Rene R. Sorell: Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Rene R. Sorell

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Services
  • Public M&A
  • Regulatory Advice
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation & Investment Products
Mailing AddressSuite 5300, TD Bank Tower, Toronto Dominion Centre, Toronto, ON, M5K 1E6
University McGill University, B.A., 1972; University of Toronto, M.A., 1974
Law SchoolOsgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1976
Admitted1978, Ontario

Rene 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 appears in all editions of LEXPERT/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate finance and also appears in the 2007 edition in the area of corporate commercial law and in the 2012 edition in the area of corporate finance and securities. Mr. Sorell is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in corporate and securities law. He also appears in the 2014 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 and is included in the Capital Markets and Corporate Governance chapters of Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014. 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 2012 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.

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 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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OSC Proposes Large Financial Awards for Whistleblowers
Cristian O. Blidariu,Shane C. D'Souza,Laure Fouin,Zachary Masoud,Rene R. Sorell, April 8, 2015
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is inviting comment on a proposed comprehensive whistleblowing program (Program) which would award eligible whistleblowers up to $1.5 million for reporting securities law misconduct that leads to significant enforcement or settlement orders.

OSC Accepts Circumstantial Evidence of Tipping and Insider Trading in Important New Decision
Shane C. D'Souza,Rene R. Sorell, April 2, 2015
In the recent Azeff decision, which followed a contested hearing, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) accepted several insider tipping and trading allegations based on “firmly established” circumstantial evidence against a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lawyer and four registrants....

The 2015 Proxy Season: Glass Lewis and ISS Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates
Matthew Cumming,Jonathan R. Grant,Matthew Griffin,Ian C. Michael,Rene R. Sorell, February 27, 2015
With the 2015 Proxy Season close at hand, Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (Glass Lewis) and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) recently released their updated Canadian proxy voting guidelines. Changes and clarifications have been made to their guidelines in such areas as advance notice...

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Rene R. Sorell

66 Wellington Street
TorontoON M5K 1E6


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