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Maureen M. Ward


Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Fraud Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.4630

Maureen Ward practises corporate and commercial litigation with an emphasis on fraud matters, international asset recovery and arbitration. She represents both national and international clients in a broad range of matters, including commercial disputes, commercial arbitration proceedings, litigation regarding fraud, Investor-State NAFTA disputes, insurance, competition law matters, contract disputes, directors' and officers' liability and professional negligence. Maureen appears frequently before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal and handles complex cross-border litigation. Her advocacy experience includes litigation of issues regarding Ponzi schemes, offshore banking and money laundering, investment fraud, bank liability, cross-border litigation matters, insurance coverage disputes, bills of exchange, investment disputes, letters rogatory, credit card and cheque fraud, fidelity claims, major contractual disputes, international letters of credit and bankruptcy matters.

She has experience in a broad range of matters including Mareva injunctions, Anton Piller orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, tracing, bank liability, fraudulent conveyances, employee theft, secret commissions, restitution orders, and disclosure orders. Maureen acts as an independent supervising solicitor for the execution of Anton Piller orders.

Maureen also has experience in insurance matters, the enforcement of foreign judgments and orders, conducting investigations, and working with internal and external auditors. She has also provided legal opinions to insurers and has represented clients in a range of industries.

Maureen was interviewed by CBC in respect of investment fraud in Canada. She is a frequent lecturer on litigation matters, including those related to fraud recovery, at legal conferences, universities and CLE programs, including for the Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Law CLE, University of Western Law, the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators, Ontario Police College and the Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. Maureen was a guest instructor and also completed the Canadian Police College Integrated Financial Investigations course on Investment Fraud in 2009.

Maureen is a frequent writer on topics specific to her practice. She is co-author of the legal chapter of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada Certification Manual and contributes regularly to Legal Alert, a Carswell publication.

Maureen is a member of the International Bar Association.

Select Experience

  • For the joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank in relation to recovery efforts arising from losses in the amount of $4.4 billion, the world's second largest Ponzi scheme.
  • For an intermediate oil and gas company, Lone Pine, in relation to a NAFTA investor state dispute in Canada.
  • The United States of America Securities and Exchange Commission receiver in Texas with respect to issues and assets in Ontario with respect to the "Chinese Warren Buffet" multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme.

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