With more than 100 lawyers who focus on M&A, 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. Our cross-Canada and international presence gives Blakes exceptional cross-border capability in principal markets.
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 and addressing benefits, litigation, real estate, environmental, intellectual property and information technology issues, together with industry knowledge gained in serving a diverse client base, ensures that we are able to provide highly effective and specialized advice to clients.
Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, having been involved in more than 1,400 global public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value of US$1.5-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 this period, 2010-2019.