2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Sundeep Sandhu, Blaney McMurtry LLP

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Sundeep Sandhu is a team player, problem solver and trusted advisor. She is always well-prepared, knowledgeable and shows legal acumen beyond her years. Sundeep has worked on very complex matters, both large and small. She has assisted and/or taken the lead on negotiations, drafting and coordinating team members and clients in the share sale of a mutual fund company for $110 million; the share sale of contaminated-soil management facilities and a wastetransfer station for $48 million; the share sale of a laundry facilities servicing company for $17 million; the share acquisition of controlling interest in a construction company for $53.8 million; and the share acquisitions of aerospace parts manufacturing companies. Sundeep serves in senior positions with the South Asian Bar Associations of Toronto and North America.

Kadey B.J. Schultz, Schultz Frost LLP

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Kadey Schultz recently started her own firm after practising at a boutique litigation firm. She has argued numerous cases before the arbitral and appellate levels of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Ontario Superior Court. She is a recognized leader within the insurance industry, particularly in the field of nofault statutory accident benefits and in the fight against insurance fraud, handling complex multi-party conspiracyto- defraud cases, working with governments, police, insurers and banks. Kadey has volunteered extensively with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer and the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade. Since 2012, she has helped raise more than $285,000 for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to help find a cure for her son’s disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Jagdeep Shergill, Lawson Lundell LLP

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Jagdeep Shergill is a star player in the corporate law group. He has developed expertise in limited partnerships and trusts and shown rare skills as an intermediary between tax experts and pension investors. He is a go-to person for corporate and partnership law, seen by clients as an important adjunct to their management teams. Jag has acted for Burger King in connection with its US$12.5- billion acquisition of Tim Hortons; institutional clients in real estate and private investment activities in Canada, the US, Europe and South America; and a large publicly traded energy company on restructuring Canadian operations. Jag volunteers for the Surrey Board of Trade as Chair of the Development and Land Use Advocacy Team, a member of the International Trade Team and a Director of the board.

Adam Ship, McCarthy Tetrault

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Adam Ship’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and franchise-distribution law. He has led or coled particularly complex matters, including an expedited matter in which a 12-store dealer challenged Bell Mobility Inc.’s (BMI) decision to terminate its dealer agreements; defending BMI against some 30 dealers challenging BMI’s compensation structure; serving as franchising lead for Suzuki Canada Inc. during the discontinuation of its automotive operations in Canada and co-lead on group arbitration commenced by the majority of its automotive dealers; litigation co-lead for Molson Coors Canada in a competition class action against The Beer Store and several breweries relating to Ontario beer distribution. Adam has served as an adjunct professor of franchise distribution law at University of Toronto since 2012, where students write glowingly of his commitment to students’ learning.

Jean-Guillaume Shooner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Jean-Guillaume Shooner is a recognized leader in commodity taxes and customs laws and regulations. He provides advice in international trade, customs, procurement, GST/HST, sales tax, fuel tax, transfer pricing, dispute settlement and regulatory matters. He acts for multinational corporations regarding Canadian customs compliance, trade laws, indirect tax and federal regulations. He advises on NAFTA compliance, valuation issues and tariff classification. He has expertise with respect to import and export licence requirements for controlled nuclear substances under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Import and Export Control Regulations and he is currently involved in negotiations on possible trade retaliation against the United States over its failure to comply with the World Trade Organization on countryof- origin labelling. Jean-Guillaume is a board member and secretary of Moisson Montréal, manager of the largest food bank in Canada.