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Regulatory and Compliance
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2T3
Telephone: 416-865-7000
Fax: 416-865-7048
Toll Free: 888-622-4624
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Established: 1903

Practice Areas
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Construction Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Banking
  • Commercial Law
  • Investment
  • Private Public Partnership
  • Restructuring
  • Tax
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About Us
Recognized Leadership

McMillan lawyers are recognized as leaders in Canadian and international professional directories including International Financial Law Review 1000, Lexpert, Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, Global Competition Review and Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Top 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Industry-focused Teams

Our industry-focused teams follow industry developments and participate in industry associations and events, enabling us to deliver sound practical legal advice informed by knowledge of our clients and their industries. By way of example, we have teams concentrating on the insurance, telecommunications, energy, oil and gas, mining, media and entertainment, automotive, health care and transportation sectors.

National and International Networks

McMillan has the capability to assist clients anywhere in the world. We are members of TerraLex, one of the largest global networks of independent law firms. TerraLex encompasses more than 150 firms and 15,000 attorneys in over 100 countries. With such resources, TerraLex member firms can obtain quick access to lawyers with the right expertise and depth of jurisdictional knowledge to meet client needs. One of our partners is the Insurance Co-Chair - North America for TerraLex.

Knowledge Management and Use of Innovative Technology

In a service business where knowledge and experience are crucial, we have been proactive in implementing systems and technology that capture and foster the sharing of knowledge and experience among firm members.

Practical Cost-Effective Legal Solutions

We listen carefully to our clients to understand their particular needs and circumstances. We then develop legal teams best suited to meet those needs and circumstances. We do not over-lawyer. Our experience demonstrates that knowing a client's business and objectives and using a team approach, with appropriate delegation and supervision, allows us to deliver excellent cost-effective results. In the insurance regulatory area, we have extensive precedents, check lists and experience in dealing with the regulators.

Value-Added Client Initiatives

We offer our clients seminars on recent legal developments, timely news bulletins and other sources of up-to-date information regarding developments that may impact their businesses. Our clients are also invited to join in our well-regarded continuing education and training programs, including our annual "McMillan Business Academy".

Firm Values

We are proud of our firm and its history of service to clients, community and the legal profession. We are committed to our well-defined firm value of respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence that steer the firm to sustained quality and excellence while fostering a positive work environment.

We are actively involved in pro-bono work, for example, we advised Doctors Without Borders on their risk management/insurance program for clinical research. We also have an active program to address and promote diversity.

McMillan LLP is a modern, innovative and client-oriented law firm. Its diversity of lawyers, deep bench strength and broad range of expertise are held in high regard by domestic and international clients alike. McMillan is a leading international business law firm committed to client service and professional excellence for over 100 years. With recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors, McMillan provides definitive Canadian legal advice to financial institutions, businesses, governments and private individuals in Canada, the United States and internationally.

McMillan LLP has extensive and recognized experience in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance regulation and operation in Canada. We have the expertise and the resources to help clients meet their business challenges and achieve their strategic objectives quickly and efficiently. We regularly advise on the establishment of insurance operations, including incorporation or branch qualification. We handle licensing federally and across all ten Canadian provinces and three territories. In terms of mergers & acquisitions, the firm has acted on three of the largest insurance acquisitions over the past 24 months. Our reorganization work includes continuance into other jurisdictions and amalgamations. We also have expertise in the areas of financing and capital raising in the public markets, regulatory approvals, compliance matters, insurance intermediary qualifications and acquisitions, and policy drafting. Our expertise also includes advising on insurance company insolvencies where our clients have included companies, creditors, major policyholders and foreign regulators.

Since inception, we have provided the legal input for the legislative compliance system for the insurance industry in Canada (Ethidex).

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Additional Locations
Vancouver, British Columbia
Royal Centre
1055 West Georgia Street, Suite 1500
P.O. Box 11117 (V6E 4N7)
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6E 4N7
Telephone: 604-689-9111
Fax: 604-685-7084
Calgary, Alberta
TD Canada Trust Tower, 421 7th Avenue S.W., Suite 1700
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2P 4K9
Telephone: 403-531-4700
Fax: 403-531-4720
Ottawa, Ontario
50 O'Connor Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1P 6L2
Telephone: 613-232-7171
Fax: 613-231-3191
Hong Kong, SAR, China-PRC
3502, Tower 2, Lippo Centre
89 Queensway
Hong Kong, SAR, China-PRC
Telephone: +(852) 3101 0213
Fax: +(852) 3585 1233
McMillan S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.
1000 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 2700
Montréal, Quebec Canada H3A 3G4
Telephone: 514-987-5000
Fax: 513-987-1213
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Personnel Information
Frank PalmayRobert R. Cranston
Carol LyonsChris N. Germanakos
Assunta Di Lorenzo
Gerald A. Badali
Nika RobinsonEnda Wong
Hilary KwinterAlison Kim

Unlicensed insurance in Canada by Carol Lyons

Ontario implements administrative monetary penalties by Carol Lyons

Canadian insurance regulators provide recommendations on electronic commerce by Carol Lyons

Canada initiates ORSA by Carol Lyons

OSFI clarifies expectations for implementation of revised corporate governance guideline by Carol Lyons

U can't touch this: insurance sales brokers may be free to take their book of business elsewhere by Paul Boshyk & Hartley Lefton

Ontario Court of Appeal recognises new tort for invasion of privacy by Hartley Lefton & Lyndsay Wasser

Coventree D & O coverage - inportant lessons to be learned by Frank Palmay

Seven corporate sins as a source of government revenue and economic stimulus by Frank Palmay

Recent Quebec Manulife Decision – Canary in the Coalmine? by Frank Palmay
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(Revisors of the Canada and Ontario Insurance Law Digests for this Publication)