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Blakes Welcomes 12 New Partners

January 28, 2016

TORONTO (January 18, 2016) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, has announced the addition of 12 new partners across four of its Canadian offices.

“I am pleased to announce our latest group of partners,” said Rob Granatstein, Firm Managing Partner. "Each one of these lawyers has worked very hard for their clients. In reaching this new milestone, they will take on additional responsibilities and deepen their engagement with the Firm’s clients. On behalf of the Firm, I congratulate these individuals and welcome them to the partnership.”

Aldona Gudas and Clémentine Sallée are the two new partners in our Montréal office. They specialize respectively in labour and employment law, and in procurement, construction and infrastructure, including public-private partnerships.

Toronto welcomes three new partners: Rahat Godil, who specializes in complex commercial litigation and international arbitrations and also has experience in class actions and constitutional litigation; David Rosner, whose expertise focuses on Canadian competition law and foreign investment law; and Elizabeth​ Sale, an expert on financial regulatory matters, including consumer protection and fintech.

Calgary counts four new partners: Chris HarrisOlga KaryKatie Slipp and Ryan Zahara. Chris specializes in transactional and commercial matters in the energy industry, while Olga practises corporate and securities law, with a primary focus on securities matters. Katie has developed an expertise in regulatory and environmental approvals and compliance issues, and Ryan’s focus is on restructuring and insolvency matters.

Finally, the three new partners in Vancouver are: Laura Cundari, a commercial litigator with a focus on complex tort and contractual disputes, class actions, securities litigation, aboriginal law and construction litigation, Carrie Fleming, whose expertise is in infrastructure projects and international public-private partnerships, and Soraya ​Jamal, who specializes in complex domestic and international corporate taxation matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and cross-border transactions.

About Blakes 

At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), 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, New York and in London. In 2015, Blakes was named Canada Law Firm of the Year in the Who's Who Legal Awards for the seventh consecutive year and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fifth time. Thanks to our clients, we were once again the top-ranked Canadian firm inChambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and selected as one of the most innovative law firms in the BTI Brand Elite. In addition, and according to Bloomberg, Blakes has been the No. 1 Canadian law firm in both Canadian and global M&A deals by deal value and deal count for the past seven years (2008-2014).

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