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Fasken Martineau to combine operations with Bell Dewar

24 October 2012

Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau has announced that it is increasing its presence in South Africa and combining forces with South Africa's Bell Dewar, and thereby growing its expertise in mining and other key areas.

The two firms are expected to be integrated by 1st February
Johannesburg-based Bell Dewar has 76 lawyers on staff, and Managing Partner Blaize Vance will become regional managing partner for Africa for the combined firm.
Fasken Martineau, based in Toronto, with about 700 lawyers worldwide, has had five to 10 lawyers in Johannesburg since 2003.
The office started out representing Canadian miners with operations in Africa and then expanded to take on South African clients raising capital internationally. 
The Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange are together home to almost 60 percent of all publicly traded mining companies.
Money coming into Africa from China and the Middle East are other major factors. Bell Dewar's strengths in mining, infrastructure, banking and finance, construction and life science line up with Fasken Martineau's main practice areas.
Fasken Martineau, formed by the merger of three regional Canadian firms in 2000, has offices across Canada, London and Paris. With about one in five of its lawyers outside Canada.

Last updated 26 October 12 08:02:19 PM
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