Rory Godinho is the Managing Partner of Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office and a leader of the capital markets and securities group. He has an extensive client base which includes private and publicly traded companies in the natural resource, technology/biotechnology, telecommunications and industrial sectors and also acts for several independent investment dealers.
Rory has extensive experience advising such clients on a broad range of matters such as initial public offerings, public and private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, qualifying transactions, corporate restructurings and reorganizations, capital alterations and continuous disclosure requirements.
He advises clients on corporate governance related matters, including regulatory compliance, corporate governance policies, fiduciary duties and directors’ and officers’ liability. He has also acted as counsel to clients involved with proxy contests, takeover defence mechanisms and shareholder rights plans.
In July 2016, he was appointed by the Council of Ministers responsible for capital markets regulation from British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Yukon and the Minister of Finance of Canada to the inaugural board of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO), which is expected to create and evolve into the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority (CMRA). Once created, CMRA will be the single regulator administering the proposed uniform provincial-territorial Capital Markets Act and complementary Capital Markets Stability Act.
Rory has been active on behalf of various market participants advocating changes to securities laws and policies to keep up with a rapidly changing marketplace. Prior to being appointed to CMAIO, he was the Chair of the TSX Venture Exchange’s National Advisory Committee and an executive officer of the Independent Investment Dealers Association.
He has served as a Director and Officer of several listed companies, and in that capacity established a large network of contacts in the venture capital markets industry.
Professional achievements & leadership
- The Best Lawyers in Canada, Securities Law, 2022
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2018-2019
- Canadian Bar Association
Bar admissions & education
- British Columbia, 1984
- LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1983