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Canada: Corporate Governance 2016

A total of 32 individuals are highlighted in this chapter. Each has a proven track record in providing corporate governance advice to boards of directors of listed companies and substantial privately held entities with respect to the most difficult and sensitive corporate disclosure, governance and policy issues, as well as dealing with new laws, regulations, stock exchange rules and governance principles. Below we highlight some of the most highly regarded practitioners.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Edward Waitzer Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
William Orr Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
Jeffrey Lloyd Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Jonathan Levin Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
Stephen Halperin Goodmans, Toronto

Two firms achieve an impressive four listings in our edition. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin boasts William Orr, who is known as a “heavyweight corporate lawyer”. Jonathan Levin is a “trusted adviser” to boards of directors and is a “favourite with clients due to his easy manner”. Robert Paré is described having “an excellent grasp of corporate law”. Donald Dalik receives praise for his extensive knowledge of governance issues across the different industry sectors.  He advises a broad range of clients who recommend him for his “extremely well-reasoned and practical advice”.

At Stikeman Elliott Edward Waitzer is known as a “corporate law guru”. He advises boards and management to develop market-leading governance and compliance programmes and enjoys “a widespread reputation for his insightful advice”. William Braithwaite counts major Canadian corporations, boards of directors and institutional shareholders among his impressive client roster. They praise him as a practitioner who “gets to the heart of a matter without losing sight of the bigger picture”.  The “wonderful” Benoît Dubord is regarded by his peers as a rising star in corporate law and a very insightful and practical adviser when it comes to governance issues and strategies.  

From Blake Cassels & Graydon Jeffrey Lloyd has a strong reputation among peers and clients, regularly being retained to advise companies from the mining, real estate, financial service and power sectors regarding their complex corporate governance affairs. Brock Gibson is a “great strategist” who assists corporations, boards of directors and shareholders in meeting their business goals. Pat Finnerty has a reputation for being “a faultless negotiator” who “responds quickly to and resolves high-stakes matters”. He practice includes specific experience advising companies in the energy sector.

Goodmans is home to Stephen Halperin who impresses clients with his “responsiveness and tailor-made commercial advice”. He acts for domestic and international companies, with particular experience of handling matters relating to activist shareholders. Jonathan Lampe also earns wide praise with particular expertise in advising public companies on the development of their operations and initiatives. Dale Lastman is also a regularly cited senior figure in corporate governance law. 

From Gowlings Tina Woodside has more than 25 years’ of “enviable experience” handling complicated corporate governance matters, with a particular focus on the natural resources and mining sectors.

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