Canadian Lawyer InHouse

November/December 2019

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28 TOP CORPORATE BOUTIQUES company and address them," she adds. "I feel like we're taken care of. With a larger firm, you don't get that same sense of service." MEP helps Wind Sun Sky with a wide range of services relating to entertainment law, including acquisition agreements, talent agreements and rights agreements. It is also helping the firm to diversify its portfolio to include co-production projects. For Toronto-based private merchant bank Forbes & Manhattan, the services of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP are used for many transactions, including private placement and financing. "A firm like Wildeboer punches above its weight," says Neil Said, legal counsel at Forbes & Manhattan. "You get high-quality work LARGE, prestigious law firms traditionally had the edge when it came to attracting corporate clients, but the climate has changed in Canada. Corporate law boutiques have become increasingly popular and often boast in-depth expertise, together with a smaller client list so they have more time to offer individualized service. Moreover, lower overheads allow for lower costs, which is extremely appealing to clients. A number of factors make corporate boutiques the first choice for many clients: Lower cost, personalized relationships and efficient service are among the top priorities for businesses. "You get a more personalized service and a promptness of response with boutiques," says Laura Wheeler, senior director, business affairs at Vancouver-based multimedia entertainment company Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, a client of entertainment law specialist MEP Business Counsel. "At MEP, they have such broad knowledge and they can relate to the challenges of a small Low cost, efficient timelines and personalized service among key qualities of top corporate boutiques, say in-house lawyers "A firm like Wildeboer punches above its weight. You get high-quality work product and very efficient timelines but at a much more reasonable rate than you would get from a big firm." NEIL SAID, FORBES & MANHATTAN The personal touch TOP 10 CORPORATE BOUTIQUES

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