Bill Northcote, a partner with the firm Shibley Righton LLP in Toronto, focuses on business law.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from the University of Toronto in 1977, before graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1980.
Mr. Northcote went on to earn his Master of Laws in international business from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982.
Practising for more than 30 years, Mr. Northcote is the chair of Shibley Righton’s business law practice group. He handles mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing.
Mr. Northcote is a member of the board for various client companies, both public and private, that carry on diverse types of business including life reinsurance consulting, trade and direct investment consulting in East Asia, postage meter and equipment distribution, software development and licensing, marketing and distribution of consumer products.
While in law school, Mr. Northcote served as a member of the board of editors of the Ottawa Law Review. He has published articles on such legal topics as the free trade agreement, international commercial arbitration, and equipment leasing.
In addition, he has lectured at York University and at Nankai University in China on business law topics and was an instructor in the Law Society of Ontario’s Bar Admission Course for more than 10 years.
Mr. Northcote is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Tax Foundation.