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Stephen Halperin

Partner

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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4115
Fax:   416.979.1234

Steve Halperin is a partner and past Co-Chair of the corporate securities group at Goodmans.  His practice has for many years been focused upon transactional corporate and securities law, with particular emphasis on domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance (including activist shareholders) matters.  Between late 2007 and early 2009, Steve acted as lead counsel to the Pan Canadian Investors Committee for Third Party Asset Backed Commercial Paper, which initiated and successfully implemented the $32 billion restructuring of that market.

Steve was named the Toronto Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He has twice been selected as the Toronto Corporate Lawyer of the Year (most recently for 2015) and five times as Toronto Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year (including for 2018) by that publication. He is named as one of the top 30 mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world in the 2017 edition of Euromoney’s “Best of the Best”and is the only Canadian to be so designated. He has been also named as one of the world’s “top 30” in the separate categories of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance in recent editions of the “Best of the Best” series. He was also designated as one of ten “most highly regarded individuals” in each of these three categories in the current edition of Who’s Who Legal Canada.  Who’s Who Legal’s global 2016 survey ranked him as the only Canadian on its list of the seven “most highly regarded” North American M&A lawyers, describing him as “one of the finest lawyers in the world” in this practice area. 

Steve was described by International Financial Law Review as “one of the most experienced and respected M&A counsel in Canada”; was one of six lawyers profiled as “elite mergers and acquisitions lawyers” in The National Post (Canada); and one of seven lawyers profiled as the “Top M&A Lawyers in Canada” in The Daily Deal (USA). He is the only Canadian to have achieved the highest rating in Corporate/M&A in every edition of Chambers Global (UK) for the past 17 years. Chambers Global has described Steve as “a brilliant lawyer who is practical, knowledgeable and strategic,” “universally acknowledged to operate at the very top level”, a “go-to guy, particularly for complex, larger scale corporate finance and M&A” and “as good as it gets in Canada”.  He has also consistently received the highest rating in various fields of corporate and securities law in several other Canadian and international survey based rating services.

 

Steve is also a member of the bars of, and has practiced in, Quebec and Alberta. He has held eight public company directorships and is currently a director of Cott Corporation (NYSE, TSX) and Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX). He is a Governor of McGill University and a member of the Audit Committee of the University’s Board of Governors.

Steve has a strong commitment to legal education. He taught Advanced Corporate and Securities Law at the University of Toronto Law School for seven years and has lectured at several other Canadian law schools, and presented major papers on corporate and securities law topics at the Law Society’s Special Lectures; Meredith Memorial Lectures (McGill University); and Queen’s Annual Business Law Symposium. 

Education McGill University (LL.B., 1978)
McGill University (BCL, 1975)
Concordia University (B.A. (Honours), 1972)
Professional Affiliations

Bar Associations of Quebec, Alberta and Ontario