John M. Valley

John practices corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance (including ESG-related matters) and mergers and acquisitions.

He is the Chair of Osler’s ESG Practice, and a member of Osler’s cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response practice. He regularly advises companies and boards of directors on a range of corporate governance and ESG-related matters, including with respect to directors duties, D&O indemnification and insurance, stakeholder disputes, climate-related disclosure, crisis response strategies and other governance matters. John is also a Co-Author of Osler’s leading annual reports on diversity disclosure practices in Canada.

John also acts on a range of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions matters across a range of industries including infrastructure and power, franchise and distribution and retail. He also has extensive experience advising on complex joint venture, partnership and shareholder agreements and disputes.   

John pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, England where his research focused on the corporate governance of mixed ownership enterprises involving government blockholders. John is an avid sportsperson, having played competitive university golf while studying abroad at both St. Andrews, Scotland and Cambridge, where he won his full Blue.


Representative Work

  • Regis Corporation

    Regis Corporation in connection with its sale and subsequent franchise of substantially all of its mall-based salons in Canada.

  • Bank of Montreal

    BMO Financial Group in connection with its acquisition of General Electric Capital Corporation’s Transportation Finance Business

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its $1.83 billion Initial Public Offering

  • Robert Mandel, Investor in Ingersoll Tillage

    Robert Mandel and Ingersoll Tillage Group, on ONCAP’s significant investment in ITG

  • Dream Unlimited Corp

    Dream Unlimited Corp. in connection with the formation and IPO of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust and acquisition by Dream Alternatives of its approximately $725 million of initial assets

  • Dream Residential REIT in its US$125.1 million initial public offering
  • Diversey in its acquisition of certain assets of Avmor
  • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in its agreement to increase its ownership in DECIEM Beauty Group Inc.
  • Animalcare in its agreement with Kane Biotech to form STEM Animal Health Inc.
  • Bausch Health Companies Inc. in its intention to spin off its eye health business into an independent publicly traded company
  • Regis Corporation in connection with its sale and subsequent franchise of substantially all of its mall-based salons in Canada
  • The Special Committee of The Intertain Group Limited in the completion of its strategic review and implementation of its UK Strategic Initiatives, including a plan of arrangement to facilitate the acquisition of Intertain by Jackpotjoy plc in a share-for-share exchange and the creation of an associated exchangeable share structure and the listing of the Jackpotjoy plc ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange plc
  • CarProof Corporation and Hellman & Friedman LLC in the sale of CarProof to IHS Inc. for $650 million
  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in its negotiation of an amended Governance Agreement with McCain Capital and Michael McCain
  • Hydro One in establishing new governance and compensation practices in connection with its initial public offering
  • The Underwriters in Cara Operations Limited’s $230 million Initial Public Offering
  • Tim Hortons in connection with its $13 billion acquisition by an affiliate of Burger King Worldwide, Inc
  • Dream in connection with the initial public offering of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust and the related reorganization and acquisition of assets from Return On Innovation Advisors Ltd
  • Bank of Montreal in connection with its acquisition of F&C Asset Management plc
  • Bank of Montreal in connection with its acquisition of General Electric Capital Corporation’s Transportation Finance business
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of restaurants from its Canadian franchisee
  • Avis Budget Group in its acquisition of its existing licensees in Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon.
  • Royal Bank of Canada in its acquisition of the Canadian automobile finance and deposit business of Ally Financial Inc
  • Private Equity Funds and Strategic Buyers in the acquisition, project financing and disposition of renewable energy assets
  • The underwriters for ViXS Systems on its going public transaction and $57 million capital raise
  • S&P Capital IQ, a business of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. in its acquisition of R2 Financial Technologies Inc
  • Gazit America Inc. in connection with its privatization by Gazit-Globe Ltd. And sale of properties to First Capital Realty Inc
  • CanWest Global Communication Corp. it its acquisition with Goldman Sachs of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc
  • Inco Limited on its competing take-over bid for Falconbridge Limited, its defence of the unsolicited offer made by Teck Cominco Limited, its negotiated merger with Phelps Dodge Corporation and its defence of the unsolicited offer made by Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
  • Placer Dome Inc. in its response to the unsolicited bid from Barrick Gold Corporation and subsequent negotiated $10.4 billion acquisition

Latest Insights

  • Report Oct 11, 2023

    2023 Diversity Disclosure Practices

    Overview Osler’s ninth annual comprehensive report, 2023 Diversity Disclosure Practices: Diversity and leadership at Canadian public...

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    2023 Diversity Disclosure Practices
  • Webinar May 9, 2024

    Corporate Governance for Emerging and High Growth Companies Part 2 – Navigating key changes in your company’s evolution

    Chad Bayne, Partner, Founder and Co-Chair of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Group and John Valley, a Partner in...

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    Corporate Governance for Emerging and High Growth Companies Part 2 – Navigating key changes in your company’s evolution
  • Podcast Apr 1, 2024

    Trends in shareholder activism

    In this episode of the podcast, guest host Teresa Tomchak, a partner in the litigation group at Osler, and David Salmon, President of Laurel Hill...

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    Trends in shareholder activism
  • Webinar Mar 27, 2024

    Corporate Governance for Emerging and High Growth Companies: Part 1 – Getting the basics right

    Ryan Unruch, partner in Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Group and John Valley, a partner in Osler’s leading Corporate Governance...

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    Corporate Governance for Emerging and High Growth Companies: Part 1 – Getting the basics right
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Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized in Corporate and M&A (Notable Practitioner)

    —IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Recognized in Corporate Governance Practice

    —Best Lawyers in Canada

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Oct 20, 2023

    Number of women on public boards increasing in Canada, says law firm report – Law.com

    For the last nine years, TSX-listed companies have taken a “modified comply or explain regime” approach to diversity disclosure.

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  • Osler News Oct 13, 2023

    Women fill more board seats while more visible minority executives hired: Osler diversity report – Canadian Lawyer

    Speaking with Canadian Lawyer, John Valley, highlights some of the key findings of Osler’s Diversity Disclosure Practices Report including the...

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  • Osler News Oct 11, 2023

    Women directors on the path toward parity, but progress on diversity in corporate Canada remains uneven

    How diverse are the boards and executive leadership of Canadian public companies?

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  • Osler News Dec 29, 2022

    Getting ahead on diversity in public companies – Lexpert TV

    Significant progress has been made in the number of women on boards and senior leadership positions since the launch of Osler's first Diversity...

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 09/5/2024
Corporate Governance for Emerging and High Growth Companies Part 2 – Navigating key changes in your company’s evolution
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speaker 27/3/2024
Corporate Governance for Emerging and High Growth Companies: Part 1 – Getting the basics right
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speaker 22/6/2023
Developments in Supply Chain Management: Canadian and US diligence requirements under modern anti-slavery legislation
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speaker 26/4/2023
ESG beyond borders: international perspectives on financing market trends and regulatory oversight for Canadian issuers and financial institutions
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Published Work

  • Barbarians at the Gate? A Comparative Study of Takeover Bid Defence Regimes in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, LL.M. Dissertation submitted to the University of Cambridge (May 2008). The paper responds to calls for the Canadian government to “do something” in respect to the perceived “hollowing out” of the Canadian economy.
  • Of Government and (Corporate) Governance: Corporate Governance Implications of Government Blockholders, PhD research conducted at the University of Cambridge.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Cambridge, LL.M. (First Class, W.M. Tapp Scholar)
  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B. (Gold Medallist)
  • Richard Ivey School of Business, H.B.A.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A.
  • University of St. Andrews (St. Andrews, Scotland, Bobby Jones Scholar)

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association