Karrin Powys-Lybbe

Karrin Powys-Lybbe

Toronto: 416.865.7829
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1994
University of Toronto
BA (Economics), 1991
University of Alberta

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1996


Karrin's practice focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and related party transactions for companies in a variety of industries. Karrin has represented both issuers and investment banks in a variety of public offerings for debt and equity. She does ongoing corporate and securities work for a number of clients, including companies in the Brookfield group. Karrin has been involved in more than 60 debt and equity offerings for the Brookfield group of companies totalling over C$20 billion. Karrin is the former managing partner of Torys' New York office and a former member of Torys’ Executive Committee.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate/commercial, Ontario (2020)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2014-2015) and up and coming lawyer in corporate/M&A (2013)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in international expertise (2019)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded lawyer in capital markets (2008-2020)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law (2006-2020) and project finance law (2011)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—One of Canada’s 40 corporate lawyers to watch (2006)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate finance & securities, corporate commercial law, mergers & acquisitions (2011-2019); Up-and-coming practitioner in corporate finance (2006)

Who’s Who Legal—Leading Canadian lawyer in capital markets (2014-2015)

Which Lawyer?—Recognized lawyer in capital markets: debt and equity (2010-2012)

Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook—Recommended leading practitioner (2007-2008)

Named a BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group's annual worldwide survey of leading corporate counsel. BTI Client Service All-Stars are identified solely and exclusively by corporate counsel (2016).

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law—Leading lawyer in capital markets (2014)



Memberships and Affiliations

Karrin was a member of the Soulpepper Theatre Company (2011-2014).