Canada Law – Blakes Strengthens Its Banking Law Practice in Montreal

MONTRÉAL (May 27, 2008) – LAWFUEL – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that Sébastien Vilder will be joining its Financial Services Group as a Partner in Montréal.

“Sébastien’s expertise will contribute significantly to the growth of our financial services practice in Montréal,” said Jim Christie, Chairman of Blakes. “He has broad national and international experience that will be invaluable to our clients. We look forward to working with Sébastien and welcome him to the Firm.”

Mr. Vilder specializes in bank financing and project financing. He has been involved in numerous bank and project financings in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Other areas of expertise include energy and infrastructure projects and aircraft leasing. He is a member of many organizations, including the Barreau du Québec, the Bar of the State of New York, the Canadian Council on Africa and the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships.

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, 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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