Counting on domestic and international markets to keep busy, Dentons Canada is bolstering its banking and finance practice across the country with senior side hires and a strong push to train and mentor new lawyers.
“We’ve really tried to recruit aggressively inside and outside the company,” said Ryan Middleton, national practice group leader for Dentons Canada’s Banking and Finance group.
The team recently added two new partners, Ryan Therrien, a former manager and counsel for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and Geoff Marinangeli, who left pan-Canadian firm Miller Thomson.
In total, the firm added 13 new members to its team, in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. And of those, nearly half are new partners, many of whom have also articled with the firm in the past two years.
Both Therrien and Marinangeli are interested in taking on a leadership role through mentorship, Middleton said. All experienced lawyers are welcome to play such a role, he said, both on a formal and informal basis.
“That’s something we’re constantly focused on, helping associates who started during COVID get to where they need to be,” he said.
Therrien said it’s important to spread a company’s culture. The virtual environment that has become dominant due to COVID “has forced organizations to be really thoughtful about how they promote cultural richness within their organizations,” he added.
Returning to private practice at Dentons appealed to his entrepreneurial spirit, he said. “We’re building something intriguing and exciting and I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.
Marinangeli said he decided to join Dentons in part because he likes the way the firm “fosters a collaborative work environment” and provides lawyers and professionals with the tools and resources to take their practice and their professional ambitions to the next level.
Middleton, who has led the banking and finance team for about 10 months, said Dentons strengthens the team because, like As part of a global enterprise, the Canadian banking and finance group has a broad international platform. Even in tough economic times, the company believes it can leverage this platform to secure work from outside of Canada. He is develop the practice in a strategic way that allows them to seize opportunities, he said.
“Whether it’s a particular area of finance, whether it’s on the regulatory side, we try to make sure that as the market changes and those trends change, we exit aggressively and let’s attract people to take advantage of these trends,” Middleton said.
He added that he expects to recruit more members to the Canadian team in the coming months.
News of hiring in Canada comes just days after Dentons added six new partners in Australia