2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Renee Reichelt, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

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Renee Reichelt acts in all industries, with a focus on financial institutions and investment dealers including TD, RBC, National Bank Financial, Mackie Research Capital Corp. and Privest Wealth Management. She has mastered the complexities and issues of hightly regulated products in the capital markets and wealth management area. Her securities expertise includes representing public and private companies and individuals at the Alberta Securities Commission; defending investment dealers and employees before IIROC; and acting for individual dealers in civil and commercial litigation. She acts on financial services, securities fraud, product liability and consumer protection class actions, as well as in corporate, commercial and shareholder disputes. Renee leads the firm’s most active Pride Network, supporting LGBT rights, and she’s an instructing lawyer in the Dare to Dream Pro Bono Legal Education project for Siksika Nation.

Deborah Reine, Royal Bank of Canada

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As a senior member of RBC’s e-commerce and privacy group, Deborah Reine has led a diverse range of complex initiatives. She shows exceptional analytical skills and innovative approaches in matters of constantly evolving digital and emerging technologies. Her work includes leading the legal team for development and improvement of RBC’s first mobile application, which allows clients to conduct their banking with RBC on mobile devices; working to implement the first e-signature program at a Canadian financial institution; assisting development of a program that allows online creation of personal deposit accounts; and advising on compliance with antispam legislation while avoiding adverse client impacts. Deborah is a board member of a Montessori school and is currently a member of the education committee of the board.

Alain Ricard, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

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Alain Ricard is a leader in banking law, financial services and corporate finance. His work includes advising SNC-Lavalin on infrastructure files, including the sale of SNC’s interest in concession rights to the home of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, and the refinancing of the Restigouche Hospital Centre P3 project; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in restructuring of the $35-billion, non-bank, asset-backed commercial paper market in 2009; Bombardier in its €4.3-billion syndicated letter of credit for Bombardier Transportation Group; lenders of Groupe Immobilier Santé McGill in the $1.34-billion hybrid financing of the McGill University Health Centre P3 project; and an international banking syndicate in the $1.1-billion financing of Nouvelle Autoroute 30. As Montréal office Chair of the business law group, he works to enable young professionals to forge personalized career paths.

Samuel Robinson, Stockwoods LLP

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Sam Robinson’s practice covers all facets of commercial disputes before the courts and in private arbitration. This includes shareholder and partnership disputes; proxy fights and contested take-over bids; disputes related to share purchase warrants and stock options; banking and Bills of Exchange Act litigation; and insurance defence litigation for a major Canadian insurer. He has appeared before all levels of Ontario courts, the Ontario Securities Commission and in private commercial arbitration. He has acted for a global data provider in contemplated proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission and for dissident shareholders in an application for orders on the conduct of an annual meeting during a proxy fight. Sam provides mentoring to younger colleagues and serves on the boards of two community service groups aiding the disadvantaged.

Brad Ross, Goodmans LLP

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Brad Ross focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on complex corporate finance and M&A transactions. He also assists companies with financing initiatives, corporate governance and continuous disclosure. He has acted for OMERS Private Equity in the acquisition and sale of Logibec and the combination of Golfsmith International Holdings and Golf Town Canada; Milestone Apartments REIT in its IPO and offerings of trust units; NorthWest International Healthcare Properties REIT in connection with its reconfiguration as well as its combination with NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT; and Gluskin Sheff + Associates in a bought-deal offering and elimination of its dual-class share structure, among many others. Brad is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall and assists a team of lawyers teaching “The Art of the Deal” at the University of Toronto.