Chris Nicholls

Christopher Nicholls

Christopher C. Nicholls holds the W. Geoff Beattie Chair in Corporate Law and is Director of Business Law at Western Law as well as Co-Director of Western University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Financial Innovation and Risk Management (CFIRM). In 2013 he was named a Western University Faculty Scholar, and in 2016 received a Fulbright Scholar award. He also serves as Head of Research and Policy, Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Canadian Business Law Journal, and as Chair of the Board of Directors 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, Australia, South America and Japan. 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 been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne, a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Tokyo and the Falconbridge Visiting Professor of Commercial Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at the law faculties of the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.
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, as a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, as a Research Fellow with the Filene Research Institute, Madison, Wisconsin and in 2015 was a member of 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. Prior to joining Western Law, 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. Before beginning his academic career, he practised corporate and securities law with two of Toronto’s largest corporate law firms, then as a corporate finance and securities attorney in Bermuda.

He is the author of numerous articles in the business law field and has also published six books, four as sole author, and two as co-author: Back from the Brink: Lessons from the Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Crisis (with Paul Halpern, Caroline Cakebread and Poonam Puri (University of Toronto Press, 2016)); 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). His work has been cited by Canadian securities commissions and many Canadian courts including the Supreme Court of Canada.

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

Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 80301
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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.