Gowlings, one of Canada's leading law firms, has teamed with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. to create a new international law firm.
And it’s only “just the beginning,” according to the CEO of Gowling WLG Canada.
“Our vision is for Gowling WLG to be one of the top sector-focused law firms in the world,” Peter Lukasiewicz said in a statement, “and we plan on adding like-minded firms to our combination in the near future in order to grow and enhance our practice in the sectors, services and geographic regions where our clients need us to be.”
The two firms had worked together several times in the past. Combined, the new firm is home to more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities around the globe and marks a historic occasion in Canadian legal and business circles.
Typically, Canadian law firms have been absorbed by their larger international counterparts.
But Gowlings, founded in Ottawa in 1887, said the deal announced Monday marks the first time that a Canadian law firm has co-led an international law firm combination.
The new firm will have a strong focus, it said, on “key global sectors” like advanced manufacturing, financial services, life sciences, real estate and technology.
- with files from OBJ Staff