Western Law

Chris Nicholls

Christopher Nicholls

University of Ottawa, Osgoode Hall Law School, Harvard University

Christopher C. Nicholls holds the W. Geoff Beattie Chair in Corporate Law and is Director of Business Law at Western Law. In 2013 he was named a Western University Faculty Scholar. He also serves as Head of Research and Policy, Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, is an Affiliated Scholar, National Centre for Business Law, UBC Faculty of Law, a Research Fellow with the Filene Research Institute, Madison Wisconsin, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Canadian Business Law Journal, and a public director of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. 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.

He has previously served as a member (Commissioner) of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, as Associate Editor and Corporate Finance Specialist Editor of the Canadian Business Law Journal and as a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, and is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Canadian Business Law Journal.

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) where he twice received the Dalhousie Law School Excellence in Teaching Law Award. He has also visited at Osgoode Hall Law School (as Falconbridge Visiting Professor of Commercial Law) at the University of Cambridge (as a Herbert Smith Visitor) and at the law faculties of Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. Before beginning his academic career, he practiced corporate and securities law with major firms in Toronto and in Bermuda.

He is the author of numerous articles in the business law field as well as five books, two of which are now in second edition: Corporate Finance and Canadian Law, 2d ed. (Carswell, 2013); Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Changes of Corporate Control, 2d ed. (Irwin, 2012); Financial Institutions: The Regulatory Framework (LexisNexis, 2008); Corporate Law (Emond-Montgomery, 2005); and (with Jeffrey MacIntosh of the University of Toronto), Securities Law (Irwin, 2002).

He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Osgoode Hall Law School and Harvard University.

Email: cnichol8@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 80301
Office: LB 108

Publications

Professor Nicholls currently serves as Associate Editor of the Canadian Business Law Journal, is a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, and is the author of numerous articles and monographs, as well as four books: Corporate Finance and Canadian Law (Carswell, 2000); Corporate Law (Emond-Montgomery, 2005); Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Changes of Corporate Control (Irwin, 2007); and (with Jeffrey MacIntosh of the University of Toronto), Securities Law (Irwin, 2002).

His most recent book Financial Institutions: The Regulatory Framework was published by LexisNexis Canada in 2008.