Stikeman Elliott’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group is perennially among the most active in Canada. Whether advising on Canada’s largest contested public company transactions or friendly acquisitions of privately owned family businesses, we utilize our expertise and creativity to pragmatically achieve client goals.

One of the hallmarks of our practice is our understanding of risk. We see managing and minimizing risk as one of our key roles in any transaction – identifying and mitigating third party issues before they become a problem.

Stikeman Elliott lawyers have well-earned, long-standing relationships with all Canadian regulators. Our strategic management of regulatory interactions has helped clients close some of the most highly scrutinized deals in Canada. We also understand that successful transactions must be designed having regard to their real and perceived implications to our client’s key stakeholders. As such, we work with clients to help them present transactions that best preserve and leverage these often critical relationships.

Our Expertise

  • Acquisition financing
  • Auctions
  • Contested shareholder meetings
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Distressed assets
  • Government relations
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • Management buy-outs
  • Plans of arrangement
  • Regulatory review
  • Special committee obligations
  • Take-over bids and defence
Accolades
  • Canada M&A Law Firm of the Year and Canada M&A Deal of the Year – 2019 Americas M&A Atlas Awards
  • Impact Deal of the Year Award – 2019 International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year – Best Lawyers in Canada 2020

  • Chambers Canada 2020 for Corporate/M&A
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
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