Shawn Irving

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Shawn Irving

Shawn Irving

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Biography

Shawn is an experienced corporate and commercial litigator who focuses on delivering value to Osler’s clients in their high-stakes business disputes. Recognized for being practical and innovative, Shawn goes the extra mile to know our clients’ businesses. Whether acting on a complex multi-jurisdictional class action, a fiercely contested dispute over the dissolution of a closely held private company, a securities investigation or contested take-over bid, or the restructuring of an insolvent corporate giant, Shawn tirelessly advocates for those he represents while remaining committed to identifying and obtaining the best practical results for them.

Shawn acts predominantly for corporate, insurance, banking and other financial sector clients, and has significant expertise in the private equity, investment fund and portfolio company space. He regularly represents these clients in securities, commercial and insolvency and restructuring proceedings, as well as in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving various securities regulators. Some of Shawn’s recent non-confidential mandates have included defending Manulife Financial in a multi-jurisdictional class action; representing Corus Entertainment in its successful response to an application made to the OSC by The Catalyst Group Inc. relating to the proposed acquisition of Shaw Media; representing Jazz Aviation in a complex cost benchmarking arbitration against Air Canada; successfully defending a shareholder rights plan, or “poison pill”, adopted by Canadian Oil Sands Limited before the Alberta Securities Commission; successfully defending Asian Coast Development (Canada) Inc. against an oppression remedy claim; and defending RBC and RBC DS in a proposed class action brought on behalf of retail investors following the collapse of a major offshore investment fund. Shawn has also acted as debtor counsel on a number of complex and high-profile CCAA proceedings, including CanWest Communications, Target Canada, and Sears Canada, and for various creditor groups in several other CCAA proceedings.

Personally invested in identifying and driving innovative solutions for clients, Shawn currently is the Chair of Osler Works – Delivery, where he works to apply legal matter and project management principles to drive efficiencies, predictability and lower costs for all firm clients. Shawn has actively supported the development and execution of Osler’s adoption of cutting-edge technology in the legal space, including AI, service delivery improvements, and the broad and creative use of Alternative Fee Arrangements. He is also a member of the firm’s Innovation Council, which focuses on the development of new products, service offerings and delivery models to support the evolving needs of Osler clients.

Shawn was named a “Rising Star” by Lexpert magazine in 2014, a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in 2015 and has been recognized in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation by The Best Lawyers in Canada in 2017 and 2018.

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Education
B.A.H.

Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

LL.B.

The University of Western Ontario, which is commonly referred to among Canadian universities as Western, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers 455 hectares (1,120 acres) of land, with the Thames River running through the eastern portion. The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario." It incorporated Huron University College, which had been founded in 1863.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP provides legal services. It offers services in the areas of business law, commercial property, communications and media, trade, construction & infrastructure, corporate finance, and intellectual property. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Toronto, ON.

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