Doug’s practice is focused on civil and regulatory securities litigation, as well as corporate and shareholder disputes. Doug has significant experience defending clients in regard to regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by securities and financial regulators. He also regularly acts for clients in commercial disputes relating to shareholders, corporate governance, financial products and advice, auditor liability, mergers and acquisitions, and insider trading. Doug is often engaged to conduct confidential internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients facing sensitive securities regulatory concerns.
Doug has extensive trial experience and has appeared as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous trials and appeals before the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as on regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by every major securities regulator in Canada. Doug has experience in class actions and arbitrations, and has acted for both incumbent management and dissenting shareholders in proxy fights.
Doug has completed a secondment to the legal department of one of the Firm's global banking clients, where he worked on regulatory compliance matters, including a major regulatory investigation. Prior to joining Blakes, he spent three years working at a major Canadian investment brokerage.