Panel Discussant: Nahla Khouri
Nahla is a litigation associate in the Toronto office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. Nahla’s practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation, including contractual disputes, class actions, shareholder disputes, product liability, personal injury and labour and employment law. Ms. Khouri has developed specialized and significant experience in the defence of multijurisdictional pharmaceutical class actions. She has represented clients at arbitrations and mediations and argued cases before the Ontario Superior Court. Nahla is involved with Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Child Advocacy Project and Norton Rose Fulbright's pro bono program in Canada.
Dany Assaf’s practice focuses on competition and antitrust, in both domestic and international matters, as well as on foreign investment review. He acts for Canadian and international clients, advising on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment matters and has been involved in many of Canada’s highest profile transactions and investigations. Dany has been recognized as a leading expert in the areas of competition law and foreign investment law. He is also a co-founder and instructor of the inaugural Islamic Finance course as part of the Executive Programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Dany has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Western Ontario and has served as an associate editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Magazine. Dany is a member of the Board of the Canadian Club of Toronto and formerly represented a prior firm at the Canada-Arab Business Council.
Marie T. Henein
Ms. Henein has been counsel on numerous high profile cases. Her experience includes a wide range of criminal, regulatory, quasi-criminal and cross border litigation representing individual, corporate and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level. Ms. Henein has argued at all levels of court frequently including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She received her LL.B. in 1989 from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Masters in Law from Columbia University in 1991. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law. Ms. Henein is the Past President of The Advocates' Society (2010-2011). She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is also one of the founders of the Court of Appeal's Appellate Duty Counsel Program, a program that provides free Appellate services to unrepresented Appellants at the Court of Appeal. She is a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and the Canadian Case Assessment Group of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Commission of Ontario. Ms. Henein is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Evidence and Advanced Evidence. She was the co-chair of the Masters of Law - Criminal Program (2008-2013). Ms. Henein recently delivered the prestigious Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Ms. Henein has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and is the 2013 recipient of the Laura Legge award.
Walied Soliman is co-chair of our Canadian special situations team, which encompasses Canada’s leading shareholder activist and defence mandates and complex reorganization transactions. Over the past several years, Mr. Soliman has been involved in almost every major proxy battle in Canada, acting for both issuers and activists. He is widely regarded as one of the leading practitioners in this area in Canada. In addition, his practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, financings, corporate governance, and structured products. Among other philanthropic endeavours, Mr. Soliman is a board member of the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation.
Ms. Zayid received her BA in 1985 and her LLB in 1988, both from Dalhousie University. Ms. Zayid was called to the Ontario bar in 1990. Ms. Zayid is a partner in the Litigation Group of McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto. She practises civil litigation with an emphasis on class actions, administrative law, and professional liability. Ms. Zayid has acted as counsel in several class action proceedings, including such high-profile cases as the Bre-X and Walkerton cases. Current class action retainers of note include representation of a manufacturer in a complex product liability case, and representation of a mutual fund company in defence of allegations of market timing. Ms. Zayid represents clients in the pharmaceutical industry before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal in connection with the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. She is general counsel to the Ontario College of Teachers, and has extensive experience in the litigation of professional liability issues. Ms. Zayid is a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada.
From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Zayid served as a special advisor to the Ontario Minister of Education and Training on legislative matters. She has taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Law School, and speaks regularly on legal issues in Canada and the United States.