Iris Antonios
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349

Iris has a dynamic commercial litigation and arbitration practice, focusing on complex international commercial and investor-state arbitration, complex commercial litigation, and environmental litigation. She represents clients in multi-faceted disputes in a variety of industries, including financial services, agri-business, pension plans, construction and resource extraction. She also advises and represents clients in complex contractual disputes, considerations and disputes arising from international investment treaties, and litigation relating to contaminated sites.

Iris completed a secondment at the London office of a prominent U.K. law firm, where she was part of a team advising a large financial institution in connection with multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include:

  • Advising a Canadian investor in an investor-state international arbitration arising from a foreign investment

  • Advising a Canadian company in an international commercial arbitration under the ICC Rules arising from a contractual dispute with a foreign affiliate

  • Advising the Canadian subsidiaries of multinational beverage companies in connection with potential investor claims under international treaties

  • Co-counsel to a technology and power transmission company in a large arbitration arising from a dispute relating to the construction of converter stations

  • Advising companies in the oil and gas sector on investment treaty considerations in relation to provincial government measures

  • Co-counsel to a client in defence of a third-party claim relating to contaminated lands

  • Co-counsel to a client in defence of a third-party claim relating to an environmental impact assessment study

  • Co-counsel to clients in various industries undertaking workplace investigations, both internal and in response to regulatory investigations

  • Co-counsel to the owner of an energy plant in a complex multi-party construction litigation involving several interrelated court actions

  • Co-counsel to a supplier of industrial gases in a contract dispute with a distributor

  • Co-counsel to a mining and natural resources company in an appeal of a decision of the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner relating to an easement over unpatented mining claims

  • Co-counsel in an arbitration of disputes under right-of-way agreements between governmental corporations and energy pipeline companies

  • Co-counsel in an arbitration of disputes between two air carriers over payments to be made under a capacity purchase agreement

  • Co-counsel to a mining and natural resources company in a judicial review application related to a federal environmental assessment

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Business Class Trends Insights, July 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on Construction Dispute Resolution, August 18, 2017.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Managing Environmental Enterprise Risk
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, November 14, 2018.
Speaker: Managing Litigation Risk in Foreign Acquisitions: What Every Buyer Should Know
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 7, 2018.
Co-speaker: Recent Cases and Key Issues in Environmental Law: What You May Not Have Noticed (or Expected)
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2017.
Co-speaker: CETA and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: What It Means for Your International Business Strategy
Blakes Business Class Webinar, September 21, 2017.
Co-speaker: Litigation and Arbitration Across Borders
Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum, Benchmark Litigation, New York, NY, September 19, 2017.
Co-speaker: Ethics Primer for New In-House Counsel
Canadian Spring Training Camp, Corporate Counsel Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 2, 2017.
Speaker: Pension Fund Disputes
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 23, 2017.
Co-speaker: Understanding and Navigating Today’s Environmental Risks
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 23, 2016.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Proposed rule changes could speed up investor-state dispute arbitration
Law Times, May 31, 2019.
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