Derek Bell has vast experience in complex commercial litigation. His practice focuses on Commercial List litigation, including merger and acquisition litigation, insolvency, competition litigation, securities litigation and cross-border litigation.

Well known for his innovative approaches in dispute resolution, Derek represents a wide variety of industries and business sectors, including public issuers, individual directors and officers, banks, securities dealers, manufacturers, and private and public investment funds. He has appeared at all levels of court and administrative tribunals in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Derek was lead counsel on the first reported case in the history of Canada where a public issuer merger was successfully blocked at a fairness hearing. He has also been counsel on a number of prominent cases where challenges to mergers have been successfully resisted.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Derek clerked with the Honourable Justice Charles D. Gonthier at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Active in the legal community, Derek regularly writes for industry publications and teaches commercial litigation as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.