Poonam Puri

Affiliated Scholar

Poonam Puri

Poonam Puri

Affiliated Scholar

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 director with board experience in 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 sector organizations. She is experienced in chairing audit, risk, compensation and governance committees.

Exceptionally talented, Poonam has a deep understanding of business decision-making. Boards and senior management of public and private sector organizations 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.

Poonam Puri

Affiliated Scholar

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 director with board experience in 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 sector organizations. She is experienced in chairing audit, risk, compensation and governance committees.

Exceptionally talented, Poonam has a deep understanding of business decision-making. Boards and senior management of public and private sector organizations 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.

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2019, contributor

Oct. 03, 2019 - Davies Governance Insights 2019 is a comprehensive report that analyzes the governance trends and issues most important to Canadian public companies. Now in its ninth edition, Governance Insights is designed to be a playbook for navigating the diverse and complex challenges facing...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Article

Legal Privilege: Are You Protected?

Oct. 25, 2017 - In this article in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker, Tony Alexander and Poonam Puri discuss legal privilege in business transactions, the loss of transactional common interest privilege and best practices that companies should consider to protect the confidentiality of their...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2017

Oct. 02, 2017 - Davies Governance Insights 2017 provides analysis of the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management and governance observers. The 2017 edition provides readers with Davies’ take on important topics ranging from shareholder engagement and activism to...

Bulletin

When the OSC Comes Knocking

Aug. 15, 2017 - The OSC’s 2017 regulatory enforcement proceedings against Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) and three of its executives were the result of a lengthy, extensive and highly confidential investigation. If the OSC decided to target your company, would your team know what to do?A version of this article...

Article

Second Opinions Still the Exception

July 11, 2017 - In an article published in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker and Poonam Puri discuss the impact of the Yukon court’s ruling on fairness opinions and trends that have become evident since the court’s decision. Patricia and Poonam point out that since the court’s decision, there have been...

Bulletin

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...

Canadian Lawyer Magazine—Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers: Corporate-Commercial Law (2015, 2017)

Women’s Executive Network—100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2011)

South Asian Bar Association of Toronto—Female Lawyer of the Year (2010)

Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers—Award of Professional Excellence (2009)

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce—Female Professional of the Year (2008)

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (2005)

University of Toronto—Arbor Award (2004)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999

Education

Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2015
Harvard Law School, LLM, 1997
University of Toronto, LLB (Silver Medallist), 1995

Board Memberships

Canada Infrastructure Bank
Canadian Foundation for Governance Research
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
St. Clement’s School, Board of Governors
Greater Toronto Airports Authority, former director
Women’s College Hospital, former director

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 director with board experience in 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 sector organizations. She is experienced in chairing audit, risk, compensation and governance committees.

Exceptionally talented, Poonam has a deep understanding of business decision-making. Boards and senior management of public and private sector organizations 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.

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2019, contributor

Oct. 03, 2019 - Davies Governance Insights 2019 is a comprehensive report that analyzes the governance trends and issues most important to Canadian public companies. Now in its ninth edition, Governance Insights is designed to be a playbook for navigating the diverse and complex challenges facing...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Article

Legal Privilege: Are You Protected?

Oct. 25, 2017 - In this article in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker, Tony Alexander and Poonam Puri discuss legal privilege in business transactions, the loss of transactional common interest privilege and best practices that companies should consider to protect the confidentiality of their...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2017

Oct. 02, 2017 - Davies Governance Insights 2017 provides analysis of the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management and governance observers. The 2017 edition provides readers with Davies’ take on important topics ranging from shareholder engagement and activism to...

Bulletin

When the OSC Comes Knocking

Aug. 15, 2017 - The OSC’s 2017 regulatory enforcement proceedings against Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) and three of its executives were the result of a lengthy, extensive and highly confidential investigation. If the OSC decided to target your company, would your team know what to do?A version of this article...

Article

Second Opinions Still the Exception

July 11, 2017 - In an article published in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker and Poonam Puri discuss the impact of the Yukon court’s ruling on fairness opinions and trends that have become evident since the court’s decision. Patricia and Poonam point out that since the court’s decision, there have been...

Bulletin

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...

Canadian Lawyer Magazine—Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers: Corporate-Commercial Law (2015, 2017)

Women’s Executive Network—100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2011)

South Asian Bar Association of Toronto—Female Lawyer of the Year (2010)

Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers—Award of Professional Excellence (2009)

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce—Female Professional of the Year (2008)

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (2005)

University of Toronto—Arbor Award (2004)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999

Education

Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2015
Harvard Law School, LLM, 1997
University of Toronto, LLB (Silver Medallist), 1995

Board Memberships

Canada Infrastructure Bank
Canadian Foundation for Governance Research
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
St. Clement’s School, Board of Governors
Greater Toronto Airports Authority, former director
Women’s College Hospital, former director