Ryan A. Morris
Ryan A. Morris
(416) 863-2176
(416) 863-2653
199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2005 (ON)
Ryan's practice focuses on corporate, transactional, securities and broker/dealer litigation, regulatory proceedings, and class actions. He has significant experience defending securities class actions involving prospectus misrepresentation and secondary market disclosure. He also regularly acts on matters involving contested share sale transactions, oppression and fair value proceedings, applications with respect to shareholder rights plans and proxy contests, and statutory plan of arrangement proceedings. Ryan advises investment dealers on matters of regulatory compliance and has represented clients in regulatory investigations and hearings conducted by the Ontario Securities Commission and other provincial securities commissions, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA). He spent six months on secondment as legal counsel to one of Canada's largest securities broker/dealers. Ryan has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Securities Commission and other administrative tribunals, and in commercial arbitrations and mediations. In 2017, Ryan was named one of Lexpert's Rising Stars.
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On March 14, 2019, Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: ALEF) completed its acquisition of Emblem Corp. (TSXV: EMC) by way of a plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act in an all share transaction valued at approximately $172.3 million at the time of the deal’s announcement. Pursuant to the arrangement, Aleafia acquired all of the common shares of Emblem, to form a new wholly-owned subsidiary continuing as “Emblem Corp.” Following the transaction, Aleafia graduated from the TSX Venture Exchange and commenced trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
On July 31, 2018, Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (Galaxy) completed an arrangement transaction pursuant to which Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc., Galaxy Digital LP and First Coin Capital Corp. combined to form a new enterprise in the blockchain, digital asset and cryptocurrency space.
On March 12, 2018, HLS Therapeutics Inc. (HLS:TSXV) announced the completion of a reverse take-over of TSXV-listed Automodular Corp. to conclude HLS’s going-public transaction. The transaction was implemented by way of a Court-approved plan of arrangement under the OBCA.
On November 1, 2017, The Washington Cos. (Washington), a group of privately held North American mining, industrial and transportation businesses founded by industrialist and entrepreneur Dennis R. Washington, completed its acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corp. (Dominion) for approximately $1.5 billion.
On May 20, 2015, BCE Inc. (BCE) and Rogers Communications Inc. (Rogers) completed their acquisition of GLENTEL Inc. (GLENTEL), a Canadian-based multi-carrier mobile products distributor.