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    • In search of alignment

      Good governance used to be about fixing companies and boards. Then came the rise of the shareholder. Now the ideal lies more in bringing the two sides together in a quest for long-term value. Part 1 of...

    • Majority voting plans spark a plurality of opinions

      The federal government is now well down the road toward amending the Canada Business Corporations Act to enshrine majority voting into law. But the plan has its critics, and they’re still determined...

    • Bid to halt Cenovus deal unlikely to succeed, lawyers say


      Proposed deal could trigger “the next frontier in governance,” says expertTHE ONTARIO SECURITIES Commission has yet to publicly respond to a shareholder request to halt Cenovus Energy Inc.’s blockbuster...

    • Lexpert: Punching Above Weight - Technology Will Never Replace Judgment

      Some big firms are getting bigger to achieve economies of scale and expand their global reach. As competition heats up, boutiques and specialty firms are playing to new strengths.Carol Hansell already...

    • ‘Better not to sit in two places’: HOOPP board overlaps raise concerns

      Officials at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, the large institutional investor behind a $2 billion line of credit extended this week to struggling Home Capital Group Inc., say they were approached...

    • The American College of Governance Counsel: Charting the Course to an Improved Model of Corporate Governance

      Hansell LLP has published an article in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law regarding an improved model of corporate governance. ...Please click "View PDF" below to read the full article.

    • Financial Post: Carol Hansell honoured by York University

      The Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University has bestowed its Hennick Medal for Career Achievement on Carol Hansell, the Centre’s founder and senior partner.The Hennick...

    • Audrey DeMarsico of Hansell LLP discusses recent Supreme Court of Canada rulings on solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege.

      Lawyers are hailing two decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada reinforcing the rights of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege. However, they note that it may give rise to regulators...

    • Business Law Advisory Council Fall 2016 Report: Hansell

      The Business Law Advisory Council was established by the Government of Ontario earlier this year to review Ontario's corporate and commercial legislation and to provide advice to Government on priorities...

    • Out of Thin Air: A New Definition of Crisis

      Out of Thin Air: A New Definition of Crisis Your company is in crisis, but it’s not because something...

    • Board service is a natural fit for lawyers

      Knowing your way around reputational and liability pitfalls the key to making it work.Lawyers make excellent directors. They bring an enormous depth of experience to the boardroom. They are accustomed...

    • Hansell LLP Founder Carol Hansell named one of the 25 most influential lawyers
      by Canadian Lawyer Magazine

      To read more click here.

    • Lululemon to hold virtual-only annual meeting as founder Chip Wilson says company has 'lost its way', The Globe And Mail, June 1, 2016

      Carol Hansell, founder and senior partner of law firm Hansell LLP and a governance expert, said she believes close to 100 companies have conducted virtual-only annual meetings in the United States. But...

    • Toronto corporate lawyer forms 'first of its kind' communications company, The Globe And Mail, May 16, 2016

      Toronto corporate governance lawyer Carol Hansell is branching into a new line of business, helping to form a new communications company that will become the first in Canada to partner – and share offices...

    • You gotta own it. Why culture, not compliance, is the key to making diversity stick - and to  helping companies realize its full potential, Listed Magazine, May 30, 2016

      Governance specialist Carol Hansell, principal with the Toronto firm Hansell LLP, has been studying the notion of “cognitive bias,” and how diversity affects boards when it comes to this issue. Cognitive...

    • Top Toronto Lawyer Starts PR Firm, Everything-PR, May 25, 2016

      Hansell McLaughlin Advisory opened its doors this week for business in Toronto. Four partners formed the company, Carol Hansell, head of one of the top corporate governance and crisis management law practices...

    • Ontario Establishes Nominating Committee to Recommend ORPP Board Members: Strong Board of Directors Will Support Best-In-Class Pension Organization, (Ministry of Finance), May 13, 2016

      Ontario has appointed members for a nominating committee that will recommend candidates to serve on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Administration Corporation's (ORPP AC) Board of Directors. The...

    • Strong, confident, competitive Part 1 - Top 10 Corporate Law and Litigation Boutiques (Yamri Taddese), Canadian Lawyer, May 2, 2016

      Canadian Lawyer selected Canada’s top litigation and corporate law boutiques by asking readers to rank a long list of notable firms in each area, which was whittled down to a short list through votes...

    • Director's quick resignation after drug charge should help RBC dodge damage: experts (Barbara Shecter and Drew Hasselback), Financial Post, March 11, 2016

      The sudden resignation of longtime Royal Bank of Canada director Joao Pedro Reinhard, who faces a drug-related charge, should mitigate “reputational contagion” at Canada’s largest bank, corporate...

    • Carol Hansell to chair new business advisory council and other legal moves and groves for March 16 (Julius Melnitzer), Financial Post, March 8, 2016

      Carol Hansell chairs Ontario new Business Law Advisory CouncilThe Ontario government has appointed Hansell llp co-founder Carol Hansell, a corporate governance expert, as chair...

    • Advisory council's mandate is to update Ontario business law, (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, March 3, 2016

      The Ontario government's new business law advisory council will develop changes to limited partnership laws and shareholder rights rules to help attract companies to Ontario and modernize the province's...

    • Five Osgoode alumni appointed to Ontario's new Business Law Advisory Council, Osgoode Hall Law School (News), March 3, 2016

      Osgoode Hall recognizes Carol Hansell's provincial-appointment as Chair of the Business Law Advisory Council.. . .Read full article...

    • BNN Interview - Ontario's business laws 10-15 years behind where they should be: Hansell (March 2, 2016)

      Carol Hansell, Chair of the newly-launched Business Law Advisory Council, has been appointed by the Ontario government to help the province modernize its corporate and commercial laws. Carol joined BNN's...

    • APPOINTMENT NOTICE - Carol Hansell MBA, LLB, F.ICD, The Globe and Mail, February 17, 2016

      Philipp Wassenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company is pleased to announce the following appointment.Carol Hansell MBA, LLB, F.ICDDirector...

    • Toronto Goodwill board forced to resign for legal reasons: ex-chairman (Jeff Gray), The Globe and Mail, February 10, 2016

      The former chairman of the volunteer board of Goodwill’s shuttered Toronto-based chapter says he and his fellow volunteer directors were facing a “trial by fire” and did not abandon the troubled...

    • Suncor Energy Inc to weigh options over weekend if it doesn't win over enough Canadian Oil Sands Ltd shareholders (Yadullah Hussain), National Post, January 8, 2016

      With Suncor Energy Inc.’s all-share offer for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. set to expire Friday evening, Suncor CEO Steve Williams and his advisors will likely huddle over the weekend to plot their next move.....

    • Bombardier to Sell 30% of its Train Unit to CDPQ (Ben Dummett), The Wall Street Journal, November 19 2015

      The grip of Bombardier Inc.’s controlling family over the Canadian transportation giant loosened further Thursday as it agreed to sell almost a third of its train business to Quebec’s major pension...

    • Dentons seals merger with Dacheng and other legal moves and grooves (Julius Melnitzer), Financial Post, November 19, 2015

      Audrey DeMarsico joins Hansell LLP After more than a decade at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Audrey DeMarsico has joined corporate governance boutique Hansell LLP as a partner in Toronto.. . .DeMarsico’s...

    • A not-so-foreign affair (Ken Mark), Listed, October 10 2015

      The SEC’s new CEO pay-ratio disclosure rule for U.S.-listed companies may not apply to Canadian issuers, but if you think it won’t have an impact here on the way compensation is talked about, scrutinized...

    • Executive who assessed St. Michael’s project bids had ties to winner (Greg McArthur, Robyn Dolittle and Karen Howlett), The Globe and Mail, September 24, 2015

      A Toronto hospital executive was evaluating potential bidders for a $300-million construction project during the same period he was involved in a private real estate venture with the builder that eventually...

    • Major Reform Coming? CTV News Toronto, September 8, 2015

    • Legal panel aims to update Ontario's business laws (Jennifer Brown), Canadian Lawyer, July 27, 2015

      In an effort to make Ontario a more competitive business jurisdiction, a panel of legal experts has made recommendations to review outdated business legislation in the province. . . .On July 9, the province...

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell discusses dual class shares, July 24, 2015

    • MDC Partners Inc face crisis even after Nadal's departure (Barbara Shecter), Financial Post, July 23, 2015

      The “crisis” created by a regulatory probe of MDC Partners Inc. is far from over despite the departure this week of chief executive Miles Nadal and his repayment of more than $20 million in previously...

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell on Reforms for Shareholders , July 15, 2015

    • Amanda Lang/The Exchange interview: Carol Hansell on Reforms for Shareholders , July 15, 2015

    • Panel urges Ontario to overhaul rules governing how companies work (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, July 14, 2015

      Ontario should allow shareholders to vote No in director elections to make it easier for investors to reject unwanted board members, an expert panel has recommended in a new report.. . .A government-appointed...

    • M&A heavyweight Gula joins boutique law firm (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, June 10, 2015

      Veteran mergers and acquisitions lawyer Bill Gula is joining boutique law firm Hansell llp to round out the growing team’s board advisory expertise.. . .Carol Hansell, who founded...

    • Mergers and acquisitions guru Bill Gula joins Hansell llp (Drew Hasselback), Financial Post/Legal Post, June 10, 2015

      Bill Gula is joining Hansell llp, the corporate governance boutique founded by Carol Hansell.. . ....Hansell founded her firm two years ago after spending about 25 years as a corporate...

    • The Rules of the Game: The pace of change in corporate governance has never been faster in Canada (Sheldon Gordon), ROB/Lexpert Special Insert on Corporate Law, June 2015

      The heat is on, from both regulators and shareholders, for corporate governance reforms, starting with the selection, compensation and retirement of board members.... Carol Hansell, founder and senior...

    • No Director Left Behind: Most boards recognize that director education and development is essential and ongoing. But many still struggle with the complicated challenge of packaging and delivering useful, relevant, timely training for rookies and veterans alike (Jim Middlemiss), Listed, May 13, 2015

      Ask Gwyn Morgan what he thinks about continuing education programs for company directors and the corporate titan has mixed feelings.. . .On one hand, Morgan, the former CEO and president of Encana Corp....

    • The Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI) Appoints Dr. Tiff Macklem as Chair of the Board (Announcement follows Paul Cantor’s decision to step down as the Chair of the Board after more than three years of service), GRI, May 6, 2015

      TORONTO/LONDON 6 MAY 2015. The Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI) recently confirmed Tiff Macklem as its new Chair following board approval. Dr. Macklem’s appointment took effect on May...

    • From Cara Operations Ltd to Shopify Inc: Why dual class shares are suddenly cool again (Drew Hasselback and Barbara Shecter), Financial Post/FP Street, May 5, 2015

      Dual class shares are a bit like that mystery sauce you get at Swiss Chalet. Some might profess not to like it, yet they keep dunking their chicken in it.. . .Swiss Chalet’s parent company, Cara Operations...

    • Leading Governance Lawyers Launch the American College of Governance Counsel: College Announces Inaugural Fellowship Class  (John Olsen & Frank Placenti), April 21, 2015

      (April 21, 2015) Leading corporate governance lawyers from the US and Canada have founded the American College of Governance Counsel, a professional, educational and honorary association of lawyers widely-recognized...

    • Be wary of cross-border differences in executive pension disclosure (David Milstead), The Globe and Mail, March 30, 2015

      It is proxy season, when investors get the documents that detail companies’ executive compensation. This year, the pay tables show the value of U.S. executives’ pensions are exploding, gaining millions...

    • SNC Lavalin board goes into full combat mode after RCMP lays bribery and fraud chargeses into full combat mode after RCMP lays bribery and fraud charges (Theresa Tedesco), The National Post/Financial Post, February 19, 2015

      After three years of diligently trying to avoid the inevitable, the embattled board of directors at SNC Lavalin Group Inc. went into full combat mode Thursday when the RCMP charged the Montreal-based multinational...

    • Target execs granted share units one day before Canada retreat (Janet McFarland and Marina Strauss), The Globe and Mail, February 13, 2015

      Target Corp. granted thousands of share units to its executives and board members last month on the day before the company announced plans to close its Canadian stores, pushing the retailer’s share price...

    • Shareholder Activism Gets Granular (Sandra Rubin), Lexpert, February 9, 2015

      Activist investors in Canada are increasingly focusing on detailed operational decisions. Whether this is a positive development depends on whom you ask.. . .“If you Google ‘how to cook pasta,’ the...

    • Carol Hansell wins Lifetime Achievement Award 

      Congratulations to our founder and Senior Partner, Carol Hansell, on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at IR Magazine Awards...

    • Shareholder voting system is ‘antiquated,’ causes errors: report (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2015

      Canada’s shareholder voting system is “antiquated and fragmented,” causing numerous errors in vote counts at companies’ meetings, securities regulators have concluded after a lengthy review of...

    • Women on board(s) (Agnese Smith), CBA National Magazine, Winter 2015

      Can we count on Corporate Canada to improve female representation in the boardroom? Or will it take regulation to make any real progress?. . .Canada’s “women problem” — woefully low female representation...

    • Maître Frédéric Duguay (Gérard Lévesque), L'Express, January 13, 2015

      Dans la région de Toronto, il y a un grand nombre de juristes d’expression française. Cette semaine, je vous présente Maître Frédéric Duguay.. . .Me Frédéric Duguay est associé chez Hansell...

    • The Term-Limit Era Has Begun (Ken Mark), Listed, December 17, 2014

      Carol Hansell's legal career closely tracks the development of corporate governance law in Canada.. . .Just as she took her first small steps out of law school, Canada was awakening to the inadequacies...

    • Q&A: One-on-one with Carol Hansell, the Foremost Authority on Corporate Governance

      Carol Hansell's legal career closely tracks the development of corporate governance law in Canada.. . .Just as she took her first small steps out of law school, Canada was awakening to the inadequacies...

    • Tensions rising in bank boardrooms as OSFI’s new rules blur boundaries (Barbara Shecter and Theresa Tedesco), The National Post/Financial Post, October 4, 2014

      It was a sold-out luncheon, packed with Bay Street denizens, all of them having come to hear from the new top boss of Canada’s powerful bank regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions...

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell on Lululemon, September 11, 2014

    • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

      Congratulations to our Founder & Senior Partner, Carol Hansell, for once again being ranked by her peers in the 2014 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Carol is ranked as: "Most Frequently...

    • Carol Hansell joins other members of the board of directors of the International Corporate Governance Network in opening trading at Euronext Amsterdam on June 17, 2014

    • Hansell LLP attends the 2014 Canadian General Counsel Awards. 

      Congratulations to all the award recipients and finalists...

    • Defining Roles: Sukonick, DeMerchant case raises questions about relationships between external, in-house counsel (Jennifer Brown), Canadian Lawyer, June 14, 2014

      When it comes to related-party transactions, are the roles of in-house counsel, audit committees, and external lawyers always clearly defined?. . .The situation can vary from transaction to transaction...

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell on Lululemon, June 11, 2014

    • Proxy Contests: Shareholder activist tactics are evolving, from Twitter to golden leashes to vote buying (Sandra Rubin), ROB/Lexpert Special Insert on Corporate Law, June 2014

      Shareholder Activism has put down roots in Canada. In fact, Eric Rosenfeld of New York’s Crescendo Partners has referred to this country as an activist investor’s paradise. From him, that’s a compliment.....

    • Proxy Voting: No Quick Fix. (Jim Middlemiss) Listed, April 21, 2014

      The Canadian Securities Administrators’ consultation paper on the messy proxy voting arena (Consultation Paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure), which last summer kicked off an extended...

    • BNN interview: Market Sense with Frédéric Duguay, January 30, 2014


    • Companies, Pension Funds Call For Changes to Tangled, Unreliable System That Often Results in Vote Accuracy Issues (Janet McFarland & Jeff Gray), The Globe and Mail, January 22, 2014

      Companies, pension funds call for changes to tangled, unreliable system that often results in vote accuracy issuesAfter a year of high-profile corporate proxy battles, securities regulators are taking...

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell on Barrick Gold, December 4, 2013

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell on Why Executive Compensation Models Don't Work, BNN, October 30, 2013

    • Carol Hansell: Corporate governance is a part of every major decision (Drew Hasselback), Financial Post, October 1, 2013

      Carol Hansell is one of Canada’s best known experts in corporate governance. On Oct. 1, she officially leaves her spot as a partner with noted transaction firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and...

    • BNN interview: Carol Hansell on the launch of Hansell LLP, September 12, 2013.

    • Boardroom expert sets out on her own (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, September 3, 2013

      Carol Hansell, one of Canada’s more prominent corporate governance advisers, is leaving her long-time Bay Street law firm to found a new legal boutique specializing in boardroom issues.. . .The move...

    • Canada out of step on say on pay (Nicolas Van Praet), Financial Post, April 15, 2013

      "You get yourself into this cycle where the board is supposed to be responsive and they want to be," says Carol Hansell, senior partner at Davies and a board member of the International Corporate Governance...

    • Canadian boards to get more leeway in battling hostile takeovers (Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew), Canadian Press, March 14, 2013

      "What it effectively does is give shareholders the right to decide whether a shareholder rights plan should stay in place rather than having the regulators do it," said Carol Hansell, a senior partner...

    • Watchdogs looking to make hostile takeovers tougher in Canada (Theresa Tedesco), Financial Post, March 13, 2013

      "The CSA proposal will take Canadian securities regulators out of the role of arbiters of decisions that really should be left with shareholders," says Carol Hansell, a senior partner at Davies Ward Phillips...

    • Jana's Agrium pay scheme draws fire (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, March 04, 2013 

      But Canadian governance advocate Carol Hansell, whose law firm is working for Jana in the takeover deal, said she sympathizes with the need to offer incentives to get good nominees because it can be difficult...

    • No supervision of proxy advisory firms, Postmedia Breaking News, February 27, 2013

      Still, Carol Hansell of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP's Toronto office, says that regulators should exercise caution before they act.. . ."Institutional investors will maintain that they don't...

    • Putting the spotlight on Canada's governance professionals - CSCS opens nominations for its Excellence in Governance Awards, Canada NewsWire, February 15, 2013

      The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel includes the following governance thought leaders: Gigi Dawe, Risk Oversight and Governance, and National Practice Area Leader,  Governance, Strategy and...

    • Excellence in Governance Awards announces nominations criteria, Canada NewsWire, February 11, 2013

      The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel includes the following governance thought leaders: Gigi Dawe, Risk Oversight and Governance, and National Practice Area Leader,  Governance, Strategy and...

    • 2013 ICD Fellowship Awards: Four Canadian directors chosen for outstanding performance and leadership in the boardroom, Canada NewsWire, January 11, 2013

      The Institute of Corporate Directors  (ICD) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 ICD Fellowship  Awards: Denis Desautels, OC, FCA (Ottawa), Carol Hansell (Toronto),  Harold MacKay, OC,...

    • Stepping into the proxy frays; Battles over boards are up sharply, with investors stirred by both corporate governance principles and share prices (Jeff Gray), The Globe and Mail, December 19, 2012 

      Lawyer Carol Hansell said situations such as Continental's illustrate the new reality for boards. She said while many in proxy fights raise governance concerns, these battles are usually driven by...

    • Women of Influence honours Canadian lawyers, (Julius Melnitzer), Financial Post, November 29, 2012

      Three lawyers were also honoured as among the 25 most influential women in Canada: Anne Stewart of Blake, Cassels & Graydon; Marlys Edwardh of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell; and Carol Hansell of Davies Ward...

    • Fleshing out empty voters (Boyd Erman), The Globe and Mail, October 16, 2012

      "The statutes never contemplated anything like this happening," said Carol Hansell, a senior law partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto, who has been looking into the issue for six years....

    • Corporate culture shift underway in Canada after CP Rail proxy fight; When activist shareholders come north, they find a much more 'clubby' world than they're used to. This is changing fast (Scott Deveau), National Post Financial Post, May 12, 2012

      Carol Hansell, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP senior partner and noted governance expert, said it is hard to quantify the level of influence proxy advisory firms yield on institutional investors.....

    • Watchdog decries lack of 'skepticism' about foreign firms (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, March 21, 2012

      Toronto securities lawyer Carol Hansell, who specializes in board governance issues, said such issues have been facing boards for years, but the problems have finally reached a "critical mass" where regulators...

    • Emerging market issuer survival guide:  While the Sino-Forest saga unfolds, regulators and law enforcement are paying close attention to all emerging market issuers. What's a director to do? (Jim Middlemiss), Listed, March 16, 2012

      Carol Hansell, a lawyer at Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg and a director at the Bank of Canada, says "there are a lot of terrific companies that we are pleased to have in our space in Canada and others...

    • Toronto’s Global Risk Institute chooses board, launches CEO search, (John Greenwood), Financial Post, February 24, 2012

      Other board members include former Maritime Life chief executive William Black; Alister Campbell, former president and CEO of Zurich Canada; Eli Dadouch, founder and chief executive of mortgage and lending...

    • Still few women on boards (Barry Critchley), Financial Post, January 10, 2012

      Carol Hansell, the Davies partner who wrote the paper, said the real surprise from the paper is that "no progress" is being made on the issue of women directors. "People continue to talk about the fact...

    • Many are cast, fewer are counted:  New rules for things like director elections and majority voting are on OSC and TSX agendas. Should they overhaul the proxy voting process instead? (Celia Milne) Listed, December 20, 2011

      So said the noted 2010 report, "The Quality of the Shareholder Vote in Canada," from partner Carol Hansell and a team at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. "Together with our clients," it began, "we have...

    • Only males above 60 need apply: Study puts spotlight on directors (Barry Critchley), Financial Post, December 16, 2011

      That’s one of the key conclusions to emerge from a major understudy undertaken by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, a leading firm. The conclusion is based on an analysis of the largest 360 companies...

    • Accountability of Individual Directors Grows in the Canadian Capital Markets, Canada NewsWire, December 15, 2011

      "Global challenges present an excellent opportunity to rethink some of  the accepted practices that may be preventing boards from moving to the  next level of effectiveness," said Carol Hansell, a senior...

    • Spotlight On Today's Corporate Governance Issues, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 21, 2011

      Gregory: Carol Hansell, the chair of the ABA's Corporate Governance Committee, asked me to come up with a project. I was at the time, and continue to be, very concerned about how boards function in...

    • Directors Slam Trial by Proxy (Patrick Durkin), Australian Financial Review, October 12, 2011

      He pointed to a major report by Carol Hansell into the system in Canada that he said provided a more detailed and balanced examination of the industry.

    • Enter the Proxy Solicitors:  As the shareholder voting process has grown in complexity, proxy solicitors have evolved from an unknown to a strategic part of the deal team (Julius Melnitzer), Lexpert, October 2011

      So much so that a team of lawyers from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP spent 16 months researching their now-landmark discussion paper titled The Quality of the Shareholder Vote in Canada.  In our...

    • Shareholders make their presence known in takeover battles; Investors increasingly flexing their muscles over deals (Christine Dobby), Financial Post, September 22, 2011

      "The changes have been completely fundamental," says Carol Hansell, corporate finance and securities partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, who was recently appointed to the board of the International...

    • Carol Hansell named to board of the International Corporate Governance Network; (Drew Hasselback), Financial Post, September 15, 2011

      If your work involves corporate governance matters, you're probably acquainted with the name Carol Hansell.Hansell's work has attracted international notice. She's just been named to the Board...

    • The board's secret weapon? (Dana Lacey), Listed, June 25, 2011

      "Boards typically feel they don't spend enough time on strategy, while management feels they spend too much," Groves says. What's actually happening is a lack of communication: management needs...

    • When and how to confront a wayward leader; As the case of the IMF head shows, scandal can be toxic to an organization. Solving the problem early and discreetly is crucial (Janet McFarland), The Globe and Mail, May 18, 2011

      Toronto lawyer Carol Hansell, a governance expert who also serves as a corporate director, says it is critical that boards get the facts straight and handle situations discreetly in the early stages. ....

    • Directors have governance concerns too (Leonie Wood) The Age, March 28, 2011

      The highly regarded Canadian lawyer and governance specialist, Carol Hansell, readily admits that a lot of worthy corporate responsibility issues have been "talked to death".. . .But when Ms Hansell visited...

    • OSC moving on democratic reform:  Call for public comment on say-on-pay, director elections and proxy reform marks first step towards regulatory changes for issuers (Dana Lacey) Listed, March 25, 2011

      Carol Hansell, a senior partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg and one of the authors of the report, says that vote counting might not be as sexy as the first two issues under review, but that without...

    • Quality of the Shareholder Vote; Shareholder activism rising; Firms should try to 'head off issues at the pass' (Drew Hasselback), Financial Post, February 16, 2011

      "The fact that there has been problems with shareholder voting is evident to us constantly through our practice," says Carol Hansell, a corporate governance expert and a partner at Davies Ward Phillips...

    • Voting problems dog Corporate Canada; Too many ballots and missed votes: Regulators have no solution to irregularities that plague shareholder votes on take-overs (Janet McFarland) The Globe and Mail, January 31, 2011

      Last year, a group of lawyers from Toronto firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP decided to independently write a report on ways to repair the proxy voting system, arguing they and their clients were...

    • OSC seeks public input on say-on-pay, elections, even vote counting (Janet McFarland) The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2011

      Davies lawyer Carol Hansell said she hopes reforms to the mechanics of voting are not overshadowed by other issues, because the fixes are "very, very necessary," adding: "What difference does it make if...

    • 'Proxy-fight trend looks like it is here to stay'; Lions Gate saga a cautionary tale as shareholder activism takes hold in Canada (Jeff Gray), The Globe and Mail, December 14, 2010

      More proxy fights may also cast an unfavorable light on the Byzantine and often unreliable process that governs how shareholders actually exercise their votes, said Carol Hansell, a partner with Davies...

    • Not How RBC Would Do It (Barry Critchley), Financial Post, November 26, 2010

      Maybe change is coming. Carol Hansell, a lawyer with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, recently produced a 200-page discussion paper, The Quality of the Shareholder Vote in Canada, that focuses on both...

    • Board Games: Proxy advisory firms flexing some serious muscle; PROXY POWER; Institutional investors are increasingly turning to proxy advisory firms on how to vote their shareholdings. But as the influence of these firms grows, so does Corporate Canada's frustration. Now, some companies are pushing back (Janet McFarland) The Globe and Mail, November 21, 2010

      Toronto securities lawyer Carol Hansell, who recently completed a sweeping 229-page report analyzing concerns about the proxy voting system in Canada, says she isn't sure regulation can fix the things...

    • More restless shareholders are flexing muscles; Plenty of scrutiny when company's performance is poor (Jim Middlemiss) Financial Post, November 11, 2010

      The system is broken, said Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg lawyer Carol Hansell, in a recent report on shareholder voting. "There are a lot of problems that aren't connected to the regulatory system....

    • Investigative paper reveals chronic flaws in shareholder voting system, Canada NewsWire, October 21, 2010

      These issues are highlighted in a discussion paper titled The Quality of the Shareholder Vote in Canada, just released by the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.   Carol Hansell, the paper's...

    • Dysfunction at the ballot box; Evidence that the mechanics of proxy voting need to be improved is piling up on both sides of the border (David Milstead), The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2010

      Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is releasing a massive report that lead author Carol Hansell, one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers on matters relating to corporate elections, hopes will kick start...