Securities Litigation

Stikeman Elliott represents Canadian and multinational companies and their directors and officers in securities-related litigation, regulatory proceedings and investigations. With expertise in our offices in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, we can respond strategically and comprehensively to securities and secondary market class actions that are commenced in more than one Canadian jurisdiction.

Clients benefit from our experience as both prosecutor and defence counsel, whether through negotiations with governmental authorities, or in effectively defending charges, as is appropriate in the circumstances. We have successfully defended clients in enforcement proceedings involving the provincial securities associations, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) as well as clients in criminal and quasi-criminal court proceedings. We have also acted as special counsel for the OSC in investigations, prosecutions and Commission hearings.

Our lawyers provide proactive advice to reduce clients’ exposure to governmental prosecutions and civil liability. In addition to assisting clients implement policies and procedures necessary for legislative compliance, we work with clients to obtain necessary approvals and registrations under the relevant securities legislation.

Our Expertise

  • Insider trading
  • Material non-disclosure
  • Misrepresentations
  • Policy hearings
  • Registration applications
  • Secondary market liability
  • Section 74 rulings (OSA)
  • Transaction hearings
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Litigation: Securities, Litigation: Product Liability, Litigation: Corporate Tax and Litigation: Corporate Commercial
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Dispute Resolution
  •  The 2020 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Securities Litigation