- 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)
John practices corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. John regularly acts for purchasers, targets, special committees and selling shareholders in both public and private merger and acquisition transactions, and on matters relating to joint venture, partnership and shareholder agreements and disputes, across a range of industries including real estate, infrastructure and power, financial services, biotechnology and gaming.
John’s corporate governance practice includes regularly advising companies and boards of directors on matters regarding director duties, indemnification, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and other governance matters. He is also a member of Osler’s cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response practice, which is focused on advising companies and boards of directors on taking proactive steps to avoid and prepare for and, where necessary, on responding to extraordinary crisis situations.
John returned to the firm in 2011 following a leave of absence taken to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, England. John’s research at Cambridge focused on the corporate governance of mixed ownership enterprises involving government blockholders. John is also an avid sportsman, having played competitive golf while studying abroad at both St. Andrews and Cambridge, where he won his full Blue.