Doing Business In Canada

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Primary Contact

David Corbett, Firm Managing Partner
Tel: +1 416 868 3504

Regional Contacts

17 Hanover Square
London, England
Tel: +44 20 7917 8500
Fax: +44 20 7917 8555

Contact: Gary Howes, Regional Managing Partner, London
Tel: +44 20 7917 8545

2900-550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6C 0A3
Tel: +1 604 631 3131
Fax: +1 604 631 3232

Contact: William Westeringh, Regional Managing Partner, Vancouver
+1 604 631 3155

3400 First Canadian Centre
350-7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2P 3N9
Tel: +1 403 261 5350
Fax: +1 403 261 5351

Contact: Gary Rose, Regional Managing Partner, Calgary
Tel: +1 403 261 6159

333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre, Box 20
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5H 2T6
Tel: +1 416 366 8381
Fax: +1 416 364 7813

Contact: Martin Denyes, Regional Managing Partner, Ontario
Tel: +1 416 868 3489

55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1300
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1P 6L5
Tel: +1 613 236 3882
Fax: +1 613 230 6423

Contact: Stephen Whitehead, Partner
Tel: +1 613 696 6873

Stock Exchange Tower
P.O. Box 242, Suite 3700
800 Victoria Square
Montréal, Québec
Canada H4Z 1E9
Tel: +1 514 397 7400
Fax: +1 514 397 7600

Contact: Éric Bédard, Regional Managing Partner, Québec Region
Tel: +1 514 397 4314

Québec City
140, Grande Allée Est, Suite 800
Québec City, Québec
Canada G1R 5M8
Tel: +1 418 640 2000
Fax: +1 418 647 2455

Contact: Éric Bédard, Regional Managing Partner, Québec Region
Tel: +1 613 236 3882

32 avenue de l'Opéra
Paris, France 75002
Tel: +33 1 44 94 96 98
Fax: +33 1 44 94 96 99

Contact: Jérôme Richardot, Partner
Tel: +33 1 44 94 96 98

The World Trade Center
Cor. West Road South and Lower Road
Johannesburg, South Africa 2196
Tel: +27 11 784 7322
Fax: +27 11 784 4572

Contact: Dimitri Cavvadas, Partner
Tel: +27 11 685 0806

Fasken Martineau

Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm with 700 lawyers across Canada, Europe and South Africa. Tracing our roots back to the mid-1800s in Canada, we established our London office in 1986 and became the world's first ever full service UK-Canadian law partnership. Today we are an international law firm operating in English and French in both common law and civil law jurisdictions.

Clients from virtually every sector of business, industry and government look to us for legal advice, including governments, state enterprises, regulatory bodies, project sponsors, banking and financial institutions, non-profit organisations, major corporations and companies listed on the Toronto and London stock exchanges, and individual entrepreneurs.

We offer sophisticated knowledge of global business and the Canadian market in particular. With expertise on both sides of the Atlantic and expertise in virtually every aspect of Canadian politics and industry, we have a proven track record for helping companies do business in Canada. Our goal is to understand your business so we can provide you with timely and pertinent legal advice. Developing the right chemistry between your people and ours is a priority to ensure we then work collaboratively to achieve your goals.

Given our Canadian heritage and expertise, we are proud to be associated with UK Trade & Investment in this publication and it would be our pleasure to help you in your Canadian business activities, be it setting up a Canadian branch office, acquiring a Canadian business, accessing Canadian finance or otherwise selling your product or services in Canada.

For more information on legal, regulatory and other matters related to doing business in Canada, please refer to our online guide [] or contact one of our professionals at an office nearest you.

In the UK

From London, we practise both English and Canadian law, acting for businesses entering the Canadian market or facing Canadian legal issues.

Many companies come to us for our proven expertise in key industries such as life sciences and mining. Others come for the broad range of legal services we offer, including commercial agreements, intellectual property, information technology, tax, commercial property, employment, international trade and litigation services. By growing our presence in London in step with our clients' needs, we have built lasting relationships and expanded our own range of expertise.

We have developed a strong reputation acting for companies looking to enter the world financial arena via financial markets in London and Europe.

From London, our team offers expertise in:

•  AIM and other London securities markets
•  Aviation
•  Banking
•  Business structures
•  Commercial law
•  Commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
•  Commercial property
•  Competition law
•  Construction
•  Corporate finance and company law
•  Data pricing
•  Employment and immigration
•  Employment disputes
•  Energy
•  Information technology and e-commerce
•  Insolvency and restructuring
•  Insurance
•  Intellectual property (IP)
•  IP litigation
•  International trade and transport
•  Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
•  Not-for-profit organizations
•  Outsourcing
•  Private equity
•  Project finance
•  Public procurement
•  PFI/PPP projects
•  Reputation management
•  Taxation.

Located in the city's Mayfair district, our team of lawyers in London is focused on serving our clients wherever they do business.

In Canada

With offices in Canada's major business and political centres-Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City-we practice both civil and common law in English and French.

As part of our practice, we frequently advise foreign companies looking to do business with Canadians or to acquire or establish a business in Canada. We help clients understand the key legal issues involved, such as:

•  Business and investment environment
•  Vehicles for establishing a business
•  Investment policy
•  Competition/antitrust laws
•  Acquiring a Canadian business
•  Financing a business operation
•  Taxation
•  Labour and employment matters
•  Pensions and employee benefit plans
•  Directors' and officers' liability
•  Executive transfers and immigration
•  Privacy law
•  Protection of intellectual property
•  Information and communications technology
•  Franchising
•  Restructurings and insolvencies
•  Dispute resolution
•  Doing business in Québec
•  Government relations.

Rankings & Recognitions

Our lawyers earn hundreds of rankings each year from Chambers Global (47 lawyers in 2011), Chambers UK (11 lawyers named "Leaders in Their Field" for 2012), Who's Who Legal (41 lawyers in 2011), UK Legal Experts (25 lawyers in 2011), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (79 lawyers in 2011), and Best Lawyers in Canada (101 lawyers in 2012).

We also consistently receive other high-profile recognitions. In the 2012 BTI Client Service A-Team survey results, we were named to the honour roll of firms for Legal Skills, Keeps Clients Informed and Anticipates the Client's Needs. Legal 500 UK awarded us a Tier 1 in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology for 2011. Legal 500 for South Africa featured our mining and banking & finance practices. Who's Who Legal named one of our partners to its Top 10 list of the world's most highly regarded individuals for internet, e-commerce and data protection law for 2011. Intellectual Asset Management magazine named two of our partners on its list of the top 250 lawyers for patent and technology licensing worldwide for 2011/12. Infrastructure Journal named Fasken Martineau 1st in PPP (public-private partnerships) in North America for 2011.

We have also received many prestigious awards recently. The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers named Fasken Martineau global Mining Law Firm of the Year for 2011Em Dashthe 6th time in the past 7 yearsEm Dashand named one of our partners as Mining Lawyer of the Year for the second consecutive year. The M&A Advisor presented a team of Fasken Martineau lawyers with the Middle-Market Deal of Year award for 2011. ILO presented the prestigious Client Choice Award for Employment & Labour Law in Canada to one of our partners in both 2010 and 2011.