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Recognition

Davies Litigation Team Honoured with Four Benchmark Canada Awards

Benchmark Canada held its fifth annual awards ceremony on February 23 at the Park Hyatt Yorkville in Toronto. Our firm was honoured with the following four awards for outstanding achievements in litigation:

  • Guy Du Pont – Hall of Fame award
  • Stéphane Eljarrat – White-Collar Crime/Enforcement Litigator of the Year
  • Competition Firm of the Year
  • Impact Case of the Year for Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v West Face Capital Inc., in which Davies represented West Face Capital

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys covers the litigation and disputes market in Canada. The guide’s results are the culmination of a four-month research period that includes extensive interviews with litigators and their clients.


Davies Hits the Centre of the Bull’s Eye in Lexpert/ALM 500

The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada placed our firm at the centre of the bull’s eye for corporate transactions in Toronto and for tax in Montréal. Additionally, 27 of our partners were recognized as leading lawyers, some in multiple categories.

A collaboration between Lexpert and American Lawyer Media, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada profiles top-ranked lawyers across Canada in 38 practice areas, identified via an annual peer survey. Law firm positions in the bull’s eye charts depend on the cumulative recognition their individual lawyers achieve in these surveys.


Davies Recognized as “Simply Elite” in The Legal 500 Canada

The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Canada has recognized Davies for its “simply elite” lawyers and “client-focused team players” with rankings in 14 categories, including Tier 1 rankings in the following:

  • Capital Markets
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution: Québec
  • Infrastructure and Projects
  • Tax

In addition, the following 22 Davies partners have been named leading lawyers in their respective areas of practice:

Updated annually, The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in 106 jurisdictions, on the basis of feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.


Chambers Canada 2017 recognizes Davies as a leader in 24 practice areas

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP was recognized as one of Canada's top law firms by Chambers & Partners in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Once again, Davies leads Canada’s 30 largest law firms with the highest percentage of lawyer rankings, as well as the highest percentage of lawyers ranked and the highest percentage of Band 1 lawyer rankings.

Additionally, the guide lists Davies as a leading firm in 24 practice areas, ranked in the following as Band 1:

  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/Commercial: Ontario
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution: Québec
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Private Client
  • Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate: Ontario
  • Real Estate: Québec
  • Tax

Each year, Chambers & Partners conducts research through a series of confidential and non-attributable in-depth interviews with lawyers and their clients. The rankings are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients. Rankings are independent, objective and based solely on the research team's findings. Chambers Canada is published annually.


Davies and 84 of the Firm's Lawyers Highly Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 has profiled 84 Davies lawyers as leading practitioners, with 32 achieving the highest ranking of Most Frequently Recommended in at least one area of specialization. The firm is also recognized as Most Frequently Recommended in the following eight practice areas:

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Corporate Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Project Development

Considered the pre-eminent directory of legal practitioners in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks individual lawyers across 64 areas of expertise and firms in over 40 practice areas. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are the product of an extensive peer review process, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.


2016 Lexpert Zenith Awards Recognize Davies Partner Jim Bunting

Davies partner Jim Bunting has been honoured with a 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award for his contribution to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in society and the legal profession.

The award recognizes Jim's pro bono work in the field of amateur sports. As a result of his efforts, many athletes who would have otherwise been prevented or impeded from competing as a result of discriminatory practices can now pursue their goals.

The 2016 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion were presented on June 20, 2016, at a gala dinner at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.


Twenty-Four Davies Lawyers Named Leading Corporate Lawyers in Lexpert/ROB Special Report

Lexpert has recognized the following 24 Davies lawyers in its special report,Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, published in the June 2016 edition of Report on Business magazine:

In addition, four Davies partners are quoted in the publication:

  • Vince Mercier is quoted in, "Innovation in a Downturn" about inventive approaches to M&A deals that happen during challenging economic times.
  • Franziska Ruf, is quoted in a feature about amendments to the Canadian Takeover Bid Regime.
  • Jim Reid and Gabriella Lombardi  are quoted in , "Executing the Pure Play" about Fortis Inc's sale of its commercial real estate properties and its investment in Slate Office REIT.

Additional topics covered in the guide include features on big deals and distressed M&A transactions.

Read the articles and view Lexpert's complete listing of Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers.


Davies Lawyers Continue to Lead in Chambers Global 2016

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP's status as a leading Canadian law firm has once again been confirmed by Chambers and Partners in its annual publication, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. Davies has the highest percentage of Band 1 lawyer rankings of any Canadian law firm.

The 2016 edition of the guide recognizes 38 Davies lawyers with 52 rankings, 15 of which are Band 1. Additionally, in Project Finance – Canada, Davies partner Carol Pennycook was named a Star Individual, a unique honour that Chambers confers on lawyers who set "the standard by which others are judged."

Davies was recognized as a leader in each of the firm's core areas of expertise that are ranked by Chambers, with rankings in the following 11 practice areas:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution: Canada
  • Dispute Resolution: Class Actions
  • Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Environmental
  • Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Tax

Each year since 1990, Chambers has conducted research through a series of confidential and non-attributable in-depth interviews with lawyers and their clients. The rankings are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients. Rankings are independent, objective and based solely on the research team's findings.


Davies Litigators Win Three Benchmark Canada Awards

Benchmark Canada named Davies the firm of the year in the national Class Action and Competition categories at its fourth annual awards ceremony, held on February 18 in Toronto. The firm also won a National Impact Case Award for Trillium Motor World Ltd. v. General Motors of Canada Limited, in which Davies represented General Motors of Canada.

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys covers the litigation and disputes market in Canada. The guide's results are the culmination of a four-month research period that includes extensive interviews with litigators and their clients.


Davies Named an Elite Firm in GCR 100, 16th Edition

Davies was once again recognized by Global Competition Review in its annual GCR 100 list as an Elite Canadian firm, the highest category awarded in the jurisdiction. Davies partners George Addy, Anita Banicevic, John Bodrug, Adam Fanaki, Sandra Forbes, Mark Katz, Elisa Kearney and Charles Tingley were mentioned in this year's ranking.

Now in its 16th edition, the GCR 100 provides a qualitative analysis of the world's leading competition and antitrust law practices.


Davies Recognized as a Leading Firm in Corporate Transactions and Tax by The 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

The 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada has placed Davies at the centre of the bull's eye for corporate transactions relative to firm size in Toronto and Montréal, and for tax in Montréal.  Thirty Davies partners are profiled, and the firm has the highest percentage of lawyer recognitions of any firm included in the guide.

A collaboration between Lexpert and American Lawyer Media, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada profiles the top-ranked lawyers across Canada in approximately 35 practice areas identified via an annual peer survey. Law firm positions in the bull's-eye charts depend on the cumulative recognition their individual lawyers have achieved in these surveys.


Fourteen Davies Partners Named in Lexpert's 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada

Lexpert has recognized the following Davies partners as leading cross-border litigation lawyers in Canada:

Two partners, James Bunting and Marc-André Boutin, are recognized as Litigation Lawyers to Watch.

The publication also features an article by Davies partner George J. Pollack, in which he discusses the fallout of data breaches for companies and examines Canadian and U.S. data-breach notification rules.

Published annually, Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada is delivered to more than 15,000 U.S. senior in-house counsel and 10,000 lawyers in major U.S. markets. The guide profiles peer-ranked lawyers in the following practice areas: Competition/Antitrust Law, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, Corporate Commercial, Securities, Intellectual Property, Corporate Tax, Defamation and Media, Product Liability and Class Actions as well as International Commercial Arbitration, Class Actions and International Trade Regulation.


Davies Partner Elisa Kearney Named in Global Competition Review's 40 Under 40

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Davies partner Elisa Kearney as one of its 40 Under 40, a list of the world's top antitrust and competition specialists under 40 years old. She is the only Canadian represented on the list.

Last published in 2012, GCR's 40 Under 40 features lawyers and economists chosen from over 1,000 nominations from around the world. GCR selected a shortlist of 150 candidates, which was voted upon by 1,100 lawyers and economists featured in Who's Who Legal: Competition.

As GCR notes, the final 40 are "young lawyers whose superior technical skill, practical judgement and commitment to the competition sector mark them out as part of the next generation of leading antitrust practitioners."


The Financial Times Names Davies Most Innovative Canadian Law Firm

The Financial Times named Davies the Most Innovative Canadian Law Firm at its Innovative Lawyers North America 2015 awards event, held on December 7, 2015, in New York City.

The award recognizes Davies' ability to come up with sophisticated and creative solutions to its clients' most critical business challenges. Davies' innovations considered by the judges included significant accomplishments in securities dispute resolution, international dispute resolution and cross-border mergers & acquisitions.

"This award is a testament to our culture of excellence and innovation," said Shawn McReynolds, Davies' Managing Partner, in Toronto. "Our clients trust us with their largest and most complex matters because they know our lawyers will help them achieve their goals, no matter how great the challenge."

FT North America Innovative Lawyers is a rankings report and awards event for lawyers based in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The report recognizes market leaders in the legal industry by measuring and rewarding uniqueness and value delivered to clients rather than using more conventional metrics such as size, revenue and profit. Leading firms and in-house teams across North America sent approximately 275 submissions and nominations for consideration.


Thirteen Davies Partners Named in Lexpert's Special Edition Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers

Lexpert has recognized the following Davies partners as leading litigation lawyers in Canada:

The special edition also contains an article quoting Davies partner Anita Banicevic about recent developments regarding the Competition Bureau, including its revised Corporate Compliance Programs Bulletin.

Published annually in the December issue of Report on Business, Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers profiles Lexpert-ranked lawyers in several areas of business-related litigation.


Léon Moubayed Named Civil and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year by the Young Bar of Montréal

The Young Bar of Montréal (YBM) has named Davies associate Léon Moubayed its 2015 Civil and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year. The announcement was made at the YBM's Leaders of Tomorrow gala held on November 26, 2015. The nomination criteria for this prestigious award consider the candidate's profile, professional and personal accomplishments, vision and perspectives as well as the candidate's community involvement. Winners were selected by a jury comprising key members of the YBM's Conseil des gouverneurs.


Two Davies Lawyers Named Lexpert Rising Stars

Lexpert has recognized Davies partners Jessica Bullock and Elisa Kearney as 2015 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

Jessica is a partner in the Pensions & Benefits, Labour & Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets practices. With her expertise in executive compensation, she has expanded the scope of work that Davies provides to its clients. A two-time winner of the Lexpert Zenith Award, she is named in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Employee Benefits Law.

Elisa Kearney is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review, Investigations & White Collar Defence, Technology, Communications & Media and Retail practices. She plays a key role in the firm's relationships with some of its largest and most significant clients and has been recognized as a leading practitioner in many major legal ranking directories, including Chambers Global, which lists her as an up-and-coming lawyer in Competition/Antitrust, and the GCR 100, a guide to the world's leading competition law and economics practices.

The 2015 Rising Stars were selected by a 33-member advisory board composed of managing partners and other senior counsel from across the country. This year's recipients were honoured at Lexpert's annual gala dinner on November 19 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Rising Stars are selected on the basis of their legal talent, business acumen, professional accomplishments, involvement in professional organizations and the community, interpersonal skills and on the views of their peers. The full list of honourees will be listed in the November/December issue of Lexpert magazine.


Peter Glicklich Inducted into the American College of Tax Counsel

Davies partner Peter Glicklich has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a rare and prestigious honour bestowed upon Tax counsel in the United States.

Membership in the College is reserved for those at the top of their profession. Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments and professional achievements and for their dedication to improving the practice of tax law. The College is a professional association of tax attorneys which limits itself to a maximum of 700 members nationally.  Fellows are required to be nominated by their peers and pass a rigorous screening process before being admitted.

As a member, Peter will aid the College in its mission to improve the tax system through efforts such as providing recommendations to Congress and the Internal Revenue Service for improving the nation's tax laws and the way that they are interpreted and administered, and providing input into the judicial system by filing "friend of the court" briefs in selected tax cases.


Fifteen Davies Partners Named in Lexpert's Special Edition Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers

Lexpert has recognized the following Davies partners as leading energy lawyers in Canada:

Published annually in the November issue of Report on Business, Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers profiles Lexpert-ranked lawyers who provide services to the oil and gas, electricity, alternative and nuclear energy industries.


Davies Recognized as "Simply the Best" in The Legal 500 Canada

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Canada has recognized Davies for its "world-class lawyers" and "excellent service levels" with rankings in 14 categories, including Tier 1 rankings in the following:

  • Capital markets
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution: Québec
  • Infrastructure and projects
  • Tax

Additionally, the following 15 Davies partners have been named leading lawyers in their respective areas of practice:

Updated annually, The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in 106 jurisdictions, on the basis of feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.


Davies Recognized as a Top-Tier Firm in ITR's World Tax 2016

International Tax Review (ITR) has listed Davies as a Tier 1 firm in the 2016 edition of its World Tax guide. In its profile of Davies, ITR notes that the firm's tax lawyers "have taken the lead on some of the most significant cross-border transactions over the last two years."

World Tax is ITR's directory of the leading tax advisory practices around the world. The annual guide rates the tax expertise offered in more than 50 jurisdictions globally, on the basis of interviews with tax practitioners and executives.


Davies Recognized as a Leader in Chambers Canada 2016

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP has been recognized as one of Canada's top law firms by Chambers & Partners in the first edition of Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Davies has the highest percentage of lawyer rankings as well as the highest percentage of Band 1 lawyer rankings – the highest level bestowed by Chambers – of any ranked firm in Canada.

Additionally, the guide lists Davies as a leading firm in 21 practice areas, ranking the following as Band 1:

  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate/Commercial: The Elite (Ontario)
  • Dispute Resolution (Québec)
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Private Client
  • Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate (Ontario)
  • Real Estate (Québec)
  • Tax

Each year, Chambers & Partners conducts research through a series of confidential and non-attributable in-depth interviews with lawyers and their clients. The rankings are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients. Rankings are independent, objective and based solely on the research team's findings. Chambers Canada was published for the first time in October 2015 and will be published annually every October.


Nine Davies Partners Named in Lexpert’s Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2015/2016

Lexpert has recognized the following Davies partners as leading Canadian lawyers in global mining:

Distributed at key mining industry events held around the world, Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining profiles Lexpert-ranked lawyers who provide services to the mining sector.


Davies Honoured with Corporate Team of the Year at the Inaugural Chambers Canada Awards

Davies was recognized with Corporate Team of the Year at the inaugural Chambers Canada Awards. The firm was also shortlisted for Competition Team of the Year, Tax Team of the Year and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year.

The Chambers Canada Awards were presented on October 1, 2015, at Malaparte, TIFF Bell Lightbox. Based on Chambers & Partners' research, the awards recognize Canadian law firms for notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.


Davies Honoured for Americas M&A Tax Deal of the Year at ITR Americas Tax Awards 2015

Last night at the International Tax Review's (ITR's) Americas Tax Awards, Davies was a recipient of the Americas M&A Tax Deal of the Year award in recognition of its work on Burger King Worldwide, Inc.'s acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. and the creation of Restaurant Brands International. Raj Juneja led Davies' tax team for this transaction. The firm was also shortlisted for Canada Tax Firm of the Year.

Held annually, the ITR Americas Tax Awards were presented on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at The Pierre in New York City. Based on size, innovation, complexity and impact, the awards recognize transactions, planning or cases by North and South American firms and in-house teams that break new ground, set market precedents and have a cross-border element.


Eight Davies Partners Recognized in Lexpert’s Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers Special Edition

In its Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers special edition, Lexpert has named the following Davies partners:

Produced in strategic partnership with the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), Lexpert’s Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers special edition profiles a diverse group of Lexpert-ranked practitioners that serve the infrastructure sector.


Davies Recognized by The American Lawyer for Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada

Davies has been honoured by The American Lawyer's 2015 Global Legal Awards for the firm's role in Burger King Worldwide, Inc.'s acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. and the creation of Restaurant Brands International, which was recognized as Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada.


The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 Recognizes 91 Davies Lawyers

Ninety-one Davies lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 across 33 areas of specialization, with five lawyers named Lawyer of the Year and seven practitioners newly recognized.


Davies and 81 of the Firm’s Lawyers Highly Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 profiled 81 Davies lawyers as leading practitioners, with 29 achieving the highest ranking of Most Frequently Recommended in at least one area of specialization. The firm was also recognized as Most Frequently Recommended in the following eight practice areas:

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Corporate Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Property Development

Considered the pre-eminent directory of legal practitioners in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks individual lawyers across 64 areas of expertise and firms in over 40 practice areas. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are the product of an extensive peer review process, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.


Thirty-seven Davies Partners Recognized as Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers

The 2015 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada features thirty-seven Davies lawyers: the guide identifies thirty-five Davies partners as leading practitioners across eight areas of practice and lists two partners in the "Corporate Lawyers to Watch" category.


Eighteen Davies Partners Named in Lexpert's Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers Special Edition

Lexpert has recognized the following 18 Davies lawyers in Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, a special edition published in the June 2015 issue of Report on Business magazine:

The special edition also includes articles featuring quotes from three Davies partners, Stéphane Eljarrat, Patricia Olasker and Jay Swartz.


Davies Continues as a Leader in Chambers Global 2015

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP has again been recognized as one of Canada's leading law firms by Chambers and Partners in its 2015 annual publication, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Davies has the highest percentage of lawyer rankings as well as the highest percentage of Band 1 lawyer rankings — the highest level bestowed by Chambers — of any ranked law firm in Canada. Davies was named a leading Canadian firm in 12 practice areas, including Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution (Ontario, Québec and Class Actions), Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Environmental, Projects: PPP & Infrastructure, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax.


Davies Named Litigation Firm of the Year in Québec and National Competition Firm of the Year by Benchmark Canada

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is proud to have been recognized at the annual Benchmark Canada Awards for the third time as Firm of the Year in Québec. The firm was also recognized as National Competition Firm of the Year. Matthew Milne-Smith was also recognized as National Insolvency Litigator of the Year.

The 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys awarded Davies its highest ranking, Highly Recommended, in both Ontario and Québec. It also acknowledged 14 of the firm's litigators as Litigation Stars and 2 as Future Stars.


Davies Hits the Centre of Lexpert ALM 500 Bull's Eye Again as One of Canada's Leading Corporate Firms

The 2015 Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada profiled 27 Davies lawyers and named the firm the leading corporate transactions firm in Toronto. As well, Lexpert ranked the Toronto office at the centre of the bull’s eye for corporate law and corporate transactions relative to firm size, and the Montréal office as having the top tax practice in Montréal.


Lexpert Magazine Recognizes Davies in Six of the Top 10 Deals of 2014 – Including Deal of the Year

Davies was recognized as a significant player in six of the top 10 Canadian corporate deals of 2014, including Deal of the Year, in Lexpert Magazine's January 2015 issue. The firm was also recognized for one of the top 10 business cases of 2014.

Lexpert’s Top 10 Deals of the Year list is published annually and based on an extensive canvass of Canadian M&A, securities and corporate finance lawyers.

Davies was profiled in the following six of the Top 10 Canadian Corporate Deals:

  • Deal of the Year - Loblaw Companies Limited/Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
  • Endo International plc/Paladin Labs Inc.
  • Burger King Worldwide, Inc./Tim Hortons Inc.
  • Yamana Gold Inc./Agnico Eagle Mines Limited/ Osisko Mining Corporation
  • Mattel Inc./ Mega Brands
  • Baytex Energy’s/Aurora Oil & Gas Limited

Davies was profiled in one of the Top 10 Canadian Cases of 2014:

  • Cinar Corporation v. Robinson

Twelve Davies Partners Named in Lexpert’s 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada

The following partners are listed among Canada’s highest-ranked litigators. Their rankings are based on recommendations in peer surveys, which have an 80% participation rate.

Two partners, James Bunting and Matthew Milne-Smith, are recognized as Lawyers to Watch.

In addition to being ranked, both Sandra Forbes and Adam Fanaki are quoted in the feature article “Canada’s Appeal for Class Actions”, which discusses the trend toward choosing Canada as the North American jurisdiction for certain types of class actions. Adam is also quoted in “A Shift in Competition Enforcement”, which discusses the Competition Bureau’s changed approach under the new Competition Commissioner.


Davies Ranked as an Elite GCR 100 Firm in 2014

Davies has once again been ranked as an Elite Canadian firm in Global Competition Review’s annual GCR 100 list. Davies partners George Addy, John Bodrug, Anita Banicevic, Adam Fanaki, Mark Katz, Sandra Forbes and Elisa Kearney are recognized in this year’s ranking. The GCR 100 provides a qualitative analysis of the world’s leading competition and antitrust law practices.


Thirteen Davies Lawyers Named in the ROB/Lexpert Special Edition Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers (December 2014)

The following Davies lawyers are recognized as Canada’s leading 2014 litigators:

See Lexpert’s complete listing in Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers.


Eleven Davies Lawyers Named in Lexpert’s Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2014/15

The following Davies lawyers are recognized as leading Canadian lawyers in global mining.

In addition to being ranked, Alex Moore is quoted in one of the guide’s feature articles, "Constructive Disclosure Advice", which discusses the securities regulators increasing demands for more detailed disclosure by junior mining companies.


Two Davies Lawyers Named Lexpert Rising Stars

James Bunting and Dale Osadchuk have been recognized among the 2014 Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

The 2014 Rising Stars were selected by a 33-member advisory board comprising managing partners and other senior counsel from across the country. The nomination criteria for these prestigious awards concentrated on the candidates' legal talent, business acumen, major accomplishments, involvement in both professional organizations and the community, interpersonal skills and the views of their peers.


Davies Lawyers Recognized for "Unparalleled Advocacy" in The Legal 500 Canada

The Legal 500 Canada’s 2015 edition has recognized Davies for our "outstanding commitment to client service", with rankings in 12 categories, including Tier 1 rankings in Corporate and M&A, Competition and antitrust, Infrastructure and projects, Tax and Dispute Resolution: Québec. In addition to the firm's practice rankings, 15 partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective areas of practice, and many of our partners received mentions as highly recommended lawyers.


Davies Ranked as Top-Tier M&A Firm by IFLR1000

The 2015 IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms has ranked Davies' Mergers & Acquisitions practice as Tier 1. The IFLR1000 also recognized 12 Davies lawyers as Leading Lawyers across five areas of practice.


Davies Partner Sarah Powell Awarded the Prestigious 2014 Lexpert® Zenith Award

Sarah Powell received this distinguished award in recognition of her demonstrated excellence and thought leadership in an area of practice, setting new standards for the profession. The 2014 Zenith Awards celebrate distinction among lawyers called to the bar between 1986 and 2000.


The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 Recognizes 89 Davies Lawyers

Eighty nine lawyers from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP were selected by their peers for inclusion in Woodward-White's The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015. Davies lawyers were recognized in 31 areas of specialization and top-listed nationally and regionally based on the number of lawyers profiled across a variety of practice areas, industries and sectors.


The 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory Recognizes 80 Davies Lawyers as Leading Practitioners

The 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory profiled 80 Davies lawyers as leading practitioners, 32 of whom have achieved the highest ranking of "Most Frequently Recommended" in at least one area of specialization. The firm was also recognized as "Most Frequently Recommended" in the following eight practice areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Competition, Corporate/Commercial, Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Tax, Project Finance, Litigation – Corporate Tax and Property Financing & Development.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory is considered the pre-eminent peer review-based directory of legal practitioners in Canada, ranking both individual lawyers and firms across 64 areas of expertise. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.


Twenty-nine Davies Partners Profiled as Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers

The 2014 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada featured 29 Davies lawyers; 27 were identified as leading practitioners across seven areas of practice, and two were included among this year's "Corporate Lawyers to Watch".


Seventeen Davies Lawyers Named Leading Corporate Lawyers in Lexpert®/ROB Special Report

Lexpert has recognized the following 17 Davies lawyers in its special report, Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, published in the June 2014 edition of Report on Business magazine:

In addition to being ranked, Vince Mercier is quoted in one of the guide’s feature articles, "Retail Boom", which discusses retail M&A trends in North America.

Additional topics covered in the guide include shareholder activism, regulation, and start-ups.

Read the articles and view Lexpert’s complete listing of Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers.


Davies Named a Leading Canadian Firm by Chambers Global 2014

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP has once again been recognized as one of Canada's leading law firms by Chambers and Partners in its annual publication, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2014 rankings, 41 Davies lawyers received Chambers' prestigious rankings and the firm was profiled in 12 practice areas, including Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution (Ontario, Québec and Class Actions), Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Environmental, Projects: PPP & Infrastructure, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax. Davies also had the highest percentage of lawyers with Band 1 rankings — the highest level bestowed by Chambers — of any ranked law firm in Canada.


Davies Ranked as Tier 1 for Canada - International Tax Review

In its 2014 analysis of global M&A trends, the International Tax Review recognizes Davies as a Tier 1 transactional firm.


Davies Named in M&A Advisor’s 2014 Annual International M&A Advisor Awards

Davies was recognized as playing a significant role in the sale of Gravure Assets by ASG to Amcor.


Davies Named in Three Canadian Dealmakers of the Year Awards

At the Canadian Dealmakers Gala in Toronto on February 28, 2014, Davies was recognized as part of the following 2013 award categories:

  • Foreign Outbound Award (US) as legal adviser to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board in connection with Hudson’s Bay Company’s acquisition of Saks;
  • IPO Deal of the Year Award as legal adviser to Bain Capital in connection with BRP Inc.’s initial public offering;
  • Media and Telecommunication Industry Award as legal adviser to certain members of the Greenberg family in connection with BCE Inc.’s acquisition of Astral Media.

These awards honour Canadian companies whose transactions have significantly impacted their industries through innovation and growth, the establishment of best practices, the enhancement of products, and the creation of value. The judging panel considers quantitative and qualitative factors, including financial soundness, improved industry ranking, strength of deal thesis, complexity of the deal and pre-merger and post-merger integration activities.


Davies Named Litigation Firm of the Year Québec by Benchmark Canada

Davies  is proud to have been recognized at the second annual Benchmark Canada Awards as Firm of the Year in Québec. The 2014 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys awarded Davies its highest ranking, Highly Recommended, in both Ontario and Québec. It also acknowledged 12 of the firm's litigators as Litigation Stars and three as Future Stars.


Davies Hits Centre of Lexpert®/ALM 500 Bull's Eye Again as One of Canada's Leading Corporate Firms

The 2014 Lexpert ® /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada named Davies the leading corporate transactions firm in Toronto and profiled 30 Davies lawyers. As well, Lexpert® ranked the Toronto office at the centre of the bull’s eye for corporate law and corporate transactions relative to firm size, and the Montréal office as having the top tax practice in Montréal.


Davies Named a Top Tier Firm by Tax Directors Handbook 2014

Tax Directors Handbook 2014 recommended Davies as a Top-Tier Firm in the category, Canada—Leading tax law firms. TDH also recognized five members of the firm’s tax practice, and named Davies partner John Ulmer to the TDH250, its elite list of the world’s leading tax advisers.


Lexpert® Magazine Recognizes Davies in Seven of the Top 10 Deals of 2013 — Including Deal of the Year

Davies was recognized as a significant player in seven of the top 10 Canadian corporate deals of 2013, including Deal of the Year in Lexpert® magazine’s January 2014 issue. The firm was also recognized in one of the top 10 Canadian cases of 2013.

Lexpert®’s Top 10 Deals of the Year list is published annually, and based on an extensive canvass of Canadian M&A, securities and corporate finance lawyers.

Davies was profiled in the following Top 10 Canadian Corporate Deals:

  • Empire Company/Sobeys Acquisition of Canada Safeway — Deal of the Year
  • H&R REIT/Primaris REIT/KingSett Capital/RioCan REIT
  • BCE/Astral Media
  • HBC/Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Dominion Diamond/BHP Billiton
  • BRP IPO
  • Agrium/JANA

Davies was also profiled in the following Top 10 Canadian Cases:

  • Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company

Davies Ranked as an Elite GCR 100 Firm in 2013

Davies was ranked once again as an elite Canadian firm in Global Competition Review’s annual GCR 100 list. Davies partners George Addy, John Bodrug, Anita Banicevic, Adam Fanaki, Mark Katz and Sandra Forbes are recognized in this year’s ranking. The GCR 100 provides a qualitative analysis of the world’s leading competition and antitrust law practices.


Ten Davies Partners Profiled as Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers

The 2013 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada featured 10 of Davies’ leading practitioners:


Nine Davies Lawyers Named Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining by Lexpert®

Lexpert® recognized the following nine Davies lawyers in its 2013/14 special edition report, Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining:


Jean-Philippe Groleau Named Civil and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Young Bar Association of Montréal

Davies partner Jean-Philippe Groleau was named the 2013 Civil and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year by the Young Bar Association of Montréal (YBAM) at its "Leaders of Tomorrow" Gala.The nomination criteria for this prestigious award considers the candidate's profile, professional and personal accomplishments, vision and perspectives as well as involvement in the community. Winners were selected by a jury comprising key members of the YBAM's Conseil des gouverneurs.


Two Davies Lawyers Named Lexpert® Rising Stars

Mindy Gilbert and Matthew Milne-Smith were recognized as two of Lexpert®'s 2013 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.The 2013 Rising Stars were selected by a 34-member advisory board comprising managing partners and other senior counsel from across the county. The nomination criteria for these prestigious awards concentrates on the candidates' legal talent, business acumen, major accomplishments, involvement in both professional organizations and the community, interpersonal skills and the views of their peers.


Davies Named a Leading Firm in the Inaugural Edition of The Legal 500: Canada

The inaugural edition of The Legal 500: Canada recognized Davies as a leading firm in 11 of 15 categories, including Band 1 rankings in Corporate and M&A, Competition & Antitrust, Infrastructure & Projects, Tax and Dispute Resolution: Québec. In addition to the firm's practice rankings, 15 partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective areas of practice. 


Davies Ranked as Top-Tier M&A Firm by the 2014 IFLR1000

The 2014 IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms ranked Davies' Mergers & Acquisitions practice as Tier 1. The IFLR1000 also recognized 12 Davies lawyers as Leading Lawyers across five areas of practice. 


Thirty-Nine Davies Lawyers Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013

Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 named 39 Davies lawyers as leading business law practitioners. The directory editorial noted: "Davies boasts an impressive 50 listings across 16 different practice areas highlighting their continued dominance in the Canadian legal market".


Davies Partner Patricia Olasker Awarded Lexpert®'s Prestigious Zenith Award

Patricia Olasker received this distinguished award, which recognizes women who have been change agents for their clients and firms, and who are committed to legal professionalism and their communities.


Three Davies Lawyers Named New York Super Lawyers

Three Davies lawyers were selected to the 2013 New York Super Lawyers list as leading business law practitioners:


The Best Lawyers in Canada ® 2014 Recognizes 80 Davies Lawyers

Eighty lawyers from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP were selected by their peers for inclusion in Woodward-White's The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2014. Davies lawyers were recognized in 31 areas of specialization and top-listed nationally and regionally based on the number of lawyers profiled across a variety of practice areas, industries and sectors.


The 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory Recognizes 73 Davies Lawyers as Leading Practitioners

The 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory profiled 73 Davies lawyers as leading practitioners, 30 of whom achieved the highest ranking of "Most Frequently Recommended" in at least one area of specialization. The firm was also recognized as "Most Frequently Recommended" in the following eight practice areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Competition, Corporate/Commercial, Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Tax, Litigation – Corporate Tax (Montréal), Project Finance and Property Financing & Development (Montréal).The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory is considered the pre-eminent peer review-based directory of legal practitioners in Canada, ranking both individual lawyers and firms across 61 areas of expertise. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.


Twenty-four Davies Partners Profiles as Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers

The 2013 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada featured 24 Davies lawyers; 21 were identified as leading practitioners across seven areas of practice, and three were included among this year's "Corporate Lawyers to Watch".


Davies Honoured at 2013 International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards

Davies received the International Legal Alliance's Gold Award in the Best Canadian Law Firm category. The International Legal Awards recognize the best law firms in each domestic market for excellence throughout the year, lasting performance in management and leadership, and their ability to innovate and find new solutions while fine-tuning the highest standards of excellence.


Davies Named a Leading Canadian Firm by Chambers Global 2013

Davies was recognized again as one of Canada's leading law firms by Chambers and Partners in its annual publication, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2013 rankings, 46 of Davies' 240 lawyers received Chambers' prestigious recognition, and the firm was profiled in 11 core practice areas, including Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution (Ontario & Québec), Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Environmental, Projects: PPP & Infrastructure, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax. Davies has the greatest number of top-ranked mergers and acquisitions lawyers and the highest percentage of lawyers with top-tier rankings of any law firm in Canada.


Davies Wins ''Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas'' Award from Global Competition Review

Davies received an award from Global Competition Review for "Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas". The award, which is based on votes cast by antitrust lawyers around the world, recognizes Davies' work as Canadian counsel for Google Inc. with respect to competition and regulatory matters relating to its $700-million acquisition of ITA Software.The "Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas" Award category recognizes creative, strategic and innovative competition work on a landmark merger control matter in which the target was based in the Americas.


Anita Banicevic Named to Global Competition Review's "40 Under 40"

Davies partner Anita Banicevic was recognized by Global Competition Review in their "40 Under 40" rankings for 2012, which identifies the world's most talented young competition lawyers. Anita was one of only four Canadian lawyers – and 14 women in total – to make the year's list. She was selected out of more than a thousand nominations submitted to GCR by firms, antitrust lawyers and in-house counsel. The shortlist of nominees was submitted to a group of internationally ranked lawyers and economists for voting to determine the 2012 honourees.


Davies Recognized in PPP Win of 2011 Project Finance Deal of the Year Award

Project Finance magazine awarded the 2011 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year award to the $1.13-billion contract of an infrastructure rollout for the new headquarters of Canada's national cryptologic agency, in which Davies acted as consortium counsel for Plenary Properties LTAP LP.


Six Davies Lawyers Named Leaders in Tax Controversy by International Tax Review

The following Davies partners were recognized by International Tax Review in its guide to the world's leading tax dispute resolution lawyers, Tax Controversy Leaders:


Davies Awarded 2011 Lexpert® Zenith Award: Celebrating Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility

Davies was awarded a 2011 Lexpert® Zenith Award in the category of Innovative Student Programs. The award recognizes the firm's Student Affairs department in Montréal for its annual student social responsibility initiative in which students and stagiaires coordinate and execute a volunteer project to benefit a charitable organization of their choice. The 2011 Lexpert® Zenith Awards honoured leading Canadian law firms, in-house departments, academics and law students who committed time, skills and mentorship to acts of social responsibility.