Legal merger creates mega-business firm

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One of Canada's largest law firms, Fraser Milner and Byers Casgrain, announced their agreement to merge, creating a Canadian business law powerhouse of 465 lawyers in six offices across Canada. The new firm ranks in the top five law firms in Canada by size.

"The merger of Fraser Milner and Byers Casgrain aims at continuing to meet the changing business needs of our clients," said David Smith, chairman of the newly formed Fraser Milner Casgrain. "We're enhancing the services we offer clients and adding depth to our business law practice capabilities in both official language."

Fraser Milner Casgrain has full service offices in the major business centers of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. The merged organization will continue to enhance client services, enrich professional capabilities and represent client interests nationally and globally it said.

"Byers Casgrain was seeking to offer a national platform for its clients and Fraser Milner was missing a presence in Quebec. Both firms needed the capability to serve clients in other parts of Canada. The merger made sense for both of us and our clients," said Michel Brunet, managing partner of the Montreal office. Fraser Milner was established in October, 1998 through the merger of Milner Fenerty and Fraser & Beatty. Fraser Milner was the first of many recent mergers in the Canadian legal services industry aimed at creating national firms to serve evolving client needs. Fraser Milner currently has 388 lawyers.

Byers Casgrain was founded in 1905 and has grown to be one of Quebec's leading full service business law firms with 77 lawyers.

Organizations: Milner Fenerty and Fraser & Beatty

Geographic location: Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa Toronto Edmonton Calgary Vancouver Canada

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