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Blakes Strengthens Team For Gulf Region By Electing Tim Sunar As Partner

BLAKES STRENGTHENS TEAM FOR GULF REGION BY ELECTING

TIM SUNAR AS PARTNER 

Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm (Blakes)

Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm (Blakes)

Al-Khobar- (February 09, 2014) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in association with Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm (Blakes), a leading business law firm, announced the further strengthening of its team in the Gulf region with the admission of Mr. Tim Sunar to the partnership of the Firm.  Blakes has an office in Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and an office in Manama, Bahrain, through its affiliation with the law firm of Dr. SaudAl-Ammari.

Mr. Sunar joined Blakes in 2006, first in its Toronto office and then as part of the team which established the Firm’s presence in the Gulf region in 2009.  His practice focuses primarily on advising clients on a range of commercial transactions with an emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, international joint ventures, and reorganizations.  Among the Firm’s various clients, he advises multinationals, family businesses and institutional investors active across the GCC and MENA regions, including with respect to investments inbound to and outbound from these markets.

Mr. Sunar is recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 (Corporate & Finance). He has received client praise in Chambers Global for his attention to detail and quality of service and has been described as “an amazing young lawyer who is extremely astute, picks up things right away and delivers solutions immediately.”

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Saud Al-Ammari, Chair, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Gulf Region at Blakes, said, “Needless to say, the Partners of the Firm are proud of Tim’s hard earned achievements and are very pleased to see the deserved recognition for his high quality

Sunar Tim

Sunar Tim

work, commitment to clients and the Firm as well as his exceptional team work skills.”

The Gulf, where Blakes now has a team comprised of 21 members, continues to form an important growth market for the Firm and is a region, along with MENA more broadly, where it has developed unique expertise in corporate, oil & gas, petrochemical, mergers and acquisitions, project development and financing,  and regulatory and dispute resolution matters.

To continue to build on the Firm’s regional expertise and growing presence, Blakes is committed not only to the continued strengthening of its team but, as importantly, to building a team that is an effective mix of local and Western-qualified lawyers capable of meeting client needs on both a regional and global scale.

About Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in association with Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm (Blakes):

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in association with Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm (Blakes), is the first Canadian law firm to establish a permanent presence in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia and Manama, Bahrain. From these offices, Blakes focuses on clients with interests in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As a leading business law firm, Blakes provides exceptional legal services to leading businesses around the world.

Serving a diverse client base, our integrated network of 12 offices worldwide provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Our presence in the Middle East strengthens our strategic reach and complements our offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and China. These offices, together with our ongoing initiatives in other parts of the world (including India and Europe), have contributed immensely to our ability to help clients capitalize on opportunities in the world’s most established economies while also accessing emerging and frontier markets.

More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s website at www.blakes.com or by following us on Twitter @BlakesLaw.

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