William Braithwaite is Chair of Stikeman Elliott and a member of the Partnership Board and Executive Committee. He is a senior partner and former Head of the Corporate Group in the Toronto office. Bill practises primarily in mergers and 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.
“One of the captains and commanders of deals – he can manage a team on a deal like very few can. He gives great comfort to the client and has the ability to focus on what's important in a deal and how to get it done.” – Client interview, Chambers Global
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 LL.M. 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. Bill has also authored numerous articles on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law.
Prior to joining Stikeman Elliott, Bill was clerk to Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada and following that, an associate professor and assistant dean, Osgoode Hall Law School.