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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Competition / Antitrust Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Securities Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law International Arbitration Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Administrative and Public Law International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Securities Law Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Administrative and Public Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Governance Practice Natural Resources Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law Private Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Cannabis Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Securities Law Corporate Governance Practice Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law International Arbitration Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Defamation and Media Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Administrative and Public Law Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Biotechnology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Public Procurement Law Securities Law Private Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Real Estate Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Biotechnology Law Corporate Law Technology Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Securities Law Natural Resources Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Natural Resources Law Construction Law Insurance Law International Arbitration Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Securities Law Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Securities Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Labour and Employment Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Corporate Governance Practice Administrative and Public Law Securities Law Criminal Defence Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law International Arbitration Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law Corporate Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Technology Law Private Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Corporate Law Corporate Governance Practice Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law
Lawyer
Sean D. Sadler was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sean D. Sadler

McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds Law Securities Law Mutual Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Practice Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Technology Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law Securities Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mining Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Defamation and Media Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Labour and Employment Law Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mining Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Law

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Practice Area Definition

Securities Law Definition

Securities law encompasses a wide range of areas that includes public and private offerings of securities, stock exchanges and other securities markets, continuous disclosure by public companies, insider trading and tipping, takeover bids, business combinations, corporate governance, investment funds, derivatives, and dealer and adviser registration (equivalent to licensing). In Canada, securities regulation is within provincial jurisdiction and each of the provinces and territories has securities regulatory legislation. Although there are differences in the degree of regulation between jurisdictions, the regulatory regimes are generally similar. Broadly speaking, Canadian securities regulation is comparable to that of the United States.

Generally, in each Canadian jurisdiction, a distribution of securities must be qualified by a prospectus that is filed with and cleared by the relevant securities regulatory authority unless an exemption from this requirement is available. In addition, securities legislation in the various Canadian jurisdictions deems certain trades in securities that were previously acquired under an exemption from the prospectus requirements, called "first trades," to be distributions. Securities of an issuer that is a reporting issuer under Canadian securities laws (that is, an issuer that is subject to periodic reporting requirements) and that were acquired under an exemption from the prospectus requirements are generally freely tradable, depending on the exemption relied upon, after a four-month hold period. The most regularly relied upon exemption from the prospectus requirements is the accredited investor exemption (permits certain qualified investors, including institutional investors and persons or companies that meet income or asset tests, to acquire securities on a prospectus-exempt basis).

Lawyers in this area must have a comprehensive understanding of the provincial securities laws administered by the applicable provincial regulatory authority, as well as the rules and policies of the national securities exchanges and IIROC (Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, which is the national self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada). An important aspect of the practice is advising issuers and other market participants as to which information about the issuer and the securities being offered is "material" and therefore requires disclosure in offering materials or other disclosure documents.

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Securities law encompasses a wide range of areas that includes public and private offerings of securities, stock exchanges and other securities markets, continuous disclosure by public companies, insider trading and tipping, takeover bids, business combinations, corporate governance, investment funds, derivatives, and dealer and adviser registration (equivalent to licensing). In Canada, securities regulation is within provincial jurisdiction and each of the provinces and territories has securities regulatory legislation. Although there are differences in the degree of regulation between jurisdictions, the regulatory regimes are generally similar. Broadly speaking, Canadian securities regulation is comparable to that of the United States.

Generally, in each Canadian jurisdiction, a distribution of securities must be qualified by a prospectus that is filed with and cleared by the relevant securities regulatory authority unless an exemption from this requirement is available. In addition, securities legislation in the various Canadian jurisdictions deems certain trades in securities that were previously acquired under an exemption from the prospectus requirements, called "first trades," to be distributions. Securities of an issuer that is a reporting issuer under Canadian securities laws (that is, an issuer that is subject to periodic reporting requirements) and that were acquired under an exemption from the prospectus requirements are generally freely tradable, depending on the exemption relied upon, after a four-month hold period. The most regularly relied upon exemption from the prospectus requirements is the accredited investor exemption (permits certain qualified investors, including institutional investors and persons or companies that meet income or asset tests, to acquire securities on a prospectus-exempt basis).

Lawyers in this area must have a comprehensive understanding of the provincial securities laws administered by the applicable provincial regulatory authority, as well as the rules and policies of the national securities exchanges and IIROC (Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, which is the national self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada). An important aspect of the practice is advising issuers and other market participants as to which information about the issuer and the securities being offered is "material" and therefore requires disclosure in offering materials or other disclosure documents.