William Braithwaite is Chair of the firm and member of the Executive Committee and Partnership Board of Stikeman Elliott. He practises primarily in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He represents a wide range of corporations, boards of directors, dealers and institutional shareholders. He advises governments and regulatory authorities on policy and other initiatives. He is recognized by Chambers Global in Corporate/M&A; Chambers Canada in Corporate/Commercial; IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms in M&A; Legal 500 Canada in Corporate and M&A; the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and the Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, the Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers and The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Expert Guides: Corporate Governance and M&A; Who’s Who Legal: Canada in Capital Markets, Corporate Governance and M&A; The Best Lawyers in Canada in Corporate, M&A, and Securities, and named the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Law. He is a past Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission, and a current Chairman of the board of directors of Computershare Trust Company of Canada.