Marquee lawyer strengthens Securities & Capital Markets practice

TORONTO (Jan. 4, 2011)Jeff Barnes, one of Canada’s most respected mergers and acquisition lawyers, has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

“Jeff is a builder who is joining a strong team and will make it even stronger,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner at BLG, Canada’s largest law firm. “He has extraordinary experience in M&A, corporate law, corporate and project finance, especially in the natural resources sector, and corporate governance.”

Jeff has an exceptional track record acting for many of North America's major investment banks and multinational corporations, in Canada and the United States. He has been recognized as one of Canada's most respected M&A lawyers by major international legal directories including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Euromoney and International Financial Law Review’s Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers; the Law Business Research International Who’s Who Legal series; The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; and the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®. He has also been recognized among Lexpert’s 100 best cross-border lawyers and Canada's top 30 corporate dealmakers, and has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating (“AV”) for his skills and sense of ethics.

“I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues at BLG,” Jeff said. “I’ve been fortunate in my career to work with many good people, and I’m happy to be able to add my experience and knowledge to a firm I have always admired, and to help build on an excellent practice.”

Jeff is a frequent lecturer in continuing education programmes across Canada and the U.S. on securities, governance, crisis management, ethics and law firm management. He is a past member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission and a current member of the Senior Legal Advisors to the Chair of the OSC. He is currently co-chair of the Canada Committee and vice chair of the Mergers and Joint Ventures Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, and is past chair of its International Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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 the largest Canadian full-service law firm, focusing on business law, litigation and intellectual property solutions. BLG provides bilingual services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. For further information, visit blg.com.

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