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Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: July 15 update

Firms making announcements included Dentons, DLA Piper, Langlois and Lavery

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: July 15 update

Welcome to this week’s roundup of movements among major law firms, in which we sum up significant hires, promotions and departures.

Dentons Canada LLP

Robin Longe has joined Leanne Krawchuk as Canada co-chairperson of the firm’s national mining group. He is a Vancouver-based partner and a member of the firm’s corporate group.

Longe’s practice areas include natural resources, mining, forestry, environmental and Aboriginal law. He has experience with corporate transactions in the mining and forestry sectors and with the purchase and sale of mines and mining rights. He assists clients in dealing with agreements specific to mining industries and in negotiating arrangements with First Nations in B.C.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

The firm has announced Denis G. Silva as a partner in its Vancouver office. He was previously senior legal counsel with the British Columbia Securities Commission.

Silva centres his practice on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions and advises clients on business law matters, including capital markets transactions, ‎reorganizations, options and joint ventures, proxy contests and exchange listings.

“His initiative and ingenuity in not only providing outstanding legal advice and service but also in creating connections and opportunities have earned him the respect of his clients and all those who work with him,” said Robert Seidel, Canada managing partner.

Langlois lawyers, LLP

Tommy Tremblay is the new president of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec branch for 2020-2021, effective July 1. His practice spans all aspects of commercial litigation, including corporate governance.

Jean-François Gagnon, chief executive officer at Langlois, said that the firm felt honoured that one of its partners has been selected for the role. “His commitment, his vast experience and his dedication will be crucial to carrying out his duties,” said Gagnon.

Tremblay said that he looked forward to addressing the challenges arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lavery, de Billy, LLP

Selena Lu, Montreal-based partner in the firm’s business law group, has joined the board of the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Lu’s practice includes commercial law matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and the drafting of standard contracts.

Rogerson Law Group

Angela Salvatore is the first female chairperson of Ontario Bar Association’s taxation law section. She will hold the role for a one-year term, beginning July 1. She has served as the section’s former vice-chairperson and as a member of its executive committee for the past four years.

The Rogerson Law Group has offices in Toronto and Barrie. As a barrister and solicitor at the firm, Salvatore focuses her practice on tax planning, litigation and dispute resolution.

Stewart & Winch LLP and Watson Goepel LLP

The two Vancouver firms have merged, with Stewart & Winch joining Watson Goepel, effective June 30. The merger will enable Watson Goepel to more effectively serve clients on the North Shore and nearby areas.

Watson Goepel practises in the fields of business law, employment law, estates law, family law and personal injury law, while Stewart & Winch, based in West Vancouver, focuses on the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate law and wills and estates law.

The West Vancouver office acts as Watson Goepel’s third location, with its other offices located in downtown Vancouver and in Surrey, B.C.

“We spent considerable time looking for the right fit to expand our firm,” said Ryan Lee, managing partner of Watson Goepel. The transition would be a seamless one, said Lee.

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Fraser Hughes, who has returned to Canada after spending 12 years in the Cayman Islands, joins the Toronto-based firm as counsel.

During his time abroad, Hughes litigated global insolvency matters. His other areas of focus include money laundering, international trade and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

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