Stephen J. Donovan

Stephen J. Donovan

Toronto: 416.865.7357
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1978
University of Western Ontario

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1980


Stephen Donovan, co-head of the firm’s Private Equity Group, is a corporate/commercial lawyer whose practice includes mergers and acquisitions work. Steve has acted in several management buyouts and leveraged buyouts of private and public companies, and he regularly assists clients with acquisitions, financing needs, shareholder arrangements, divestiture plans, exit strategies and general corporate advice. Steve has worked with Canadian and U.S. private equity funds, financial institutions and pension funds involving a variety of industries including industrial, defence, manufacturing and consulting businesses.

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Best Lawyers' Best Lawyer in Canada—Leading lawyer in private funds law (2009-2017)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in private equity (2008-2014); corporate commercial law (2012-2014); and mergers and acquisitions (2013-2013)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?—Recommended Canadian lawyer in private equity: buyouts (2009-2012)

Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer—Exemplary ethical standards and legal ability

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2008-2010)

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers 2007—Leading lawyer in Canada

Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Private Equity Handbook—Recommended Canadian lawyer (2007)

Lexpert-Thomson-FindLaw’s Guide to the Leading 100 Canada/U.S. Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in private equity (2005)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook—Recommended Canadian lawyer in private equity/venture capital law (2005)