Renowned mining law expert W.S. (Steve) Vaughan joins Heenan Blaikie

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Heenan Blaikie is pleased to announce
that as of February 1, W.S. (Steve) Vaughan, one of Canada's leading experts
on mining and natural resources law, is joining its Toronto office as a
Partner in the Business Law Group.
    One of only a handful of eminent practitioners in his field, Mr. Vaughan
has a unique background in law and geology which has paved the way for a
practice with the mining, oil and gas, geothermal and nuclear industries.
    For more than four decades, Mr. Vaughan has been advising and
representing Canadian and international companies in addition to serving on
numerous governmental advisory committees. In recent years, he has been
involved in natural resources transactions in more than 60 countries. He is or
has been a member or director of many professional and trade associations and
resources and mining companies.
    Mr. Vaughan has been recognized widely for his expertise. He is listed as
one of the outstanding Canadian experts on mining law in the International
Who's Who of Business Lawyers as well as in Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to
the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Martindale-Hubbell gives him its top
recommendation and Legal Media Group/Euromoney Institutional Investor ranks
him as one of the best project finance and energy-natural resources lawyers in
    Norman Bacal, the firm's National Co-managing Partner, commented that
"Steve will be a great addition to our firm. We have a strong practice in the
mining and resources areas inside and outside of Canada, and we believe that
being a pre-eminent Canadian firm in these fields is part of being a leader in
the international markets, where we are increasingly established."

    With 425+ lawyers across Canada, and over 140 lawyers in Toronto, Heenan
Blaikie is one of Canada's leading law firms, delivering the full scope of
legal services and innovative business solutions to clients ranging from
start-ups to many of Canada's largest companies, institutions and government

For further information:

For further information: Norman Bacal, National Co-managing Partner,
Heenan Blaikie, (416) 360-3526, F 1 866 220-8783,

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