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Dimitri Lascaris

Dimitri Lascaris is a Siskinds partner and is the leader of Siskinds’ Securities Class Actions Group. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991, and was admitted to the bar of the State of New York and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1992, and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004. Before joining Siskinds, Mr. Lascaris practiced securities law in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law firm.

In August 2013, Mr. Lascaris was named by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Canadian business, describing him as “the fiercest legal advocate for shareholder rights.”

In August 2012, Mr. Lascaris was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Lascaris has been lead or co-lead counsel in the following class actions, among others:

Sino-Forest Securities Litigation (C$117 million partial settlement with Ernst & Young);

  • Sino-Forest Securities Litigation (C$117 million partial settlement with Ernst & Young);
  • FMF Capital Group Securities Litigation(C$29 million settlement and corporate governance reform)
  • Gildan Activewear Securities Litigation (US$22.5 million settlement); 
  • Southwestern Resources Corp. Securities Litigation, the first case settled under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act (C$15.5 million settlement); 
  • Arctic Glacier Securities Litigation (C$13.75 million settlement); 
  • CP Ships Securities Litigation (C$12.8 million settlement); 
  • PetroKazahkstan Securities Litigation, the first insider trading class action in Canada (C$10 million settlement); 
  • Royal Group Technologies Securities Litigation (C$9 million settlement); 
  • CV Technologies Securities Litigation (C$7.1 million settlement); 
  • Research in Motion Derivative Stock Options Litigation, the first options-backdating case in Canada (C$5 million settlement and corporate governance reform);
  • Ensign Energy Services Derivative Stock Options Litigation (4.4 million settlement)

Mr. Lascaris is currently prosecuting numerous domestic and cross-border securities class actions, including the Imax Corporation Securities Litigation, which is the first case for which leave has been granted under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act, as well as the Sino-Forest Corporation Securities Litigation and the SNC-Lavalin Securities Litigation.

Mr. Lascaris speaks English, French and Greek.

Publications & Teaching Summary

Mr. Lascaris has been quoted frequently in the national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business Magazine, Canadian Lawyer, the National Law Review and American Lawyer. He has also appeared as a commentator on the Lang & O’Leary Show, the Business News Network and The Real News Network.

Publications & Teaching

Mr. Lascaris has been quoted frequently in the national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business Magazine, Canadian Lawyer, the National Law Review and American Lawyer. He has also appeared as a commentator on the Lang & O’Leary Show, the Business News Network and The Real News Network.

  • Co-Author, "Investment advisers must earn their keep" The Financial Post, November 2013
  • Co-Author, “The Tenuous Connection between Securities Class Actions and OSC Settlements”, Osgoode Professional Development, Managing, Mediating & Litigating Shareholder Disputes, December 2012
  • "Securities Class Actions After Timminco: Has the Court of Appeal Undone Part XXIII.1?" (2012), 52 C.B.L.J. 414, co-authored with Daniel Bach
  • Author, “Class Actions Update”, Law Society of Upper Canada, Civil Litigation Summit, May 2012
  • Author, “Carriage Motions in Securities Class Actions”, Panel Member, Osgoode Professional Development, 9th National Symposium on Class Actions, April 2012
  • Author, "The Canadian chapter of the book Shareholder Claims 1st ed." (UK: Jordan Publishing Limited, 2012), co-authored with Anthony O’Brien
  • Author, “New Developments in Securities Class Actions”, The Canadian Institute, 12th Annual National Forum on Class Actions Litigation, September 2011
  • Author, “Class Actions Ethics”, Osgoode Professional Development, 8th National Symposium on Class Actions, April 2011
  • Certification of Reliance-Based Claims in Class Actions, April 30, 2010
  • Author, "Questions of Ethics regarding Class Actions", Class Actions: Recent Developments in Quebec, Canada, United States and Europe, Quebec Bar Association, October 2009
  • Author, " The Statutory Secondary Market Liability Regime in the OSA " , Law Commission of Ontario Joint & Several Liability Roundtable, October 2009
  • Author, "The Future of Litigation under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act", 2009 OBA Institute Civil Litigation Program: When the Butterfly Flaps Its Wings: Cross-Border Litigation in Your Practice, February 2009.
  • Author, "Prosecuting and Defending Secondary Market Securities Class Actions: An Emerging Threat for Securities Issuers", The Canadian Institute - 9th Annual National Forum on Class Action Litigations, September 2008.
  • Author, "Rule 10b-5 Versus Part XXIII.1: Where are the Rights of Investors Best Protected?", A.D. Lascaris and C.M. Wright, Osgoode Professional Development, 4th Annual Symposium on Class Actions, April 2007.
  • Author, "Institutional Investors, Shareholder Activism and Class Actions: The Preservation of Market Integrity", Benefits & Compensation Digest, Vol. 41, No. 11, November 2004.