Karrin Powys-Lybbe > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions


Karrin advises on some of the most sophisticated and high-profile M&A and securities transactions in Canada. With a rigorous, creative and practical approach, Karrin builds lasting relationships with her clients, guiding them through their long-term objectives and strategies.

Karrin is co-head of the firm’s M&A practice with a broad practice supporting clients across mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate finance and corporate governance. She is a long-time trusted advisor to many clients, including companies in the Brookfield group.

Karrin is the former managing partner of Torys’ New York office and a former member of Torys’ Executive Committee.


Ontario, 1996


Karrin is a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Lawyer magazine. She is a former member of the board of the Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Corporate and M&A

The corporate and M&A practice at Torys marshals the combined experience of teams in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and New York, to advise major corporates and financial institutions (including Scotiabank and BNP Paribas) involved in cross-border transactions at the domestic and international levels. The group’s client roster spans such sectors as telecoms, financial services, cannabis, utilities and energy. The group is jointly led in Toronto by John Emanoilidis, Karrin Powys-Lybbe and Michael Amm, all of whom bring expertise to complex M&A, securities, private equity and corporate governance matters. Other key figures include Adrienne DiPaolo in Toronto, who, in addition to public and private M&A, acts for bidders and targets in both negotiated and contested transactions; Janan Paskaran in Calgary, a specialist in securities compliance matters and corporate finance; and Jennifer Baugh (also in Calgary) who was promoted to partner in January 2023. Another key figure is senior associate Daniel Masliyah in Toronto.

Canada > International expertise

A key part of Torys‘ international work is underpinned by its longstanding relationships with major institutional investors, including private equity funds, pension funds and other financial services clients. Additionally, its dominant energy, projects and life sciences practices also translate into a significant volume of cross-border mandates. The firm maintains a sizeable New York platform, which has been led by corporate and securities partner David Chaikof since 2019. Other key names in New York include PPP specialist Tara Mackay and Jared Fontaine, whose practice has an emphasis on institutional investing for clients such as pension and sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and global corporations. In Toronto, M&A specialists John Emanoilidis, Michael Amm and former New York office managing partner Karrin Powys-Lybbe are noted for their experience in high-profile, cross-border transactions.