William M. Ainley
Senior Partner

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

155 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3J7
Phone: (416) 863-5509
Fax: (416) 863-0871
E-mail: wainley@dwpv.com

A senior partner practising corporate and securities law, Bill focuses on M&A, corporate governance, corporate finance, private equity and mining. He has acted for independent and special committees of public companies in many M&A proxy contests and special situation mandates. Bill has achieved significant success for bidders and target boards in solicited and unsolicited takeovers and transactions, including in some of the largest transactions in Canadian history. He is lead counsel in numerous complex public financings, including northbound and southbound cross-border and structured financings. Bill was seconded to the OSC in 1984 as legal adviser to the chairman. He was a member (1986–1989) and chair (1989–1990) of the OSC Securities Advisory Committee. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; IFLR1000; The Best Lawyers in Canada’s Toronto Securities Law Lawyer of the Year 2017 and Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year 2013; The Legal 500 CanadaThe Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in CanadaWho’s Who Legal: Canada.

Year Called to the Bar:1981 (ON)
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