Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a limited liability partnership and an international business law firm based in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, the firm has offices in London, Chicago, New York, Ottawa, Montreal, and other cities. The main competitors of the firm are Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, and others.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon was established by Dominick Edward Blake in 1856. It incorporated what would become CIBC in 1867 and in 1878, the firm became the first Canadian business which installed a telephone system, providing a direct link to the Supreme Court at Osgoode Hall and the Ontario Court of Appeal. In 1953, the firm gained reputation of a cross-border adviser to businesses and was renamed Blake, Cassels & Graydon. The firm expanded internationally in 1986, opening an office in London, UK, which extended its reach throughout Western and Eastern Europe.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon specializes in many areas of law, including international dispute resolution, structured finance and derivatives tax, gulf practice, and others. In the area of corporate and securities litigation, the firm represents clients in many of the complex and largest business arrangements in Canada. Its litigators cooperate with Mergers and Acquisitions Groups and Corporate Finance & Securities Regulation Groups to offer timely and accurate advice to clients. Another practice area of the firm is pension and employment benefits, and it is supported by legal practitioners specializing in labor and employment, human rights, intellectual property, litigation, and other areas. Product liability is yet another practice area where Blake’s lawyers have experience in cases involving a wide range of products, including medical equipment, automobiles, food products, blood products, and others. Here, clients range from medium-sized and small distributors, manufacturers, and producers to Fortune 500 companies. Blake, Cassels & Graydon also specializes in white collar crime and defends and advises clients on regulatory, anti-corruption, quasi-criminal, and criminal matters. The firm provides anti-corruption compliance training, responds to corruption and bribery due diligence queries, and prepares contracts with joint venture partners and foreign agents. The firm also offers advice to employers on how to conduct internal investigations and handle theft and fraud in the workplace.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is a law firm, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and the Waterloo Region. It is the largest full-service law firm, governed by a national council, which is made up of partners from across the country. The main competitors of Borden Ladner Gervais are Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and others.
In 2000, the law firms of Scott & Aylen, McMaster Gervais, Howard, Mackie, Ladner Downs, Borden & Elliot merged, and BGL was created. BGL acquired the law firm Armstrong Perkins Hudson in 2002, which was the largest securities boutique, working on the territory of Western Canada. Thus, the firm’s corporate securities practice was strengthened. The firm opened its 6th office in 2003, when Armstrong & Associates joined it. Armstrong & Associates specialized in property law. The Waterloo Region office was joined by Shortt Hanbridge Richardson and Welch in 2008.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP specializes in intellectual property, commercial litigation, and business law solutions. The legal teams of the firm deliver solution to its clients in a number of areas of law. Among these are appeal and review, intellectual property litigation, international trade and arbitration, labor and employment, and many others. In the area of immigration law, for example, the firm assists its clients throughout the process – from determination of eligibility/ case analysis to visa and immigration services. In the area of insolvency and restructuring, the company specializes in tax and real estate, pensions, competition, restructuring solutions, and many others. The lawyers of the company act on behalf of clients coming from a range of industries, including manufacturing, forestry, financial services, and more. In addition, the company specializes in the field of climate change, with experience and expertise in a variety of areas of energy, environmental, and climate change law – internationally and in Canada. Clients of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP range from businesses to trade associations and government agencies. The Climate Change Group of the firm offers strategic planning and legal services regarding municipal regulations and land use planning, emissions trading, regulatory compliance, and others.
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP is a Canadian law firm with offices in the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and Canada. It is the 2nd largest full-service firm in the country. The main competitors of the firm are McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and others.
The origins of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP go back to the firm Henderson and McVeity, established in 1887 in Ottawa. The law firm grew in time, and its name underwent a number of permutations, with the three figures remaining dominant – Gordon and George Henderson and Gordon Gowling. The firm expanded its practice beyond Ottawa in the 1980s by establishing offices in Moscow, Kitchener, and Toronto. In the 90s, the firm undertook mergers with a number of law firms in Calgary, Hamilton, Vancouver, Kanata, and Toronto.
The lawyers of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP specialize in a number of areas of law, including financial regulatory law, business law, restructuring and insolvency, real estate and urban development, and others. In the area of franchise and distribution law, for example, the firm’s practitioners specialize in developing distribution networks and franchises. They represent suppliers, manufacturers, franchisors, importers, and distributors aiming at the expansion and development of businesses. In the area of entertainment law, the firm offers a comprehensive and tailored range of services to entertainment entities – from theatre, film, and music to video gaming and book publishing entities. The firm also specializes in labor and employment law, offering experienced representation and counsel regarding multiple aspects of workplace safety, labor relations, and employment law.
Gowling Lafleur Henderson also provides a comprehensive outsourcing and file management program to help debtors and mortgage providers. Mortgage enforcement services relate to eviction, writ of possession, notice of sale, foreclosure, judgment, and more. The firm offers legal advice to clients engaged in the construction sector, including services such as preparation of contract documentation, negotiation, alternate dispute resolution, defence and prosecution, and others. Crisis management is another field in which the firm specializes, focusing on identifying and preventing crises and investigating potential and ongoing issues as to defend and protect its clients.
The law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP has offices in London, UK and the main commercial centres in Canada. The firm specializes in legal services in the areas of business law, labor and employment law, real estate, tax, litigation, and more. McCarthy Tétrault represents international and Canadian clients, including mining companies, financial services organizations, public institutions, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and corporations. The top competitors of the law firm are Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and others.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP was established in 1855 in Toronto. It was formed through the merger of a number of law firms: Shrum Liddle & Hebenton, Clarkson Tétrault, McCarthy & McCarthy, and Black & Company. The Law Society of Alberta initially rejected the merger and enacted a rule to stop it. The rule was designed to prohibit members from forming a partnership with persons who were not residents of Alberta. This rule was challenged in court by pointing to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the mobility rights protected under it. The Supreme Court of Canada examined the case, known as Black v. Law Society of Alberta, and struck down the rule. After the merger, McCarthy Tétrault became the first national law firm in Canada.
The company has extensive experience and practice in a number of areas of law, including bankruptcy and restructuring, private transactions, international trade and investment law, and others. In the area of pensions, benefits, and executive compensation, McCarthy Tétrault LLP assists clients in the implementation of stock appreciation rights plans, restricted stock plans, and bonus plans. The firm also assists clients with the implementation of non-registered and registered pension plans, profit-plans, and registered retirement income funds. In the area of litigation, McCarthy Tétrault LLP takes a seasoned approach by foreseeing potential issues, developing arguments, and creating effective and innovative strategies. The legal team of the firm has experience in protecting business clients and dealing with cases involving insolvency. The firm’s practitioners have assisted institutions and leading corporations on matters related to different sectors of the industry: manufacturing, recreation, sports, professional services, and others.
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is among the largest law firms in Canada, specializing in business law. The company practices internationally and nationally, with offices in Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, and New York. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt is one of Bay Street’s sever sisters. Its main competitors are McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, and others.
The law firm was created by Britton Bath Osler in 1862, who began to practice law in Dundas, Ontario. Later, he joined the Toronto partnership D’Alton McCarthy, which was then known as McCarthy, Osler, Hoskin, and Creelman. The firm expanded its practice, with Oslar taking high profile criminal trials such as the 1885 Treason Trial. After Osler’s death in 1900, the name of the firm was changed to Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in 1916.
Today, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt specializes in a wide array of areas of law, including pensions and benefits, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, class actions, and many others. In the field of banking and financial services, the firm navigates between Canadian, US, and international environments, addressing and anticipating industry-specific issues. The firm provides debt finance and banking expertise regarding cross-border and domestic transactions. In the field of marketing and distribution, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt has developed extensive expertise and knowledge important to advertising and marketing matters. Given that clients deal with a variety of consumer services and products, including financial services, consumer credit, retail services, and others, the firm’s legal professionals have become experts in different aspects of provincial and federal consumer protection laws. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt also specializes in employment and labor law, partnering with a wide array of companies, from medium-sized and small companies to global entities. The firm provides representation and comprehensive advice in different areas of law, including grievance arbitration, employment standards, collective bargaining, and collective agreement administration, among others. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt offers legal advice on mergers and acquisitions, strikes and lockouts, human rights, and more, keeping its clients up-to-date regarding arbitration decisions, recent court decisions, and new legislation. Finally, the firm offers advice regarding real estate transactions, advising institutional investors, lenders, borrowers, manufacturers, and a variety of other clients.