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Shari Cohen

Shari Cohen

Associate, Employment & Labour


Contact Information

sjcohen@osler.com

tel: 416.862.4203

Office

Toronto

Areas of Expertise
Bar Admission

Ontario, 2016

Education

University of Toronto, B.A.

Ryerson University, B. Journ.

Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.


Shari advises Canadian and international clients on a variety of employment and labour law matters, including employment standards, human rights, employee terminations, workplace health and safety, as well as employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Shari regularly provides advice to and negotiates contractual arrangements on behalf of employers, on matters including employment compensation arrangements and agreements, bonus plans, confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements as well as termination arrangements for departing employees. Shari also assists employers in drafting and implementing workplace policies.

Shari represents clients in a variety of judicial and administrative proceedings including in human rights tribunals, wrongful dismissal litigation proceedings, and grievance arbitrations.

Prior to her career in law, Shari spent over 10 years in the media industry, where she was a film and television producer. Shari oversaw a successful media production company and she is the recipient of numerous international awards and nominations, including the Emmy and Gemini awards.

    Select Reported Cases:

    • Platinum Equity Advisors in its acquisition of Livingston International.
    • ESC Corporate Services, a portfolio company of Information Services Corporation, in its acquisition of Securefact.
    • Exclusive Networks, a portfolio company of Permira, in its acquisition of Fine Tec Canada.
    • JMI's $115 million investment in Vena.
    • Uken Studios, Inc. in the sale of Bingo Pop to Jam City, Inc.
    • Toronto Hydro in a broad range of general employment and labour matters including cessation of employment, union organization, grievances, and evidence and status disputes.
    • Kids Help Phone as counsel on a varied set of grievances and labour arbitrations.
    • Runnymede Healthcare Centre as counsel throughout a wrongful dismissal dispute.

     

    Other Work:

    • Advised a Toronto based emerging company on the structuring of its executive compensation plans and executive earn outs.
    • Assisted a large asset management corporation in its launch as a public-sector asset manager of approximately C$60B on behalf of the Workplace Safety Insurance Board and the Ontario Pension Board.
    • Acted as counsel to a Canadian corporation in its C$80 million asset acquisition by an American investor.

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Women in Capital Markets
  • Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television