OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

For decades, Blakes has been representing leading European companies doing business in Canada. Whether these companies are engaging in transactions, acquiring businesses or seeking investment opportunities, Blakes provides leading representation on doing business in Canada.

As one of very few full-service, Canadian law firms, Blakes has the experience and resources to provide fully integrated legal services to corporate clients across Canada. From offices in Canada's key business centres, we offer European investors geographic-specific advice regarding their Canadian investments. Additionally, with experience across a wide range of industries, including aviation, food, beverage and agribusiness, consumer products, energy, financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing, natural resources, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and technology, we have the industry knowledge to represent our clients’ interests effectively.

Blakes is recognized as a leading firm in M&A, capital markets, competition and antitrust, foreign investment, financial services, and tax, and has advised on many of the most high-profile global M&A and financing transactions. We represent European companies in their Canadian transactions, optimizing their business opportunities and limiting their risk exposure. Many European companies also seek our advice on trade and business law issues, intellectual property, information technology, litigation and dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency matters. Canada and the European Union are close to completing a free trade agreement, and once finalized, Blakes will be well positioned to advise on opportunities available to importers and exporters.

Working alongside prominent European law firms, we advise Canadian clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions in Europe. From our London office, we advise our European clients investing in Latin America, Africa and Asia. We also act for Canadian issuers and international underwriters in placing debt and equity securities in Euromarkets and in arranging syndicated loans and related transactions. As a leader in corporate finance, we have assisted, in conjunction with U.K. counsel, clients seeking to list on the London Stock Exchange.

Our strong presence in global business centres, our long-established relationships with leading international legal and accounting firms, and our experience before regulatory authorities enable us to deliver comprehensive, full-service legal advice to our clients. Our international capabilities are enhanced by our charter membership in Lex ​Mundi​ – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.

As part of the Lex Mundi global network, we can provide our clients with preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers around the world – all from a single point of contact. 

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

​Members of the Blakes Europe team are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields by the following surveys and guides:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • IFLR: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2635
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, IP Litigation, Technology, Life Sciences, Europe, United States, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Counterfeiting , International Dispute Resolution
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5027
Areas of Expertise: Investment Treaty Arbitration, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Africa, United States, Europe, Latin America, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, International Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3860
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Hospitality & Leisure, Real Estate Financing, Europe, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Managing Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Private Equity, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2704
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Mining, Private Equity, Retail & Consumer Products, Africa, Europe, India, United States, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4034
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Africa, Europe, Middle East
Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3558
Areas of Expertise: Africa, Capital Markets, Australia, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3277
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Europe, United States, Latin America, Cybersecurity, Fintech
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2930
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, Corporate Governance, Investment Products & Asset Management, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Pension Funds Investment, REITs, Oil & Gas, United States, Europe
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3389
Areas of Expertise: Banking, Europe, Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Restructuring & Insolvency
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2965
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate & Commercial, Technology, Competition & Antitrust, Communications, Europe, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5080
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Infrastructure, Power, Private Equity, Africa, Europe, India, Middle East, Energy, Foreign Investment, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4333
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Hospitality & Leisure, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Europe, United States, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2785
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Australia, Africa, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
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