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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.



  • Recognized as a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer (formerly known as Acritas Star™ lawyer), Thomson Reuters stand-out lawyers 2016 to 2022
  • Recognized in Banking and Finance Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 to 2021
  • Recognized as one of the "Top Canadian Corporate Lawyers to Watch", Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2008

Client Work

Date Client

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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