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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.

International Outlook

Stikeman Elliott's expertise in providing first-rate legal advice on Canadian law to clients in Canada and abroad is recognized worldwide, as evidenced by the firm's consistently high ranking by Chambers Global's The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and other international publications.

Stikeman Elliott serves its clients from offices located in the following cities: Montréal, London, Toronto, Ottawa , New York, Vancouver, Calgary and Sydney.

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