Bridging the Generation Gap: McCarthy Tétrault Appoints New Québec Region Managing Partner
February 24, 2004
Montréal, February 23, 2004 – At 38, with an impressive record of legal successes, Marc-André Blanchard may well be the youngest Regional Managing Partner of a Canadian law firm. The new driver of McCarthy Tétrault’s Québec region practice, he embodies the spirit of the "next generation" of law firm executives – grounded, efficient and confident in his approach to a dynamic economy and work environment.
"In order to stay on top of the Canadian legal market, you must offer clients the best possible service," said McCarthy Tétrault Chair and Chief Executive Officer, W. Iain Scott, "Mr. Blanchard is a natural-born leader who understands the importance of client relationships. He’s an ideal choice to lead our Québec offices."
The new managing partner has a keen understanding of what makes Canada’s premier law firm tick – its ability to serve clients as an integrated legal team. McCarthy Tétrault’s Québec region practice is comprised of more than 200 lawyers, both established voices and emerging young partners, who combine experience and innovation. Mr. Blanchard noted, "Our partners are diverse in terms of age, experiences and ideas, and they use their individual strengths in concert. McCarthy Tétrault also has a long history of teamwork, and in many ways, that’s what gives us a competitive edge."
Building on this collective strength, McCarthy Tétrault also fosters a collegial sense of teamwork between its lawyers and its clients. Mr. Blanchard continued, "Business clients expect more than just informed and practical legal advice from their lawyers. They look for partners who can share their network and offer business opportunities. That’s precisely what we offer to our clients."
Mr. Blanchard has built a diverse practice in civil, commercial, securities and banking litigation, as well as on a variety of class actions and constitutional recourses. Actively involved in Québec’s political and business communities, he is currently the President of the Québec Liberal Party. Mr. Blanchard holds a master’s degree in international public law from the London School of Economics and a dual master’s degree in public administration and international relations from Columbia University of New York. In 2003, he was described by the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf as a leader of a new generation and chosen by La Presse and The Gazette as one of the 40 young leaders of Québec.
Mr. Blanchard is a perfect match for McCarthy Tétrault’s Québec region practice, which has established itself as a front-runner in many practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, competition, litigation, insolvency, banking, tax and environmental law. The region’s top lawyers are consistently recognized in leading directories such as the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers and the International Financial Law Review.
McCarthy Tétrault, Canada's premier law firm, has a significant presence in all major financial centres in Canada as well as in New York and London. With close to 800 practitioners, we regularly advise on many of the largest transactions and cases in Canada and around the world. Chambers Global, an authoritative legal directory, cites McCarthy Tétrault as the number one law firm in Canada for 2003. In the previous year, Chambers included McCarthy Tétrault in its Top 10 North American Law Firms – the only Canadian firm to receive this prestigious honour – and named it "Best Canadian Business Law Firm of the Year."
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