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Aaron Atkinson

Aaron J. Atkinson

Partner Fasken
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Jurisdiction Ontario, 2001
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto
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Aaron Atkinson’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance. Advising clients on both domestic and international cross-border matters, Aaron has worked on numerous high-profile M&A transactions, including contested bids and proxy contests, with extensive experience advising buyers, targets and boards.

Aaron has an active M&A practice, advising clients on transactions including negotiated acquisitions and strategic alliances. Aaron’s recent publications include the 2015 Canadian Hostile Take-Over Bid Study and Canadian Proxy Contest Study - 2017 Update, highlighted key trends driving public M&A and activist activity in Canada.

Corporate directors and board committees also look to Aaron for advice on complex governance matters. He is the co-author of the publication 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Special Committees for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada). He is also frequently called on to work with boards and board special committees on transactional matters, internal investigations and complex governance issues.

In the area of corporate finance, Aaron has advised both public and private businesses, underwriters and investors in numerous industry sectors, including mining and life sciences.

A leading practitioner, Aaron is recognized by Chambers Canada and the Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Guide and frequently provides market insights to leading business media outlets, including The Globe and Mail and BNN.

 

2016 to 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory For Corporate Commercial Law
2016 to 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory For Mergers and Acquisitions
2016 to 2018 Chambers Canada For Corporate and Commercial in Ontario

Education

  • LLB University of Windsor
  • BA (Hons) University of Windsor

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Securities Law Subcommittee of the Ontario Bar Association
Article Proxy Contests in Canada: Are We Witnessing a Paradigm Shift The Activist Report
Article Lessons from Trump’s Victory: 10 Questions that every target of shareholder activism should be asking itself Timely Disclosure
Article Management Turning the Tide in Proxy Battles The Lawyers Weekly
Dual Class Share Structures and Double-Edged Swords: Observations on Value and Governance location location Quebec City
Proxy Contests and Hostile Take-Over Bids in Canada: A Look at the Facts location location Toronto