MLT Aikins LLP

Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Widely recognised as the pre-eminent player in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with leading practitioners in both provinces as well as in Alberta and BC. Particularly highly regarded for its M&A work on behalf of clients in the transportation, natural resources and agribusiness sectors, the firm also acts for Crown corporations and government entities. It offers expertise across a wide range of general business and commercial matters, including banking and finance and securities law, and is commended for its extensive experience advising on insolvency and restructuring, tax planning, real estate development and construction law. The firm also has a growing focus on IT and tech.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe
Aaron Runge
as a "superb lawyer" who is "strong in M&A, securities and lending transactions."His practice also encompasses experience of venture capital and corporate governance matters. He currently serves as the managing partner of the firm.

Alain Gaucher QC
focuses his practice on corporate tax planning and tax disputes. His clientele spans from small enterprises to large corporations and high net worth individuals. Sources describe him as a "top-quality tax lawyer."

Brian Lerner
advises on M&A transactions as well as leveraged buyouts, securities and corporate governance. Sources describe him as a "fantastic lawyer who has an excellent reputation."

David Filmon
is an experienced practitioner who advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A, securities and corporate governance, among other areas of expertise. He currently serves as the chair of the firm.

The esteemed
James Ferguson
possesses deep experience advising on corporate and commercial transactions. His practice features particular strength in the agricultural sector, alongside broader expertise in food and energy matters.

Jeff Lee
has built a particularly strong reputation for his work advising distressed companies on insolvency and restructuring proceedings. He also adeptly advises on commercial litigation matters.

Nigel Thompson
often handles corporate transactions within the mining and environmental sectors, among others. He also advises on real estate financing matters.

Richmond Bayes
advises on M&A and broader transactional matters including corporate reorganisations. He also offers expertise in securities law.