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I have spent the first five years of my legal career working at top international law firms in London, England, and I'm considering moving back home to Toronto. My practice focuses mainly on project finance and I understand that Blakes and Davies are considered top tier in this field (see Chambers & Partners rankings below). However, I would very much be interested to know what the market perception of these two firms is more generally and how they compare, particularly as I understand Davies is a smaller firm.

Comparisons between these firms and firms such as Torys, Fasken, Osler and McCarthy's are also welcome.

Many thanks in advance for any insights.

Chambers & Partners, "Projects: PPP & Infrastructure" (Canada): https://chambers.com/rankings/s?publicationTypeId=20&practiceAreaId=1399&subsectionTypeId=1&locationId=18251

 

 

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Those are all excellent firms. 

Differentiating between them will be very lawyer specific. I think a recruiter would probably help with your situation.

I can’t imagine negligible market perception differences could be a major factor in your choice.

Davies is smaller than the other firms listed, but is clearly a peer firm for high level finance/merger work. They just don’t compete in certain practice areas.

Canada is more mid-market than the UK and as such my impression is very few firms have practitioners exclusively specialising in specific types of financing. So I think broader corporate work reputation is probably more instructive than that Chambers ranking. It is not my practice area though.

The elite firm most notably absent from your list is Stikemans.

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5 hours ago, Epictetus said:

I have spent the first five years of my legal career working at top international law firms in London, England, and I'm considering moving back home to Toronto. My practice focuses mainly on project finance and I understand that Blakes and Davies are considered top tier in this field (see Chambers & Partners rankings below). However, I would very much be interested to know what the market perception of these two firms is more generally and how they compare, particularly as I understand Davies is a smaller firm.

Comparisons between these firms and firms such as Torys, Fasken, Osler and McCarthy's are also welcome.

Many thanks in advance for any insights.

Chambers & Partners, "Projects: PPP & Infrastructure" (Canada): https://chambers.com/rankings/s?publicationTypeId=20&practiceAreaId=1399&subsectionTypeId=1&locationId=18251

Just in case this hasn't come up yet. I don't know your circumstances.... but if you didn't receive your legal education in Canada. You're going to need to complete the NCA exams before you can work in Canada. 
 

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