Law Firm Boutique Focused on Governance Opens in Toronto

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Hansell LLP announced the opening of its office in Toronto today. Hansell LLP is a boutique law firm providing independent governance counsel.

"Boards, shareholders and management teams operate within a complex environment of evolving governance practices and regulation," Ms. Hansell said. "Hansell LLP will respond to their need for sophisticated and focused advice."

Hansell LLP provides expert independent legal and governance counsel to businesses and to their boards of directors, shareholders and other stakeholders. From developing governance strategies to guiding boards and shareholders through critical challenges, Hansell LLP has experience in governance issues of consequence to their clients.

Hansell LLP also announced that Michael Brown and Frédéric Duguay will be joining the firm in the coming weeks.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Duguay bring to the firm important expertise in M&A, capital markets and securities law as well as deep regulatory experience. Mr. Brown joins Hansell LLP from another Bay Street law firm where he advised on complex securities, regulatory and governance matters. He also spent more than a decade at the Ontario Securities Commission where he was involved with issues relating to disclosure, mergers and acquisitions (including take-over bids) and corporate governance. Mr. Duguay will be joining Hansell LLP from his position as Senior Legal Counsel in the Corporate Finance Group of the Ontario Securities Commission. Mr. Duguay's responsibilities include advising on takeover bids, issuer bids, conflict of interest transactions and proxy matters. Among other things, he chaired a multi-jurisdictional policy initiative of securities regulation authorities with respect to executive compensation disclosure.

The firm's website was also launched today and can be viewed at Ms. Hansell can be followed online via Twitter: @CarolHansell and on LinkedIn.

About Hansell LLP

Hansell LLP was formed in response to a demand for expert independent legal and governance counsel. Carol Hansell, the firm's founder, has an internationally recognized reputation in the field. Over the course of more than 25 years in private practice in two of Canada's leading law firms, Carol Hansell has been at the forefront of public policy and practice developments in the area of corporate governance. 

About Carol Hansell

Carol Hansell is the founder of Hansell LLP. Over her more than 25 years in practice, she has led major transactions for public and private corporations and for government. Her practice now focuses on advising boards, management teams, institutional shareholders and regulators in connection with particular governance challenges. She is regularly engaged in connection with special committee mandates, board investigations, governance reviews, dissident engagements with boards and proxy fights.

Ms. Hansell has served on boards of organizations across a variety of sectors - public companies, crown corporations, health care, not-for-profit and the arts. She currently serves on the boards of the SickKids Foundation, Global Risk Institute in Financial Services, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the International Corporate Governance Network and recently retired as a director of the Bank of Canada. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

She has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout her career. Most notably, Ms. Hansell served as the Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section) and has participated in the education of over 1,500 directors as an instructor in the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program offered in Toronto and Vancouver.


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Hillary Marshall
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(416) 848-1451

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