Senior LITIGATION Counsel – ENFORCEMENT Branch (10-15 years Litigation experience – securities/commercial litigation or criminal/quasi-criminal prosecution experience an asset but not required)

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September 22, 2021

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for administering and enforcing securities legislation in the Province of Ontario. As a regulator of the capital markets, the OSC is working to safeguard the integrity of the Ontario securities markets. With the challenges of regulating today’s ever changing dynamic capital markets, the OSC continues to be an employer that offers exciting career opportunities.

The Enforcement Branch investigates and litigates breaches of securities laws in Ontario, assisting in protecting investors from unfair or improper practices and fostering fair and efficient markets. With the mandate to fight misconduct, this team works on cutting edge, complex and challenging files. Senior Litigation Counsel are part of multidisciplinary teams, assisting in the formulation of strategy, analyzing evidence and leading prosecutions of a broad range of securities offences in administrative hearings before the OSC and in quasi-criminal proceedings before the Ontario courts. Though it has recently added two Senior Litigation Counsels, the Enforcement Branch seeks to further add talent to its growing team.

The ideal candidate will have 10 – 15 years of litigation experience gained at a law firm, provincial or federal crown office, or other board or regulatory body. Excellent, senior level litigation experience, including taking the lead on complex hearings/trials will be essential for this role as you will be responsible for decision making on strategy and direction of files. Top notch advocacy skills will be mandatory as you will have a great deal of opportunity to be ‘on your feet’. In addition, you will be responsible for drafting required material, liaising with defence counsel, responding to Charter motions, and making recommendations and decisions on the file including monitoring and fulfilling disclosure obligations. You must have excellent judgment and communication skills, superior written advocacy skills and the ability to multi-task. Securities/commercial litigation or criminal/quasi-criminal prosecution experience is an asset, but not required.

This is a unique opportunity in a fast-moving, dynamic environment. The work is varied, challenging and anything but routine. The team is close-knit and takes a team approach to their work. It offers a diverse, fair and flexible work environment and takes pride in its challenging and rewarding work. If you like to problem solve and have a genuine interest in protecting the integrity of the ever changing capital markets, this may be the perfect position for you. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your cover letter and resume to Lorene Nagata or Lesa Ong of Nagataconnex Executive Legal Search.

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