Goodmans LLP

Litigation: General Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded commercial litigation offering, maintaining a strong focus on disputes relating to contested M&A transactions, commercial contracts and securities. Particularly active in the financial services, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors, the team has additional expertise in insolvency, claims under the Competition Act, enforcement matters, class action defence and product liability litigation. Its well-rounded disputes practice includes expert advice on litigation prevention strategy and risk management.

Strengths Clients value the group's initiative: "They take an owner's mentality approach and try to understand our objectives, and are very cognisant about spending time efficiently, which saves the client more money. Their help as advisers is spectacular and they provide a lot of creative solutions."

One source commented: "Goodmans' understanding of our business is a component of their main strength. Their responsiveness and value for money are excellent."

Work highlights Represented Paulson & Co in concurrent disputes with Detour Gold, including a proxy conflict to change the latter's board and complaints made to the OSC by Detour Gold alleging that the client engaged in insider trading.

Notable practitioners

Alan Mark is an accomplished corporate and commercial litigator who displays strength in both single-plaintiff and class action disputes. He is particularly noted for his practice in the energy sector, while also demonstrating skill in representing financial service providers and manufacturers.

Commentators hold David Conklin in high regard, describing him as an "excellent" practitioner. His strength in corporate and securities disputes includes covering secondary market liability, misrepresentation under the Ontario Securities Act and proxy contests.