2016 Rising Stars Award Winners


Gabriel Castiglio, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

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Gabriel Castiglio is recognized for the size and complexity of the securities and M&A transactions he negotiates, structures and closes. These include a leading role in advising Fiera Capital on the acquisition of Ohio-based Apex Capital Management for US$145 million; the creation of a joint venture with Toronto-based Aquila Infrastructure Management to form a $500-million infrastructure management platform; a secondary offering by National Bank of shares of Fiera for $114 million; and the acquisition of Bel Air Investment Advisors and Wilkinson O’Grady & Co. for US$156 million. He advised BMTC Group in various transactions during 2015, including capital reorganization to eliminate a dual-class share structure and the repurchase of 15.5 per cent of share capital for $108 million. Gabriel has provided pro bono advice to charitable organizations such as Théâtre La Chapelle and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.

Level Chan, Stewart McKelvey

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Level Chan is a leader in the pensions and employee benefits team who has grown the scope and profile of the practice. His work includes advising on pension and benefits matters in the $5.8-billion purchase of Safeway by Sobeys; assisting the Province of New Brunswick in Charter challenges to the implementation of the Public Service Shared Risk Plan; advising on pension administration and investment matters for the provincial public sector and utility pension plans in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; advising on pension plan amendments and collective bargaining at universities in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island; and advising pension plans on amendment and conversion to sharedrisk or target-benefit plans in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Level has had leadership roles in promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession and the firm.

Kate A. Crawford, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Kate Crawford is a litigator in medical malpractice actions, class actions and administrative law. She represented the Hospital for Sick Children in the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario at several months of hearings. She regularly represents medical leaders in proceedings relating to physicians’ privileges under the Public Hospitals Act, where she forges solutions — both collaborative and litigated — to issues of patient care and safety, physicians’ livelihoods and reputations, and professional licensing. She represented Toronto East General Hospital at the JKE Inquest, a lengthy probe into police and health-care interactions with the mentally ill. She also represented SickKids in the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review and acts as the hospital’s lead counsel in the proposed class action arising from the Motherisk review.