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Queen’s University names new corporate law professor

Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 12:22 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Robert Yalden is the first person to be named as the Stephen Sigurdson professor in corporate law and finance at Queen’s faculty of law.

Yalden, who is a business law partner and head of the corporate deparment in the Montreal office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, also serves as the co-chair of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Yalden is a graduate of Queen’s arts and science faculty.

The professorship was named after Stephen Sigurdson, a corporate lawyer and a graduate from Queen’s law program. It was created with a $1.5 million endowment raised by alumni and donors.

Yalden said that early in his career, he worked with Sigurdson at Osler.

“He was an exceptionally talented role model and a wonderful mentor, and I’m especially pleased to be the first Sigurdson professor.”

He added that he was looking foward to becoming more involved in academics.

“I've taught courses on business law at McGill and [the University of Toronto] and published in the area since the early 1990s,” said Yalden.

“The opportunity to be part of a Queen’s law community that’s thinking and writing about issues in this area day-in and day-out, and to work with talented students and colleagues who have a passion for sustained dialogue about these questions is something that I know will be endlessly rewarding.”