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Peter Kolla


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.6279
Fax:   416.979.1234

Peter is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans. He has a broad civil litigation practice, which focuses on assisting clients with complex commercial litigation matters.

His experience includes commercial disputes, securities matters, shareholder activism and corporate governance, director and officer liability claims, civil fraud, insolvency proceedings, proceedings to enforce foreign judgments, professional responsibility proceedings, plans of arrangement and fiduciary obligations disputes.

Peter has been counsel in over 40 reported decisions, including three that have been recognized by Lexpert Magazine or the Law Times as top cases of the year. He has also acted for corporations in various industries on over 35 unreported plan of arrangement proceedings under the Canada Business Corporations Act, and the business corporations acts of Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba.

Peter has appeared as counsel in trials, appeals, applications and motions before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including the Commercial Court, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Federal Court, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, as well as Law Society of Ontario discipline panels.

Peter articled as a Law Clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Peter is fluent in French.


Peter’s representative work includes acting for:

  • Cineplex Inc. as lead counsel in its successful claim against Cineworld Group, plc and a subsidiary (collectively “Cineworld”) for damages for wrongful repudiation of a merger agreement
  • an intervener in two appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the interpretation of Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation
  • a crypto asset trading platform that was investigated by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) for allegations of breaches of the Ontario Securities Act and Commodity Futures Act, which involved a precedent setting settlement as it was the first time the OSC settled allegations against a crypto asset platform
  • Chevron Canada Limited in a successful summary judgment motion, upheld on appeal, that dismissed an action that had sought to enforce a US$9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment for alleged environmental pollution, now a seminal Canadian case on corporate separateness
  • Hudbay Minerals Inc. in a proxy contest that successfully defended a proceeding by a dissident shareholder that sought adjournment of a shareholders’ meeting
  • Paulson & Co. Inc. in a proxy contest, including successfully responding to a claim by Detour Gold Corporation alleging insider trading and tipping
  • BDC, a Crown corporation, which was a plaintiff in an action for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation where $44 million in damages were awarded following a 16 day trial in which 15 witnesses, including experts, testified
  • the Court-appointed Monitor of Nortel Networks in various matters in its proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, including successfully opposing leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal for Ontario from an order allocating $7.3 billion in sale proceeds following a joint trial before the Ontario and Delaware courts; the decision was recognized by Lexpert Magazine’s Top 10 Business Cases of 2016
  • Chevron Canada Limited in motions and appeals to stay proceedings on the basis of lack of jurisdiction; the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision was recognized by Law Times’ Top Cases of 2015
  • Sun Indalex Finance, LLC in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada that overturned a decision distributing reserve funds to pay a pension deficit; the decision was recognized by Lexpert Magazine’s Top 10 Business Cases of 2013
  • an individual director of a reporting issuer in an appeal to the Ontario Divisional Court from decisions of the Ontario Securities Commission involving violations of the Securities Act
  • Look Communications Inc. in a successful defence against three proceedings seeking advances of legal fees from the company that was suing its former officers and directors for breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Copper Mesa Mining Corp. and two of its directors in successfully having struck three actions seeking over $90 million for alleged human rights abuses in Ecuador


Peter is recognized as a “next generation partner” by The Legal 500 Canada in Dispute Resolution: Ontario and by Benchmark Litigation Canada as a “Future Star”.


Peter acts as a mentor to junior litigation lawyers as well as summer and articling students at Goodmans. He coordinates the Litigation Group’s internal Continuing Legal Education program. He has guest lectured at the University of Toronto to its Global Professional Masters students. He has also taught at various Continuing Legal Education programs and written numerous articles for legal publications.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 2006)
McGill University (B.A., Honours, Economics, 2002)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Advocates' Society
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association 

Year of Call

2007 Ontario