Former K&L Gates partner Laura Brevetti had been appointed as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She took up the role on 7 October and is based at the company’s Stamford, Connecticut head office.
The country has experienced several "mega-mergers" in recent years that have transformed the legal marketplace. The latest includes Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski and the three-way merger between SNR Denton, Salans and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain, which resulted in Dentons, one of the largest law firms in the world. Canadian law firms have also been active with their own international expansions and tie-ups. Fasken Martineau merged with South African firm Bell Dewar in 2012 and Canadian insurance firm Nicholl Paskell-Mede merged with Clyde & Co in 2011. This year we identify 11 leading firms who achieve the highest number of listings in this edition, a mixture of both Canadian-founded and international firms. Blake Cassels & Graydon once again leads the way with 102 listings, more than any other firm. Blakes is especially strong in the areas of energy, banking and corporate tax, with its lawyers serving a diverse national and international client base. Coming second is McCarthy Tétrault with 75 inclusions across 25 different chapters. Close behind is Stikeman Elliott with 67 listings across 20 sections, boasting a particularly prominent presence in our capital markets and corporate governance chapters. We recognise a further eight firms including international heavyweight Norton Rose Fulbright, which boasts 57 inclusions in 23 sections of this edition. To view the results of our research please click here.
This year we single out 1,055 lawyers from 225 firms across 34 distinct areas of law. This is 91 more individuals and 26 more firms than in our previous edition, which suggests a rise in the sophistication of the bar. The first half of the year saw the slowest M&A activity in eight years; Mergermarket reported a fall of 40 per cent in the first six months of the year, to 245 deals valued at CAD$31.7 billion. Furthermore, the mining and resources sectors are experiencing a slowdown in demand and there is a cautiousness among foreign investors. This means that other sectors of the economy will have to make up a lot of ground for the country's M&A activity to return to previous levels. Despite this, the latter part of 2013 looks more optimistic with retail mergers driving activity and further consolidation is expected as companies come together to fight increased competition from US giants entering the country. To view the results of our research please click here.
This edition covers 34 distinct practice areas and includes two new chapters: private client, and sports and entertainment. It also includes three chapters that have been expanded and renamed. Our internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter has been retitled "information technology", so as to include outsourcing practitioners among others. The regulatory communications section has been broadened to telecoms and media and now includes transactional lawyers to better reflect the scope of work done by lawyers in this field. Our oil and gas chapter has also been enlarged, and the chapter now includes the nuclear energy, renewables and power sectors. The largest chapter in our research by far is capital markets, which features 70 lawyers. Although there was a slow start to 2013, those we spoke to were optimistic about continued growth in the market. Sixty top life sciences lawyers are selected for inclusion indicating the significance of this industry for the country's economy. We also single out 60 management labour and employment practitioners, the same number of individuals in our previous edition. Our publication also features seven practice area overviews written by leading individuals in their respective fields. Carlos Martins of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn outlines new developments in aviation law and Duncan Glaholt of Glaholt explores recent decisions and upcoming changes in construction law. For our corporate immigration chapter Jacqueline R Bart of her own firm discusses Canada's unprecedented immigration overhaul, and for energy Jay Park QC of Park Energy Law examines the country's energy mix. Edward (Ned) Levitt of Dickinson Wright explores current franchise legislation, Mark G Lichty of Blaney McMurtry takes an in-depth look at the Canadian insurance market and Toni Polson Ashton of Sim Lowman Ashton & McKay looks at legislative developments in the trademarks sector. To view the results of our research please click here.
In-flight connectivity specialist Global Eagle Entertainment has announced the appointment of Jay Itzkowitz as senior vice president and general counsel, effective 1 October. He is based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.
Suzanne Loov has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Connacher Oil and Gas. She is based in the company’s Calgary head office and took up her position on 1 September.
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