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Charlotte Conlin photo
Charlotte Conlin photo

Charlotte Conlin is an accomplished business lawyer and litigator with extensive experience in shareholder disputes, proxy fights, directors’ liability, corporate risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations. Her broad and proven expertise includes corporate commercial litigation and product liability class action litigation.

Assisting clients in a range of industries including the cannabis sector, Charlotte delivers strategic advice, in-depth legal analysis, and sophisticated yet practical business solutions.

Representative Matters

Recent and Significant Commercial Disputes:

  • Shefsky v. California Gold Mining Inc.
    Representing corporation in an oppression application before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
  • Concept Capital Management Ltd. v. Oremex Silver Inc.(December, 2013)
    Successfully represented shareholders in connection with contested AGM. Justice Brown held that the court could set a new record date to prevent improperly issued private placement shares to prevent these shares from being voted at the annual meeting of shareholders.
  • Larsen v. Royal Standard Minerals (2012)
    Successfully defended challenge by former Chief Executive Officer regarding disclosure obligations in management information circular.
  • BCE v. 1976 Debentureholders (2008)
    Research, legal analysis and drafting legal arguments on behalf of BCE before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Board Advice and Governance Issues:

  • YM Biosciences Inc. (2013)
    Advice to special committee in connection with acquisition by Gilead Sciences Inc.
  • IAMGold (2004)
    Advice to special committee. Legal analysis and litigation support in connection with hostile take-over bid by Golden Star Resources and combination with Gold Fields Ltd.
  • BCE Emergis Inc. (2004)
    Legal advice in connection with sale of United States assets.
  • Bell Canada International Inc. (2001)
    Research, legal analysis, and strategic advice to BCI board in connection with 2001 recapitalization and subsequent plan of arrangement. Ontario Court of Appeal later concluded recapitalization was not oppressive to BCI shareholders.

Restructuring and Class Actions

  • Andersen v. St. Jude Medical Inc. (2008-2013)
    Research, strategic analysis and preparation of submissions before Ontario Superior Court and Ontario Court of Appeal in first medical product liability class action to proceed to trial on the merits.
  • Wilson v. Servier Canada Inc.
    Research, legal analysis, strategic advice and litigation support in national product liability class proceedings.
  • Quebecor World Inc.(2008)
    Legal analysis and preparation of legal argument in initial filing for creditor protection under CCAA and in obtaining court approval what was at the time the largest Debtor In Possession financing in a CCAA proceeding.


Education & Admissions

Called to the Ontario bar
LLB (cum laude) University of Ottawa, LLB
BA (Honours), Double major in History and PhilosophyUniversity of Toronto


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CIRO Proposes Amendments to Strengthen Short Selling Regulations

On January 11, 2024, CIRO proposed amendments aimed at strengthening short selling regulations in Canada.

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Jan 17, 2024
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CSA and CIRO Provide Update on Short Selling Regulatory Regime Review

On November 16, 2023, the CSA and CIRO published CSA/CIRO Staff Notice 23-332 Summary of Comments and Responses to CSA/IIROC Staff Notice 23-329.

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Nov 20, 2023
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McMillan Lawyers’ Comment Letter regarding Staff Notice 23-329: Short Selling in Canada

On December 8, 2022, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) jointly published Staff Notice 23-329: Short Selling in Canada (the “Short Selling Notice”), which reviews the current regulatory requirements and initiatives with respect to short selling and seeks public feedback on areas for regulatory consideration.

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Feb 22, 2023

To Warn or Not to Warn – Obligations, Risks and Considerations in Product Improvements

To Warn or Not to Warn - Obligations, Risks and Considerations in Product Improvements

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Oct 1, 2020
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Has COVID-19 Lit the Fuse on Insolvencies in the Canadian Cannabis Industry?

We look at the recent market analysis of the Canadian cannabis industry and challenges in cannabis restructuring.

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Apr 9, 2020
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Pivoting Production to Address COVID-19 Shortages – What Manufacturers and Distributors Need to Know

Summary of Health Canada pathways for accelerated approvals, business and liability considerations for manufacturers

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Apr 7, 2020
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Short Selling in Canada: Regulations are Weak and a New Path Forward is Needed to Reduce Systemic Risk

This bulletin summarizes our concerns and conclusions with respect to the Canadian short selling regulatory regime.

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Nov 11, 2019
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Ontario Clarifies Cannabis Retail Rules

The government proclaimed the Cannabis License Regulations on November 14, 2018, clarifying some of the anticipated ownership restrictions on private retailers

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Nov 20, 2018
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First Mover Advantage: The Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis in Canada

Whether you are new to the cannabis industry, interested in starting a cannabis business, or have been seizing opportunities for a while — join us for an interactive day on the strategic and legal implications of the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

October 30, 2018 - 7:30 am to 3:35 pm
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In Aurora, Securities Regulators Affirm the New Take-over Bid Regime and Signal that Exemptive Relief under the New Regime will Prove to be Difficult and that Tactical Shareholder Rights Plans may be Extinct

The OSC and the FCAAS released their reasons for the orders granted concerning the hostile take-over bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.

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Mar 20, 2018
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Ontario Divisional Court Decision Confirms Shareholders’ Right to Requisition a Meeting

Ontario Divisional Court Decision Confirms Shareholders' Right to Requisition a Meeting

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Jun 8, 2017

Deals & Cases (3 Posts)

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PURE Reciprocal Insurance Exchange obtains Order from OSFI to Insure in Canada Risks

On February 9, 2023, Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange obtained an approval from the Superintendent of Financial Institutions under the Insurance Companies Act to insure in Canada personal lines property and casualty risks, including those falling under the classes of property, liability, marine and automobile insurance

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Feb 9, 2023
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Most Extensive Class Action Settlement Approval Contest in Canadian Class Action History

Mastercard retained McMillan for representation before the Canadian Competition Tribunal in connection with its “Honour All Cards” and “No Surcharge” rules. Mastercard and Visa were also sued in numerous class action lawsuits in Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia relating to the Mastercard and Visa interchange fees and rules.

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Dec 1, 2021
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McMillan successfully defends Taseko Mines in Oppression Remedy Proceeding

McMillan represented Taseko Mines Limited in its successful defense of an Oppression Remedy Proceeding

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Dec 1, 2016