Leading Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau merges with elite Ottawa firm Johnston & Buchan in continued rollout of strategic expansion



    Excellence in communications, trade law and federal regulatory process
    enhances existing expertise of global firm

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - Leading law firms Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
and Ottawa-based Johnston & Buchan LLP announced today that they have agreed
to merge, creating a high profile presence in Canada's capital to better serve
federally regulated and national clients.
    The merger announcement comes six weeks after the creation of the first
full-service integrated Canadian-UK law firm resulting from the merger of
Fasken Martineau and life sciences, mining, technology and AIM finance
specialist firm Stringer Saul of London. Today's news is the latest step in an
expansion strategy underway at Fasken Martineau that includes growing its
commitments in markets that the firm's Calgary, Johannesburg, London and
Ottawa offices serve.
    "Fasken Martineau has a strategic plan in place focussed on seamlessly
serving our clients wherever they may be located. Merging with Johnston &
Buchan allows Fasken Martineau to bring a highly respected Ottawa practice
onboard that offers our clients expertise in communications and trade law and
an intimate knowledge of the federal government and the regulatory
environment," said David Corbett, managing partner of Fasken Martineau.
    "Johnston & Buchan was identified as the best fit with our existing
practice and this partnership enhances our ability to serve our
federally-regulated clients in both official languages," said Corbett.
"Johnston & Buchan is consistently ranked in the top tier of communications
law firms in the country by leading legal publications Chambers and Lexpert.
The firm has operated for 26 years and is considered by us to be a jewel among
Ottawa firms."
    The partnership will prominently position Fasken Martineau in Canada's
capital city, enhance the firm's areas of specialization and add to a global
family of more than 640 lawyers, practising as part of a business law and
litigation firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal,
Québec City, London, Johannesburg and New York.
    "Fasken Martineau's unique structure and entrepreneurial approach is the
right cultural fit for Johnston & Buchan and our clients," said Robert Buchan,
founding partner of Johnston & Buchan. "The merger presents an opportunity to
better serve our clients by growing our communications, trade and regulatory
practice areas, while increasing access to complementary areas of expertise
such as labour, employment, finance, tax and litigation in Canada and
internationally."
    "We are very excited about the opportunities that the merger presents for
our clients and for our practice," said Laurence Dunbar, Johnston & Buchan
partner, who will become co-chair of Fasken Martineau's expanded
communications practice as of April 1.
    "Not only will the merger add significantly to the range of legal
services that we will now be able to offer clients in the nation's capital, it
will also build on our core areas of practice, providing clients with access
to an unrivalled depth of experience and expertise in the communications
sector, and an excellent platform from which to serve the needs of
international clients," said Dunbar.
    Johnston & Buchan will fully integrate with Fasken Martineau's existing
network of five national and three international offices. The merger will come
into effect on April 1, 2007, and follows an extensive due diligence process
and positive approval votes from both firms' partners.

    About Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

    Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is a leading Canadian business law and
litigation firm. With more than 640 lawyers, the firm has offices in
Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City as well as in
London, Johannesburg and New York. Fasken Martineau LLP is a limited liability
partnership and includes law corporations.

    About Johnston & Buchan LLP

    Johnston & Buchan LLP was founded in 1980, and is one of Canada's most
highly regarded firms in the field of communications law, including public
regulation of telecommunications, broadcasting, radiocommunication and
copyright. The 13-lawyer firm employs more communications lawyers than any
other law firm in Canada. The 2007 edition of Chambers Global's The World's
Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes six of the 11 partners as among the
top Canadian lawyers in their chosen fields of practice. The firm's business
law practice includes many leading Canadian communications companies for whom
Johnston & Buchan lawyers also provide regulatory advice, and knowledge-based
companies located in Ottawa and elsewhere. Johnston & Buchan also has a
rapidly expanding trade law practice, which comprises agricultural trade law,
trade remedies, import and export controls, and advising clients on WTO and
NAFTA related issues.





For further information:

For further information: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP media contacts:
Toronto, David Corbett, Firm Managing Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP,
(416) 868-3515; Montréal, Claude Auger, Managing Partner - Montréal and Québec
City, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, (514) 397-4349; Johnston & Buchan LLP
media contact: Ottawa, Laurence Dunbar, Partner, Johnston & Buchan LLP, (613)
236-3882

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