Securities Litigation

Key Contacts

Gardner Alan Image Alan P. Gardner
Partner, Head of Securities Litigation
T: 416.777.6231
Friend Anthony High Resolution Image Anthony L. Friend Q.C.
Partner, Co-Head of Health Law
T: 403.298.3182
Heelan James James J. Heelan Q.C.
T: 780.917.4275
Leon Jeffrey Image Jeffrey S. Leon L.S.M.
T: 416.777.7472
Staley Robert High Resolution Image Robert W. Staley
Partner, Head of Shareholder Activism & Critical Situations
T: 416.777.4857

Public companies must actively manage and resolve issues to achieve business objectives. Litigation for public companies increases in complexity as issues cross international borders and legal disciplines. Counsel need to understand all dimensions of the regulatory, civil and criminal liability issues in order to develop a creative and coordinated approach to obtaining an optimal result.

Our securities litigation counsel have extensive experience in securities litigation, enforcement and regulatory proceedings, class actions and corporate disputes for public companies, and their boards of directors and special committees. We have national experience advocating for clients at all levels of courts and before securities regulatory tribunals in all significant Canadian capital markets.

As experienced trial lawyers in securities litigation matters who know the litigation and regulatory processes, we work with our clients to understand their business objectives and to develop a cost effective strategic plan to achieve the desired business results.

We advise on proactive measures to avoid regulatory issues and litigation, including the conduct of regulatory audits and the institution of best practices. We also assist our clients to respond efficiently and effectively to regulatory issues and contested disputes when they arise.

We assist our clients across a broad variety of issues such as stock option dating, insider trading, antitrust matters and allegations of corporate wrongdoing.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to Canso Investment Counsel Ltd., the largest first lien debtholder, in connection with the $600 million recapitalization of Postmedia Network Inc. ("PNI") pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act, including significant amendments to PNI's outstanding 8.25% senior secured notes (the "First Lien Notes") and the paydown of approximately $78 million of the First Lien Notes. Read more
  • The Special Committee of Silver Bullion Trust (SBT) in connection with SBT's conversion to an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in partnership with Purpose Investments Inc. Read more
  • The Special Committee of Central GoldTrust in connection with Sprott Asset Management's $1 billion hostile takeover bid for all the outstanding Units of Central GoldTrust Read more

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, Litigation - Securities, Toronto
  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, Litigation - Securities, Calgary
  • 2016, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, Litigation - Securities: Toronto

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