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Securities Regulation

Farris has experienced securities litigators working in conjunction with leading edge solicitors in mergers and acquisitions and other securities practice areas.

Farris litigators, including Robert Anderson, Q.C., Teresa Tomchak, and Ludmila Herbst, have acted in numerous takeover bids and proxy battles for companies incorporated under British Columbia, Yukon, and federal law, before both the courts and the British Columbia Securities Commission. Farris cases have included obtaining orders to cease trading poison pills in the $800 million hostile take-over bid by entities controlled by Carl Icahn and the successful appeal of the same in Icahn Partners LP v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. 2010 BCSECCOM432; 2010 BCCA 231; 2010 BCSECCOM 629, obtaining an injunction against an attempted takeover bid in Aurizon Mines Ltd. v. Northgate Minerals Corp. (2006), 57 B.C.L.R. (4th) 137, 2006 BCSC 1022, affirmed (2006), 55 B.C.L.R. (4th) 203, 2006 BCCA 340; and defeating an application to postpone a shareholders’ meeting regarding a proposed merger arrangement in Proprietary Industries Inc. v. eDispatch.com Wireless Data Inc. (2001), 30 B.C.L.R. (3d) 87, 2001 BCSC 1850.

Farris litigators, including Scott Dawson, Teresa Tomchak, Ludmila Herbst, Rebecca Morse, and Dylana Bloor, have obtained court approval for numerous corporate arrangements including the acquisition of CHC Helicopter Corporation (CHC) by First Reserve Corporation in an all-cash transaction that valued CHC at an adjusted enterprise value of $3.7 billion; the acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation by Galenica Group in a transaction with a total value of approximately US $915 million; the acquisition of Radiant Resources Inc. by Tiomin Resources Inc. in a share exchange transaction; a second step plan of arrangement for Kinross Gold Corporation in its acquisition of Underworld Resources Inc.; and for TELUS Corporation in an arrangement to collapse its dual share structure. Farris litigators including Scott Dawson and Teresa Tomchak have also obtained numerous court orders with respect to various types of internal corporate affairs.

More generally, Farris litigators, including Robert Anderson, Q.C., Teresa Tomchak, Ludmila Herbst, and Mike Wagner, have considerable experience in advising and representing clients in corporate reorganizations and in shareholders disputes, including oppression proceedings and derivative actions, including an oppression action challenging a $100 million transaction in Icahn Partners LP v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. 2010 BCSC 1547 and 2011 BCCA 228. Farris litigators have also acted for and against investors and brokerage firms with respect to investments, including disputes involving inter-jurisdictional issues.

Farris partner Robert Anderson, Q.C. has both appeared before and/or conducted judicial review proceedings of decisions from a wide spectrum of statutory decision makers including the British Columbia Securities Commission and discipline panels of the Vancouver Stock Exchange and Canadian Venture Exchange, as well as appearing before the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Farris partner Teresa Tomchak has extensive experience in the securities field, including regularly advising brokerage firms and she previously worked part-time at a brokerage firm in Vancouver. She has been involved in various regulatory matters in the securities industry including investigations and enforcement hearings before the British Columbia and Ontario Securities Commissions, the TSX and TSX-V and IIROC regarding a variety of issues including disclosure and compliance with National Instrument 43-101.

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Robert S. Anderson, Q.C. Partner randerson@farris.com 604 661 9372
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Q.C. Partner hmackay-dunn@farris.com 604 661 9307
Dylana R. Bloor Partner dbloor@farris.com 250 869 3870
Scott A. Dawson Partner sdawson@farris.com 604 661 9354
Ludmila B. Herbst, Q.C. Partner lherbst@farris.com 604 661 1722
Rebecca M. Morse Partner rmorse@farris.com 604 661 1712
Teresa M. Tomchak Partner ttomchak@farris.com 604 661 1711
Mike Wagner Partner mwagner@farris.com 604 661 9388