Canada: Corporate Governance 2018

This year’s research features 29 highly regarded corporate lawyers, who have been highlighted for their experience advising companies, shareholders and boards of directors on complex governance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carol Hansell Hansell LLP, Toronto
2. Edward J Waitzer Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
3. Jeffrey R Lloyd Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Stikeman Elliott achieves three listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Edward Waitzer leads the firm’s corporate governance practice. He is well versed in governance and public policy matters and is regularly engaged to advise large corporate clients.
William Braithwaite stands out as “a leading governance lawyer” at the firm. He is known for his expertise in large financial transactions and his first-rate advice to corporations, boards and regulators.
John Leopold is a trusted adviser with extensive corporate know-how. He enjoys an excellent reputation among peers, who recommend him for providing expert advice to major corporate and finance clients.

Blake Cassels & Graydon is home to three prominent lawyers.
Jeffrey Lloyd is a leading light at the firm’s Toronto office. He is a trusted adviser to Canadian and international companies and has experience spanning a broad range of corporate governance and securities matters.
Brock Gibson QC advises financial institutions, investors and energy sector clients on a broad range of corporate law issues. He has a strong transactional practice and is highly sought after for his expert governance advice.
Michael Gans boasts broad experience in the financial services industry and is a trusted adviser on complex governance issues for clients in the space.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg sees three experts listed here.
Patricia Olasker is “a leading player” in the Canadian market. She advises on shareholder activism matters and is well versed in governance matters surrounding complex commercial transactions.
William Rosenberg is a distinguished corporate governance lawyer with vast experience advising clients from both the public and private sectors.
William Ainley is well known for advising public companies and independent committees on complex governance issues, and is recognised by peers to be a standout name on transactions.

Borden Ladner Gervais achieves two listings in this chapter.
Alfred Page has extensive corporate governance expertise in relation to capital markets and securities law. He is a prominent practitioner in Toronto and is regularly engaged to advise Canadian and international investors and financial clients.
Jeff Barnes stands out as “a well-regarded corporate governance practitioner” and a go-to adviser among corporates, financial entities and boards of directors.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt also sees two esteemed practitioners listed here.
The “excellent” Emmanuel Pressman is well known for providing sophisticated advice to companies, special committees and boards of directors. He has a strong shareholder activism practice and deep experience in restructuring transactions.
Jeremy Fraiberg draws praise as a “superb” corporate governance lawyer who enjoys an excellent reputation for advising companies and private equity firms.

Carol Hansell heads the practice at Hansell. Peers describe her as “the dean of corporate governance” in Canada, who is “a highly regarded specialist” in the space.

At Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Walied Soliman is a go-to lawyer for shareholder activism matters. He advises issuers and activists and peers describe him as “the top proxy fight lawyer” in Canada.

William Orr is a standout name at Fasken. He is highlighted as “a leading governance player” and is endorsed for his “excellent” practice advising boards of directors and independent committees.

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