DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Prominent team, highly regarded for its ability to handle a multitude of forestry mandates for an impressive client base. Routinely advises major Canadian forest products companies on M&A and joint venture transactions, fibre supply contracts and various commercial matters. Also assists with forestry-related regulatory compliance, land use, environmental and Aboriginal issues. Benefits from the experience of several lawyers with long-standing experience in the industry and has a strong footprint across British Columbia and Alberta. Clients also benefit from the firm's cross-border capabilities and global office network.

Strengths Clients find the firm to be "very strong on forest policy and forest industry issues concerning business-to-business relationships and provincial forest policy initiatives."

One client emphasised that DLA is an "excellent group to work with. They are technically knowledgeable of the subject area, strategic and provide good direction."

Work highlights Advised Canfor on the CAD980 million acquisition of its remaining shares by Great Pacific.

Notable practitioners

Brian Hiebert
operates a highly regarded and widespread practice with a significant focus on transactions and M&A in the forestry industry. His skill set also covers corporate finance and environmental compliance issues. "Brian is an intuitive listener, responsive adviser and quick to understand a client's needs," reported one interviewee.

Garry Mancell
is a long-standing Vancouver-based practitioner who is widely revered for his forestry practice. He has notable expertise in timber supply agreements, regulatory matters and M&A transactions within the forestry sector. One client enthused: "He is excellent to work with. He is engaging and understands the concepts and mechanics behind forestry law."

Jeff Waatainen
has become increasingly prominent in the field of forestry law. His strengths range across concession agreements, corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes before administrative tribunals. Sources praise him for being "a terrific lawyer who is a pleasure to deal with."