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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 specialises in major borrower-side engagements, particularly mining and aviation deals. However, it also advises lenders, with CIBC, Deutsche Bank and National Bank all on the firm’s books. Daphne MacKenzie heads the banking and finance group in Toronto and advised Centerra Gold on the financing of its acquisition of Thompson Creek Metals, which involved a $325m credit facility and a $781.5m amended stream facility. Toronto-based corporate finance partner Jennifer Legge advised GFL Environmental on a C$610m senior secured term loan and a C$340m senior secured revolving credit facility to support its C$800m acquisition of the Matrec solid waste division from TransForce. In Montreal, Sterling Dietze and Robert Carelli paired up to advise Air Canada on its C$1.2bn refinancing transaction, which included a C$1.1bn senior secured credit facility. On the lender side, Montreal group lead Howard Rosenoff acted as Canadian counsel to SunTrust Bank on a $335m credit facility provided to Xplornet Communications. Other high-profile names in the team include Peter Hamilton and Craig Mitchell - both are based in Toronto. The firm also has an impressive second line of up-and-coming partners, with Toronto’s Aaron Fransen highlighted as ‘very strong in the finance area’.

Leading lawyers

Peter Hamilton - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Fransen - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Among Stikeman Elliott LLP’s recent highlights, Toronto-based corporate finance and securities co-chair Joel Binder advised a syndicate of agents (led by JP Morgan and Scotiabank) on Emera’s C$500m private placement of senior unsecured notes in Canada – he also advised the syndicate on the $3.2bn private placement of senior notes by a US subsidiary of Emera. Capital markets co-lead D'Arcy Nordick is a ‘very experienced partner with a commercial approach to the law’; he advised the joint bookrunners on CPPIB Capital’s C$1.2m offering of notes. In a headline equity-side deal, the firm advised Canada Goose on its high-profile C$391m IPO. Toronto-based corporate head John Ciardullo is also a key name. In Montreal, Steeve Robitaille left to become chief legal officer at WSP Canada.

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D’Arcy Nordick - Stikeman Elliott LLP

John Ciardullo - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s ‘classy team’ scores highly for the ‘invaluable top-tier experience’ of its key names and for its ‘extremely strong industry knowledge’. Group lead Paul Collins is highly sought after for merger clearance, foreign investment review and general compliance advice; he and ‘up-and-coming partner’ Michael Kilby recently advised Lowe’s on the competition aspects of its C$3.2bn acquisition of Rona Canada. Ottawa-based senior counsel Lawson Hunter QC is a high-profile figure and a ‘reference in the competition area’; he and Ottawa-based Susan Hutton advised PotashCorp on its multi-jurisdictional $36bn merger with Agrium. The group also excels on the contentious side, under the leadership of competition litigation head and ‘heavy-hitterKatherine Kay. Kay is defending HarperCollins before the Competition Tribunal in a closely watched case concerning the alleged violation of the civil competitor collaboration provisions. In another significant piece of ongoing litigation, Eliot Kolers is representing Hudson’s Bay in a case brought by the Competition Bureau regarding advertising practices. Named partners are based in Toronto except where otherwise stated.

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Katherine Kay - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Paul Collins - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Susan Hutton - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Kilby - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Satisfied clients highlight Stikeman Elliott LLP as a ‘top-tier firm for sophisticated M&A’ due to its ‘top-level knowledge of the market’ and ‘great ability to keep up to date with area trends’. The group’s ‘broad and deep bench’ also impresses, with a ‘talented team of top-notch lawyers in all relevant practice areas’. Importantly, the department is well distributed across all key Canadian business centres, with sizable teams in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver ¬¬– it also has international outposts in New York, London and Sydney. In Toronto, corporate chair John Ciardullo is a recognizable name for M&A and acted for Progressive Waste in its C$14.9bn acquisition by Waste Connections. He also advised Centerra Gold on its $1.1bn acquisition of Thompson Creek Metals. Toronto-based firm chair William Braithwaite is another sought-after name and advised PotashCorp on its $36bn merger with Agrium. In Calgary, Christopher Nixon represented InterOil in its successful defence of a proxy contest involving former CEO Phil Mulacek. In Montreal, John Leopold advised Marriott International on the Canadian aspects of its $13bn acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The department also draws on the expertise of Simon Romano, Brian Pukier and respected senior figure Edward Waitzer in Toronto, and Sidney Horn in Montreal.

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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

Extremely strong in Montreal’, Stikeman Elliott LLP also fields a ‘sophisticated practice’ in Toronto, and the national group benefits further from solid platforms in Vancouver and Calgary. Among its recent Montreal highlights, Éric Azran and Patrick Girard successfully represented Aviva in a high-profile case concerning litigation privilege. Toronto is the seat of national litigation co-chair David Byers, who is defending British American Tobacco in multibillion-dollar healthcare recovery actions brought by various Canadian provinces. Also in Toronto, class actions heavyweight Katherine Kay is acting for Apotex in the defence of a proposed class action relating to a diabetes medication. David Brown is a key contact in Vancouver and successfully represented the City of Vancouver in defending its recently enacted heritage conservation protection regime. Other key names include Toronto’s Peter Howard, Calgary’s Geoffrey Holub and Louis Bélanger and Yves Martineau in Montreal.

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 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

At Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto-based group lead Larry Cobb is ‘immersed in the law’ and is also highlighted for his ‘strong ability to see the business perspective’. The group has a strong transactional emphasis and Cobb advised BWXT Canada on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada.

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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

The ‘excellent’ group at Stikeman Elliott LLP scores highly for its ‘in-depth expertise in all required fields’ and its ‘on-point partnering in business decisions’. Montreal-based Maxime Turcotte is particularly highlighted for his ‘strong business acumen and "out-of-the-box" thinking’; he advised the project company on the C$556.5m refinancing of the Sea-to-Sky Highway PPP project. Senior partner Erik Richer La Flèche is also a key name in Montreal. In Vancouver, Jamie Templeton advised the lenders to the winning consortium on the C$330m Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower project.

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Erik Richer La Flèche - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Insurance: M&A and regulatory
Insurance: M&A and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP is ‘top of the list for a complex insurance matter’, due in no small part to the reputation of Toronto-based Stuart Carruthers, who is a ‘foremost expert in the insurance area’. Among Carruthers’ recent transactional highlights, he advised RBC on the C$582m sale of its home and auto insurance underwriting business to Aviva Canada and on its related 15-year distribution partnership with Aviva Canada. He also acted alongside the corporate department to advise Omers Capital Markets on its co-investment with Fairfax Financial Holdings, under which Omers will invest $1bn to acquire a 21% stake of Allied World Assurance. In a headline multi-jurisdictional deal, Carruthers advised China Oceanwide Group on the Canadian aspects of its proposed C$3.6bn acquisition of Genworth Financial, including acquiring control of TSX-listed Genworth MI Canada. The group also handled a series of major regulatory and compliance matters over the past year. Other representative clients include Chubb Canada, Reinsurance Group of America Canada, and Royal and Sun Alliance Canada.

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Stuart Carruthers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s team has particular expertise in transactional matters, but also handles contentious and other non-contentious issues. Ottawa-based group head Justine Whitehead advised Emtek on the client’s strategic partnership with Blackberry, including licensing matters concerning Blackberry’s messenger technology. In Montreal, Jonathan Auerbach led advice to Vail Resorts on the IP aspects of its C$1.4bn acquisition of Whistler Blackcomb. On the litigation side, Auerbach has been representing SmartCloud in proceedings brought against IBM before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Trademarks Opposition Board regarding IBM’s ‘SmartCloud’ mark. Ottawa-based Nicholas McHaffie is also recommended. Other clients include Facebook, Sony and Air Canada.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Among Stikeman Elliott LLP’s recent highlights, Ottawa-based Susan Hutton advised Simpson Strong-Tie in an expiry review of certain fasteners before the CITT. Montreal-based tax specialist Jean-Guillaume Shooner is recommended for commodity taxation and customs matters.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The national team at Stikeman Elliott LLP has considerable experience handling litigation and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions across Western and Eastern Canada. Montreal-based co-head Hélène Bussières led advice to Yellow Pages on changes to the client’s senior leadership team following its digital transformation, including incentive options and drafting termination letters. Bussières and co-head Lorna Cuthbert, who is based in Toronto, advised Lowe’s on the employment aspects of its C$3.2bn acquisition of RONA. Co-head Gary Clarke splits his time between Calgary and Vancouver. Stephanie Weschler was promoted to partner in the Montreal office in 2017. Other clients include Tim Horton’s, H&R Block and iA Financial Group.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The pensions group at Stikeman Elliott LLP has strength in all key areas of pensions law, with strong showings in plan administration, pension fund investment and corporate support matters. Toronto-based Andrea Boctor heads the team and advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its C$1bn acquisition of Constellation Brands Canada. On the administration side, Boctor advises Canadian National Railway on their 35,000-member federally regulated pension plans.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Considered by some as ‘the best in Vancouver’, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s ‘consistently strong’ national real estate team also has well-staffed platforms in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. In Toronto, Eric Carmona is a high-profile name and advised Hines on its purchase – together with Ivanhoé Cambridge – of 81 and 141 Bay Street, part of the iconic Bay Park Centre development project. Also in Toronto, Douglas Klaassen is advising Hudson’s Bay on real estate matters relating to its Netherlands expansion, involving a proposed 20 new department store leases over the next two years. In Vancouver, office managing partner Ross MacDonald is ‘simply fantastic’ and continues to act for Concord Pacific Group on the C$10bn development of the Concord Pacific Place mixed-use waterfront project. In another headline development mandate, Calgary’s Gregory Plater is advising the West Campus Development Trust on the C$4bn West Campus Project. The Montreal office also had a busy year, and ‘effective and commercial’ Stefan Fews acted for Cara Operations on the real estate aspects of its C$537m acquisition of Groupe St-Hubert, involving 117 restaurants. Vancouver’s Richard Jackson and Toronto-based Mario Paura are also recommended.

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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 is spread across its Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver offices, providing broad coverage, and has significant expertise in contentious proceedings. In Toronto, Ashley Taylor advised Essar Steel Algoma on its high-profile CCAA restructuring, which notably involved the monitor bringing an oppression action against a number of entities related to the company. Elizabeth Pillon heads the group in Toronto and advised Fairfax Financial and CI Investments, as holders of second lien debt of Golftown Canada and Golfsmith US, on their acquisition of the Canadian assets of Golftown through CCAA. Elsewhere, Montreal¬¬-based Guy Martel advised Raymond Chabot as CBCA liquidator of Construction Frank Catania & Associés. Other names to note include seasoned litigator David Byers, who is widely regarded as a market leader in Toronto, and Montreal restructuring lead Jean Fontaine.

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David Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The ‘knowledgeable and highly experienced’ tax group at Stikeman Elliott LLP is ‘among the best for M&A-related tax issues’. The national department’s broad transactional focus also spans debt and equity financing, transfer pricing and resource taxation. The ‘effective and strategicJohn Lorito heads the group from Toronto and advised Progressive Waste Solutions on the Canadian and US tax aspects of its $13bn acquisition by Waste Connections. He also acted for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in its C$1bn acquisition of Constellation Brands Canada. Dean Kraus is an increasingly prominent name in the market and advised DH Corporation on its C$4.8bn acquisition by funds managed by Vista Equity Partners. High-profile senior counsel Ron Durand also handles transactional matters. Additionally, the firm has an active tax litigation practice, which in October 2017 welcomed back Margaret Nixon in Toronto from Deloitte Tax Law LLP. Pierre-Louis Le Saunier joined the tax group in Montreal.

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John Lorito - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Ron Durand - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

At Stikeman Elliott LLP, Ottawa-based communications chair David Elder is an acknowledged market leader and has a broad practice spanning licensing, policy matters and competitive disputes. Elder also provides support on transactional issues and advised Manitoba Telecom Services on its C$3.9bn acquisition by BCE. Ottawa-based senior counsel Lawson Hunter QC is also recommended for regulatory matters.

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David Elder - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Canada: Energy

Mining
Energy: mining - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

A leader among Bay Street firms’, Stikeman Elliott LLP possesses a ‘deep well of experience and expertise that is unequalled in the mining space’. The group is split mainly between the firm’s Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offices, although it also has expertise domestically in Calgary and internationally in New York and Sydney. In Toronto, mining co-head Jay Kellerman is a ‘strong and responsive relationship manager’ and acted for Nevsun Resources in its $365m acquisition of Reservoir Minerals. Also in Toronto, Amanda Linett is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and acted for Newmarket Gold in its C$1bn merger with Kirkland Lake Gold. In Vancouver, John Anderson advised Goldrock on its C$154m acquisition by Fortuna Silver Mines. Other key names in the ‘accessible and business-savvy’ team include Vancouver-based global mining co-head Quentin Markin and Montreal-based David Massé.

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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

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s recent investment in its oil and gas practice continued in 2016 with the hire of transactional expert Trent Mercier from Norton Rose Fulbright. Chrysten Perry, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2015, jointly leads the energy group and is also highly regarded for oil and gas deals; she advised Teine Energy on its C$975m acquisition of oil assets from Penn West Petroleum. Also active in this space is Frederick Erickson, who recently advised Cheung Kong Infrastructure and Power Assets Holdings in their C$1.7bn acquisition of a 65% interest in certain oil assets from Husky Energy. Keith Miller is recommended for regulatory matters.

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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’s power practice is active in advising clients from all spheres of the power industry on the full spread of transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Toronto-based regulatory expert Glenn Zacher jointly heads the national power practice and is highly regarded in the market; he successfully acted for ITC Holdings in obtaining approval for its C$1bn HVDC submarine transmission cable under Lake Erie, which will connect the Ontario IESO market to the US. Toronto-based Jim Harbell heads the project development and finance group and advised Horizon Holdings on its merger with PowerStream and Enersource to form Alectra, and on Alectra’s subsequent acquisition of Hydro One Brampton Networks – rising star Matt Cameron also played a key role in that work. Also in Toronto, Eric Bremermann advised a consortium of investors (led by Axium Infrastructure) on the acquisition of a one-third interest in the K2 Wind Project. In Montreal, Maxime Turcotte advised Boralex on its C$238.5m acquisition of Enercon Canada’s interest in the Niagara Region Wind Farm project. Other key partners include Montreal’s Erik Richer La Flèche and Calgary-based Keith Miller.

Leading lawyers

Glenn Zacher - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jim Harbell - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matt Cameron - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Canada: Transport

Shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The shipping practice at Stikeman Elliott LLP is a prominent player in marine insurance and contentious work. Montreal-based Peter Cullen is a noted leader in his field and recently advised a shipowner and a British P&I club on a collision claim. Laurent Fortier is also recommended in Montreal.

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Peter Cullen - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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