August 23, 2011
Dany Assaf knows something about travel, having launched the Abu Dhabi office of another firm earlier this year. Going back to his specialty as a competition and antitrust lawyer, he says the offer to move to Torys was one he couldn’t turn down. Dany acknowledged the Toronto-Abu Dhabi commute was a grind, and said Torys also hopes to boost its presence in the Persian Gulf, where he has connections and from where a growing amount of foreign investment in Canada is expected to flow.
"Torys is a place that has a fantastic reputation and track record," Dany told the Globe and Mail's Bar Talk. "And basically, a firm like Torys says 'We want to expand our competition practice and we’re interested in new markets,' and it's one of these opportunities that's hard to resist."
Dany's core specialty is competition and foreign investment law – a skill set in high demand. "Competition law is definitely a strong growth area, and foreign investment, with the infamous cases we’ve seen in the last few years where you really want to make sure you can service clients," said Dany.