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.