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William Orr Toronto Lawyer

William K. Orr

Counsel Fasken
Boards often form special committees to minimize the risk that a decision is affected by personal or secondary interests.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1978
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto, Montréal

William K. Orr focuses his practice on corporate governance in acting for boards of directors and independent committees of boards. He is highly experienced in securities regulation involving multi-national transactions in Canada, the US, the UK and beyond. Bill is recognized in Canadian and international directories for expertise in public and private financings, private placements, takeover bids, M&A, going-private transactions, corporate governance, restructurings, and stock exchange and securities enforcement issues.

In addition to boards and independent committees of boards, these clients include public companies, investment dealers and institutional investors.

Bill has taught securities regulation and business law at Queen's University, Osgoode Hall Law School, McGill University and the University of Toronto. He co-authored a book, Private Placements in Canada, which was published by Carswell in 1985.

  • Recognized nationwide as Highly Regarded in M&A, IFLR 1000 2018 to 2022
  • Recognized in Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006 to 2022
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star™ lawyer, Acritas Star Independently Rated Lawyers 2019 to 2021
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  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA University of Toronto

Community involvement

Bill has served on a number of community and charitable boards of directors, including:

  • President, Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Trinity College, University of Toronto
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Dellcrest Children's Centre
  • Member, College of Electors of the University of Toronto
  • Director and Honourary Counsel, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award – Young Canadians Challenge

Memberships & Affiliations

  • ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Board of Directors, Institute of Corporate Directors
Article 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Special Committees, Second Edition
Article Board Meetings and Other Board Communication: The Pitfalls...and How to Avoid Them
Article Take-Over and Issuer Bids
Speaker Managing a Special Committee Process Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition) location location Toronto, ON
Mergers and Acquisitions: Emerging Strategies and Regulatory Issues The Intensive Course in Canadian Securities Law and Practice, Osgoode Professional Development location location Toronto
Special Committees: Bulletproofing Your Process Directors Source Webinar Series, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada location location Toronto


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