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Woods LLP

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Chairman: James A Woods, Ad E
Managing Partner: Caroline Biron
Of Counsel: Hon Joseph R Nuss C.M. QC, Ad E, FCIArb; Haig Oghigian, FCIArb

Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers (including partners): 32 
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
WOODS LLP is the foremost litigation, arbitration and insolvency firm in Canada, recognised nationally and internationally for its expertise and success. The firm acts in all manner of high stakes disputes where the outcome is of vital importance to its clients and their businesses. Its team of attorneys — multilingual, trained in civil law and common law, dedicated to successful advocacy and understanding clients' interests — is known for its winning strategies and concrete results. The firm is proud of its reputation for having the talent and drive to handle the largest and most complex disputes, while remaining highly flexible, responsive and efficient.
Woods LLP acts for public and private companies, individuals and governments in corporate, commercial and administrative litigation, before all levels of courts and tribunals in Canada. It has a highly successful track record in disputes regarding corporate liability and governance, directors’ and officers’ liability, shareholders’ or other stakeholders’ disputes, securities litigation, class actions, the interpretation and performance of complex commercial agreements, as well as in strategic matters requiring urgent, injunctive relief. The firm also boasts an important practice in insolvency, employment law and defamation, as well as one of Canada’s only full-time international arbitration practices, representing clients and serving as arbitrators in international commercial and investment disputes.

Main Areas of Practice:

Contractual Disputes:
BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders: Obtained approval, from the Supreme Court of Canada, of a $52B bid by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners to acquire BCE, over the objections of BCE bondholders
BCE Inc. v. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board: Represented the purchasers in this dispute regarding a $1.2B break-up fee clause following the termination of the agreement to acquire BCE
Bayer Cropscience AG v Dow Agrosciences LLC: Obtained an arbitral award over $450M USD as co-counsel to Bayer in an ICC arbitration (conf. US Fed. Circuit) for breach of a patent licensing agreement

Corporate & Securities Litigation:
Vidéotron v. Bell ExpressVu: Obtained an $82M award for Vidéotron for loss of revenue suffered due to Bell’s failure to control piracy of its own satellite signals
Canwest Global Communications Corp. (Re): Represented Goldman Sachs regarding its $700M claim in the restructuring of CanWest and its $2B acquisition by Shaw Communications
Metcalfe & Mansfield Alternative Investments II Corp. (Re): Challenged the restructuring plan of the Canadian market of asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP), worth some $32B, for a group holding $1B in notes

Professional Liability:
Brunette v. Legault Joly Thiffault: Successfully defended before the Supreme Court of Canada the dismissal of a $55M claim against an accounting firm by a trust for damages following the bankruptcy of a holding company of which the trust was the sole shareholder
Groupe Jean-Coutu v. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton: Successfully defended RCGT in disqualification proceedings aiming to prevent its partners and employees from acting as experts in a litigation file
Represented FCA Canada (Fiat-Chrysler) in claims against Coopers & Lybrand, its former partners, insurers and other related parties, relating to Castor Holdings, both in Quebec and in Ontario

Class Actions:
■ Vast experience representing defendant and plaintiff sides. Currently defending claims against BMW, Ticketmaster, Canada Dry Mott's, Keurig Dr Pepper, Cogeco, Videotron, Boiron and CI Investments. Current plaintiff files include claims against Uber, Mazda, Marriott and Intrawest
■ Sopropharm and al v. Le Groupe Jean-Coutu: Obtained the authorization of the first-ever franchisee-franchisor class action in Quebec, seeking the reimbursement of over $400M in undue royalties and the annulment of various clauses of the franchise agreements

International Arbitration:
■ Represents a global mining company in a construction dispute (ICC)
■ Represents a State in a NAFTA dispute regarding oil and gas rights
■ Represents an Australian distributor of nutraceutical products in a $275M dispute with a foreign supplier (UNCITRAL)
■ Represents a UN agency in a dispute with a South American state and a US lessor of civilian aircraft

Administrative & Regulatory Litigation:
Québec (Attorney General) v. Air Canada: Represented the Attorney General of Manitoba regarding the shutting down of an aircraft maintenance center
Domtar Inc. v. Hydro-Québec: Opposed the rejection of Domtar’s tender for sale of biomass-generated electricity
Québec (Attorney General) v. Imperial Tobacco et al: Represents Philip Morris in defense of a $60B claim brought pursuant to the Tobacco-related Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act

Insolvency & Creditors’ Rights:
Montreal Maine & Atlantic Canada Co. (Re): Represented the Monitor in cross-border insolvency proceedings of a railway, after an oil-laden train derailment
J.J. Dunn v. Elliott C. Wightman: Acted for Fiat-Chrysler in a $447M audit negligence claim against Coopers & Lybrand and in its restructuring proceedings in Ontario