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Stikeman Elliott LLP

5300 COMMERCE COURT WEST, 199 BAY STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5L 1B9, CANADA
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Calgary, London, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Sydney and 2 more

Canada

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s banking practice shines in borrower-side work, particularly in the mining, aviation and energy arenas. The firm receives a steady stream of mandates from major corporations across its extensive Canadian network, and is regularly involved in deals in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. In Toronto, Jennifer Legge had a hand in many of the firm’s most high-profile deals in 2015/16, including advising Hudson’s Bay in a $1bn senior secured term loan. Daphne MacKenzie leads the banking group in Toronto and advised Alacer Gold and Anagold Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret on a $250m project financing. Stream finance is an increasingly active area and MacKenzie is also a key name in that field. Among the other notable names in Toronto, Peter Hamilton is a ‘corporate finance specialist’ who is very highly regarded. In Quebec, Sterling Dietze has a strong record in regulatory matters and also handles transactional issues. Montreal banking lead Howard Rosenoff has a broad practice that encompasses traditional lending, project finance and film finance; he recently advised the Tembec Group on asset-based revolving and term loan credit facilities worth $212m. Leland Corbett heads the banking group in Calgary and is recommended for corporate finance matters.

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Peter Hamilton - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP is praised for its ‘innovative and creative approach to complex issues’, with capital markets co-chair D'Arcy Nordick highlighted as a ‘leading debt capital markets lawyer’. Toronto-based Nordick recently advised a syndicate of dealers, led by CIBC, on the C$1bn issuance of notes by CPPIB on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan Fund. Among the Montreal office’s highlights, Jean Marc Huot advised BCE on a C$863m bought deal equity offering. The group also benefits from significant capital markets capability in the firm’s Calgary and Vancouver offices. Steeve Robitaille is a ‘go-to lawyer in the Montreal market’, and corporate heavy hitter John Ciardullo is a respected figure in Toronto.

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John Ciardullo - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Steeve Robitaille - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP is widely regarded as ‘one of the best competition law firms in Canada’. Group head Paul Collins is highly active in merger review and is also a favourite for foreign investors in Investment Canada Act matters; he and Michael Kilby are advising US-based Lowe’s Companies on its C$3.2bn acquisition of Rona. In another high-profile review, Collins is advising Allergan on the $40.5bn sale of its generics business to Teva. Susan Hutton is also recommended for transactional matters and advised Canexus on its acquisition by Superior Plus, which involved in-depth competition reviews by the Canadian Competition Bureau and the US Federal Trade Commission. Litigator Katherine Kayis the lawyer you want in your corner’ and is advising several De Beers defendants in a series of multi-jurisdictional competition class actions across Canada relating to the alleged price-fixing of gem-grade diamonds. Counsel Lawson Hunter QC is a ‘dean of Canadian competition law’. All named partners operate out of Toronto, except for Ottawa-based Hutton.

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Katherine Kay - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Paul Collins - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Susan Hutton - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

M&A powerhouse Stikeman Elliott LLP continues to garner a high volume of Canada’s most high-profile deals. The prolific team is well represented nationally, with sizeable groups in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, and the firm’s international offices (New York, London and Sydney) play an important role in cross-border deals. The ‘very strongJohn Ciardullo heads the corporate group in Toronto and advised Sprott Asset Management on its C$1bn hostile bid for Central GoldTrust. In another high-profile Toronto-led deal, public M&A co-chair Sean Vanderpol and Jeffrey Singer advised Harbour Energy on its proposed C$6.4bn acquisition with Alfa of Pacific Rubiales Energy - the deal was ultimately terminated. ‘Market legendEdward Waitzer, firm chair William Braithwaite and Simon Romano are also recommended in Toronto. In Montreal, Sidney Horn is regarded by many as ‘the best of the best’; he and Montreal corporate lead Warren Katz advised Optimal Payments on its €1.1bn acquisition of Skrill. John Leopold is also highly sought after in Montreal and advised Marriott International on the Canadian aspects of its $13.6bn acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. In Calgary, Keith Chatwin advised Legacy Oil + Gas on its C$1.5bn sale to Crescent Point Energy. Chatwin and the highly regarded Christopher Nixon chair the Calgary corporate group. The practice is also very active in Vancouver, where John Anderson is a key contact.

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Edward Waitzer - Stikeman Elliott LLP

John Ciardullo - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Simon Romano - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Sidney Horn - Stikeman Elliott LLP

William Braithwaite - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Alberta - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Dispute resolution: British Columbia - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Dispute resolution: Ontario - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Dispute resolution: Québec - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Solution-oriented and highly knowledgeable’, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s litigators impress with their ‘strong attention to detail and excellent judgment’. In Toronto, competition and class actions specialist Katherine Kay is ‘simply first class’; she is advising the Canadian Real Estate Association in a C$540m action brought by a discount real estate brokerage alleging violations of the Competition Act, among other claims. David Byers is a ‘litigation powerhouse’ and is representing Avid Life Media, as owner of the Ashley Madison website, in class actions arising from the high-profile hacking of the Canada-based online dating website. Peter Howard is also recommended in Toronto. The Montreal team is commended for ‘instilling confidence’, with Louis Bélanger highlighted as ‘very experienced’. Yves Martineau is another notable litigator in Montreal and successfully represented RBC in four consumer class actions. David Brown and Geoffrey Holub are key names in Vancouver and Calgary respectively.

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Ontario

David Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Katherine Kay - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Leading lawyers: dispute resolution - Quebec

Louis Bélanger - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Yves Martineau - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s environmental group is led by the highly regarded Larry Cobb. The team also includes newly promoted partner Patrick Duffy, who handled several significant matters in 2015/16, including advising wpd Canada on an application before the Ontario Divisional Court for approval of its White Pines Wind Project.

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Larry Cobb - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP has a multi-disciplinary practice that is strong in development, procurement and financing matters. Among its recent highlights, Toronto-based energy co-chair Glenn Zacher advised ITC Holdings on its efforts to develop a C$1bn cross-border HVDC submarine transmission cable under Lake Erie. In Montreal, Erik Richer La Flèche is widely regarded as a leader for infrastructure law and acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Concession A25 in the C$395m refinancing of the Autoroute 25 PPP. Toronto-based Jim Harbell heads the national project development and finance group, and brings expertise in development, energy and regulatory issues.

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Erik Richer La Flèche - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Among Stikeman Elliott LLP’s recent work, Montreal-based Jonathan Auerbach is representing Smart Cloud in ongoing trademark litigation. Ottawa managing partner Justine Whitehead heads the national IP group.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The trade team at Stikeman Elliott LLP is steered out of Ottawa by Susan Hutton, who brings expertise in anti-dumping, anti-corruption and export controls matters. The group successfully represented Simpson Strong-Tie in an expiry review of certain fasteners before the CITT, and continues to advise on related compliance issues.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

At Stikeman Elliott LLP, group co-chair Gary Clarke splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver and has a broad practice encompassing employment, labour relations, human rights and privacy law. Among the firm’s transactional highlights, Clarke advised Legacy Oil + Gas on the employment aspects of its sale to Crescent Point Energy. On the contentious side, Clarke represented Tim Hortons and TDL Group in litigation brought by the United Steelworkers of America on behalf of temporary foreign workers from the Philippines alleging workplace discrimination. Hélène Bussières and Lorna Cuthbert also co-chair the group, from Montreal and Toronto respectively.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Among the best in Canada’, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s real estate team provides ‘reliably strong advice and client service’. Split between the firm’s offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, the department is well known for its diverse experience, but it particularly excels in advising REITs, pension funds, private equity clients and developers on real estate matters. In Toronto, Eric Carmona is a high-profile figure and handles the full spread of real estate acquisition and disposal, property finance and restructuring matters. Also in Toronto, Douglas Klaassen leverages his deep expertise in structured finance to specialise in commercial mortgage lending and securitizations. Klaassen advised Institutional Mortgage Capital on a series of deals, including over C$500m of new Canadian mortgage loans. Toronto’s Mario Paura is also highly active and advised Lowe’s Canada on its C$147m acquisition of 12 Target Canada stores and a distribution centre out of Target’s CCAA restructuring. In Montreal, Stefan Fews ‘always impresses’ and advised CAPREIT on its C$490m acquisition of 3,661 suites in 51 buildings from FDL Group. Among the firm’s development mandates, Vancouver-based Ross MacDonald continues to act for Concord Pacific Group in the development of the C$7bn Concord Pacific Place project. Greg Plater and Richard Jackson are also recommended, in Calgary and Vancouver respectively.

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Eric Carmona - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s restructuring team belies its compact size by delivering a diverse service with strong national capability. In Toronto, David Byers is a noted name and has a leading reputation for insolvency litigation. Ashley Taylor is also a key partner in Toronto and is advising Essar Steel Algoma on its CCAA and Chapter 15 recognition proceedings. The department also has a strong platform in Montreal under litigation and insolvency group head Jean Fontaine. Recent work for Fontaine includes advising Heraeus Metals New York, as the largest creditor, on Kitco Metals’ CCAA proceedings. Fontaine also acted for Cover Industries in its filing for BIA protection following a shareholder dispute. Toronto-based group head Elizabeth Pillon and Montreal-based Guy Martel are also recommended.

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David Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s tax practice has strong skill sets across a broad range of corporate tax matters, with international taxation, structured finance, transfer pricing, and commodity taxation all areas of expertise. Toronto group head John Lorito had a strong year and was involved in many of the department’s headline cases, most notably advising Sprott Asset Management on its C$1bn hostile takeover of Central GoldTrust, and acting for Progressive Waste Solutions in its acquisition by Waste Connections by way of a reverse merger. Other recommended partners are Toronto-based senior partner Ron Durand and Frank Mathieu in Montreal. Since publication, Douglas Richardson has moved to Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

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John Lorito - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Ron Durand - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Technology, media and telecoms
Technology, media and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP shines in telecoms matters under the leadership of ‘experienced and highly knowledgeable’ regulatory expert David Elder in Ottawa. The firm also has a strong track record in telecoms transactions, with Toronto’s Sidney Horn recommended in that space. The firm recently advised Transcontinental on the sale of its consumer magazines and websites to TVA Group.

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David Elder - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Corporate powerhouse Stikeman Elliott LLP has a diverse mining practice, which is represented nationally across its Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary offices, and internationally through its platforms in London, New York and Sydney. Toronto managing partner Jay Kellerman co-heads the global practice and is ‘a recognized leader in the mining field’; he recently advised Probe Mines on its C$326m acquisition by Goldcorp. Global mining co-head Quentin Markin returned to the Vancouver office in 2016, following five years in Sydney, and is also highly recommended. Among Markin’s recent deals, he advised Melbourne-based OceanaGold on its C$856m all share acquisition of Canada’s Romarco Minerals. In another key deal, Toronto corporate head John Ciardullo advised Grupo Mexico on its $100m acquisition of the El Pilar copper project from Stingray Copper. Vancouver-based corporate partner John Anderson and Montreal-based infrastructure specialist Erik Richer La Flèche are also well known for their mining experience.

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Jay Kellerman - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Oil and gas
Energy: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

In a significant coup, Stikeman Elliott LLP boosted its transactional oil and gas capability through the hire of the ‘extremely talentedChrysten Perry, the former chair of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian energy practice. Perry and Frederick Erickson advised Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings and Power Assets Holdings on their C$17bn acquisition of a 65% interest in certain oil assets from Husky Energy and related joint venture arrangements. In another headline deal, Christopher Nixon and Keith Chatwin advised Legacy Oil + Gas on its C$1.5bn sale to Crescent Point Energy. On the regulatory side, Keith Miller successfully represented Phillips 66 Canada in two related matters before the National Energy Board. All named partners are based in Calgary.

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Chrysten Perry - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Power
Energy: power - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP leverages its top-tier corporate and M&A practice to provide strong expertise in transactional matters. In Toronto, national energy chair Jim Harbell is widely regarded as a leading light for power deals. Harbell recently advised TerraForm Power on the $1.9bn acquisition and acquisition financing of the Raleigh wind power project in Ontario. Eric Bremermann co-heads the Toronto energy group and advised Renewable Energy Trust Capital on its acquisition of CityLight’s solar power project. In Montreal, Erik Richer La Flèche is advising Nation Innue on its partnership with the government of Quebec, Hydro-Quebec and wind companies to develop a C$500m wind project. The firm’s regulatory capability is equally impressive, with Toronto energy co-head Glenn Zacher noted as a ‘verystrong industry expert’. Among Zacher’s recent cases, he successfully represented Capstone Infrastructure in challenging, along with three other parties, the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation’s decision to unilaterally change a cost index contained in its long-term power purchase agreements. In another landmark case, Zacher successfully represented the Ontario Energy Board in a Supreme Court case discussing a utility’s ability to recover operating costs from consumers through rate-setting.

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Glenn Zacher - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Canada: Transport

Shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

At Stikeman Elliott LLP, Montreal-based litigator Peter Cullen is well known for his marine insurance practice, and has a strong record advising hull, liability and energy insurers. Highlights included defending the liability insurers of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in a construction claim.

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Peter Cullen - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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