Emmanuel (Manny) Pressman is the Chair of the Corporate Department and former Head of the M&A Group. He represents public and private companies, private equity sponsors, special committees, boards of directors, and investment banks involved in take-over bids, proxy contests, joint ventures, negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions, and a range of corporate transactions and restructurings. His clients have included Constellation Brands, Magna, Blackstone, TPG Capital, KingSett Capital, Vector Capital, Entertainment One, Fairfax, The ADT Corporation, and Shoppers Drug Mart.
He is widely and repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A practitioner including by Who’s Who Legal (Global Leader); Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Lexpert/AmLaw Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; The Legal 500; The Best Lawyers in Canada; and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
In 2020, he was recognized by IFLR 1000 as the inaugural recipient of its M&A Lawyer of the Year Award (Canada) and, in 2019, as one of Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer in its annual peer survey.
He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences relating to mergers and acquisitions, and has guest lectured at the McGill University Faculty of Law, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and the IBA Mergers & Acquisitions Conference in New York; and is the co- author of the Canada chapter of the International Mergers & Acquisitions Review for the past 10 years. Among his community involvement, he currently serves on the Board of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.