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Goodmans Expertise

Health Care Law

A significant increase in the demand for health care services and medical products due to technological advancements, demographic influences, legislative changes and the evolution of government policy have engendered a broad scope of concerns that private and public health care organizations must deal with.  Our knowledge and expertise enable us to properly identify these concerns and offer innovative and effective solutions for a diverse range of legal and business issues in this area.

The members of our health law group have extensive experience in providing a full range of legal services to seniors care providers and regulators, hospitals, hospital foundations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, laboratories, pharmacies, insurance companies, professional associations and underwriters.  We regularly implement and refine organizational structures for our health care clients and maintain leading edge knowledge so as to recommend, in a variety of circumstances, the appropriateness of trusts, unlimited liability corporations, various partnerships and other advantageous legal structures. 

Since most of our health law group practitioners are also seasoned business lawyers, we combine our corporate and tax law expertise with our health care advice so that our health care clients receive commercially sound legal proposals.  Our health law group also draws on a broad range of expertise in specialty areas such as litigation, tax, mediation, arbitration, real estate, zoning, administrative law, realty tax, trusts and estates and employment and labour law.

Seniors Housing

Goodmans has acted on more seniors housing and care acquisition, financing and development transactions than any other law firm in Canada and also has extensive experience with these matters in the United States.  In addition to our understanding of the legal requirements in this space and our strong relationships with senior care regulators, we have a keen grasp on industry trends, including current demographics and the evolving demands of the aging population.

As a result of our depth in this area, we have been able to identify unique issues for seniors housing assets in commercial transactions and resolve such issues with precision and efficiency.  We are very much attuned to the hot buttons for both retirement and nursing homes in the context of completing public offering, M&A, joint venture, private financing and development transactions.  Our experience includes representing numerous seniors housing and care providers, regulators, investors, underwriters and lenders.

Alternative Financing/Outsourcing

Governments are looking to partner with private sector investors and pension plans in financing, building, and maintaining public infrastructure in the health care sector.  In particular, the upgrading, maintenance and creation of  new hospitals through the use of alternative financing will allow faster expansion of health care facilities, improve management so that projects are delivered on time and on budget creating the need for cost-effective, innovative, and timely advice in all stages of projects. Goodmans has the expertise to help in the structuring of innovative arrangements between the public and private sector ranging from cost efficient outsourcing and service agreements, innovative and tax advantageous infrastructure financing arrangements, alternative service delivery arrangements as well as large scale public/private infrastructure partnerships and industry restructurings. Goodmans has an extensive background in advising government and consortia on major infrastructure projects across Canada.