Canadian Lawyer InHouse

April/May 2020

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Page 18 of 43 17 "We're very proud of that project," says Cugliari. "Scott is the type of lawyer who un- derstands how large organizations work, and if I'm not available, he will work directly with our business people in a very productive fashion." In order to reduce spend, Parmalat is consid- ering the idea of hiring a specialized in-house lawyer to carry out some of the tasks that are currently sent to outside counsel. "We're not sure if we can make the business case for this, but we're looking at it to see if it makes sense," says Cugliari. Blaney McMurtry LLP ranks at number four on the list of top Ontario firms. Among its key clients, SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust makes use of a select number of firms for complex title work and conveyancing mat- ters, joint venture structuring and agreements and tax advice. "When specific expertise is required, we retain the required expertise," says Joseph Amato, vice president, legal at SmartREIT. Amato has been working with Blaney since he joined the shopping centre developer 20 years ago. Among the projects Blaney has worked on for SmartCentres are two recent joint ventures that included providing title opinions, structuring and conveyancing work. "I like their expertise, the quality of work, the organization of materials and their ability to turn documents around quickly," says Amato of the Blaney team. "The value is unparalleled — there is nobody in the city that produces

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