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Stikeman Elliott

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No. of offices  8
Major practice areas  Corporate Law
Headquarters  Montreal, Canada
No. of attorneys  approx. 500
Date founded  1952 (Montreal)
Founded  1952, Montreal, Canada

No. of employees  approx. 1300 (500 lawyers)
Key people  H. Heward Stikeman & Fraser Elliott
Founders  H. Heward Stikeman, Fraser Elliott

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Stikeman Elliott LLP is an international corporate law firm based in Canada. It is known as one of the "seven sisters" in Toronto and has approximately 500 lawyers in five Canadian offices as well as offices in New York, London, and Sydney. It was founded in 1952 by H. Heward Stikeman and Fraser Elliott.


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History of the firm

Stikeman Elliott's history as a law firm began in 1952, when Heward Stikeman and Fraser Elliott established a tax boutique firm in Montreal. The firm expanded throughout the ensuing years, eventually becoming one of the largest full-service business law firms in Canada. Notably, this growth has come exclusively through the hiring of new lawyers or laterals from other firms - Stikeman Elliott has never merged with another firm, one of the few Bay Street firms to not do so.

Areas of practice

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Banking & Lending
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Communications
  • Competition & Foreign Investment
  • Construction
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Corporate Governance / Directors & Officers
  • Emissions Trading & Climate Change
  • Employment & Labour
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Forestry & Forest Products
  • Government Relations
  • Hospitality
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • International Private Client & Tax Policy
  • International Trade
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Investment Funds
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Litigation / Class Actions
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Maritime, Aviation and Transportation
  • Media, Entertainment & Sports
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Outsourcing
  • Pension & Benefits
  • Plan Nord
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Real Estate & Municipal
  • REITs
  • Retail
  • Structured Finance & Financial Products
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • White Collar & Regulatory Crisis Response
  • Notable lawyers and alumni

  • David Brown, Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Allan Gotlieb, Canadian ambassador to the United States from 1981 to 1989
  • Donald Johnston, former federal cabinet minister and served as Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 1996 to 2006
  • Antonio Lamer, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; Senior Counsel (2000-2007)
  • Dick Pound, former VP of the IOC and former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency and author of Stikeman Elliott: the first fifty years (McGill-Queen's Press, 2002)
  • John Sopinka, Former puisne justice on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • John Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Career Programs

    Stikeman Elliott offers a summer student program and a law articling student program.


    Stikeman Elliott Wikipedia

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