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Canadian Firm Fasken Bolts on Boutique for Second British Columbia Base | The American Lawyer
The office’s opening, which went live on Feb. 1, is the second outpost for Fasken in British Columbia and will supplement the firm’s current operations in Vancouver, the largest by a law firm in the city. Surrey is the fastest-growing city in the province—it’s expanding at double the rate of Vancouver—thanks in part to its close proximity just north of the U.S.-Canadian border.

“It’s probably, some would say, the fastest growing city in Canada,” said Colin Cameron, a Canadian legal consultant and founder of Profits for Partners, Management Consulting Inc.

Surrey’s legal market is centered around real estate, banking and secured lending on the back of Vancouver’s booming housing market. But the suburb is also home to a growing startup, high-tech and emerging companies market, all of which play into Fasken’s strengths, Cameron said of a firm that launched a rebranding initiative late last year.

And while there are global legal giants like Dentons, DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright with offices in Vancouver, those firms don’t have as many people on the ground as Fasken, which boasts 140 lawyers in its Vancouver office alone, Cameron said.

“Surrey has a quickly developing business community that includes companies that have grown from entrepreneurial roots in the area to companies that have relocated their head offices there from Vancouver,” said Fasken’s firmwide managing partner Peter Feldberg. “Our client base in the area is growing and we are following it.”

And part of that expansion was the addition of a team from Surrey-based Roxwal, including three corporate and commercial partners in Randal Dhaliwal, Paul Grewal and Jason Harris, as well as several other lawyers and staffers.

Feldberg said that in its expansion to Surrey, Fasken wanted a combination of Fasken lawyers and strong local practitioners. Fasken reached out to Roxwal, which had a budding business law practice in Surrey, and after some discussion the smaller firm chose to wind down its partnership and come aboard, Feldberg said.
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february 2018 by JordanFurlong

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