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Robert W. Staley

Bennett Jones LLP

Rob is co-Chair of the firm’s Shareholder Activism and Critical Situations practice group and a Vice-Chair of the firm. He maintains a practice focused on complex securities litigation, securities regulation and enforcement, shareholder activism, and securities class actions. He has a significant trial and appellate practice in all levels of court, including eleven appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada. He also appears regularly in contested proceedings before provincial securities commissions. Rob advises boards of directors and board committees in connection with investigations, shareholder activism, takeover bids, and litigious transactions. He advises both companies and dissidents in proxy contests. Rob is recognized by leading legal directories such as Lexpert®, Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Benchmark, and many more as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution. On four occasions Rob has been named as Canada's Securities Litigator of the Year. Peer-review publications have recognized Rob as "a brilliant lawyer" for "his skilled handling of complex cases," as "absolutely first rate at examining and cross-examining witnesses," for his "excellent courtroom presence," his ability to provide "practical and concise advice,” and as "a masterful strategic thinker."

Year Called to the Bar:1987 (ON)
100 King St W, Suite 3400, 1 First Canadian Pl, PO Box 130
Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 777-4857
Fax: (416) 863-1716
E-mail: [email protected]

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  • Apr 26, 2019
    Canada recently adopted a deferred prosecution regime, joining the US in adopting a regime that allows regulators to remediate bad corporate behavior outside of a lengthy court trial situation
  • Jul 03, 2018
    Ontario Superior Court awards judgment to SFC Litigation Trust for fraud and breach of duty in Sino-Forest case
  • Nov 18, 2016
    Each Canadian province has its own class-action statute, which means US clients may still face five or six overlapping class actions, each one bogged down by interlocutory motions and appeals.
  • Aug 08, 2016
    In the case of two Canadian trust funds – funds holding a galleon’s worth of bullion in gold and silver bars – a failed proxy vote by one disgruntled institutional unitholder quickly swelled into one ...

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