Robert Yalden is the inaugural holder of the Stephen Sigurdson Professorship in Corporate Law and Finance. Prior to joining Queen’s Law in 2018, Robert was a senior partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and an Adjunct Professor with McGill Law.

Robert’s publications and research focus on the forces that shape competing perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of corporations, boards of directors and different stakeholders, and that in turn influence the institutional architecture that countries put in place to oversee and foster the evolution of business law.

After clerking for Justice Bertha Wilson at the Supreme Court of Canada, Robert joined Osler’s Toronto office in 1993, became a partner in 1998, and was part of the team that opened Osler’s Montreal office in 2001. Fluently bilingual, he served as a member of Osler's Executive Committee, as Co-Chair of Osler’s National Mergers and Acquisitions Group for over a decade and as the head of the Corporate Department in Osler’s Montreal office. Repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s leading business lawyers during his 25 years in practice, Robert worked closely with senior management teams and boards of directors in shaping some of Canada’s most innovative and ground-breaking transactions.

Research:

  • Corporate law
  • Securities law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Corporate Governance

Recent Professional Accomplishments:

  • Speaker, 2019 Organization of American States Workshop on International Business Law and Inclusive Economic Development, University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus), March 30, 2019
  • Speaker, M&A Fall Roundtable 2018, The Program on Ethics in Law and Business, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, November 2, 2018
  • Co-author of Yalden et al., Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges, 2nd Ed., Emond (2018) (with J. Sara, P. Paton, M. Condon, M. Gillen, C. Liao, M. Deturbide, M. Khimji, B. Bryan and G. Campo)
  • Keynote Speaker, 2017 International Conference on Ease of Doing Business, Seoul, Korea, “Protection of Minority Investors in Canada”
  • Speaker, 2017 Conference on Directors’ Risks in Light of Climate Change, Centre for Business Law (Allard School of Law) and Commonwealth Climate Law Institute, “Fiduciary Obligation and Climate Related Risk”

Selected Publications:

For a full list of Professor Yalden's publications, please see his CV.

  • R. Yalden et al., Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges, 2nd Ed., Emond (2018) (with J. Sara, P. Paton, M. Condon, M. Gillen, C. Liao, M. Deturbide, M. Khimji, B. Bryan and G. Campo)
  • R. Yalden, "Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions at the Crossroads: The Regulation of Defence Strategies after BCE" (2014) Canadian Business Law Journal 389
  • R. Yalden et al., Business Organizations: Principles, Policies and Practice, Emond Montgomery (2008)  (with J. Sarra, P. Paton, M. Gillen, R. Davis and M. Condon).
  • R. Yalden, “Competing Theories of the Corporation and their Role in Canadian Business Law”, The Corporation in the 21st Century, (2002) Ninth Queen’s Annual Business Law Symposium pp. 3-36.
  • R. Yalden “Controlling the Use and Abuse of Poison Pills in Canada: 347883 Alberta Ltd. v. Producers Pipelines Inc.”, (1992) 37(3) McGill Law Journal 887.
  • P. Dey & R. Yalden “Keeping the Playing Field Level: Poison Pills and Directors’ Fiduciary Duties in Canadian Take-Over Law”, (1990) 17(2) Canadian Business Law Journal 252.