Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am
Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen’s Park, Room J140

Program on Ethics in Law and Business

Lawyers’ Duties in an Age of Shareholder Activism

Thursday, May 2, 2019

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen’s Park, Room J140

This program contains 2 hours and 30 minutes of Professionalism Content approved by the Law Society of Ontario.

In recent years, sophisticated shareholders have become increasingly active in corporate governance, especially in change of control transactions. As a result, the relationship between the corporation, its board of directors and shareholders has shifted. What does the current environment signify for boards and legal counsel in terms of their legal and ethical duties? What key legal and ethical principles should boards and their counsel bear in mind in the face of shareholder activism and during a change of control? What specific pressures and duties do general counsel who sit on boards face?


Anita Anand - J.R. Kimber Chair, Faculty of Law, U of T

Paul Davis - Co-Chair, Capital Markets and M&A, McMillan LLP

Bradley Freelan - Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Naizam Kanji - Director, Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, OSC

Jennifer Longhurst - Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Alex Moore - Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Heidi Reinhart - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


General Conference Fee – $100

Full-Time Academic and Judiciary Rate – $50

Free for Full-Time Students and Articling Students

Registration beings 8:30 and Conference at 9:00 am

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Please contact Kathryn Millard with any questions (by telephone: 416-946-0931 or by email at