Thomson Reuters ranks Gowlings among top law firms for Canadian M&A in 2011

TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Thomson Reuters released its Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Legal Advisors - Full Year 2011, which ranks law firms for their involvement in announced transactions. In 2011, Gowlings ranked fourth for the number of announced Canadian M&A deals, having advised on 75 transactions with a total value of approximately US$7.8 billion. These deals involved clients a variety of industries, including, among others: mining, energy, infrastructure, financial services and technology.

In a year when many major firms saw a decrease in M&A activity, Gowlings' deal count increased significantly, solidifying its place in the top four law firms for number of deals.

"M&A is one of the areas that has been targeted for aggressive growth by the firm, and the 2011 league table rankings demonstrate our continued success in these efforts," said Stephen Pike, Gowlings' Firm Managing Partner, External. "We have excelled at assembling multidisciplinary teams of lawyers from across the firm to produce outstanding results for our clients, not only in marquee multibillion-dollar transactions but also in numerous transformational domestic and cross-border public and private M&A transactions at every level, especially in the mid-market. We are well positioned for continued success in this area in 2012."

Gowlings' Corporate Finance and M&A Group advises domestic and international clients in all major industry sectors. We have a rapidly expanding, award-winning team of 150+ corporate finance and M&A focused practitioners across Canada and firm-wide with the depth to handle cross-country, cross-border and cross-continent transactions. We provide strategic and legal advice to companies from early-stage to maturity, and understand the changing complexities of transactions as organizations evolve. With a firm of over 750+ professionals, we have specialists in every practice area to seamlessly support our transaction-based work.

Thomson Reuters is a leading source of information for businesses and professionals, targeting decision makers in the legal, financial, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets.

About Gowlings

Gowlings is one of Canada's largest law firms, with over 750 professionals in offices across the country and in Moscow, London and Beijing. Recognized for excellence in business law, advocacy and intellectual property law, Gowlings offers dedicated industry expertise in a number of sectors including energy, mining, infrastructure, life sciences, government, financial services, technology and manufacturing, and in areas such as corporate finance and M&A, transfer pricing and tax, patents and trade-marks, and occupational health and safety. The firm provides legal services in Canada, the U.K., and Russia and the CIS through the entities Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Gowling Lafleur Henderson S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l., Gowlings (UK) Inc., and Gowlings International Inc. In 2011, the firm opened the Gowlings International Inc. Beijing Representative Office. For more information, visit

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