A leading Canadian business law firm, Stikeman Elliott LLP has 500 lawyers in five offices across Canada as well as in New York, London and Sydney. The firm is recognized by Chambers Global, the IFLR 1000, Lexpert and other publications for market-leading corporate finance and M&A teams with an exceptional track record in major cross-border and multijurisdictional matters. The firm is also ranked at or near the top of the Canadian market in each of its remaining core practice areas - banking, corporate commercial, real estate, tax, insolvency, structured finance, competition, intellectual property, administrative law, employment and business litigation - and has developed in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries from banking and insurance to oil & gas, electrical energy, mining, telecommunications and technology.

Founded in 1952 in Montréal by H. Heward Stikeman and R. Fraser Elliott, Stikeman Elliott expanded to London in 1969 and Toronto in 1971, followed by Ottawa, New YorkVancouver, Calgary and Sydney. Through all of its growth and in each of its offices, its founders' vision of a creative, entrepreneurial, business-oriented law firm has been carefully maintained, with the result being the consistency of quality, approach and client service for which the firm is well known in its home country and around the world.

Our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Stikeman Elliott is recognized nationally and internationally as one of Canada's leading M&A firms. Our clients range from multinational corporations and boards of directors, to private companies and small businesses.

Over the years, we have been involved in a significant number of transactions concerning U.S. and other non-Canadian acquirors of Canadian targets and have been instrumental in the development of tax efficient acquisition structures, including those involving exchangeable shares and unlimited liability ("check-the-box") companies. The firm has earned particular respect for expertise in both offensive and defensive mandates in hostile take-over situations. We also have extensive experience with take-over bids, plans of arrangement, amalgamations, leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs.

To better meet the needs of clients who are involved in either the purchase or the sale of a company or business unit, the M&A Group works closely with other practitioners throughout the firm to provide a full array of related services, such as private equity and venture capital, tax, competition, intellectual property, environmental, real estate, government relations, and employment and labour expertise.

Our Corporate Finance & Securities Practice

Stikeman Elliott's Securities Group is one of Canada's most prominent, both domestically and internationally. The Group is led by highly regarded practitioners in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary, Canada's primary corporate finance centres. Stikeman Elliott has decades of on-the-ground experience in New York, London and the Asia-Pacific region and is especially well known for its work in complex domestic and cross-border transactions. The Securities Group is often the first choice of U.S. and foreign companies, development banks, supranational agencies, financial institutions and foreign governments for Canadian securities matters and of Canadian companies accessing capital markets abroad.

On the international front, our corporate finance practice combines in-depth legal expertise in sophisticated international financings with an unmatched Canadian presence in major international centres. We have frequently advised issuers and underwriters on offerings by Canadian companies in the U.S. carried out under the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system (MJDS). We have also been at the vanguard of the development of the Maple Bond market in Canada.


CanadianSecuritiesLaw.com is Stikeman Elliott's securities-focused blog, featuring timely and practical information on important developments in M&A and corporate finance.

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