DLA Piper's Proxy group is an experienced team of lawyers well-equipped to provide strategic advice on proxy solicitations, boardroom battles, contested shareholder meetings, hostile takeover bids and related court and regulatory proceedings.

We regularly work with publicly-listed and privately-held corporations. Our experience includes:

  • requisitioning shareholder meetings on behalf of dissidents and defending management against hostile requisition campaigns
  • providing legal and tactical advice on the conduct of hostile proxy solicitation campaigns and takeover bids
  • advising on corporate governance regulatory requirements and best practices
  • advising on settlement negotiations and documenting settlement agreements
  • representing clients at contested shareholder meetings
  • acting as independent chair, or as counsel to the independent chair of contested meetings
  • auditing proxies to ensure accurate voting results and compliance with the Securities Transfer Association of Canada protocols
  • vigorously advocating on behalf of clients in court and regulatory proceedings in the course of hostile proxy and takeover campaigns