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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 continues to raise its profile on the lender side, winning bank-side roles on a slew of recent mandates. In a headline example, Toronto-based Meaghan Obee Tower advised CIBC, as senior administrative agent to a syndicate of 17 senior lenders, on Dental Corporation of Canada’s upsizing of its existing credit facilities. Also in Toronto, ‘rising star’ Aaron Fransen acted for RBC and a syndicate of lenders on the acquisition financing by BluEarth Renewables of solar and hydro assets in Ontario and British Columbia. In Montreal, Sterling Dietze is recommended for his broad finance practice, which encompasses both transactional and regulatory matters, and with recently made partner Maxime Jacquin advised the co-lead arrangers (National Bank of Canada and RBC) on the amendment of Uni-Select’s credit agreement. Among the group’s highlights for borrowers, Toronto’s Jennifer Legge assisted Hudson’s Bay with the amendment of its $2.2bn asset-based multi-jurisdictional revolving credit facility with a Bank of America-led syndicate of banks. Other recommended partners in Toronto are the ‘absolutely fantastic’ Craig Mitchell, ‘terrific lawyer’ Marie Garneau and sector specialist Peter E. Hamilton. In Montreal, real estate specialist Howard Rosenoff is also a prominent name.

Leading individuals

Peter E. 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

‘Capital markets powerhouse’, Stikeman Elliott LLP impresses with its ‘really strong bench’ and ‘hands-on expertise’. The firm excels in both debt and equity, often working alongside its market-leading banking and corporate teams, and is equally active for issuers and underwriters. Toronto-based D’Arcy Nordick — ‘a heavyweight capital markets lawyer’ — jointly leads the practice and advised AIMCo Realty Investors on its C$400m private placement of notes. In Montreal, ‘absolutely fantastic’ securities head Robert Carelli had a banner year, which included advising the underwriters on SNC-Lavalin Group’s C$300m offering of debentures and assisting Yellow Pages with its C$315m notes offering. On the equity front, the team advised Nexa Resources and Votorantim on the Canadian aspects of Nexa Resources’ C$728m IPO on the TSX and NYSE— Jay C. Kellerman, Ivan Grbesic and Ramandeep Grewal led that work from Toronto.

Leading individuals

D’Arcy Nordick - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Robert Carelli - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

‘Top-tier competition shop’, Stikeman Elliott LLP is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’, according to some. Highlighted as ‘extremely strong on the litigation side’, due in no small part to ‘first-class competition litigator’ Katherine L. Kay, the group also excels in major merger reviews, complex behavioural matters and foreign investment work. High-profile department head Paul Collins is a ‘sophisticated operator’ and acted with Ottawa’s Susan M. Hutton to advise Bayer on its headline $66bn acquisition of Monsanto. In another transactional file, Collins is advising Airbus on its partnership with Bombardier and Investissement Québec for the C Series aircraft program. On the investigations front, the ‘increasingly prominent’ Eliot Kolers is representing Sobeys in the Bureau’s investigation into alleged price-fixing in the bread market. In a headline contentious case, star litigator Kay is representing CIBC in a set of class actions brought against several banks and credit card companies alleging anti-competitive conduct in the setting of interchange fees. Michael Kilby, who advised Cheung Kong Property Holdings on its C$2.8bn acquisition of Canadian Reliance Home Comfort, is also recommended. Named partners are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Leading individuals

Katherine L. Kay - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Paul Collins - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Susan M. 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

The 'incredibly sophisticated’ team at Stikeman Elliott LLP 'ranks among the top two corporate groups in Canada’, according to some. The firm’s consistent corporate offering across its national network is a big draw for clients, who commend it as a 'joined-up practice, which is equally strong in Ontario and Quebec — unlike many of its competitors’. The firm also has extremely capable platforms in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as international offices in New York, London and Sydney. In Toronto, firm chair William J. Braithwaite is a pre-eminent name for major deals and advised MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates on its cross-border acquisition of DigitalGlobe. In another Toronto headline, corporate heavy-hitter John Ciardullo assisted Sprott with its acquisition of Central Fund of Canada. Toronto-based Sean Vanderpol is widely commended as a 'future star’ and acted for Dominion Diamond on its $1.2bn acquisition by an affiliate of The Washington Companies. Simon A. Romano is also recommended in Toronto. The Montreal team had a banner year, which included John Leopold ('really experienced and strategic’) advising Xylem on the C$509m acquisition of Pure Technologies and Warren Katz advising Cogeco Communications on Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec's $1.4bn equity investment in Cogeco. Other key names in Montreal include Sophie Lamonde, who is an 'up-and-coming partner with a strong record in private equity’, and senior counsel Sidney Horn. The firm’s Calgary office is also a significant originator of work, especially on the energy side, and Frederick Erickson advised Centrica on the C$722m sale of its Canadian oil and gas exploration and production business to Canlin Energy. Transactional energy specialist Christopher Nixon and Calgary managing partner Leland Corbett are also recommended in Calgary. Noordin Nanji heads the corporate and securities groups in Vancouver.

Leading individuals

John Leopold - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Sidney Horn - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Simon A. Romano - Stikeman Elliott LLP

William J. Braithwaite - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sean Vanderpol - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Sophie Lamonde - 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: Quebec - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s national litigation practice maintains its dominant position in major class actions and also excels in securities litigation, product liability and arbitration — among other areas. Among the Toronto office’s recent highlights, Peter Howard represented Livent in bringing a high-profile negligence claim against its auditors. In addition, dispute resolution head Eliot Kolers successfully acted for Omega in opposing an application by the Ontario Securities Commission for a temporary order to cease trading and suspend its registration. Seasoned litigator David R. Byers and competition litigation lead Katherine L. Kay are also key names in Toronto. Yves Martineau is a sought-after name in Montreal and is defending Société Telus Communications in a class action alleging it set excessive international roaming charges. Other key contacts include Geoffrey Holub in Calgary and David Brown in Vancouver. Louis Bélanger left to join Montreal boutique Arnault Thibault Cléroux.

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Ontario

David R. Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Eliot Kolers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Katherine L. Kay - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: Quebec

Yves Martineau - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s group regularly advises on the environmental aspects of major corporate deals and is also active in litigation, brownfield development and climate change issues. Toronto-based department lead Larry Cobb recently advised on the environmental assessment of a major landfill. Project development co-head Patrick Duffy has a significant environmental element to his practice and advised Dominion Diamond on its proposals to expand its existing Ekati Mine.

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Indigenous law
Indigenous law - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP has a growing Aboriginal law practice, which advises both industry clients and First Nations on Crown consultations, negotiating partnerships, joint venture arrangements and benefit agreements. Toronto-based regulatory specialist Patrick Duffy is a key contact and is representing ITC Holdings in a judicial review application brought by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

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Infrastructure and projects
Infrastructure and projects - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s diverse national practice has had recent strong showings in the transport, social infrastructure and energy sectors. Vancouver-based Jamie Templeton, who leads the PPP and infrastructure group, is a ‘leading lawyer in this space’ and advised the lenders on the Capital Regional District’s C$126.8m Residuals Treatment Facility project. In Montreal, Erik Richer La Flèche advised Veolia Energy Canada on the reorganization of the design and construction of the second phase of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal PPP. Montreal-based Maxime Turcotte is also noted.

Leading individuals

Erik Richer La Flèche - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jamie Templeton - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

‘Among the market leaders’, Stikeman Elliott LLP fields a comprehensive insurance practice, which routinely advises major insurers, reinsurers and brokers on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The group, which spans the firm’s Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver offices, is led by Toronto-based M&A and commercial partner Stuart Carruthers. Carruthers, who is a ‘go-to-partner in the insurance area’, recently advised Integro Insurance Brokers on the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, Integro (Canada), to Hub International. He also advised Great-West Life, Manulife, Sun Life, Empire Life and Industrial Alliance on the launch of APEXA, a common software and services platform. Montreal's Laurent Fortier is a key contact for insurance litigation and, together with Montreal-based Matthew Liben, defended Chubb in property and delay in start-up claims relating to the refurbishment of a nuclear power station. Other noted insurance litigators include Montreal-based Peter J. Cullen.

Leading individuals

Stuart Carruthers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s ‘efficient and proactive’ IP practice scores highly for its ‘ability to keep clients apprised of significant developments’ and its ‘invaluable business insight’. Among its highlights, Montreal-based co-lead Jonathan Auerbach represented Smart Cloud in trademark litigation and opposition proceedings against IBM. Ottawa-based co-head Justine Whitehead — who ‘demonstrates a pragmatic and down-to-earth approach’ — advised Vance Street Capital on the IP elements of its acquisition of R.S.T. Instruments.

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International expertise
International expertise - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP, which was notably the first Canadian firm to open in London, has an impressive pedigree for international work. In addition to its long-established UK office, the firm is also on the ground in New York and Sydney, and it also has strong experience in Latin American and African markets. London managing partner Dean Koumanakos, who advises foreign and domestic clients on M&A and private equity, is highly regarded in the international market. Key Canada-based names include global mining co-head and Australia expert Quentin Markin, who recently returned to Vancouver following a five-year stint in Sydney, and Christopher Nixon, who heads the China group from Calgary.

Leading individuals

Dean Koumanakos - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Quentin Markin - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ practice is led jointly by the ‘extremely effective’ Susan M. Hutton in Ottawa,and Montreal-based tax expert Jean-Guillaume Shooner. Hutton and Ottawa’s Nicholas McHaffie successfully represented Alcoa Canada in defending against the imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties regarding silicon metal imports from various countries.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The ‘client-focused and responsive’ group at Stikeman Elliott LLP demonstrates ‘deep knowledge of Canadian regulation and its impact on  clients' businesses’. In particular, Montreal group lead Hélène Bussières is ‘able to adapt to any situation and propose realistic solutions’. Bussières, together with Toronto-based Nancy Ramalho, provides ongoing advice to Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services on its human resources operations, including hiring, compliance and litigation. Gary Clarke and Lorna Cuthbert, who lead the Western Canadian and Toronto employment groups respectively, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

HÊlène Bussières - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP had a strong year, which saw it act on a string of headline transactional matters. Most notably, Toronto-based group head Andrea Boctor (‘a really excellent specialist’) advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its joint venture with Glencore Canada. On the administrative front, Boctor advises Canadian National Railway on its 35,000-member federally regulated pension plans. Toronto’s Natasha vandenHoven is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrea Boctor - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s real estate group has close relationships with a wide range of developers, investors, lenders and property owners and occupiers, but is particularly well known for its work for institutional investors. In a recent example, Toronto-based group co-lead Mario Paura advised Strathallen Capital on its C$702.9m acquisition of a portfolio of 44 retail properties from OneREIT — subsequently, Toronto’s Vince Imerti (who ‘provides great service and clear strategy’) advised AIMCo on the acquisition of six of the properties. Toronto-based Eric Carmona is a leading figure in the team and advised 3 Angels Holdings on its sale of the iconic Grouse Mountain Resort. Also in Toronto, Douglas Klaassen advised Hudson’s Bay on an series of transactions, including agreements to lease retail space within certain of its department stores. In Montreal, department co-chair Stefan Fews assisted Canadian pharmacy chain the Jean Coutu Group with the real estate aspects of its acquisition by Metro, which involved nearly 200 buildings across Quebec. On the development front, Calgary’s Greg Plater continues to act as corporate and project counsel to the West Campus Development Trust on the C$4bn West Campus Project. The team is also strong in Vancouver, where Ross MacDonald QC is advising Concord Pacific Group on the high-profile demolition of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Toronto-based Melissa Schyven, who advised CT REIT LP on its C$200m acquisition of seven properties from RioCan REIT, and Vancouver’s Richard Jackson are also noted.

Leading individuals

Eric Carmona - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP, noted for its ‘high-quality leading lawyers’ and ‘excellent business acumen’, has robust restructuring expertise in each of its Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver offices. In particular, Toronto-based litigator David R. Byers (‘a widely respected restructuring specialist’) is a strong performer in complex insolvencies; he is advising the monitor in Crystallex International’s CCAA filing. In another high-profile case, Toronto’s Ashley Taylor advised Essar Steel Algoma on its restructuring. Also in Toronto, ‘up-and-coming star’ Elizabeth Pillon — hailed as ‘generation now’ by sources — advised the US Steel and Carnegie Pension Fund in Stelco’s restructuring proceedings. On the distressed M&A front, Montreal-based rising star Guy Martel advised Tacora Resources and MagGlobal on the former’s acquisition of all of the assets of the Scully iron ore mine.

Leading individuals

David R. Byers - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Elizabeth Pillon - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Guy Martel - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP covers all the bases on tax law, with strong experience spanning M&A, restructurings, securities, transfer pricing and litigation. Among its highlights, group head John G. Lorito advised Cannabis Strategies Acquisition Corporation (CSAC) and Mercer Park CB LP on the C$134.7m IPO of CSAC — notably Canada’s first cannabis-focused special purpose acquisition corporation. Dean Kraus (‘an excellent tax lawyer’) advised Hudson’s Bay on several matters, including an equity investment by Rhône Capital of $500m. On the litigation front, Montreal’s Pierre-Louis Le Saunier represented Toyota Credit Canada in an appeal before the Court of Quebec. Other names to note are Vince Imerti (‘strong combination of pensions and tax knowledge’); Calgary-based Julie D’Avignon (‘great to work with’); and Frank Mathieu (‘very young but very strong’).

Leading individuals

Dean Kraus - Stikeman Elliott LLP

John Lorito - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Frank Mathieu - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Technology
Technology - ranked: tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

A strong performer in technology-related corporate deals, Stikeman Elliott LLP also acts on outsourcing, procurement and privacy matters. Among its recent work, Toronto-based group head Wesley Ng advised Nutrien (formerly Potash Corporation Saskatchewan) on the integration of its and Agrium’s IT infrastructure in connection with their merger, including HR systems, supply management systems, external websites and internal intranets.

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s telecoms practice stands out for its broad multi-disciplinary coverage, which spans regulation, IP, M&A, competition, administrative law and litigation. Driven out of Ottawa by senior regulatory counsel David Elder, the group also benefits from the transactional experience of Montreal-based corporate finance counsel Sidney Horn. Highlights included advising Cogeco Communications on its $1.4bn equity investment from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to finance the acquisition by its subsidiary, Atlantic Broadband, of the MetroCast cable network.

Leading individuals

David Elder - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP, hailed as a ‘first-tier corporate firm with a great mining practice’, receives strong praise for its ‘excellent bench strength and deep expertise’. The mining department is a key pillar of the firm and is represented nationally in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, and internationally in New York and Sydney. Among the team’s senior names, Toronto-based managing partner and global mining co-lead Jay C. Kellerman is an ‘absolute powerhouse in the mining space’; he teamed up with Toronto’s Ivan Grbešić to advise Nexa Resources and Votorantim on the Canadian aspects of Nexa’s C$728m IPO on the TSX and NYSE. Also in Toronto, John Ciardullo and Amanda Linett advised Tacora Resources and MagGlobal LLC on Tacora’s acquisition of all of the assets of the historic Scully iron ore mine. Vancouver is the seat of ‘extremely experienced’ global mining co-head Quentin Markin, who is acting as Canadian counsel to emerging West African gold producer Avesoro Resources on its acquisition of the Youga and Balogo mines and its accompanying private placement. John Anderson and David Massé are also recommended in Vancouver and Montreal respectively.

Leading individuals

Jay C. Kellerman - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Quentin Markin - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Energy and natural resources: oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s practice, which is particularly strong in the midstream sector, combines the firm’s signature corporate finance prowess with expertise in project development and regulatory matters — notably, its regulatory capability was recently boosted with the arrival of Dennis Langen from Dentons. On the transactional front, the ‘very strong’ Frederick Erickson advised Centrica on the C$722m sale of its Canadian oil and gas exploration and production business to the Canlin Energy Corporation consortium. In addition, Keith Chatwin advised AltaGas on its C$8.4bn cross-border acquisition of WGL Holdings, and related financings. On the project development front, Trent Mercier is advising Spirit Pipeline on the construction of a pipeline to supply petroleum products to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Transactional specialist Chrysten E. Perry and energy regulatory lead Keith Miller are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Chrysten E. Perry - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Frederick Erickson - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Keith Miller - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Energy and natural resources: power
Energy and natural resources: power - ranked: tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s power practice is represented throughout the firm’s generous national network, with robust footholds in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. The group, which acts for an impressive stable of energy companies, public bodies, project developers and lenders, has strong capability in both transactional and regulatory matters — the recent addition of Calgary-based Dennis Langen from Dentons adds further firepower in terms of the latter. Among its recent highlights, Toronto-based energy co-chair Glenn Zacher advised ITC Holdings on the development of the $1.5bn cross-border ITC Lake Erie Connector project. ‘Rising star’ and project finance co-head Patrick Duffy, also in Toronto, advised Atlantic Power on negotiating enhanced dispatch contracts with the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Calgary’s Keith Miller heads the energy regulatory practice in Alberta and is advising the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) on its application to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval of its proposed 2018 independent system operator (ISO) tariff. Key names on the transactional side include Montreal’s Erik Richer La Flèche and Toronto’s Eric Bremermann. High-profile transactional specialist Jim Harbell retired from the partnership in 2018 but continues to advise on several projects.

Leading individuals

Glenn Zacher - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Patrick Duffy - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Canada: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The ‘deep and broad group’ at Stikeman Elliott LLP demonstrates ‘strong understanding of the aviation industry’. In Montreal, litigator Pierre-Paul Daunais has ‘great depth of experience’ and is representing Bombardier in bringing a construction dispute against Field Aviation Company. The firm, which counts Air Canada, Airbus and Discovery Air among its clients, also acts on a steady stream of transactional matters.

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP advises on litigation, insurance, regulatory and transactional matters for an enviable roster of local and global industry players, including Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, Algoma Central and several P&I clubs. Montreal-based litigator Peter J. Cullen is a ‘leading light’. Laurent Fortier is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter J. Cullen - Stikeman Elliott LLP

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