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

René 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 2012 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, mergers and acquisitions and is included in the Capital Markets and Corporate Governance chapters of Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012. Mr. Sorell is listed in the 2007-2013 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 including Canadian Securities Regulation a 2-day course for lawyers and other professionals that has been given in different Canadian locations for over 25 years. 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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June Citigroup Appeal Decision Reinforces OSC’s New “No Contest” Settlement Approach
Cristian O. Blidariu,Rene R. Sorell, July 15, 2014
Ever since raising the possibility of “no contest” settlements back in 2011, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has had to contend with indications that such settlements were falling into disfavour with U.S. judges asked to approve them.

Two More Provinces Join the Cooperative Framework for Canadian National Securities Regulation
Cristian O. Blidariu,Krista Lawson,Sean D. Sadler,Rene R. Sorell,Sonia J. Struthers, July 15, 2014
Saskatchewan and New Brunswick yesterday joined Ontario, British Columbia and the federal government as parties to the national capital markets regulator (“CMR”) agreement in principle first signed in September 2013. As we discussed in a previous article, the proposed cooperative CMR...

Can the OSC’s Public Interest Power Be Used to Expand Insider Trading Liability?
Cristian O. Blidariu,Rene R. Sorell, June 20, 2014
In recent years, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has been relying on its discretionary public interest power to make enforcement orders in circumstances where no actual breach of securities laws has been proven and no egregious violation of recognized conduct standards is necessarily...

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Rene R. Sorell

66 Wellington Street
TorontoON M5K 1E6


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