Sean Griffin: Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Sean Griffin

Montreal,  QU  Canada

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  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation & Investment Products
  • White Collar Defence and Investigations
University Université Panthéons-Assas, Paris
Law SchoolUniversité Laval, LL.B., 2006
Admitted2007, Québec

Sean Griffin is a partner in our Litigation law group in Montreal.

Mr. Griffin's practice is mainly focused on high profile and complex commercial and corporate litigation. His practice focuses on legal risk management, governance issues and acting on behalf of public companies and players in the securities, financial services and retail industries. Mr. Griffin works primarily to defend financial services and retail institutions, public corporations, officers and directors against various statutory and civil recourses, including consumer, privacy and securities class actions.

Mr. Griffin's recent experience includes acting on behalf of:

•A Quebec based insurance company and fund manager in a consumer class action alleging notably false and/or misleading representations in the sale and distribution of insurance products to the retail market and negligent management;
•Several entities of an important financial group in a consumer class action alleging notably false and/or misleading representations in the sale and distribution of market linked-notes to the retail market and negligent management;
•The auditors of an insolvent public company listed on the TSX in a shareholders' class action alleging false and/or misleading representations on the primary and secondary markets;
•A former Manulife Insurance Co. D&O in a shareholders' class action alleging false and/or misleading information on the secondary market;
•An important financial institution and broker in several litigations related to distribution of structured products in the retail and institutional market;
•The D&Os of a public biotechnology company listed on the TSX in a securities class action alleging violation of their fiduciary duties and their duties to shareholders;
•A risk management consultant in a commercial arbitration with respect to investments in off-shore accounts and off-shore funds of hedge funds;
•A major telecommunication company in multi-million-dollar claims and injunctive proceedings for alleged negligence in the management of satellite signal piracy;
•A public issuer in the context of a claim of negligent whistle-blowing to regulatory authorities; and
•A financial institution in the context of a privacy related class action arising out of the loss and/or stolen computers containing personal information.

Mr. Griffin studied philosophy and English literature at McGill University in Montreal. He did his Master's degree studies in philosophy at Universite Laval in Quebec City and the University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his civil law degree at Universite Laval as well as Universite Pantheons-Assas in Paris. Mr. Griffin received his Bachelor of Civil Law degree (LLB) in 2006 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2007.


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PHIPA Does Not Preclude the Recourse to Common Law for Health Privacy Violations
Antoine Brylowski,Mathieu Courchesne,Sean Griffin, March 5, 2015
‘‘With the click of a mouse, personal health records can be accessed by those who have a legitimate interest in properly treating a patient - or they can be accessed for an improper purpose.’’

Bill C-13: Lawful Access and the Relationship Between Organizations,
Marianne Bellefleur,Sean Griffin,Anne-Elisabeth Simard, March 4, 2015
On December 9, 2014, Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (Act) - also known as the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act -, received the royal assent. The Act will come into force on...

Mere Compliance With Privacy Requirements By Corporations may no Longer be Enough
Antoine Brylowski,Mathieu Courchesne,Sean Griffin, March 4, 2015
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (‘‘OPC’’) recently published a research paper entitled ‘‘Privacy and Cyber Security: Emphasizing privacy protection in cyber security activities’’ in which are outlined the common interests and tensions...

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Sean Griffin

Suite 2500, 1000 de La Gauchetière Street West
MontrealQU H3B 0A2

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