TORONTO (January 28, 2014) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, has announced the addition of 11 new partners.

“On behalf of the Firm, I welcome them to the partnership,” said Rob Granatstein, Firm Managing Partner. “This is a milestone in a lawyer’s career and every one of these individuals has worked extremely hard for our clients. Congratulations!”

In Montréal, Tricia Kuhl’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property and regulatory matters. She advises clients in a variety of industries, including in the pharmaceutical, technology, fashion and renewable energy sectors in connection with the purchase, sale, licensing, protection, commercialization and transfer of technology, products or other assets.

Blakes has four new partners in Toronto. Andrew Gordon advises clients on a wide range of business issues, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private equity investments, joint ventures, partnerships and complex commercial agreements. Mr. Gordon’s practice is particularly focused on the energy and financial services sectors. Daniel Kofman practises commercial real estate law, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development and financing. He also advises his clients on real estate matters in connection with insolvency, including domestic and cross-border reorganization, liquidation, bankruptcy, security enforcement, real property leasing issues, and the purchase and sale of distressed assets and businesses. Alexis Levine focuses primarily on debt and structured financings, acting for both domestic and international lenders and borrowers. He also advises clients regarding federal, provincial and municipal lobbying, election financing, and other advocacy of government. Jeffrey Shafer practises in all areas of Canadian domestic and cross-border income tax law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, international transfer pricing, private equity investment, domestic and international corporate and trust reorganizations, and the taxation of various investment vehicles. 

There are three new partners in Calgary. Michael Dixon’s practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation, arbitration, internal investigations and white collar defence, with a focus on oil and gas law, contract and royalty disputes, fraud claims and insurance matters. Mr. Dixon also regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on cross-border investigations and compliance with domestic and international anti-bribery legislation. Sean Maxwell is involved in all issues relating to pension, employee benefit and deferred compensation plans, including ongoing plan administration and compliance issues, development and documentation of pension and deferred compensation plans, disputes over the use of plan assets and issues arising from corporate transactions and commercial insolvencies. Michael O’Brien’s practice includes all areas of corporate, commercial and real property litigation, including mediations and arbitrations. Michael has appeared as counsel before all levels of courts in Alberta and has been involved in applications for leave to appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared as counsel in a number of complex multi-party arbitrations and mediations.

Vancouver welcomes two new partners. Troy Lehman practises in the area of corporate and commercial law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, procurement, and complex commercial transactions relating to technology. Robin Reinertson has extensive litigation experience in British Columbia and Ontario. She has a general commercial litigation practice involving contract disputes, shareholder disagreements, joint venture obligations, conspiracy and fraud, as well as particular expertise defending class actions involving product liability, consumer protection, regulatory compliance and complex scientific/medical issues.

In Bahrain, Tim Sunar’s practice focuses on advising clients on a range of commercial transactions with an emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, international joint ventures, and reorganizations. He relocated to the Gulf Region in October 2009 to help open the Firm's offices in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and prior to that time, worked in the Toronto office. Mr. Sunar is recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 (Corporate & Finance).

About Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, we serve a diverse national and international client base, and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm's full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, London, Bahrain, Beijing and associated offices in Al-Khobar and Shanghai. Thanks to our clients and the challenging work they generate, in 2013, Blakes was named "Law Firm of the Year: Canada" by Chambers and Partners. This is the fourth time we have been honoured with this award, more than any other Canadian firm. Blakes was also named "Canada Law Firm of the Year" for the fifth consecutive year by Who's Who Legal. Over the last five years, Blakes has been the busiest Canadian M&A law firm, according to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters league tables.

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