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For decades, Blakes has been representing leading European companies doing business in Canada. Whether these companies are engaging in transactions, acquiring businesses or seeking investment opportunities, Blakes provides leading representation on doing business in Canada.

As one of very few full-service, Canadian law firms, Blakes has the experience and resources to provide fully integrated legal services to corporate clients across Canada. From offices in Canada's key business centres, we offer European investors geographic-specific advice regarding their Canadian investments. Additionally, with experience across a wide range of industries, including aviation, food, beverage and agribusiness, consumer products, energy, financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing, natural resources, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and technology, we have the industry knowledge to represent our clients’ interests effectively.

Blakes is recognized as a leading firm in M&A, capital markets, competition and antitrust, foreign investment, financial services, and tax, and has advised on many of the most high-profile global M&A and financing transactions. We represent European companies in their Canadian transactions, optimizing their business opportunities and limiting their risk exposure. Many European companies also seek our advice on trade and business law issues, intellectual property, information technology, litigation and dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency matters. Canada and the European Union are close to completing a free trade agreement, and once finalized, Blakes will be well positioned to advise on opportunities available to importers and exporters.

Working alongside prominent European law firms, we advise Canadian clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions in Europe. From our London office, we advise our European clients investing in Latin America, Africa and Asia. We also act for Canadian issuers and international underwriters in placing debt and equity securities in Euromarkets and in arranging syndicated loans and related transactions. As a leader in corporate finance, we have assisted, in conjunction with U.K. counsel, clients seeking to list on the London Stock Exchange.

Our strong presence in global business centres, our long-established relationships with leading international legal and accounting firms, and our experience before regulatory authorities enable us to deliver comprehensive, full-service legal advice to our clients. Our international capabilities are enhanced by our charter membership in Lex ​Mundi​ – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.

As part of the Lex Mundi global network, we can provide our clients with preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers around the world – all from a single point of contact. 

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Awards & Recognition

​Members of the Blakes Europe team are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields by the following surveys and guides:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • IFLR: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

  • Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

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