Norton Rose Fulbright global and Canadian chair Walied Soliman honoured as United Nations Association in Canada’s 2019 Global Citizen Laureate

Canada Press release November 18, 2019

Norton Rose Fulbright announced today that its global and Canadian chair, Walied Soliman, will be celebrated on November 21st as the United Nations Association in Canada’s 2019 Global Citizens Laureate. 

UNA-Canada is a national civil society organization with the mandate to educate and engage citizens on the work of the United Nations, and each year it recognizes a prominent Canadian who is deeply engaged and dedicated to the global community.

Soliman is considered a leading authority in special situations and has built a dominant legal practice focused on M&A, takeover defence, complex reorganizations and shareholder activism in Canada. The Canadian special situations team he co-chairs ranked among the top 10 global legal advisors in the 2018 Shareholder Activism Scorecard produced by Refinitiv, formerly Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk.

The only lawyer featured in the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine’s Power 50 for 2017, Soliman has been singled out many times for awards. 

In Acritas’ 2017 worldwide survey, he was named one of just 28 “Star Lawyers” by a panel of 3,000 senior in-house counsel from among 5,000 names offered for consideration. 

At Norton Rose Fulbright and in business generally, Soliman has been a leader in promoting and encouraging diversity, as he believes that Canada is strengthened when advancement is open to each and every citizen. 

Compelled to contribute to an inclusive and just society, he supports a number of initiatives related to social justice, mental health and education. Among other philanthropic endeavours, he sits on the board of the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation, and is a patron of numerous organizations dedicated to advancing civil liberties, diversity and justice.

Charles Hurdon, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian managing partner, commented:

“Walied is an admired leading legal practitioner, but he is also, and most importantly, a role model of generosity and kindness. He feels a responsibility to use his position and his gifts to do good in society and we congratulate him for this well-deserved honour.”

Walied Soliman, global and Canadian chair, Norton Rose Fulbright, said:

“Lawyers have an impressive skill set, financial resources and a certain standing in the community and I feel it’s a loss if we don’t use all of the blessings at our disposal to help others. I’m grateful for this mark of appreciation and I pledge to actively continue to promote the values that are important to me, such as equality, diversity and justice.”


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