Our Canadian Transport Group provides clients with advice on various passenger and cargo transportation matters. Our expertise encompasses all transport sectors, including aviation/aerospace, rail, shipping/admiralty and trucking.
The lawyers in our Transport Team are regarded as top practitioners for the following reasons:
- Exceptional industry coverage – Our lawyers advise and act for many leading companies with dealings in the transportation industry, including banks, insurers, P&I Club, shipping lines, ship operators, shipyards, terminal operators, railways, airlines and aircraft manufacturers, airports, trucking companies, customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics providers.
- Multidisciplinary team – We believe teamwork plays a key role in the success of our clients. Our lawyers have specialized knowledge of particular transport sectors, and work closely with colleagues practising in related areas, including tax, financing, labour relations and corporate and commercial law. Our expertise covers customs and international trade, equipment leasing, acquisition and financing, insurance, labour and employment contracts, litigation, logistics/transportation contracts, safety and security, ship building and acquisition and strategic alliances.
- Large scope of services – We provide advice on sale and purchase or financing of assets and operations. We help clients obtain regulatory approvals and permits and draft and enforce contracts. We also represent them before administrative tribunals and civil courts, and support them with crisis management.
- Global expertise – Our transport expertise in Canada is supplemented by an unrivalled transport expertise across the world including in the United States, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia Africa and the Middle East. With around 300 transport lawyers worldwide, Norton Rose is a worldwide leader in the transport sector.
Rankings and accolades
- Best Lawyers in Canada (2012-2013): Maritime Law
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2012): Consistently Recommended for Transportation (Rail & Road) – Montréal; Repeatedly Recommended for Shipping & Maritime Law - Montréal.
- Who’s Who Legal (2012): Shipping & Maritime
Select client work
- Bombardier Inc. in connection with M&A, corporate finance and securities, P3 and project finance, intellectual property and litigation matters, including in (i) its issuance and sale of US$500 million aggregate principal amount of its new 5.750% Senior Notes due 2022, (ii) the closing of a €500 million unsecured revolving credit facility with a syndicate of international financial institutions made available to Bombardier’s transportation group and in its US$500 million bond offering in the U.S. capital markets, (iii) Bombardier Transportation’s €3.4 billion syndicated increasible extendible letter of credit facility which recently closed on May 27, 2011, and (iv) Bombardier Aerospace’s patent clearance exercise relating to the C Series aircraft.
- Canadian Pacific Railway in connection with M&A, corporate finance, commercial and litigation matters, including in (i) two separate multi-year projects involving the development of new rail service to greenfield potash mine projects proposed for development in Western Canada, (ii) the sale to the City of Regina of the main CPR rail yard in downtown Regina, (iii) a significant international technology outsourcing arrangement with Telus Communications involving multiple communication services and applications in their rail network, and (iv) its public offering of 10-year notes valued at US$250 million.
- Porter Airlines in various M&A, corporate finance, and litigation matters, including in (i) the successful dismissal, with costs of two judicial review applications brought by Air Canada against Porter Airlines and Toronto Port Authority alleging wrongdoing related to slot allocation and other commercial arrangements at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, (ii) its acquisition of a hosted airline reservation system and related support services from a leading US airline reservation technology supplier, (iii) its $125 million equity financing.
- Aero Montreal and Quebec Aerospace Association in the merger of their organizations.
- VIA Rail in matters involving employment and labour and general corporate and commercial.
- SNC Lavalin, in its acquisition of Interfleet Technology an international rail technology consultancy group.
- Successful appellants Vancouver Airport Authority, Edmonton Airport Authority, Calgary Airport Authority, Winnipeg Airport Authority, Ottawa Airport Authority, Montreal Airport Authority, Halifax Airport Authority, St. Johns Airport Authority in the appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal, and Ottawa Airport Authority, Charlottetown Airport Authority and St. Johns Airport Authority on the appeal from the Quebec Court of Appeal regarding their right to seize and detain aircraft operated by airlines that had incurred airport navigation charges until the authorities and Nav Canada were paid or suitable security posted, notwithstanding the identity of the legal owner of the aircraft.