Chris Koressis  | Direct Dial : (416) 720-1624 |

Canadian Business Lawyer
B.Sc., B.C.L., LL.B., McGill University, 1982

Admitted to Ontario Bar, 1984
Areas of Practice
Chris Koressis is a Canadian business lawyer based in Toronto, Ontario. He is an experienced, solutions-oriented business lawyer (corporate attorney) with wide ranging legal experience at multi-national companies such as Apotex, Geac Computer Corporation, Royal Bank and CIBC. In each of these companies, Chris introduced best-practices and streamlined legal processes to achieve effective and efficient results. He has the ability to quickly grasp the key aspects of a business, easily integrate into new groups and deliver practical and timely legal advice with no supervision. Chris is a collaborative leader that builds efficient, client-centric solutions and makes business happen.

Some examples of the services that Chris provides in the area of business law are: drafting and negotiating commercial agreements between companies and their customers, suppliers, licensors, joint venture partners, and distributors; information technology law; purchasing & procurement law including drafting terms and conditions for Requests for Proposals for the procurement of a broad range of products and services and participating in the analysis of proposals from suppliers and selecting suppliers; mergers & acquisitions; drafting corporate policies; serving as corporate secretary and advising corporate officers and directors on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters; directing and overseeing the use of external counsel.

Chris Koressis is available to serve as in-house legal counsel for mid to long term mandates, on site or remotely. If the nature of your legal matter requires a multi-disciplinary team or other legal services such as civil litigation, Chris will select and lead the team, after you have approved it. He will select lawyers who, like himself, have both legal and business expertise within industry. The depth of this kind of experience will provide you with the most effective and efficient legal advice and the results that you require. Chris Koressis has the right contacts among business law firms that are available to assist Chris Koressis when it is necessary to have a team of business lawyers to serve the needs of his clients. If he is retained to manage the work assigned to other business lawyers, Chris Koressis will assume prime contractor status and overall responsibility for your legal strategy. And he will ensure that your objectives are achieved effectively and efficiently.

Before establishing the Toronto law firm of Koressis Legal™ , Chris Koressis was a partner at a large business law firm based in Toronto, Ontario. He then joined Apotex Inc. as Senior Counsel. Prior to that, he was Senior Counsel at Geac Computer Corporation (now Infor) and a member of the company's worldwide mergers and acquisitions team. Prior to Geac, Chris Koressis led a team of four lawyers at CIBC that specialized in purchasing and procurement and information technology law. He also served as Director, Strategic Sourcing, reporting to the Chief Purchasing Officer and assisting in the management of the bank's worldwide procurement of information technology, corporate services and products. In addition, he led a task force on the legal and business issues associated with electronic commerce and Internet business strategies. This facilitated the implementation of CIBC's information technology strategy and helped it to exploit trends and opportunities in the marketplace. Before CIBC, he was Legal Advisor-Contracts for Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto and prior to that he was a legal advisor to the Chief Judge of the District Court of Ontario in Toronto.

If you need practical, hands-on experience on the legal and business risks, and the opportunities, vital to the success of any company, call Chris Koressis. He offers his clients a 5 point guarantee: Better Access; Faster Service; Plain Language; Less Paper; Integrity & Candid Legal Advice.

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Speaking Engagements/Publications

Legal Pitfalls in Corporate Governance: Mitigating legal risks and protecting you and your organization from liability" presented at the Institute of Internal Auditors conference on Enterprise Risk Management and Control Self Assessment in Las Vegas on September 10, 2004.

Corporate Governance in a Post-Enron World" presented at the Institute of Internal Auditors conference on Enterprise Risk Management and Control Self Assessment in Las Vegas on September 8, 2004.

Corporate Governance & the CIO's Role- Executives overwhelmed by the new compliance rules may want to turn to CIOs for a helping hand." IT Business, May 2004, Toronto, Ontario

Privacy Law in Canada presented at The National Club in Toronto on November 12, 2003.

Corporate Governance & Corporate Policies Grabs Spotlight in Post-Enron World, The Journal of Corporate Renewal, Turnaround Management Association, Chicago, Illinois October 2002

"Targeting an Acquisition for the Right Fit" presented at the 4th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Skills Summit - a 3 day Federated Press conference in Toronto, Ontario on September 23, 2002

"Laying Down the Law: Legal agreements offer the support you need in important business transactions." CMA Management Magazine, May 2002

"Purchasing and Procurement of Goods & Services - best practices and legal issues" presented at OIPMAC - Oakville District, March 12, 2002, Oakville

"Commercial Contract and Partnering Negotiations - Win-Win Strategies" presented at Liberty Village New Media Centre, March 8, 2002, Toronto

"IT Growing Pains. For many firms, outsourcing may be the answer to increasing technology demands." Canadian Insurance Magazine, February 2002

"Outsourcing: from a legal perspective", Canadian Treasurer Magazine, February/March 2002

"Corporate Finance - a legal perspective" presented at the Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade, October 24, 2001, Toronto

"Software Development and Corporate Purchasing Policies" presented at the Ontario Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada conference, October 16-20, 2001, Niagara Falls

"Raising Capital - a legal perspective" presented at McMaster's "CampusIncubator" Business Plan Challenge Workshop, September 29, 2001, McMaster University, Hamilton

"Software Development: Structuring the Contract" presented at "Caucus", International Computer Negotiations, September 5-7, 2001, Orlando

"Outsourcing IT - Get the most out of outsourcing", Canadian Treasurer Magazine, August/September 2001

"Acquiring Information Technologies: Contracting for Success" presented at "Caucus", International Computer Negotiations, June 12, 2001, Toronto

"Trade Secrets - Contracts & Corporate Policies" presented at "Information Technology and Cyberspace Law Symposium", York Professional Development Programme, May 9-12, 2001, Toronto

"Hardware Contracts and Systems Integration" presented at "Contracting for Information Technology", York Professional Development Programme, March 2 & 3, 1998, Toronto

"Agreements for Software Development and Support Services" presented at "Expert Purchasing of Corporate Information Technology Systems", Federated Press, February 24, 1998, Toronto

"Year 2000 Notice Letters and Assessment of Contractual Rights and Liabilities" presented at the Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group, January 13, 1998, Toronto

"Maintaining Technology Standards" presented at "PC Nightmare", International Computer Negotiations, June 27, 1997, Chicago

"Surviving the Millennium Crisis" presented at "PC Nightmare", International Computer Negotiations, June 26, 1997, Chicago

"Corporate Governance Issues and Policies on Use of the Internet" presented to CIBC's Corporate Governance Group, January 27 & 30, 1997, Toronto

"Win - Win Negotiating" presented at "Caucus 96", September, 1996, Atlanta

Legal Counsel Worldwide
Canadian Bar Association
American Corporate Counsel Association
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade (HCBT)
The Computer Law Association
Toronto Board of Trade

McGill University Alumni Association
Selwyn House Old Boys' Association
Ashbury College Old Boys' Association


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