Chambers Global 2009 names 11 of Torys' lawyers among Canada's top corporate/M&A lawyers

March 11, 2009

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.
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