“We’re very excited about the move,” says Samuel Schwartz, managing partner of the Toronto office.
He says Davis was bursting at the seams in First Canadian Place with only a partial floor to its name. Now with the entire 60th floor and part of the 59th floor too, it has the room to carry out a planned expansion, as the firm increases its focus on Toronto.
“We’re experiencing significant growth,” says Schwartz. “Eventually we’re going to have an office here that looks similar in size to Vancouver.” Vancouver is Davis’ largest Canadian office, with around 100 lawyers, compared with a Toronto total in the 40s.
While most Canadian firms are looking west for growth, the western-based Davis is making the opposite move. “I think we bring a different way of thinking,” says Edmonton-based national managing partner Robert Seidel.
And while competition in Canada’s financial centre is tough, Seidel says he’s confident. “We’re not going to come here and push the Seven Sisters off the puck,” he says. “But what we’ve got to do is see where the puck is going.”