Janet Holmes

Toronto: 416.865.7344
Fax 416.865.7380


LLM, 1998
Osgoode Hall Law School
LLB, 1991
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1993


Janet’s practice focuses on knowledge management for the Capital Markets and M&A Practice Groups. She monitors and advises the firm’s lawyers on regulatory and legal developments and trends in capital markets and M&A. She also manages and develops the firm’s precedents and contributes to the firm’s publications in these areas.


Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Janet was Director, Knowledge Management and Communications, and Special Counsel at a Toronto law firm. Prior to that, Janet was a Senior Vice President in the Government and Public Affairs Team at Moody's in New York City, where she was deeply involved in helping the rating agency transition to a highly regulated environment across the globe. She also designed and implemented a knowledge management system for her department. Before joining Moody's in 2007, she was a Senior Corporate Governance Specialist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where she helped develop and test the OECD's first assessment methodology for its revised Principles of Corporate Governance. Before that, she spent nearly six years at the Ontario Securities Commission, first as Senior Legal Counsel for its Takeover Bid Team and later as Manager of International Affairs. In between these two roles, she spent a year on secondment to the Market Conduct Division of the UK Financial Services Authority. During her tenure at the OSC, she also was selected by the International Organization of Securities Commissions to serve as a securities law expert charged with completing an assessment of New Zealand’s securities regulatory system as part of the International Monetary Fund’s Financial Sector Assessment Program. Before joining the OSC in 1998, she worked for law firms in New York and Toronto.

Janet has lectured on securities law, corporate governance, credit rating agencies, and legal research at law and business schools in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Memberships and Affiliations

Professional Risk Managers' International Association, Ethics Committee (2017-2019)