Whether evaluating the environmental risk associated with an operating company, a proposed merger or acquisition, purchasing, developing, managing or selling real estate, seeking environmental approvals for an existing or new project, or managing litigation stemming from contamination, companies turn to us for environmental advice. With a client base spanning the range of manufacturing, automotive, steel, real estate, food processing, chemicals, petrochemical, energy, natural resources, utilities, transportation and waste management, to name a few, our environmental group assists clients to identify and resolve issues locally, nationally and internationally.
We focus on finding practical solutions in the most efficient manner possible.
We have built strong relationships with businesses, consultants, lawyers, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations around the world, which allows us to provide timely, efficient solutions to the various legal, technical and public policy issues facing our clients.
The core of our practice involves compliance matters, including the management of environmental risks, as well as the advancement of sustainability (which include compliance and “beyond compliance” elements). Our practice covers many different areas, including the development of environmental/sustainability policies and implementation practices and procedures; relevant and practical proactive (and where necessary reactive) compliance advice; the management of litigation risks; assisting with the purchase, sale and management of properties and businesses; the management and development of contaminated properties, including site investigations, remediation work and brownfield initiatives; conducting environmental assessments for projects, including in the energy sector; assisting with insolvency matters, including with respect to environmental liabilities related to an insolvent or bankrupt company; and obtaining approvals for projects and facilities. We appear in court and before various tribunals and boards to represent clients on liability and enforcement proceedings arising out of contaminated sites, and prosecutions under federal and provincial statutes, as well as municipal by-laws.
We advise buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, borrowers, property managers, underwriters and financial advisors about the various environmental risks related to business and transactions, including the identification of liabilities and the proper management and allocation of these liabilities. This can also include advising on various insurance products that may be available for environmental matters.
- CG Power Systems Canada Inc., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Mumbai-based Crompton Greaves Limited, in connection with the sale of its assets to PTI Manitoba Inc. for an enterprise value of C$20 million.
- Darling International Inc., in connection with its acquisition of all the assets of Rothsay, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., for approximately $645 million.
- Precision Castparts Corp., a worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products, in connection with its acquisition of all of the outstanding securities of Centra Industries, a leading manufacturer of complex aerostructure components for the world's major commercial and military aircraft programs, and the land used to operate the business of Centra Industries for an undisclosed price. Read more
2017, Chambers Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Environment
"Their work is really exceptional."
2016, The Legal 500 Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked Tier 1, Environment
The ‘top notch' team at Bennett Jones LLP ‘impresses across the board', with the group's knowledge, experience and business acumen all highly praised by clients. The firm has a comprehensive environmental practice, with specialist expertise in Aboriginal law, energy, contaminated sites, transport of dangerous goods, and corporate support matters. In Toronto, ‘go-to lawyer' Leonard Griffiths is regarded by many as ‘the best in Canada'; he heads the large national team alongside Shawn Munro in Calgary. Also in Calgary, regulatory head Brad Gilmour is a ‘top-class practitioner' and is particularly well regarded for energy-related issues.
2016, The Lawyer International – Legal 100, Special Edition
Bennett Jones - Law Firm of the Year - Environmental - Canada
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