TORONTO (November 21, 2012) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms has ranked them Tier 1 in Bank Lending, Financial Services Regulatory, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Project Finance.

Selective quotes from lawyers interviewed for the guide include:

“They have excellent practices and tier-one practitioners,” one competitor says, with another adding: “They are a noted firm with a strong presence in the market. They can do full-spectrum work for their clients. Their work is consistent.”

“Blakes is very business-oriented. They have good judgment and mature business approaches.”

“They are clearly experts in the corporate securities area, not only all up-to-date on the latest changes in laws and regulations, but also having their fingers on the pulse of what other similar companies are doing in terms of best practices.”

“We chose to work with (Blakes) because of their insightful comments and flawless management of transactions. They have very good technical skills – they really know their stuff.”

“They are responsive. They always take calls, accommodate meetings and make themselves available. They have all the things you want in good attorneys.”


About IFLR1000

IFLR1000 is an annual guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms. It provides clients of law firms throughout the world with easy-to-use rankings and profiles of the leading firms in each country organized by practice area, accompanied by analysis of the market trends and business environment. Rankings and analysis are based on extensive independent research, which is conducted by dedicated journalists in offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. To maintain objectivity IFLR1000 is not influenced by any law firms or institutions, and no firm can pay to be part of the guide.

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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