William J. Braithwaite
William J. Braithwaite
Senior Counsel at Stikeman Elliott LLP
(416) 869-5654
(416) 947-0866
199 Bay St, Suite 5300, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1980 (ON)
William Braithwaite is a senior counsel and was chair of the firm from 2012 to 2018. He previously served on the firm’s Partnership Board and Executive Committee, and is the former Head of the Corporate Group in the Toronto office. Bill practises primarily in mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. In addition to acting on some of the most significant cross-border merger transactions, he has acted as counsel to major Canadian corporations, boards of directors and institutional shareholders, as well as various governments and regulatory authorities. In 2018, Bill was recognized in Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s annual peer survey as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada with voters saying, “Bill is not only one of the most outstanding corporate commercial lawyers in Canada, he has lent his status in the legal and business community to help organizations that promote the fundamental values of our profession.” Bill is a past chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission. He is also a special lecturer in Osgoode Hall Law School’s part-time LLM program. He has participated in numerous panels and conferences on corporate and securities law and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Computershare Trust Company of Canada.
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