Stikeman Elliott
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions

Stikeman Elliott is recognized nationally and internationally as one of Canada's leading M&A firms. Our clients range from multinational corporations and their boards of directors, to private companies and small businesses.

Over the years, we have been involved in a significant number of transactions concerning U.S. and other non-Canadian acquirers of Canadian businesses and have been at the forefront of evolving practices in M&A transactions, including those involving strategic, private equity, sovereign wealth fund and state-owned enterprise buyers. The firm has earned particular respect for expertise in acting for both acquirers and target companies in hostile take-over situations and has extensive experience with take-over bids, plans of arrangement, leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs.

To better meet the needs of clients who are involved in either the purchase or the sale of a company or business unit, the M&A Group works closely with other practitioners throughout the firm to provide a full array of related services, such as private equity and venture capital, tax, competition, intellectual property, environmental, real estate, government relations, and employment and labour expertise. 

Our Unique Value

  • Creativity and expertise - as indicated by our work on the most innovative and scrutinized M&A transactions in recent years

  • Cross-border expertise - a wealth of experience in international transactions, with an understanding of the pulse of deal flow and managing regulatory scrutiny related to foreign investment

  • Alignment to our clients' interests and objectives - understanding your transactional objective to provide you with results, not pursuing matters of limited relevance or significance

  • Leaner deal teams than competitors - translating directly into more responsive service, less time spent communicating amongst team members, and lower aggregate fees

  • Market leadership - as indicated by our placement on independent league table rankings and our involvement in the leading Canadian M&A deals year after year

Recognition for Our Work

  • Ranked Band 1 for M&A and Corporate-Commercial Law by Chambers Global and IFLR1000, and more lawyers ranked than any other firm in Best Lawyers and Lexpert.

  • 2017 M&A Law Firm of the Year - Canada (Best Lawyers).

  • 2016 Canadian Law Firm of the Year (IFLR Americas).

  • #1 Canadian firm for M&A by deal count (Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters 2016).

  • #1 Canadian firm for Cross Border announced deals by deal value (Bloomberg 2016).

  • Only Canadian firm for Global announced deals based on deal count (Bloomberg 2016).


Representative Experience

Stikeman Elliott has worked on a number of significant Canadian and cross-border transactions, including acting for:

  • China National Offshore Oil Company as Canadian counsel in its US$19.5B cash acquisition (including assumption of debt) of Calgary-based Nexen Inc., the largest Chinese acquisition of a foreign company. 

  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. in its successful defence of BHP Billiton Ltd.'s US$38.6B unsolicited take-over bid, with the bid being subsequently withdrawn after the historic decision of Investment Canada to reject the proposal.

  • Zellers in the C$1.825B sale of up to 220 leasehold interests to Target Corporation.

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in connection with BCE's C$3.2B acquisition of CTVglobemedia from Teachers', The Woodbridge Company Limited and Torstar Corporation, as well as the related C$200M acquisition by Woodbridge of the Globe & Mail assets from CTVglobemedia.

  • Eurazeo as Canadian counsel in connection with its acquisition of 3S Photonics SA, French leader in lasers and opto-electronic components.

  • Wyeth as Canadian counsel in the US$68B acquisition by Pfizer Inc.

  • Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V., as Canadian counsel in its US$2.5B acquisition of the U.S. fresh baking assets from George Weston Limited.

  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation in their C$2.1B offer to acquire Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd.

  • Dubai-based Istithmar World Capital and Nakheel in their acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in Cirque du Soleil.

  • Teck Cominco Ltd. in its C$14.1B acquisition of Fording Canadian Coal Trust.

  • Yara International ASA in its C$1.6B acquisition of Canadian nitrogen producer Saskferco.

  • NRDC Equity Partners in its acquisition of Hudson's Bay Company.

  • BCE Inc. in connection with the C$51.7B bid by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners, the largest buyout in Canadian history.


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