McMillan LLP


What we are great at:
Resourceful, Hybrid, Timeless. McMillan has the capability to assist clients anywhere in the world. We can obtain quick access to lawyers with the right expertise and depth of jurisdictional knowledge to meet any client need. By way of example, we have teams concentrating on the energy, oil and gas, mining, intellectual property, media and entertainment, automotive, health care and transportation sectors.


Headed by a Senior Leadership team, McMillan anticipates its clients’ needs, advance their business priorities and, wherever possible, exceed their expectations. 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. 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 meet any client need.


  • Business Formation, Corporate Governance, Cross-Border Taxation, Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions and Negotiated Transactions, Private Equity
  • Cross-Border Taxation, Tax Litigation and Advocacy
  • Intellectual Property Litigation, Industrial Designs, Licensing, Patents
  • Privacy, Social Media, Technology, Trademarks
  • Corporate Finance, Secured Lending and Syndicated Finance
  • Bond Holder, Creditor Committee and Indenture Trustee Representations
  • Government Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships
  • Regulatory Compliance, Secured Lending and Syndicated Finance
  • Acquisitions and Divestitures and Foreign Investment Review

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

National and international networks – McMillan has the capability to assist clients anywhere in the world. We have a long history of acting for foreign companies looking to set up in the Canadian market. In addition, McMillan has relationships with law firms across Canada and internationally.

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.

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 values of respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence that steer the firm to sustained quality and excellence while fostering a positive work environment.

Service Reach

Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Hong Kong


Major Financial Institutions (Canadian and foreign financial institutions, investment banks, governments, corporations, pension funds and hedge funds)

Technology and Software Companies

Marketing and Design Agencies

Consulting Firms

Communication Companies

Key Principals

Peter Giddens, Co-Chair Intellectual Property

Karl E. Gustafson, QC, Co-Chair, B.C., Energy/Power, Government Relations, Co-Chair, Technology

Contact information

McMillan LLP

Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 4400

Toronto, ON

M5J 2T3



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