Steven G. Frankel

Partner

Steven G. Frankel

Steven G. Frankel

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2010

A fearless advocate for his clients, Steven acts in high-stakes, complex commercial disputes.

Steven assists Canadian and international clients in class action disputes and securities litigation matters. He also has substantial expertise in competition litigation, contractual disputes and franchise litigation. Steven offers clear and detailed advice to clients and appears before courts and tribunals across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Ontario Securities Commission. Corporations across a broad range of industries, including resource extraction, value Steven for his focus and sharp analytical skills.

Steven is a member of the legal task force of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He has also provided pro bono representation to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Steven G. Frankel

Partner

A fearless advocate for his clients, Steven acts in high-stakes, complex commercial disputes.

Steven assists Canadian and international clients in class action disputes and securities litigation matters. He also has substantial expertise in competition litigation, contractual disputes and franchise litigation. Steven offers clear and detailed advice to clients and appears before courts and tribunals across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Ontario Securities Commission. Corporations across a broad range of industries, including resource extraction, value Steven for his focus and sharp analytical skills.

Steven is a member of the legal task force of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He has also provided pro bono representation to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation in a $200-million contractual indemnity claim arising out of the purchase of the Rexall Pharmacy Business and tort claims for alleged fraudulent misrepresentations in contract negotiation.

Royal Group, Inc.

Acted for Royal Group, Inc. in its successful defence of a wrongful dismissal action commenced by its former Chief Financial Officer. The action was dismissed by Justice Myers of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in July 2017, following a three-week trial in the Commercial List. Royal Group prevailed on every issue, proving that the Plaintiff's role in certain related party transactions gave rise to cause for dismissal notwithstanding that the Plaintiff had previously been acquitted of criminal charges brought against him in respect of those transactions.

Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Acted for Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, a Turkish construction company, in its application before the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario for the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award rendered against the Kyrgyz Republic in a case of illegal expropriation of an hotel it owned and operated in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation and certain of its former and existing officers and directors in defending eight multi-billion dollar class actions commenced in jurisdictions across Canada pertaining to alleged breaches by Barrick of its disclosure obligations under the securities laws of Ontario and other provinces concerning Barrick's Pascua Lama mining project in Chile and Argentina.

LG Electronics

Acted for LG Electronics and its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries in multiple class actions commenced across Canada. The class actions alleged that LG and a number of other electronics companies engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy in connection with the sale of optical disk drives and products containing them, and included a certification motion in the British Columbia Supreme Court and subsequent appeal in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now known as Nutrien Ltd.)

Acted for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now known as Nutrien Ltd.) in proceedings before the Courts of Saskatchewan. This was a multi-billion dollar dispute over the ownership of potash reserves in the world's largest potash mine in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, and gave rise to more than 100 days of discovery, numerous interlocutory motions as well as an appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. The case was settled shortly before the commencement of a lengthy trial in Saskatoon, on terms satisfactory to Potash Corporation.

Bulletin

Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v Araya

Feb. 28, 2020 - The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v Araya, stating that customary international law (CIL) norms are directly incorporated into Canadian law and that claims such as the ones advanced in this case may be considered by Canadian courts. The case...

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, “Top Class Action Cases of 2019”

Jan. 20, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, The Advocates’ Society, “A Litigator’s Guide to the Business of Law”

Nov. 02, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Ontario Bar Association, 7th Annual Professional Issues for Business Lawyers, “Privilege and Board Meeting Minutes”

Oct. 23, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Law Society of Ontario, Class Actions Update

Nov. 08, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, Master of Financial Accountability Program, “Directors’ Duties”

Sept. 01, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Combating Hate Speech and Anti-Semitism Conference, “Dealing with Online Hate”

Feb. 13, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, Master of Financial Accountability Program, “Directors’ Duties”

Nov. 01, 2017

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Class Action Litigation

Chambers Canada Award—Litigation Firm of the Year (2018)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Litigation, General Commercial Department: Ontario (Band 1 for firm)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2010

Education

University of Toronto, JD, 2009
McGill University, BA (Hons) (Political Science & History) (First Class Honours, Dean’s List), 2006

Professional Affiliations

The Advocates’ Society

Community Involvement

The Advocates’ Society, 10+ Standing Committee, Practice Groups Standing Committee and Class Actions Practice Group Leadership Committee

A fearless advocate for his clients, Steven acts in high-stakes, complex commercial disputes.

Steven assists Canadian and international clients in class action disputes and securities litigation matters. He also has substantial expertise in competition litigation, contractual disputes and franchise litigation. Steven offers clear and detailed advice to clients and appears before courts and tribunals across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Ontario Securities Commission. Corporations across a broad range of industries, including resource extraction, value Steven for his focus and sharp analytical skills.

Steven is a member of the legal task force of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He has also provided pro bono representation to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation in a $200-million contractual indemnity claim arising out of the purchase of the Rexall Pharmacy Business and tort claims for alleged fraudulent misrepresentations in contract negotiation.

Royal Group, Inc.

Acted for Royal Group, Inc. in its successful defence of a wrongful dismissal action commenced by its former Chief Financial Officer. The action was dismissed by Justice Myers of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in July 2017, following a three-week trial in the Commercial List. Royal Group prevailed on every issue, proving that the Plaintiff's role in certain related party transactions gave rise to cause for dismissal notwithstanding that the Plaintiff had previously been acquitted of criminal charges brought against him in respect of those transactions.

Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Acted for Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, a Turkish construction company, in its application before the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario for the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award rendered against the Kyrgyz Republic in a case of illegal expropriation of an hotel it owned and operated in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation and certain of its former and existing officers and directors in defending eight multi-billion dollar class actions commenced in jurisdictions across Canada pertaining to alleged breaches by Barrick of its disclosure obligations under the securities laws of Ontario and other provinces concerning Barrick's Pascua Lama mining project in Chile and Argentina.

LG Electronics

Acted for LG Electronics and its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries in multiple class actions commenced across Canada. The class actions alleged that LG and a number of other electronics companies engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy in connection with the sale of optical disk drives and products containing them, and included a certification motion in the British Columbia Supreme Court and subsequent appeal in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now known as Nutrien Ltd.)

Acted for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now known as Nutrien Ltd.) in proceedings before the Courts of Saskatchewan. This was a multi-billion dollar dispute over the ownership of potash reserves in the world's largest potash mine in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, and gave rise to more than 100 days of discovery, numerous interlocutory motions as well as an appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. The case was settled shortly before the commencement of a lengthy trial in Saskatoon, on terms satisfactory to Potash Corporation.

Bulletin

Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v Araya

Feb. 28, 2020 - The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v Araya, stating that customary international law (CIL) norms are directly incorporated into Canadian law and that claims such as the ones advanced in this case may be considered by Canadian courts. The case...

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, “Top Class Action Cases of 2019”

Jan. 20, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, The Advocates’ Society, “A Litigator’s Guide to the Business of Law”

Nov. 02, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Ontario Bar Association, 7th Annual Professional Issues for Business Lawyers, “Privilege and Board Meeting Minutes”

Oct. 23, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Law Society of Ontario, Class Actions Update

Nov. 08, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, Master of Financial Accountability Program, “Directors’ Duties”

Sept. 01, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Combating Hate Speech and Anti-Semitism Conference, “Dealing with Online Hate”

Feb. 13, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, Master of Financial Accountability Program, “Directors’ Duties”

Nov. 01, 2017

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Class Action Litigation

Chambers Canada Award—Litigation Firm of the Year (2018)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Litigation, General Commercial Department: Ontario (Band 1 for firm)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2010

Education

University of Toronto, JD, 2009
McGill University, BA (Hons) (Political Science & History) (First Class Honours, Dean’s List), 2006

Professional Affiliations

The Advocates’ Society

Community Involvement

The Advocates’ Society, 10+ Standing Committee, Practice Groups Standing Committee and Class Actions Practice Group Leadership Committee