Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Aug. 30, 2021 update

Firms making announcements include BCF, Cain Lamarre, Cassels, Fasken, Lawson Lundell, MLT Aikins

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Aug. 30, 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.

BCF Business Law

The firm welcomed its seven articling students as lawyers:

  • Béatrice Cosgrove (Montreal) — business law
  • Anaïs Descoteaux (Québec City) — civil and commercial litigation
  • Pascale Drapeau (Montreal) — civil, administrative and commercial litigation
  • Alex Harvey (Québec City) — business law
  • Catherine Paquet (Québec City) — civil and commercial litigation
  • Karine Pelletier (Montreal) — civil, administrative and commercial litigation
  • James-C. Tremblay (Montreal) — business law

Cain Lamarre LLP

Three new lawyers joined the Quebec firm:

  • Justine Carli (Val-d’Or) — personal, family and civil law
  • Émie Lebel (Rimouski) — business and transactional law, including matters relating to acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, fisheries
  • Charles-Éric Gilbert (Saguenay) — labour and employment law

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

The firm added a new litigation and restructuring insolvency law partner, Alan Merskey, to its Toronto office. Merskey, an experienced insolvency litigator, has acted for court officers, debtors and creditors in relation to contested restructuring matters such as public and private company restructurings.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Adam Lewinberg is a new partner in the infrastructure and projects group at the firm’s Toronto office. Lewinberg has worked on large and multifaceted construction projects, on complex procurement and on structured finance, including public private partnership/alternative finance.

“He brings a depth of experience to our Infrastructure and Projects group that will be of great benefit to our clients,” said Martin Denyes, regional managing partner for the Ontario region, in a news release.

Lawson Lundell LLP

The firm has launched a new intellectual property group, which will advise clients across the lifecycle of technology or product development, including the stages of creation, capture, de-risking, scaling up, commercialization and enforcement.

Paul Matthews and Richard Okimaw are co-chairing the new practice area.

“We assist clients in devising offensive, defensive or hybrid IP strategies that align with and support their business priorities, plans and budgets,” said Matthews, a partner practising from the firm’s Vancouver, Kelowna and Calgary offices, in the news release.

“We can help clients develop business strategies around core IP assets by assessing industry and market sector landscapes, including competitors' market positions, and IP strengths and weaknesses,” said Okimaw, a partner and patent and trademark agent based in the firm’s Kelowna office.

MLT Aikins LLP

Energy lawyer Ken Tennenhouse joined as counsel in the firm’s corporate/commercial law team in Winnipeg. Tennenhouse has knowledge and experience relating to Western Canada’s energy sector and the matters of corporate governance, risk management and legal compliance systems.

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