Canada: Capital Markets 2017

We recognise 75 lawyers in this chapter for their leading counsel and representation on capital markets issues including financing, transactions and disputes for Canadian and international clients.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stephen Halperin Goodmans, Toronto
2. William Braithwaite Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
3. Robert Paré Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Montreal
4. Jonathan Lampe Goodmans, Toronto
5. William Osler Bennett Jones, Calgary

Canadian full-service firm BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON leads the field with an impressive 11 listings in this chapter.
Bob Wooder regularly advises clients on take-over bids and related financings. He is highlighted as a key figure in the space and “a pre-eminent capital markets practitioner.”
Jeffrey Lloyd is a leading name in capital markets where he advises on equity and debt securities in both national and multi-jurisdictional IPOs.
Dan McLeod is a well-known and dynamic figure in the securities space and frequently represents investors, issuers and underwriters in related matters.
Chris Hewat boasts experience in all aspects of capital markets transactions and is highly esteemed among peers and clients alike.
Brock Gibson QC focuses his first-rate practice on financing, issuing and investment in the capital markets space and is praised for his depth of experience.
Will Fung is recognised as a superb lawyer with expertise in equity and debt securities.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT sees nine leading lawyers recommended this year for their market-leading work.
William Braithwaite is recommended for his decades of experience in the field of capital markets where he continues to be regarded as a go-to practitioner.
Philip Henderson has a leading knowledge of capital markets, particularly when it comes to financial products and services. He is known for his mastery of complex securities law.
The “extremely talented” Warren Katz is one of the foremost figures in Canadian capital markets and receives plaudits for his strong practice.
Edward Waitzer is a leader on complex matters in the capital markets space and is known for his ability to provide effective solutions.
Joel Binder is a corporate finance guru and represents issuers and investment dealers in transactional matters across the board.
Christopher Nixon is “a big player in the market” and is recommended for his expertise in capital markets transactions.

We feature eight practitioners from DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG in this chapter.
Vincent Mercier is a keen navigator of deals and is recommended by peers for his insight and his ability to get the deal done.
Patricia Olasker possesses vast experience in complex matters involving shareholder issues, corporate governance and transactions.
Richard Cherney is highly respected by peers for his commercial acumen and his expertise in both public and private matters. He regularly provides top-tier counsel to companies and financial institutions.
Mindy Gilbert advises on debt and equity securities alongside loan financings and transactions, areas in which she is considered a key industry expert.

National outfit MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT also sees eight lawyers listed.
Richard Balfour is highly sought after by corporations, investment dealers, banks and private equity funds for his tremendous knowledge of the field.
Cameron Belsher receives high praise for his capital markets expertise which he twins with his world-class corporate practice.
Clemens Mayr is “a senior figure in the practice”. With over 25 years of legal experience he is a leading name in the Canadian capital markets space.
David Woollcombe is a trusted adviser to clients and is commended for his strong transactional practice.

Seven prominent lawyers are recommended at GOODMANS.
Stephen Halperin receives widespread praise from his peers for his market leading practice and his longstanding expertise in the field of capital markets.
Jonathan Lampe is a highly sought-after lawyer for his top-notch corporate securities practice. He advises national and international clients on securities law relating to transactions, financings and corporate governance matters.
Dale Lastman is widely recognised for his superb counsel and his leading market knowledge.

Six leading lights at OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT are included in this chapter.
Frank Turner is frequently instructed to represent clients on financial services matters and boasts particular expertise in the Asian, Middle Eastern and African markets.
Robert Yalden is praised for his strong commercial acumen. He stands out for his impressive work handling regulatory and procedural matters relating to capital markets.
Clay Horner has over 30 years of legal expertise and is a highly respected figure in capital markets law in Canada.

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN achieves four listings this year.
Robert Paré is a font of knowledge on securities law and is well regarded by clients and peers alike. He is widely recognised for his excellent corporate finance practice.
Richard Steinberg is recommended for his strong international outlook, and is regarded as one of the country’s most impressive capital markets lawyers.
Jonathan Levin and Neil Kravitz are also commended for their exceptional work in the space.

BENNETT JONES sees three lawyers listed for their terrific work in the space.
William Osler is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research and is recognised for his excellent counsel and insight.
David Spencer is extremely active in the capital markets arena and is highlighted for the effective and insightful counsel that he delivers to clients.
Vice-chairman Perry Spitznagel QC draws high praise for his work in the field, and is particularly noted for his brilliant transactional work.

At TORYS, three practitioners are recommended.
Karrin Powys-Lybbe focuses her practice on corporate finance and transactions, an area in which she is considered one of the country’s leading lights.
Sharon Geraghty garners recognition as a transactional specialist, while the “fantastic” Kevin Morris is highlighted for his impressive financing work, particularly in relation to the mining industry.

Two leading individuals are listed at CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL.
Chad Accursi deals with investment matters, including IPOs and stock exchange listings, relating to numerous industry sectors. One client notes, “Chad is very personable, always available and acts in the best interest of the clients.”
Paul Stein enjoys a reputation in the market as a leading securities lawyer with strong expertise in the mining industry.

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