Founded over 100 years ago, Withers is a leading international law firm for global businesses, their equity and debt stakeholders, and the executives who manage them. The firm is one of the largest tax law firms in the world and consists of over 160 partners supported by more than 1,000 people across 16 strategically located international offices.
Its global corporate team has the depth and diversity of knowledge to advise on issues that arise over the entire life cycle of a company, from securing initial investment and raising follow on equity and debt capital privately and publicly, to structuring executive and incentive compensation, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights and day-to-day operational issues, and managing complex governance issues, to completing mergers, acquisitions and exit strategies. They excel at working with corporate clients both large and small, new and long-established and domestic and international. With their unique in-house as well as law firm experience, they focus on anticipating issues and finding solutions, efficiently and cost-effectively. In 2016, the corporate group were involved on billions of dollars of projects across industries such as technology, hotels and hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, luxury products and banking and finance.
Duff & Phelps is the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security, compliance and regulatory matters, and other governance-related issues. We work with clients across diverse sectors, mitigating risk to assets, operations and people. With Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps since 2018, our firm has nearly 3,500 professionals in 28 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com.
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP is a leading BC Law Firm with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria. Our full-service firm represents some of the largest public and private institutions and corporations in the province, offering versatile and innovative approaches to legal issues for over 100 years. We balance a strong regional presence with an expanding international practice that includes U.S., European, and Asia-Pacific based clients. Farris offers a full range of legal services in the areas of corporate law, tax & wealth management, litigation, and labour and employment.
Ridge is a partner in Withers' corporate team.
He is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business legal and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, capital markets (IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, asset securitizations and credit facilities), private equity and venture capital, equity and executive compensation, internal investigations, and corporate control litigation, among other areas. As a trusted advisor for small to medium-sized domestic and international public and private companies across a whole range of legal issues and business needs, he regularly represents clients on both highly complex, sensitive and confidential matters as well as routine day-to-day needs.
Ridge’s clients span industries ranging from telecommunications, technology, chemicals and manufacturing to financial services and retail.
In addition to his legal and transactional experience, he has broad experience in a variety of entrepreneurial, financial, accounting and supervisory roles involving business formation and development, capital raising, strategic transactions, executive compensation, operations and corporate governance.
Ridge’s transactional work ranges from opportunity creation, investigation and development through structuring, analysis, negotiation, problem-solving, closing and post-transaction implementation. He uses total quality and project management concepts to maximize transaction values and minimize transaction costs.
Prior to joining Withers, Ridge was a Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, a New York- based international law firm, where he was the Chairman of the Corporate Finance & Securities Practice Group.
Ken C. Joseph, Esq. is a managing director in Duff & Phelps’ Disputes and Investigations practice in New York City. Ken focuses on serving clients who need informed and proven strategies to successfully navigate a broad spectrum of threats arising from investigations, compliance examinations, litigation, and crisis scenarios. Ken has a unique combination of front-line expertise and experience in U.S. securities law, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. He served with distinction for a total of over 21 years at the U.S. securities and exchange commission, including service as one of the inaugural supervisors in the division of enforcement’s specialized asset management unit, and most recently as a senior officer in the Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. He has investigated, supervised, and resolved numerous complex and high-profile cases involving a wide variety of alleged misconduct by market professionals, individuals, and by public and private entities.
Ken holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He also earned B.S., MBA, and post-graduate degrees in Marketing Management and International Finance from St. John’s University, New York. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the States of New York and Connecticut. He is a frequent speaker at industry panels on matters relating to SEC enforcement and securities law compliance, governance, and risk management and has represented the SEC on several foreign technical assistance missions. Ken also has substantial experience interacting with U.S. and foreign regulators and law enforcement agencies from the state, federal, and international levels, including those from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Federal Reserve, and state securities regulators.
Teresa is a partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. Teresa has extensive experience in securities litigation and regulation. Teresa has been involved in numerous shareholder disputes, hostile take-over bids, proxy fights, contested plans of arrangement and securities class actions. Teresa has represented clients during investigations and enforcement hearings before various provincial securities commissions and IIROC. Teresa is a co-author of CLE’s award winning text, British Columbia Business Disputes. Teresa was recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40, she is recognized as a litigation star by Benchmark Canada and she is also recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Securities Law.