Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada. In the past 10 years, Blakes has been involved in more than 1,480 public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value of US$1.5-trillion. According to Bloomberg, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global M&A deals by deal count and value for this period, 2012-2021. 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.
We also work closely with our Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group, Canada’s top-ranked competition law practice, to provide the best possible advice on matters relating to merger reviews and foreign investments into Canada. Our expertise in tax structuring, employee benefits, litigation, real estate, intellectual property and information technology issues, together with industry knowledge gained in serving a diverse client base, ensures we can provide highly effective and specialized guidance to financial services clients.