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Bradley Freelan

Bradley A. Freelan

Partner Fasken
With the number of formal proxy contests steadily declining, the strength of management continues to be on display.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2006
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Brad Freelan’s practice is focused on corporate and securities law, with  an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, and corporate finance.

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

Co-author of several empirical studies on hostile bids and proxy contests, Brad’s insights into the mergers and acquisitions market has earned widespread coverage by leading business media outlets, including Business News Network, Bloomberg TV Canada and The Globe and Mail.

Outside his practice, Brad is the director of Epilepsy Toronto, a non-profit agency supporting people living with epilepsy. He is also involved with the Sunny View Youth Involvement Association, which is focused on supporting and enhancing programming at Sunny View Public School, a congregated special education setting for students with high physical and health needs.

  • The Legal 500 Canada, The Legal 500 Canada 2019
  • IFLR 1000 2019 Rising Star (M&A), IFLR 1000 2019
  • Lexperts 2018 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 Winner, Lexpert Rising Star 2018
2019 The Legal 500 Canada The Legal 500 Canada Corporate and M&A
2019 IFLR 1000 IFLR 1000 2019 Rising Star (M&A)


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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
Proxy Contests and Hostile Take-Over Bids in Canada: A Look at the Facts Activist Investing in Canada 2015 Conference location location Toronto
Hostile Bid Activity in Canada: A Look Back and Ahead location location Toronto


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