Margot Finley is an associate in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and a member of the Commercial Litigation Group. Margot practises civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial disputes; directors' and officers' liability; broker liability; shareholder, oppression and other corporate disputes; class actions; and constitutional and administrative law issues, as well as securities regulation, including proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and disciplinary proceedings.
Margot served as law clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario prior to joining BLG as an associate in 2007.
· Represented Parrish & Heimbecker in successfully setting aside a shareholder's rights plan before the OSC.
· Represented one of the fund companies in a securities class action with respect to alleged market timing activities.
· Acted for a number of institutional shareholders before the OSC and the court in opposing Magna's proposal to eliminate its dual class share structure.
· Represented a securities dealer in a regulatory investigation of asset-backed commercial paper.
· Represented an intervenor in an appeal considering whether a witness may wear a niqab while testifying in a sexual assault case.
Publications & Presentations
· Co-Author, "Strategy for Defendants Facing a Leave Motion to Commence a Class Action Under the Securities Act," The Canadian Class Action Review, Vol. 8 No. 2, May 2013 (with David Di Paolo).
· Author, "Assumed Jurisdiction in the Post- Van Breda Era," The Advocates' Quarterly, Autumn 2012 (with Ira Nishisato).
· Author, "IIROC Proposed Rules Changes," Brokers' Report, July 2012.
· Author, "Underwriter Due Diligence," Brokers' Report, February 2011.
· Author, "Proposed Canadian Securities Act - The Enforcement Provisions," Brokers' Report, May 2010 (with Caitlin Sainsbury).
· Author, " R. v. Bryan: The Supreme Court and the Electoral Process," (2008) 42 SCLR 63 (with Christopher D. Bredt).
· Author, "Limiting Section 15(1) in the Health Care Context: The Impact of Auton v. British Columbia," (2005) 63 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 213.
Rankings & Recognitions
· Received 2011 Lexpert Zenith Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Pro Bono Team or Firm.
· Member, Canadian Bar Association
· Member, Ontario Bar Association