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Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.

Our Editors

Kate Broer

Phone: 416 863 4574

Kate is a partner in the litigation group. She regularly acts as counsel in a variety of corporate and commercial matters with a focus on securities and investment dealer disputes and regulatory compliance and also in the areas of environmental, real estate and product liability. Kate has experience in all levels of court and before a variety of regulatory bodies and tribunals, including the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Ontario Securities Commission, IIROC and the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association. She provides valued litigation and business advice to clients including with respect to risk management and mitigation.

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Mark G. Evans

Phone: 416 863 4453

Since joining Dentons in 1999, Mark’s practice has focused on securities, class action, professional liability and banking and fraud related litigation. Mark is a sophisticated litigator who frequently appears before all levels of Court in Ontario and has significant experience in representing clients’ interests in both mediation and arbitration proceedings. In November 2011, Mark was recognized as a finalist in the annual "LEXPERT Rising Stars: Top 40 Under 40" rankings and was further recognized as a "Litigator to Watch" by that organization.

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Matthew Fleming

Phone: 416 863 4634

Matthew is a partner in the firm's Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. He has a broad commercial litigation practice with a focus on Securities Litigation and Class Actions. Matthew has represented clients in proxy fights, contested takeover bids, shareholder disputes and in matters involving the Ontario Securities Commission, and has published several articles on securities litigation, corporate governance and director and officer liability matters. He also has experience with international and domestic commercial arbitration, auditor liability, tax, product liability, and administrative law cases. He has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Matthew volunteers as a mentor to new immigrants to Canada under the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council Mentorship Program and is the chair of Dentons' Student Committee.

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Michael D. Schafler

Phone: 416 863 4457

Ranked in 2012 by Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution) and LEXPERT (Securities Litigation), Michael is the Department Head of Dentons Toronto’s Litigation Group and he is also Co-Head of Dentons' National ADR Group. Michael's practice is focused on securities litigation, including class actions, insider trading and proxy contests, commercial arbitration and regulatory and appellate work in energy cases. He is also highly experienced in auditors' liability work. Michael has accumulated a vast array of experience in a number of industry segments, notably, mining, financial services, energy and forestry. Mike is particularly proud of spearheading Dentons' goal of becoming the first law firm to partner with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentorship Program, which in part led to Dentons being named one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians for 2011.

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Robb C. Heintzman

Phone: 416 863 4776

Robb has more than 30 years of experience as a commercial litigator and has acted as lead counsel in a wide range of precedent-setting cases, particularly in class actions, securities litigation, professional liability and other complex commercial disputes. Robb has appeared as counsel before all levels of provincial and federal courts and frequently represents corporate clients before securities regulators.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Disputes are a part of doing business; at Dentons, resolving them is our business. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is one of Dentons’ core practices. Litigation may be a necessary component of a dispute resolution strategy, but it is only one of the problem-solving tools we apply to resolve disputes.

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Class Action Defense

When facing class action litigation, you want sharp legal minds by your side. Complex cases, thousands of potential plaintiffs, government/regulatory scrutiny and huge corporate implications—these are the hallmarks of class action litigation today. Dentons has acquired an international reputation as the law firm of choice for enterprises facing high stakes cases that require a multifaceted approach.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Our dispute resolution lawyers employ the most appropriate tools and strategies for each stage of the process and each unique situation. Whether through timely use of innovative alternative dispute resolution techniques or skillful and persuasive advocacy in the courtroom, you can count on our lawyers to maximize your prospects for a successful outcome. We also work with you to assess and manage your risks in relation to the legal costs of the dispute and to seek to minimize the likelihood of future litigation.

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Professional Liability Litigation

Professionals take major responsibilities in their work. Health care professionals make life and death decisions. Architects and engineers make decisions that have significant safety implications. Accountants, brokers and financial advisors make decisions that have a major impact on financial health. Not surprisingly, this responsibility exposes them to major liabilities. They and their insurers need legal advisors who can help them assess their risks, put procedures in place to mitigate them, and vigorously defend them, if necessary. Professional liability is a very sophisticated area of insurance defense; it requires a legal team with experience in class actions, regulated professions, and risk management.

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Securities and Corporate Finance

Securities and corporate finance transactions have become increasingly complex and challenging, particularly in the midst of fluctuating market conditions. Partner with Dentons and work with an innovative thinker in all aspects of securities transactions and regulation, corporate finance and capital markets.

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