Stephen Antle CArb.: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Stephen Antle CArb.

Vancouver,  BC  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Domestic Commercial Arbitration
  • International Arbitration
  • Securities Litigation
  • Private Company
  • Mining
University Simon Fraser University, B.A., 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1985
Admitted1987, British Columbia

Professional Involvement

•Member, Law Society of British Columbia

•Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada

•Member, BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre panels of experts

•Member, BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute

•Member, Canadian Bar Association


Executive Summary

Stephen Antle is a dispute strategist. He is a senior partner in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and a Chartered Arbitrator. Stephen is an expert in preventing and managing all kinds of commercial disputes and, if necessary, resolving them through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, administrative proceedings or litigation. He has a broad range of experience, emphasizing strategic corporate governance advice (including shareholder disputes), domestic and international commercial arbitration, contract trouble shooting and international dispute resolution issues. Stephen advises and represents corporations and individuals involved in a wide variety of businesses. He has appeared as counsel before mediators, domestic and international arbitration tribunals, administrative tribunals, all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 4.5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Community Involvement

•Chair, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Vancouver Pro Bono Committee

•Member, Camosun Crazy Boggers, a volunteer group working to restore Camosun Bog in Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Park

•Member, BC Insight Meditation Society

•Involved in fundraising and book donations for Miss Bertie's Community Library, Hopkins Village, Belize

Publications & Presentations

•Author, Choice of Contractual Governing Law, BLG International Arbitration Bulletin, June 2014.

•Author, So You Think Your Arbitration Agreement is Good Enough, BLG Dispute Resolution Bulletin, April 2014.

•Author, Obtaining Evidence from Canada: Enforcing Letters Rogatory North of 49, Lexpert, December 2013 (with Michelle Maniago).

•Author, Shareholder Oppression in Action, Dispute Resolution Newsletter, Decmber 2013 (with Barry H. Bresner and Kara L. Beitel).

•Author, Is Facebook Your Friend The Hidden Hazards and Opportunities of Social Media, CCCA Magazine, Pg. 14, November 29, 2013.

•Author, How to Review a Contract, November 14, 2013 (with Paul J. Lowry), presented at BLG U by Paul J. Lowry and Stephen T.C. Warnett.

•Panel Presenter, Thinking Outside the Litigation Box to Realize ALL Potential Benefits of Commercial Litigation (video), ADR Institute of Canada Inc. annual conference, Toronto, October 24, 2013.

•Author, Commercial Arbitration Basics: Realizing the Potential Benefits, The Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal, July 2013 (with Michelle Maniago).

•Author, Shareholders' Remedies Under British Columbia Corporate and Securities Legislation chapter, Business Disputes Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2011-13 (with Stephen Warnett and Michelle Maniago). This publication won the 2011 Continuing Legal Education Award (CLEA) for outstanding achievement.

•Author, Choosing a Dispute Resolution Mechanism, Dispute Resolution, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Summer 2012.

•Author, Resolving Disputes chapter, Advising BC Business, CLE BC, 2006-12. This publication won the 2007 Continuing Legal Education Award (CLEA) for professional excellence.

•Author, What In-House Counsel Need to Know About Shareholder Dissent Rights, Canadian Lawyer inHouse Digital Edition, March 2012.

•Author, Manage Stakeholder Expectations to Prevent Oppression Claims, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association magazine, Spring 2012.

•Author, Shareholder Rights, Remedies and Proceedings chapter in BC Company Law Practice Manual, CLE BC, 2008-11 (with Graeme Martindale and Stephen Robertson).

Rankings & Recognitions

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 4.5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated

•Recognized in the 2014 and previous editions of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a local litigation star and one of the best for cross-border matters. (General Commercial)

•Profiled in Financier Worldwide's 2013 Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate Advisor Handbook

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Strategic Corporate Governance Advice; Represented majority shareholder of closely held Vietnam resort developer responding to shareholder oppression claim by minority shareholders ( and Represented minority shareholders of publicly traded tungsten-mining company in shareholder oppression claim against majority shareholder ( Represented minority shareholder of closely held African resources developer in shareholder oppression claim against majority shareholders ( Represented family hotel company in shareholder oppression claims among shareholders. Represented placer gold-mining joint venturer in breach of contract claims among joint venturers. Represented IT hosting provider rectifying stock option plan to save optionees $5 million in income tax. Represented many companies in obtaining court approval of various corporate transactions by plans of arrangement (e.g., Represented mining company in determination by independent expert of entitlement to break fee under arrangement agreement. Advised independent committee of board of directors of public mining company investigating allegations of director wrongdoing. Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration; Represented majority shareholders of family dollar store business in BCICAC domestic commercial arbitration of oppression and other claims among shareholders. Represented film investor in IFTA international commercial arbitration of disputes with other investors about distribution of film proceeds. Represented purchaser/publisher of Chinese Yellow Pages business in BCICAC domestic commercial arbitration of disputes with vendor/sales representative. Represented limited partner in ad hoc baseball domestic commercial arbitration of disputes over mining limited partnership's budgeted cash calls. Arbitrated several commercial disputes, as sole arbitrator and member of an arbitral tribunal, including over a mining property option agreement, a share put agreement, commercial leases and the termination of an employment agreement, administered by the BCICAC and Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC, and ad hoc. Contract Trouble Shooting; Reviewed international management consulting company's standard form consulting contracts, eliminating inconsistent arbitration and litigation provisions, and ensuring tiered dispute resolution process workable and consistent in all jurisdictions. Advised international analytical laboratory company on the indemnification provisions of an agreement for the sale of its shares, to ensure they were clear and workable. International Dispute Resolution Issues; Represented BC judgment creditor successfully opposing enforcement of English judgment in BC ( Represented US horticulture company enforcing Oregon letter of request to obtain evidence from BC witness for use in negligence lawsuit. Represented US satellite manufacturer enforcing California letter of request to obtain evidence from BC witness for use in patent infringement lawsuit.

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Contract Troubleshooting Tips
Stephen Antle, March 13, 2015
Contract troubleshooting is using the expertise gained in resolving contractual disputes in drafting contracts, to manage the risk of disputes by preventing them arising in the first place. This bulletin sets out some practical tips on how to do that.

Choice of Contractual Dispute Resolution Mechanism
Stephen Antle, August 27, 2014
This is the second in a series of bulletins highlighting practical strategies for dealing with common issues in international business transactions and disputes. This bulletin is about choice of contractual dispute resolution mechanism - another key risk management tool.

Choice of Contractual Governing Law: A Key Risk Management Tool
Stephen Antle, July 9, 2014
This is the first in a series of bulletins highlighting practical strategies for dealing with common issues in international business transactions and disputes. This bulletin is about choice of contractual governing law - a key risk management tool in international business transactions.

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Stephen Antle CArb.

200 Burrard Street
VancouverBC V7X 1T2

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