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Ryan Gallagher maintains a broad regulatory practice that encompasses transportation law, competition law, and foreign investment regulation. He has extensive experience advising clients in mining, forestry, agriculture, chemicals and other industrial sectors on issues relating to transportation and logistics. Ryan is recognized as a leading transportation lawyer with outstanding expertise in railways.

Acting on behalf of some of the largest shippers in Canada, Ryan provides advice and representation on regulatory and arbitration matters involving rates and conditions of service on and with Class I railways.

Ryan also provides counsel on commercial negotiations, regulatory submissions before the Canadian Transportation Agency, industrial property development issues, and environmental permitting and approval matters.

As part of his regulatory practice, Ryan assists clients with merger reviews and other matters under the Competition Act and foreign investment matters under the Investment Canada Act.  



Representative Matters

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

  • Gibraltar Mines vs. Canadian National Railway Company, final offer arbitration and Judicial Review (2020)
  • Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC in connection with its sale of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway to Canadian Pacific Railway (2019)
  • Teck Coal Limited in connection with a five year rail agreement for shipping of steelmaking coal from Teck’s four B.C. operations from Kamloops to Neptune Terminals and other west coast ports (2019)
  • 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 Resources Limited, agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited (2012)
  • Teck Resources Limited and affiliates before the Federal Rail Freight Service Review, Transport Canada (2010-2013)
  • Teck Coal vs. Canadian Pacific Railway, final offer arbitrations (May and June 2009)
  • 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:

  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. In its acquisition of Norbord for approximately $4 billion (2020/21)
  • 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)

News


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail and Road
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2019) as a leader in Transportation: Rail & Road

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Transportation Research Forum
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association

Education & Admissions

2007
Called to the British Columbia bar
2006
LLBUniversity of British Columbia
2000
B.Sc. (Honours), BiochemistryUniversity of British Columbia

Publications

Insights by Ryan Gallagher (20 Posts)

CN Rail Acquires H&R Transport – Competition Analysis

May 1, 2020

The Competition Bureau's review of the CN/H&R highlights its attention to non-notifiable deals, its use of oral examinations and the efficiencies defence.

Transport Canada Relaxes Mandatory Off-Duty Time for Truck Drivers Transporting Essential Cargo

Mar 30, 2020

March 24 2020 after consultation with the provinces an exemption was issued permitting trucking companies and drivers to exceed maximum on-duty and driving time

Don’t Count Your Efficiencies Before They Hatch: Exploring The Factors That Impact A Railway’s Operating Ratio

Jul 22, 2019

Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”) has significantly reduced its operating ratio in the past few years.

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 5

May 10, 2019

Canadian transportation policy is continuously evolving

Regulations Implementing theTransportation Modernization Act

Apr 11, 2019

On April 1, 2019, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“Agency”) announced the publication of proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) in the Canada Gazette to implement certain aspects of the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) (“TMA”).

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 4

Jun 4, 2018

The Canada chapter in Getting the Deal Through - Banking Regulation 2018 provides an overview of the regulations governing the banking industry in Canada

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Jun 22, 2017

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

Jun 13, 2017

Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

Bill C-49: Is the Line Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?

May 30, 2017

Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

May 16, 2017

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase – $1 Billion (Cdn)

Apr 12, 2017

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase - $1 Billion (Cdn)

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

Jan 3, 2017

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

Aug 23, 2016

The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

Apr 29, 2016

Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)

Apr 6, 2016

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

Mar 16, 2016

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

Update: Safe and Accountable Rail Act Receives Royal Assent

Jun 27, 2015

Update: Safe and Accountable Rail Act Receives Royal Assent

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Feb 28, 2015

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Feb 28, 2015

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Feb 28, 2015

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime