Matthew Epp

Partner

Calgary
MEpp@blg.com
403.232.9712
Matthew has practised in the areas of civil litigation and white collar crime for more than 25 years. Clients regularly request his advice in complex commercial litigation including class actions, fraud, the corruption of foreign officials and shareholders disputes.
As enforcement counsel at the Alberta Securities Commission for several years, he dealt with matters involving insider trading, market manipulation, proxy solicitation and take over bids.

Matthew acts as lead counsel for large corporations at all levels of court and in front of industry tribunals, including the Law Society of Alberta, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Alberta Securities Commission, and the Real Estate Council of Alberta.

Matthew's legal experience involves significant arbitral proceedings, including those in the electricity and real estate development industries, as well as general corporate/commercial matters ranging from employment matters to contractual disputes.

Experience

  • Acted as counsel on one of the largest market manipulation matters in Canada.
  • Acted as counsel to a Calgary businessman charged with insider trading, which resulted in an acquittal.
  • Acted as counsel on arbitral matters involving Power Purchase Arrangements where millions of dollars were at issue.
  • Successfully represented a client during arbitration on a matter involving rights under a Land Purchase Agreement worth over $25 million.
  • Advise in-house counsel in matters arising from insider trading allegations.
  • Successfully defended a client in class action proceedings in which claims over $50 million were made.
  • Advises both Exempt Market Dealers and IIROC member firms on matters of compliance, and provides counsel on regulatory investigations and civil litigation.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the National Exempt Market Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation) and in the 2021 edition (Class Actions Litigation and Director and Officer LIability Practice).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation - Corporate Commercial) and the 2020 edition (Litigation — Securities).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2020) of Benchmark Canada as a “Litigation Star” (Securities).
  • Recognized by Alberta Benchmark Rating as a Litigation Star (Securities).
  • Recognized by Alberta Benchmark Rating as a Future Litigation Star.
  • Recognized by Lexpert® as a "Repeatedly Recommended" Leading Practitioner, Litigation — Securities.
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a Leading Practitioner in Securities Litigation.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 1996
  • LLB, University of Alberta, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Calgary, 1992