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Jim’s practice focuses on securities litigation and regulation, including shareholder disputes, shareholders’ class actions, M&A litigation, broker liability suits, regulatory proceedings, criminal prosecutions and related internal investigations.
Jim also provides representation in general commercial disputes, including contract disputes, debtor/creditor rights, commercial torts and energy market litigation.
Within BLG, Jim is the national leader of our Securities Litigation Group and the co-chair of our Investigations and White Collar Defence Group.
Jim was Senior Investigation Counsel at the OSC in 1989-90. He was also the Litigation Manager for the Enforcement Branch of the OSC in 1996-97. Both positions were secondments from BLG.
YBM Magnex International Inc. et al. – represented one of the respondent’s directors in OSC proceeding, and related sharedholders’ class action.
IAMGold Corporation – represented applicant in oppression claim.
Helix BioPharma – represented the company in proxy fight.
Research in Motion – represented senior executive in options back-dating regulatory investigation and related shareholder litigation.
ABCP – represented securities dealer in regulatory investigation into collapse of asset-backed commercial paper market.
IIROC v. TD Securities Inc. et al. – represented securities industry self-regulatory organization in disciplinary hearing, involving market rules.
Magna International Inc. v. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board et al. – represented institutional shareholders in regulatory and civil proceedings regarding collapse of dual class share structure.
IIROC v. Northern Securities – represented securities industry self-regulatory organization in disciplinary hearing.
OSC v. Agueci et al. – represented respondent in regulatory proceedings alleging illegal insider trading and tipping.
NUGS v. OEFC – represented various applicants in proceedings against OEFC in respect of rate escalator under non-utility generator contracts.
Bankrutpcy of MF Global Canada Co. – represented the trustee in claim by Friedberg Mercantile Group Ltd.
Liquidation of LWP Capital Inc. – represented the liquidator in inventory valuation dispute.
First Leaside Securities Inc. – represented Canadian Investor Protection Fund in customer claims against compensation fund.
Nortel – represented senior officer in civil and regulatory proceedings
Knowledge House Inc. – represented director in civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings.
Hurst v. PWC – represented defendant in class action.
Fischer v. AIC et al. – represent one of the fund companies in market timing class action.
Recognized in Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: Securities Ontario).
Recognized in Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Ontario).
Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation — Corporate Commercial, Litigation — Directors' and Officers' Liability, Litigation – Securities).
Recognized in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Directors' and Officers' Liability Litigation).
Recognized in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Litigation - Corporate Commercial).
Recognized as a leading litigator in the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star
Recognized in Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Securities".
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Securities Law).
Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association 2019 President’s Award.
Bar Admission & Education
Université de Toronto, 1979
BA in Economics,
Université de Toronto, 1976
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