Europe

Cross-Continental Connection

With a thorough understanding of the economic and legal landscapes in Europe, we deliver tailored legal services to our European-based clients doing business outside of the continent, as well as global clients exploring opportunities in the region.

Our international platform spans across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors to provide seamless legal solutions that create value for our clients. McCarthy Tétrault provides strategic coverage of globally relevant industries, including metals and mining, retail and consumer markets, oil and gas, infrastructure, banking and financial services, technology and power.

Local Presence. Global Reach.

Established in 1987, and one of the largest offices in Europe of any Canadian law firm, our London office has an excellent track record of M&A transactions, major projects, capital markets, financings, infrastructure, regulation, and litigation with a particular focus on serving international operations.  

Our London team includes Canadian and UK qualified lawyers, with both English and French speaking capability, who work closely with our New York and Canadian offices to deliver around-the-clock services.

International Expertise

From complex global mandates, to day-to-day legal matters, McCarthy Tétrault‘s industry-focused approach supports the diverse needs of our international clients. Notable experience includes:

  • Dadco Group, a Guernsey based company in its C$800 million acquisition of 50% interests in the Bay Adelaide Centre
  • Marine Harvest ASA, a Norwegian seafood company, as competition counsel in its C$315 million acquisition of Northern Harvest Sea Farm Ltd.
  • Samsonite International S.A., a Luxembourg-based luggage manufacturing and retail company, in the €350 million offering of senior notes by Samsonite Finco S.a r.l., and the refinancing of its senior secured credit facilities including revolving facility of US$650 million and initial term loan facilities of US$1.493 billion
  • ModiFace Inc. in its acquisition by L'Oréal S.A, a French personal care company
  • Nestlé S.A., a Swiss transnational food and drink company, in its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Atrium Innovations Inc., and its strategic alliance with Starbucks to market Starbucks' consumer and foodservice products globally
  • CVC Capital Partners, a Luxembourg-based private equity firm, in the acquisition of OANDA Global Corporation by CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV
  • CMA CGM, a French container shipping company, as competition counsel on its acquisition of an equity stake of nearly 25% of CEVA Logistics AG, a UK-based supply chain management company
  • Wood Group PLC, a UK-based energy services company in the sale of its North American and Romanian nuclear operations businesses to Kinectrics Inc.
  • Gaming Laboratories Inc., a global gaming testing company, in its acquisition of NMi Metrology & Gaming Ltd. and related gaming assets, based in United Kingdom
  • GMP FirstEnergy Capital LLP, based in London, as Valuator of the common shares of Ithaca Energy Inc. in relation to a C$841 million cash takeover of Ithaca by Delek Group Ltd.
  • Unilever Plc, a UK-based consumer goods company, in the sale of its spreads business to KKR for US$8 billion
  • The syndicate of underwriters in the US$570.4 million initial public offering of Nexa Resources S.A., a Luxembourg-based mining company
  • Canlin Energy Corporation on a syndicated credit agreement that provided for certain credit facilities in order to fund the acquisition of UK-based Centrica PLC's Canadian oil and gas exploration and production business
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited, a UK-based commercial banking product provider company, the security agent and lender, in the acquisition of BrightPath Early Learning Inc. by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan's portfolio company
  • Royal Bank of Canada in the issuance of £650 million Series CB35 floating rate covered bonds pursuant to RBC’s €32 billion Global Covered Bond Programme registered under the Canadian legal framework for covered bonds administered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank in its issuance of €1.25 billion 0.5% Covered Bonds, Series CBL17
  • Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in its US$2.6 billion sale to the French hotel company Accor SA
  • Fyffes plc, an Irish tropical produce importing and distributing company, in its acquisition of Highline Produce Limited  for C$145 million
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in its issuance of €1.25 billion 0.00% Covered Bonds, Series CBL12, and in its establishment of a CMHC-registered covered bond programme and completion of €1 billion offering of covered bonds
  • Hummingbird Resources, a UK-based multi-asset gold company, in its Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia
  • Helios Investment Partners LLP, a private equity investing firm based in London in the US$100 million private placement of Africa Oil Corp.
  • The syndicate of dealers, led by RBC Capital Markets, in Royal Bank of Canada’s issuances of €279.5 million 1.652% Covered Bonds, Series CB22, £400 Million Floating Rate Covered Bonds, Series CB23, and €1 Million 0.875% Covered Bonds, Series CB21
  • Dumarca Holdings Limited, the Malta-based parent company of the Vera&John group, in the sale of Vera&John to Intertain Group for €89.1 million in potential considerations
  • BMO and RBC, the co-lead arrangers and underwriters, in connection with SNC-Lavalin Group's C$2.8 billion acquisition of Kentz Corporation, an engineering procurement and construction services company based in St Helier
  • Glencore International AG, an Anglo–Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company, in its US$90 billion acquisition of Xstrata, the C$1.48 billion acquisition of Caracal Energy, the formation of a limited partnership with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the US$417.86 million sale of its 80% interest in the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia and 90% interest in the Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso, and the US$500 million deal to deliver gold and silver to Franco-Nevada
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge in its £112 million acquisition of Stonecutter Court, a core office asset located in Central London, from Hines Global REIT 
  • Heritage Oil plc, a Jersey-based oil and gas exploration and production company, in its C$1.7 billion acquisition by Energy Investments Global
  • Canadian Overseas Petroleum in its US$135 million acquisition of a 100% interest in Liberia oil and gas Block LB-13 from Peppercoast Petroleum, based in the Isle of Man
  • Lafarge, a buildings material company headquartered in France, on the competition aspects of its US$39.5 billion merger with Holcim, and as Canadian counsel in its US$700 million assets sale of its subsidiary North American Gypsum to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds
  • Rio Tinto, a UK-based a mining and metals company, as lender in Turquoise Hill Resources' US$2.4 billion rights offering, in its US$600 million medium term credit facility to Turquoise Hill and its agreement to provide a standby commitment for a Turquoise Hill rights offering of up to approximately US$2.4 billion, as Canadian counsel in its US$151 million sale of Alcan Cable to General Cable, and in securing controlling interest of Ivanhoe Mines for US$5.8 billion and agreement to provide support for comprehensive US$7.3 billion financing plan

Awards & Rankings

  • Over 600 lawyers in offices in all major business centers across
    Canada, as well as New York and in London
  • Acted for 44 of the largest 50 Canadian companies and for 33 of the largest 50 foreign-controlled companies in Canada in the past five years.