11/18/2016




Blakes is pleased to announce that Partners Susan Tomaine and Kurt Sarno have been honoured as Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2016.

Located in our Vancouver office, Susan has been practising corporate and securities law for 13 years. She first joined Blakes in 2007 and has been a member of the Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions groups ever since. She is also chair of the Firm's Social Committee and a member of the Associates Committee and the Women@Blakes network. This past September, Susan was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40, and earlier this year, she was recognized as a leading private equity lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for the second consecutive year.

Kurt works out of our Toronto office. In addition to his practice where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and joint ventures, he is also Co-Leader of the Firm's Private Equity group. Kurt advises buyers, sellers and targets on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions; private equity investors and sponsors on buy-outs, investments and exits; and businesses across various industries on complex joint ventures and strategic corporate and commercial matters.

The awards are presented to lawyers from law firms and in-house counsel, aged 40 or under, who are up-and-coming in the Canadian legal community. Lexpert selects the finalists based on a number of criteria, and an advisory board votes on the winning candidates.

Other Blakes lawyers who have won the Rising Stars award include:

Nancy Diep and Eleni Kassaris (2015)
Roy Millen and Paul Singh (2014)
Jeff Bakker and Phillippe Bourassa (2013)
Eric Moncik, Linc Rogers and Patrick Shea (2012)
John Wilkin and Brian Thiessen (2011)
Ryder Gilliland and Dan McLeod (2010)
Chad Schneider and Shlomi Feiner (2009)
Jason Gudofsky and Bob Wooder (2008)
Cathy Beagan Flood, Carlos Cerqueira and Sunny Handa (2007)
Mike Gans and Geoff Belsher (2006)
Brian Facey, Sunny Handa, Jeff Lloyd, Craig Spurn (2004)
Paul Belanger, Geoff Belsher and Mike Gans (2002)