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Edward J. Waitzer
Toronto
Law Practice
Edward Waitzer was Chair of Stikeman Elliott from 1999 to 2006. His practice focuses on complex business transactions, acquisitions and restructurings, as well as advising in respect of various public policy and governance matters. He has also been very active on accounting and corporate governance issues and leads our Corporate Governance Group. He has served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Partnership Board.

Mr. Waitzer is recognized by many publications, including:

  • Chambers Global's The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 as a recommended lawyer for Corporate/M&A in Canada and in Chile.


  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 in Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, M&A and Securities Law.


  • The Legal 500 Canada 2014 as a Leading Individual with "excellent experience on major deals" in Corporate and M&A law.


  • The 2014 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, and M&A.


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 as a leading practitioner in the areas of Corporate Finance and Securities, Corporate Commercial Law and M&A.


  • The 2014 Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Corporate Finance & Securities and M&A.


  • International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2013 as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets.


  • The 2013 Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers.


  • The International Who's Who of Capital Markets and Corporate Governance Lawyers 2014, The International Who's Who of M&A Lawyers 2014 and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015.


  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 as a recommended lawyer in Capital Markets and Corporate Governance, and is noted for his "superb" transactional work by Who's Who Legal 100.


  • The 2006 Lexpert Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada.


  • AV® Peer Review Rated according to Martindale-Hubbell (Very High to Pre-eminent), its highest level of professional ranking.


Professional Activities
Mr. Waitzer serves as a director of numerous corporations and community organizations, and writes and speaks extensively on a wide range of legal and public policy issues. He chaired the Strategy Working Party, which restructured the International Accounting Standards Board. He served as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' Task Force on Standard Setting, as a public director of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and as a member of the Independent Review Panel on the Comptrollership Function in Canada. He is Chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and President of the Canada-Chile Business Council.

Mr. Waitzer serves as contributing editor or on the advisory boards of various publications including Corporate Ethics Monitor, Corporate Governance Review, Financial Regulator, International Securities Regulation Report, The Philanthropist and the Valuation Law Review and is editor-in-chief of the CCH Canadian Securities Law Reporter.

Mr. Waitzer has been the Falconbridge Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a professor and the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance and is director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business at York University.

Education
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (LL.M. 1981, LL.B. 1976).

Background
Mr. Waitzer was vice-president of the Toronto Stock Exchange before joining the firm. He practised with Stikeman Elliott from 1981 to 1993, including several years as head of the New York office. Mr. Waitzer rejoined the firm after serving as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission from 1993 to 1996. He chaired the Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions from 1994 to 1996 after serving as vice-chair of its Executive Committee in 1993. During 2003-2004, he lived in Santiago and was special advisor to the Chilean Superintendent of Insurance and Securities.

Bar Admission
New York, 1985
Ontario, 1978


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