James Fu

Partner

Toronto
JFu@blg.com
416.367.6513
James has a multi-faceted human resources law practice, handling day-to-day, litigation and corporate transactions mandates for clients in both pension and benefits and labour and employment matters. His approach is practical and zealous advocacy for his clients. Practical solutions, in a cost-effective manner, as well as being a tireless advocate, drives his mindset and mantra each and every day.

James’ labour and employment practice includes:

  • advising employers on many aspects of the employment relationship, including pre-employment representations and establishment of employment contracts
  • managing the ongoing employment relationship such as leave of absences issues and performance management
  • advising on terminations of employment relationships including pension and benefits entitlements in severance packages
  • providing employment law advice in corporate transactions

In his pensions and benefits practice, James advises pension plan stakeholders, including plan sponsors, administrators and service providers on a broad range of matters, including:

  • strategic consideration in corporate transactions including the establishment or termination of retirement income plans in purchase and sale transactions.
  • pension and benefits plan set-ups and mergers
  • transfer of plan assets and liabilities
  • due diligence
  • letters of credit
  • change of trustees and custodians

James regularly makes submission to, and has appeared before, Ontario Courts, tribunals and regulatory authorities on a variety of matters, including pension disputes and wrongful dismissal actions. James has also acted in more than 160 corporate transactions. As well, James has also written numerous articles related to labour and employment and pensions and benefits.

Experience

  • Acted for Timiskaming Home Support in an arbitration regarding a settlement in a termination grievance.
  • Advises private and public sector employers on managing the employment relationship, including defending employers against wrongful dismissal actions and human rights applications.
  • Advises on employment and labour law aspects in private and public company purchase and sale transactions.
  • Advises private and public sector employers on compliance with employment standards requirements and legislative developments, including Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements relating to workplace harassment and violence and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Advises private and public sector employers on union-related issues such as union certification drives, interpreting collective agreements and responding to labour grievance proceedings.
  • Advises plan sponsors on plan mergers and amendments.
  • Advises plan sponsors on transfers of plan assets and liabilities with respect to pensions and benefits arrangements.
  • Advises plan administrators on plan administration matters, including pension plan governance.
  • Advising employers on funding agreements.
  • Advising on corporate purchases, sales, financings and other transactions involving pension and benefit plans.
  • Advising on entitlement to pension fund surplus.
  • Advised Veridian Corporation and The Corporation of the City of Belleville, The Corporation of the City of Pickering and The Corporation of the Municipality of Clarington in the amalgamation of Veridian and Whitby Hydro Corporation to form Elexicon Corporation.
  • Advised Long Point Capital in its significant equity investment in CentriLogic, a global provider of managed IT solutions.
  • Advised MD Financial Management in its sale to Scotiabank for $2.6 billion.
  • Advised Bedrock Industries LLC in its C$500M acquisition of Stelco Inc. and the associated CCAA restructuring.
  • Advised Excel Funds Management Inc. and Excel Investment Counsel Inc. (collectively, Excel Funds) in its sale to Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc.
  • Advised Brennan Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of Versa Fittings Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of fittings and tubing in Canada.
  • Advised M3 Mortgage Group, the parent company of Multi-Prêts Mortgages, Mortgage Alliance, Invis and Mortgage Intelligence in its acquisition of Verico Financial Group Inc.
  • Advised Cushman & Wakefield in its acquisition of 20 VIC Management Inc., one of Canada's leading commercial real estate management firms.
  • Advised in the amalgamation of St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Providence Healthcare to create the Unity Health Toronto, the largest Catholic health network in Canada, with approximately 10,000 staff and an annual operating budget of approximately one billion dollars.
  • Advised Stone Canyon Industries, LLC in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Mauser Group N.V., a global supplier of rigid packaging products and services for industrial use, from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, through its subsidiary BWAY Corp., a leading North American manufacturer of rigid metal and plastic containers. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately US$2.3 billion.
  • Advised Securian Financial Group in its acquisition of four subsidiaries of Canadian insurance company Ivari. The businesses acquired for approximately US$142 million include Canadian Premier Life Insurance Co. and Legacy General Insurance Co., distributor CRI Canada, and Selient.
  • Advised in the amalgamation of Kingston General Hospital and Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston to create a newly incorporated public hospital known as Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
  • Advised Sumitomo Corporation in its acquisition of Fyffes Plc.
  • Advised HollyFrontier Corporation in its acquisition of Suncor Energy's Petro-Canada Lubricants business for C$1.125 billion.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association (Pensions and Benefits Law Section, Labour and Employment Law Section, and Young Lawyers Division Section and on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association Pensions and Benefits Law Section)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, The Association of Canadian Pension Management Editorial Committee

Community Involvement

  • Director, Churchill Chums Child Care Centre
  • Co-Chair of the Board of Director’s Policy Committee (Non-HR), Churchill Chums Child Care Centre
  • Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids Program
  • Member, West Willowdale Neighbourhood Association

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2011
  • LLB, University of Ottawa, 2010
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2007