Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

January 18, 2010 10:06 ET

Blakes Adds Another Partner to Its Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

Adding further strength in the area of strategic mergers to Canada's largest and most experienced competition group

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2010) - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada's leading business law firms, today announced that Deborah Salzberger has joined the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group as a Partner in the Toronto office.

"The competition area is increasingly complex and an increasing focus for our business clients," said Brock Gibson, the Firm's Chair. "Debbie is an up-and-coming force in the competition law area and adds even more bench strength to our growing team, which is already recognized as the leading competition law practice in Canada."

Deborah Salzberger, who is ranked in competition law by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, has extensive experience advising clients on competition/antitrust and foreign investment review issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions. She also provides competition law compliance advice in respect of criminal cartel matters and reviewable practices, including marketing, advertising and distribution issues. Ms. Salzberger has represented clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, manufacturing and entertainment.

"We are delighted to add Debbie to our partnership. She is very highly regarded by the business community and her peers, and adds further bench strength to our growing competition group, particularly in the area of strategic mergers," said Partner Brian Facey.

About the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group is headed by Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C., who is the Chair, and Brian A. Facey, who is the Practice Group Leader. The group is top ranked in Canada by publications such as The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009, The 2009 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Law Business Research's Global Competition Review Canada Country Survey 2009, Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers 2009, Law Business Research's The GCR 100 (9th edition), PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009, The 2009 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2009. According to the Global Competition Review 2009, "…the firm's competition department is both the largest and the busiest in the country, by all accounts handling more mergers, cartel investigations and class actions than any other firm in Canada."

About Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blakes has more than 550 lawyers with offices across Canada and in New York, Chicago, London, Bahrain, Beijing and associated offices in Al-Khobar and Shanghai. In January 2010, Bloomberg ranked Blakes the ninth busiest law firm in Global Announced Deals for 2009 - Counsel to Principals by deal value. Blakes is the only Canadian firm on this top 10 list. In 2009, Blakes was named "Canada's Law Firm of the Year" by Who's Who Legal and, for the second year running, "Law Firm of the Year: Canada" in the PLC Which Lawyer? Awards. On December 16, 2009, the Financial Times and mergermarket awarded Blakes the Legal Advisor of the Year Award and, for the second year in a row, the Mid Market Legal Advisor of the Year Canada Award. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Blakes was Canada's busiest M&A law firm, according to rankings in the Bloomberg, Thomson and mergermarket league tables. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm's website at www.blakes.com.

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