New York

Exemplifying the firm’s international vision

Stikeman Elliott is deeply proud to be a globally recognized leader in Canadian law with a longstanding presence in New York. In fact, we were the first Canadian law firm to open an office in the city, in 1982.

Lawyers based in the New York office provide a comprehensive suite of Canadian legal services to U.S. and international clients who invest or do business in Canada. This presence on the ground in New York allows us to develop close relationships with U.S.-based clients, while our highly active practice provides extensive experience to advise on cross-border transactions, offerings and regulatory matters. We are proud to be the firm clients come to when it counts the most.

In-depth cross-border mergers and acquisition experience

Stikeman Elliott frequently acts as a Canadian legal advisor to U.S. and international companies, as well as private equity firms and investment funds. This reach and experience means we are repeatedly ranked in league tables as the #1 Canadian firm for U.S. and global M&A transactions. Lawyers in our New York office regularly act for both buyers and sellers of Canadian companies and assets.

An active cross-border corporate finance practice

International, U.S. and Canadian issuers, dealers, advisers, banks, and investment funds regularly look to Stikeman Elliott for advice in connection with cross-border offerings. They are able to leverage our comprehensive experience on the Canadian aspects of cross-border public and private offerings of securities, investment funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, and other alternative investment vehicles.

The regulatory aspects of activities in Canada

Stikeman Elliott has built a dynamic and strong practice advising non-Canadian financial institutions – including banks, dealers, advisers, funds, exchanges, and market intermediaries – on Canadian compliance, regulatory and litigation matters.

Access to the full services of our Canadian colleagues

Lawyers in our New York office share expertise seamlessly. We draw on the skills and acumen of colleagues throughout the firm to provide innovative Canadian legal advice and clear, bespoke recommendations that our clients need, including:

  • Competition/antitrust regulation
  • Foreign investment
  • Tax
  • Employment and labour
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Real estate
  • Pensions and benefits
  • Intellectual property
  • International trade

Proudly Canadian, and actively engaged New Yorkers

Stikeman Elliott firmly believes that individual passion drives team success, and that we exist to serve our clients and communities.

A sense of community involvement is deeply embedded in the firm’s culture, and we actively support a variety of civic and charitable initiatives. Lawyers take leadership roles within a number of high-profile organizations including the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research (founded in 1994 by our Managing Partner, Ken Ottenbreit), the Canadian Association of New York, Ice Hockey in Harlem (an educational program for youth in the Harlem community), and Achilles International (a worldwide organization for people with disabilities).

Members of the office are also active within the New York legal community, including in the ABA, NYSBA, City Bar Association, and American Foreign Law Association.