John Ciardullo is a partner at Stikeman Elliott where he is head of the Corporate Group and former head of the Capital Markets/Public Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He has significant experience in a wide range of corporate and securities transactions with particular emphasis on complex merger and acquisitions transactions, proxy contests/contested meetings and corporate finance transactions. In this context, he counsels clients on a wide variety of matters including transaction structuring, acquisition and defence strategy and compliance with fiduciary duties, as well as other relevant aspects of applicable law. Mr. Ciardullo is recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada in M&A, The Legal 500 Canada, International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, The Lexpert®/Legal Media Group’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and as one of Lexpert's "Rising Stars: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" in 2007. He is a former member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission and has authored many articles and publications and speaks regularly on topics related to mergers and acquisitions.