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October 2020

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28 FEATURE TOP 10 CORPORATE BOUTIQUES nimble platform," Pawar says. MEP Business Counsel launched in 2014 and has now grown to 11 lawyers and a total staff of 23. It is made up of recognized busi- ness lawyers from leading national and inter- national firms who bring expertise M&A, corporate/commercial transactions, project finance and commercial real estate matters. The firm has been doing so well, Pawar says, that it recently hired additional parale- gals, as well as adding a lawyer to the team with an extensive commercial real estate practice. While the firm deals with all facets of corporate law and is "industry agnostic," Pawar says the company's "sweet spot" is meeting the needs of private growth compa- nies. "These are firms that have gotten to a certain level and are looking for more capital to grow further." The firm provides strategic counsel to a broad range of clients, including serial entre- preneurs, growth companies, private equity investors and multinational corporations across multiple industries. Corporate clients have included: Launch Academy, Storkcraft, Essilor Group (Clearly) and MODO Car Share. MEP has also represented many notable film studios, such as ITV Studios, Legendary Pictures and Lionsgate, and several well- known feature films and television series. These include Coffee & Kareem (Netflix), To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Netflix), Sacred Lies (Facebook Watch) and Invincible (Amazon). Pawar describes the firm as having "unpar- alleled" entertainment law expertise in the form of partner Arthur Evrensel. With more than 30 years of experience providing counsel on content creation, TV and motion picture production, financing, distribution, animation and licensing, Evrensel represents content producers, financiers, creators, animation studios, distributors, inves- tors and global studios involved in content creation and exploitation. Among notable recent deals, MEP repre- sented Asian Coast Development (Canada) in the sale of a majority interest in The Grand Ho Tram Strip, a luxury hotel and casino resort located in Vietnam, to an affiliate of Warburg Pincus LLC. It also represented Austria-based AVL List GmbH — one of the world's largest indepen- dent companies for development, simulation and testing technology of automotive power- trains — in its acquisition of the majority interests in a Canadian company involved in the design, manufacturing and sale of battery and fuel cell test equipment. As well, MEP acted for CoPower, a leading provider of financing to clean energy and energy efficiency projects, in its acquisition by Vancity Community Investment Bank. "We relish those relationships with our clients because we find they keep coming back to us over and over again because we make

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