Managing Partners: Justin Kutyan
Number of partners: 37
Number of lawyers: 89
KPMG Law has been providing business law services to Canadian and foreign firms for decades. In the early years, the firm largely operated in support of KPMG in Canada’s existing service lines in audit, tax and accounting.
In the mid-2010’s, however, the firm started to recognise that KPMG Law could stand alone as a top tier law firm. What’s more, the firm’s leadership saw that – as an independent law firm connected to the KPMG network of member firms – the firm’s lawyers and professionals could be providing Canadian and foreign companies with a full range of business law solutions (with or without the participation of KPMG in Canada). The idea was innovative: build a firm of exceptional business lawyers embedded into a recognised and trusted global professional services platform. Instead of being a ‘cog in the wheel’ of business deals and transactions, KPMG Law’s professionals could serve as the linchpin – acting as a conduit to a wide range of business services for their clients.
Today, KPMG Law’s service offerings have expanded significantly to include a wide range of tax, business, immigration, real estate, employment and labour, and private client services. The firm’s bench strength has deepened to dozens of professionals.
Main Areas of Practice:
What makes KPMG Law different is that their professionals see the broader picture. With access to an international network that spans more than 145 markets, KPMG Law professionals are empowered to provide clients with trusted advice on a range of in-bound, out-bound and foreign business matters.
Financial Services and Insolvency
At KPMG Law, professionals have years of experience advising a broad range of Canadian and international financial services firms and clients facing or dealing with liquidity concerns. KPMG Law professionals boast deep experience with a range of financial vehicles including secured and unsecured loans, asset-based lending and distressed lending.
Corporate/Commercial and Reorganisations
At KPMG Law, the corporate and commercial professionals are some of the best in the industry. Whether it’s supporting new business formations in Canada or abroad (including partnership and shareholder agreements); developing and updating commercial contracts (such as supply agreements); or designing and executing corporate reorganisations and international business reorganisations the KPMG Law team of legal professionals take a holistic view of each challenge.
Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities and Capital Markets
At KPMG Law, the business lawyers act as buyers or sellers of a business working with companies raising capital or the investors providing that capital. With access to KPMG’s leading practices in key areas such as due diligence, transaction services valuation and post-closing integration, the business law professionals are able to take a holistic view of their clients’ matters, recognising the risks and opportunities throughout the process.
Real Estate and Leasing
As part of the KPMG network of member firms, the real estate lawyers work closely with teams of cross-functional professionals across the real-estate deal lifecycle – from due diligence and appraisals through to tax planning and even operations – to ensure clients are making the best deals possible for their organisation.
KPMG Law immigration lawyers deliver smart talent strategies and creative workforce solutions. KPMG Law understands the competitive nature of today’s talent environment, and knows that immigration plays a key role in shaping a sustainable talent and workforce strategy. That is why KPMG Law professionals go beyond simply processing applications to instead focus on helping clients turn immigration into a talent driver.
Employment and Labour Law
KPMG Law’s employment & labour lawyers are specialists: they have years of experience acting for corporate and institutional clients, across industries and sectors. They have proven strength in litigation, arbitration, negotiation and human rights matters. They have helped national and global business leaders identify employment risks, overcome workplace issues and design policies that ensure successful employment relationships.
Estates and Trusts
KPMG Law’s private client service lawyers are recognised for taking a multidisciplinary approach to helping private clients manage and transfer their wealth. KPMG Law’s services include personal tax and estate planning, wills and powers of attorney, family business succession planning, estate administration, trust administration, charitable foundation creation and administration.
Tax Law and Litigation
KPMG Law’s tax lawyers are deeply experi-enced in all aspects of tax law – from devel-oping tax strategies and structures through to solving disputes and pressing courtroom advantages. What makes KPMG Law’s pro-fessionals different is their multidisciplinary approach to tax. KPMG Law’s relationship with KPMG in Canada provides the law professionals with unprecedented access to the insights and capabilities companies need to thrive in the evolving tax environment.