Blakes has one of the largest and most active M&A practices in Canada. With unparalleled experience in public, private, cross-border and private equity transactions, we are frequently retained by major domestic and international companies, financial institutions, private equity funds and leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel in M&A transactions.
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.
Transactions on which we regularly advise range from privately negotiated transfers of shares or assets to the largest public company or trust mergers and acquisitions completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. We advise clients on structuring considerations, related-party rules, special committee obligations, take-over defences and contested shareholder meetings.
Blakes also provides its M&A clients with the benefit of strategic advice from our Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group, Canada's top-ranked competition law practice that has unparalleled experience in representing clients before the Canadian Competition Bureau in domestic and cross-border mergers. Our Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment lawyers have successfully represented clients in four of the five contested merger cases that have been litigated in Canada.
Our expertise in securities regulatory matters, tax structuring, litigation, real estate, environmental, intellectual property and information technology issues, along with industry knowledge gained in serving a diverse client base, ensures that we are able to provide highly effective and specialized advice to clients from the inception to closing of transactions.
The national nature of our practice, coupled with the large volume of transactions that we work, on allows us to remain at the forefront of the latest developments in Canadian M&A.