Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, having been involved in more than 2,000 global public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value in excess of US$1.6-trillion, in the past 10 years. According to Bloomberg and Refinitiv, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global M&A by deal count and value for 2009–2018. Our M&A leadership includes the financial services sector, where Blakes provides strategic counsel in M&A transactions involving domestic and international financial services companies, including banks, insurance companies, payment card companies, wealth management firms, trust companies, and consumer and commercial loan providers.
Blakes has critical experience running some of the largest sell-side auctions in Canada, including the sale of Standard Life Canada, the sale of MBNA’s credit card business and the sale of Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited to Scotiabank.