Christopher C Nicholls is a Professor of Law at Western University’s Faculty of Law where he is the inaugural holder of the W Geoff Beattie Chair in Corporate Law, and a 2013 recipient of a Western University Faculty Scholar Award.
Before coming to Western University in 2006, Professor Nicholls was a member of the faculty 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. Prior to beginning his academic career, he practised corporate and securities law in Toronto and in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Professor Nicholls has been a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge, a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School, a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Tokyo, and the Falconbridge Visiting Professor of Commercial Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at the law faculties of Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. He has acted as a consultant to private law firms, government and regulatory agencies, and has lectured to academic and professional audiences in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, South America, and Japan.
He has previously served as a Member (Commissioner) of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, as Head of Research and Policy for the Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and as a Research Fellow for the Filene Research Institute, Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, a director of Western University’s Centre for Financial Innovation and Risk Management and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Business Law Journal.
He is the author of numerous articles in the fields of corporate law and governance and financial law and regulation, as well as five other books on these and related subjects (one as co-author), including Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Changes of Corporate Control, 2d ed (Toronto: Irwin, 2012).