Canadian-Based Blakes Continues To Strengthen Montreal Law Office

TORONTO (September 17, 2007) – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that Paul Martel has joined its Montréal office as Special Corporate/Commercial Adviser. The Blakes Montréal office was established in September 2001, and in the ensuing six years, has grown from three to 52 lawyers.

“Paul Martel is a lawyer with significant expertise and experience in corporate/commercial/securities law. In his new role, he will provide great support and counsel to both our lawyers and our clients in Quebec. I am delighted to welcome him to the Firm,” said Jim Christie, Chairman of Blakes.

Mr. Martel’s practice focuses primarily on corporate and commercial law, particularly in the field of companies, not-for-profit corporations, partnerships and commercial contracts. He was a law professor for over 25 years and author of several authoritative legal texts on corporate law. Mr. Martel is renowned for his ability to formulate pragmatic and innovative solutions to the most complex legal problems in corporate law. His influence as a company law expert, professor, lecturer and author has made him a regular consultant with government authorities undertaking major legislative reforms such as the Civil Code of Quebec, the Quebec Companies Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act.

Founded in 1856, Blakes has more than 500 lawyers and offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. In October 2006, and for the fourth 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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