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Ryan Morris

Ryan Morris
Ryan Morris Partner | Toronto
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  • Successfully defending The Stars Group Inc. in an application to prevent the conversion of its convertible preferred shares to common shares

  • Counsel to Instacart in connection with its acquisition of Unata Inc., provider of digital solutions to grocers

  • Counsel to Washington Companies in connection with its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation

  • Acting for an English coverholder and syndicate of Lloyd's underwriters in staying a Canadian action against them in favour of arbitration in London, England under LCIA Rules

  • Counsel to Celestica Inc. on its successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the limitation period for bringing a statutory secondary market securities class action

  • Defending a syndicate of underwriters in a secondary market securities class action against Detour Gold Inc. and its former CEO

  • Counsel to the former CFO of Cash Store Inc. in defence of a primary and secondary market securities class action against Cash Store Inc. and its former officers and directors

  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Inc. on its C$6.6-billion acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Inc.

  • Advising the Independent Trustees of CentralGold Trust in connection with the acquisition of CentralGold Trust by Sprott Asset Management

  • Counsel to BCE Inc. in connection with its C$670-million acquisition of Glentel Inc. and the sale of 50% of Glentel Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Counsel to Agrium Inc. on its successful proxy contest with dissident shareholder JANA Partners LLC

  • Acting for an international bank's securities dealer in regulatory proceedings related to the asset-backed commercial paper market freeze

  • Counsel to BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

  • Representation of investment dealers and investment advisers in the defence of broker/dealer liability claims

Awards & Recognition

Ryan is recognized as a leading practitioner in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Dispute Resolution)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2021–2023 (Litigation – Securities)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2021–2023 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2023 (Litigation Star – Securities)

  • Chambers Canada:  Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Securities Litigation)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel; formerly, Acritas Stars)

  • Lexpert’s Rising Stars 2017: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Professional Activities

Ryan was appointed a member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Securities Proceeding Advisory Committee for a three-year term commencing in 2018. He has been actively involved in The Advocates' Society as a member of the Young Advocates Standing Committee and a speaker at various continuing legal education programs.

Ryan is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

Professional Appearances

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2005
JD, University of Toronto – 2004
BA (Hon.), University of Toronto – 2001

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