Ryan Gallagher 

Ryan Gallagher

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.691.6865
e: ryan.gallagher@mcmillan.ca

overview

Ryan Gallagher is a lawyer in McMillan's Vancouver office and is a member of the firm's Competition Group and Transportation Group. Ryan's practice focuses on transportation and logistics with a particular emphasis on the rail industry. Ryan has particular experience in counseling, negotiating, and attending to regulatory and arbitration matters involving rates and conditions of service on and with Class I railways on behalf of some of the largest shippers and rail-users in Canada. Ryan also has assisted the firm's clients with various commercial negotiations, regulatory submissions before the Canadian Transportation Agency, industrial property development issues as well as environmental permitting and approval issues.

Ryan also practices competition law, including merger reviews, and supports the firm’s Investment Canada Act practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan was an associate in a firm focused on railway regulatory matters.

Representative Matters

Ryan was a member of the firm's team on the following transportation matters:

  • Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) in connection with the formation of Central Maine & Québec Railway and purchase of the assets of bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway, following derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Québec (July 6, 2013)
  • Teck Coal vs. Canadian Pacific Railway, final offer arbitrations (May and June 2009)
  • Teck Resources Limited, agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited (2012)
  • Teck Resources Limited and affiliates before the Federal Rail Freight Service Review, Transport Canada (2010-2013)
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian National Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian Pacific Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Union Pacific Railroad

Ryan was also a member of the firm's regulatory team on the following recent transactions:

  • Thoma Bravo, LLC, in its acquisition of TRADER Corporation (autoTRADER) for C$1.575 billion (2016)
  • Tahoe Resources Inc., in its business combination with Lake Shore Gold Corp. (2016)
  • Plentyoffish Media Inc. in its acquisition by The Match.com Group for US $575 million (2015)
  • The WhiteWave Foods Company in its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd. (2015)

Publications

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)
Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration
Bill C-49: Is the Line Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?
Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act
Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase - $1 Billion (Cdn)
Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation
The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act
Rail Level of Service Decisions and Shipper Service Requirements
Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Update: Safe and Accountable Rail Act Receives Royal Assent
Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime
The Disclosure of Rail Carrier Costing Information
Update: Liability for Rail Shipments of TIH Commodities
Apportioning Potential Liability for the Rail Transportation of Hazardous Commodities

News

Legislation to require tougher insurance for oil shipments by rail
Canadian Regulation of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions in the Transportation Sector
De-railed
McMillan helps complete the cross-border sale of assets of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LLB - 2006
  • University of British Columbia, B.Sc. (Hons. Biochemistry) - 2000

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 2007

Practices

business law
unilateral conduct and distribution practices
negotiated transactions
regulatory compliance

Industries

transportation
rail
marine
trucking
terminals

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Transportation Research Forum
vcard

Ryan Gallagher is a lawyer in McMillan's Vancouver office and is a member of the firm's Competition Group and Transportation Group. Ryan's practice focuses on transportation and logistics with a particular emphasis on the rail industry. Ryan has particular experience in counseling, negotiating, and attending to regulatory and arbitration matters involving rates and conditions of service on and with Class I railways on behalf of some of the largest shippers and rail-users in Canada. Ryan also has assisted the firm's clients with various commercial negotiations, regulatory submissions before the Canadian Transportation Agency, industrial property development issues as well as environmental permitting and approval issues.

Ryan also practices competition law, including merger reviews, and supports the firm’s Investment Canada Act practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan was an associate in a firm focused on railway regulatory matters.

Ryan was a member of the firm's team on the following transportation matters:

  • Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) in connection with the formation of Central Maine & Québec Railway and purchase of the assets of bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway, following derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Québec (July 6, 2013)
  • Teck Coal vs. Canadian Pacific Railway, final offer arbitrations (May and June 2009)
  • Teck Resources Limited, agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited (2012)
  • Teck Resources Limited and affiliates before the Federal Rail Freight Service Review, Transport Canada (2010-2013)
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian National Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian Pacific Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Union Pacific Railroad

Ryan was also a member of the firm's regulatory team on the following recent transactions:

  • Thoma Bravo, LLC, in its acquisition of TRADER Corporation (autoTRADER) for C$1.575 billion (2016)
  • Tahoe Resources Inc., in its business combination with Lake Shore Gold Corp. (2016)
  • Plentyoffish Media Inc. in its acquisition by The Match.com Group for US $575 million (2015)
  • The WhiteWave Foods Company in its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd. (2015)
May 2016
Rail Level of Service Decisions and Shipper Service Requirements
North American Transport Challenges in an Era of Change, Proceedings of the 51st Annual Conference of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario
March 2016
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Transportation Bulletin
May 2015
Risk Shifting as use of Market Power: Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Another 50 Years: Where To From Here?, Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Montreal, Quebec
Spring 2015
Canadian Regulation of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions in the Transportation Sector
American Bar Association's Transportation and Energy Industries Committee Newsletter
June 2013
The Disclosure of Rail Carrier Costing Information
North American Competitiveness in Global Trade: The Role of Transportation, Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 2012
Apportioning Potential Liability for the Rail Transportation of Hazardous Commodities
Sustainable Transportation: Economic, Social and Environment Perspectives, Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Calgary, Alberta