Cornell is a leading corporate lawyer and co-head of Torys’ M&A Practice. He focuses on M&A transactions, both public and private, and other critical situations. He has played a lead role acting for some of Canada’s largest public and private companies on their most significant strategic matters, including advising Thomson Reuters, The Woodbridge Company, Weston group and Brookfield group.
Cornell has a broad range of experience in complex transactional, securities, family-controlled business, private equity, regulatory, governance, activism and compliance matters.
Cornell regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters, crisis management and shareholder engagement issues. Cornell is a Fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel.
Cornell is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate/commercial, Ontario (2016-2020)
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2014-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law (2015-2020)
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded in banking, capital markets, financial and corporate, M&A (2016-2020)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate finance & securities; mergers & acquisitions (2013-2019)
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)
Top 50: Americas M&A Dealmakers—Leading lawyer in M&A (2014)
Cornell is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada.
Cornell is also a trustee of University Health Network, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre. He chairs the Michener Institute of Education at UHN.
In 2018, Cornell served as Chair of the Canadian Arts Summit, an annual gathering of leaders from Canada’s largest arts institutions organized by Business/Arts.
Cornell is a former director of the Loran Scholars Foundation and The Learning Partnership, which promotes publicly funded education in Canada.