Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP Expands to Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces that it will be expanding to British Columbia with the opening of its Vancouver office, effective April 16, 2012. The new premises, in the HSBC Building at 885 W. Georgia Street, will be the second location for the Toronto-based law firm.

Initially, the firm will relocate lawyers who already have strong ties to the Vancouver business and financial communities, and it is anticipated that a number of local lawyers with expertise in a variety of practice areas will be brought on board in the coming months.

"Our decision to establish a permanent presence in the Vancouver market is based on several factors, including the significant size of our existing client and contact base in the area, especially in the mining sector, and the growing number of national and international opportunities we've identified that will be facilitated with a western presence," states Mark Young, the Managing Partner of Cassels Brock. "We've considered expansion into other markets before but never saw a true strategic imperative to do so; but now, for us, the timing is right to make this move.  Given our position as one of the leading mining law firms in Canada and through our work with an increasing number of Vancouver-based clients over the years, we have gained a lot of familiarity with the City and the Province.  We are very excited to become full-time members of the Vancouver community."

In the early stages of this expansion, the office will be overseen by Jennifer Traub, a partner in the firm's Securities and Corporate Finance Group and a key member of the firm's Mining Industry Practice who advises both issuers and investment dealers on financings and mergers and acquisitions.

David Budd, a partner in the firm's Financial Services Group whose practice focuses on corporate finance matters including secured and unsecured lending and project financing, will also be relocating to the Vancouver office as part of our expansion to British Columbia.

The firm has also appointed William A. Rand as Senior Business Advisor for the Vancouver office. Mr. Rand practiced securities law for 25 years in Vancouver before establishing a private company to pursue investment banking and other investment activities and has considerable expertise with emerging public mineral resource exploration companies.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a leading Canadian law firm focused on serving the transaction, advocacy and advisory needs of Canada's most dynamic business sectors. One of the largest business law practices in Canada, the firm represents multinational, national and mid-market entities and is dedicated to providing value-driven advice in the areas of securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, advocacy and dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, tax, intellectual property, real estate and international business.  The firm is regularly named at or near the top of Canadian and international corporate finance and M&A league tables, including Bloomberg, Thomson and MergerMarket, particularly in the mining sector, having acted on many of the country's largest natural resource deals in recent years.

SOURCE Cassels, Brock

For further information:

Mark Young, Managing Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (416) 869-5380;

Jennifer Traub, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (604) 691-6100;

Kelli Wight, Director, Business Development, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (416) 860-6761;

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