Our Securities Group has an impressive track record in some of the most high-profile transactions in the Canadian market, including major privatizations by public offering, multi-jurisdictional offerings, initial public offerings, secondary offerings and new issuances of debt and equity. Our in-depth experience includes assisting our clients to develop new offering techniques and utilizing a wide variety of financing instruments.
The Group's expertise is also diverse and broadly based. The variety of types of mandates in which the Group is involved is an inherent positive in response to inevitable market cyclicality. We are involved in the full range of offerings in both types of securities and structure.
Debt Capital Markets
Our Securities Group is frequently engaged in a wide variety of debt issuances, including public issuances of debt, debt programmes and offerings under Canadian shelf prospectuses (including both principal protected and non-principal protected debt) and significant private placements of Canadian and internationally-denominated debt products. In the area of infrastructure, we have been on the cutting edge in Canada with respect to the offering of debt to finance significant projects, including acting on the first bank/amortizing bond deal in Canada and the first monoline-insured bond deal in Canada. We specialize in ensuring novel debt issues satisfy regulatory scrutiny quickly and efficiently. In all, our firm and members of our proposed team have been at the forefront of successful novel debt securities offerings.
Stikeman Elliott has decades of on-the-ground experience in New York, London, Sydney and the Asia-Pacific region and is especially well known for its work in complex domestic and cross-border transactions. On the international front, our corporate finance practice combines in-depth legal expertise in sophisticated international financings with an unmatched Canadian presence in major international centres. We have frequently advised issuers and underwriters on offerings by Canadian companies in the U.S. carried out under the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system (MJDS). Employing the expertise of our London office, we have also been at the vanguard of the global bond markets. Out of our Sydney office, we are frequently involved in cross-border offerings involving markets in Canada, Australia and the Asia-Pacific, as well as many private placements undertaken by Asian companies into Canada.
We have cultivated tremendous relationships with securities regulators. Among our lawyers, we count a former Chair of Canada's leading securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), a former Special Counsel to the OSC, as well as current and former members of the OSC's Securities Advisory Committee. Most recently, we advised the Government of Canada's Expert Panel on Securities Regulation in connection with an initiative to modernize and centralize Canada's securities regulatory regime.
Value-Added Client Resources
As part of our effort to remain at the forefront of client service, we have developed a securities, corporate finance and M&A focused blog called CanadianSecuritiesLaw.com, the first major site of its kind to be launched by any of the leading national law firms in Canada. The blog provides real-time information on Canadian regulatory and market development, in addition to cross-posting our market-leading Securities Update commentary on legal issues affecting corporate counsel and business professionals. The site is fully searchable with extensive archived materials, indexed by topic, and allows users to subscribe for immediate updates via email or RSS feed.
The blog is publicly available at www.CanadianSecuritiesLaw.com.