John Emanoilidis > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate, M&A


Advising on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions and other significant corporate matters across industries, John is co-head of the firm’s M&A Practice and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading corporate and securities lawyers, with deep deal acumen and strong technical skill to advance clients’ business strategies.

John has a broad range of experience in complex M&A, transactional, securities, private equity, regulatory, governance, activism and compliance matters. With an international range of clients, John represents domestic and foreign acquirors, private equity sponsors, targets, special committees, boards of directors and investment banks in all aspects of M&A (both public and private), including hostile takeover bids, strategic review processes, proxy contests, going-private transactions, private equity transactions and negotiated acquisitions.

John regularly advises companies, directors and shareholders on corporate governance, crisis management, activism, compliance and other critical situations. He also has extensive experience in corporate finance transactions, representing issuers, underwriters and investors in domestic and international debt and equity public offerings and private placements.


Ontario Bar, 1999


John has been elected to the American College of Governance Counsel 2021 Class of Fellows for his outstanding work in advising boards, officers and shareholders on best governance practices and helping businesses navigate major governance issues.

John is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School, and has also taught as a guest lecturer at Queen’s University Law School. He is a past member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listing Advisory Committee.

John was the Editor-In-Chief of the Canadian Institute’s M&A/Corporate Financing Journal and a Contributing Editor of Federated Press’ Corporate Financing Journal and Merger and Acquisitions Journal. In addition, he was a co-editor of the 15th edition of the Consolidated Bank Act and Regulations (Carswell, 2003) and of the seventh edition of the Consolidated Trust and Loans Companies Act and Regulations (Carswell, 2002).

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

John EmanoilidisTorys

Trusted advisors to a number of the country’s leading companies, Torys combines its considerable deal-making experience with its strong knowledge of regulatory and corporate governance matters. The team has been involved in several major deals; highlights included firm chair Robert Prichard and Michael Amm‘s advice to Canada National Railway on its $33.7bn acquisition of Kansas City Southern Railway. Though based primarily in Toronto, the team also benefits from the firm’s top-tier energy transactional group in Calgary, a domestic offering in Montréal, and a strong New York office for cross-border transactional demands. Amm jointly leads the practice alongside Karrin Powys-Lybbe and John Emanoilidis. Emandoilidis is regarded for his broad M&A experience, while Powys-Lybbe leads on several key client relationships. Managing partner Matthew Cockburn offers advice to pension funds and private equity firms. In Calgary, Stephanie Stimpson stands out for her governance and ESG expertise, while Janan Paskaran is a key name for energy-sector work. Former corporate head Cornell Wright left the firm.

Canada > International expertise

With broad industry sector experience, Torys is a popular choice for international companies seeking to do business in Canada. The firm has notable strength acting or clients in the mining, energy and infrastructure industries, and is able to provide strong cross-border corporate and capital markets service out of its New York office. David Chaikof serves as the managing partner in the New York office. Tara Mackay, who specialises in cross-border PPP matters, and Jared Fontaine, who has experience advising private equity firms, are also based in New York. Key domestic lawyers include mining sector expert Michael Amm and M&A lawyer John Emanoilidis, both in Toronto.