William Braithwaite is a senior counsel in Stikeman Elliott's Toronto office and served as Chair of the firm from 2012 to 2018. Practicing primarily in mergers and acquisitions, he acts on a number of significant trans-border mergers, represents a wide range of corporations, boards of directors, advisors and institutional shareholders on transaction and governance matters, and advises governments and regulatory authorities on policy and other initiatives. Bill has been lead counsel on some of the major foreign acquisitions including, CNOOC’s acquisition of Nexen and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s successful defense of BHP’s unsolicited take-over bid. Bill was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in Canadian Lawyer magazine's annual peer survey in 2018. He has also been recognized by Chambers Canada and Chambers Global in band 1, International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, The Legal 500 Canada, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is recognized by clients to be “one of the captains and commanders of deals”. Bill is past Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Computershare Trust Company of Canada.