Adding strength to our Securities Litigation Practice

TORONTO (October 22, 2012) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that Andrea Laing has joined the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group as a Partner in the Toronto office.

“Andrea is proactive and entrepreneurial,” said Brock Gibson, the Firm’s Chair. “Having her at Blakes will strengthen our securities litigation practice and will deepen our ability to defend public issuers from class actions and other securities-related disputes.”

Ms. Laing focuses on securities and corporate/commercial litigation. For more than 12 years, she has advised a diverse range of clients facing complex litigation and has acted in major class proceedings in the areas of securities, product liability, pensions, consumer reporting and e-commerce. She also represents parties to commercial arbitrations and has advised clients facing investigations in a number of regulated industries.

Since the introduction of statutory liability for secondary market misrepresentation in Ontario, she has been actively defending public issuers against class actions premised on misrepresentation claims.

Ms. Laing frequently writes and speaks about class action developments and teaches civil procedure and advocacy. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Metropolitan Lawyers Association and The Advocates’ Society. She is listed as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in The 2011 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

“Andrea will be working collaboratively with our existing litigation and securities teams,” said Brad Berg, the Practice Group Leader for the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in Toronto. “We warmly welcome her to Blakes.”

About the Blakes Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group

The litigation and dispute resolution practice at Blakes is one of the most successful in Canada, covering complex litigation and commercial arbitration in virtually every forum. The Firm’s approach focuses on understanding clients, exploring all methods of dispute resolution, and litigating or arbitrating when appropriate. Blakes has the depth and resources to handle the largest and most sensitive disputes effectively.

About Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, we serve a diverse national and international client base and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, Chicago, London, Bahrain, Beijing and associated offices in Al-Khobar and Shanghai. In 2012, Blakes was named “Canada Law Firm of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year by Who’s Who Legal and “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the third time by Chambers and Partners. For the last five years, Blakes has been the busiest Canadian M&A law firm, according to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters league tables.

More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s website at or by following us on Twitter @BlakesLaw.

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