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15 lawyers named Blakes partners

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 12:53 PM | By John Chunn

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP announced the addition of 15 new partners.

“I congratulate each of our new partners on reaching a significant career milestone and welcome them all into the Blakes partnership,” said managing partner Rob Granatstein. “Their hard work and dedication to meeting the needs of our clients demonstrate a deep commitment to providing the highest standards of legal advice and client service.”

The litigation and dispute resolution group welcomes three new partners: Simon Seida in Montreal, and Kiran Patel and Max Shapiro in Toronto. According to the firm’s press release, they cover various aspects of commercial litigation, including class actions, competition, securities and financial matters, restructuring and complex corporate/commercial disputes as well as domestic and international commercial arbitrations.

The financial services group also welcomes three new partners: Adam Jackson in Toronto, Drew Campbell in Calgary and Jake Switzer in Vancouver. They have a broad range of experience in debt financing, corporate finance, project finance, financial restructurings, cross-border acquisitions and financing, structured finance transactions and asset-based financings.

Theresa Chan, Megan Shaw and Pei Li also join as new partners in the Toronto office. Chan is a corporate lawyer who specializes in procurement within the infrastructure/P3 industry. Shaw advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), franchising and distribution arrangements, pension fund investments and divestitures. Li’s practice focuses on food, health, cosmetic and consumer products, and the labelling, marketing and advertising of these and other regulated products.

In Calgary, Paul Blyschak and Jay Geers join as new partners. Blyschak is a corporate lawyer specializing in domestic and international transactions in the oil and gas industry as well as in the LNG, power and resources sectors. Geers is a commercial real estate lawyer advising clients on a variety of real property matters, including purchase and sale transactions involving office, industrial and retail properties, mortgage financing, and development and planning matters.

In Vancouver, Arash Amouzgar joins the partnership in the corporate and commercial group. Amouzgar primarily focuses on M&A and private equity in the food, beverage and agribusiness, retail, health care, transportation, financial services and information technology sectors.

Jean Tessier, Joanna Myszka and Julia Qian Wang join the partnership in the Montreal office. Tessier is a corporate lawyer specializing in public and private financings, M&A and securities regulatory compliance matters. Myszka advises companies on a wide range of commercial transactions involving information technology and intellectual property (IP), including relating to the acquisition, licensing, development and disposition of IP assets. Wang is a tax lawyer with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate reorganizations, investment funds, tax planning and tax litigation.