Veteran investigations and trial lawyer with deep knowledge of capital markets regulation and crisis management. Certified mediator and an experienced adjudicator for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Recognized thought leader on Director Liability and teach in the Director Education Program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Exceptional ability to respond to a crisis and to manage complex, high profile and sensitive cases to minimize business disruption, mitigate risk and avoid reputational harm. Defend directors, officers and companies in investigations and prosecutions of allegations including corruption, fraud and insider trading before the regulators and in the civil and criminal courts. Conduct internal investigations for companies and guide individuals and companies through domestic and multi-jurisdiction external investigations conducted under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (MLAT).
Admitted to practice in the Province of Ontario and New York State. In-depth understanding of the Canadian, U.S. and international landscape of public and private enforcement of securities law including corporate governance, compliance, take-over bid litigation and securities class actions.
Significant mandates have included lead counsel to the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sino-Forest Corporation in the lengthy securities fraud hearing before the Ontario Securities Commission and related insolvency proceedings and class actions. Counsel in many OSC investigations and prosecutions including the private sale of asset backed commercial paper in Canada and misleading corporate disclosure and fraud related to the Bre-X gold deposit in Indonesia.