MONTREAL and PARIS, France, Jan. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Heenan Blaikie is
pleased to announce that on January 1, 2011, 16 new lawyers have joined
its Paris office. This important development occurs a little more than
one year after the launching of Heenan Blaikie's activities in Paris.
The lawyers who are joining Heenan Blaikie were previously working in
the Paris office of another large international firm. They are Mtres Jean-François Mercadier, T. Alexander Brabant, Pascale Gallien,
Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton, Ali Boroumand and Karen Leclerc,
partners, along with 10 associates.
Heenan Blaikie - Paris is now among the leading international business
law firms operating in France. The Paris office will specialize in
business law - commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, private
equity, financing and restructurings - as well as in litigation and
international arbitration, while putting emphasis on international
markets and trade relations with Africa, Europe and America.
Roy L. Heenan, Founding Partner and Chairman of Heenan Blaikie, explains
the rationale behind this decision to expand the firm's operations. "Our business activities in Europe and Africa had been growing at such a
tremendous pace that we needed a larger presence in Paris. This
expansion represents an important step of our international growth
strategy. It will enable our clients to benefit from the services of 16
experienced lawyers who will assist them in their operations and
development in Europe and Africa. In addition, French clients will now
be in direct contact with one of the largest law firms in Canada."
"The lawyers in our Paris office have been chosen because they share our
culture, which is based on service excellence."
Jean-François Mercadier, Managing Partner of the Paris office, conveys
very well the enthusiasm of his new Heenan Blaikie colleagues. "From our initial contacts with our friends at Heenan Blaikie, we were
struck by the firm's culture and values, which emphasize collaboration
and nimbleness. During the course of our conversations, we soon became
excited about the projects we could implement together. We are
convinced that clients will benefit from our decision to choose Heenan
"Heenan Blaikie has a lot going for it. The firm's entrepreneurial
spirit gives it the ability to relentlessly explore new markets. The
French and English cultures, as well as civil law and common law
traditions exist in harmony at Heenan Blaikie; our integration to the
firm will help reinforce these qualities. In a globalized economy,
these factors have guided our decision."
Since its inception, Heenan Blaikie has grown progressively to over 550
lawyers and professionals in its nine offices in Canada, its Paris
office and Singapore representative office. The firm provides
sought-after expertise in business law, labour and employment law,
litigation, tax law, intellectual property and entertainment law.
SOURCE Heenan Blaikie
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