We are a modern boutique business law firm dedicated to providing efficient, cost effective and practical legal solutions to business owners and non-profit entities. We approach our clients’ legal issues within the framework of their business goals. We pride ourselves on being the “outside general counsel” to our clients. Providing this heightened level of direct personal attention to our clients allows us to become intimately familiar with our clients’ legal needs, and positions us to help our clients achieve their broader strategic objectives.
Our progressive business model, use of technology, minimal overhead and value billing system means that our clients will receive more cost-effective representation than larger firms typically offer.
- Business Law
Our extensive experience in all aspects of business law, coupled with our deep industry knowledge, allows us to make a significant difference to our clients' corporate transactions. We assist our clients in the formation, organization and acquisition of businesses. We also regularly act for clients in complex corporate transactions including corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Our corporate clients benefit from strategic advice on a wide array of services including:
- incorporation / partnership / joint ventures
- corporate governance
- commercial agreements
- corporate transactions
- mergers and acquisitions
- corporate reorganizations
- Technology Law
We assist entrepreneurs and large corporations alike in raising capital, structuring their technology efforts and commercializing their intellectual property.
Our clients are innovative companies who seek our expertise and assistance with developing effective and creative business and growth strategies. Our specialized services include:
- negotiating service and license agreements
- original equipment manufacturer agreements
- distribution agreements
- proprietary rights assignment agreements, among others
- Corporate Finance and M&A
We have extensive experience in structuring domestic and cross-border mergers, amalgamations, and asset or share-based purchase and sale transactions.
We provide a range of advice to emerging companies as well as established corporations and partnerships, including advice and assistance on due diligence and various aspects of transactions.
We assist our clients from the initial stages of negotiating and structuring a transaction through to completion and post-closing business matters.
- Emerging Growth Companies and Venture Capital
Our deep understanding of the life cycle of technology companies from formation, capitalization, commercialization and liquidity positions us to provide strategic guidance at all stages of growth. As counsel to angel investors, venture capital firms, and institutional investors, we have an intimate appreciation for business models that investors value. As such, we are well-positioned to provide guidance to growth-stage companies on business models, fundraising strategies and preparation of investor materials.
Venture capital plays a critical role in the growth of technology companies. We help our clients with obtaining financing from angel investors and venture capital firms. We regularly represent clients in transactions involving:
- Scientific Research and Experimental Development financing
- tax credit bridge loans
- financing transactions involving eligible business corporations and venture capital corporations
We work alongside angel investors, venture capital firms, and institutional investors that want to invest in exciting business opportunities. Our deep knowledge of the start-up community positions us to provide creative and practical assistance to investors, and allows us to understand the issues and concerns on both sides of private equity transactions. We assist investors in:
- negotiating and structuring investments
- evaluating the strength of target company’s assets and intellectual property portfolio
- assessing exposure to infringement claims among other risks
- determining exit strategies
- Commercial Lending
We assist clients in developing, structuring and executing a broad range of complex financings. Utilizing both our legal experience and business perspective, we work closely with clients to develop sophisticated lending techniques that lower financing costs and achieve the specific legal, tax, corporate and financial objectives of all transaction parties. We represent lenders in secured and unsecured lending transactions including:
- corporate, commercial and real estate lending transactions, individually or in syndicates
- subordinated debt financings
- private placements of debt securities
- asset-based lending
- asset securitization
- Business Dispute Resolution
We recognize that in a competitive business environment our clients face a host of risks. We assist clients in identifying, evaluating, and resolving their potential risk exposures before disputes arise. Whether it be through reviewing commercial contracts or advising on legislative and regulatory instruments, we ensure that our clients are best positioned to avoid potentially damaging and expensive disputes.
Many of our clients present innovative disruptive technologies which can give rise to regulatory concerns. Indeed, the law is rarely clear on the limits or extension of such technologies in the commercial context. In such instances, we are experienced at aggressively advocating our client’s business positions and guiding them through the necessary regulatory frameworks.
In those cases where legal disputes are unavoidable, our team is fully prepared to assist clients as counsel in mediation, arbitration, or litigation proceedings.
- Business Strategy
We draw on our experience to offer business strategy services to companies in different growth phases across a wide range of industries.
We look beyond “standard” legal solutions to provide our clients with creative, strategic thinking to deal with the most complex issues facing top management. By taking a holistic and analytical approach to our clients’ needs, we strive to find solutions and uncover opportunities that will give our clients competitive positions and superior returns.
Our specialized industry knowledge positions us to assess risk, and provide advice on business structures, financial arrangements, debt and equity financing and taxation.
We also offer our clients a network of strong investors and advisors and we leverage our network to help our clients advance from one stage to the next.
- Social Enterprises
Our vision is to support social enterprises to be successful, leading to the wide recognition of the business model that fulfills social purposes.
If your business venture is primarily driven by social or environmental goal, producing social and community gain, and in need of legal help in various aspects of your business, speak to us. We are committed to the common good, to social inclusion and social justice, and we want to help your business.