Brian Facey To Co-Chair Blakes Competition Practice – Canada Law Firm News – Law Firm News
Mr. Facey will be co-head with Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C.
TORONTO (January 27, 2009) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that Partner Brian Facey has been made Co-chair of its Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group in Canada. Mr. Facey will be co-head of the group with Cal Goldman, Q.C., a former head of the Canadian Competition Bureau.
Messrs. Goldman and Facey have built the Blakes competition practice into the pre-eminent Canadian practice in this field of law. It is repeatedly recognized as such in international rankings, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and, most recently, the London-based GCR 100, which earlier this month noted that “…the Blakes team has used its well-rounded practice and enviable client roster to remain the pre-eminent competition practice in the country.” With the addition this month of two new partners, Randall Hofley and Debbie Salzberger, the Blakes competition practice has grown to comprise some 42 lawyers across Canada.
“Our group has grown in size and complexity over the past 10 years. Cal and Brian have been key forces in developing our leading competition law practice,” said Brock Gibson, Chair of Blakes.
It is expected that the move will allow Mr. Goldman to share with Mr. Facey the administrative responsibilities for the group, thereby allowing for even more focus on providing strategic guidance to clients involved in complex matters before the Competition Bureau.
About the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group
The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group is headed by Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C., and Brian A. Facey. The group is top ranked in Canada by publications such as The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010, The 2010 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009, The 2009 Lexpert Guide to the U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Law Business Research’s Global Competition Review Canada Country Survey 2009, Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers 2009, Law Business Research’s The GCR 100 (10th Edition), PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009, and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2009.
About Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blakes has more than 550 lawyers with offices across Canada and in New York, Chicago, London, Bahrain, Beijing and associated offices in Al-Khobar and Shanghai. In 2009, Blakes was named “Canada’s Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal and, for the second year running, “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” in the PLC Which Lawyer? Awards. On December 16, 2009, the Financial Times and mergermarket awarded Blakes the Legal Advisor of the Year Award and, for the second year in a row, the Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year Canada Award. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Blakes was Canada’s busiest M&A law firm, according to rankings in the Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket league tables. In January 2010, Bloomberg ranked Blakes the ninth busiest law firm in Global Announced Deals for 2009 – Counsel to Principals by deal value. Blakes is the only Canadian firm on this top 10 list. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s website at

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