Canadian Lawyer InHouse

April/May 2020

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22 Brock & Blackwell LLP; acted for Benefit Part- ners Inc. in the completion of its acquisition by People Corporation; acted for the LCBO in the acquisition of its head office lands from a joint venture among Menkes Developments and Greystone Managed Investments, with Triovest Realty Advisors acting as advisor to Greystone, for $260 million following a pro- curement process managed by Infrastructure Ontario; acted for the Regional Municipality of York in the planning, development, land acquisitions and construction of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Star alumni: four treasurers of the Law Society of Upper Canada; Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell; former Ontario chief justice George Gale; former Supreme Court of Canada justice Roy Kellock; former Ontario Court of Appeal justices James Carthy, Allan McNiece Austin and John Arnup; Ontario Superior Court justices Joan Lax and Paul Perell. Affiliations: SCG Legal Firm history: WeirFoulds LLP has established itself as one of Canada's premier regional law firms, and it has provided strategic, cost-effective and innovative legal advice to clients since 1860. WeirFoulds has thrived by becoming a true partner to clients, ensuring that legal advice addresses their priorities. The firm is repeatedly ranked as one of Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms, and it is regularly listed in Novae Res Urbis Top 10 Development Law Firms in the GTA. 4. Blaney McMurtry LLP TOTAL LAWYERS: 121 OFFICE: Toronto Core practice areas: litigation and advocacy; real estate; business law Key clients: Toronto-Dominion Bank; SmartREIT; First National Financial LP; KingSett Capital; G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd.; Greenwin Inc.; Verdiroc Development Corporation Notable mandates: lead insolvency counsel for 300 Sears Hometown Stores in their certi- fied class action and oppression remedy claim against Sears Holdings, Edward Lampert's ESL Investments Inc. and the board of directors of Sears Canada, seeking damages of more than $100 million and to set aside more than $500 million in dividends paid by Sears to ESL and other shareholders in 2013; represented Grasshopper Solar in its continued acquisi- tion of solar portfolios throughout Ontario and the refinancing under its $270-million credit facility; represented Verdiroc Devel- opment Corporation in connection with the acquisitions of land and property throughout the GTA; acted for industry-leading property development companies on major Toronto TOP 10 ONTARIO REGIONAL FIRMS "The value is unparalleled. There is nobody in the city that produces what Blaney produces at that price." Joseph Amato, SmartREIT

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