OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

"Securities Litigation Firm of the Year" and "Impact Case of the Year"
Benchmark Canada Awards: Recognizing the Leading
Litigators and Litigation Firms in Canada (2016)
  

In the current business climate, a public corporation can easily find itself facing regulatory scrutiny, criminal investigations and securities-related litigation. It is critically important that your law firm possess the experience and national reach to advise on regulatory frameworks to avoid litigation and to be able to defend your interests in the courts, should the need arise.

The Blakes securities litigation team is at the forefront of many of Canada’s leading securities disputes, including primary and secondary market securities class actions, contested transactions, broker-dealer and enforcement matters. We take a comprehensive approach, providing a broad range of litigation and risk-management services, including advising and representing clients with respect to litigation avoidance and preparedness, internal and regulatory investigations, compliance, and all stages of civil and regulatory proceedings.

Blakes securities litigators work closely with members of the Firm’s leading Capital Markets practice to keep clients apprised of new legislative and case law developments so that potentially contentious matters can be identified and managed before they escalate.

However, some disputes are unavoidable; when securities litigation ensues, our clients benefit from our extensive advocacy experience and from the depth and range of our team. Blakes has achieved substantial success defending individuals, corporations, financial institutions and investment dealers in investigations and hearings before securities regulators against allegations of contraventions of securities laws or industry rules, including matters relating to market integrity and insider trading. In the civil realm, we are experienced at defending securities class actions at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and have a strong record for litigating takeover and proxy-fight litigation.

 

As securities matters increasingly span multiple jurisdictions, our national securities litigation team coordinates seamlessly to represent clients in proceedings across Canada and regularly works with U.S. and foreign firms. Given the strength of our regulatory and civil practices, our securities litigators are particularly adept at managing the challenges associated with parallel regulatory and civil proceedings.

 


Representative Matters

 

  • ​Defending a group of financial institutions against a proposed class action in Ontario alleging primary market statutory and common law misrepresentation.
  • Counsel to Celestica Inc. in its successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the limitation period for bringing a statutory secondary market securities class action in Trustees of the Millwright Regional Council of Ontario Pension Trust Fund v. Celestica Inc. et al. The decision makes several important observations relating to the interplay between the Ontario Securities Act and the Class Proceedings Act.
  • Defence of a significant Canadian mutual fund manager in two class actions commenced in Ontario and Quebec.
  • Defence of a former employee of a financial institution in a securities class action involving one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history.
  • Representing an individual in defence of allegations at the Ontario Securities Commission of insider tipping and conduct contrary to the public interest.
  • Representing a former officer of an Alberta corporation in a national class action involving allegations of primary and secondary market misrepresentation.
  • Providing counsel to a large Canadian-based U.S. issuer in providing crisis response advice and conducting an internal investigation in response to a series of newspaper articles alleging a cross-border price fixing conspiracy.
  • Defending a former officer of a subsidiary of the Arctic Glacier Income Fund in a securities class action based on the primary and secondary market civil liability provisions of the Ontario Securities Act.
  • Defence of a mutual fund trustee in the defence of a class action in Quebec based on allegations of misappropriation of funds and securities fraud.
  • Representing two former senior officers and directors of Med-Eng Systems Inc. (L'Abbé v. Allen-Vanguard ) in connection with a shareholders’ dispute in which it is alleged that they made fraudulent misrepresentations.
  • Acting as counsel for a Fortune 500 company and its Canadian subsidiary, in conducting an internal investigation and defending Criminal Code charges arising from alleged bribery of government officials in the procurement of a government contract.
  • Defending a former officer in a securities class action involving alleged misrepresentations by the company in its primary and secondary market disclosure relating to statements made concerning the company’s internal controls.

 

Our securities litigation team works closely with our Mergers & Acquisitions group, Capital Markets group and Competition & Antitrust group, and have successfully represented clients in four of the five contested merger cases that have been litigated in Canada.​

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Blakes Securities Litigation lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in the following publications and awards:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – At the Benchmark Canada Awards 2014, Blakes was awarded "Securities Firm of the Year."
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2678
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation, Corporate Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Class Actions, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4316
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Mining
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cannabis, IP Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2429
Areas of Expertise: Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3308
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2426
Areas of Expertise: Construction Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Product Liability, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4257
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Privacy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9785
Areas of Expertise: Insurance Litigation, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, Arbitration, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3859
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Competition Litigation, Pension Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3266
Areas of Expertise: inSource, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Competition Litigation, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Securities Litigation, E-Discovery & Document Management, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4009
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Securities Litigation, Corporate Litigation, Mining, Arbitration, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4011
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Securities Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Procurement, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3304
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Capital Markets, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, IP Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5032
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, IP Licensing & Agreements, IP Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4159
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Product Liability, Pension Litigation, Class Actions, Equity Capital Markets, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4166
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Arbitration, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Senior Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9604
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Energy, Construction, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5089
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Competition Litigation, Securities Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Media & Defamation, Insurance
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3383
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Aboriginal
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2705
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Insurance Litigation, Class Actions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2176
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Arbitration, Securities Litigation, Shareholder Activism
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9726
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Corporate Litigation, Class Actions, Competition Litigation, Securities Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9753
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Oil & Gas, Insurance Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Securities Litigation
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2205
Areas of Expertise: Competition Litigation, Arbitration, Construction Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation
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