Private Equity

Stikeman Elliott provides strategic advice on all elements of private equity that’s rooted in an intimate understanding of all stakeholders’ perspectives. The volume and complexity of the deals we’ve successfully structured and closed for our clients have earned us the reputation as the go-to law firm for both domestic and foreign participants in the Canadian markets.

Our practice includes advising on the entire life cycle of private equity, from fund formation and structuring, negotiating acquisitions, co-investment arrangements to advising on exit strategies. Drawing upon significant domestic and cross-border experience, our multi-disciplinary team of M&A, tax, corporate governance, regulatory, debt finance and other specialists adeptly manages all aspects of transaction structuring and execution. Our focus is to minimize risk, maximize return on investment and achieve our clients’ business goals.

Stikeman Elliott represents private equity funds, venture capital funds, pension funds, merchant banks, hedge funds, investors and organizations seeking investments, as well as founders and management teams seeking capital investors. Recognizing the unique business objectives and regulatory requirements of each client, we deliver innovative legal solutions that achieve those objectives and survive regulatory scrutiny, in particular pursuant to competition and foreign investment regulation.

Our Expertise

  • Acquisition financing
  • Acquisitions and divestitures
  • Auction processes
  • Co-investments
  • Competition and foreign investment review
  • Debt and equity investing
  • Equity incentive plans
  • Fund formation
  • Funds of funds
  • Governance structures
  • Investors’ rights agreements
  • IPOs
  • Joint ventures
  • Leveraged and management buyouts
  • Liquidity events
  • Management agreements
  • Management compensation
  • PIPE transactions
  • Private placements
  • Restructurings and reorganizations
  • Search funds
  • Seed investing
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Tax structuring
  • Venture capital
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2019 for Private Equity: Buyouts and Venture Capital Investment
  • Chambers Canada 2019 for Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • #1 M&A law firm in Canada and the Americas by deal count – Mergermarket 2018
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