Most recommended corporate and commercial law firms in Toronto

Lexpert identifies Toronto’s top corporate and commercial law firms through its extensive annual peer survey. The list is revealed below – to see the complete lineup of Ontario’s leading corporate and commercial lawyers and law firms, visit our practice area rankings list.

Corporate and commercial law covers a broad scope of practice areas. Corporate law refers to the rules and regulations that govern the way corporations operate and do business. Commercial law applies to the rights, relations and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade and sales.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) offers a full spectrum of capabilities in virtually all aspects of business law and is one of Canada’s top firms in the practice area. It serves a diverse national and international client base, with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver, New York in the US, London in the UK and Beijing in China. Whether an issue is local or multi-jurisdictional, practice-area specific or interdisciplinary, Blakes handles transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity. The firm was founded in 1856.

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (Davies) is a business law firm specializing in high-stakes and complex matters. It has offices in Toronto, Montréal and New York. The firm serves leading businesses and financial institutions both domestically and overseas. Davies’ core practice areas include capital markets and securities, commercial real estate, competition, antitrust and foreign investment, corporate governance, COVID-19, dispute resolution, environmental and indigenous matters, finance, investigations and white-collar defence, mergers and acquisitions, pensions, employment and executive compensation, private equity and tax.

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Goodmans LLP

Goodmans LLP is known as one of Canada’s leading and most innovative transaction law firms, covering a range of practice areas, including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, technology, real estate investment trust, tax, litigation and other business-related specialties. The firm serves clients both in Canada and overseas, from start-ups to multinational companies. It was established in 1917.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

McCarthy Tétrault LLP is one of Canada’s leading full-service law firms, serving clients in Canada and around the world. It has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montréal, Québec City, New York in the US and London in the UK. The firm boasts multi-disciplinary and deeply integrated industry groups that provide contextual advice across several industries, including banking and finance, energy and infrastructure, private equity and investments, resources and extraction, retail and consumer markets, capital markets, real estate, technology and communications, and healthcare and science. Founded in 1855, McCarthy Tétrault is the country’s first national law firm.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is recognized as one of Canada’s top business law firms, advising clients in Canada, the US and other parts of the world on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues. It has offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and New York. The firm offers its expertise in a range of areas, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, cannabis, climate change and emissions trading, emerging and high growth companies, intellectual property, outsourcing, and risk management and crisis response. Olser was established in 1862 and currently has a roster of more than 400 lawyers.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP is among Canada’s leaders in business law, serving both domestic and international clients. It provides counsel and decisive advice through offices located in Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, as well as New York in the US, London in the UK and Sydney in Australia. The firm has an exceptional track record on multi-jurisdictional matters and ranks one of the best in its primary practice areas, which include mergers and acquisitions, securities, litigation and dispute resolution, banking and finance, competition and foreign investment, tax, restructuring, energy, real estate, project development, pensions, and labour and employment.

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Torys LLP

Torys LLP is an international business law firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Montréal, Halifax and New York. The firm is widely recognized for its teamwork, which is reflected in all aspects of how the firm partners with clients and collaborates internally. It advises clients in a range of industries, including agribusiness, cannabis, financial services, government, industrial and manufacturing, infrastructure, life sciences, media and communication, mining, oil and gas, real estate and technology.

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