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Bradley Freelan Toronto Lawyer

Bradley A. Freelan

Partner Fasken
The best way to defend against an activist, is to avoid becoming a target in the first place.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2006
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Brad Freelan is a Partner in the firm’s Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions group with a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, corporate governance and corporate finance.

Brad has significant experience representing acquirors and targets across a broad range of industries in both public and private M&A transactions, and frequently provides governance advice to boards and special committees. He has a particular expertise assisting clients with contested situations, including hostile bids and proxy contests. Brad also acts for issuers and investment dealers in connection with public and private offerings of securities, including in connection with going public transactions.

Brad is recognized as a leading lawyer by Lexpert for mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance and as a rising star by Lexpert and by IFLR1000. Co-author of several empirical studies on hostile bids and proxy contests, Brad’s insights into the mergers and acquisitions market has earned widespread media coverage, including being featured on the Business News Network and Bloomberg TV Canada and in The Globe and Mail and The Financial Post.

  • Recognized Nationwide as a Rising Star in M&A, IFLR 1000 2019 to 2020
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Corporate Finance & Securities, Lexpert 2016 to 2020
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Mergers & Acquisitions, Lexpert 2018 to 2020
Date Client


  • Chartered Financial Analyst Program, Completed Level III
  • JD University of Toronto
  • M.B.A. University of Toronto
  • B Comm McGill University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association


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