Top 50: Americas M&A Lawyers

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Published exclusively by Global M&A Network, the 10th annual list profiles a highly respected and successful group of 50 lawyers from the Americas mergers and acquisitions communities. Over 108 firms and 621 lawyers were evaluated per eligibility standards for the current A-list.

All transactions are truly a team effort. Inclusion in the A-list also validates the firms’ leadership and record of closing value-creating transactions irrespective of deal size. We have a range of identifiable criteria for making the often-hard editorial decisions.

Congratulations: 10th Annual 50 M&A Lawyers, and the firm’s they represent!

Eva Bellissimo

Eva has over 20 years of experience and having led hundreds of transactions, her practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. In her M&A practice, she offers pragmatic advice and develops deal strategy for acquirors, target companies and special committees, assisting clients in developing and executing a variety of transactions including arrangements, reverse take-overs, going-private transactions, take-over bids and other business combinations.

Andrea is a member of Dentons’ global board. She brings business acumen and clarity to complex M&A and financing transactions in the technology sector. She has two decades of experience leading acquisitions of private targets for PE and strategic buyers, take-privates and other public M&A transactions, IPOs and some of the largest VC transactions in Canada.

Dale H. Lastman

Dale practices corporate, commercial and securities law and provides counsel in connection with public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and business restructurings. Dale is actively involved in community and charitable organizations and is a Director and former Chair of Baycrest Health Sciences and an Honorary Trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children.

Steve Malas

Steve practices in the area of corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and corporate governance. He also acts in Canadian and Canada/US cross-border offerings and private placements on behalf of issuers and underwriters.

Greg Peterson

Greg is also the national co-leader of the firm's Governance, Activism & Investigations Group. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has helped clients navigate a range of high-stakes transactions - including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations, plans of arrangement, going private transactions, private placements, and asset and share purchase and sale agreements.

Niko Veilleux

Niko has represented public and private clients for over 20 years in a variety of Canadian, U.S. and international transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, auctions, take-over bids, carve-out transactions, strategic investments, recapitalizations, reorganizations, joint ventures and other corporate matters.

Grant A. Zawalsky

Grant's practice involves advising clients on public and private financing, mergers, acquisitions and takeover bids, corporate governance, shareholder activism and stock exchange listing matters and regulatory compliance. Grant recently acted for the Special Committee of Shaw Communications Inc. in their proposed merger with Rogers Communications Inc.