Blakes launches Nitro program to support emerging technology companies

TORONTO, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP ('Blakes'), one of Canada's leading business law firms, is launching Nitro powered by Blakes.

Nitro is an innovative new program that provides access to top-tier legal services for emerging technology companies.

"Emerging technology is critical to the future of the Canadian economy and Blakes is dedicated to supporting its development," said Rob Granatstein, Firm Managing Partner.

"To show our commitment we are allocating an initial C$1 million worth of flexible and subsidized legal services to qualified emerging technology companies."

The program will start in the Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor, a fast-growing and world-leading emerging technology cluster. It will be overseen by an experienced team of Blakes lawyers with complementary skillsets, including extensive experience in working with start-ups.

Brock Gibson, Chair of Blakes, believes Nitro will be integral to the success of emerging technology companies.

"Nitro will provide top-tier legal advice at pivotal moments in the development of these companies," said Brock Gibson. "We want to be there to see new companies succeed. We will do this by providing exceptional work supervised by experienced people. That's the Nitro promise."

About Blakes

At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), we serve a diverse national and international client base, and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm's full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, London, Bahrain and Beijing, along with associated offices in Al-Khobar and Riyadh. Thanks to our clients, in 2017, Blakes is once again ranked as having the leading law firm brand in Acritas' Canadian Law Firm Index. This is the third time we have received this recognition. We are also named Canada Law Firm of the Year in the Who's Who Legal Awards for the ninth consecutive year and remain the top-ranked Canadian firm in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, we are recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., an honour we have received seven times since 2008.

SOURCE Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

For further information: Please visit If you would like to speak to one of the Blakes lawyers involved in Nitro, please contact Mathieu Rompré ( or Hugh Christopher (


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