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Firm Profile

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: 190 Number of lawyers: 466
Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish

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, with an exceptional track record in major US cross-border and multijurisdictional matters. 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:
The firm is top-ranked in corporate finance, representing underwriters, issuers and other capital markets players. The team assists domestic clients access Canadian and global markets, and international clients coming into the Canadian markets. 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:
The 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. The firm delivers a full array of legal services in both the Canadian and cross-border markets. It has served for many years as Canadian counsel to ISDA.

Banking & Lending:
The firm has a broad range of experience in conventional bank lending, syndications and similar arrangements. The firm acts for domestic and international 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:
Stikeman Elliott is experienced in both public and private restructurings, negotiations with international creditors’ syndicates and in US cross-border insolvencies. The firm acts for borrowers, lenders, accounting firms, trustees, creditors and shareholders.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Stikeman Elliott has one of Canada’s top-tier business litigation practices and the firm’s litigators have earned a reputation as cross-border specialists who work effectively with lawyers and experts from other jurisdictions. The firm’s work includes: class actions, securities, tax, competition, product liability, intellectual property, arbitration, environmental and employment.

Real Estate:
Stikeman Elliott acts for the industry’s most sophisticated players on their most complex projects. The firm has long-standing relationships with the key real estate developers and domestic/ foreign investors who have transformed Canadian real estate investment. Stikeman Elliott leverages its national real estate expertise and its international presence to help these clients structure real estate investments in Canada and around the world.

Stikeman Elliott provides cutting edge 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:
The firm’s competition and foreign investment practice is recognised internationally for delivering ground-breaking results to clients pursuing ambitious business combinations in the most heavily scrutinised Canadian and global industries.

The firm offers 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. Involved in transactions in all key mining jurisdictions, in Canada and around the world.

The firm’s 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. Stikeman Elliott acts on highprofile transactional mandates for international developers, financiers and acquirers of energy projects in Canada.

Project Development & Finance:
Stikeman Elliott’s project development and finance practice works with clients on the most challenging and innovative projects in Canada and around the world, in a variety of industries. The firm’s national, full service platform provides legal support for the full lifecycle of client projects - from initial permits through to financings, regulatory approvals, and on-going contract and agreement negotiations.

International Trade:
Stikeman Elliott’s international trade lawyers provide our business clients with dynamic, responsive advice as they navigate the complex world of international trade law. The firm’s client base includes Canadian and multinational companies in their roles as importers, producers and exporters, as well as investors with complex international trade issues.

Stikeman Elliott’s national insurance and reinsurance practice offers insurance sector clients an unsurpassed combination of corporate, regulatory, transactional and coverage expertise, coupled with a top-tier litigation/ dispute resolution practice. The firm represents a wide range of the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers.