2016 Rising Stars Award Winners


Thierry-Olivier Keable, Whistler Blackcomb Holdings, Inc.

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Thierry Keable has played a leading role in many highprofile deals at previous firms. He is now General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings (WB). His successes include acting as a key advisor on WB’s critical negotiations with the province and First Nations for renewal of its 60-year operating leases; advising on WB’s $345-million, long-term strategic plan; advising on all risk-management matters for WB’s Canadian operations and mountain-biking events on three continents; acting for MacDonald, Dettwiler on its US$875-million acquisition of the satellite manufacturing business of Loral Space & Communications; participating in two of Lexpert’s Top Deals for 2012; and acting for TELUS on the collapse of its dual-class share structure and proxy fight with Mason Capital — a Lexpert Top 10 Deal in 2012.

Marlo Kravetsky, TD Bank Group

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Marlo Kravetsky led the internal investigation of the most significant securities regulatory issue facing a bank-owned investment dealer in recent history. The case concerned structural issues within TD’s systems that led to qualifying clients not being placed in lower-cost- proprietary mutual-fund products and embedded advisor fees not being excluded from the fixed-account management fee in fee-based investment accounts. She was responsible for self-reporting to the Ontario Securities Commission and industry groups. She developed a remediation program ensuring fair treatment to affected clients, managed remediation across four business lines and developed a legal strategy to manage regulatory risk. She also led settlement of a several-hundred-million-dollar claim against TD in the collapse of the Icelandic banking system following the 2008 financial crisis. Marlo is a member of the diversity and inclusion committee of the Bank Group’s legal department.

Sophie Lamonde, Stikeman Elliot LLP

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Sophie Lamonde has led legal teams on large, highly complex M&A transactions, with emphasis on private-equity and cross-border deals. She was a key member of the team representing TELUS in its $600-million sale of a 35-per-cent stake in TELUS International to Baring Private Equity Asia. She acted on Taylor Morrison’s divestiture of Monarch to Mattamy Homes for $330 million; the $366-million sale of KRG Capital-backed Focus Corp. to WSP Global; and the sale of Astral Media to BCE for $3.8 billion. She also played central roles in restructurings, including the voluntary wind-down of Penson Financial Services Canada, in which $10 billion in assets held for clients was transferred; and the global restructuring of the AbitibiBowater Group. Sophie sits on boards of the Théâtre de Quat’Sous and Fondation PalliAmi, supporting Notre-Dame Hospital’s palliative-care unit.

Martha MacDonald, Torys LLP

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Martha MacDonald has practised tax controversy and litigation exclusively since her 2005 call to the Bar. She trained under industry leaders at a previous firm before becoming a partner in 2014. In 2015, she was recruited to lead and grow tax litigation at Torys. That year she won a significant motion for two ConocoPhillips subsidiaries on the scope of discovery in cross-border transfer-pricing cases and argued a GST test case for Great-West Life, affecting a dozen appeals. She has attracted litigation mandates from BMO and Canada Life Group Insurance. As a junior, Martha acted on landmark cases, including the leading case on the interpretation of Canada’s modern transfer-pricing regime for General Electric. While at law school, Martha volunteered at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and for a refugee legal aid clinic in Cairo.

Mariana MacIntosh, Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan

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Mariana MacIntosh is a Senior Legal Counsel at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, nominated by McCarthy Tétrault LLP and endorsed by Stikeman Elliott LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She consistently exhibits talent, communication skills, maturity and legal and practical understanding beyond her years. In the face of the pension industry’s increasing regulatory challenges, she has consistently achieved creative legal solutions. Examples include a collaborative and creative solution in a transaction that resulted in long-term savings to the fund of hundreds of millions of dollars and providing critical support in the implementation of changes to OTPP’s funding policy for the long-term sustainability of the plan, requiring a deep understanding of complex actuarial principles. Mariana has volunteered with the Mothercraft Society, Roots of Empathy, Toronto Distress Centres, Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Unaccompanied Minors Project.