Gordon Peery joins as Global Derivatives Advisor

Toronto (December 11, 2012) — Gordon Peery has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), a pre-eminent, 750-lawyer full-service firm, as Global Derivatives Advisor. Gordon brings to BLG a 17-year career to complement BLG’s powerhouse Derivatives Group.

"The derivatives market is one of the largest and most important financial markets in the world, and our clients look to us for our global understanding of how changes to derivatives laws impact them," said Sean Weir, national managing partner of BLG. "Gordon is a great addition to our Derivatives Group, which has a reputation as one of the strongest in North America, and brings another level of international experience to the team."

As a licensed U.S. lawyer, Gordon will continue to practice law in California where he resides, and will continue to provide legal counsel for his U.S. clients. In addition, as part of BLG’s Derivatives Group, Gordon will work with BLG lawyers to provide support for BLG’s derivatives clients in Canada and around the world.

"Gordon contributes to our team’s in-depth expertise in the global derivatives market. He has helped shape the next generation of derivatives and futures policy and documentation," said Alfred Page, national leader of BLG’s Securities & Capital Markets Group. "He is a tremendous asset to our clients, given the tidal wave of derivatives reform that is sweeping over international markets in response to the global financial crisis and the G20’s resolve to address systemic risk. These developments, exemplified in the U.S. by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, impact all aspects of international and domestic derivatives trading and the underlying legal and contractual framework."

With a broad range of global experience exclusively devoted to derivatives and futures, Gordon provides trusted advice to a wide range of clients, from funds of all varieties to energy and real estate companies to pensions and other clients. Policymakers, including representatives of governments and sovereign wealth funds have benefited from his counsel. His book, The Post-Reform Guide to Derivatives and Futures (Wiley, 2012), was a 2012 International Book Awards winner.

"I was drawn to this opportunity at BLG primarily by two lawyers who are absolutely the very best at what they do, John Hall and Carol Derk. Not only are they exceptional legal advisors in every way, but most importantly they are truly first class individuals whom I emulate -- and I am elated to work with them on the same team now,” said Gordon. “The BLG team provides precisely the platform that my global practice needs at a time when the area of derivatives law is subject to comprehensive changes and long-term opportunities for market participants not just in the U.S., but in other leading markets throughout the world."

While Gordon is approaching the end of his second decade of legal practice, he counts as early derivatives career highlights advising a major investment bank in the Enron hearings in the U.S. Congress, and then serving four practice groups within two leading international firms, before joining BLG. He has negotiated and put into place over 300 International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA) Master Agreements, Schedules and Credit Support Annexes and his collateral control agreements enabled market participants to recover from the fall of Lehman Brothers in late 2008.

Gordon has lectured in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, Brunei, Kuala Lumpur and the U.S. on the 2008 market crises and derivatives reform. In late 2011 and early 2012, Gordon appeared before, and was engaged in direct discussions with CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler and the rest of the CFTC leadership in an effort to develop ways to better protect pensions, asset managers and many other market participants. He has actively contributed to ISDA and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) working groups and has taught for ISDA and other international organizations, particularly in Asia, Southeast Asia and the Far East. Gordon has authored or coauthored more than 30 articles on derivatives and futures.

A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and the University of Southern California, Gordon and his family currently reside in California.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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