Corporate Governance

Corporate boards want seasoned counsel to help optimize their performance, and in special situations to stand with them. Our experts provide insight into your unique issues and equip you to make critical decisions with confidence.

Boards and their committees, as well as management and other stakeholders of leading public and private Canadian and U.S. corporations, turn to us for advice on the full spectrum of governance issues. From ongoing governance strategies and responsibilities to navigating the regulatory landscape, we provide the counsel you need to minimize risk, meet legal obligations and exercise sound judgment at pivotal moments.

When you’re confronted with serious governance issues, we support and advise you on your responsibilities. Whether you’re dealing with activist shareholders, a complex M&A transaction or a litigation challenge, you can rely on our most experienced practitioners to untangle the challenges and create a path to resolution with clarity and speed.

Always at the forefront of evolving legal and policy standards, we publish our take on the latest developments annually in Davies Governance Insights. Our lawyers use their industry-leading knowledge to tailor best practices precisely to the needs of your organization.

Representative Work

Mistango River Resources Inc. and Orefinders Resources Inc., 2019

Appointed by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on application by shareholder activist Orefinders Resources Inc. to act as Independent Chair of the adjourned contested annual shareholders' meeting of Mistango River Resources Inc., at which Orefinders replaced the four-person board of directors with four new directors nominated by Orefinders, including its principals Stephen Stewart and Alex Stewart.

Mantle Ridge LP, 2019

Acted for Mantle Ridge LP in its accumulation of a material equity stake in Aramark and subsequent agreement with Aramark providing for the appointment of 6 new directors, including John Zillmer who was also appointed CEO, and Paul Hilal, founder and CEO of Mantle Ridge LP, who was also appointed as Vice Chairman of the board.