Who's Who Legal Canada praises Torys' key strengths

November 02, 2012

In its Who's Who Legal Canada Special Report 2012, Law Business Research cites Torys as "without a doubt one of the best and most established firms in Canada." Torys has "a remarkable 41 listings, an increase of seven on last year, across 20 different practice areas." Says Who’s Who: the "firm has especially strong practices in the areas of capital markets, life sciences and commercial litigation." Highlights include:

Capital Markets

  • Sharon Geraghty is recognized in M&A as well as capital markets. Clients commend her "thorough" and “dedicated” approach. She is also a "true expert" at domestic and cross-border acquisitions work and takeover bids and amalgamations in both the public and private markets.
  • Peter Jewett is chair of the firm’s corporate and capital markets practice and has "a deep knowledge" of corporate and securities law. He also recognized in M&A and corporate governance.
  • Philip Mohtadi is a "talented" lawyer who recently represented CIBC World Markets and RBC Capital Markets as the co-lead underwriters in Royal LePage Franchise Services Fund’s C$99.8 million IPO.
  • Kevin Morris does "brilliant" work in corporate and securities law and has led numerous public offerings and private placements on the part of both issuers and underwriters, including several initial public offerings and cross-border offerings.
  • Karrin Powys-Lybbe is "highly recommended" for her representation of both issuers and investment banks in a variety of public offerings for debt and equity.
  • James Scarlett is described as "very, very strong technically" and "undeniably a specialist" at capital markets transactions, particularly those relating to the mining industry. He is "hugely respected" for his corporate governance work.

Life Sciences

  • Conor McCourt, co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice, is described as "stellar." He has over 30 years’ experience in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical patent, trademark and regulatory fields.
  • Eileen McMahon is co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property and food and drug regulatory practices. She is "internationally acclaimed" for her "stunning" regulatory knowledge and "very good business sense."
  • Cheryl Reicin, head of the firm’s life sciences and technology practice groups, is "a top name" in the fields of biotechnology, medical device, health information and other technology-based companies.
  • Andrew Shaughnessy is "one of the top life sciences litigators in Canada," and is especially lauded for his litigation in the biotechnology sector.

Commercial Litigation

  • Sheila Block is described as a "formidable opponent in the courts" and clients value her "creativity" and “commitment." She recently represented Barrick Gold in its successful attack on Lac Minerals’ poison pill.
  • Patricia Jackson has a "fantastically varied" litigation practice that includes class actions, securities, professional negligence, environmental and energy, constitutional and administrative law.
  • James C. Tory is a "leading litigator" who specialises in shareholder and boardroom disputes.

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