Clients rely on Poonam’s creative advice for their corporate governance, corporate law, securities law, and merger and acquisition matters.
Internationally acclaimed for her leading-edge research and dynamic teaching, Poonam is an affiliated scholar with our firm, and a full professor and former associate dean at Osgoode Hall Law School.
A seasoned corporate director with board experience in mining, engineering, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare, Poonam is recognized for her expertise in strategic planning, capital-raising and restructuring, financial oversight, risk management, executive compensation and complex governance challenges facing public and private companies. She is experienced in chairing audit, risk and compensation committees and governance committees.
Exceptionally talented, Poonam has a deep understanding of business decision-making. Boards and senior management of public and private companies consult her for guidance on a wide range of issues. She regularly appears as an expert witness in significant corporate and securities law matters and securities class actions.
In the News
New Deal Rules Don’t Shake the Industry, Bringing Little Change in the Number of Hostile Bids
May 18, 2017 - The Financial Post recently published an article outlining findings in a report by Davies affiliated scholar Poonam Puri and Kingsdale’s Hooman Tabesh about the effect of the CSA’s takeover bid rules enacted in May 2016. Poonam and Hooman analyzed the number of deals that became hostile in the year...
Canadian Capital Markets Report 2017: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Mar. 31, 2017 - Canadian capital markets in 2016 were turbulent and unpredictable, to say the least. Factors that contributed to shaky investor confidence included the unprecedented British vote to exit the European Union, the hard fought and (to some) surprising result of the U.S. presidential election, a...
If Pills Are Out, Are Private Placements In?
Jan. 12, 2017 - Canada’s new takeover bid regime got its first serious test with Hecla Mining’s attempted hostile takeover of Dolly Varden Silver. Under the new takeover bid rules, poison pills as a bid defence may soon be a thing of the past, to be replaced by private placements as the defensive tactic of choice...
Yukon Appeal Court’s InterOil Decision Based on Cold, Hard and Questionable Facts
Dec. 02, 2016 - Background A recent court decision from the Yukon has grabbed the attention of financial advisers and mergers and acquisition practitioners, raising questions about established market practices in M&A transactions, particularly with respect to fairness opinions. In a decision rendered on November...
Parents’ Subsidiary Liabilities Hit Home, co-author
Mar. 06, 2016 - Listed Magazine
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Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje
Sept. 08, 2015 - On September 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held in Chevron Corp v. Yaiguaje that the Ontario court has jurisdiction to hear an action brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs seeking the recognition and enforcement in Ontario of a US$9. 51-billion Ecuadorian judgment for environmental...
Poonam Puri Named One of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer
Aug. 06, 2015 - Poonam Puri, Davies-affiliated scholar, has been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine. Recognized as one of five lawyers in the corporate-commercial law category, Poonam was described by voters as an “exceptional talent” with “outstanding research and...
Leading-Edge Practices in Subsidiary Governance
June 17, 2015 - At a recent presentation at the Davies Academy for Continuing Professional Development, Davies partner Luis Sarabia and Davies affiliated scholar Poonam Puri discussed recent legal proceedings in which courts have been asked to hold parent companies directly liable in negligence for the actions of...
Canadian Board Diversity Council—Diversity 50
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation—Fellow
Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals—Lloyd Houlden Fellowship
Canadian Diversity Champions—Women of Influence
Women’s Executive Network—100 Most Powerful Women in Canada
Canadian Lawyer Magazine—Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers: Corporate-Commercial Law
South Asian Bar Association of Toronto—Female Lawyer of the Year (2010)
Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers—Award of Professional Excellence
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce—Female Professional of the Year (2008)
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award
University of Toronto—Arbor Award