Four Members Elected to McCarthy Tétrault Board of Partners
February 2, 2011
Toronto, February 2, 2011 — McCarthy Tétrault has elected four new members to serve on its Board of Partners: Cameron G. Belsher, John Currie, Peter Keohane and Shea Small.
The new Board of Partners is an integral part of McCarthy Tétrault’s unique governance and practice structure. This structure fosters continuity, renewal and leading-edge legal thinking to ensure that the firm is consistently able to help its clients meet their business goals.
The new board members join incumbent Board of Partner members Marc-André Blanchard (Chair and CEO), William J. Atkinson, Marc Dorion. Garth M. Girvan, Frédéric Harvey, Godyne N.L. Sibay and Caroline Zayid.
The new members of the board expressed vision, purpose and enthusiasm in anticipation of their additional duties:
"We should continue to create and maintain an environment that allows us to retain and attract the most talented and creative lawyers in the country," said Cameron G. Belsher. "I believe this means an environment that encourages diversity and the free exchange of ideas and solutions as well as an environment in which internal resources are responsive to our needs and those of our clients." Mr. Belsher practises in the firm’s Business Law Group in Vancouver, focusing on capital markets, mining, private equity, public mergers and acquisitions, technology and licensing.
"People are our most important asset," added John Currie, who practises in the Real Property and Planning Group in Toronto. "Partners, associates, managers and employees all need to feel they are valued." Mr. Currie maintains a commercial real estate practice covering all aspects of real estate transactions, secured financing, securitizations, construction contracts, asset management and development agreements, joint ventures, operating contracts, leasing and licensing.
Peter Keohane, who practises in the firm’s Business Law Group in Calgary, highlighted some of the challenges the Board of Partners will be tasked with meeting. "We remain in a period of significant economic, political and geographic change which will continue to require us to better understand our markets, our business, our clients, and how to most effectively and efficiently deliver our legal services to those clients, while facing ever-increasing competition from both national and international competitors." Mr. Keohane’s practice focuses primarily in the oil, natural gas and electricity industries.
Shea Small, also highlighted some of the market challenges the Board of Partners will have in mind in the coming years. "Although we have already made great strides responding to changes in the marketplace through project management and other initiatives, the continuing growth of internal legal departments, the commoditization of certain practices and the push for cost control will certainly continue to challenge us in the near future and need to be addressed." Mr. Small practises in the Business Law Group and Mining Law Group in Toronto, where he has an international practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and commercial transactions in the financial services and mining industries.
The firm congratulates the new members of the Board of Partners, and thanks all the partners who sought election to the board.
About McCarthy Tétrault
McCarthy Tétrault provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. The firm has substantial presence in Canada’s major commercial centres and in London, UK.
Built on a unique model of collaboration, the firm brings its legal talent, industry knowledge and practice experience, wherever needed, to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.
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