Sean Weir, Toronto-based managing partner of Borden Ladner
Gervais, says the merger is a strategic move designed to
consolidate all the firms' national standings. Over the last
two years they had each considered various means of achieving
this, including merging with an international law firm or
accountancy. "We decided the best thing to do before looking
internationally for a relationship was to strengthen our hand
in Canada," says Weir. "The creation of Borden Ladner Gervais
responds to our clients' needs for a consistently high level of
expertise and service excellence across Canada.
The merger is the result of almost 18 months of talks
between the various members. Borden Elliot began discussions
with Scott & Aylen of Ottowa in September 1998 and in June
1999 the two firms merged with an agreement that they would
move towards a national platform. Borden Elliot already had an
association with Howard Mackie of Calgary...