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Orestes Pasparakis

Partner

Orestes  Pasparakis

Toronto

T:+1 416.216.4815

Orestes Pasparakis is co-chair of our Canadian special situations team, which encompasses Canada’s leading shareholder activist practice, sophisticated securities disputes and complex reorganization transactions. Recent notable cases include Agrium’s defeat of JANA Partners, TELUS’s success over Mason Capital, Canadian Oil Sands’ successful takeover defence against Suncor and Porter Airlines’ success over Air Canada, among many others.

Mr. Pasparakis focuses on high-stakes disputes that often proceed in “real time” or on an urgent basis. His approach is practical and results-oriented. Many of his cases are international, involving cross-border issues.

Mr. Pasparakis has specific expertise with complex commercial litigation, financial restructurings, insolvency proceedings, injunctions and class actions. Details of his experience are found under “selected client work.” Mr. Pasparakis is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts in proxy contests.

Mr. Pasparakis has appeared as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada and courts at all levels in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick and the federal courts, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Competition Tribunal and the Tax Court of Canada, as well as numerous arbitral and other administrative tribunals.

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  • Education

    LL.B., University of Toronto, 1993
    B.A. (Hons.), University of British Columbia, 1990

  • Representative experience

    • Complex Litigation: Porter Airlines re: Air Canada; Energy Fundamentals re: Veresen; Nereus Financial re: Coventree Investments; PricewaterhouseCoopers re: Hemosol
    • Securities Litigation: Canadian Oil Sands re: Suncor; Tuckamore Capital re: Access; KEYreit takeover defence re: Huntingdon; TELUS’s contested arrangement re: Mason Capital
    • Proxy Contests: Counsel in over 40 proxy battles, including: Counsel to Agrium re: JANA Partners; Counsel to Telus re: Mason Capital; Counsel to Viterra re: AIMCo; Counsel to Westface Capital re: Maple Leaf Foods; Counsel to the dissidents re: Polar Star Mining
    • Restructurings: Pacific Energy; Cash Store; Mobilicity; Aero Inventory; Jaguar Mines; W.R. Grace & Co.; Jetsgo Corporation; The Loewen Group Inc., Tuckamore Capital; Cyberplex; Kingsway Financial
    • Creditors’ Rights: Bank of America re: Circuit City Stores; GE Canada re: Atlantic Yarns; GMAC Commercial Credit re: T.C.T. Logistics; Greyhawk fraud
    • Corporate Injunctions: Partners REIT; Bioniche; Intrinsyc; Maudore Minerals; Bennett Environmental; URSA Major Minerals; Videotron Telecom Limited
    • Judicial Review: Porter Airlines re: Air Canada; Pfizer Canada re: Patented Medicine Price Review Board; Ferring re: Minister of Health
    • Arbitrator/Tribunal Work: Ontario Legislative Assembly re: Avenue Developments; BLNDC re: Westwood – West Fraser; Shareholder Dispute re: Nine West Canada
    • Class Actions: Imperial Tobacco; W.R. Grace
    • Pharma Patent Cases: Lipitor®; Viagra®; Zithromax®; Latanoprost®

  • Admissions
    • Ontario 1995
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Canada, 2016-2017: Dispute Resolution: Ontario
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, (2013-2017): repeatedly recommended in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, (2016-2017): most frequently recommended in Litigation – Corporate Commercial; Litigation – Securities
    • Chambers Global: Canada, 2011-2015: Dispute Resolution: Ontario; Restructuring & Insolvency
    • IFLR (International Financial Law Review) 1000: Leading lawyer in insolvency and restructuring
    • Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers
    • LMG Life Sciences Award 2016, Canadian IP Contentious Impact case of the year
    • 2014 Benchmark Litigation Canada Award, National Impact Case
  • Speaking engagements

    Mr. Pasparakis is a frequent conference speaker on topics such as shareholder activism, insolvency, securities law, class actions, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, arbitration and patents, including at:

    • National Judicial Institute (annual seminar for Canadian insolvency judges)
    • National Securities Administrators Conference (annual seminar for Canada securities regulators)
    • Annual Securities Law Practioners’ Conference at Langdon Hall
    • Annual Advanced Forum on Securities Litigation and Enforcement 
    • Activist Investing in Canada
    • Western Canadian Securities Forum
    • Canadian Securities Forum East
    • Corporate Governance in Special Situations
    • Annual Review of Insolvency Law
    • The Canadian Institute’s Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance Seminar 
  • Memberships and activities

     

    • Former adjunct professor in commercial bankruptcy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law