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Walied Soliman


Walied Soliman


T:+1 416.216.4820

F:+1 416.216.3930

Walied Soliman is co-chair of our Canadian special situations team, which encompasses Canada’s leading hostile M&A, shareholder activism 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 is also 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:

    • Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. in connection with the defence of the unsolicited take-over bid made by Suncor Energy Inc., which ultimately resulted in a negotiated transaction representing a total transaction value of $6.6 billion
    • Icahn Enterprises LLP in connection with its US$340 million acquisition of the US automotive aftermarket product distribution business of TSX‑listed Uni‑Select Inc.
    • Genesis Land Development Corp. in a shareholder dispute with a dissident group that included Smoothwater Capital Corporation
    • Mobilicity Group in its high‑profile reorganization
    • The special committee of KEYreit in its successful hostile takeover defence against Huntingdon Capital Corp.
    • Agrium Inc. in its successful high-profile defence against JANA Partners LLC
    • Mundoro Capital Inc. in a shareholder dispute with Northern Minerals Investment Corp. The successful defence established the “Advance Notice Policy” in Canada
    • Viterra Inc. in a high‑profile shareholder dispute with Alberta Investment Management Corp.
    • Telus Corporation in a high‑profile shareholder dispute with 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 with Baja Mining Corp.
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Canada: 2017: Corporate / Commercial (Ontario)
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016; recommended in Corporate Mid Market
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2017 – Mining Law; Natural Resources Law
    • Named as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014
    • 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