Toronto (April 23, 2014) — Global Capital named Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), Canada Law Firm of the Year at its first ever Americas Derivatives Awards held last night in New York City.

BLG was selected over four other finalists in recognition of the firm’s impact on the global derivatives market within the last year. The Americas Derivatives Awards, honoured individuals, firms and deals in thirty different categories. The winners were chosen by the Global Capital’s editorial board.

“The BLG Derivatives Group is a strong multi-disciplinary team, extremely skilled at operating in a niche market,” said Sean Weir, BLG’s national managing partner and CEO. “The Group continues to guide our clients through what is an increasingly complex arena, as the global derivatives market faces increased transparency and regulation. This award acknowledges the strategic value our Derivatives team provides to our clients and recognizes the knowledge and strengths of these leading lawyers.”

The Canadian derivatives market is preparing for changes to regulatory oversight as a result of Canada’s G20 commitments.  In addition to the new Canadian derivative rules that are being proposed and implemented by the Canadian securities regulatory authorities, many Canadian derivative market participants also need to comply with new derivative legislation in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.  This evolving environment means new levels of complexity and regulatory compliance. BLG’s Derivatives Group is well positioned to advise clients in this new environment due to the group’s international experience in both OTC and exchange-traded derivatives.

BLG’s Derivatives Group is experienced in negotiating derivatives documentation with sell-side and buy-side market participants around the world. Our clients include financial institutions, investment dealers, futures commission merchants, market intermediaries, securitization conduits and a wide variety of derivative end-users, such as mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, other investment vehicles, commodity producers, real estate firms, insurance companies, risk management firms and other corporate end-users. Our advice covers derivative structuring and document negotiation, regulatory compliance, tri-party collateral control practices and close-out issues. We also advise on compliance and registration requirements relating to derivatives in Canada and the United States.

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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Eusis Dougan-McKenzie
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP