TORONTO (January 30, 2007) – LAWFUEL – Canada Law News – Blake, Cass…

TORONTO (January 30, 2007) – LAWFUEL – Canada Law News – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, is pleased to announce the addition of 17 new Partners.

“Becoming a Partner is a milestone in a lawyer’s career,” says Rob Granatstein, National Managing Partner at Blakes. “We welcome each of these individuals to our Partnership and congratulate them on the hard work and dedication to our clients that has helped them reach this milestone.”

There are three new Partners in the Montréal office. Marie-Hélène Constantin is a corporate/commercial lawyer practising in the field of technology and intellectual property law. Her practice focuses on providing services to information technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Sebastien Guy practises in the Litigation Group. He handles cases in all areas of civil litigation, with a particular focus on product liability, class actions, bankruptcy and insolvency. Angelo Noce’s areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies, public-private partnerships and securities law. He regularly advises on Canadian and international joint ventures, as well as on infrastructure projects, in particular in the energy sector.

In Toronto, the following seven lawyers are now Partners. Cathy Beagan Flood has a specialized practice in litigating constitutional and administrative law cases, and providing advice on constitutional, privacy and freedom of information issues, in addition to practising general civil and commercial litigation. Jason Gudofsky is a member of the Competition and International Trade Groups. He advises clients on all aspects of competition law, including merger transactions, commercial practices, criminal and civil investigations and compliance matters. He also provides advice regarding foreign investment review, international trade and regulatory law. Christopher Jones is a member of the Securities Group. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions for both public and private companies. David Kruse practises business law. He advises Canadian and international businesses of all sizes on mergers and acquisitions and on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. Eric Moncik is in the Securities Group. His practice focuses primarily on public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions, and he provides ongoing advice on general securities and corporate law matters to a variety of issuer clients. Linc Rogers practises restructuring and insolvency law and participates in both the commercial and litigation aspects of insolvency files. For the last two years, Linc has worked out of our Chicago office, where he continued to provide Canadian insolvency law advice to U.S. clients conducting business in Canada. He now returns to Toronto to continue his insolvency practice. Leslie Wong practises general corporate/M&A, energy and securities law. He has been involved in a wide range of ongoing corporate and transactional work, including advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, and development and procurement of energy supply.

Our Calgary office has three new Partners. Richard Bell is a member of the Litigation Group. His commercial litigation practice includes extensive experience in the areas of oil and gas industry disputes, technology and telecommunications litigation, and emergent applications and injunctions. Edmund Gill is a member of the Tax Group, where he is involved in corporate, resource and international taxation. Monica Sharma has an extensive specialized practice in intellectual property and information technology, including advising on cross-border licensing, outsourcing and intellectual property joint ventures, as well as a broad corporate practice, including advising on share and asset purchase transactions for private companies. She is also a registered trade-mark agent.

Four lawyers in the Vancouver office have joined the Blakes Partnership. John-Paul (J-P) Bogden practises business law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, technology and infrastructure. He advises a wide range of private and public corporations, venture capital funds, private equity funds and investment banks. Teresa Budd’s practice involves various aspects of securities and corporate law. She advises clients on corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities legal and regulatory requirements. She has acted for issuers in a broad range of industries and underwriters in Canadian and cross-border equity and debt financings. David Gruber practises in the areas of corporate/commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency, professional liability and class actions. He has significant experience in both international and domestic arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes. Peter Rubin practises in both the Litigation and Restructuring & Insolvency Groups. His commercial litigation practice focuses on areas including contractual disputes, tort claims, shareholders’ rights, corporate arrangements, equitable remedies, including fiduciary duties and creditors’ rights.

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 www.blakes.com.

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