Corporate Governance

With its complex and evolving requirements, corporate governance is a critical concern for management, directors and corporate stakeholders. Our Corporate Governance Group delivers advice that is clear and attentive to the practical, as well as the regulatory, public policy and strategic considerations that apply.

Our governance advice and compliance programs draw heavily on our experience as lead counsel in hundreds of highly scrutinized transactions and regulatory processes, as well as our direct involvement with many of the regulatory and policy decisions impacting the governance landscape in Canada. For example, Stikeman Elliott’s representation of the BCE Inc. board in its response to a $51 billion take-over bid raised key issues that led to a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling on directors’ duties and responsibilities. This type of experience enables us to provide clients with key insights into the trajectory of governance standards, and how to best enable management and board members to focus on their most critical tasks: long-term thinking about stewardship, strategy and risk.

Our Expertise

  • Audit and compliance procedures
  • Board and committees
  • CEO/CFO certifications
  • Codes of ethics
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Directors' and officers' duties and liabilities
  • Directors' and officers' insurance
  • Internal controls
  • Management succession and compensation
  • Public disclosure compliance
  • Regulatory compliance requirements
  • Risk management
  • Shareholder relations and disputes
  • Whistleblowing policies and procedures
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Corporate Commercial