Bennett Jones LLP is an internationally recognized Canadian law firm. The firm and the affiliated and associated entities that comprise Bennett Jones have more than 380 lawyers and business advisors and 500 staff in nine Canadian and international offices – Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Doha, Washington, DC, Bermuda, and a representative office in Beijing. We continue to broaden and deepen our representation of clients in key global business centres, and build our profile and relationships around the world. With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is ideally suited to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities in the US, Asia, the Middle East, and around the world.
MAIN INTERNATIONAL AREAS OF PRACTICE
Bennett Jones has outstanding multidisciplinary teams that work closely with clients to convert statutory and business issues into opportunities.
Energy: Recognised leaders in both the transactional and regulatory spheres, the firm’s international experience includes upstream projects, LNG and oil sands projects, pipelines, refining, petrochemical, alternative energies, independent power projects, electricity deregulation, financings, emissions trading and host government upstream petroleum regime work. Distinguished as a domestic and international leader in core energy issues and supporting corporate commercial matters.
Restructuring & Insolvency: The firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice group is especially noted for its preeminent Canadian practice in representing bondholders and major foreign creditors in many of Canada’s largest restructurings. The group also acted/is acting for the debtors in the largest debtor filing in Canada in 2013 and 2014 and is acting in one of the most intricate and complicated ongoing Court Monitor representations. The group continues to have one of the most active cross-border restructuring practices involving the US and many other countries.
Corporate Finance: Lawyers are consistently called upon to bring their hybrid set of skills and experience to assist public and private entities. The firm’s clients include companies in the oil and gas, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and power industries. The firm advises on MJDS offerings, cross-border IPOs, subscription receipts, high-yield debt offerings and financings by royalty trusts and income funds.
Mergers & Acquisitions: With clients operating in a wide range of jurisdictions and business sectors, members of the firm’s M&A group rank among the top in Canada, handling the highest number and dollar volume of deals domestically and across borders. They work on some of the most complex mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate reorganisations in Canadian business history.
Litigation: Bennett Jones is consistently recognised for its expertise in cross-border litigation, and is a national leader in the areas of competition and antitrust, securities, class action, energy, intellectual property, commercial fraud, complex commercial, shareholder and professional negligence litigation. The firm also has prominent practitioners in alternate dispute resolution and international commercial arbitration.
Banking & Finance: Market observers note the firm’s particular expertise in a wide range of activities for borrowers with an unparalleled list of blue-chip clients. The group’s practice covers all aspects of acquisition financing, project financing and cross-border financing with particular expertise in aircraft finance.
Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment: The Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group includes the two most recent Commissioners of the Competition, based respectively in Ottawa and Washington DC, and is one of the most experienced and respected groups in the country. The firm’s sophisticated merger clearance practice and competition litigation practice, involving Competition Bureau investigations and prosecutions, reviewable matters before the Competition Tribunal and civil (class) actions, are enhanced by its deep understanding of the Bureau’s enforcement practices, priorities and concerns.
International Trade & Investment: The firm’s lawyers are among the most highly-ranked and regarded international trade and investment, customs and commodity tax lawyers in Canada and include the former head of Government of Canada’s International Trade Law Bureau from 2009-2012. They have represented clients at all levels of court and tribunal in trade and investment matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the CITT, NAFTA and WTO panels, and investment tribunals. The group is also supported by senior advisors and counsel, including a former Minister of Public Security (with responsibility for the Canada Border Services Agency), former ambassadors to the WTO and the US, and the Chief of Staff of a former Prime Minister of Canada.
Mining: Bennett Jones is widely recognized as the leading Canadian energy and natural resources law firm. The firm’s mining lawyers are known for their extensive industry experience and excellence, representing mining companies of all sizes, investment banks and investors.
Real Estate and Infrastructure: The firm represents major pension funds and investors, lenders and developers in all aspects of real estate, and its infrastructure group represents public and private sector clients in developing and financing public-private partnership arrangements, and alternative financing and procurement transactions. It has participated in more than 50 urban redevelopment, transportation, communications, schools, hospitals, wastewater, justice, gaming, roads and power projects.
Taxation: Bennett Jones’ taxation lawyers are recognized as leaders with significant experience in resource taxation, corporate reorganisations, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate finance, international tax planning for foreign investors, cross-border business arrangements, equipment leasing and financing syndications, tax loss utilisation strategies, use of partnerships, trusts and joint ventures and real estate transactions.
Environmental: The firm’s regulatory/environmental department assists clients in most sectors (from commercial/industrial to natural resources, energy, LNG, etc) and provides compliance advice with the management of regulatory/EHS and transportation risks, including for operations, transactions, and the development of brownfields and insolvency matters. Bennett Jones provides assistance and advice for the development of projects, including obtaining approvals, conducting EAs, financing and managing issues related to Aboriginal peoples.
Government Affairs and Public Policy: The largest public policy group in a Canadian law firm, the group advises on political, legal and business implications of domestic and international economic developments. Drawing on decades of experience within the highest levels of government, they advise Canadian and international clients from all sectors of industry, particularly those establishing or expanding operations in Canada. With offices in Ottawa and Washington, the group is particularly valued for discussions around Canada-US relations, cross-border challenges and opportunities, competition and regulatory matters, and board governance.
Bennett Jones reflects the integrity and professional excellence of the firm’s founding partners. Over the years, the firm has produced some of Canada’s most accomplished legal and business leaders, fostering values that established Bennett Jones one of Canada’s most successful business law firms. As business needs shift, the firm offers clients innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approaches to business. Mutual respect and independent thought are cornerstones of client and colleague interactions, and dedication to excellence extends to how they relate to people. Efforts have not gone unnoticed. Bennett Jones is proud to have been recognized for twelve consecutive years as one of Canada’s 50 Best Employers.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Hugh L. MacKinnon
Managing Partners: C. Perry Spitznagel, QC (Calgary); Stephen W. Bowman, (Toronto); Enzo J. Barichello, QC (Edmonton); George M. Vlavianos (Doha); Melanie Aitken (Washington); Daniel Cheng (Beijing); Duncan Card (Bermuda)
Number of Partners: 200 Number of Lawyers: 380 (includes Partners)