Top Lawyers from Thomas & Partners Join BLG's International Arbitration and Trade Law Team

    BLG Adds Top Talent From A Leading Trade Law Firm

    VANCOUVER, June 17 /CNW/ - In a move that creates a dynamic new North
American team, the top professionals from Vancouver and Ottawa-based Thomas &
Partners have joined the international arbitration and trade law practice of
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
    "With marketplaces becoming increasingly globalized, this move adds even
greater strength to BLG's nationally and internationally recognized
arbitration and trade law practice," said Sean Weir, National Managing
    The three senior lawyers of Thomas & Partners have acted on a wide range
of complex international arbitration matters. Their experience encompasses
investor-state and commercial arbitrations, state-to-state disputes,
anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, and customs matters. They have
also been retained by national governments to assist them in international
treaty negotiations, and have been active in disputes resolved under the World
Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank's International Centre for
Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Canada is a signatory to the ICSID
Convention, and is expected to ratify it this year.
    "Many of our clients need help to avoid or resolve disputes arising
outside of Canada," said Gerald Ghikas, QC, senior commercial litigation and
arbitration partner in BLG's Vancouver office. "Any Canadian business involved
in foreign investment or other international transactions needs the kind of
pre-dispute advice we can offer, to structure and protect their projects and
investments. And when disputes do arise they are often settled by arbitration
rather than in national courts, which is why it makes so much sense for us to
strengthen our offering in this way."
    Effective June 16, 2008, J. Cameron Mowatt (Vancouver) and
Gregory A. Tereposky (Ottawa) of Thomas & Partners joined BLG as partners. Mr.
Mowatt is one of the most experienced counsel in North America in conducting
NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitrations, in which investors make direct claims for
compensation against NAFTA signatories. Mr. Tereposky is prominent in handling
trade disputes that are decided by the WTO and similar bodies. Both see great
benefits in moving to BLG's "national platform".
    As independent counsel, J. Christopher Thomas, QC, who has had extensive
experience as both counsel and as arbitrator in major international law
disputes, will provide advice and counsel to BLG and its clients.
    Derek de Vlieger has joined BLG's Ottawa office as an associate.
Alejandro Barragan, a researcher/economist in Thomas's Vancouver office, has
also joined BLG.
    "What impressed us when we began discussing this combination is how well
known the Thomas & Partners lawyers are outside Canada, in centres like
Washington, D.C., Geneva, London and Brussels," said Mr. Ghikas. "One UK
publication called them "one of the few Canadian firms to carry a reputation
globally." We intend to be recognized as North American leaders in this field,
and adding this established talent should go a long way to building that
    Mr. Thomas noted that the two firms have a long history of close
collaboration. "We have worked alongside BLG lawyers for many years," he said.
"We have great respect for their team and admire the firm culture. We
practiced very successfully as a boutique, but BLG's national stature will
create new opportunities. I have no doubt that this is the right move for each
of us. I am very excited about the future."

    About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    With more than 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other
professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
is a leading Canadian full-service law firm. BLG provides bilingual legal and
intellectual property services in virtually every area of law, and represents
a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. For
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For further information: Sherry Boisvert, Ketchum Public Relations
Canada (For BLG),, (416) 355-7406

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