Christopher C. Nicholls
Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Nicholls holds the W. Geoff Beattie Chair in Corporate Law at the Faculty of Law of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He also serves as Head of Research and Policy for the Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, as a Research Fellow with the Filene Research Institute, Madison Wisconsin, as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Business Law Journal, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, the national self-regulatory organization (SRO) for the distribution side of the Canadian mutual fund industry.
He has acted as a consultant to private law firms and government and regulatory agencies, and has lectured to academic and professional audiences in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and South America. He has been a frequent speaker on topics relating to corporate law and mergers and acquisitions in judicial education programs organized for Canadian judges by the National Judicial Institute (NJI). (The NJI, whose board of governors is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, provides continuing education programs for Canadian judges.) A former member (Commissioner) of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, he was the inaugural holder of the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law at Dalhousie Law School (now the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has also served as the Falconbridge Visiting Professor of Commercial Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge, and a visiting professor at the law faculties of Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. In 2015, he was a member the Business Law Agenda Expert Panel appointed by the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to provide recommendations for reform of Ontario’s corporate and commercial legislation. He practised corporate and securities law with major firms in Toronto and Bermuda and is the author of five books in the fields of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, Regulation of Financial Institutions, and Mergers and Acquisitions. His work has been cited by securities commissions and courts across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. His latest book, Back from the Brink: Lessons from the Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Crisis, co-authored with Paul Halpern, Caroline Cakebread and Poonam Puri, will be published by University of Toronto Press in May of 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa, Osgoode Hall Law School and Harvard University.