John Ciardullo is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott where he is head of the Corporate Department and former head of the Capital Markets/Public Mergers & Acquisitions Group. 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. Recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and as one of Lexpert's "Rising Stars: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" in 2007. Former member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission.