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Edward J. Waitzer

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Edward J. Waitzer
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:

  • Lexpert/ROB Special Edition: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, May 2017.

  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a Senior Statesman in Ontario - Corporate/Commercial.

  • Chambers and Partners' Chambers Global 2017 recognized his Corporate/M&A expertise in the category of Senior Statesmen in Canada and as a Foreign Expert for Chile.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Governance: Toronto.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in Corporate Law, M&A and Securities Law.

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A. It has been noted he has "excellent experience on major deals".

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, and M&A.

  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, September 2015.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as a leading practitioner in the areas of Corporate Finance and Securities, Corporate Commercial Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

  • Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets and Corporate.

  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 in the Capital Markets and Corporate Governance.

  • The 2017 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 2017 as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets: Debt and Mergers and Acquisitions.

  • Legal Media Group's 2016 Expert Guides: Capital Markets and Expert Guides: Corporate Governance.

  • 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 is also a contributing editor on the advisory boards of various publications. He was Chair of the Strategy Working Party, which restructured the International Accounting Standards Board. He also 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, as a member of the Independent Review Panel on the Comptrollership Function in Canada, and as Chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. He is former Vice-President of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) and President of the Canada-Chile Business Council.

Mr. Waitzer has been the Falconbridge Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a professor and holds 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 and is an inaugural fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

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

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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