Robert Spiegel is counsel to Roy O’Connor. Robert has extensive experience in securities law, M&A, corporate finance and regulatory advocacy. Over the past seven years Robert has acted on joint retainers with the firm on administrative proceedings involving the SEC, OSC, TSX Venture Exchange, IIROC and on related civil litigation. Robert was previously counsel at the Toronto Stock Exchange for seven years in the market policy and listings divisions. While at the Exchange, Robert worked as the Exchange’s representative on a number of cooperative regulatory investigations with securities commissions that became some of the highest profile prosecutions in Canadian history leading to multiple civil, administrative and criminal proceedings and convictions. Robert has held the role of corporate director for over 15 years and has extensive experience advising public companies on matters related to corporate governance, continuous and timely disclosure, prospectus disclosure, financial disclosure as well as on numerous corporate finance and M&A transactions.
Robert is fluent in French and was called to the bar of Quebec in 1988 and the Ontario bar in 1992. He is a graduate of McGill University where he holds a BA(Hons) in political science as well as a BCL and LLB. While in law school Robert was an editor of the McGill Law Journal and recognized as a Faculty Scholar and recipient of the James McGill Award. Prior to joining the firm as counsel, Robert was a partner for 18 years in a securities boutique with Robert Stikeman. Robert was previously a corporate and securities associate at Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose) in Montreal and at Faskens in Toronto.
Robert enjoys speaking at and has been a frequent chair of conferences on contemporary corporate and commercial legal issues. In April 2015, Robert received formal training on negotiation at the Master Class on Negotiation at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Robert is a contributing author to Startup Law 101: A Practical Guide by Catherine Lovrics, published by Lexis Nexis in 2017.