Shareholder Activism

We represent both shareholders and public issuers in dealing with concerns about corporate governance raised by shareholders or other stakeholders. This practice is a natural extension of, and draws on our expertise in, the areas of corporate and securities law and litigation. Our highly integrated practices allow us to assemble teams of lawyers from these and other practice areas to assist our clients in these matters. While most of the controversies in this area are ultimately resolved through negotiation, they can sometimes result in hotly contested proxy fights or litigious proceedings and hearings before courts and securities regulators and stock exchanges.

Our engagements in this area have included advising shareholders, public issuers and their boards in a broad array of matters including director nominations, shareholder proposals, shareholder meeting requisitions, full-blown contested proxy battles for board control, opposition to proposed transactions and the exercise of dissent/appraisal rights.

Recent Work

  • SunOpta Inc. secures US$85-million equity investment by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
  • Resolute Performance Fund's ''withhold'' proxy contest with Wesdome Gold Mines