PIERRE-DENIS LEROUX RETURNS TO THE BLAKES REAL ESTATE GROUP

TORONTO/MONTRÉAL (September 14, 2011) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that Pierre-Denis Leroux has returned to its Real Estate Group as a Partner in the Montréal office.

“It’s great to welcome Pierre-Denis back to Blakes,” said Brock Gibson, the Firm’s Chair. “Pierre-Denis is a leading real estate practitioner and is very well-connected in the Quebec business community. We’re pleased to have him back at the Firm.”

Mr. Leroux practises commercial law focusing on acquisition and disposition of real estate, structured and secured financing and securitization, including project finance, mortgage and real estate financing, and realization of security and debt restructuring. He has documented some of the most complex transactions in Canada in these practice areas.

Mr. Leroux provides advice in structured financing involving the issuance of term debt securities or commercial paper backed by real properties and various classes of assets. He was one of the pioneers in this industry in Canada and his expertise in the area is widely acknowledged. He also acts as senior legal counsel in infrastructures and public-private partnership projects representing consortiums and work providers.

Mr. Leroux is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and a regular guest speaker in the province of Quebec and elsewhere. He is ranked in several editions of directories and guides for top lawyers and major law firms in Canada, including Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, PLC Which Lawyer?, Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in Canada. Mr. Leroux is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) organization.

“Pierre-Denis Leroux has extensive expertise in real estate law. He is a senior practitioner and will add strength to a practice group that is already one of the best in Canada,” said Robert Torralbo, the Office Managing Partner in Montréal.

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. For the third consecutive year, Blakes was named “Canada’s Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal (2011) and “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” in the PLC Which Lawyer? Awards (2010). For the last four and a half years, Blakes was the busiest Canadian M&A law firm, according to Bloomberg, mergermarket and Thomson Reuters league tables.

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