Securities Class Action Litigation: What Lies Ahead in 2016 and Beyond
The filings of securities class actions remarkably increased throughout the year with 226 lawsuits in the first half of 2015. Such cases may bring significant changes in the securities-litigation culture particularly on how securities cases are defended and handled. Thus, it is critical for firms to keep themselves abreast with the latest regulatory issues and developments to minimize litigation costs and risks.
In a two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals organized by The Knowledge Group will offer an in-depth analysis of the most important aspects in securities class action litigation. To avoid common risks and pitfalls, the panel will also provide the audience with the best practices and practicalities in handling securities class action.
Key topics include:
- Elements of Securities Class Action Litigation
- Opportunities and Legal Challenges
- Characteristics of Securities-Litigation Culture
- Consequences for Securities Litigation Defense
- Potential Litigation Costs and Risks
- Best Practices in Handling Securities Class Action
Jonathan Bell, Attorney
- Theratechnologies Inc. v. 121851 Canada Inc.: the Supreme Court gives the leave test teeth
- CIBC v. Green saga: importing the correct test into Ontario and the common law jurisdictions
- Going forward from CIBC v. Green:
- Increased threshold for leave to bring statutory secondary market misrepresentation claims
- Certification of common issues related to claims for common law negligent misrepresentation
Andrew F. Sunter, Partner
Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP
- The recent System Access Fee abuse of process jurisprudence (and especially the Alberta Court of Appeal's 2016 decision in Turner) and what this could mean for existing and future securities class actions;
- I will use the Mancinelli v. Barrick Gold Corp class action as a case study on this issue;
- I will synthesize the law on when overlapping multijurisdictional class actions will be considered abusive; and
- I will discuss what appears to be a new focus and emphasis on comity when it comes to dealing with overlapping multijurisdictional class actions.
Who Should Attend:
- Class Action Lawyers
- Securities Defense Lawyers
- In-house Counsel
- Executive Board and Directors
- Private and Public Companies
- Other related/interested Professionals and Organizations
Jonathan Bell's general litigation practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial disputes, securities litigation and class actions. Jon has motion, application, trial and appeal experience before all courts in Ontario, as well as a number of administrative and regulatory boards and tribunals. He has experience in matters pertaining to domestic and cross-border securities regulatory and enforcement matters, internal investigations, shareholder and partnership disputes, directors' and officers' liability, professional negligence, domestic and international arbitration, oppression proceedings and class proceedings, among others. Jon has extensive experience in managing the unique challenges posed by complicated multijurisdictional investigations and proceedings.
Jonathan Bell's general litigation practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial disputes, securities litigation and class actions. Jon has motion, …
Andrew, a senior associate at BD&P, practices primarily in the areas of securities and commercial litigation. Andrew's securities litigation practice includes matters in connection with insider trading, tipping investigations and prosecutions under the Securities Act as well as the representation of shareholders, issuers, directors and officers in civil claims for secondary market misrepresentation, breach of shareholders' agreements, violations of securities laws and in proceedings before the Canadian securities commissions. Andrew also represents companies, directors and officers, and investors in securities class actions and bidders and targets (special committees) in contested/unsolicited takeover bids. Andrew's commercial litigation practice involves a wide range of matters involving, among other things, class proceedings, contractual disputes, alleged misuse of confidential information, alleged breaches of trust and/or fiduciary duty, oppression remedy claims, negligence claims and economic and intentional torts such as interference with economic interest.
Andrew, a senior associate at BD&P, practices primarily in the areas of securities and commercial litigation. Andrew's securities litigation practice …
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About Bennett Jones
Bennett Jones LLP is an internationally recognized Canadian law firm. The firm and the affiliated and associated entities that comprise Bennett Jones have more than 380 lawyers and business advisors and 500 staff in nine Canadian and international offices – Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Doha, Washington, DC, Bermuda, and a representative office in Beijing. The firm continues to broaden and deepen its representation of clients in key global business centres, and build its profile and relationships around the world. With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is ideally suited to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities in the US, Asia, the Middle East, and around the world.
About Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP
Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (BD&P) is a leading Canadian law firm of over 140 lawyers situated in Calgary, Alberta. BD&P provides premier legal service in all areas of business law, most notably in energy, securities, banking & finance, commercial transactions, employment and tax. In addition, BD&P is widely recognized for its skill in litigation at all levels of Canadian courts and in the field of commercial arbitration, locally and internationally.
BD&P is noted for attracting top-level transactional work from a broad spectrum of clients and its lawyers are recognized as some of the best in their fields. BD&P remains firmly at the forefront of the legal profession as a result of its solid individual professional backgrounds and its collective creative energy and efforts. BD&P is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of its clients and prides itself in providing high quality and innovative service.