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Stikeman Elliott LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 5300 Commerce Court West
  • 199 Bay Street
  • Toronto
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON M5L 1B9

Firm profile submitted by Stikeman Elliott LLP

Chairman: William J Braithwaite
Managing Partners: Leland P Corbett (Calgary); André J Roy (Montréal); Justine M Whitehead (Ottawa); Jay C Kellerman (Toronto); Ross A MacDonald (Vancouver); Dean P Koumanakos (London); Kenneth G Ottenbreit (New York); Brian G Hansen (Sydney)
Number of partners: 187
Number of lawyers: 451

Founded in 1952, Stikeman Elliott is one of Canada’s leading business law firms recognised internationally for the sophistication of its practice. The firm frequently ranks as a top firm in domestic and international capital markets, M&A and corporate-commercial work. Stikeman Elliott is a Canadian leader in each of its core practice areas – corporate finance, M&A, banking, real estate, tax, corporate-commercial law, structured finance, competition/antitrust, infrastructure, intellectual property, employment and business litigation – and is regularly retained by domestic and international companies in a wide range of industries. The firm is also regarded as a leader in business litigation, including securities and insolvency proceedings, banking and insurance-related matters and domestic and US cross-border class action defence, among others.

Mergers & Acquisitions:

Stikeman Elliott is well known in Canada and internationally as a tier-1 firm, leading innovative and record-setting deals with public companies and with deep expertise in negotiated transactions involving private companies and private equity/ venture capital investors.

Capital Markets:
Top-ranked in corporate finance, representing underwriters, issuers and other capital markets players. The team’s expertise spans public offerings, private placements, high-yield debt and other debt offerings, structured finances, securitisations and derivatives REITs, as well as securities, regulatory and compliance issues.

Global Financial Services:
Multidisciplinary financial products and services practice delivers cutting edge expertise in structured finance, derivatives and financial products, investment funds and asset management, financial institutions and financial services regulatory matters.

Banking & Lending:
Broad range of experience in conventional bank lending, syndications and similar arrangements. The firm acts for lenders and borrowers on a full range of domestic secured corporate and commercial financings, unsecured or commercial paper stand-by lines for investment grade corporate credit, asset-based financing and acquisition financing.

Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring:
Experienced in both public and private restructurings, negotiations with international creditors' syndicates and in US cross-border insolvencies.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
One of Canada’s top-tier business litigation practices. The firm’s work includes: class actions, securities, tax, competition, product liability, intellectual property, arbitration, environmental and employment.

Real Estate:
Represents the industry’s most sophisticated players and has long-standing relationships with the key real estate developers and investors who have transformed Canadian real estate investment.

Provides expertise in all areas of tax law, including inbound and outbound international structuring and planning, trusts, commodity taxation, customs, corporate financings, reorganisations and restructurings, government representation, transfer pricing, compliance settlements, insurance, employment and resource taxation.

Competition & Foreign Investment:
Recognised internationally for delivering ground-breaking results to clients pursuing ambitious business combinations in the most heavily scrutinised Canadian and global industries.

In-depth experience in all aspects of mining, including financings (both public and private), general securities law advice, joint ventures, property acquisition agreements and project financing.

National practice supports clients through all phases of projects and transactions, across all the sub-sectors of the diverse power industry and in all Canadian jurisdictions.
Public-Private Partnerships / Infrastructure:
Advises a variety of stakeholders, including sponsors, developing consortia and financiers, on the development, financing, and acquisition/ divestiture.

Offers insurance sector clients an unsurpassed combination of corporate, regulatory, transactional and coverage expertise, coupled with a litigation practice.


  • 4300 Bankers Hall West,
  • 888-3rd Street SW,
  • Calgary,
  • Alberta
  • Canada
  • AB T2P 5C5
  • Tel +1 403 266 9000
  • Fax +1 403 266 9034
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website :
  • 40th Floor ,
  • 1155 René-Lévesque Blvd. West,
  • Montréal,
  • Québec
  • Canada
  • QC H3B 3V2
  • Tel +1 514 397 3000
  • Fax +1 514 397 3222
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Suite 1600,
  • 50 O'Connor Street,
  • Ottawa,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON K1P 6L2
  • Tel +1 613 234 4555
  • Fax +1 613 230 8877
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 5300 Commerce Court West,
  • 199 Bay Street,
  • Toronto,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON M5L 1B9
  • Tel +1 416 869 5500
  • Fax +1 416 947 0866
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Suite 1700,
  • 666 Burrard Street,
  • Vancouver,
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • BC V6C 2X8
  • Tel +1 604 631 1300
  • Fax +1 604 681 1825
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Dauntsey House,
  • 4B Fredericks Place,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2R 8AB
  • Tel (020) 7367 0150
  • Fax (020) 7367 0160
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 445 Park Avenue,
  • 7th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022
  • Tel +1 212 371 8855
  • Fax +1 212 371 7087
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Level 12, Suite 1,
  • 50 Margaret Street,
  • Sydney,
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Tel (61-2) 9232-7199
  • Fax (61-2) 9232-6908
  • Email : [email protected]