Robert Frank

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Robert Frank

Robert Frank

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Biography

Rob Frank’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial disputes and commercial insolvency matters. He has represented major Canadian and multinational companies over a broad range of issues, including jurisdiction and other private international law disputes, injunctions, breach of contract, shareholder claims, takeover bids and plans of arrangement.   

Mr. Frank also provides advice on a broad range of regulatory and business matters in the energy sector and appears before the Ontario Energy Board.


Professional experience

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LL.M., McGill University, 2000
B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 1992
B.Sc.(Hons.), McGill University, 1988

  • Ontario 1994
  • Quebec 1996

Mr. Frank has acted recently for the following clients as counsel or as a member of their legal team:

  • Chevron Corp. in the defence of attempts to enforce in Canada a US$9.5-billion judgment obtained against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, which judgment has been found after a trial in the United States to have been obtained by fraud and corruption and is being challenged as well before an international arbitration tribunal. The initial issue is whether the Ontario court has jurisdiction to hear the claim when Chevron Corporation has never had any presence nor assets in the province
  • ARMZ Uranium Holding Co, successfully opposing an attempt by the plaintiffs to obtain an order validating service of a statement of claim abroad in contravention of the Hague Convention on Service, effectively ending a $300-million claim
  • A public real estate investment trust in resisting a hostile takeover bid. Appearing before the British Columbia and Ontario securities commissions, obtained an extension of the target’s shareholder rights plan in order to provide it with sufficient time to obtain a significantly superior “white knight” bid
  • A major supplier/producer of agricultural products, agricultural nutrients, and specialty fertilizers in a protracted proxy contest in which the company successfully resisted the significant bloc of board seats proposed by a dissident shareholder
  • A major multinational in respect of civil fraud proceedings in Ontario involving the theft of industrial secrets
  • A UK tobacco company in respect of a pending challenge to the jurisdiction of the Ontario courts with regard to a C$50-billion claim brought by the province of Ontario against certain tobacco companies
  • An international mining company in a dispute relating to the Canadian/United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
  • A foreign corporation seeking a Mareva injunction and an Anton Piller order concerning fraudulent actions in Ontario
  • Acted for companies opposing the enforcement of letters of request from foreign states
  • Acted in respect of regulatory proceedings and consultations regarding electricity and natural gas matters

 

  • McGill University, Wainwright Scholarship, 2000.

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
    • Program co-ordinator, Insolvency Law Section Executive, 2002-2003