Peter Jewett, Sharon Geraghty, Philip Brown, Matthew Cockburn, Stephen Donovan, Jamie Scarlett, Marlene Davidge, Richard Balfour, Patricia Koval, Kevin Morris and John Emanoilidis are among Canada's top-ranked corporate/M&A lawyers in Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide 2009.
Clients endorse Torys' "crackerjack lawyers," citing their "reasoned, incredibly level-headed advice. The senior securities people are particularly excellent." Torys provides clients with domestic and cross-border advice, often in conjunction with the New York office, is increasingly focusing on developing relationships with financial institutions, and boasts a growing pension funds practice.
- Peter Jewett is sought out for his "great governance skills and board experience." He recently advised Algoma Steel on its takeover by Salzgitter and sale to Essar Global.
- Sharon Geraghty undertakes general securities and governance matters, but her main focus is M&A. She is "helpful in particularly complicated situations."
- Philip Brown "has the broader commercial strategic picture in mind, and he’s prepared to deliver the hard messages."
- Matthew Cockburn, who co-chairs Torys' Private Equity Practice Group, represented CPPIB and KKR as the original bidders for BCE.
- Stephen Donovan also co-chairs Torys' Private Equity Practice Group.
- Jamie Scarlett is praised by sources for his "great experience and intuitive understanding and perspective of the field."
- Marlene Davidge is "immensely well-regarded" for her work in asset and wealth management.
- Richard Balfour represented Thomson on its US$18.2 billion acquisition of Reuters.
- Patricia Koval, who focuses on REITs, advised PSPIB on its acquisition of Retirement Residences REIT.
- Kevin Morris is "always eager to please the client."
- John Emanoilidis is an "innovative and easy-to-work with lawyer." He recently advised Husky Injection Molding Systems on its sale to Onex.