Sven Walker Named Rising Star by Lexpert and One of Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40

Nov 5, 2013

Dale & Lessmann LLP is pleased to announce that Sven Walker has been named a Rising Star and one of Canada’s leading lawyers under the age of 40 by Lexpert®. Sven was officially recognized during Lexpert’s gala dinner and awards presentation in Toronto, Ontario on November 4, 2013, which was hosted in partnership with The Globe and Mail. Lexpert is Canada’s authoritative source for news and information in the legal community.

Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award recognizes top lawyers under the age of 40 from across Canada. Winners are selected by an advisory board, which is comprised of many of the most respected senior lawyers in Canada from Canada’s largest law firms and corporations. To be considered for this prestigious award, nominees had to demonstrate legal talent, professional achievements, leadership skills, entrepreneurialism, business acumen, adaptability to change, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

“We congratulate Sven on this outstanding achievement, and are pleased that the Canadian legal profession has honoured him with this prestigious distinction,” says David E. Clark, Managing Partner of Dale & Lessmann LLP. “This tribute is a direct reflection of Sven’s superior business development abilities as well as his dedication to legal excellence and the delivery of outstanding and cost effective client service. We are very proud to have top talent like him on our team. This accomplishment is also a testament to the high calibre of all of the young partners at the firm and our commitment to providing and supporting opportunities for the professional growth of our lawyers.”

About Sven Walker

Sven Walker is a Partner at Dale & Lessmann LLP. He was promoted to firm’s partnership after only three years of practice. Sven practices corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on advising numerous privately-held and publicly-traded European companies – in particular from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia- with respect to their business ventures in Canada. Born in Germany, Sven advises his clients in German, French, and English in his daily law practice. Like other members of Dale & Lessmann LLP’s European Practice Group, Sven has worked, lived and studied in Europe and in Canada and is a recognized expert in regards to Canadian-European cross-border legal matters.

Sven is frequently involved in all types of general corporate and commercial matters, as well as corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, financings and divestitures of business and real estate holdings. He also advises on corporate governance issues and the establishment of subsidiaries in Canada and NAFTA region. Sven also serves as a director on the boards of the Canadian subsidiaries of several well-known multi-national corporations.

Sven has broad experience serving clients in a variety of different industries in relation to their business dealings across Canada, including the mining, oil and gas, retail, certification and testing, financial services, food, automotive, manufacturing, machine tooling, furniture, fashion, IT, energy and energy efficiency, construction and engineering, management consulting, automation logistics and transportation industries.

Sven has a sub-specialty in renewable energy law and leads the firm’s renewable energy law practice group. He has advised the firm’s significant portfolio of solar, wind, hydro and biogas clients in relation to the development, structuring, acquisition, disposition, financing, construction and operation of more than 2.5 gigawatts of renewable energy projects across Canada. He has acted as legal counsel on a number of the most important renewable energy projects in Canada.

To speak with Sven, please contact:
Dale & Lessmann LLP
181 University Avenue, Suite 2100
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5H 3M7
Phone: 416-369-7848
Fax: 416-863-1009

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About Dale & Lessmann LLP

Tracing its origins back over ninety years, Dale & Lessmann LLP is a full service business law firm based in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The law firm’s clients carry on business in almost every industry sector. We support our clients in relation to their business dealings across Canada. Many of our clients maintain regional offices across the country in cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Our client list includes a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes - individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and startups; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities. Our clients benefit from the bench strength of a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers who are committed to delivering client focused, cost effective and results driven legal solutions.

As a full service firm, the legal expertise of Dale & Lessmann LLP includes corporate and commercial law, tax law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities law, employment law, real estate law, banking and project financing law, aviation finance law, renewable energy law, construction law, P3, infrastructure and procurement law, business immigration law, franchise and distribution law, municipal law, intellectual property law, gaming law, bankruptcy and insolvency law, wills and estates law and commercial litigation. The members of our firm are fluent in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Polish and Chinese so as to cater to our international cross-border practice.

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Canadian Franchise Association Presentation

Oct 28, 2013

Chad Finkelstein presented "Legal and Business Aspects to Consider When Purchasing a Franchise" at the Canadian Franchise Association's Franchise Show in Toronto on October 20th.

Dale & Lessmann LLP will be represented at CanWEA 2013

Oct 2, 2013

Sven Walker and Andrew McFarlane will be representing Dale & Lessmann LLP at CanWEA 2013, the Canadian Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. This will be the 29th time that thousands of delegates and exhibitors convene at Canada’s largest wind energy conference. CanWEA 2013 will take place from October 7 to October 10, 2013, and will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It will attract over 2,000 delegates and almost 200 exhibiting companies from around the world.

CanWEA is dedicated to pushing forward currents topics related to wind energy policy, regulatory, and business development objectives. It is the place to see products and services, learn industry brand names, network with leading industry decision makers, and generate high-quality business leads.

Dale & Lessmann LLP has built a strong reputation advising clients in the renewable energy sector for many years and would be happy to welcome you at our booth number 1101.

To get to know more about CanWEA 2013, please visit the following link:

Dale & Lessmann LLP supports FOOD freshly North America Inc. in its North American launch

Oct 1, 2013

Led by Sven Walker, Dale & Lessmann LLP advised and successfully supported FOOD Freshly® in the launch of its Canadian subsidiary, FOOD freshly North America Inc., in August 2013.

FOOD Freshly® is a German company involved in the research, development and production of Food Freshness Retainers that expand the shelf-life of freshly cut fruits and vegetables through an innovative formulation of mineral nutrients. These Food Freshness Retainers allow the fresh food processing industry to provide consumers with the freshest food possible at industrial rates.

After its success in the European Union, Asian, and Middle Eastern markets, FOOD Freshly® has now gained access to one of the biggest and most important markets on the landscape, North America. Dale & Lessmann LLP is proud to have supported FOOD freshly North America Inc. with its entry into this growing market at a time when demand for quality fresh products in North America is ever increasing.

Benjamin Singh, the President of FOOD freshly North America Inc., commented, "Our expansion to the North American markets is helping us progress on a global level. Key success factors like high level customer support, and individualized solutions are now available for North American clients!"

Sukhdev Singh, CEO and Patentee of FOOD Freshly® commented: “Without the legal expertise and cross-border experience of Sven Walker and his team at Dale & Lessmann LLP our entry into the North American market would not have been so smooth. We look forward to a continuing relationship with Dale & Lessmann LLP as our business expands into this exciting market.”

Sven Walker and his multilingual team at Dale & Lessmann LLP have established an excellent reputation for supporting European companies, in particular companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with respect to the establishment and expansion of their businesses in North America.

Photo from the Press Release Conference at the Canadian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Toronto – from left to right: Kian Böhmer (Dale & Lessmann LLP), Sukhdev Singh (Chairman, FOOD freshly® Germany), Margaret Tomaszewska (Accountant Executive, FOOD freshly), Melanie Heinrich (Canadian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Benjamin Singh (President, FOOD freshly® Germany), Sven Walker (Dale & Lessmann LLP).

Andrew McFarlane rated Pre-eminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Aug 15, 2013

Andrew McFarlane was recently recognized by the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings as Pre-eminent in the fields of Aviation and Aerospace, Banking Law and Investment Law.