In this chapter, WWL proudly presents Canada’s top 67 M&A lawyers. The have been selected for their experience and expertise advising vendors, acquirers, targeted companies and shareholders on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions.
Most Highly Regarded
Stikeman Elliott sees an impressive 10 practitioners listed.
Brian Pukier is championed for his impeccable handling of high-value and complex domestic and cross-border transactions.
William Braithwaite is an esteemed figure in the Canadian M&A market thanks to his wealth of experience in transactions and corporate governance.
Edward Waitzer is a first-class M&A lawyer who is celebrated for his expertise in complex transactions and public policy matters.
John Leopold comes highly esteemed as a renowned corporate lawyer who is well-versed at handling domestic and cross-border transactions for private and public companies.
The “excellent” Craig Story receives widespread praise for his top-notch advice on IPOs and securities and is highly sought-after in the energy sector.
Blake Cassels & Graydon stands out with 10 listings.
Jeffrey Lloyd enjoys a sterling reputation in the Canadian M&A market for his superb work on complex debt and equity offerings and securities transactions.
Bob Wooder is a prominent name in the M&A space and stands out as “The go-to for transactions in the mining industry”.
Michael Gans is revered for his work on domestic and inbound transactions for offerors, targets, shareholders and sponsors.
Ross Bentley provides first-tier transactional advice to clients across a broad range of industries and sectors including aviation, energy, agribusiness, oil and gas and banking.
Chris Hewat is highly sought-after thanks to his exceptional advice to clients on regulatory matters pertaining to securities.
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg sees six lawyers highlighted here.
Vincent Mercier showcases remarkable expertise in complex and high-value domestic and international transactions and comes touted as a “market-leading M&A lawyer”.
Patricia Olasker is distinguished by her stellar advice to clients on a range of corporate matters, from financing to shareholder activism.
Franziska Ruf is a top-class M&A lawyer who is highly experienced in sophisticated capital markets transactions and joint ventures.
Fasken secures five nominations.
Jonathan Levin is a longstanding figure who is considered an authority on cross-border M&A, restructuring transactions and takeovers.
Jay Lefton is an accomplished M&A practitioner who is highlighted for his “unique ability to quickly identify client concerns and offer up practical legal advice”.
William Orr is singled out for his extensive experience negotiating international transactions as well as his deep knowledge of securities and M&A regulations.
Goodmans performs well with six listings.
The “brilliant” Neill May emerges as one of Canada’s leading M&A lawyers thanks to his exceptional work advising clients from the energy sector and financial services industry on public and private deals.
Jonathan Lampe is noted for the breadth of his experience in M&A and financing matters and is heralded for his expert advice to clients on high-stakes corporate reorganisations and restructurings.
Stephen Pincus is distinguished by his profound knowledge of structured finance and M&A transactions.
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is home to six lawyers recognised in this chapter.
Jeremy Fraiberg is an “extraordinarily strong M&A specialist” who excels in commercial transactions and financing matters.
Douglas Marshall earns acclaim for his immaculate advice to clients on sophisticated M&A transactions and public takeovers.
McCarthy Tétrault’s David Woollcombe is renowned for his top-flight corporate practice which sees him navigate issuers, investors and investment dealers through complex transactions.
Cameron Belsher stands out for his top-tier M&A practice which spans a range of industries and sectors including technology, mining and real estate.
At BCF, Mireille Fontaine applies more than 25 years of corporate law experience to cross-border transactions in the life sciences and technology sectors.