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Stikeman Elliott

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Montreal, Canada (Stikeman Elliott LLP)

1155 René-Lévesque Boulevard West

Sydney, Australia (Stikeman Elliott LLP)

Level 12, The Chifley Tower

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Stikeman Elliott - The Who's Who Legal 100 2014

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Stikeman Elliott welcomed in 2014 with the appointment of three lawyers to its partnership from the firm’s Montreal, Toronto and Calgary offices.

Aviation 1 Insurance & Reinsurance 3
Banking 2 M&A 4
Capital Markets 8 Mining 5
Commercial Litigation 1 Private Client 1
Competition 4 Private Funds 3
Corporate Governance 3 Project Finance 1
Corporate Tax 3 Public Procurement 2
Energy 5 Real Estate 2
Environment 2 Trade & Customs 1
Insolvency & Restructuring 1

The firm has grown steadily since its foundation through internal expansion and was the first Canadian law firm to open offices in London, New York and Sydney. The Sydney office is the hub for the Asia-Pacific practice at the firm and focuses on securities and M&A law with a focus on mining, infrastructure development and project finance.

Total Listings in WWL 52 Established 1952
Home jurisdiction Canada Total size of firm 1,120
Number of partners 196 Number of offices 8



The capital markets practice at the firm is held in high regard; the firm has advised on high-profile transactions including the largest corporate IPO in Canada in 2013: BRP Inc’s C$301.5 million IPO. Co-head of the structured finance and financial products team Philip Henderson earns high praise for his work on IPOs and other underwritings, structured products and derivatives. Jonathan Drance acts as underwriters’ counsel for several British Columbia issuers and also advises on merger transactions and reorganisations. Jean Marc Huot in Montreal advises on public offerings and private placements in Canada and abroad as well as in connection with Canadian and international public mergers and acquisitions. He is “diligent, responsive and very smart”. Edward Waitzer in Toronto is noted for his capital markets and M&A transactions expertise. Joining him is Simon Romano, a “superb” lawyer who focuses on securities law, public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Recent activity in the energy practice includes advising China National Offshore Oil Corporation in its US$19.5 billion cash acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen. Leland Corbett and Christopher Nixon were part of the team advising on the transaction. Corbett specialises in capital markets, corporate and banking transactions, as well as M&A activity. He is particularly active in the energy sector and is praised for his “calm and assured approach” to complex matters. Nixon is head of the national china coverage group and he represents oil and gas exploration and oilfield service entities and investment dealers in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Also noted is Chipman Johnston, who specialises in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets financings in the energy sector.

The mining practice is “world-class” and home to “stars” such as Jay Kellerman, managing partner of the Toronto office and co-head of the global mining group. He is heavily involved in securities-related matters including financings, mergers and acquisitions. Michael Allen is a “superb” practitioner who receives recognition for his banking, mining and project finance expertise. He has been involved in transactions in the US, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Russia. Ivan Grbesic concentrates on corporate and securities law and frequently advises on IPOs and private placements.

Stikeman Elliott has a leading reputation in the field of M&A. John Leopold is co-chair of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Based in Montreal, he is noted for his work on cross-border transactions. He is also a “trusted adviser” on corporate governance issues. Chair of the firm William Braithwaite has acted on many significant merger transactions. He also advises boards of directors, institutional shareholders and government and regulatory authorities on corporate matters.



In 2013, Stikeman Elliott successfully defeated an appeal by the attorney general at the Federal Court of Appeal on behalf of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society regarding the jurisdiction of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The firm has been representing the society on a pro bono basis since 2008 in connection with its Canadian human rights complaint made against the federal government for discriminatory funding of child welfare services on reserve. The complaint is now proceeding on the merits of the case before the Canadian human rights tribunal.



Stikeman Elliott’s diversity programme focuses on student and associate development programmes, recruitment, international credentials, feedback, community outreach and office-wide initiatives including for women, aboriginal peoples, LGBT and persons with disabilities. The firm has also partnered with the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network, confirming its dedication to promoting diversity within the firm and in the wider legal community.



Stikeman Elliott continues to be a “forward-thinking” law firm which faces challenges head-on. Not only was the firm the first in Canada to open in international jurisdictions such as New York, London and Sydney but it has also embraced technology to provide clients with an enhanced service. There is no doubt that the firm will continue to adapt to the changing legal industry with great flair.

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