Stephen D. McKersie Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2000 - Ontario

Primary office:  Toronto

Stephen D. McKersie

Stephen McKersie is a business law partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and national leader of the firm’s global US Sales Initiative.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Stephen manages a robust corporate, commercial and securities law practice, working with domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, debt and equity financing, and commercial contract negotiations.

He complements his legal background with a keen business sensibility, and is frequently sought by boards of directors and senior executives to advise on growth, operational and financial strategies, as well as the design and implementation of governance processes.

For the past five years, Stephen has served as Canadian leader of the firm’s US Sales Initiative. In this capacity, he works closely with professionals from across Gowling WLG’s global platform to strengthen relationships with US law firms and clients. Through these deep connections, he helps US clients pursue opportunities in Canada and other international markets – and ensures that Canadian clients looking to do business in the US are engaged with the right legal advisers on the ground.

Stephen also serves as the relationship partner for a number of the firm’s major corporate clients, including both Canadian corporations and international corporations with a presence in Canada. His work with these, and other, clients spans a diverse range of industry sectors – including manufacturing, technology, beverages and alcohol, payments, gaming, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, automotive, insurance and advertising.

Over the course of his legal career, Stephen has been recognized repeatedly by his peers as a “leading practitioner” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and as a “stand-out lawyer” in the Acritas Stars database.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Computer Law Association