SEVEN SISTERS WITHIN CANADA

Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP

The history of Blakes predates Canadian Confederation: Dominick Edward Blake, 2nd Premier of Ontario, founded the firm in 1856, which has grown to include offices in five Canadian cities, each delivering business-centred legal solutions. The firm’s international capabilities, as represented by offices in New York, London, and Beijing, are also enhanced by their charter membership in Lex Mundi, the world’s largest non-exclusive referral network of independent law firms. Blakes is also a member of the China Alliance along with other leading independent US law firms with a growing practice in China. Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2021 by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

While Davies has operated under its current structure and name since 2001, the firm’s origins date back to 1895. The firm currently has offices in Toronto, Montréal, and New York, and hosts a strategically built team that reflects the communities and clients served to enhance equity, diversity and inclusivity, and all levels of service. Davies’ clients are involved in many industries, such as cannabis, energy life sciences, mining, retail, and technology. The 2019 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada also ranks Davies as a leading Canadian firm in corporate transactions.

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

McCarthy Tetrault is a Canadian law firm founded in 1855 in Toronto, Ontario, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, and London, UK. It was Canada’s first international law firm. The firm specializes in assisting clients with their transatlantic transactions. McCarthy Tetrault is considered one of Canada’s top 100 law firms. They have 7 offices globally and 43 lawyers represented in lexpert (Canada’s leading source for the latest news and information on the business of law). McCarthy Tétrault was created through the merger of several firms: McCarthy & McCarthy of Toronto, Clarkson Tétrault of Montreal, Shrum Liddle & Hebenton of Vancouver, and Black & Company of Calgary. The merger was not approved by the Law Society of Alberta who claimed that Black & Co could not enter into partnership with anyone not a resident of Alberta. When taken to court the SCC struck down these rules and the merger was accepted

Goodmans LLP

Goodmans LLP is a Canadian corporate law firm founded by David Bertram Goodman in Toronto in 1917. Their area(s) of practice include mergers and acquisitions, litigation, corporate restructuring, private equity, corporate finance and securities, mining and natural resources, banking, commercial real estate, entertainment and, tax and intellectual property. Goodmans LLP has approximately 200 lawyers, they act for Canada's largest corporations, financial institutions, and multinationals and were recognized as the National Law Firm of the Year two years in a row at the International Financial Law Review’s Americas Awards. Goodmans was ranked as Chambers Global 2021 ranks 30 individual Goodmans lawyers among Canada’s finest. The Legal 500 Canada 2021 Edition recognizes Goodmans in 16 practice areas. The firm was ranked Tier 1 in the areas of Corporate M&A, Entertainment, Real Estate, and Restructuring.

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