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Canada Guide 2023
Nationwide - Canada Agribusiness
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Band 2

2 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Lawson Lundell LLP

The firm’s over 80 year involvement in the forestry sector today encompasses all elements of the business. The firm acts as principal external counsel for one of the two largest forestry companies based in B.C. In addition to handling commercial and securities matters, lawyers are routinely involved in operational issues including fibre supply, tenure, environmental and occupational safety.

From the inception of the firm, Lawson Lundell lawyers have been closely involved in providing legal advice to the forest industry in all aspects of its business including:

    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Stock exchange and securities law compliance, including corporate governance
    • Mill acquisitions and dispositions
    • Financings
    • Joint ventures
    • Timber and chip supply contracts
    • Project construction and development
    • Environmental assessment and permitting
    • Compliance with forest practices and sustainability regulations and worker health and safety provisions
    • Waste management and pest control regulation
    • Indigenous consultation and impact benefit agreements

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Agribusiness: Forestry - Nationwide - Canada
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Band 2
What the team is known for

Lawson Lundell is a well-established firm in Western Canada, admired for the significant breadth and expertise of its forestry department. The team expertly advises forest products companies on a variety of matters including M&A, joint ventures, timber contracts, fibre supply agreements and commercial litigation. The practice is also recognised for its work on regulatory compliance, project development, environmental issues and First Nations matters, frequently representing clients in related disputes. The group offers complementary industry-specific expertise in employee health and safety and pensions matters.

Work Highlights

Provided by Lawson Lundell LLP
  • Lawson Lundell advised Canfor on a broad range of commercial, pensions and regulatory matters, including the sale of its First Nation Woodland assets to Peak Fort Nelson Properties.

Notable Practitioners

Provided by Chambers
Brian Gilfillan
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Brian Gilfillan
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Band 1

Brian Gilfillan is a highly experienced lawyer in the forestry sector with extensive expertise in timber agreements, regulatory advice and dispute proceedings.
"Brian is very attentive to the client's needs and is known as a top subject-matter expert in forestry in BC.""Throughout decades of practising forestry law in BC, Brian Gilfillan has built an extensive network of connections, as well as an intimate knowledge of legislation, politics, emerging science, and trends in changing public values."

David Allard
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David Allard
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Band 2

Based in Vancouver, David Allard leads the firm's forest industry group and frequently represents clients in corporate transactions as well as providing governance and regulatory advice in the forest sector.
"David Allard is an exceptional lawyer in the corporate and commercial side of forestry."

Ranked Lawyers at
Lawson Lundell LLP

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Agribusiness: Forestry

Brian Gilfillan
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Brian Gilfillan
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Band 1
David Allard
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David Allard
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Band 2

Members

Provided by Lawson Lundell LLP

Clifford Proudfoot

Jack Yong

Suzanne Woolley