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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Toronto
  • Suite 1750
  • 340 Albert Street, Suite 1750
  • Ottawa
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON K1P 1A4
  • Chairman: Brock W Gibson, QC
  • Firm Managing Partner: Robert M Granatstein
  • Number of partners: 271
  • Number of lawyers: 582 (includes partners)
  • Languages: Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish

Firm Overview: In 2013, Blakes was named “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the fourth time by Chambers and Partners. As a result of input received from other law firms and clients worldwide for the Chambers Global guide, 111 of their lawyers were ranked as leading practitioners in the Canadian section of the 2013 edition, more than any other Canadian law firm.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Finance: Recognised as the leading financial services practice in Canada with expertise in all types of domestic and cross-border financings and securitisations, as well as the establishment and regulation of financial institutions. Blakes is regular counsel to most of Canada’s major financial institutions, as well as US, European and other non-Canadian financial services providers.

Communications: Involved in some of the most significant recent transactions in the communications industry in Canada. 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.

Competition: Repeatedly acknowledged as the leading practice in Canada with globally recognised expertise. 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 before the Competition Bureau.

Corporate/M&A: Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, advising public and private companies in all industries on domestic and international transactions, including associated regulatory, tax and corporate issues. The firm handles transactions ranging from Canada’s most significant, novel and complex to start-ups and founder transitions and has been Canada’s busiest M&A law firm each year since 2007 according to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.

Energy/Natural Resources: Expertise in oil and gas, renewable energy, electricity, mining and forestry. A multidisciplinary approach that draws on lawyers in the fields of corporate, securities, M&A, regulatory, environmental, forest tenure, litigation, labour, tax and aboriginal law to ensure commercial success of clients in these industries.

Environmental: Leading national Canadian practice, advising on growth and management strategies while effectively resolving disputes and assuring environmental compliance with respect to contaminated sites, major projects, waste management, permitting requirements, spill responses, greenhouse gas emissions, the import, export and disposal of hazardous substances as well as due diligence procedures and training.

Information Technology: One of the largest and most highly-regarded technology law practices in Canada. Blakes advises 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.

Infrastructure/PPP: Multidisciplinary team advising on all aspects of national and international projects involving infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and alternative financing and procurement.

Insolvency/Corporate Recovery: Blakes Restructuring and Insolvency has a significant practice advising 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.

Intellectual Property: Internationally recognised as a leading practice, advising on high-value, leading-edge technology patent portfolios and providing strategic counsel to some of the most well-known North American and international brands.

International Trade: Recognised in WTO and NAFTA dispute settlement, free trade negotiation, bilateral investment treaty arbitration, 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.

Litigation: One of the largest and most successful litigation and dispute resolution practices in the country. Serving clients across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors on business crimes, corporate matters, class action, competition, constitutional and Charter of Rights, construction, e-discovery, energy, environmental claims, insolvency, insurance, media and defamation, pension and employee benefits, product liability, securities, tax and international commercial mediation and commercial arbitration.

Private Equity: 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.

Real Estate: One of Canada’s largest and most diverse practices, spanning 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.

Tax: Leading international tax practice, including transfer pricing and tax litigation. Unparalleled expertise in cross-border M&A, private equity, multi-jursdictional reorganisations, corporate finance, energy and mining tax, taxation of financial institutions and sales taxes; thriving tax controversy, tax litigation and transfer pricing practices.

Additional Offices Across Canada: Montréal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver

Associated Offices: Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Shanghai, China

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Communications
  • Competition
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Energy/Natural Resources
  • Environmental
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure/PPP
  • Insolvency/Corporate
  • Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Litigation
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Tax


  • 199 Bay Street,
  • Suite 4000,
  • Commerce Court West,
  • Toronto,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • M5L 1A9
  • Tel +1 416 863 2400
  • Fax +1 416 863 2653
  • Email : toronto@blakes.com
  • Website : www.blakes.com
  • 126 East 56th Street,
  • Suite 1701, Tower 56,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022-3613
  • Tel +1 212 893 8200
  • Fax +1 212 829 9500
  • Email : newyork@blakes.com
  • 181 West Madison Street,
  • Suite 3610,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60602-4645
  • Tel +1 312 739 3610
  • Fax +1 312 739 3611
  • Email : chicago@blakes.com
  • 23 College Hill,
  • 5th Floor,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4R 2RP
  • Tel (020) 7429 3550
  • Fax (020) 7429 3560
  • Email : london@blakes.com
  • 7 Dong Sanhuan Zhonglu, Suite 901,
  • Office Tower A, Beijing Fortune Plaza,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100020
  • Tel +86 10 6530 9010
  • Fax +86 10 6530 9008
  • Email : beijing@blakes.com
  • 5th Floor, GB Corp Tower,,
  • Bahrain Financial Harbour, PO Box 10945,
  • Manama,
  • Bahrain
  • Bahrain
  • Tel +973 17 15 15 00
  • Fax +973 17 10 49 48
  • Email : bahrain@blakes.com
  • Apicorp Building,
  • P.O. Box 1404,
  • Al-Khobar,
  • Eastern Province
  • Saudi Arabia
  • 31952
  • Tel +966-13-847-5050
  • Fax +966 3 847 5353
  • Email : saud.ammari@blakes.com

International Trade - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive experience in customs-related work, acting for the firm's strong stable of corporate clients in relation to cross-border transactions. Also acts for government entity clients on matters relating to WTO law and handles matters concerning foreign corruption and government procurement.

Notable practitioners  

Greg Kanargelidis is "a wonderful guy and a terrific lawyer" who comes highly recommended for his extensive expertise in customs law and commodity tax.

Public Procurement - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 13 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Features regularly on the competitive procurement of some of Canada's largest projects involving multiple stakeholders. A deep team with notable experience in acting on transit and nuclear mandates, with additional expertise in the waste management and food services sectors. Regularly advises on federal, provincial and municipal transactions and related disputes. A key player in the drafting of commercial procurement documents and procurement policies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They have a strong multi-person practice."

Work highlights Advised Infrastructure Ontario on design, build, finance and maintain projects for both the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Scarborough LRT.

Notable practitioners  

Judy Wilson "is one of the foremost public procurement lawyers in Canada. She is extremely good at managing very complicated situations and can help conflicting parties understand common interests in a short period of time." She has extensive experience in advising on projects in the nuclear, transportation and healthcare sectors, among others.

Gordon Cameron advises on administrative and commercial litigation, and has a strong reputation in Canadian procurement.

Graham McLeod is recognised for his intimate knowledge of the PPP structure in Canada and for his "great understanding of the procurement process." 

Significant clients Ontario Power Generation, City of Greater Sudbury, Champlain Community Care Access Centre, Ontario Association of Community Access Centres.