Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Aug. 16, 2021 update

Firms making announcements include Aird & McBurney, Dentons, DLA Piper, Gowling WLG, Langlois

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Aug. 16, 2021 update

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

Aird & McBurney LP

Jay Millman joined the Toronto office as a partner and as a registered patent agent in Canada and in the U.S. Millman has handled the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and industrial design applications, patent infringement matters, freedom-to-operate and validity analyses, and due diligence relating to licence agreements and IP-related purchase agreements, according to the firm’s news release.

Dentons Canada LLP

Jay Choi, a new partner in the banking and finance group in the firm’s Toronto office, has worked on matters involving leveraged finance, fund finance, investment grade loans, insolvency-related financing and acquisition financing transactions in Canada and in the U.S.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

The firm announced Nicholas Chan as a partner in the Edmonton office, effective Aug. 1. Chan’s corporate law practice has covered commercial real estate, ‎acquisitions, corporate finance, professional services and complex ‎contractual matters.‎ He has also acted for real estate investors in relation to acquisitions,‎ development, leasing, joint ventures, partnerships, asset and property management ‎and the financing of commercial, residential and retail assets.

“With his considerable experience in complex and multifaceted real estate transactions, Nicholas is a strong addition to our Corporate and Real Estate groups,” said Robert Seidel, Canada managing partner, in the press release.

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Peter Bouzalas joined as a partner in the firm’s national corporate group in Toronto. Bouzalas is experienced in mergers and acquisitions and with corporate finance matters for domestic and cross-border private companies and private equity funds.

“His in-depth knowledge of a number of key industries, combined with his Canada/US corporate and M&A experience, will help our clients strengthen their commercial positions on both sides of the border,” said Kathleen Ritchie, partner and head of the Toronto office’s business law department, in the news release.

Langlois lawyers, LLP

Langlois Lawyers will join forces with Séguin Racine Attorneys Ltd., a firm focusing on business transactions, effective Sept. 1.

The merger aims to enable Langlois to offer a wide array of business law services with expanded capabilities in the areas of securities, capital markets and financial services, taxation and mergers and acquisitions.

“This alliance will solidify our firm’s position in a constantly evolving market and cement our reputation as a leader in the Quebec business community,” said Jean-François Gagnon, chief executive officer of Langlois, in the announcement.

Langlois will add to its roster Séguin Racine’s team, comprising roughly twenty lawyers and other employees. Séguin Racine’s three founding partners will be appointed to the following roles in Langlois:

  • Bruno Racine — co-head of tax services
  • Serge Racine — co-head of tax services
  • Pierre-Hubert Séguin — head of capital markets, head of securities law and special advisor to the chief executive officer

“As our complementary teams continue to excel, our combined strengths will make us a force to be reckoned with in the field of transactional law in the Quebec business community,” said Pierre-Hubert Séguin.

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