Title: Blakes
Category: Legal
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Added on: Nov 26, 2011
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.
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