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Stikeman Elliott LLP, William J. Braithwaite, Toronto, CANADA

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William J. Braithwaite

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

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William Braithwaite is a senior partner and was Chair of the firm from 2012 to 2018. He previously served on the firm's Partnership Board and Executive Committee, and is the former Head of the Corporate Group. He practises primarily in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, and has acted as counsel to many Canadian corporations, boards of directors, and institutional shareholders, as well as various governments and regulatory authorities. Bill was counsel on some of the major proposed foreign take-overs including, Vale’s take-over of Inco, CNOOC’s acquisition of Nexen and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s successful defence of BHP’s unsolicited take-over bid. In 2018, he was recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.


Ontario Bar (1980)


London School of Economics (LL.M. 1977)
University of Western Ontario (LL.B. 1976)
University of Windsor (B.A. 1973)


Corporate and M&A

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William J. Braithwaite - Stikeman Elliott LLP

Within: Corporate and M&A

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.

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