Miller Thomson LLP Deepens Québec Presence with Strategic Expansion

January 9, 2013

Miller Thomson LLP Deepens Québec Presence with Strategic Expansion.

Move strengthens
corporate legal services for Québec business in domestic and international
markets

TORONTO, ON, January 9, 2012
National law firm Miller Thomson
LLP is expanding its Montréal office with the addition of respected lawyer
Michel La Roche, a specialist in business restructuring and finance. His
colleagues Michel d’Amours and Jean-François Gauvin will also be joining the
firm. The move is considered strategic in light of the continued demand for
financial and business consultancy services in Québec’s competitive market.

“The expansion of our Montréal
office will extend and deepen our presence in Québec, and strengthens our footprint
as a truly national law firm,” said Gerald Courage, Chair of Miller Thomson.
“Our goal is to offer the broadest network of specialized local knowledge and
expertise among national law firms in the country.”

Michel La Roche and his
partners Michel d’Amours and Jean-François Gauvin bring vast experience, not only in business restructuring and finance but also in
commercial and corporate law. Mr. La Roche is also featured in the 2013 list of
Best Lawyers in Canada as one of the top lawyers specializing in
insolvency.

“Joining a national law firm
will allow our clientele to pursue further opportunities in Québec and across
Canada,” said Michel La Roche. “Our specialized team, combined with leading
experts and support staff at Miller Thomson, will provide an even greater
variety of services to a growing caseload of clients.”

“We have been committed to the
Québec market for sixty years,” said Louis-Michel Tremblay, Office Managing
Partner, Miller Thomson Montréal. “The growth of these key practice areas is
designed to deepen our ability to support the interests of commerce in the
province. We expect this expansion to bring in new clients, and grow our
existing caseload through fully integrated services that are responsive to the
needs of Québec business today – from start-ups and IPOs to finance and
restructuring.”

Founded in 1952, Miller
Thomson’s Montréal office was one of the first French Canadian commercial law
firms to offer its services to the Montréal business community. Throughout the
years, the Montréal office has established a network of relationships in
Canada, the United States, Mexico and across Europe, and became a national firm
when merging with Miller Thomson in 2005. The expanded team will now move into
a larger office space in downtown Montréal.

After doubling in size in the
last five years, Miller Thomson now has more than 480 lawyers in 11 Canadian
offices including: Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton,
London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham, and Montréal. Recent growth
includes an affiliation agreement with FIDAL, France’s largest business law
firm, and a merger with Saskatchewan-based law firm Balfour Moss. Miller
Thomson is the only national law firm with a footprint in the growing economic
centres of Regina and Saskatoon.

About Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson LLP is a
national business law firm with more than 480 lawyers working from 11 offices
across Canada. The firm offers a complete range of business law, advocacy and
personal legal services. Miller Thomson works regularly with in-house legal
departments and external counsel world-wide to facilitate cross-border and
multinational transactions and business needs. Miller Thomson offices are
located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, London,
Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham and Montréal.

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