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Sean Boyle

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Sean's experience includes:

  • Successfully defending, at trial and on appeal, allegations of negligent misrepresentation and breaches of fiduciary duties in a complex commercial action

  • Defending a claim for unpaid invoices and additional costs incurred by the general contractor, along with the prosecution of counterclaims, with respect to the construction of a waste water treatment plant

  • Successfully having all claims dismissed after a 43-day trial of an action for an unpaid brokerage fee of approximately C$17-million arising from the sale of a business

  • Conducting international anticorruption investigations and due diligence for multinational clients in connection with allegations of improper payments to government officials in Asia and Africa

  • Successful prosecution of performance bond and labour and material payment bond claims regarding the failure of owners or general contractors to satisfy invoices issued by material suppliers on various construction projects

  • Counsel to a reporting issuer in a successful appeal to the Yukon Court of Appeal related to the application of shareholder dissent rights under a Plan of Arrangement

  • Defending an investment dealer in nine related civil actions arising from a cross-border undercover operation conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Royal Canadian Mounted Police

  • Clarifying, before the B.C. Court of Appeal, the obligations of B.C. Securities Commission staff in disclosing documents to a respondent in the context of an inter-jurisdictional investigation and the process to be undertaken by Commission staff in disclosing such documents

  • Successfully defending allegations before the B.C. Securities Commission brought by a bidder in a hostile take-over that a competing bidder's take-over bid circular contained material disclosure deficiencies

  • Acting as litigation counsel to potential acquirers and targets in hostile take-over bids and related shareholder rights plan hearings

  • Defending various investment dealers and brokers in civil actions and assisting in response to regulatory investigations pertaining to client investment and compliance issues

  • Representing companies and public issuers on a variety of litigation matters, including court approval of plans of arrangement and corporate reorganizations

  • Acting for institutional and individual clients in hearings and investigations by the B.C. Securities Commission related to alleged contraventions of the Securities Act (B.C.) including insider trading and unregistered distributions of securities

Awards & Recognition

Sean has been shortlisted by Benchmark Canada in the category of Canada's Securities Litigator of the Year, and Litigator of the Year: British Columbia. He is further recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate/Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation)

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Corporate/Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation)

  • Chambers Canada: Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Litigation Securities: British Columbia; and Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations): "Sean Boyle is regarded as a 'very strong technical lawyer' by his enthusiastic clients, who particularly praise his 'extensive background and experience in securities related issues.'" His clients are "'consistenly impressed with the top-notch service he provides' and consider him a 'very effective oral advocate.'"

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2019 (Securities Litigation): Sean Boyle "has emerged as a real leader, not just in Vancouver, but nationwide."

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2019 (Investigations)

Professional Activities

Sean is active in numerous professional, academic and community organizations. He regularly speaks at conferences and publishes articles in his areas of expertise.

Sean is a former chair of the Securities Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association - British Columbia (CBABC), a member of the CBABC Civil Litigation Subsection and a former member of the Securities Law Advisory Committee to the British Columbia Securities Commission.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Managing Enterprise Risk: Spotlight on D&O Liability
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 22, 2018.
  • Speaker: What’s Next in Securities Litigation: Emerging Technologies and Industries
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 8, 2018.
  • Speaker: Class-Action Climate in Canada: Recent Developments and Growing Trends
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, December 13, 2017.
  • Speaker: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 19, 2016.
  • Speaker: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, October 18, 2016.
  • Speaker: Cross Border Investigations and Crisis Management Association of Corporate Counsel
    4th Annual Securities Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, September 27, 2017.
  • Speaker: Managing Contentious Issues Dealing With the Canadian Public Sector
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 14, 2017.
  • Program Chair: Seventh Annual Securities Symposium
    The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, September 11, 2017.
Education

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar - 2000
Admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar - 2000
LL.B., University of Saskatchewan - 1999
B.A. (Hon., Philosophy), University of Saskatchewan - 1994

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