Chairman: Brock W Gibson, QC
Firm Managing Partner: Robert M Granatstein
Number of partners: 279
Number of lawyers: 618 (includes partners)
Languages: Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish
Blakes provides exceptional legal services to leading businesses in Canada and around the world. It focuses on building long-term relationships with clients. The firm does this by staying true to its guiding principles and providing unparalleled client service and the highest standard of legal advice, always informed by the business context. In 2013, Blakes was named “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the fourth time by Chambers and Partners.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Accomplished in all types of domestic and cross-border financings and securitisations, as well as the establishment and regulation of financial institutions. Regular counsel to most of Canada’s major financial institutions, as well as US, European and other non-Canadian financial services providers.
Provide strategic counsel to major telecommunications, internet access, wireline telephone service, IPTV cable television companies, emerging media and entertainment businesses on broadcasting regulations, wireless spectrum auctions, spectrum allocation and usage matters, competition law, and other regulatory matters.
Represent clients to facilitate their strategic objectives in compliance with the Competition Act and Canada’s rules on foreign investment. Frequently retained by major domestic and international companies and by leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel and representation in merger reviews, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, distribution practices, advertising matters and other competition issues.
Advise public and private companies in all industries on domestic and international transactions, including associated regulatory, tax and corporate issues. Handle transactions ranging from Canada’s most significant, novel and complex to start-ups and founder transitions, and have been Canada’s busiest M&A law firm each year since 2007, according to Bloomberg.
Adept in oil and gas, renewable energy, electricity, mining and forestry matters. A multidisciplinary approach that draws on lawyers in the fields of corporate, securities, M&A, project finance, regulatory, environmental, litigation, labour, tax and aboriginal law to ensure commercial success of clients in these industries.
Advise on growth and management strategies while effectively resolving disputes and assuring environmental compliance. Particular areas of expertise include risk management, permitting requirements, regulatory approvals, spill responses, greenhouse gas emissions, the import, export and disposal of hazardous substances, brownfield redevelopment, environmental assessments as well as due diligence procedures and training.
Advise on risk management, regulatory compliance, complex transactions such as acquisitions of technology companies, IT and business-process outsourcing and procurement arrangements, financing of such companies as well as commercial matters, including drafting technology transfer, development, distribution, and licensing agreements.
Multidisciplinary team advising on all aspects of national and international projects involving infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and alternative financing and procurement.
Advise creditors and debtors alike, with a high level of expertise in cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. Clients include domestic and international banks, companies and their directors, and other insolvency practitioners.
Advise on high-value, leading-edge technology patent portfolios and providing strategic counsel to some of the most well-known North American and international brands.
Counsel clients on WTO and NAFTA dispute settlements, free trade negotiations, bilateral investment treaty arbitrations, antidumping/countervailing disputes, customs, export/import controls, compliance reviews and audits, NAFTA origin determinations, government procurement appeals, bribery and foreign corrupt practices, trade policy and legislation, sanctions/embargoes and extraterritorial laws.
Serve clients across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors with particular expertise in business crimes, complex commercial disputes, class action defence, competition, constitutional and Charter of Rights, construction, e-discovery, energy, media and defamation, pension and employee benefits, product liability, securities, tax, and international commercial arbitration.
Focused on sophisticated M&A and corporate finance transactions, in addition to advising mining companies on a wide range of commercial, operational and non-transactional matters.
Full range of services to funds seeking to invest in, acquire, dispose of or refinance Canadian businesses. Includes advising on fund raising and fund formation activities.
Regularly advises on federal, provincial and municipal transactions and related disputes. A key player in the drafting of commercial procurement documents and procurement policies.
Practice spans real property acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and acquisitions, financing, capital market transactions, real estate investments trusts (REITs), securitisations, leasing, hospitality and recreational properties, development and restructuring.
Expertise in cross-border M&A, private equity, multi-jurisdictional reorganisations, corporate finance, energy and mining tax, taxation of financial institutions and sales taxes, including transfer pricing and tax controversy and litigation. Org
Areas of Practice
Banking & Finance
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