Stikeman Elliott has an international reputation as a leading advisor on cross-border business and investment matters. Since opening the first Canadian law office in London, in 1969, the firm has been a trusted advisor to European clients seeking to invest in Canada as well as to Canadian companies expanding in European markets. We regularly advise on European-Canadian joint ventures and have provided Canadian law advice on many of the most significant global M&A and structured finance transactions.
From a geographical perspective, Stikeman Elliott has worked extensively with clients in nearly every corner of Europe. In addition to our longstanding presence in the U.K. market, we are deeply involved in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with a dedicated team of German-speaking lawyers who focus almost exclusively on those countries. Our multilingual lawyers are also highly experienced in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Benelux countries and Scandinavia, as well as in Russia and across Eastern Europe, where we are among the few Canadian firms with experience acting for governments on infrastructure development and financing.
Stikeman Elliott's experience covers the full range of industrial sectors, including energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, automotive, technology, environmental, consumer products, food and agriculture. Of late, the firm has been particularly active in the area of renewable energy and emissions trading, acting for a variety of European businesses seeking to establish a presence in these expanding Canadian industries. Because we have full-service offices in each of Canada's major business centres - Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver - we are able to provide European investors with advice that matches the geographical profile of their Canadian investments. Our office in Ottawa, the federal capital, provides additional value in dealing with federal regulators, including competition and foreign investment review authorities. Because of the volume of work we do with European companies, our regulatory lawyers are frequently sought after for their advice on international competition law and foreign investment issues.
Our firm is particularly well known for its mergers and acquisitions practice, frequently acting in transactions involving non-Canadian acquirers of Canadian businesses. Stikeman Elliott has earned a reputation as leading Canadian corporate counsel in both negotiated (friendly) and hostile take-over situations and has a wealth of experience as counsel to acquirors and targets alike. The firm is also a leader in corporate finance, having assisted hundreds of companies with offerings on Canada's TSX and the LSE's AIM market, among others.
In addition to our competition and foreign investment practices, European clients often consult Stikeman Elliott's tax, labour/employment, real estate, environmental law and intellectual property lawyers, as well as the firm's prominent litigation and arbitration group. Each of these groups is experienced in dealing with issues that arise in cross-border matters involving European and other international clients. In addition, the firm is also able to provide its clients with experienced counsel with respect to government relations matters.