Canada: M&A 2017

We highlight 68 practitioners for their expertise in transactions across numerous industry sectors for high-end clients both in Canada and internationally. These range from complex, cross-border transactions to smaller transactions for SMEs and start-ups.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jonathan Lampe Goodmans, Toronto
2. Robert Paré Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Montreal
3. William Braithwaite Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
4. Brock Gibson QC Blake Cassels & Graydon, Calgary
5. Jeffrey Lloyd Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
6. Michael Gans Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Canadian business law firm BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON dominates the field with 16 lawyers listed for their outstanding transactional expertise.
Brock Gibson QC represents leading clients on M&A and private equity-related matters where he receives praise as “a highly skilled lawyer”.
Jeffrey Lloyd is a leading name in the field and is well known for his invaluable experience handling deals worth up to and over US$1 billion.
Michael Gans is recommended as “one of the strongest, highest-profile M&A lawyers in the country”. He specialises in international inbound and domestic M&A deals.
Frank Arnone is a leader in the corporate space and frequently handles cross-border transactional matters. He is praised by clients for his ability to get the deal done.
Pat Finnerty is recommended as “a respectable and reputable M&A lawyer" with vast experience of handling high-value cross-border transactions.
Bill Sirett acts as counsel for both public and private companies as well as investment firms and is recommended for his particular expertise in the mining and energy space.
André Perey is recognised for his excellent work in the digital and finance space, where he is noted for his experience advising on joint ventures and working with investment funds.
Bob Wooder is highlighted for his “leading mining practice”. He is one of Canada’s most “reputable” and highly regarded transactions lawyers.

Eleven transactions specialists are recognised at STIKEMAN ELLIOTT this year.
William Braithwaite is highly sought after for his superb counsel and is frequently engaged in advising Canada’s leading companies on M&A matters.
Brian Pukier is “a private equity specialist” and leading adviser to senior management and boards of directors in both the public and private sectors.
Christopher Nixon advises on transactions across numerous industries including energy and oil and gas and is recommended as “a top-notch lawyer”.
Craig Story is one of Canada’s leading M&A practitioners and is regularly sought after by clients for his excellent and effective counsel.
John Ciardullo is a top name in securities and corporate transactions and is called upon to handle some of the most complex M&A matters.

MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT sees nine lawyers highlighted in this chapter for their leading M&A practices.
Cameron Belsher is “well known in the market” and is recognised for his creativity and commercial acumen on high-value M&A deals.
Clemens Mayr is recommended for his international presence and his record delivering significant deals for numerous high-end clients. He is “one of their top guys”.
David Woollcombe is regularly involved in M&A transactions for Canadian and international clients and has longstanding experience in the space, with over 25 years at the Ontario bar.
Garth Girvan comes highly recommended for his work on numerous high-value deals. He is described by one peer asdefinitely a top-notch lawyer and a smart guy”.
David Tennant is a great negotiator and “a star M&A lawyer” who is praised as “very smart and practical”.

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG sees eight lawyers recommended.
William Ainley is a trusted adviser to his clients and is recommended for his guidance on complex M&A deals including solicited and unsolicited takeovers.
Patricia Olasker is highly regarded for her experience acting as counsel on deals worth several billion dollars where she delivers great results for her clients.
Vincent Mercier receives praise for the depth of his market knowledge and ability to build a rapport with clients. He is looked towards for some of the highest-stakes transactions in the market.
Peter Hong is a first-class practitioner who can get to the crux of the matter and give clear advice on transactions in the energy, mining, finance and media sectors.

Four leading lights at FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN are listed.
Robert Paré has over 30 years of experience in the area and is regarded far and wide as “a fantastic lawyer, definitely top-notch”.
Jay Lefton is a superb legal brain with a strong corporate knowledge. One peer says of him, “He is a smart and practical lawyer.”

Canadian business law firm GOODMANS achieves four listings this year.
Jonathan Lampe is one of Canada’s leading M&A lawyers and receives praise for his expertise in international matters involving structured and cross-border transactions.
Stephen Halperin is "a senior statesman” who frequently advises companies and shareholders. He is highly respected for his leading counsel.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT sees three practitioners listed.
Terence Dobbin is highly regarded within the market for his excellent work advising on largescale, multinational transactions including takeover bids.

At OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT three lawyers are recognised.
Emmanuel Pressman is one of the leading corporate lawyers in Canada and comes highly recommended for his expertise in complex cross-border transactions and private equity matters.

TORYS sees two listings.
Sharon Geraghty is recognised as “the firm’s leading M&A lawyer” and frequently leads both national and cross-border acquisitions across numerous industries including finance, and telecoms and media.
John Emanoilidis receives plaudits for his superb practice acting in the media and finance space and is “a definite name in the market”.

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