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JUNE 2017

Stikeman Elliott hosts "Getting Yourself on a Board" workshop event

JUNE 2017 - As part of our ongoing Board Diversity Initiative, Stikeman Elliott's Toronto office hosted Getting Yourself on a Board workshop on June 20, 2017 in partnership with Women Get On Board (WGOB). The workshop provided insights, tools and resources for aspiring women corporate directors who are planning a board career, and provided guidance to build a board resume and prepare for board position interviews.

The Board Diversity Initiative is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to diversity and the advancement of women in law and business. After the overwhelmingly positive response to the initiative launched in 2016, we look forward to continuing to play a role in the important issue of diversity on boards as well as support our clients and members of our business community through workshops and future events.

View our Board Diversity blog series:

For further information, or to request an interview, please contact:

Bianca Barbucci
National Director, Marketing Communications and Brand
(514) 397-3374

56 lawyers featured in Lexpert's 2017 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

JUNE 2017 - Stikeman Elliott congratulates its 56 lawyers appearing in the recently released 2017 Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada Guide. The guide highlights Canada's leading cross-border corporate and transactions lawyers in their respective areas of expertise.


For more information, please contact:

Bianca Barbucci
National Director, Marketing, Communications and Brand
(514) 397-3374

Stikeman Elliott welcomes Stéphanie Lapierre as a new partner

Stéphanie Lapierre
JUNE 2017 - We are proud to announce that Stéphanie Lapierre is joining the Montréal Litigation Group as a partner.

Ms. Lapierre was Co-Chair of the Commercial Litigation section of another large Montréal law firm. Admitted to the Bar in 2000, her practice is mainly focused on securities and financial and commercial transactions. She represents clients in courts of first instance and appeal in cases of hostile take-over bids, contested take-overs, shareholder disputes, alleged breaches of the Securities Act, plans of arrangement, dissent rights and liquidations by order of the court.

Ms. Lapierre is Vice-Chair of the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Canadian Bar Association Business Law Section and Co-Chair of the International Litigation Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

The addition of Ms. Lapierre to our team of experts is an asset for our firm, and her extensive experience will help us continue to meet our clients' needs.

MAY 2017

47 lawyers featured in 2017 Lexpert/ROB Corporate Special Edition
MAY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott congratulates its 47 lawyers appearing in the recently released annual Lexpert ROB Special Edition: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers that highlights Canada's most influential corporate lawyers.

138 Stikeman Elliott lawyers named in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
MAY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott ranks highly once again in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory with a total of 138 individual lawyers recognized for their expertise in 41 different practice areas. The firm's lawyers received a total of 336 listings, with 86 lawyers receiving rankings in several areas.

The annually published directory by Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' is the leading guide to Canadian legal talent and identifies lawyers in 64 areas. View the complete list of Stikeman Elliott lawyers ranked.

We mourn the loss of Jeffrey Keey

May 1, 2017

Jeffrey Keey

Jeffrey Keey
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our talented partner and great friend, Jeffrey Keey, on April 22, 2017 in London, following a short battle with cancer.

Jeffrey (Jeff) was born on September 25, 1956 in Meriden, Warwickshire in England. He graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. Jurisprudence Honours in 1979 and wrote his Law Society Finals in 1980. Jeff became a solicitor in England and Wales in 1982, and then obtained his license to practice in Hong Kong in 1985.

Jeff joined Stikeman Elliott in the London office in April 1999 as our first English qualified lawyer. He ran a corporate practice specializing in complex cross-border corporate, commercial and finance transactions. Jeff also had a very broad skill set which enabled him to assist lawyers across our firm on a wide array of English law matters. Jeff served as the general counsel for our London office navigating very strict and complex UK regulatory requirements and ensuring necessary compliance.

Prior to joining our firm, Jeff articled at Linklaters & Paines (1980-1982) where he practised until 1984. He then joined the UK firm Simmons & Simmons in its Hong Kong office, returning to their London office in 1988. He became a partner in the Corporate Department of Simmons & Simmons in 1990, until he joined Stikeman Elliott in London.

Jeff truly enjoyed his work and bringing satisfaction to his clients, with whom he formed strong relationships. He was a wonderful partner and highly respected among his colleagues at the firm. He was a great leader and mentor to other lawyers in the firm. He held the reputation throughout the London office of being generous with his time and always willing to enthusiastically lend a hand and offer advice whenever he was called upon to do so.

On a personal level, Jeff had a great love for the sport played by gentlemen - rugby. He enjoyed watching his favourite teams, Harlequins Football Club and the England national rugby union team. Jeff also had a keen passion for photography and was able to capture simple and beautiful images. The London office has a number of Jeff's photographs displayed with pride throughout the office.

Jeff will be greatly missed by the London team and all of his friends and colleagues at Stikeman Elliott. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with Jeff's remarkable wife, Louise, and their two fantastic children, Catherine and James.

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our colleague, friend and a very good man.

 

APRIL 2017

Stikeman Elliott supports International Day of Pink
APRIL 2017 - On April 12, 2017, International Day of Pink, Stikeman Elliott is celebrating diversity and acceptance and is proud to participate in raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying. We are committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in our firm and in our communities by promoting initiatives such as Day of Pink, which is recognized internationally.

"We take these issues seriously and very much to heart," says Stikeman Elliott Chair, William Braithwaite. "As part of our diversity and inclusion initiative, Stikeman Elliott is steadfast in its commitment to promoting equality and acceptance in the workplace and the communities we serve."

The International Day of Pink began 10 years ago in a high school when students wore pink to show solidarity and as a symbol of their shared belief in diversity and acceptance. Stikeman Elliott is proud to be a part of this cause and to continue to bring awareness.




For more information, please contact:

Bianca Barbucci
National Director, Marketing, Communications and Brand
(514) 397-3374

MARCH 2017

Stikeman Elliott recognized as a leader in Chambers Global 2017 Guide
MARCH 2017 - We are pleased to announce that Stikeman Elliott has once again been recognized as one of Canada's leading law firms in the Chambers Global 2017 Guide.

  • Achieved the highest number of lawyer rankings in Corporate/M&A (12) among Canadian firms.

  • Recognized in 16 practice areas, with 51 individual lawyers achieving rankings, some multiple times, resulting in a total of 61 rankings across practice areas and offices.

Stikeman Elliott is recognized as a top tier Canadian law firm across the breadth of practice areas and offices where our clients look to us to deliver in depth expertise for their most important transactions and legal matters. We are proud to have achieved Band 1 rankings in four of the firm's practice areas:


The Chambers Global guide, one of the world's leading international legal ranking directories, covers over 190 countries, recognizing the world's best lawyers and law firms.


For more information, please contact:

Shanin Lott
Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com 

 

Margaret Grottenthaler receives 2017 Client Choice Award
MARCH 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to announce that Margaret Grottenthaler has been selected to receive Lexology/The International Law Office's 2017 Client Choice Award in the Derivatives (Ontario) category.

Client Choice Awards recognize law firms and partners from around the world, who are nominated by corporate counsel, for their excellent client care and quality of service.

2016 Canadian Dealmakers Awards recognizes three Stikeman Elliott clients
MARCH 2017 - Stikeman Elliott congratulates our clients on their winning transactions recognized in three categories at the 2016 Canadian Dealmakers Awards announced on March 9 in Toronto (the firm's clients are in bold).

  • Foreign Inbound - Vail Resorts, Inc. in its acquisition of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings, Inc.

  • Consumer Business - Cara Operations Limited in its acquisition of Groupe St-Hubert Inc.

  • Industrials - Stantec Inc. in its acquisition of MWH Global Inc.


We are honoured to be a part of these transactions and celebrate these awards with our clients.

The only program of its kind in Canada, Canadian Dealmakers Awards honours Canadian companies and individuals whose transactions significantly advance their industries by stimulating innovation, establishing best practices, providing exceptional client service and creating value.


For more information, please contact:

Shanin Lott
Acting Director, Marketing & Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com

Celebrating International Women's Day
MARCH 2017 - Stikeman Elliott celebrates the remarkable achievements of women across the globe on International Women's Day, March 8. Our commitment to creating an inclusive culture and supporting women goes beyond one day. We support women all year long through our Women's Initiatives Committee, Diversity & Inclusion programs, and Board Diversity Initiative.

Stikeman Elliott acts on two of Lexpert's Top 10 Business Decisions of 2016
MARCH 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is proud to have acted on two of Lexpert's Top 10 Business Decisions of 2016, including the #1 decision selected, CIBC v. Green.


Read more about Lexpert's Top 10 Business Decisions of 2016.

Stikeman Elliott litigators honoured at 2017 Benchmark Canada Awards
MARCH 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to be honoured at the 2017 Benchmark Canada Awards gala on February 23, 2017 in Toronto. Two lawyers are recognized as Litigators of the Year and one earned the Emerging Talent of the Year designation.


Stikeman Elliott was also recognized with two National Impact Case awards:


Many of our litigators are recognized in the Benchmark Canada 2017 guide as Litigation Stars and Future Stars, Top 40 Trial Lawyers and Top 25 Women in Canada. Benchmark Litigation Canada conducts extensive research in the Canadian litigation market, which includes peer reviews with litigators and their clients for the annual guides and the Benchmark Canada awards.


ABOUT US
The National Litigation Group at Stikeman Elliott has earned a reputation as a market leader in Canada's largest business centres. Our Group members have acted as counsel to significant public and private corporations in a wide variety of sectors of the economy, major Canadian and foreign financial institutions, all levels of government, and a variety of charitable institutions. We also act for clients in regulatory proceedings arising from both competition and securities investigations, as well as in a broad range of regulated industries, such as healthcare, aviation, electricity, oil and gas, insurance, telecommunications and transportation.


For more information, please contact:

Shanin Lott
Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com

 

FEBRUARY 2017

Stikeman Elliott advises on four of Lexpert's Top 10 Deals of 2016
FEBRUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to be recognized for our involvement in four of the Top 10 Deals of 2016, as published in Lexpert Magazine's January/February 2017 issue. The annual Top 10 Deals profile transactions with compelling and complex legal issues.

Stikeman Elliott acted as M&A advisor in the following deals recognized:

  • Vail Resorts, Inc.'s C$1.4B strategic combination with Whistler Blackcomb.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. in its C$13B acquisition by Waste Connections, Inc.

  • Sprott Asset Management in its successful hostile takeover bid of over C$1B for Central GoldTrust.

  • CST Brands, Inc.'s US$4.4B merger agreement with Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Bob Homersham joins Stikeman Elliott's Calgary Real Estate team

Bob Homersham
FEBRUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to welcome Bob Homersham as senior counsel in our Calgary Real Estate Group.

"We are very excited to welcome Bob to our team," said Leland Corbett, Calgary office Managing Partner. "With the addition of Bob, we continue to strengthen our ability to provide counsel on complex real estate and banking matters across Western Canada."

Bob's practice includes commercial real estate and banking law with a particular emphasis on land use planning and development. His practice includes acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, construction financing, infrastructure financing, condominium and hotel development and structuring shared ownership arrangements. He has appeared numerous times before municipal councils and administrations, subdivision and development appeal boards and the Court of Appeal to advocate on behalf of developer clients. Bob is very involved in industry group advocacy before all levels of government, and is a board member and past Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of NAIOP, as well as a board member of BILD - Calgary Region (formerly CHBA/UDI).

"Bob brings significant experience and expertise in the areas of land use planning and development," says Greg Plater, head of Stikeman Elliott's Calgary Real Estate Group. "Bob's arrival ensures that our team is extremely well positioned to participate in the most sophisticated real estate development projects and transactions, producing exceptional results for our clients."


ABOUT STIKEMAN ELLIOTT
Established in 1952, Stikeman Elliott is one of Canada's leading business law firms with more than 450 lawyers. The firm is a Canadian leader in each of its core practice areas - corporate-commercial, corporate finance, M&A, corporate-commercial law, banking, real estate, competition and foreign investments, tax, employment, labour and benefits, insolvency, structured finance, intellectual property, communications and business litigation - and has developed in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries from energy: oil and gas, power and renewables, to banking and insurance, mining and technology. Nationally, Stikeman Elliott has offices in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver and internationally, in New York, London and Sydney.


For more information, please contact:

Patricia McLaren
Director of Business Development and Marketing, Calgary
403.266.9023
pmclaren@stikeman.com

 

Stikeman Elliott ranks #1 in 2016 league tables in numerous categories
FEBRUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott continues to be ranked as #1 legal advisor across multiple categories in M&A, Private Equity and Capital Markets in the 2016 league tables. The year-end results are determined according to data compiled by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket and Financial Post

GCR 100 ranks Competition & Foreign Investment Group among the Elite in Canada
FEBRUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott's Competition & Foreign Investment Group was named as one of the Elite firms in Canada by the Global Competition Review (GCR) in the GCR 100 2017, a guide to the world's leading corporate law and economics practices. The "Elite" designation is the highest standard awarded by the guide. Paul Collins, Katherine L. Kay, Susan M. Hutton, Lawson A.W. Hunter, Shawn C. D. Neylan, Eliot KolersDanielle Royal and Yves Martineau all received special mention within the guide.

JANUARY 2017

48 Stikeman Elliott lawyers included in 2017 Lexpert/ALM 500 Leading Lawyers
JANUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to announce that 48 lawyers have been recognized in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. A lawyer's inclusion in this directory is determined by peer-review and recognizes them as experts within their field.

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster
JANUARY 2017 - We wish a happy and prosperous New Year to all those celebrating the Year of the Rooster on January 28. View our e-card in Chinese or Korean.

Stikeman Elliott hosts "Spotlight on Board Diversity" event at TIFF/Bell Lightbox
JANUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott, as part of the firm's Board Diversity Initiative, was pleased to host its first diversity event of 2017 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The "Spotlight on Board Diversity" event was attended by business leaders who participated in a Q&A discussion about board renewal and corporate governance issues that are directly connected to the need for greater representation of diversity on corporate boards.

Samantha Horn, Partner, Stikeman Elliott, and Jennifer Reynolds, President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets, co-moderated a panel of experts featuring Patrice Merrin, Independent Director of Glencore PLC, Stillwater Mining Company and Novadaq Technologies Inc., Thecla Sweeney, Partner at Birch Hill Equity Partners and Chair of the Boards of Directors of Mastermind Toys and Motion Specialties, and Ramandeep Grewal, Counsel, Stikeman Elliott, offering their insights and first-hand experiences dealing with the issue of gender diversity in the boardroom.

Stikeman Elliott's Board Diversity Initiative was launched in November, 2016 and will host a number of events and roundtables covering a variety of topics that will be relevant and of interest to current and future board members.

View our four-part Board Diversity blog series:
Part 1, "Developments in gender diversity on Canadian boards"
Part 2, "Results of Canadian initiatives for gender diversity on boards"
Part 3, "Developments in gender diversity on Canadian boards; Catalyst's recommendations for accelerating progress"
Part 4, "Voices of proxy advisers and other influencers"


For more information, please contact:

Bianca Barbucci
National Director, Marketing, Communications and Brand
(514) 397-3374

Stikeman Elliott ranked as Tier 1 firm in The Legal 500 Canada guide
JANUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to be recognized in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Canada guide. The firm earned Tier 1 rankings in Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets, Competition and Antitrust, Dispute Resolution: Québec, Energy: Mining, Energy: Power, and Real Estate. Additionally, 23 Stikeman Elliott lawyers have been recognized as leading lawyers for their expertise, with five lawyers being newly ranked in the guide.

Stikeman Elliott, described in the guide as a "corporate powerhouse", led the rankings with the most leading lawyers recognized in Corporate and M&A compared to other Canadian firms. Clients praised the firm for its "innovative and creative approach to complex issues", referring to Stikeman Elliott as "among the best in Canada".

The Legal 500 recognizes law firms and lawyers who provide the most innovative advice to corporate counsel. More information on Stikeman Elliott's 2017 rankings can be found in The Legal 500 Canada directory.


For more information, please contact:

Shanin Lott
Acting Director, Marketing and Communications and Managing Director, Talent
(416) 869-5625

Stikeman Elliott welcomes two new partners
JANUARY 2017 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to welcome two new members to the partnership. As of January 1, 2017, Jeff Hershenfield is a partner in Toronto, and Stephanie Weschler is a partner in Montréal.

Jeff Hershenfield
Jeff Hershenfield is a member of the Corporate Group. He has a broad capital markets practice with a focus on securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and derivatives, as well as general corporate and commercial law. He has acted for private equity funds, financial institutions, investment fund managers, boards of directors and special committees in numerous public and private M&A transactions, issuers and securities dealers in a wide range of public and private corporate finance transactions, and advises on cross-border securities offerings, M&A transactions, corporate governance and securities regulatory compliance matters. Jeff is a member of the firm's M&A/Negotiated Transactions Group, Securities Practice Group and the Structured Financial Products and Derivatives Group and sits on the firm's Student Committee.

jhershenfield@stikeman.com
(416) 869-5205 
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Stephanie Weschler
Stephanie Weschler is a member of the Employment and Labour Group in Montréal. Her practice is focused on all aspects of employment law, with a particular emphasis on advising public and private companies on the employment and labour law aspects of purchase and sale transactions. Stephanie has strong expertise in private equity firm acquisitions and divestitures as well as in cross-border matters, acting for clients throughout Canada, the US and internationally purchasing targets in Canada. Stephanie also provides strategic advice and assists clients in drafting executive agreements, change of control agreements, and restrictive covenants agreements, and advises on all matters relating to individual labour standards, human rights, the implementation of human resources documents, workplace investigation and more.

sweschler@stikeman.com
(514) 397-2402 
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DECEMBER 2016

Ross MacDonald and Noordin Nanji appointed Queen's counsel in British Columbia
DECEMBER 2016 - Congratulations to Ross MacDonald and Noordin Nanji on their recent Queen's counsel appointment, announced last week by British Columbia's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Suzanne Anton.

The QC designation is conferred each year on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates are nominated by their peers after which an advisory committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Attorney General. The appointments were made by cabinet through orders-in-council.

Ross was one of six lawyers who opened the Vancouver office of Stikeman Elliott in 1988 and has been Managing Partner of the office for the past 18 years. Leading a formidable commercial real estate practice, Ross's work has been behind every development project that has shaped the city of Vancouver and surrounding Lower Mainland since the early 1990s.

Noordin, in addition to being a leading corporate lawyers in BC, is former Chairman of the Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board, and current Chairman of the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation.

For more information on the QC appointees: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/AG-QCappointments.pdf 

Stikeman Elliott, WCM welcome Minister Bains to diversity event
DECEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott's Toronto office is pleased to co-host a lunch seminar featuring keynote speaker Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, with Women in Capital Markets (WCM) on Wednesday, December 14. The event titled "Bill C-25: How This Proposed Law Could Boost the Ranks of Women in Boardrooms", will focus on the Bill C-25, which includes specific measures that focus on the drive to increase the presence of under-represented groups on corporate boards and in senior-management ranks of publicly traded companies in Canada.

"Board renewal and gender diversity are important issues that will continue to be front and centre given the focus of regulators and others. Our position advising businesses as well as their boards and executives, gives us a unique vantage point to think critically about these issues, and we look forward to contributing as thought leaders in this discussion," says Ramandeep Grewal, counsel in the Corporate Group, and recently recognized as a "Woman Worth Watching 2016" by the Profiles in Diversity Journal.

As part of Stikeman Elliott's Board Diversity Initiative and our ongoing commitment to diversity and the advancement of women in law and business, this is one of a number of events and roundtables we will host to discuss the issue of gender diversity on boards as well as cover topics of interest to current and future board members. We are pleased to be able to co-host this event with WCM and excited to be a part of this important discussion.

View the first three entries in our 4-part Board Diversity blog series:
Part 1, "Developments in gender diversity on Canadian boards"
Part 2, "Results of Canadian initiatives for gender diversity on boards"
Part 3, "Developments in gender diversity on Canadian boards; Catalyst's recommendations for accelerating progress"



MEDIA CONTACT:
For further information, or to request an interview, please contact: 
Shanin Lott / Acting Director, Marketing & Communications / (416) 869-5625

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Stikeman Elliott's leading litigation lawyers recognized by Lexpert
NOVEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott's litigation lawyers have been recognized in two recent publications by Lexpert. Stikeman Elliott's 14 lawyers have been listed in both the Lexpert US Guide to the leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, and the 2016 edition of Lexpert/ROB Special Edition: Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers.

The lawyers included are:


These are annual publications that profile the top performing and most influential litigators in Canada. The special edition is featured in the December issue of the Report On Business. Congratulations to those included.

 

Samantha Horn receives WXN's 2016 Top 100 Award

Samantha Horn
NOVEMBER 2016 - Congratulations to Samantha Horn for being honoured for the third year in a row with the Women's Executive Network's 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award. Samantha was recognized in the "KPMG Professionals" category, which recognizes women who play a leadership role within their organization and communities.

Samantha is an active leader in the legal community and in promoting the advancement of women; she is a member of the Women in Capital Markets and Women's Association of Venture and Equity organization, and a founding and executive member of the Canadian Women in Private Equity Committee of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Samantha is an enthusiastic and valued mentor both in and outside of the firm.

Winners were honoured at the Top 100 awards gala in Toronto on November 24. Congratulations to Samantha and to all women recognized by WXN that evening.

Andrea Boctor and Sophie Lamonde named 2016 Lexpert Rising Stars
NOVEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to announce that partners Andrea Boctor and Sophie Lamonde are recipients of the 2016 Lexpert Rising Stars award. Each year, this award is dedicated to 40 lawyers under the age of 40, who have achieved outstanding success in the legal community, and are recognized as up-and-coming leaders.

Andrea Boctor
Andrea Boctor is a partner and head of the firm's National Pensions & Benefits Group and advises clients in all areas of pensions and benefits with a particular focus on complex pension issues in the context of M&A, bankruptcy and insolvency. She is recognized for her expertise by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. Andrea also contributes to her professional associations and communities, including as co-editor of Pension Benefits Law in Ontario and editor of Canadian Cases on Pensions and Benefits. She is also a member the Association of Canadian Pension Management and the International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.

Sophie Lamonde
Sophie Lamonde is a partner and head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in the Montréal office of Stikeman Elliott. Ms. Lamonde's experience includes advising several Canadian and foreign clients in acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, and general commercial negotiations. Sophie's expertise in mergers & acquisitions has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. She was also ranked among the Top 40 Under 40 legal practitioners at The M&A Advisor's 4th Annual M&A Advisor Recognition Awards and in 2014, she won the "Étoile Montante" award at the 9e Gala des Talentueuses of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, Canadian Bar Association, and the American Bar Association where she participates actively in the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions as well as the Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity of the ABA Section of Business Law.

Andrea and Sophie were selected as winners by an advisory board made up of Chairpersons, Managing Partners, and distinguished lawyers from across Canada. The awards were presented at a gala in Toronto on November 17.


For more information, please contact: 

Shanin Lott
Acting Director, Marketing & Communications
(416) 869-5625

Stikeman Elliott launches Board Diversity Initiative

As part of Stikeman Elliott's ongoing commitment to diversity and the advancement of women in law and business, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Board Diversity Initiative. In the coming months, and as a first step, Stikeman Elliott will host a number of events and roundtables to discuss the issue of gender diversity on boards as well as cover topics of interest to current and future board members.

"As advisors, we work closely with business leaders. We feel we are uniquely situated to advance this issue by helping both current and future board members with opportunities to expand their skill set and by helping the companies that are looking to learn how to expand diversity in their leadership ranks," says Samantha Horn, Stikeman Elliott partner and winner of the WXN's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award for the past two consecutive years.

View our complete 5-part Board Diversity blog series:
Part 1, "Developments in gender diversity on Canadian boards"
Part 2, "Results of Canadian initiatives for gender diversity on boards"
Part 3, "Developments in gender diversity on Canadian boards; Catalyst's recommendations for accelerating progress"
Part 4, "Voices of proxy advisers and other influencers"
Part 5, "Board Diversity in the spotlight"


For more information, please contact:

Bianca Barbucci
National Director, Marketing, Communications and Brand
(514) 397-3374

Stikeman Elliott receives Best Employer Platinum recognition once again

NOVEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott has been recognized as having one of Canada's best work environments for the eighth year in a row by Aon Hewitt's 2017 Best Employers survey. The firm achieved the Best Employers Platinum recognition, the highest ranking offered by Best Employers. This accomplishment is a testament to the significant efforts of every member of the firm to make Stikeman Elliott a collegial, positive and supportive place to work. This result is determined through an extensive nationwide survey which examines employees' perception of their work community, career development support and their employers' leadership performance. Please visit the Best Employers website for more information.

OCTOBER 2016

Congratulations to Junaid Subhan, winner of the FACL Young Lawyer Award
OCTOBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott would like to congratulate, Junaid Subhan, recipient of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) "Young Lawyer Award 2016". The FACL works to promote equity, justice and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals. Stikeman Elliott is proud of the work of our young lawyers and will continue to support and encourage their dedication to diverse community groups nationwide. Junaid Subhan, a member of the firm's Securities and Knowledge Management Groups, accepted the award at the gala following the 10th Annual FACL Conference held in Toronto on October 29, 2016.

Lexpert Leading Energy Lawyers features 20 Stikeman Elliott lawyers
OCTOBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott has 20 lawyers featured as leaders in the 2016 edition of Lexpert/ROB Special Edition: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy. The annual publication profiles the top performing and most influential energy lawyers in Canada. The special edition is featured in the November issue of the Report On Business.

International Financial Law Review recognizes Stikeman Elliott as a Canadian leader
OCTOBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to be recognized once again as one of Canada's leading law firms in the IFLR1000 2017 Canada guide. The firm earned Tier 1 rankings in the areas of Capital Markets and M&A. The guide recognized 42 Stikeman Elliott lawyers across six practice areas, including the addition of 13 newly ranked lawyers.

The firm leads the rankings with nine lawyers listed in Restructuring & Insolvency, more than any other Canadian law firm.

The International Financial Law Review recognizes leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers based on research conducted in various jurisdictions. More information on the results can be found at IFLR1000.com.


For more information, please contact: 

Shanin Lott
Managing Director, Talent
and Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com

 

Trent Mercier joins Stikeman Elliott's award-winning Energy Group

Trent Mercier
OCTOBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is excited to welcome Trent Mercier as a new partner to the Calgary office. Trent adds his oil and gas expertise to the firm's award-winning Energy Group (Energy Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2016).

"We are eager to have Trent join our team. We look forward to working with him as he continues to provide top-level service for his clients throughout the international energy market," said Leland Corbett, Calgary office Managing Partner. "The recent award win by our Energy Group as Law Firm of the Year, and the addition of Trent's expertise, is evidence of the firm's commitment to this vital sector of Canadian energy law."

"Trent brings great dedication and practical experience to our Calgary Energy Group," said Stikeman Elliott Chair William Braithwaite. "His creative approach to oil and gas matters and exceptional client service will play a significant role in continuing to grow Stikeman Elliott's standing as a leader in the Energy sector."

Trent practices oil and gas law, with a focus on international and domestic oil and gas exploration, production and development projects. He has over a decade of experience advising operators, non-operators, oilfield equipment and service providers, and portfolio management groups in regard to onshore and offshore projects in over 20 countries. Supplementing his extensive legal expertise, Trent has an education in geology, hands-on oil and gas field experience and direct experience with regulatory entities in Alberta.


For more information, please contact:
 
Patricia McLaren
Director of Business Development and Marketing, Calgary
(403) 266-9023
pmclaren@stikeman.com

 

Ramandeep Grewal receives a 2016 Women Worth Watching Award

Ramandeep Grewal
OCTOBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to announce Ramandeep Grewal is the recipient of the 2016 Women Worth Watching Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal for her contributions to the legal profession, as well as her role as a mentor and advocate in the broader community. Ramandeep, a leader in the Stikeman Elliott Global Securities Group in Toronto, co-founded the firm's award winning securities law blog and is a member of the firm's KM & Legal Innovation Committee, Education Committee and Diversity Committee, where she is heavily involved in a leadership development capacity building professional excellence.

"Ramandeep's exceptional commitment to client service, dedication to innovation in legal services and demonstrated technical expertise has made her a trusted advisor both internally and with clients. She is a role model in the legal profession as well as in her community," said Jay Kellerman, Toronto Managing Partner.

Each year Profiles in Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching award recognizes dynamic professional women who use their talents and influence to change our workplaces and our communities. The winners were announced on June 20th, 2016, and will be featured in the Profiles in Diversity Journal summer issue.


For more information, please contact: 

Shanin Lott
Managing Director, Talent
and Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com

 

Dean Kraus appointed to Canadian Tax Foundation board
OCTOBER 2016 - Dean Kraus has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation. The board is made up of 34 governors nominated in consultation with the Canadian Bar Association and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. This position is for a three year term commencing this November. Congratulations Dean.

Stikeman Elliott Calgary wins 2016 Generosity of Spirit Award
OCTOBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott in Calgary has won the 2016 Generosity of Spirit Award in the category of Corporate Philanthropist, nominated by Inn from the Cold. The awards, which have been running for 20 years, acknowledge and celebrate philanthropic leaders that are making a difference in the community.

Our firm has partnered with Inn from the Cold for seven years, in an effort to end homelessness for families in Calgary. Our work with the Inn has included volunteering, firm member and client fundraisers, pro bono guidance, Board and committee roles, sponsorships, donations and numerous collection drives. We are honoured by the nomination and grateful to the incredibly hardworking team at the Inn.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Stikeman Elliott recognized as a leader in Chambers' 2017 Canada Guide
SEPTEMBER 2016 - We are pleased to announce that Stikeman Elliott has once again been recognized as one of Canada's leading law firms by Chambers and Partners. In addition to being selected as the Energy Law Firm of the Year at the annual Chambers Canada awards, Stikeman Elliott is recognized in 37 practice areas with the highest number of lawyers ranked in Corporate/Commercial. Eighty-eight Stikeman Elliott lawyers are ranked, some multiple times, resulting in a total of 108 rankings across practice areas and offices. The firm also celebrates the addition of 13 newly ranked lawyers in this year's guide.

We are proud to have achieved Band 1 rankings in:

  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)
  • Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate

Chambers' research is compiled through law firm submissions and based on client and peer interviews.


For more information, please contact: 

Shanin Lott
Managing Director, Talent
and Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com

 

Lawson Hunter receives Lifetime Achievement award
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Congratulations to Lawson Hunter, the recipient of the Chambers Canada - Lifetime Achievement award at this year's Chambers Canada Awards ceremony held on September 29 in Toronto.

This award recognizes a long-standing and influential member of the Canadian Bar, whose prominent practice and global renown sets him or her apart as a leading lifetime practitioner. The award is based on 15 years of research interviews into the Canadian market, including recommendations from peers and other commentators, as well as length of time and position in the Chambers rankings. For Mr. Hunter, this award recognizes his outstanding career and experience in Canadian business, government and private practice. His impressive track record includes: Commissioner of the Competition Bureau from 1981 to 1985, where he played a significant role in the drafting of the Federal Competition Act; heading our Competition and Foreign Investment Group for over ten years; serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. from 2003 to 2008; and his continued practice as counsel in our Ottawa office advising Canadian and multinational corporations on all areas of federal regulatory law and policy.

Mr. Hunter has received numerous other recognitions over his illustrious career both in Canada and internationally, including in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Global Competition Review 100, Who's Who Legal 100, Best Lawyers, and The Best of the Best as one of the World's Top 20 competition and antitrust lawyers.

Mr. Hunter accepted this award at the Chambers awards reception on Thursday, September 29 in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel.


For more information, please contact: 

Shanin Lott
Managing Director, Talent
and Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
(416) 869-5625
slott@stikeman.com

 

Chambers Latin America 2017 Rankings
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott ranks in Band 2 in the recently published Chambers Latin America 2017 guide in Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms. Congratulations to Jay Kellerman and Ivan Grbesic for retaining their respective rankings within the directory. Both lawyers are highlighted for their high quality of work, attention to detail and above all, excellent client service in the mining sector.

20 Stikeman Elliott lawyers featured in Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott congratulates its 20 lawyers appearing in the recently released Lexpert Special Edition: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2016. The annual publication profiles the top performing and most influential Canadian mining leaders.

Stikeman Elliott recognized as a tier 1 firm in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK
SEPTEMBER 2016 - The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK identified Stikeman Elliott as a tier 1 'Canadian Firm in London'. The London office has been repeatedly ranked as a recommended firm under the 'Foreign Firms' category. The Legal 500 is a leading publication that analyzes the capabilities of law firms and in-house counsel internationally. A complete list of ranked firms can be viewed at The Legal 500 UK.

Celebrating Chuseok
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Best wishes to those celebrating Chuseok this September 14-16.

To view our greeting: Chuseok Greetings from Stikeman Elliott.

Launch of the Stikeman Elliott - Executive Education HEC Montréal mini-MBA
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is proud to announce the launch of an exclusive partnership with Executive Education HEC Montréal to create the Stikeman Elliott - Executive Education HEC Montréal mini-MBA. This executive education curriculum draws from the educational approach developed by the HEC Montréal MBA and the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA. The first and only one of its kind in the Québec legal community, this program will be offered to about fifteen Stikeman Elliott lawyers, enabling them to enhance their business and finance acumen while developing leadership abilities.

This innovative program was developed specifically to meet the needs of the firm and its clients, in collaboration with recognized experts at HEC Montréal. "We are honored to collaborate with Executive Education HEC Montréal to empower our lawyers to become strategic business advisors who can better serve our clients," says Stikeman Elliott's Montréal office Managing Partner, André Roy.

The Stikeman Elliott - Executive Education HEC Montréal mini-MBA will give its participants a real-world, practical understanding of the commercial issues faced by clients, by covering topics including elements of macroeconomics, negotiation skills, accounting and finance. "This initiative demonstrates the firm's investment in its people while also furthering the depth of the firm's business expertise," continues Mr. Roy.

By providing executive education to Stikeman Elliott associates, this unique program is yet another example of the firm's long-term vision and its position as leader in Canadian business law.

20 Lawyers included in the Lexpert/ROB Infrastructure Special Edition
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Lexpert has released the Lexpert/ROB Special Edition: Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, 2016. The annual publication lists the top performing and most influential infrastructure leaders in Canadian law and Stikeman Elliott has a total of 20 lawyers included within this list. The issue is included in the September Report on Business Magazine available in The Globe and Mail.

AUGUST 2016

Shortlisted in four practice areas for the Chambers Canada 2016 Awards
AUGUST 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is recognized as a finalist in four practice areas for the Chambers Canada 2016 Awards.

The award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 29th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.

These awards are based on research for the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business, recognizing Canadian firms and their notable achievements in the past year, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Stikeman Elliott advises on first acquisition by a SPAC listed in Canada
AUGUST 2016 - Once again Stikeman Elliott is at the forefront of innovation, acting for Dundee Acquisitions Ltd., the first special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) to be listed in Canada. Dundee is entering into a proposed business combination with CHC Student Housing Corp., which is the only publicly listed student housing corporation listed in Canada.

This is the first acquisition by a SPAC and is a major investment in purpose-built student housing in Canada. As part of the CHC acquisition, Dundee will also purchase up to 16 additional properties in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick from multiple vendors to create the first major student housing corporation in Canada. The transaction's aggregate value is up to C$420M.

Watch Simon Romano's interview with Business News Network's Amber Kanwar.

Legal team: Simon Romano, Don Belovich, Paul RakowskiAaron Sigal and Kristina Vranjkovic (Securities; M&A); John Dow (Real Estate); John LoritoJill Winton and Lindsay Gwyer (Tax); Mike Kilby (Regulatory); and Julia Dmitrijeva and Ellen Dalicandro (Articling Students).

Four Stikeman Elliott partners selected for the Expert Guides Women in Business Law directory
AUGUST 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is proud to announce that Susan Hutton (Competition and Antitrust), Katherine Kay (Competition and Antitrust), Daphne MacKenzie (Banking and Finance) and Chrysten Perry (Energy and Natural Resources) have been selected for inclusion in the Expert Guides Women in Business Law guide. The international guide is published annually and recognizes exceptional women practitioners chosen by in-house counsel and their peers across 15 practice areas. Congratulations to our partners and the rest of the well deserving practitioners included in this guide.

Stikeman Elliott chosen as 2017 M&A Law Firm of the Year, Best Lawyers in Canada
AUGUST 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to be recognized in the 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada. The firm has been selected as the 2017 "M&A Law Firm of the Year" in Canada. 138 lawyers from Stikeman Elliott were included in the directory across all practice areas nationwide.

Ten Stikeman Elliott lawyers were further recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" within their practice areas:


The "Lawyer of the Year" honour is awarded to those with the highest overall rating by peer review.

Best Lawyers in Canada is a U.S. based directory that lists the best lawyers as selected by their peers, and develops its publication through an extensive peer review process. This international organization creates directories for 70+ countries.

 

Stikeman Elliott leads Lexpert's Rankings
AUGUST 2016 - The 2016 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has recognized 132 individual Stikeman Elliott lawyers, with a combined total of 351 Lexpert rankings across 40 practice areas.

Stikeman Elliott has the highest number of "most frequently recommended" lawyers - Lexpert's top ranking - in the following corporate practice areas, M&A, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & SecuritiesDerivative Instruments and Private Equity. The firm has achieved 49 rankings in these practice areas - more than double of the second-place law firm.

Stikeman Elliott also ranked at the highest level in Litigation - Corporate Commercial with the "most frequently recommended" lawyer rankings among Canada's national law firms.

Overall, the firm's lawyers achieved the highest total number of rankings in the following categories, M&A, Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Commercial LawDerivative Instruments and Property Leasing.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a leading independent guide to Canadian legal talent, is published annually by Thomson Reuters. View the complete list of Stikeman Elliott lawyers in the 2016 edition.


For more information, please contact:
Shanin Lott
Acting Director, Marketing and Communications
slott@stikeman.com
(416) 869-5625

Lexpert features Sprott takeover of Central GoldTrust in "Art of the Deal"
AUGUST 2016 - The Sprott Asset Management landmark hostile takeover bid to acquire Central GoldTrust is the focus in the Lexpert "Art of the Deal". This annual issue selects one of the most significant deals in Canada and explores the proceedings with in-depth analysis of the negotiation from start to finish.

Stikeman Elliott acted for Sprott in an extremely complex transaction, involving complicated corporate and securities issues and related litigation. The team included the talents of John Ciardullo, Mihkel VooreJ.R. Laffin and Shawn Smith (M&A), Peter Howard, Eliot Kolers, Mel Hogg, Aaron Kreaden and Vlad Calina (Litigation), John Lorito and Jill Winton (Tax), Paul Collins and Megan MacDonald (Competition), Franca Greco and Kristin Kightley (Law Clerks), and Kathleen Elhatton-Lake, Eryn Fanjoy, Teanna Lobo and Matei Olaru (Law Students).

JULY 2016

Stikeman Elliott is the #1 law firm for Canada by deal count in H1 league tables
Stikeman Elliott maintained its position as the #1 law firm for M&A deals by deal count in the 2016 half-year league tables released by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. Currently, Stikeman Elliott leads all other firms by nearly 20 confirmed deals. The firm leads all other firms for US Announced or US Involvement Announced deals based on value according to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. As well, Stikeman Elliott is the only Canadian firm ranked in the Bloomberg Global announced league tables for principals based on deal count and the only Canadian firm ranked by Thomson Reuters Worldwide by deal count.

#1 ranked law firm for Canada
by deal count
(Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket)

Only Canadian firm ranked Worldwide
by deal count
(Thomson Reuters)

Top ranked Canadian firm for US announced deals
based on value
(Bloomberg)

Only Canadian firm ranked in the Global M&A League Tables
(The Deal)



Stikeman Elliott makes big impact in H1 private equity league tables by Mergermarket
Stikeman Elliott made a significant impact in the private equity league tables in the first half of 2016. The firm is included as the only Canadian firm in the Mergermarket private equity league tables in four separate categories:

Global buyouts &
exits by deal value

US buyouts &
exits by deal value

Global buyouts
by deal value

US buyouts
by deal value



Leaders in deal count in the Bloomberg capital markets H1 league tables
For the first half of 2016, Stikeman Elliott is the top ranked Canadian firm in the Bloomberg Global Equity, Equity Linked & Rights (for Manager) league tables based on deal count. We are also the only Canadian firm ranked in Bloomberg's Global Bonds (for Manager) table based on deal value and the US Equity Offerings (for Manager) table based on deal count. We are ranked as the #1 law firm for Canada in the Bloomberg Capital Markets league tables by deal count in four categories:

Canada Equity Offerings
(for Manager)

Canada Equity Offerings
& Equity Linked
(for Manager)

Canada Equity Offerings,
Equity Linked & Preferred

(for Manager)

Canadian Corporate Bonds
(for Issuer)



Quentin Markin moves global mining practice to Vancouver

Quentin Markin
VANCOUVER, July 5, 2016 - Stikeman Elliott is pleased to announce that, after nearly five years in the firm's Sydney office, Quentin Markin has returned to Canada, joining Vancouver's Corporate Group to continue his global mining practice.

In Vancouver, Quentin will remain co-head of the firm's Global Mining Group. His focus will continue to be on securities and M&A work, servicing mining companies in Canada, Australia, Asia and elsewhere, as well as underwriters and other financial services providers.

The move will add further depth, and will complement Stikeman Elliott's existing leading corporate practice in British Columbia.