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Dentons secures five-partner insurance team from Cassels in Canada

Dentons’ Canada arm has boosted its insurance capability with the hire of a nine-strong team including five partners from Cassels Brock & Blackwell.

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The move deepens the global giant’s capability across corporate, regulatory and disputes with the firm identifying the sector as a ‘huge priority’ in 2021. The team, which will be spread across Dentons’ Toronto and Calgary offices, is led by rated regulatory specialist Laurie LaPalme, a longstanding Cassels partner, having joined the firm from Torys in 2003.

The corporate and administrative experts will all be situated in Toronto and furthermore incorporate accomplices Derek Levinsky and Marisa Coggin and partners Taschina Ashmeade and Katie-May O’Donnell, just as a law representative. Likewise getting across is a three-legal counselor debates group: Toronto-based accomplice Arthur Hamilton and, in Calgary, accomplice Laurie Livingstone and partner Tara McCarthy.

Martin Mankabady, global chair of Dentons’ Insurance group, said: “Bolstering our insurance sector capabilities across the world is a huge priority for Dentons. Our scale is unmatched by any other law firm and our aim is to continue to be a market-leader and the go-to adviser for both large conglomerates with global reach and local businesses with highly specialised needs.”

Blair McCreadie, managing partner of Dentons’ Toronto office, added that the team’s experience advising international property and casualty, life insurance and reinsurance companies would strengthen the firm’s offering both in the Toronto market and nationally.

Cassels, in the mean time, a month ago commended the appearance of three accomplices at the firm. In Calgary, business litigator Tamara Prince joined from Canadian Natural Resources, where she was a legitimate direction, alongside land expert Derek Elliott, some time ago an accomplice at Bishop and McKenzie. Toronto’s business law bunch invited Ryan Hornby, from Bitfarms, where he was general advice.

Dentons was the first international firm to secure a presence in Canada, back in 2013, when it combined with top 10 practice Fraser Milner Casgrain. Last year, it maintained its position as the tenth-most recognised legal brand among clients, according to the Acritas Canadian Law Firm Brand Index.

In March, international rival DLA Piper completed the hire of a six-lawyer Vancouver team specialising in emerging companies and technology from McMillan. 

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