Poonam Puri

Poonam Puri, a Professor of Law and former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School, is an affiliated scholar with the firm. She provides advice to clients of the firm, mainly regarding issues of corporate governance, corporate law, securities law, financial regulation and mergers and acquisitions.

Poonam has appeared as an expert witness in several significant corporate and securities law cases. She has been an adviser to the Ontario Securities Commission, the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, the Task Force to Modernize Securities Regulation and the Wise Persons Committee on Securities Regulation. She has also provided advice to the Canadian Senate and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.


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  • Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine in the corporate-commercial law category.
  • Named as one of Canadian Lawyer Magazine's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2015
  • Awarded the Lloyd Houlden Fellowship for 2015, which is awarded annually by the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals to support "an original analysis of innovative ways to improve the insolvency system, a historical analysis of particular features of the system or an exploration of any other insolvency-related idea." This award will support Poonam’s work in governance by analyzing the intersection of directors’ fiduciary duties, environmental obligations and the insolvency framework.
  • Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network (2011)
  • Female Lawyer of the Year, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (2010)
  • Award of Professional Excellence, Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers (2010)
  • Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Female Professional of the Year (2008)
  • Recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award (2006)

Professional Affiliations

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Board Memberships

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  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority, past chair of governance committee
  • Women's College Hospital, chair of governance committee
  • St. Clements School, Board of Governors
  • Arizona Mining Inc., chair of governance committee
  • Canadian Foundation for Governance Research, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Corporate Directors

Community Involvement

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Teaching Engagements

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Speaking Engagements

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Articles and Publications

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Poonam's publications include:

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Bar Admissions:

Ontario, 1999


Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2015

Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1997

University of Toronto, LL.B., 1995 (silver medallist)