TORONTO (December 4, 2012) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that three of its partners, Eric Moncik, Linc Rogers and Patrick Shea, have been honoured as “Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.” The event took place last night at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

“These exemplary lawyers are dedicated to their clients and their community,” said Brock Gibson, the Firm’s Chair. “They are well-deserving of this honour, and on behalf of the Firm, I congratulate them.”

Eric Moncik’s practice focuses primarily on public and private financings (acting for issuer and dealer clients), and public and private mergers and acquisitions. He also provides ongoing advice on general securities and corporate law matters to a variety of issuer clients. He is Co-chair of the Firm’s Toronto Articling Student Program and serves on the Blakes Legal Personnel Committee.

Linc Rogers has a varied and dynamic practice focusing on all aspects of commercial reorganizations, distressed acquisitions, debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and security enforcement. Between 2004 and 2007, Mr. Rogers helped establish the Blakes Chicago office. He is the national editor of the Commercial Insolvency Reporter and has published extensively in Canadian, U.S. and international periodicals. He is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and seminars throughout Canada and the U.S. Mr. Rogers is an active member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, and he also speaks frequently on diversity issues in the legal profession.

Patrick Shea’s principal areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate and commercial law, and debt finance. He serves on the boards of a number of foundations, charities and other not-for-profit organizations and has held leadership positions in connection with past capital and annual fundraising campaigns for McGill University, Princeton University, Loyola High School, McGill University Health Centre and Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. Mr. Shea has also taught business law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University.

About Lexpert Rising Stars

The “Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” awards are presented to lawyers from law firms and in-house counsel, aged 40 or under, who are seen to be rising stars in the Canadian legal community. Lexpert selects the finalists based on a number of criteria, and an advisory board votes on the winning candidates.

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. In 2012, Blakes was named “Canada Law Firm of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year by Who’s Who Legal and “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the third time by Chambers and Partners. For the last five years, Blakes has been the busiest Canadian M&A law firm, according to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters league tables.

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