Prior to becoming counsel to the firm on January 1, 2016, Grant was the Chair of Foglers Securities Law Group.
Grant has extensive experience in virtually all aspects of securities law, including public and private financings, take-over bids, stock exchange matters, Canada and U.S. regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, reverse take-overs, and listings and financings on stock exchanges in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Grant's practice has varied from such matters as acting on contentious corporate governance matters which resulted in take-over bids and/or proxy fights to taking public a Canadian university's incubator which was created to commercialize the research carried out by staff at several Ontario post-secondary institutions. Grant also acts as counsel or co-counsel to clients on various securities regulatory proceedings.
Grant has had a distinguished legal career which includes chairing a panel of prominent securities lawyers retained by the Senate of Canada Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce to draft a report on the economic advisability of establishing a federal system of securities regulation in Canada; being lead securities counsel in the $5.25 billion privatization of NAV Canada; and authoring the book entitled "The Toronto Stock Exchange" published by Butterworths. During his legal career Grant has practiced with various law firms in Toronto and Vancouver and was Chairman of the Securities Law Practice Groups for more than ten years at two major Canadian firms.
Grant Sawiak and three other directors of Ellipsiz Communications Ltd., won the proxy battle and defeated the plans of a major shareholder. See Details.
Grant Sawiak, Partner, discusses his concerns about corporate governance in the junior mining sector in a Financial Post article written by Barry Critchley entitled "Mining industry veteran decries Canada's corporate governance practices"
See Grant Sawiak's comments regarding additional disclosure requirements imposed on junior companies in the Financial Post article "Corporate governance only for firms that can afford it?" written by Barry Critchley
Grant acted as counsel on a successful application before the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
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The Toronto Stock Exchange, Published by Butterworths in 1986, Grant V. Sawiak
- Mr. Sawiak has lectured on securities matters for groups such as The Canadian Institute and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
- Law Society of British Columbia 1978, Law Society of Upper Canada 1985
- Mr. Sawiak serves as an officer and/or director of a number of public companies.
- B.A. (Manitoba) 1974, LL.B. (Manitoba) 1977, Canadian Securities Course (Honours) 1981