Corporate disputes can have a significant impact on a company’s profitability, growth and reputation. Choosing the right advisers can make all the difference in assessing risk, developing a strategy and resolving a dispute successfully.
Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group has extensive experience in corporate litigation. With litigators recognized among the best business lawyers in the country, we are the top choice of many of Canada’s leading companies.
Blakes litigators have appeared before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and have been involved in precedent-setting cases involving hostile take-overs, indemnification of directors and officers, proxy contests and directors’ duties. Our expertise is complemented by one of Canada’s largest and most experienced corporate and commercial law groups.
Specifically, we advise clients about:
Hostile Take-Overs and Shareholders Rights Plans - Blakes has litigated high-profile hostile take-overs and shareholders rights plans (poison pills) both for acquirers and targets. Notably, our litigators were successful in the leading Canadian hostile take-over case that dealt with issues such as crown jewels, break fees and conflicts in special committees. We also act in cases dealing with the calling of shareholders' meetings and the enforceability of non-disclosure agreements.
Oppression Claims and Derivative Actions - Corporate clients rely on our significant expertise in shareholder remedies and shareholder disputes litigation. Our lawyers have acted for both plaintiffs and defendants, often handling shareholder disputes involving allegations of oppression.
Change of Control Transactions, Plans of Arrangement and Corporate Reorganizations - Clients across industries frequently seek our advice on expeditiously and successfully completing innovative business arrangements. We advise on change of control transactions, plans of arrangement and corporate reorganizations. Our corporate and securities litigators regularly act for companies in court-approved processes and have represented clients in many of the largest and most complex business arrangements in Canada. We have also successfully defended challenges to corporate arrangements and are highly regarded by the specialized judges who hear such matters.
- Share Valuation Proceedings (Dissents) - Working in tandem with our mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, regulatory and tax specialists, we provide accurate and timely advice on share valuation matters and assist clients in achieving their transaction goals.
In large, document-intensive cases, we integrate skilled paralegal support, leading-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team to manage matters efficiently and cost effectively.