Canadian Lawyer Inhouse Recognizes MLT Aikins as a Top Prairie Firm

Canadian Lawyer Inhouse has named MLT Aikins one of the Top 5 Prairie Regional Firms in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The report in the December/January issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse highlights the leading regional law firms that have at least one office in Manitoba or Saskatchewan. In deciding the rankings, the publication gathered votes and insights from lawyers, in-house counsel and clients. The ranking criteria is based on each firm’s regional service coverage, legal service offerings, client base, notable mandates and service excellence.

The article features in-house counsel from two long-term clients of MLT Aikins, Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) and Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL).

EIC is a diversified, acquisition-oriented company focusing on opportunities in aerospace and aviation services and equipment, and the manufacturing sector. MLT Aikins advises on a broad range of EIC’s legal matters including: mergers and acquisitions, security compliance work and filing requirements with the Toronto Stock Exchange, labour and employment, intellectual property and real estate matters.

Steven Stennet, Chief Legal Officer at EIC, said, “[MLT Aikins has] a really deep understanding of our business… they not only understand the sector but also the kind of approach we take to our business which is very important when we’re trying to get acquisitions across the finish line.” EIC has completed nearly $1B in acquisitions to date, with MLT Aikins acting as legal counsel. MLT Aikins has a long history of working with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) which dates back 13 years. FCL is a wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative that supports 160 independent local co-operative associations, serving people across Western Canada.

Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at FCL, said, “Co-operative organizations are different from other corporations, so it’s important that our [law] firms understand the co-operative model and the differences and distinctions that apply to a co-op and our geographic footprint across Canada.”

Read the complete article from Canadian Lawyer.