Stikeman Elliott LLP is a global leader in Canadian business law, offering creative solutions to clients across Canada and around the world. The firm provides the highest quality counsel and decisive advice through offices located in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, London and Sydney. With an exceptional track record on multijurisdictional matters across Canada, in the US and internationally, Stikeman Elliott ranks as a top firm in its primary practice areas, including mergers & acquisitions, securities, litigation and dispute resolution, banking and finance, competition and foreign investment, tax, restructuring, energy, real estate, project development, employment and labour, and pensions.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mergers & Acquisitions: The firm’s award-winning mergers & acquisitions practice is perennially among the most active and reputable in Canada. Stikeman Elliott lawyers have well-earned, long-standing relationships with all Canadian regulators and are internationally recognized for their work in high profile cross-border transactions involving public companies, as well as the depth of their expertise in negotiated transactions involving private companies, private equity firms and venture capital investors. The team’s strategic management of regulatory interactions has helped clients close some of the most highly scrutinized deals in Canada.
Capital Markets: The firm is top-ranked in corporate finance and represents underwriters, issuers and other capital markets players. The team assists domestic and international clients that participate in Canadian markets or are looking to do business in Canada, and has expertise in public offerings, private placements, debt offerings, securitization, structured finance, derivatives and REITs, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. The firm’s New York office advises on a range of securities-related regulatory matters, including MJDS filings by Canadian companies and Canadian compliance issues of concern to US and overseas companies.
Banking & Lending: The firm has a broad range of experience in conventional bank lending, syndications and similar arrangements. Lawyers act for domestic and international lenders and borrowers on domestic secured corporate and commercial financing, unsecured or commercial paper stand-by lines for investment grade corporate credit, asset-based financing and acquisition financing.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: The firm’s award-winning Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group is known for its work in class actions, securities, insolvency, tax, product liability, professional negligence, insurance, real estate, construction, intellectual property and commercial negligence, as well as environmental, competition and employment law. The firm also offers alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and has a reputable international corporate commercial arbitration practice.
Restructuring & Insolvency: The Restructuring & Insolvency Group acts for borrowers, lenders, accounting firms, trustees, creditors and shareholders in some of Canada’s most challenging corporate reorganizations and restructurings. The firm has broad experience in both public and private restructurings, as well as in negotiations with international creditors’ syndicates and cross-border insolvencies.
Global Financial Services: The multidisciplinary financial products and services practice delivers legal expertise in structured finance, investment funds, asset management, and regulatory matters affecting financial institutions. The firm delivers an array of legal services in both the Canadian and cross-border markets, and advises on emerging and complex governance, regulatory, compliance, and enforcement issues in Canada.
Competition & Foreign Investment: The firm is internationally recognized for delivering ground-breaking results to clients pursuing ambitious business combinations in the most heavily scrutinized Canadian and global industries. The team advises on international transactions, criminal investigations, class actions, civil actions, Competition Tribunal proceedings, abuse of dominance (and other reviewable matters), as well as day to day compliance.
Mining: The firm’s mining group is highly active around the globe and provides integrated legal services that include financing (both public and private), securities law, joint ventures, property acquisition agreements and project financing. The group works closely with Canadian-based and international mining companies, as well as banks lending to the mining sector.
Energy (Power): The firm’s national power practice supports clients through all phases of projects and transactions, in all the sub-sectors of the industry across all Canadian jurisdictions. The energy lawyers also work closely with Stikeman Elliott’s corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and restructuring practices on energy-related transactions, both domestic and cross-border, on representing clients in major arbitrations and administrative hearings.
Energy (Oil & Gas): The firm’s Oil & Gas Group provides advice to energy market participants including providers, developers, distributors and regulatory bodies. Having closed some of the toughest and most contentious deals in the sector, the team leverages local Calgary-based expertise and international relationships to provide clients with the regulatory and commercial support needed in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas sectors.
Real Estate: The firm acts for the industry’s most sophisticated players on their most complex projects. Stikeman Elliott has long-standing relationships with key real estate developers and investors who have transformed Canadian real estate investment. The group advises on every type of major real estate development, including commercial, retail, office, industrial, multi-family residential, hotel, entertainment and mixed-use. The firm has expertise in large, complex multijurisdictional transactions, bulk real estate portfolio acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and the establishment of investment funds and joint ventures.
Project Development & Finance: Stikeman Elliott has worked on the most challenging and innovative projects in Canada and around the world. The firm’s full service platform ensures legal support for the entire lifecycle of clients’ projects, from initial permits to financing, regulatory approvals, and on-going contract and agreement negotiations. The team is involved in the structuring, financing, and developing of many “first of its kind” and award-winning projects, particularly in the infrastructure, public-private partnership, transportation, and energy sectors.
Employment & Labour and Pension & Benefits: The firm delivers services to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including labour standards, occupational health and safety, collective bargaining, employee privacy, human rights issues, legislative advice, and drafting of all relevant contracts. The national Pensions & Benefits group assists clients in the complex environment in which pension and employee benefit programs operate today.
Taxation: The increasingly complex needs of Canadian and international clients are served by the firm’s tax practice. The group provides expertise in all areas of tax law, including inbound and outbound international structuring and planning, trusts, commodity taxation, customs, corporate financings, reorganizations and restructurings, government representation, transfer pricing, compliance settlements, insurance, employment and resource taxation.
Insurance: Stikeman Elliott’s national Insurance & Reinsurance Group offers clients in the insurance sector an impressive combination of corporate, regulatory, transactional and coverage expertise, coupled with the firm’s top-tier litigation and dispute resolution practice. The firm represents the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers.
Intellectual Property and Technology: The firm helps clients adjust to the increasing importance of technology in business, as well as in identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities in the global information marketplace. The group’s core competencies include outsourcing and service arrangements, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, joint ventures, licensing and commercialization, technology development, privacy, intellectual property management, branding, technology litigation, e-commerce and internet infrastructure.
International Work: The firm has had a presence in London since 1969, and in New York and the Asia-Pacific region since the early 1980s. Stikeman Elliott regularly represents clients with respect to their business interests in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and continental Europe, as well as individuals and companies from those regions looking to do business in or with Canada.