David R. McCarthy

David R. McCarthy

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Recognized since 2012

Toronto, Ontario

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Securities Law

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David McCarthy is a partner in the Corporate Group. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial areas, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. A seasoned lawyer with over 30 years of experience, David has been involved both in Canada and internationally, in acquisitions and dispositions, corporate reorganizations, preparation and negotiation of agreements for the sale of goods and services, shareholder matters, and other commercial contracts. David is sought out for his extensive experience advising companies, their boards of directors and shareholders on complex corporate governance matters.

David has counselled domestic and multinational corporations in a variety of industries including food processing, financial services, transportation, manufacturing and distribution. More recently, he has acted for companies involved in fields as varied as retailing, gaming, internet-related activities, mining and waste collection, and has advised clients with entertainment and sports law matters.

David previously served on the Partnership Board (2018-2021) and Management Committee (2002-2008). He was Head of the Corporate Department in the Toronto office (2003-2014), and he was Head of the Toronto office Finance Committee (2014 to 2016).


  • 5300 Commerce Court West
    199 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5L 1B9


  • Princeton University, AB, graduated 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, The Law Society of Upper Canada

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities Law

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