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Stephen B. Kerr, Partner

Stephen B. Kerr

Partner Fasken
What primarily drives cross-border mergers and acquisitions into Canada are two things: commodity prices and foreign exchange.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1998
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Stephen Kerr’s corporate practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions in regulated industries such as the financial services, the healthcare and the life sciences industries. Large companies turn to Stephen for clarity on policy and regulatory issues related to banking, insurance, reinsurance, life sciences and mergers and acquisitions generally.

A significant portion of Stephen’s practice involves providing counsel to large and mid-sized businesses on acquisitions and divestment strategies, corporate governance, complex corporate reorganizations and material commercial agreements. Advising on the incorporation and registration of regulated financial institutions, Stephen also works on various portfolio transfers among regulated financial institutions.

Another significant aspect of Stephen's practice relates to advising high net worth families on the corporate and commercial aspects related to complex reorganizations and succession planning.

Recognized for his expertise in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and as an Acritas Star, Stephen anticipates and understands regulatory changes, allowing clients to refresh their strategies to suit current policy environments.

Stephen is a member of the Firm's partnership board.



Client Work

  • Tru Tech Corporation acquired by ODL, Incorporated,
  • Sterling Packers Limited closes its sale to Premium Brands Holdings Corporation,
  • Advised Arbor Memorial Services on the restructuring of its shareholdings with Fairfax Financial Holdings,
  • The Cooperators acquires the minority interest in the common shares of The Cumis Group which it did not already own from Central 1 Credit Union,
  • Atlas City Developments acquires real property assets from Shouldice Healthcare for C$47.5 million,
  • Agropur acquires certain assets from Sobeys for C$356 million,
  • Western Financial Group acquires Hayhurst Elias Dudek,
  • Western Financial Group and Bank West acquire AgriFinancial Canada,
  • Silgan Holdings acquires Cousins-Currie for US$48.3 million,

Career & Education


  • LLB Dalhousie University
  • MA University of Western Ontario
  • BA (Honours), Political Studies Queen's University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association


Fasken Institute



Article The Canadian Insurance M&A Environment Asian-Mena Counsel M&A Special Report
Article A Brave New World: The Impact of Basel III on Canadian Banking Operations Lexpert Business of Law

Speaking Engagements

Presenter Fair Treatment of Customers Ontario Mutual Insurance Association
Presenter OSFI Developments Canadian Insurance Accountants Association
Presenter OSFI Developments Canadian Insurance Accountants Association


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