For the first time this year, Canadian Lawyer conducted a survey of Canada’s top 10 corporate law boutiques. The top vote-getters in this category were equally confident of their ability to match Big Law’s strength in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities work.
“If you take our firm and put it inside any of the Seven Sister law firms, you’d have a corporate finance department that’s equal to theirs — maybe not in size but certainly in calibre, in execution, and in expertise,” says Perry Dellelce, managing partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. “When we left the large firms — and most of the partners here were at large, Seven Sister firms — we didn’t leave our brains behind,” says Dellelce. “But we knew we wouldn’t take the large multi-national Canadian and foreign corporations as clients [to our new firm].”