Aird & Berlis LLP is a prominent law firm with a diverse local, national and international practice. Our firm has a well-established client base which includes large multinational corporations as well as a wide array of entrepreneurial businesses, associations, government agencies and individuals.
Our principal areas of practice are as follows:
(Contact: Cecilia M. Moffat (416) 865-7782). We provide comprehensive services to public and private corporations, partnerships and trusts relating to: corporate governance issues; negotiation and structuring of business transactions; establishing domestic and international franchises, licensing arrangements, distributorships and joint ventures; and arrangements for the commercial exploitation and use of technology. We also address competition issues along with restrictive trade practices.
Corporate Finance: (Contact: Thomas A. Fenton (416) 865-4631). We have expertise in all aspects of domestic and international public and private debt and equity financings, rights offerings, take-over bids, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and divestiture transactions, including: leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, "going private" transactions, securities regulatory compliance, independent committee representation, proxy battles, periodic and continuous disclosure and corporate governance.
Energy: (Contact: Fred D. Cass (416) 865-7742, Ron W. Clark (416) 865-7701 or Dennis M. O’Leary (416) 865-4711). We are recognized as experts by the energy law community, the Ontario Energy Association and other energy market participants such as producers, brokers, industrial users, utilities, developers, governments and lenders. We advise domestic and international clients on generation, cogeneration, district energy, electricity and gas distribution, geothermal and geo-exchange, conservation and demand management, emissions trading, power transmission, smart meters, financing, corporate structures, joint ventures, outsourcing and mergers and acquisitions.
Environmental: (Contact: Dennis M. O’Leary (416) 865-4711 or Scott Stoll (416) 865-4703). We counsel private and public sector clients on all areas of environmental law, including: corporate transactions; brownfields redevelopment; defence of environmental prosecutions and other litigation; inspections/investigations and environmental SWAT response; project management and strategic environmental advice; environmental assessments; and regulatory intervention training.
Financial Services: (Contact: D. Robb English (416) 865-4748). We have expertise in finance, insolvency and restructuring. Our work includes syndications, secured transactions, asset-based lending, multi-currency loans, multijurisdictional transactions, securitizations, equipment leases, bullion loans, project and trade financing, acquisition financing and infrastructure privatization financing. We provide innovative transactional advice to clients, particularly with respect to out-of-court restructurings and the purchase and sale of insolvent businesses. We also advise on security enforcement, receiverships, proposals and reorganizations under the CCAA.
Gaming: (Contact: Joel M. Rose, QC (416) 865-3408). We act on behalf of regulators, casinos, racetracks, gaming software developers and service providers, bingo operators, special events organizers and gaming equipment manufacturers. We provide counsel on foreign and domestic Internet-based gaming opportunities, responses to tenders, service contracts, supply and facility contracts, development and service agreements, purchase and sale transactions, licensing and regulatory screening and various commercial contracts.
Infrastructure: (Contact: Douglas J.S. Younger (416) 865-4140 or Heidi Visser (416) 865-4141). Our team of experts is comprised of lawyers from a number of areas of law, including construction, real estate, environmental, energy, procurement, corporate finance, banking, insurance, dispute resolution and labour. Our lawyers have been actively involved in dozens of major construction projects and numerous public-private partnerships. We have extensive experience in advising private and public sector clients, including: municipalities, government and independent agencies, gas and electricity utilities, waste services companies, hospitals and others.
Intellectual Property: (Contact: R. Grant Cansfield (416) 865-7741). We are actively involved in structuring, documenting and implementing coordinated Canada-wide and worldwide protection and enforcement of all forms of intellectual rights. Our professionals provide advice on: creating, using, protecting and licensing musical works, information technology and Internet content; intellectual property aspects of business acquisitions; and tax-motivated public offerings and other creative financings based on intellectual property.
International: (Contact: Jack Bernstein (416) 865-7766 or Martin E. Kovnats (416) 865-3419). We have extensive experience in acting for international and Canadian clients in many areas, including taxation, mergers and acquisitions, securities, strategic alliances, financing, banking, insolvency, restructuring and real estate investment. We are committed to being the Canadian gateway for our clients.
Labour and Employment: (Contact: Lorenzo Lisi (416) 865-7722). We provide advice and representation to employers on a broad spectrum of labour and employment law matters such as wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, fiduciary duties, unfair competition, restrictive covenants, interlocutory injunctions and employee issues arising in commercial transactions. We also regularly represent employers in labour arbitrations and before various labour and employment-related tribunals.
Litigation: (Contact: Paul V. McCallen (416) 865-7723). We act in all forms of litigation, including mediation and alternative dispute resolution, trials, appeals, arbitration panels and administrative tribunals. Our litigators have a wealth of experience in efficiently and aggressively representing clients involved in business disputes of all types. We provide specialized representation before federal and provincial tribunals, including: Investment Canada, the Ontario Energy Board, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Competition Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board, as well as the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mergers and Acquisitions: (Contact: Martin E. Kovnats (416) 865-3419). We act for all participants in the M&A sector, including: publicly-listed and privately-held buyers and sellers; investment bankers; special committees of boards of directors; management-led buyout groups; venture capital and private equity funds; merchant banks; corporate lenders; arbitrageurs; and institutional investors. Our team provides experienced counsel on all types of public and private M&A transactions, including traditional stock and asset purchases, complex share exchanges, mergers, amalgamations, reorganizations, plans of arrangement, take-overs (friendly and hostile), reverse take-overs, leveraged and management buyouts and joint ventures.
Mining: (Contact: Thomas A. Fenton (416) 865-4631 or Martin E. Kovnats (416) 865-3419). Our multidisciplinary team represents Canadian and international issuers of equity and debt, underwriters, promoters, financial advisors, investors (equity and debt) and project financiers in their legal needs for capital markets, regulatory or other legal matters. We provide comprehensive and strategic counsel, and are committed to opening doors in Canada for mining clients domestically and from all parts of the world.
Municipal and Land Use Planning: (Contact: Patricia A. Foran (416) 865-3425). Our highly recognized team acts on behalf of landowners, developers, municipalities, housing providers and various public interest groups. We represent clients before the courts and various tribunals dealing with land use, such as the Ontario Municipal Board. As well, we appear regularly before local and regional councils, land division committees and committees of adjustment. When representing municipalities, we cover all municipal law matters, including restructuring and municipal finance, and assist with bylaw drafting and the negotiation of numerous types of agreements and documents.
Occupational Health and Safety: (Cynthia R. C. Sefton (416) 865-4730). We are well-versed in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). We work with clients in various industries to create solutions that achieve legislative compliance and manage risks. We strive to ensure our clients avoid costly litigation. Our team provides comprehensive and strategic counsel with respect to occupational health and safety issues, such as OHSA compliance, workplace audits, policies and procedures, training for senior executives, managers and supervisors, health and safety inspections, critical injuries and fatalities, occupational health and safety violations and implementing and improving occupational health and safety programs.
Real Estate: (Contact: S. Michael Brooks (416) 865-3422). A recognized leader in Canada, we have extensive experience representing clients involved in the development, construction and management of office buildings, hotels, residential and commercial condominiums, residential rental projects, retirement homes and shopping centres. We regularly guide clients through acquisitions and divestitures, financings, land development, joint ventures, syndications, reorganizations, financial workouts, construction projects, leasing, infrastructure planning and procurement.
Tax: (Contact: Jack Bernstein (416) 865-7766, David Malach (416) 865-7702 or Barbara J. Worndl (416) 865-7754). We are highly regarded on a national and international basis for protecting our clients’ assets through domestic and international tax planning, structuring business transactions and litigating tax disputes. We are well-recognized for the innovative planning techniques we have developed and apply through the creative use of corporations, partnerships, trusts, joint ventures and other vehicles.
Technology: (Contact: Donald B. Johnston (416) 865-3072 or David Takenaka (416) 865-3439). We focus on supporting emerging and established technology companies, businesses that have technology opportunities and organizations that use technology to make money. Our technology lawyers advise clients in the areas of information technology, biotech, commercial agreements, Internet strategy, privacy and information management, licensing and employee-related technology matters.
Transportation: (Contact: Joanne C. Coldwell (416) 865-4642 or Joel M. Rose, QC (416) 865-3408). We provide transportation industry participants with a wide range of legal services. We are a recognized leader in the area of transportation regulation and routinely assist clients with licensing and suspension, safety and compliance, NAFTA and customs, bonding regulation and cabotage. Our regulatory expertise also extends to competition and foreign investment matters affecting transportation concerns.
Wealth Management and Succession Planning: (Contact: Jack Bernstein (416) 865-7766, Stuart Bollefer (416) 865-3079 or David Malach (416) 865-7702). We provide a full range of services to high net worth individuals, chartered accountants, financial planners and charitable organizations. Our tax and estate planning lawyers work closely to develop strategies which effectively build and preserve wealth while minimizing tax. Our planning strategies include traditional approaches such as estate freezes, income-splitting arrangements and innovative domestic trust structures, but may also include proprietary planning designed to meet specific needs.