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Steve Halperin is a partner and 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 is named the Toronto Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada and has twice been selected as the Toronto Corporate Lawyer of the Year (most recently for 2015) and twice as Toronto Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year (most recently for 2016) 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 survey ranks 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 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)
Bar Associations of Quebec, Alberta and Ontario