Stikeman Elliott

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Why Stikeman Elliott

Professional Excellence

Stikeman Elliott is recognized nationally and internationally for the sophistication of its business law practice and cross-border expertise. The firm is a Canadian leader in each of its core practice areas - corporate finance and securities, M&A, corporate commercial, private equity and venture capital, tax, business litigation, banking, intellectual property, employment and pensions, real estate, insolvency, structured finance, competition/antitrust and administrative law - and has developed in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries including technology, aviation, transportation, manufacturing, mining, energy, banking, insurance, infrastructure, retail and telecommunications.

The firm is frequently ranked at the top of Canadian and international league tables from Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Mergermarket for both M&A and corporate finance. Stikeman Elliott has also been recognized by international legal directories as a Canadian leader in business law.

  • #1 in Canada for Cross-Border Class Actions and Corporate Commercial Litigation according to Lexpert

  • #1 for Lexpert ranked lawyers in M&A, Securities, Private Equity and Corporate-Commercial

  • #1 in Best Lawyers rankings for Corporate Law, Securities, Derivatives, and Oil & Gas

  • Ranked Top-Tier in Corporate Law and M&A in Chambers Global's The World's Leading Lawyers and the International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000

The firm's National Litigation Group, whose specializations include class actions, securities litigation, competition/antirust and restructurings, has been ranked among the top three business litigation practices in Canada by Lexpert. The firm is also well known for its extensive regulatory and government relations expertise; the latter anchored by its office in Ottawa.

For our associates, this means exposure to a high level of responsibility on noteworthy, high-profile matters. It also means the opportunity to be mentored by many of Canada's premier business lawyers and litigators.

A Dynamic Workplace

Stikeman Elliott was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and Best Employers for New Canadians for (each as selected by Mediacorp in partnership with Maclean's magazine), as one of the Greater Toronto Area's Top 50 Employers for (as selected by the Toronto Star) and as one of Canada's "Green 30" environmentally-friendly employers (as selected by Hewitt Associates, in partnership with Maclean's and Canadian Business magazines). The firm was the first national Canadian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral, as of 2009.

International Outlook

Located in Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, Stikeman Elliott's Canadian offices are leaders in their respective jurisdictions and frequently act on high-profile cross-border matters. Stikeman Elliott is also prominent internationally - we were the first Canadian firm to open offices in London and New York to serve clients seeking to invest in Canada, and Canadian clients looking outward. We also have a long-standing presence in the Asia-Pacific region, through our office in Sydney. A number of targeted initiatives and client teams focused on China, India, the Middle East, Germany and the United States support our international focus. We also have extensive experience in South and Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Each of the firm's foreign offices is staffed principally by Canadian lawyers, who have been trained in our domestic offices. Stikeman Elliott is one of the few firms offering the opportunity for associates and students to work in our foreign offices, an experience we believe helps shape our high-calibre practitioners.

Our Exceptional Culture

Our students tell us that they really enjoy working for our firm because of our high profile and quality work, and because of our exceptional firm culture. Stikeman Elliott is an extremely friendly, exciting, informal, and unstructured place to work. We embrace diversity and a broad range of talents and backgrounds.

Lawyers who enjoy and excel within our environment are those attracted to a high degree of autonomy and responsibility, while being comfortable with a more flexible organizational structure. From the outset, students and associates at Stikeman Elliott are provided with challenging work and ample opportunity and responsibility to shape their own experience and career.

Opportunity Abounds

As a firm, Stikeman Elliott is growing in size, while actively evolving our strategic direction and approach to the changing legal marketplace.

Vital to the firm's strategy is the recruitment and development of the best students and associates. To ensure our programs offer the best experience possible, we meet regularly with students and associates, both individually and in groups, to gather feedback and hear suggestions and concerns. We want to ensure that our programs are effective in helping our students and associates to achieve their goals.