Blakes Law Firm Welcome Two Corporate Commercial Lawyers In Vancouver

VANCOUVER (December 27, 2007) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that George D. Burke and Sharon Dos Remedios have joined its Business Group in Vancouver. They will be starting on January 1, 2008.

“It is my pleasure to welcome George and Sharon into the Blakes partnership,” said Jim Christie, Chairman of Blakes. “Their combined experience will contribute significantly to the development of our corporate practice, both nationally and internationally.”

Mr. Burke’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial law with a special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital financing and ship finance. He has led acquisitions in a broad range of industries, has been extensively involved in project finance and the construction and financing of ships internationally, and regularly negotiates international business transactions in many parts of Asia, Europe and North America. He is ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2007 in the areas of Corporate Commercial Law and Corporate Mid-Market. Prior to coming to Blakes, he was a partner at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP in Vancouver and the firm’s managing partner from 1995 to 1998.

Ms. Dos Remedios practises business law in many different industry sectors, including transportation and technology. She assists clients with private corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financings, and corporate structurings. She also provides advice in respect of general commercial and contract law, corporate law, competition law and transportation law issues. She was a partner at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP before coming to Blakes.

“George and Sharon are very well connected in the Vancouver business community and internationally, and they will significantly strengthen our depth and breadth of practice immediately,” said Bill Maclagan, Office Managing Partner in Vancouver.

Founded in 1856, Blakes has more than 550 lawyers and offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Blakes was recently named “Canadian Law Firm of the Year” by Chambers and Partners Legal Publishers, one of the world’s leading publishers of legal directories and trade periodicals. In October 2007, and for the fifth consecutive year, Blakes was the only law firm named one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” in Maclean’s newsmagazine. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s Web site at

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