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Cassels Brock digs deep for students

March 22, 2012

Cassels Brock digs deep for students
Paul Stein, LLB'81, Co-Chair of the Mining Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, sees a need for business-savvy legal advisors who understand the mining industry and its issues.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has staked a significant claim in mining law education at Western.

The firm's gift of $750,000 will support a unique mining law program at Western Law and initiatives to prepare students for the mining law and finance sector.

Canada dominates international mining finance with almost 60 per cent of the world's public mining companies listed on a TMX Group exchange, and mining is an integral part of Canada's economy, comprising more than $40 billion of our GDP.

"We're grateful to Cassels Brock for its leadership and its generous investment in Western Law," says Dean W. Iain Scott. "We're the first law school in Canada to focus on mining law and finance. That emphasis, along with our close collaboration with our colleagues in Geology, will create meaningful opportunities for our students to participate in the mining sector."

"Our firm is excited about playing a role in this unique program in Canada," says Paul Stein, Co-Chair of the Mining Group at Cassels Brock, one of Canada's leading resource-focused business law firms.

Stein, a Western Law graduate from the class of '81, has spent almost 30 years as a lawyer on many of the leading corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions in the mining industry.

"I've seen a real evolution in the mining sector and know how much our clients recognize and value business-savvy legal advisors who understand their industry and their issues," he says.

This article appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Impact Western
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