Canadian market wakes up as five firms merge

Author: | Published: 1 Apr 2000

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...