Canada: David A. Brown, Former Chairman And CEO Of The Ontario Securities Commission, Rejoins Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Last Updated: December 6 2005

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is pleased to announce that David A. Brown, Q.C., will rejoin the firm on December 1, 2005 as Counsel.

Mr. Brown was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission from April 1998 to June 30, 2005. During his tenure, the OSC moved from a government agency to a self-funded Crown Corporation with a renewed mandate to provide effective protection to investors while maintaining strong, efficient capital markets in Canada. He led the expansion and reorganization of the OSC to meet the increasing demands of a changing market. This enabled the OSC to strengthen its resources and to focus its activities on providing a balanced regulatory response to emerging issues. Prior to joining the OSC, Mr. Brown was a senior Partner at Davies and widely recognized as one of Canada's leading corporate lawyers, with more than 29 years of experience in major corporate and commercial matters, in particular in mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate reorganizations.

Mr. Brown has played a significant role in national and international regulatory bodies. He was the founding chair of the Council of Governors for the Canadian Public Accountability Board, a national body he helped form to oversee the audits of Canadian publicly-listed companies. He is a member of the Audit and Assurances Standards Oversight Council, a body formed by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants to oversee the setting of Canadian auditing standards. Internationally, he is currently a member of the Public Interest Oversight Board, a new body formed by international regulatory and supervisory bodies to oversee the standards-setting and other public interest activities of the International Federation of Accountants. Mr. Brown is a past chair of the Technical Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.

"We are delighted that David is returning to the firm", said William O'Reilly, Managing Partner at Davies. "In his role as Counsel to the firm, David will offer strategic counsel to members of the firm and clients alike with respect to a variety of complex matters. His experience at the OSC, his domestic and international policy perspective, as well as his years of private practice, will be an invaluable resource. David will also play an important leadership and mentoring role in our internal professional development program."

"Returning to Davies was not a difficult decision", said Mr. Brown. "The firm is focused on business law and is consistently rated by outside observers as 'best-in-class'. After practising law for many years and serving as Chair of the OSC, I'm really looking forward to my role as Counsel. It will allow me to use all my experience to help our firm provide our clients with strategic advice on their most challenging matters."

Mr. Brown is an active volunteer. He is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University Health Network and a Director and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of Cancer Care Ontario. He is a member of the Governance Council of the Ontario Hospital Association and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Osgoode Hall Law School and The Dean’s Advisory Council for the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics. He is a past director of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and a past director and President of the Granite Club.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, with over 225 lawyers, practises nationally and internationally from offices in Toronto, Montréal, New York and an affiliate in Paris, and is consistently at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial matters on behalf of its North American and overseas clients.

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