Torys' government and public policy practitioners offer a thorough understanding of the full range of public policy issues which arise through the regular course of business transactions. We maintain strong relationships with key decision makers at all levels of government, and understand the needs of public institutions and the context in which they operate. We apply this perspective as we work with our clients to develop appropriate strategies for dealing with legal issues. Our clients receive the benefit of our knowledge of, and access to, players in multiple government sectors.
We provide strategic counsel to foreign and domestic clients on acquisitions in industries where public issues and government entities play important roles, including those involving energy, culture, broadcasting, telecommunications, aerospace, financial services, health and transportation. This often includes advice on political, legislative and regulatory processes, developments and issues.
We make direct representations to obtain political and government approvals and assistance on sensitive political matters, as well as on matters involving Investment Canada, the Competition Bureau or other government agencies. We also make representations on behalf of our clients before courts and tribunals. Additionally, we act for and opposite governmental authorities in infrastructure, corporate governance and legislative initiatives.
Members of our group have extensive experience in Canadian federal and provincial governments. This group of lawyers includes The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, others who have worked in government and with current and former parliamentarians, as well as those who have been seconded to work with federal and provincial regulatory bodies.