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Jul 23, 2018
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Aird & Berlis Recognized as a Leader in Private Wealth Law by Chambers HNW

Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Melanie A. Yach

Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as a leading Canadian law firm in the 2018 edition of Chambers HNW: The World's Leading High Net Worth Advisers. In addition, partners Rachel Blumenfeld and Melanie Yach are individually recognized as leading lawyers in private wealth law.

The firm as a whole and our noted practitioners received the following accolades:

Aird & Berlis is a "strong competitor" in the market with a "good Toronto presence," market insiders say, noting the firm's strong history of trusts and estates work. This broad-based team boasts expertise in both litigious and non-contentious private wealth matters. Sources praise the firm for having "top-notch lawyers who are good with clients - we trust the advice they give." The team's high net worth clients include those with significant business interests, whom it advises on succession planning and wealth structuring.

Rachel Blumenfeld is praised for her broad practice, with one market insider commenting: "She does a lot of cross-border work, she is strong on the tax side and is certainly highly, highly regarded on estate and trust planning." She handles tax and charitable planning for individuals, often those with cross-border wealth, and has a "very solid reputation as an accomplished practitioner in the area." A fellow practitioner says: "I have a lot of respect for Rachel and would refer conflicts to her. She is professional, friendly, and reliable."

Melanie Yach is described by peers as "highly competent and an excellent practitioner." One comments: "She is a strong lawyer, she knows her stuff; she is a formidable litigator." Her largely contentious practice focuses on trusts and estates disputes, including guardianship matters. Multiple sources appreciate Yach's handling of "hard cases with dignity and firmness," with one noting her "ability to deal with complex cases and to really get into the details, the nitty-gritty."

Chambers HNW highlights the leading lawyers and law firms for the international private wealth market in key jurisdictions around the world. Rankings are based on independent research and interviews with lawyers, accountants, investment managers and other professionals working with high net worth individuals.

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