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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.


Client Work

  • Aphria announces successful takeover bid defence,
  • Exxon acquires InterOil for US $2.5 billion,
  • Capstone Infrastructure sells its 50% interest in Bristol Water to iCON Infrastructure Partners III,
  • Norbord and Ainsworth to merge in deal valued at over C$750 million,
  • Glencore to acquire Viterra in US$6.1 billion deal,
  • MKS completes plan of arrangement with Parametric Technology,
  • Samuel Manu-Tech completes going private transaction,
  • Magna completes $1.1 billion plan of arrangement to eliminate dual-class share structure,
  • Northland Power Income Fund closes US$161 million offering of trust units and convertible debentures,

Career & Education


  • 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

Fasken Institute



Article 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Special Committees, Second Edition
Article Take-Over and Issuer Bids
Article Board Meetings and Other Board Communication: The Pitfalls...and How to Avoid Them

Speaking Engagements

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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