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New Partners Add “Strategic Dimension”: McCarthy Tétrault Welcomes Simon Potter and Brenda Swick

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May 27, 2004

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Simon V. Potter
Brenda C. Swick




Montréal and Ottawa: May 27, 2004 – Legal powerhouses Simon Potter and Brenda Swick have joined McCarthy Tétrault as partners in its International Trade and Investment Law Group. Mr. Potter will have offices in both Montréal and Ottawa while Ms. Swick will be based in Ottawa.

Québec Region’s Regional Managing Partner, Marc-André Blanchard said: "Simon Potter and Brenda Swick are highly respected within our profession for their depth of experience in commercial litigation, trade and competition law. They add a new dimension of strategic power to our firm, and we are very pleased to welcome them."

Mr. Potter, Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, is a well respected barrister and has handled many cases involving corporate and commercial issues, as well as competition and constitutional questions and international arbitration cases. He has served on several binational panels under the Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA to review anti-dumping and countervail claims and to hear cross-border disputes. He recently authored the chapter "Dispute Settlement: A Practitioner’s Perspective," appearing in Free Trade: Risks & Rewards (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000) that featured some of the most influential figures on North American trade, including former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former U.S. President George Bush Sr. and former Mexican Trade Minister Jaime Serra Puche. He is also a member of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration.

Ottawa Managing Partner Anna Tosto said: "Mr. Potter and Ms. Swick have arbitrated and served as counsel on some of the most notable cross-border cases in recent years. Our team is looking forward to working with them."

Ms. Swick has represented clients in international trade matters, including WTO dispute settlement proceedings and numerous investment and trade remedy disputes in Canada and before binational panels established under NAFTA. She is eligible to sit as one of the panellists appointed by the Government of Canada to review duty determinations under NAFTA. She serves on the Executive of the Anti-trust and Trade Law Committee of the International Bar Association’s Section on Business Law and is Past Chair of the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She frequently speaks and writes about international trade issues, and is a member of the Board of Editors of Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation and a contributing editor to North American Corporate Lawyer.

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, UK. With close to 800 practitioners, the firm regularly advises on many of the largest transactions and cases in Canada and around the world. Authoritative legal directories such as Chambers Global, the International Financial Law Review and Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada consistently rank the firm with top ratings in various practice areas. McCarthy Tétrault is the top-ranked legal advisor on Canadian completed mergers and acquisitions for 2003, according to Thomson Financial’s international league tables and listed as Top M&A Shop in Canada by the Financial Post.

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For further information, or to request an interview with a McCarthy Tétrault lawyer, please contact:

Orna Dobner
416-601-7684
[email protected]
Hélène Sansoucy
514-875-1789
[email protected]
 

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Orna Dobner
Director of Communications  
416-601-7684
[email protected]

Québec Contact
Hélène Sansoucy
Communications Specialist
514-875-1789
[email protected]


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