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Aird & Berlis is a leading Canadian law firm, serving clients across Canada and globally. The firm has over 160 lawyers and business advisors dedicated to providing strategic legal and business advice. With strong national and international expertise, the firm’s professionals advise clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations.

Main areas of practice

Aird & Berlis LLP has extensive experience in acting for international and Canadian clients in all principal areas of business law, including: banking and finance; cannabis; capital markets; capital pool company/reverse takeover; charities and not-for-profits; commercial leasing; construction; corporate/commercial; energy; environmental; estates and trusts; expropriation; fintech; franchising, distribution and licensing; gaming; hospitality; Indigenous; infrastructure; insolvency and restructuring; intellectual property; investment management and registration; labour and employment; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; mines and minerals; municipal and land use planning; occupational health and safety; privacy and data security; private business services; private equity; procurement; real estate; REITs; sports and media; startups and emerging companies; tax; technology; telecommunications; transportation and venture finance.

International reach

Aird & Berlis recognizes the global realities of doing business. The firm acts for international entities doing business in Canada and Canadian entities doing business abroad. With an established network of partners around the world, Aird & Berlis provides seamless service on cross-border and multijurisdictional matters involving Canadian law.


Aird & Berlis as a whole, various firm practice groups and many of the firm’s lawyers are consistently recognized as a leading Canadian law firm by several international and national guides to the legal profession, including The Legal 500 Canada; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Who’s Who Legal: Canada; Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada.


  • Managing Partner

  • Steven Zakem (416.865.3440,

  • Number of Partners: 128
  • Number of Other Fee-Earners: 44
  • Number of Lawyers: 172
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Cantonese
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Croatian
  • Bosnian
  • Serbian
  • Persian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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