Large and developing public and private forest companies across Canada and abroad as well as the businesses that serve them retain the Blakes Forestry group to advise on virtually every issue impacting the industry. Team members assure regulatory compliance as well as meet the transactional and operational needs of our clients.
Applying our depth of forestry expertise and drawing upon the knowledge of our lawyers in the fields of corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, environmental, forest tenure, litigation, labour, aboriginal, and tax law, we provide comprehensive representation and advice. Blakes lawyers negotiate and prepare the many specialized agreements required for forestry activities, including logging agreements, credit facility agreements and cogeneration agreements, as well as advise on sustainable forest management, cogeneration operations, and employment and labour issues. Additionally, we advise on the acquisition, disposition and operation of forest products companies, including pulp and paper companies, and counsel issuers, lenders and investors on the financing of forestry properties.
Clients also engage us to advise on forestry practices, environmental concerns, tax, operations matters, timber rights, land use issues, resource ownership and development, as well as the many opportunities opened up by Plan Nord.
Our forestry specialists deal extensively with government agencies and regulatory authorities on forestry matters and have played a leading role in the development of laws and regulations governing the forest sector across Canada. These experiences have provided us with deep insight into the regulatory schemes and enhanced our working relationships with regulators. With offices throughout Canada, we are strategically positioned to offer accurate and efficient regulatory compliance advice.
When disputes arise, our pre-eminent Litigation & Dispute Resolution team represents clients before regulatory bodies and in courts at all levels throughout Canada.