Western Law

Nicholls, Christopher C.

Christopher C. Nicholls holds the Stephen Dattels Chair in Corporate Finance Law at the University of Western Ontario.

Before coming to Western Law in 2006, Professor Nicholls was a member of the Dalhousie University Faculty of Law (now the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University) where he was the inaugural holder of the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law and acted as Director of Dalhousie’s LL.B. Business Law Specialization Program. He twice received the Dalhousie Law School Excellence in Teaching Law Award. Before joining Dalhousie, he practiced corporate and securities law, first with two of Toronto’s largest corporate law firms, then as a corporate finance and securities attorney in Hamilton, Bermuda. During his years in private practice, he served for a time as Vice-President, Senior Counsel and Corporate Secretary for a publicly-traded North American commercial real estate development corporation.

Professor Nicholls has been consulted by law firms, government departments and regulators and has lectured to academic and professional audiences in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and South America. He has been a frequent speaker on topics relating to corporate law and mergers and acquisitions in judicial education programs organized for Canadian judges by the National Judicial Institute.

He is an Affiliated Scholar of the National Centre for Business Law, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and is also an Affiliated Faculty member of the Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. He has been a visiting (adjunct) professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, a visiting professor at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, the Falconbridge Visiting Professor of Commercial Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge.

He has previously served as a member (Commissioner) of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, as Associate Editor of the Canadian Business Law Journal and as a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, and is currently a Corporate Finance Law specialist editor for the Canadian Business Law Journal. He is the author of numerous articles in the business law field as well as five books: Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Changes of Corporate Control, 2d ed. (Irwin, 2012); Financial Institutions: The Regulatory Framework (LexisNexis, 2008); Corporate Law (Emond-Montgomery, 2005); Corporate Finance and Canadian Law (Carswell, 2000); and (with Jeffrey MacIntosh of the University of Toronto), Securities Law (Irwin, 2002).

He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Harvard University.


Teaching In 2013-2014

Course Term Credits
McCarthy Tetrault LLP Introduction to Law & Economics Seminar (ST) 5907D 001 Spring 3
Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Changes of Corporate Control (ST) 5899D 001 Spring 3
Securities Regulation 5560A 001 Fall 3
Torys LLP Business and Law Pre-Eminent Scholars Series (ST) 5905 001 Fall, Spring 3

Email: cnichol8@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 80301
Office: LB 108