Emily Cole is a commercial litigator and a partner in Miller Thomson LLP’s Toronto office. She has extensive specialized experience in securities litigation and white-collar defence. She defends directors, officers and companies in investigations and prosecutions of allegations including corruption, fraud and insider trading in administrative, regulatory, quasi-criminal and criminal proceedings and related civil matters. Emily conducts internal investigations for companies and guides individuals and companies through domestic and multi-jurisdiction external investigations conducted under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (MLAT). She is recognized for her skill and ability to respond to a crisis and manage complex and sensitive cases to minimize business disruption, mitigate risk and avoid reputational harm.
Emily is admitted to practice in Ontario and the State of New York. She has an in-depth understanding of the Canadian, U.S. and international landscape of public and private enforcement of securities law including corporate governance, compliance, take-over bid litigation and securities class actions. Emily’s clients enjoy the benefit of her intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) gained through her work as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Enforcement Branch of the OSC. Before she joined Miller Thomson, she led what is considered to be the most complex and lengthy insider trading and misleading corporate disclosure securities prosecution in Canadian history against John Felderhof, former Senior Vice-President of Exploration, Bre-X Minerals Ltd. Emily has is currently counsel to the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sino-Forest Corporation in the lengthy securities fraud case before the Ontario Securities Commission and related litigation, including securities class actions and Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings.
Emily has taught trial advocacy for the past decade and has been a guest lecturer on securities law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a regular speaker at the Advocates’ Society and Law Society of Upper Canada programs on evidence, litigation skills and securities litigation. Emily also sits on the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Board of Directors.
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