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Former federal Minister Jim Peterson joins Fasken Martineau

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November 20, 2007


November 20, 2007 - Fasken Martineau is pleased to announce that former federal Minister of International Trade and former Secretary of State, International Financial Institutions, Jim Peterson is joining the firm as Counsel.

"As global capital markets evolve and consolidate, Jim's expertise in financial services will prove invaluable to our numerous bank, trust company and insurance company clients, both domestic and international," said Fasken Martineau managing partner David Corbett. "Clients engaging in international trade will benefit from Jim's substantial expertise in trade policy and disputes. His impeccable international reputation as a former Federal Minister of International Trade will serve both current and future clients, as well as strengthening our exceptional roster of lawyers. I am delighted to welcome him aboard."

"Fasken Martineau has a leading international and financial services practice, evidenced most recently by the firm's top placements in Bloomberg and Thomson Financial's global mergers and acquisition rankings," said Mr. Peterson. "I am delighted to be joining what I believe to be Canada's top international firm in a role that will utilize my international legal expertise and political experience. This is a great opportunity to work with top-tier clients and colleagues, while remaining at the forefront of international business."

As a former Minister of International Trade (2003-2006), Mr. Peterson has expertise in trade policy and experience in trade disputes. While Minister, he represented Canada at WTO's Doha round of trade negotiations, focused on expanding trade and investment in leading emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China, and dealt with complex issues related to trade with Canada's NAFTA partners, the European Union, the Middle East and the Americas. As Secretary of State, International Financial Institutions, (1997-2002), Mr. Peterson was instrumental in piloting the most recent round of Bank Act reforms with Parliament, handled the insurance industry de-mutualization file and sponsored a wide variety of other important initiatives including money laundering legislation.

Mr. Peterson was a special adviser to the Federal Finance Minister on the single National Securities Regulator issue from 2002 to 2003, was Member of Parliament for the Willowdale riding in Toronto for 23 years and was the Chair of the Finance Committee from 1993 to 1997, completing a number of major studies including a review of the GST.

Before entering public life, Mr. Peterson practiced international tax and business law in Toronto and was a consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Mr. Peterson holds a Doctorate in Civil Law from McGill University, a Master of Laws from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario, a diploma from l'Académie de Droit International in The Hague and a Diplôme d'Études de la Civilisation Française from La Sorbonne in Paris.

Mr. Peterson is the author of numerous articles and studies for Canadian and foreign publications on international business, investment, taxation and fiscal policy. Mr. Peterson will be based out of the Toronto office and serve Fasken Martineau clients in Canada and around the world.