Lawrence Stordy, QC


“I am convinced that life is ten per cent what happens to me and ninety per cent of how I react to it.”
- Charles R. Swindoll

Practical and proactive advice

For every problem, there is a solution. Larry's depth of corporate law experience and knowledge of business gives his clients an edge in facing whatever challenges present themselves, whether it be an unsolicited offer to buy their business, government bureaucracy or capital shortages. He gets to know his clients’ businesses as much as possible so that he can not only solve their current problem, but also offer proactive, long-term solutions.

Representative matters

Diversity is one of Larry’s strengths. With over 25 years of mergers and acquisition experience, Larry has worked with companies of all sizes in every sector imaginable, both on the transaction side, but also as general counsel in support of the various day-to-day issues and challenges that face companies and their Boards and shareholders. Some examples of the services he has provided include:

  • Acting as lead counsel for the vendors of a large, independent optical company which carried on business in six provinces, including assistance in the preparation of the offering memorandum, negotiating with and ultimately closing the transaction with a public company.
  • Acting as lead counsel for the buyer of the largest home and office coffee service business in the United States with employees and  assets in over 20 States.
  • Assisting a private company in a private/ public partnership that involved acquiring over 40 separate companies, amalgamating them into one entity and negotiating on their behalf with the government to provide contracted services.
  • Acting for the owners of a large family-owned business to transfer ownership from one generation to the next in a tax-efficient manner to maintain the family’s stake in the business and position the company for long-term success.

Areas of practice

  • Securities/Corporate Finance
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Services


Nova Scotia, 1986
British Columbia, 1985


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, M.B.A., LL.B., 1984
University of Prince Edward Island, B.A., 1980




  • Chair of the board, Canadian University Boards Association, 2017
  • Board member, Canadian University Boards Association, 2014 - present
  • Chair, Board of Governors, Dalhousie University, 2014
  • Chair, Audit Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2008 - 2014
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2006 to 2016
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, DS Waters of America Inc., 2007 to 2012
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Foundation, 2008 - 2014
  • Honorary Treasurer, Board of Governors, Dalhousie University, 2010 - 2014
  • Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee, Board of Governors, Dalhousie University, 2010 - 2014
  • Member, Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee, Board of Governors, Dalhousie University, 2007 to present
  • Member, Advisory Board to Southwest Properties Limited, 2014 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association




Corporate / Commercial
Mergers and Acquisitions


BV Distinguished®

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  • Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2013-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2013-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Private Funds Law, 2013-2019


  • Past lecturer, Dalhousie Law School, in areas of business law, taxation and corporate finance

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3347
F 902.420.1417

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