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October 2020

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Page 30 of 59 29 DuMoulin Black C O R P O R A T E F I N A N C E , M & A A N D B U S I N E S S L A W S I N C E 1 9 6 6 . Vancouver, BC P r o u d t o b e r e c o g n i z e d b y C a n a d i a n L a w y e r M a g a z i n e , o n c e a g a i n , a s o n e o f C a n a d a ' s T o p 1 0 C o r p o r a t e B o u t i q u e s . LLP their lives easy and can add value," says Pawar. Metcalf and Company Halifax, NS Like a seafaring captain of yesteryear, Eric Machum, a partner at Metcalf and Company in Halifax, admits he could spend hours regaling people with tales of marine law and the cases with which he's dealt, complete with unique terminology and perhaps even tinged with the salty dialogue for which sailors are known. And after talking to him for a while, you would be correct in assuming that Machum, and his partner and firm founder Frank Metcalf, at one time must have made their livelihoods directly off the sea. Metcalf at one point owned a fishing business and ran a branch of a large shipping firm. Machum worked on tugboats for a time. But today they both make their living by understanding the intricacies of the law of the sea. "There's not a lot of us who do this — marine law and any law to do with making a living off the water," says Machum, born to a Canadian father and a Venezuelan mother of German background. He practised law for a while in Caracas before getting his LLM degree at Dalhousie. Established in 1986, Metcalf and Company represents clients in the marine, transpor- tation and related industries. The firm's lawyers advise on all aspects of the corporate and commercial component of its clients' business, in addition to maintaining a strong insurance practice in the P&I, H&M and subrogation arena. A lot of its work has to do with ship purchases, sales, importation and financings. Metcalf and Company has also been involved in many cases of a ship being "arrested," a special recourse available through the Federal Court, where one can have a ship seized "before you even prove damages," Macham says. Just by filing a statement of claim and an affidavit, a ship

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