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Gowling WLG launches new area of practice

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:24 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

With the aim of helping businesses relocated to Canada, Gowling WLG has formed what it's calling the relocation services group.

“With its stable government and financial systems, Canada is considered a safe haven for business and investment — particularly in the real estate market. As a result, foreign corporations looking to expand their operations and investments have taken notice,” said Joel Camley, leader of Gowling WLG's real estate group in Canada.

According to Gowling WLG, the division will assist foreign clients dealing with the Canadian regulatory, financial and logistical complexities of establishing and "on-the-ground presence" in this country. To accomplish this, the relocation services group's team members have expertise in immigration, employment, real estate, tax and accounting and general corporate law.

“Our new relocation services group harnesses the combined resources of several of our firm’s top practices to help clients from around the world move their operations and employees to Canada as seamlessly as possible," Camley said.

Bill MacGregor, a partner and leader of Gowling WLG's immigration group in Canada, believes the country's immigration policies are one of the reason Canada is becoming a more attractive business destination.

“For example, Canada offers work permit options and a clear path to permanent residency for skilled workers. These prospects can be attractive to U.S.-based businesses concerned with questions surrounding the H-1B work visa program or about transitioning temporary workers to permanent status.”

The country's reputation in the information technology world is another reason why Gowling WLG expects companies to relocate here.

“Canada is a world leader in technology and innovation, with a number of our major cities serving as prominent tech hubs. The relocation services group is our way of helping established tech companies and other businesses benefit from Canada’s rich technology landscape,” added Viona Duncan, leader of Gowling WLG's tech group in Canada.