Mr. Claxton’s practice focuses on transactional corporate matters, particularly mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border projects, securities, venture capital and derivative products.
Mr. Claxton was formerly a partner in the business law groups at Stikeman Elliott LLP (29 years) and Dentons Canada LLP (2 years) and was owner of his own practice (Claxton Business Law, 2 years), during which time he acted as transactional legal counsel for leading Canadian and international companies and funds, largely with a cross-border focus.
Among other things, Mr. Claxton has published papers on trust-based securitizations and royalty trusts in Quebec, on the U.S. Canada multi-jurisdictional disclosure system, on expansion of the powers of the Ontario Securities Commission, on the distinctive features of the Quebec legal system for common law lawyers and the chapter on “Liability of Senior Executives Under Securities Legislation” in Executive Employment Law (Butterworth Canada, 1994). In addition, he has written memos for general distribution to clients on take-over bids in Canada, reforms in Canadian bankruptcy law and Canadian law for US investors, and lectured on directors’ liabilities, structures for investment in Canada, structures for acquisitions and planning joint ventures.
Mr. Claxton has also been often recognized as a leading practitioner by Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Martindale, for (variously) corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and derivative products.
Barreau du Québec (1985)
Law Society of Ontario (1985)
JD (Dalhousie) (1983)
BCL (McGill) (1982)
BA – History (McGill) (1979)
Mr. Claxton has very wide experience in a wide variety of fields and has worked extensively with non-Canadian investors in Canada, private and public corporations, funds and financial institutions, and life sciences and technology clients. Mr. Claxton’s practice includes:
- Assisting in-house legal departments that need senior experienced counsel for a transactional project
- Acting in transactional matters for companies without in-house legal counsel
- Acting as counsel for investors, including frequently Canadian counsel for non-Canadian investors
- Acting as Canadian counsel for non-Canadian lawyers whose clients are involved in Canadian transactions
- Advising boards of directors on corporate governance issues
- Advising technology and growth companies on their legal needs