Miller Thomson has welcomed two of Toronto’s most prominent business lawyers, Lawrence Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis, who have joined the firm as partners.
Wilder and Koutoulakis join the Toronto business law group that has seen 10 new partners arrive in the last 12 months including Alfred Apps, Pierre Soulard, Y. Ken Chun, James Rumball, Peter Dunne, Jeffrey Roode, Geoff Clarke, Imran Ahmad, Kevin Refah and Jason Sernoskie.
“We have committed ourselves to deepening the bench strength in our corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law groups in Toronto and across the country,” said Peter Auvinen, Miller Thomson’s Toronto Office Managing Partner. “We see it as an on-going priority objective, and having Lawrence and Tom join us will further propel our growth and expertise in the area.”
The Miller Thomson strategy is not only reflected in headcount, it is also evident in the deal flow that comes with attracting top legal talent. In 2016, the firm participated in 101 Canadian M&A deals, elevating the firm in Bloomberg’s Canadian M&A legal rankings to 3rd place in the country in terms of the number of deals done.
“We have achieved a powerful consensus in the firm regarding our business focus and direction,” said Kent Davidson, Chair of Miller Thomson. “This level of clarity is a strength that is proving to be attractive to both clients and prospective talent. While some may see growth in itself as a measure of success, we see it as a means of further concentrating our efforts in those areas most important to our clients’ success.”
The Toronto office is not the only beneficiary of the firm’s corporate, securities and M&A focus. The Montreal office has benefitted from the addition of Andrew Cohen, Philipp Park, Lampros Stougiannos, Alexandre Hébert and Claude Picard, while Vancouver has seen the recent addition of securities lawyer Rory Godinho.
“The growth of our national business practice is designed to deepen our ability to support the interests of business leaders across the country,” said Bernard Blouin, Chair of Miller Thomson’s National Business Law Group. “We expect this expansion to continue overtime as we proactively respond to the needs of Canadian business leaders – from early-stage to public entities – from financings to mergers and acquisitions.”
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