The eight-partner competition team at Stikeman Elliott LLP went from strength to strength last year with the return of Lawson Hunter, one of the largest names in the history of modern Canadian antitrust, who returned after five years at Bell Canada. Hunter is generally credited with authoring the country's current competition law, and is one of the most well-respected figures in the bar.
Hunter brings his institutional knowledge of Canadian antitrust and merger law back to a firm that already boasts one of the strongest antitrust practices in the country. Led by partner and Who's Who nominee Paul Collins, Stikeman Elliott never faltered in Hunter's absence; rather, they continued to field one of the two or three most eminent competition teams on the Canadian market, with the work and client roster to back it up. The firm is home to three other Who's Who nominees - partners Susan M Hutton, Katherine L Kay and Shawn CD Neylan.
Over the past year, Stikeman has helped guide the largest buyout in Canadian history (acting for BCE in its acquisition by several funds), the largest hostile takeover attempt in Canadian history (advising Alcoa in its bid for Alcan), and one of the most contentious mergers in North America (advising Yahoo in its abandoned advertising deal with Google). They represent a host of other Canadian and international companies, from Wrigley and Enodis to ArcelorMittal Montreal and Bell Canada. Quite a client roster, by any measure.