William Johnstone

William Johnstone


William Johnstone
Contact Information

William Johnstone


T 416.865.6605

F 416.865.6636

E bjohnstone@grllp.com


Osgoode Hall Law School LL.B. 1982
Bar Admission

Ontario, 1984
About Gardiner Roberts LLP

For over 100 years, Gardiner Roberts has combined the benefits of a full-service law firm with the dexterity of a mid-sized one. Our focused, cross-disciplinary, one-team approach and commitment to understand your business joins our relevant expertise, immediacy and dedication to providing client-centric, hands-on service. 100% Canadian and fully independent, we offer a level of overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness that larger firms can't touch. Resisting "cookie-cutter" law, Gardiner Roberts has built its name - one rewarding client relationship at a time.

Executive Summary

Bill is the Practice Leader of the Securities Law Group at Gardiner Roberts. Bill advises clients on all aspects of corporate and securities law matters including prospectus offerings, stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies, reverse take-over transactions, formal and exempt take-over bids, going-private transactions, amalgamations and arrangements, corporate governance compliance, continuous disclosure obligations, rights offerings, equity and debt financings and private placements. Bill has extensive experience in advising clients on Mining law issues including the acquisition, option and joint venturing of resource properties, disclosure obligations under National Instrument 43-101 and flow-through financings.


Representative Work
  • In the last year, acted for two separate public resource clients with substantial mining assets that merged with well-funded public companies by way of three cornered amalgamations
  • Acted for a public company that effected a going private transaction
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Professional Involvement
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Institute of Corporate Directors
Beyond the Office

In addition to spending time with his family in Algonquin Park, Bill’s passion is wildlife photography. His office wall is adorned with his wildlife encounters. Bill’s other passion is the Blues and in the immortal words of “Joliet” Jake E. Blues: “I suggest you buy as many blues albums as you can”.