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Weirfoulds LLP 
Size of Organization: 89
Year Established: 1860
Main Office: Toronto, Ontario

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For over 150 years, the lawyers of WeirFoulds have been proud to serve our clients in their most difficult and complex matters. We provide our clients with the personal attention of partners with extensive experience in resolving challenging and sophisticated issues-whether in the boardroom or the court room, whether before a regulatory board or government commission, whether involving a corporate transaction or property development. The firm has consistently been ranked in the Canadian Lawyer top 10 of central Canada's leading regional law firms and is recognized as a leading firm in key industry directories.

Main International Areas of Practice

WeirFoulds is focused on four broad areas of practice: (1) Corporate; (2) Property; (3) Government; and (4) Litigation Law.

Within these core areas of practice, as well as key sub-specialties, the firm meets the most complex and sophisticated legal challenges. Our lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in their chosen areas of practice and the profession at large.

(1) Corporate - The firm's corporate practice has a long and strong tradition of serving business clients in the following areas: mergers and acquisitions, banking and corporate finance, private equity, securities, multinational transactions, commercial real estate, leasing and development, public sector transactions and tax, regulatory and intellectual property matters. WeirFoulds provides comprehensive legal services to a wide range of clients: from public companies and major institutions requiring sophisticated legal services to entrepreneurs building an organization from the ground up.

(2) Property - WeirFoulds is also known for its exceptional strength in real estate and property development law. The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006-2008 directory rated WeirFoulds as a top firm in Real Estate law in the city of Toronto and the province of Ontario. Our expertise covers all aspects of property development, from land development to commercial real estate, leasing and financing. We have extensive experience in leading infrastructure projects.

(3) Government - The government law practice at WeirFoulds is widely renowned for clearing the way for major public/private projects in the fastest-growing regions of the country and finding solutions to disputes of all types involving public bodies. We have worked with a significant number of municipalities and other levels of government in Canada, and we have forged positive working relationships with officials in a vast array of governmental agencies, boards and commissions.

(4) Litigation - WeirFoulds is known for its strength in complex litigation cases, with more than half of our lawyers practising before courts and tribunals in Canada and other jurisdictions. Based on our broad litigation experience and depth of advocacy skills, clients bring their most challenging and pressing problems to WeirFoulds. We are active on many fronts-including some of the largest and most highly visible document-intensive and complex litigation disputes in the country. WeirFoulds litigators have been honored among: the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada (Lexpert®), the Leading 100 Canada/US Cross-Border litigators (Lexpert®), the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Lexpert® and American Lawyer Media), the International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators (Law Business Research and in PLC GlobalCounsel 3000) and Best Lawyers "Bet-the-Company Litigation". WeirFoulds litigators appear in significant cases that become reported and leading decisions with a frequency that would be exceptional for a law firm of any size. WeirFoulds currently acts for HMQ in Right of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on all litigation arising out of the expropriation of property used by AbitibiBowater Inc. in the Province, including NAFTA, and all litigation arising out of the restructuring of AbitibiBowater Inc. in Canada. We acted for the current Prime Minister of Canada in his litigation with the opposition political party over allegations of misconduct.

Statement of Practice Summary:
Focused Regional Practice; Administrative Law; Banking Law; Bankruptcy; Receiverships; Insolvency; Civil Litigation; Combines; Antitrust; Commercial Leasing; Commercial Real Estate; Employment Law; Labour Law; Environmental Law; Estates; Trusts; Financial Services Law; Foreign Investment Controls; Franchising; Immigration Law; IT; IP; Litigation; Mergers and Acquisitions; Divestitures; Municipal Law; Securities; Secured Transactions; Taxation; Transportation.