rousse
  • Shea Small
  • Barry Sookman
  • Craig Spurn
  • Paul Steep
  • Brenda Swick
  • David Tait
  • Roger Taplin
  • Gordon Willcocks
  • David Woollcombe

The Legal 500 Canada 2014¸ published by Legalease, identifies leading law firms and lawyers worldwide based on industry participant surveys and interviews. Further information is found on The Legal 500 Canada 2014 website.

About McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. The firm has substantial presence in Canada’s major commercial centres and in London, UK.

Built on an integrated approach to the practice of law and delivery of innovative client services, the firm brings its legal talent, industry insight and practice experience to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.