US-Canada Cross-Border

Alison Reif, Doug Gooding, Brian Lenihan, John Pitfield, Mike Gass

Blue Chip Canadian Clients    

US counsel to numerous Canadian clients, including:

Alethia Biotherapeutics
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canaccord Genuity
Celtic House
ENBALA Power Networks
Genesys Capital
GrowthWorks Capital
Halogen Software
I Love Rewards
Iovate Health Sciences   
Lightspeed Retail
Lululemon Athletica
Ocean Nutrition
TD Bank
Triphase Accelerator
VBI Vaccines
Vive Crop Protection
Wellington Financial
XPV Capital Corp

Preeminent VC Practice    

Representation of preeminent venture capital and private equity firms, including:

Accel Partners
Advent International
AM Pappas LS Ventures
Ampersand Ventures
Ascent Venture Partners
Atlas Venture Fund
Bain Capital Ventures
Battery Ventures
Bessemer Venture Partners
BioVentures Investors
Braemer Energy Ventures
Century Capital
Capital Resource Partners
Cardinal Health Partners    
Delphi Ventures
Domain Partners
Essex Woodlands
Fairhaven Capital
Fidelity Ventures
Flagship Ventures
Flybridge Venture Capital
General Catalyst
Globespan Capital Partners
GrandBanks Capital
Greylock Partners
Heritage Partners
HIG Venture Partners   
Highland Capital Partners
IDG Ventures
Kodiak Venture Partners
North Bridge
Oxford Bioscience
Polaris Ventures
Spectrum Equity Investors
Summerhill Venture Partners
Summit Partners
Symmetric Capital

Leader in Private Equity   

Representation of more than 40 private equity funds with increasing Canadian focus.  Over $30 billion in middle market PE transactions in past five years.  Funds include:

Accel Partners
Avista Capital Partners
BV Investment Partners
Capital Resource Partners
Century Capital
Heritage Partners   
Highland Capital Partners
JMH Capital
Mainsail Partners
Polaris Ventures
Pluribus Capital Partners 
RFE Investment Partners
Riverside Partners
Summit Partners
Windjammer Capital

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US-Canada Cross-Border

"a strong focus on transactions in the tech industry, and has particular experience of cross-border work in Canada and Ireland"

Chambers USA

Sophisticated US-Canada Cross-Border Practice    

Premier US-Canada cross-border practice representing US and Canadian companies in full range of cross-border activities. One of few US law firms to have specialized US-Canada cross-border practice.

IP – Maximizing Value    

Full range of services, including strategic IP counseling; patent prosecution; trademark prosecution; copyright protection; and trade secrets and unfair competition counseling. Sophisticated IP due diligence for investors and acquirers.  Decades of IP litigation experience.

Cross-Border Services    

Full range of cross-border services for Canadian companies in the US, including:

  • Antitrust
  • Commercial transactions
  • Corporate
  • Debt and equity financings
  • Employee benefits/executive compensation
  • Intellectual property protection and litigation
  • Labor & employment  
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Product liability
  • Real estate
  • Securities
  • Taxation

Highly Experienced in Cross-Border Acquisitions    

Expert representation of US and Canadian acquirers, targets, financing sources and investment bankers in public and private cross-border mergers and acquisitions.  Nearly 500 transactions with proceeds over $55 billion since 2000.  Ranked as a Tier One firm in Middle-Market M&A by The Legal 500 guide to preeminent law firms in US.

Experts in Complex Tax Matters    

Extensive tax expertise in US-Canada cross-border transactions.  Prominent role in advocating legislation that eliminated Section 116 tax clearance requirements for US
private equity/venture capital investments in Canada.

Cross-Border Compensation Specialty    

Specialized experience negotiating and drafting employment agreements.  Counsel Canadian businesses and US subsidiaries on hiring, retention and termination as well as establishing equity ownership and deferred compensation arrangements.

Highly Experienced in Public Offerings  

Lawyers have represented blue chip investment bankers and underwriters in public securities offerings with proceeds over $18 billion since 2000, including:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Canaccord Genuity
  • Deutsche Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Needham & Co.
  • SG Cowen Securities
  • Stifel Nicolaus Weisel
  • UBS Securities
  • William Blair

Leader in Sophisticated Financial Transactions    

Represent leading financial institutions, institutional investors, borrowers and issuers in full range of financings, including senior syndicated, second lien, mezzanine/subordinated and debtor-in-possession.  Clients include:

  • Bank of America
  • Citigroup
  • Falcon Mezzanine Partners
  • John Hancock
  • JPMorgan Chase    
  • MassMutual (Babson)
  • NewStar Financial
  • PNC Bank
  • RBS Citizens, NA
  • Siemens Financial    
  • Sovereign Bank
  • The Hartford
  • TIAA-Cref
  • Tower Square Capital Partners
  • Wells Fargo

Leader in Litigation  

Expert trial lawyers represent clients in significant and complex commercial, securities, product liability, antitrust, government enforcement, intellectual property and employment litigation and arbitrations.  Named “Go-to-Firm” in Litigation in 2013 by Corporate Counsel.  Ranked in Chambers USA for Litigation.

Cross-Border Leadership    

Major sponsor and contributor to Canadian organizations and conferences, including Canadian Venture Capital Association (panel moderator) and CIX (advisory committee).


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