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December/January 2021

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18 TOP 10 PRAIRIE LAW FIRMS MANITOBA 1. Fillmore Riley LLP Total lawyers: 70 lawyers Offices (with # of lawyers): Winnipeg (70) Core practice areas: Banking and finance, business law, insurance, litigation, real estate and commercial development and tax and wealth management Key clients: Royal Bank of Canada, Public Utilities Board of Manitoba, Richardson International Limited, Dufresne Spencer Group, Canada Life and lead Manitoba counsel for multiple major insurance companies Notable mandates: Acted as counsel for TransX Group of Companies, one of Canada's largest and oldest transportation companies, in the first trucking acquisition of scale by Canadian National Railway Company; acted for Cabot Corporation on the sale by Cabot Corporation of its Specialty Fluids Business to Sinomine (Hong Kong) Rare Metals Resources Co. Limited for $135 million; acted as counsel for Dufresne Spencer Group Holdings, LLC on five acquisitions in 2018- 2019, resulting in 50 new stores; acted as co-counsel for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in the MMIWG inquiry, including development of submission for standing, planning and preparation for hearing process and acting as hearing counsel Star alumni: Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick, Supreme Court of British Columbia; Justice David Kroft, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench; Master Shayne Berthaudin, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench; retired justice Susan Devine, Provincial Court of Manitoba; retired Manitoba Court of Appeal justice Alan Philp; Steven Kroft, CEO, Conviron; Jean-Marc Ruest, vice president, corporate affairs and general counsel, Richardson International Affiliations: TAGLaw and the Risk Manage- ment Counsel of Canada The firm: Established in 1883 as Richards & Coutlee, the firm is now named after two long-time members of the Manitoba bar, W.P. Fillmore and H.J. Riley. Originally founded on the core practice areas of banking, financial and insurance law, the firm has grown to full-service status, with expertise in areas of law relevant to its local and international client base. 2. MLT Aikins LLP Total lawyers (in Manitoba office): 91 Offices (with # of lawyers): Winnipeg (91), Regina (41), Saskatoon (39), Calgary (26), Edmonton (26), Vancouver (22) Core practice areas: Corporate and commercial, M&A, litigation, labour and employment, business immigration, securities, administrative and regulatory, intellectual property and taxation. Key sectors include agriculture and food, science and technology, Indigenous, energy and

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