This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Stikeman Elliott is internationally recognised for the sophistication of its business law practice. It frequently ranks as a top firm in domestic and international capital markets, M&A and corporate-commercial law and is widely regarded as a leader in business litigation. The firm has developed in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries including financial services, energy, mining, banking, insurance, infrastructure, retail, communications and technology. Stikeman Elliott maintains local offices in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, as well as international offices including London, New York and Sydney. The firm now has 500 lawyers and continues to excel in our research year-on-year. This year sees the firm garner 49 listings across 18 practice sectors.
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 49|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Aviation||1||Insurance & Reinsurance||4|
|Banking||2||M & A||3|
|Commercial Litigation||3||Oil & Gas||1|
|Corporate Governance||6||Project Finance||1|
|Corporate Tax||2||Public Procurement||2|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||1||Trade & Customs||1|
Stikeman Elliott has a globally renowned capital markets practice group and this is evidenced in our research, where the firm achieves six listings. In Toronto, former chair of the firm Edward Waitzer is lauded for his “superb” transactional expertise and Philip Henderson, co-head of the firm’s structured finance and financial products group, is “brilliant” at all matters relating to securities law particularly structured finance and derivative products. At the same office, Simon Romano is considered a “first-class” securities lawyer and clients praise his “proactive approach” and “business nous”. In Montreal, Jean Marc Huot is noted for his “high-quality” counsel and “excellent strategic thinking”. At the Vancouver office, Jonathan Drance provides “stellar” advice to underwriters for several British Columbia issuers and is “very active” on financing transactions for major Canadian investment dealers. The “brilliant” Christopher Nixon is head of the national China coverage group and is a “prominent” figure in the Alberta legal market.
The firm also excels in the field of corporate governance and garners six inclusions. The aforementioned Edward Waitzer leads the firm’s corporate governance group and is lauded for his “unparalleled” expertise in both accounting and governance. Current chair of the firm William Braithwaite is considered “one of the top governance lawyers in the country” and is also renowned for his M&A work; he is a “prominent figure” in many significant cross-border mergers. The “extremely knowledgeable” Brian Rose is praised for his advice on sensitive issues and is also regarded as a “reinsurance guru” within the Ontario bar, achieving a corresponding listing in our insurance and reinsurance chapter. Marvin Yontef is the “lawyer of choice” for directors, senior officers and director committees in Toronto in need of “top-notch advice”. John Leopold co-chairs the firm’s M&A group and is considered an “absolutely terrific” corporate lawyer. In addition to being recognised for his governance expertise, he also features in the M&A section of this edition. Former chair of the firm, Pierre Raymond is a “very well-known” figure in the Montreal bar who boasts extensive experience in corporate law.
Stikeman Elliott has a “globally renowned” mining group and fields six individuals from three jurisdictions. The firm’s Toronto office is a “hub of talent” and home to four of the practitioners, including the “excellent” Jay Kellerman, managing partner of the office and head of the firm’s global mining group. Raymond McDougall specialises in securities-related matters, including financings and M&A transactions within the mining sector. “Leading light” Ivan Grbesic and the “creative” D’Arcy Nordick both come highly nominated. In Sydney, Quentin Markin is the “go-to-guy” for inter-jurisdictional transactions in the mining sector while Derek Linfield, managing partner of the London office, has an “astounding knowledge of the AIM market” which compliments his understanding of the mining industry.
Two “exceptional” individuals attain multiple listings in this edition. Vancouver-based Michael Allen boasts a “superb breadth and depth” of expertise within the areas of corporate finance and banking. He acts for both lenders and borrowers in international project finance and is well known for his work in secured transactions and public-private partnerships. He is recognised in our banking, project finance and public procurement chapters. David Byers leads the firm’s litigation group in Toronto and is also co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice nationally. He is “particularly outstanding” at complex insolvency and restructuring litigation and features in both the commercial litigation and insolvency and restructuring sections of this edition.
Stikeman Elliott’s listings demonstrate its market-leading position in Canada and internationally.
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