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Rene Sorell






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Osgoode Hall Law School


Ontario, 1978


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René Sorell is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto and has served on the firm’s Board of Partners.

Mr. Sorell practises almost exclusively in the area of securities law. He has had responsibility for projects in all aspects of securities law, including securities offerings, contested take-over bids, proxy battles and shareholder disputes, public company mergers and reorganizations, the formation of equity and fixed income marketplaces and the representation of clients in regulatory proceedings before securities regulators.

Mr. Sorell has acted as counsel to special committees of public company boards of directors. He regularly provides advice to investment dealers and other securities businesses on trading rules, trading systems, compliance and discipline matters and new products. Mr. Sorell has frequently presented cases before the Ontario Securities Commission on matters involving both securities and commodity futures legislation. He is a member of the senior securities law advisory committee to the Ontario Securities Commission. He acted as chair of the Policy Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission and participated in the industry committee of the Commission’s Fair Dealing project.

Mr. Sorell has been recognized in the LEXPERT/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate commercial law, and corporate finance and securities. Mr. Sorell is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in corporate and securities law, and in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal in corporate governance. He also appears in the current edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate commercial law, corporate finance and securities, corporate mid-market, and mergers and acquisitions. He is included in Who’s Who Legal: Canada in the areas of capital markets, corporate governance, and M&A. Mr. Sorell is listed in the 2007-2014 editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate/mergers and acquisitions and is also listed in Euromoney’s 2014 Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in M&A in the 13th edition of Mergers and Acquisitions Guidebook. He is recognized in the current edition of Euromoney’s Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide as a world's leading lawyer in the areas of capital markets and M&A.

Mr. Sorell has been an invited speaker at numerous professional conferences on various aspects of securities law across Canada. He has taught securities regulation as an adjunct professor or special lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, University of Windsor Faculty of Law and Dalhousie Law School and has been an invited speaker at other law schools at both the LLB and LLM levels. Mr. Sorell is a co-author of Private Placements in Canada and is a co-editor of CCH Annotated Securities Law and a member of the editorial advisory board for CCH Corporate Governance Report. He is also a co-author of CCH’s Canadian Securities Regulatory Requirements Applicable to Non-Resident Broker-Dealers, Advisers and Investment Fund Managers, a handbook of Canadian securities regulatory requirements for non-resident securities firms published in 2012. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

He received his BA from McGill University, his MA from the University of Toronto and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1978. Between 1979 and 1980, he served as assistant to the chair of the Ontario Securities Commission.

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