40 King St W, Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1986 (ON)
Geoff Shaw is a partner with significant experience in the resolution of franchise law disputes through trial, appeal, mediation, or arbitration. He has been lead counsel on a number of important decisions and is regularly retained to defend franchisors in class actions. Geoff is a frequent speaker at international franchise law seminars and contributes as an author to a number of industry publications. He is an active member of the Canadian Franchise Association (Government Relations Committee) and a twice past member of the Legal Symposium Task Force of the International Franchise Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising and The Advocates’ Society. He is also recognized as a leading lawyer in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, and Who’s Who Legal. He was named a Legal Eagle in Franchise Times (2014–2021). Geoff also has his LLM in ADR and teaches franchise law at Queen’s University Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.
Nortel Networks Corporation (Nortel Canada) is the Canadian parent company of what was one of the largest telecommunications businesses in the world. In early 2009, formal insolvency proceedings were commenced in Canada, the United States and England, among other places. Nortel’s worldwide business was liquidated through a number of Court-approved sales of its business units and a US$4.5-billion sale of its residual patents, resulting in US$7.3 billion of global sale proceeds to be allocated amongst the Nortel debtor companies in Canada, the United States and Europe.