Top Canadian law firms McMillan LLP and Lang Michener LLP have agreed to combine their respective practices on 1 January 2011.
The new firm, called McMillan LLP, will be home to approximately 400 lawyers in five Canadian jurisdictions with an additional office in Hong Kong.
Focusing specifically on business needs, the new firm is set to bolster its presence across key industry sectors including financial services, transportation, technology and communications, manufacturing, automotive, mining, forest products and oil and gas.
Who’s Who Legal currently features 28 lawyers in total from both firms making the new McMillan the 10th largest law firm in Canada by number of listings within our research.
The combined total covers 17 practice areas - mining being the most representative, with a total of five lawyers practising in this sector. Other leading areas include competition, banking, insolvency and life sciences.
Andrew Kent, CEO of McMillan, said: “This is a great opportunity for McMillan, Lang Michener and for our combined current and future clients. The combined firm, the new McMillan, stands as a truly modern, ambitious law firm with enhanced scope, a deeper bench and a broad range of expertise.”
Kent, who features in The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, added: “Our combined law firm will be defined by a focus on geographic expansion, continued growth in product offerings and professional excellence. In the weeks, months and years to come our ambition is clear: to stand as the best and first choice in Canada for business clients seeking first class legal advice, support and service.”
Also commenting on the new partnership François Tougas, chair at Lang Michener, Western Division, said: “This represents an ideal partnership – one that honours and extends the ethic of excellence and expertise upon which Lang Michener and its predecessor firms were founded.”
McMillan LLP merged with Calgary’s Thackray Burgess in 2009, and provides a broad spectrum of expertise in business and corporate law.
Lang Michener has provided legal services for more than 80 years and is internationally renowned, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Hong Kong.