Canadian firm Fasken Martineau has bolstered its presence in London with the hire of Canadian Jim Lisson, formerly a partner with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt.
Lisson practised at Osler for 26 years, but moved to London last year and has since been acting for one of the bidders on the Canary Wharf deal. His practice is wide-ranging, but he is well known in the market for a particular focus on large corporate deals for banks and insurance companies.
Fasken is also set to take on McCarthy Tétrault corporate partner Georges Racine. He was based in the London office of McCarthy between 1997 and 2002, and has since been based in Montreal.
The hires will double the firm’s partner numbers in London. At this stage, the firm has no plans to take on English-qualified lawyers. John Elias, head of the firm’s London office, said: “For the time being we’re focussing on a Canadian platform.”
Fasken has been on an international expansion drive of late. As well as the London hires, the firm has also taken on Lawrence Pringle, a corporate partner from Baker & McKenzie, for the New York office.
Last year, Fasken became the first Canadian firm to open in South Africa.