Toronto (November 5, 2013) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce that two of its lawyers, Gus Karantzoulis and Nadia Effendi, have been named "Rising Stars" by Lexpert® magazine. The annual distinction, awarded to some of Canada’s brightest legal minds under 40, was handed out at a gala presentation last night in Toronto.

Gus Karantzoulis is a partner in BLG’s Toronto office, practicing in the Financial Services Group.  He is the Toronto regional leader of the Structured Finance and Securitization Group and the Private Equity Group and chair of the firm’s Student Committee in Toronto.  His practice focuses on secured lending, securitization, private-equity and project/infrastructure financing.  Gus regularly acts for both Canadian and foreign financial institutions, as well as borrowers, on the structuring and negotiation of syndicated credit facilities (both cross-border and domestic). He also advises on complex structured finance and securitization transactions, with a particular emphasis on commercial mortgages (CMBS) and credit card and other trade receivables.

 “The Lexpert® Rising Stars award focuses on both the candidate’s legal talent and business acumen, among other key attributes,” said Ken Atlas, BLG’s Financial Services Group’s national leader. “During his tenure with BLG, Gus has led some of the Firm’s key clients through significant and complex infrastructure, securitization and lending projects. He is well respected for his leadership in corporate transactions and sought after for his sound judgment. Gus is a huge asset to the BLG team and we congratulate him on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

Nadia Effendi is a partner practicing in the Firm’s Ottawa office. She is a member of BLG’s Commercial Litigation and Appeal and Review Groups. Her practice encompasses civil and public law litigation, with an emphasis on representing clients in administrative law and commercial litigation matters. She is the chair of BLG’s Supreme Court of Canada Agency Group and represents clients before the Supreme Court of Canada. She regularly pleads before all levels of court on a wide variety of civil and public litigation matters and appears before numerous administrative tribunals.

“Nadia is not only an exceptionally skilled litigator but truly exemplifies BLG’s spirit of corporate responsibility through her community involvement,” said Ira Nishisato, the national leader of BLG’s Commercial Litigation Group. “She is regularly praised by clients for her passionate commitment to providing excellent service and the very best representation. She is definitely a “rising star” in the legal profession and we congratulate her on this accomplishment.”

Lexpert®’s Rising Star award winners were selected by an advisory board comprised of Canada's leading legal professionals.

 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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