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Proxy Contests in Canada – The Current State of Play

Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Group Seminar (Fasken Martineau Institute)
Where Fasken Martineau
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre
Toronto, ON
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The past five years have witnessed explosive growth in the use of proxy contests as a means to affect corporate control in Canada. There are many potential explanations for this growth, including turbulent markets and increasing demands of shareholders. Fasken Martineau invites you to attend an interactive session in which we will discuss key insights from our ground-breaking Canadian proxy contest study and provide an update on the most recent high-profile contested meetings. Join us and learn more about:

  • The increasing frequency of proxy contests
  • Leading tactics employed by dissidents and the effectiveness of those tactics 
  • Key defence strategies for boards 
  • The challenges of brokering a settlement 
  • Updates on leading cases

This complimentary session will feature presentations by Aaron Atkinson, Dan Batista and Brad Freelan, the authors of our study, as well as Steven Lukas, who played an integral role in recent contests, including Mundoro and St. Elias.

A copy of the 2013 Canadian Proxy Contest Study can be download here.


  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am Presentation and Q&A

Note: The hours from this non-accredited seminar may be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Ongoing Members. Please note that this seminar is not accredited for Professionalism Hours and cannot be counted for New Members or for Professionalism Hours for Ongoing Members.


This is an in-person seminar.


This seminar is complimentary.


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For more information:

Nick Fan
+1 416 868 3511