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Stikeman Elliott LLP


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What the team is known for

Superb practice that exhibits notable expertise in contentious antitrust issues such as cartel investigations and competition class actions. Also wins praise for its representation of blue-chip clients in connection with the competition aspects of global merger transactions. The firm also advises on criminal matters; its expertise cuts across sectors, including telecoms, retail and banking and finance, among others.


"They haven't disappointed us on a single deal," reflected one client, adding: "They demonstrate excellence across the board."

"They are top-notch," enthused one source, while another said: "The team provides timely and practical legal advice."

Work highlights

Represented United Technologies in its all-stock merger of equals transaction with Raytheon.

Notable practitioners

Danielle Royal is a skilled litigator with experience covering price-fixing and conspiracy. She also provides advice and support to clients involved in a range of regulatory investigations.

Eliot Kolers is a highly respected litigator who has considerable experience leading high-profile antitrust single plaintiff and class action proceedings. He is the head of the firm's litigation and dispute resolution group.

Katherine Kay is hailed by one source as an "exceptional litigator" and "a ferocious advocate." A highly experienced lawyer, she is front and centre in some of the country's most significant antitrust disputes.

Kevin Ackhurst advises on various cross-border merger files, particularly in the cannabis and transportation spaces. He is the head of the firm's competition and foreign investment group.

Lawson Hunter QC is a pre-eminent figure in Canadian competition. He continues to be acknowledged for his leadership and guidance and is credited as one of the key individuals behind the creation of Canada's Competition Act.

Michael Kilby is singled out for his "exceptional expertise in competition law." One commentator said: "He really hits the mark for us. He leaves no stone unturned and understands what is important to us." His recent workload features major cross-border merger files in the area of financial services and payments technology.

Michael Laskey is highlighted by commentators for his "excellent support," "actionable advice" and "clear communication." A rising star in the Canadian competition arena, his work includes important merger review mandates in the transportation and financial services sectors.

Paul Collins is widely recognised as a leader in the Canadian competition Bar. One source said: "We benefit enormously from his involvement because he has strong relationships with the regulator and is able to navigate challenges well." He has a wealth of experience leading various cross-border transactional mandates.

Susan Hutton is highly regarded for her significant competition and foreign investment expertise, with key clients in the agricultural and energy sectors. "I am a huge fan of hers," enthused one source, adding: "She does everything I need her to do, is really on top of things and knows the authorities very well."

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Stikeman Elliott's Competition & Foreign Investment Group provides sophisticated, pragmatic advice on major national and international transactions, as well as day-to-day compliance across all industries. On the litigation side, the team handles exposures in the criminal, regulatory and class action spheres, .

We have a deep understanding of the competitive dynamics of Canada’s major industrial and commercial sectors. As such, we can effectively evaluate and structure transactions to manage the risk of regulatory intervention by the Commissioner of Competition and other governmental agencies. We have acted on the most noteworthy foreign investment transactions, representing both Canadian targets and foreign purchasers. Clients also rely on our ability to coordinate the increasingly important public relations and government relations aspects of competition and foreign investment review.

Our competition litigation practice has top ranked counsel handling client issues, from cartel investigations, prosecutions and resolutions, to immunity and leniency applications, to contested mergers and other civilly reviewable matters before the Competition Tribunal, to defence of class actions and other lawsuits alleging competition law violations and economic torts. The team's reputation for vigorous advocacy and strategic focus serves our clients exceedingly well as they face the Competition Bureau, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and class action plaintiffs.


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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.



Kevin Ackhurst
Band 4
Lawson Hunter QC
Senior Statespeople
Michael Kilby
Band 4
Michael Laskey
Up and Coming
Paul Collins
Band 1
Susan Hutton
Band 2

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