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Stikeman Elliott LLP

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s formidable M&A offering is complemented by the firm’s dominant private equity, mining and real estate practices. It also benefits from its ability to draw on supplementary expertise in competition, corporate governance and tax. The national group enjoys a well-balanced, coast-to-coast presence, and it also leans on the firm’s international offices in London, New York and Sydney. Toronto-based John Ciardullo, who heads the corporate department, has a focus on M&A, proxy contests and corporate finance transactions. Montreal-based John Leopold, who is widely considered among the leading transactional lawyers in Quebec, and securities specialist Simon Romano, based in Toronto, are also senior names to note. Among the up-and-coming partners Sean Vanderpol, who co-heads the Toronto M&A practice, and Montreal M&A head Sophie Lamonde are stand-out practitioners. Former firm chair William Braithwaite recently stepped down to counsel.

Capital markets Tier 2

Not only a leader in the Canadian market, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s impressive capital markets team ranks among the leading players globally for both equity and debt matters. The wider firm’s mining-sector prowess is a significant source of corporate finance instructions, with its ability to plug into offices in the key mining hubs of London, New York and Sydney adding to its attractiveness among mining issuers. The energy, REIT and technology sectors are also notable sweet spots. Toronto partners D’Arcy Nordick and Sean Vanderpol jointly lead the national practice group. Robert Carelli, who heads the corporate group in Montreal, is also highly rated.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Premier transactional firm Stikeman Elliott LLP is a leader in national and cross-border merger reviews, with department head Paul Collins (formerly a senior deputy with the Competition Bureau) widely considered among the leading competition specialists in Canada. The firm’s investigations and litigation expertise is equally impressive and spans the criminal, regulatory and class action spheres. Katherine Kay is a key contact for contentious work. Other recommended names include competition and trade partner Susan Hutton and senior counsel Lawson Hunter QC both based in Ottawa, and impressive younger partner Michael Kilby. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Energy and natural resources: mining Tier 2

Complemented by the firm’s first-class corporate practice, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s mining group is a top choice for high-stakes M&A and challenging capital markets deals. Other sweet spots include stream finance and royalty transactions, joint ventures and project finance. The firm acts for the full range of industry participants, including junior and global mining companies, investors and banks. In addition, the Canada team regularly works alongside its colleagues in New York, London and Sydney to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. Key contacts include former Toronto managing partner Jay Kellerman, who splits his practice between Toronto and London, and Quentin Markin, who operates between Vancouver and Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Jay Kellerman

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Energy and natural resources: power Tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP's comprehensive national practice group advises on all stages of conventional and renewable power projects. Particularly highly regarded is the group’s regulatory practice, which is spearheaded by energy litigator Glenn Zacher and covers the full range of permitting issues to contentious matters. Up-and-coming partner Patrick Duffy, who co-heads the project development and finance practice, is another contact for regulatory matters. On the transactional front, the group can plug into the wider firm’s signature corporate offering for support on power-related M&A and joint venture transactions, while its project development and finance department is invaluable in complex financing matters. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Zacher

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Insurance Tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s national practice handles non-contentious work and insurance litigation, and is consistently engaged by Canadian and international insurers and reinsurers, underwriters and brokers to advise on complex insurance matters. On the non-contentious side, Toronto-based Stuart Carruthers stands out as a leading name for his strong record in transactional and regulatory issues, while contacts for contentious matters include Montreal-based Laurent Fortier, who focuses on insurance disputes in the construction, energy and transportation areas. Peter Cullen, also based in Montreal, is also noted for his specialist expertise in shipping-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Carruthers

International expertise Tier 2

The only ‘Seven Sister’ firm with an office in Sydney, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s on-the-ground presence in Australia reinforces the firm's stellar mining credentials. The team also benefits from footholds in London and New York. Dean Koumanakos, who manages the London office, specializes in advising foreign and domestic clients on M&A and private equity transactions, while Sydney managing partner Quentin Markin is highly regarded for his corporate finance and mining expertise.

Real estate Tier 2

Stikeman Elliott LLP has dominant regional platforms in Alberta and BC, and is active in high-end real estate matters across the country. The firm combines a leading investment practice with an equally effective property development offering, and also draws on its wider full-service capability to provide supplementary expertise in infrastructure projects, mining-related issues and indigenous law matters. A key contact in the group is Toronto-based Eric Carmona, who has strong skill sets in the REITs, retail and hospitality spheres.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP boasts a formidable corporate client base, which it regularly advises on high-value borrowing transactions. The national group (which includes platforms in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver) is also routinely instructed by traditional and alternative lenders. Peter Hamilton enjoys a strong profile in the market for his broad financial services expertise, which encompasses both transactional and regulatory matters. He is particularly recognized for his recent work with international banks on their acquisitions of Canadian assets and other regulatory issues. The group also works in conjunction with the firm’s top-tier M&A practice in acquisition finance and private equity transactions.  Other key contacts in Toronto are Craig Mitchell, Marie Garneau, and up-and-coming partner Aaron Fransen. In Montreal, Sterling Dietze and Howard Rosenoff are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Howard Rosenoff

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Energy and natural resources: oil and gas Tier 3

Best known for its strength in oil and gas transactions, Stikeman Elliott LLP's market-leading corporate capability and multinational client base makes it an attractive firm for complex, cross-border deals. Calgary managing partner Chrysten Perry is a popular choice for M&A, joint ventures and project development matters and her broad industry experience spans conventional petroleum and natural gas, LNG and heavy oil, among other areas. The group also includes Frederick Erickson, who focuses on deals in the upstream and midstream sectors, and corporate finance partner Keith Chatwin.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP has a strong track record in out-of-court and litigious restructurings, with Toronto-based litigator David Byers widely regarded as a leader on the litigation front. The multi-disciplinary team draws on the firm’s well-staffed platforms in Canada’s four largest business centres to advise on matters across the country, and also brings to bear significant experience in US Chapter 7, 11 and 15 proceedings. Particularly well versed in advising debtors and court-appointed officers on restructurings, receiverships and bankruptcy proceedings, the team also works alongside the corporate department in distressed M&A. Elizabeth Pillon and Jean Fontaine jointly lead the group from Toronto and Montreal respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jean Fontaine; Elizabeth Pillon

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Tax Tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP advises across the full range of tax law, with notable strengths in tax planning, transfer pricing, commodity tax and tax controversy. The group also routinely teams up with other departments from across the firm to provide specialist advice on corporate, investment and real estate matters both for publicly listed and private entities. Key contacts in Toronto include national group head John Lorito, who has a solid reputation for transactional and contentious tax matters, and Dean Kraus, who advises on the tax aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. Montreal tax head Frank Mathieu, who is dual-qualified in New York and Quebec, is also recommended.

Telecoms Tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s multi-disciplinary communications practice draws on partners from across the firm’s regulatory, corporate, litigation and technology teams. A key contact in the team is Ottawa-based counsel David Elder, who focuses on communications, competition and privacy law.

Practice head(s):

David Elder

Transport: aviation Tier 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s aviation practice is particularly prominent in contentious matters, where it is a popular choice for domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, product liability claims and class actions. The firm’s corporate and finance groups also have experience in advising aviation industry clients on a variety of transactions. Montreal-based litigator Pierre-Paul Daunais is the key contact and regularly advises aircraft manufacturers and insurance companies on complex cases.

Transport: Shipping Tier 3

Complemented by the wider firm’s robust litigation, insurance and corporate practices, Stikeman Elliott LLP provides broad national coverage of maritime and shipping law matters. The team is led by Peter Cullen in Montreal, who enjoys a strong profile for insurance and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Peter Cullen

Environment Tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP's environmental law group routinely teams up with its M&A and finance teams to advise on environmental due diligence. With experts in the firm’s Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver offices, the practice group also advises on contaminated sites, property development and environmental assessments. Toronto-based transactional specialist Larry Cobb is a key figure in the practice group.

Infrastructure and projects Tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s project development and finance group has experience across a range of project structures, including PPP. The group is best known for advising lender and sponsor sides on transportation, social infrastructure and energy projects, but also has experience in representing municipalities, provincial and national governments and their agencies. Montreal’s Erik Richer La Flèche handles procurement, development and corporate transactions, and Vancouver-based Jamie Templeton is recommended for his robust lender-side practice.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Duffy; Jamie Templeton

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International trade Tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP fields a dynamic multi-disciplinary trade practice, which is split between the firm’s Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto offices. The group routinely advises importers, producers, exporters and investors on a range of issues, with strong activity in customs matters, trade remedies and dispute resolution. Ottawa-based regulatory expert Susan Hutton and Montreal-based tax specialist Jean-Guillaume Shooner are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Susan Hutton; Jean-Guillaume Shooner

Labour and employment Tier 4

From its platforms in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, Stikeman Elliott LLP advises employers on all aspects of individual and collective employment matters. The firm’s full-service offering spans advisory, contentious and transactional issues, with its ability to provide seamless service on national cases standing out as a big draw for clients. Montreal-based Hélène Bussières is a popular choice for both contentious and non-contentious matters, and also has significant expertise in privacy and data protection law.

Practice head(s):

Gary Clarke; Lorna Cuthbert; Patrick Essiminy

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Pensions Tier 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP's pensions team has particular strength in bankruptcy and insolvency-related issues. Led by Andrea Boctor in Toronto, the team also advises on day-to-day administration, investment structuring and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Boctor

Technology Tier 4

A popular choice for high-end corporate and finance transactions, Stikeman Elliott LLP also advises technology service providers and end-users on outsourcing arrangements, intellectual property and contentious matters. Toronto-based department hea Wesley Ng focuses on e-commerce, biotechnology and data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Wesley Ng

Intellectual property Tier 5

Stikeman Elliott LLP acts for a diverse mix of Canadian and foreign clients on the acquisition, protection and commercialization of IP rights, with solid experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The national group is led from Ottawa by Justine Whitehead, who has a broad focus on federal regulatory law, including IP.

Practice head(s):

Justine Whitehead

Dispute resolution

Stikeman Elliott LLP is perhaps best known for its work in the class action litigation, though the national practice group also handles securities, competition and product liability work. Key figures in Toronto include department head Eliot KolersDavid Byers and competition specialist Katherine Kay. Yves Martineau in Montreal focuses on class actions.


Stikeman Elliott LLP is a global leader in Canadian business law and the first call for businesses working in and with Canada. Our offices are located in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, London and Sydney. The firm provides clients with the highest quality counsel, strategic advice and workable solutions. It has an exceptional track record in major US cross-border and multijurisdictional matters and ranks as a top firm in its primary practice areas including mergers and acquisitions, securities, business litigation, banking and finance, competition and foreign investment, tax, restructuring, energy, real estate, project development, employment and labour, and pensions.


Main areas of practice


Mergers and 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’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 multi-disciplinary 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


Banking and lending: the firm has a broad range of experience in conventional bank lending, syndications and similar arrangements. It acts for lenders and borrowers on a full range of domestic secured corporate and commercial financings, unsecured or commercial paper standby lines for investment grade corporate credit, asset-based financing and acquisition financing.


Restructuring and insolvency: 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 and dispute resolution: the firm has one of Canada’s top-tier business litigation practices. Its 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, and has long-standing relationships with the key real estate developers and investors who have transformed Canadian real estate investment.


Taxation: the firm provides cutting-edge expertise in all areas of tax law, including inbound and outbound international structuring and planning, trusts, commodity taxation, customs, corporate financings, reorganizations and restructurings, government representation, transfer pricing, compliance settlements, insurance, employment and resource taxation.


Competition and foreign investment: the firm’s practice is recognized internationally for delivering ground-breaking results to clients pursuing ambitious business combinations in the most heavily scrutinised Canadian and global industries.


Mining: 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.


Energy: Stikeman Elliott’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.


Public-private partnerships/infrastructure: the firm advises a variety of stakeholders, including sponsors, developing consortia and financiers, on the development, financing, and acquisition/divestiture of some of Canada’s most prominent projects.


Insurance: 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.


Number of Partners : 190
Number of Lawyers : 466