Two Corporate Lawyers Join Blakes in Vancouver – Canada Legal Announcement

VANCOUVER (September 19, 2008) – LawFuel – Legal Newswire – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that Joan Chambers and Debra Finlay have joined the Firm’s Business Group as partners in its Vancouver office.

“Both Joan and Debra will bring additional breadth and depth to our already very strong corporate practice,” said Jim Christie, Chairman of Blakes. “They have extensive national and international experience that will be invaluable to our clients, and it is my pleasure to welcome them to Blakes.”

Joan Chambers practises in the area of complex commercial transactions, including alternative service delivery and business process outsourcings, technology-based transactions, technology-based outsourcings and commercial transactions. She also has expertise in China-based transactions, including market entry strategies, the establishment of various forms of foreign-invested enterprises, and related transactional advice and negotiations. As well, her practice includes venture capital investments, general corporate/commercial and business law.

Debra Finlay also practises in the area of complex commercial transactions, including alternative service delivery and business process outsourcings, technology-based transactions, corporate transactions (mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, amalgamations and joint ventures), general corporate/commercial business law, e-commerce transactions and franchising. After being called to the bar in the early ’90s, Ms. Finlay practised as a foreign legal consultant in Taipei, Taiwan in the securities and general corporate commercial areas.
Prior to joining Blakes, Joan Chambers and Debra Finlay were partners at Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver.

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 www.blakes.com.

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