Russel Drew named a 2019 Lexpert Rising Star

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce that Russel Drew from the firm's Toronto office has been named a ‎‎2019 Lexpert Rising Star.‎

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 is a prestigious annual award ‎celebrating the best young lawyers in Canada who have demonstrated professional ‎excellence, effective leadership, and commitment to their communities.‎ Winners are chosen by an ‎advisory board comprised of distinguished leaders in the legal community.

Russel has a thriving corporate/commercial practice and has represented ‎clients on significant, high-value and complex transactions. He has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, ‎securities and private equity/venture capital transactions. In the past years, Russel has been involved in some of ‎Canada’s most notable transactions and has appeared in Lexpert - Big Deals numerous times‎, as well as Lexpert’s “Top 10 Deals of 2018”, as the lead lawyer for The Coca-Cola Company in the sale of its Canadian bottling business.‎ Russel is a prolific supporter of legal education initiatives and ‎has been an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at the University of Western Ontario and the ‎Osgoode Hall LLM Business Law Program on topics regarding mergers and acquisitions for the ‎past ten years. Russel is also regarded as one of the leading ‎blockchain lawyers in Canada and regularly speaks at conferences, including at the request of foreign governments.

‎"Russel is highly regarded by our clients and his colleagues for his ability to handle complex transactions," said Robert Seidel, Q.C., ‎Canada Managing Partner. “‎He is a skillful communicator and a consummate team player, who has a proven knack for strategically managing multiple ‎members of a deal team, within Canada as well as across our global offices, while at the same time pitching in whenever needed and giving credit where it is due.‎ ‎We are thrilled to see Russel receive this well-deserved recognition.” ‎

“It is an honour to receive this recognition alongside an exceptional group of people” said Russel.  “I am thankful for the mentorship I have received from my colleagues at DLA Piper and this recognition should be shared with my entire team and the DLA Piper leadership team. The DLA Piper platform facilitates providing elite level service and affords me the opportunity to work with a talented group of professionals both within Canada and globally.”

Winners of the 2019 Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award were ‎recognized at a gala ceremony on November 7, 2019 in Toronto and will be featured in ‎the November/December issue of Lexpert magazine.

Watch: Video interview with Russel Drew