Stikeman Elliott LLP

Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Large and well-respected team occupying an important position within the business law community in Québec. Plays a central role in large M&A deals in the province, acting for major Québec-based clients as well as international private equity funds, and offering considerable cross-border capabilities. The firm has a strong corporate finance practice and is well placed to advise clients on private transactions through to debt and equity deals including IPOs and follow-on offerings. Represents firms across industries, with particular expertise in the technology space. Other areas of notable activity include resources, retail and transportation.

Strengths One interviewee reported that the firm has "a deep and excellent team that always gives practical and sound advice," adding: "They are commercially minded."

Another source enthused: "Their encyclopedic knowledge of the Canadian legal market, their responsiveness and ease to work with, as well as their practical-oriented counsel sets them apart."

Work highlights Acted as Canadian counsel to Saputo on its CAD1.7 billion acquisition of Dairy Crest Group.

Notable practitioners

Fellow practitioners describe
Jean Marc Huot
as a "highly specialised and very well-regarded lawyer" who is also a "trusted adviser."Heenjoys a sterling reputation for his involvement in a range of high-level matters including securities, corporate governance and M&A transactions.

John Leopold
maintains a stellar reputation for his impressive corporate practice that sees him handle M&A transactions and private equity deals, among other matters. Market commentators describe him as an "incredible lawyer with good business sense," noting that he is "hard-working and responsive."

Peter Castiel
focuses his practice on the representation of clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as divestitures and private equity matters. Interviewees report: "He has a wonderful client service ethic and is incredibly responsive," further noting that he is "highly commercial and practical in his advice, and has his pulse on the key issues in the Canadian market."

Head of the firm's securities group
Pierre-Yves Leduc
has experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets matters. Clients say that "his advice is always valuable."

Robert Carelli
combines his role heading the Montréal office's corporate group with an active client-facing practice. He demonstrates strength in mergers, acquisitions and corporate governance matters and is noted for his expertise in securities law.

Sidney Horn
is a highly regarded practitioner in the corporate and commercial market in Québec. He acts as a trusted adviser to domestic and international clients on transactional matters including M&A, corporate governance and securities law issues.

Head of the M&A group in Montréal,
Sophie Lamonde
is described by sources as an "excellent practitioner with a high-profile international practice."She regularly advises clients on corporate and private equity matters and demonstrates strong capabilities in cross-border transactions.

According to sources,
Warren Katz
is a "very well-regarded M&A lawyer" who regularly advises public and private corporations on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity matters. Market commentators report: "He brings invaluable experience and incredibly sound judgement to our matters."He serves as the managing partner of the Montréal office.