Davies Partner Carol Hansell Appointed to the Board of the International Corporate Governance Network

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, one of Canada's leading business law firms, announced today that its partner Carol Hansell has been appointed to the board of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).  The ICGN is a global membership organization of over 500 leaders in corporate governance in 50 countries with a mission to raise standards of corporate governance worldwide.  ICGN members are largely institutional investors who collectively represent funds under management of about $18 trillionMs. Hansell is the only Canadian serving on the ICGN board, which draws its membership from around the world.  Past Canadian board members include Claude Lamoureux, David Beatty and Peter Dey.

"Carol is internationally recognized as a leading authority in corporate governance. Her deep knowledge of policy and practice of critical governance issues in North America as well as globally, has positioned her to provide unique, sophisticated advice on questions of key concern to our clients," stated Shawn McReynolds, Managing Partner in Davies' Toronto office.  "Carol was also the lead author of our firm's recent paper, 'The Quality of the Shareholder Vote in Canada', which has inspired a great deal of discussion on the proxy voting system, an issue of great importance to the Canadian capital markets."

Ms. Hansell brings to her new position almost 25 years of experience leading corporate and securities transactions and working with issuers on issues related to reputation management, shareholder relations, board effectiveness and governance structures and processes.  Ms. Hansell regularly advises management, boards and their committees in the context of transactions, conflict of interest questions, board investigations and special committee work and on their governance practices generally.  She has acted as an independent advisor to chairs and has worked with several multinational corporations in the development of their global governance practices.  She also works with investors in structuring their investments and in managing issues with their portfolio companies and has advised securities regulators on a number of governance-related matters.

Ms. Hansell is an experienced director, currently serving on the board of the Bank of Canada and as Chair of the Governance Leadership Council of the Ontario Hospital Association.  She has served on the board of directors of the Public Sector Pension Plan Investment Board, the Toronto East General Hospital, Royal Group Technologies and the Institute of Corporate Directors.  She writes extensively and speaks and teaches on governance issues around the world.

Ms. Hansell is the immediate past chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section), the first non-American to hold this position.  She now serves on the Leadership Council of the Business Law Section and as Special Canadian Advisor to the Committee on Corporate Laws.

About Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is an integrated firm of more than 240 lawyers with offices in Toronto, Montréal and New York.  The firm is focused on business law and is consistently at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial matters on behalf of its clients.

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