Cornell, who is co-head of the M&A Practice, is a leading corporate lawyer with extensive experience in M&A and corporate finance transactions. He also advises senior management, boards of directors and shareholders on corporate governance matters.
Cornell has acted for bidders, targets and controlling shareholders in the full spectrum of public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions and divestitures, minority investments and carve-out transactions. Cornell has also acted for both issuers and investment banks in a variety of public offerings for debt and equity.
Cornell is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law (2015-2019)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Ontario, corporate/commercial (2016-2018)
Legal Media Group/Euromoney's IFLR1000 The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading Canadian lawyer in capital markets (2016-2018), financial and corporate (2016-2018) and M&A (2017)
Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2014-2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate finance & securities, and in M&A (2013-2018)
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 a member of the board of directors of the National Ballet of Canada and Board Director with the Loran Scholars Foundation.
For the past two years, Cornell has co-chaired the annual Champions of Public Education Tribute Dinner, in support of The Learning Partnership.
Cornell is a member of the steering committee for the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program.
Previously, he was a council member of the Law Alumni Association of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Toronto and the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Foundation Advisory Board.