Summary

BLG’s focus on the United States centres on two distinct offerings: providing advice and counsel on Canadian law to thousands of US businesses that are directly or indirectly active in Canada, and providing introductions and/or referrals to our network of US law firms to assist Canadian companies doing business in the United States.

BLG is one of the few major Canadian law firms that does not have a US office. Our strategy is to establish strong partnerships with US law firms so that we can better serve our clients crossing the border. By leveraging our relationships with US firms, we can better assist our Canadian clients in the US.

Equally important, since we only practice Canadian law, and our laws are different than those in the US, we work with US companies to solve their legal challenges in Canada. Our US clients know that we will not try to expand our scope outside of Canada, giving them confidence in our focus and service quality. US companies operating in Canada need local counsel to help them navigate our laws in ways that they understand. We offer a full spectrum of support to US companies operating in Canada including: M&A, Labor & Employment, IP, Oil & Gas, Mining & Commodities, Securities and Capital Markets, Corporate Law, Regulatory, Commercial Litigation, Public and Private Partnerships, and Tax.

Representative Work

  • Acted as special tax counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in connection with the sale of its ownership interest in MEGlobal to EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C.. Dow has received US$1.5 billion in pre-tax proceeds.
  • Advised JLL Partners, Inc. in its acquisition of the minority interest in Patheon Inc.
  • Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. in connection with its US$72.5 million public offering of common shares in the United States, marking the first underwritten southbound-only equity offering under the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System.
  • Welltower, formerly Health Care REIT Inc., in connection with its $1.35 billion joint venture investment with Revera Inc. and its $1 billion acquisition of HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Counsel to Volkswagen and Audi on 35 class actions concerning vehicle emissions compliance
  • Teck Resources Ltd. (Compañia Minera Teck Carmen de Andacollo) in $1.1 billion in stream agreements
  • Serving as Canadian counsel for one of the big three American automotive companies, focusing on pensions, construction, commercial real estate, tax, labour and commercial litigation matters for over a decade.
  • Anixter Canada Inc., in connection with its C$325 million credit facility agreement to fund the acquisition of HD Supply Canada Inc.; as part of a US$825 million acquisition by Anixter’s US parent company of the power solutions business of HD Supply Inc.
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Montreal in connection with its US$825 million amended and restated credit agreement to New Flyer Industries Inc. acquisition of Motor Coach Industries International.
  • Ridley Inc., with the sale of its outstanding common shares to Alltech Inc. for an approximate C$521 million.
  • Legumex Walker Inc. in its initial public offering and private placement and purchase of all of the outstanding shares of Reco Holdings Ltd.
  • Energy Fuels Inc. in its $135 million acquisition of Uranerz Energy Corporation.

Publications & Presentations

Rankings & Recognitions

Members of the US Group are recognized in: 

  • The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®
  • The 2016 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The 2015 edition of The Canadian Legal® Lexpert Directory
  • The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Canada
  • The 2016 edition of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • The 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • The 2015 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The 2015 edition of The Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • The 2015/2016 edition of The Lexpert® Special Edition on Global Mining
  • The 2015 edition of World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 -The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals as a gold tier firm. 11 BLG professionals were also named to WTR 1000’s list of globally recommended trademark professionals.
  • The 2015 edition of IAM Patent 1000.
  • The 2015 edition of Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars.