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William J. Braithwaite

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William J. Braithwaite
Law Practice
William Braithwaite is Chair of the Firm and a member of the Partnership Board and Executive Committee. He is a senior partner in the Toronto office, and former head of its Corporate Group. Mr. Braithwaite practises primarily in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance. In addition to acting on some of the most significant cross border merger transactions, he has acted as counsel to major Canadian corporations, boards of directors, and institutional shareholders, as well as various governments and regulatory authorities.
"One of the captains and commanders of
deals - he can manage a team on a deal like very few can. He gives great comfort to the client and has the ability to focus on what's important in a deal and how to get it done".
- Client interview, Chambers Global
Mr. Braithwaite is listed and recognized in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a Band 1 ranked lawyer in Corporate/Commercial: Ontario, with clients noting he "is a pre-eminent lawyer and one of the best when you have something large and complex."

  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Law, Toronto, Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in M&A, Corporate and Securities Law.

  • International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2017 as a leading lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions.

  • Chambers Global 2017 as a Band 1 ranked lawyer in Corporate/M&A Canada.

  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, June 2016.

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate and M&A law.

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities and M&A.

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Corporate Finance & Securities and M&A.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as a leading practitioner in Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Mining, M&A and Private Equity.

  • Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2016.

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 in Capital Markets, Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions.

  • Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets and Corporate, and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

  • Legal Media Group's 2016 Expert Guides: Corporate Governance and Expert Guides: Mergers and Acquisitions.

  • He is AV® Peer Review Rated according to Martindale-Hubbell (Very High to Pre-eminent), its highest level of professional ranking.

Professional Activities
Mr. Braithwaite is a past chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission. He is also a special lecturer in Osgoode Hall Law School's part-time LL.M. program. He has participated in numerous panels and conferences on corporate and securities law and serves as a Chairman of the board of directors of Computershare Trust Company of Canada.

London School of Economics (LL.M. 1977), University of Western Ontario (LL.B. 1976), University of Windsor (BA 1973).

Prior to joining Stikeman Elliott, Mr. Braithwaite was clerk to Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada and following that, an associate professor and assistant dean, Osgoode Hall Law School.

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