Walied Soliman


Walied Soliman


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Walied Soliman is co-chair of our Canadian special situations team, which encompasses Canada’s leading shareholder activist and defence mandates and complex reorganization transactions. Over the past several years, Mr. Soliman has been involved in almost every major proxy battle in Canada, acting for both issuers and activists. He is widely regarded as one of the leading special situations practitioners in Canada. In addition, his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, financings, corporate governance and structured products.

Mr. Soliman was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014; ranked by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2013; and was ranked as one of the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 in Canada by Lexpert magazine in 2009. Among other philanthropic endeavours, Mr. Soliman is a board member of the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation. ‎Mr. Soliman has also been actively involved in provincial and federal politics in Canada.

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  • Year of call
    Ontario 2002
  • Law school
    LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2001
  • Speaking engagements
    • CIRI 26th Annual Investors Relations Conference, Whistler, BC, June 2013. 
    • ICD National Conference, Toronto, May 2013.
    • “Active-Passive Investor Summit,” Information Management Network (IMN), New York City, April 2013.
    • “Proxy fights: Shareholder Activist and Defense Update,” Norton Rose Canada LLP, Toronto, March 2013.
    • “Shareholder Activism: What IRO’s Need to Know,” CIRI Ontario luncheon, Toronto, February 2013.
    • “The Activist Investor Conference 2013,” Deal Flow Media, New York City, January 2013.
    • “Shareholder Activism: Is Your Company Next?” CIRI Alberta, Calgary, January 2013.
  • Selected client work

    Mr. Soliman has recently acted as counsel to the following clients:

    • Genesis Land Development Corp. in a shareholder dispute opposite a dissident group that included Smoothwater Capital Corporation
    • Mobilicity Group in its high-profile reorganization
    • The special committee of Key REIT in its successful hostile takeover defence opposite Huntingdon Capital Corp.
    • Agrium Inc. in its successful high-profile defence opposite JANA Partners LLC
    • Mundoro Capital Inc. in a shareholder dispute opposite Northern Minerals Investment Corp. The successful defence established the “Advance Notice Policy” in Canada
    • Viterra Inc. in a high-profile shareholder dispute opposite Alberta Investment Management Corp.
    • Telus Corporation in a high-profile shareholder dispute opposite Mason Capital Management LLC. Defence of Telus led to leading Canadian case law on a variety of issues, including empty voting
    • Mount Kellett Capital Management in a shareholder dispute opposite Baja Mining Corp.
    • K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc. in a shareholder dispute opposite Klondex Mines Ltd.
    • JEC Capital Corp. in a shareholder dispute opposite Miranda Technologies Corp.
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Named as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2015 – Mining Law; Natural Resources Law
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013 – Mining Law
    • Ranked as one of the Top 40 lawyers under 40 in Canada by Lexpert magazine in 2009
  • Memberships and activities
    • Canadian Bar Association
  • Events
  • Videos

    Shareholder activism: a year in review – cutting-edge tactics in 2013 and a look ahead

    October 2013

    Part 1 (53:26)

    Walied Soliman and Orestes Pasparakis talk about the latest developments in shareholder activism in Canada, addressing key topics such as advance notice bylaws and empty voting. Wes Hall and David Rosewater also share their thoughts. A brief Q&A session was also held.

    Part 2 (19:53)

    Orestes Pasparakis interviews Wes Hall who discusses the leading tactics used by issuers and dissidents.

    Part 3 (19:04)

    Walied Soliman talks to David Rosewater about the US legal issues affecting Canadian campaigns.

    3rd annual shareholder activism in Canada seminar

    November 2012

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