Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Related services and key industries
Walied Soliman is the Canadian chair of Norton Rose Fulbright and co-chair of the firm's Special Situations team. He is widely regarded as one of Canada's leading lawyers in his field of practice, having been involved in some of the most significant and complex M&A transactions and proxy battles in the country, advising buyers and sellers, boards, hostile bidders and shareholder activists. In addition, his practice focuses on restructurings, corporate finance, governance and structured products.
Mr. Soliman was mandated in 2020 by the government of Ontario to chair the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce. In 2019, Mr. Soliman was chosen by the United Nations Association in Canada to be its Global Citizen Laureate for his professional merit and service to the community. He was the only lawyer featured in the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine Power 50 list in 2017, was designated as a "Star Lawyer" by Acritas that same year for ranking in the top 28 lawyers globally, was named a Top 40 Lawyer under 40 in Canada by Lexpert magazine in 2009 and he has been recognized by some of the most prestigious legal rankings over the years. Mr. Soliman sits on the boards of the BlackNorth Initiative against anti-Black racism, Ryerson University, and the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation.
- LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2001
- Ontario 2002
Mr. Soliman has recently acted as counsel to the following clients:
- The board of directors of Agrium Inc. in connection with Agrium’s US$36 billion merger of equals transaction with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
- InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its $110 million underwritten prospectus offering and concurrent private placement and its $48.3 million underwritten offering under its $500 million base shelf prospectus
- 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.
- 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
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012-2021: recommended in Corporate Finance & Securities; 2020 - 2021: recommended in Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market; 2014-2017: recommended in Investment Funds & Asset Management; 2016-2021: recommended in Mergers & Acquisitions; 2014-2019: recommended in Mining
Acritas Stars 2019-2021 – Designated as an "Independently rated lawyer"
Best Lawyers in Canada: Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, 2013-2022
Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate law, 2022
Chambers Global, Canada: Corporate/M&A, Chambers and Partners, 2018-2021
Chambers Canada, Ontario: Corporate/Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2017-2022
The Legal 500 Canada, 2020: Corporate and M&A (Next Generation Lawyer)
International Financial Law Review 1000, Canada: Mergers and Acquisitions, 2019-2022
Only lawyer recognized in the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine Power 50 list for 2017
Acritas Stars, 2017: Designated as a “Star” lawyer by ranking in the top 28 globally (over 5,000 lawyers) by a panel of over 3,000 senior in-house counsel
Named as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014
Ranked as one of the Top 40 lawyers under 40 in Canada by Lexpert magazine in 2009
- “Are you Prepared for Changes in Corporate Governance?” 9th Annual Corporate Governance 2016: What You Need To Know, Toronto, December 2016.
- “Investor Influence - Are you Ready?” CPA Canada Annual Audit Committee Conference, Toronto, November 2016.
- “Non-standard Accounting Measures: The Media, Regulators, and Shareholders Zero In,” Norton Rose Canada LLP, October 2016.
- “Active-Passive Investor Summit,” Information Management Network (IMN), New York City, April 2016, April 2015, April 2014 and April 2013.
- CIRI 26th Annual Investors Relations Conference, Whistler, BC, June 2013.
- ICD National Conference, Toronto, May 2013.
- “Proxy fights: Shareholder Activist and Defense Update,” Norton Rose Canada, 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.
- Canadian Bar Association
August 24, 2021
November 04, 2020
September 14, 2020
Webinar | August 17, 2021
Publication | March 24, 2021
Publication | March 2021
Webinar | March 11, 2021
International team advises GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. on acquisition of Rayonier forest and paper product assets for US$235 million
September 01, 2021
August 19, 2021
September 15, 2020