Instructor(s): Andrew Gray, Glen Johnson
Business Organizations

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7000HS.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course will cover, from a practitioner’s perspective, the key aspects of the law in Ontario that governs the use of public capital markets by corporations and other business organizations. The course begins with an account of the development of securities regulation in Canada, including relative to corporate law. Subsequent topics covered include: disclosure and related requirements for raising capital through an offering of securities to the public; ongoing continuous disclosure requirements and insider trading; shareholder democracy and corporate governance issues; and the rules governing take-over bids and special transactions. In this course, we address these topics by examining the Securities Act and related rules as well as by examining leading cases from the courts and the Ontario Securities Commission on key aspects of securities regulation.

Students have three options: Option 1 (default option). Three-hour open book examination (100%). Option 2. Three-hour open book examination (50%) and a research paper of 5,000 to 5,500 words to be submitted on the deadline date for written work (50%). The research paper topic must be approved by the instructors. Option 3. Research paper of 9,000-10,000 words (100%), on a topic approved by the instructors. Class participation will be considered to the extent it would raise a student’s grade but in no case will it lower a student’s grade. If a student plans to write a research paper (i.e., to choose option 2 or 3), he or she must obtain the instructors’ approval of the research topic no later than Friday, February 10, 2017.

At a Glance

Second Term



72 JD


T: 6:10 - 8:00
Th: 6:10 - 8:00