Kiran Patel
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2205

Kiran has a broad commercial litigation practice with a particular focus in the areas of restructuring, construction and complex corporate/commercial disputes. He has been involved in a variety of cases including litigation relating to major construction projects, public procurement processes, shareholder agreements, performance management, supply contracts, leasing, competition, technology and securities class actions. Kiran has represented clients at all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before administrative tribunals and international commercial arbitration panels.

Prior to joining Blakes, Kiran spent three years as a management consultant at a global consulting firm. Kiran also spent a summer working at a prominent U.S. law firm in New York and clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where he worked on a variety of cases in the areas of commercial, constitutional and criminal law.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Represented United States Steel Corporation in successfully asserting its US$2-billion claim against U.S. Steel Canada in which the court provided a fundamentally revised test for the distinction between debt and equity in an insolvency proceeding under the CCAA

  • Representing a group of U.S. funds in a $1.3-billion action relating to the sale and acquisition of a major telecommunications company

  • Acting as counsel to a power generation company involved in a construction dispute relating to a biomass conversion project

  • Representing a construction equipment manufacturer involved in a dispute relating to performance management and dealer transition

  • Represented health care providers in litigation relating to procurement, supplier management and contractual termination, including an application for judicial review and injunction proceedings

  • Acting as counsel to a multinational technology company in a class action involving Sale of Goods Act and privacy claims relating to preloaded software

  • Represented Celestica Inc. on its successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the limitation period for bringing a statutory secondary market securities class action

  • Represented Visa Canada Corporation in a major resale price maintenance hearing before the Competition Tribunal of Canada

  • Acted for a large global mining client in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration involving the performance and termination of international supply agreements

  • Acted as lead trial counsel to a manufacturer of mobile data terminals in an action against one of its suppliers relating to defective components

  • Represented the administrator of a public pension plan in a commercial leasing dispute involving the interpretation of a retail lease at a major shopping center

  • Represented a media company in a shareholder dispute involving its acquisition of an online business

  • Acted as lead counsel to an online media company in a proceeding before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario relating to the enforcement of online user forum rules

  • Represented an investment banking boutique and one of its principals in a successful motion to stay proceedings based on jurisdictional grounds

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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, January 27, 2017.
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