TORONTO, January 26, 2009 – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP was among the top legal advisers in Canadian mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance in 2008, according to rankings recently released by Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg.

BLG ranked first among Canadian law firms advising on initial public offerings, according to Bloomberg. Thomson Reuters also ranked the firm third in merger and acquisition deals announced in 2008 with 29 deals valued at more than US$28 billion.

'T hese rankings reflect not only BLG's depth in M&A across Canada, they show that our expertise is not confined to mid-market M&A, where we are well-recognized, but also extends to the largest transactions seen in 2008,' said Sean Weir, National Managing Partner at BLG. 'It's clear from these results that BLG has the know-how and experience to consistently deliver results for its clients in major, 'bet-the-company' transactions. '

The firm moved up in its overall rankings as an adviser to issuers and underwriters in corporate finance transactions and was recognized in Bloomberg's Global Bonds Issuer Advisor category, earning fifth place in the 2008 ranking, the only Canadian law firm on the list.

'These rankings reinforce BLG's recognized position as a leading firm not only in Canada, but on the international stage as well,' said Paul Mingay, National Practice Leader for Securities and Capital Markets at BLG. 'We worked on a diverse array of complex deals in 2008 and we're looking forward to more of the same in 2009.'

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

With more than 750 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 further information, visit www.blg.com .

For more information, please contact:

Tricia Weagant
Ketchum Public Relations Canada (au nom de BLG)
tricia.weagant@ketchum.com
416 355 7431