Chair, National Council: Alexander De Zordo
Managing Partners: Sean Weir (National Managing Partner & CEO), Alan Ross (Calgary), André Dufour (Montréal), Katherine Cooligan (Ottawa), Andrew Harrison (Toronto), Graham Walker (Vancouver)
National Group Heads: John Blair, QC (commercial litigation), Frank Callaghan (corporate and capital markets), Cindy Clarke (specialised litigation), David C Whelan, QC (specialised business law)
Number of partners: 390
Number of other lawyers and professionals worldwide: 335
Mining: Fred Pletcher
As the largest full-service Canadian law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) delivers the most comprehensive legal solutions and client services for domestic and international clients-across more practice areas and industry sectors -than any other Canadian firm. With over 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals, BLG serves businesses and institutions across all of their legal needs – from M&A and capital markets; to major litigation, financing, and trademark and patent registration.
BLG is the largest of Canada’s few AmLaw Global 100 firms, with five full-service offices located in each of Canada’s principal business markets, and the nation’s capital. As a bilingual English-French firm, BLG excels under both the common and civil law systems in Canada. BLG has a legacy of ‘firsts’– from being Canada’s first founded law firm, to one of the first in North America to implement client service standards, and receive numerous legal industry recognitions for innovation in client service and value.
BLG takes great pride in the communities it serves, and supports a variety of initiatives including pro bono legal services, fundraising and volunteer programs, such as the BLG Reads to Kids Program.
Main Areas of Practice:
BLG provides legal support for mining projects and clients in Latin American countries, including acquisitions and dispositions of mining properties; options agreements; joint venture agreements; project finance; royalty, streaming, off-take and ore sales agreements; confidentiality agreements; tenure issues; permitting; and engineering, construction and infrastructure agreements.
BLG provides business law, dispute resolution and intellectual property solutions to a wide range of clients internationally in virtually every area of law. Special expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and public-private projects, financings, international trade law, commercial litigation and arbitration. BLG has acted in international banking transactions (including sovereign risk lending); international insolvencies, liquidations and restructurings; international joint ventures, reorganisations and acquisitions; commercial contracts; and international and multi-jurisdictional disputes.
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BLG provides insight to domestic and international public and private corporations across all business sectors. BLG regularly advises governments, governmental organisations and agencies, as well as trade groups and broader public sector clients.