Bennett Jones LLP

Private Equity: Buyouts Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Consistently viewed as a leading practice in Alberta, with deep expertise relating to buyouts in the energy and natural resources sector. Further benefits from the expertise of its growing offices in New York and Toronto. Well versed in the representation of Canadian and US asset managers, along with funds and portfolio companies. Buyouts strength is bolstered by complementary financial services and regulatory expertise.

Strengths Sources view Bennett Jones as "a strong competitor in Calgary," emphasising that its strengths include "experience, expertise, a focus on the client and achieving client goals."

One source reported: "The firm has strengths in all areas of deal negotiation and drafting. The lawyers work in a collaborative way to keep deals moving to successful completion."

Work highlights Assisted Apollo Natural Resource Partners with its disposal of CSV Midstream Solutions to Northleaf Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

James McClary has a wealth of experience advising on management and leveraged buyouts. Clients note him as a "practical lawyer who is efficient and good at business strategy."

Private equity practice head John Mercury is praised by sources for his "high level of business acumen," with interviewees also stating that he is "strong at problem analysis." Based in Calgary, he is highly regarded by private equity groups for his advice on buyout transactions, and is a standout figure for matters in Western Canada.