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Construction & Procurement
Mediation & Arbitration
Private Company Mergers & Acquisitions
Venture Capital & Emerging Company Services
May 2022: Clark Wilson (Canada) announced the following lawyers all became partners of the firm earlier this year: Jeff Holowaychuk in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Technology Transactions and Emerging Company Services, and Privacy groups. Max Portner in the Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions group. Rosalie Clark in the Infrastructure, Construction & Procurement and Business Litigation groups. Saul Joseph in the Indigenous Law group.
Teio Senda in our Private Company Mergers & Acquisitions group. Jessica Anderson has joined our firm as a partner. Jessica has significant experience in natural resources law, including forestry and aquaculture, indigenous law, and environmental law. Throughout her career, Jessica has channeled her passion for the environment into her legal work to make a positive impact for businesses, communities and clients. [Prior to joining Clark Wilson, Jessica was Senior Legal Counsel with Interfor.]
November 2021: Clark Wilson’s (British Columbia) Estates & Trusts team has been shortlisted as finalists for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) 16th Annual Private Client Awards. This distinction showcases the outstanding work their Estates & Trusts group performed for clients throughout 2020 and 2021. The firm also announced that Chris Sharpe has joined the firm as Partner in the Commercial Real Estate group. Chris has over a decade of experience advising a broad spectrum of clients including residential, commercial, hospitality, leisure, retail and industrial real estate developers as well as institutional clients operating in complex and large-scale transactions and developments.
June 2021: Clark Wilson (British Columbia, Canada) announced that Chris Sharpe has joined the firm as Partner in the Commercial Real Estate group. Chris has over a decade of experience advising a broad spectrum of clients including residential, commercial, hospitality, leisure, retail and industrial real estate developers as well as institutional clients operating in complex and large-scale transactions and developments.
February 2020: Athar Malik, Avery Saunders, Gordon Behan, Karen Ngan and Katie Mak have been named partners at British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Mr. Malik’s practice is focused on intellectual property. He is also a registered trademark agent in Canada. Mr. Saunders focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, corporate amalgamations and other business combinations for private companies. Mr. Behan provides estate litigation services, including wills variation claims, executor and trustee compensation, breach of fiduciary duty, elder law, testamentary capacity claims, undue influence claims, and unjust enrichment claims. Ms. Ngan practices in the areas of commercial real estate and general business law. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Finally, Ms. Mak advises companies in commercial distress, creditors in recovering debt and trustees and monitors in restructuring proceedings. She has represented clients before the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Also at Clark Wilson, Zakhir Nathoo has joined the firm as an associate. His practice is focused on purchases and sales of businesses, private equity finance transactions, professional services agreements, shareholder and partnership agreements, debt financings, corporate governance, and general corporate and commercial matters.
November 2019: Mark Meredith, Denny Chung, Teio Senda, Zachary Rogers, Matthew Singerman and Dani Marshall have joined British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Mr. Meredith joins the firm from KPMG Law as a partner. His tax planning practice encompasses a broad range of client situations, including establishing and financing Canadian businesses. He also maintains an active tax dispute management practice. Mr. Chung joins as an associate in the firm’s insurance and infrastructure, construction and procurement groups, representing clients in multiparty settlement conferences, multiparty mediations, summary judgments and summary trial applications. Mr. Senda joins the firm’s private company mergers and acquisitions group as an associate, where he advises business leaders at companies of all types and sizes in a variety of unique markets. Mr. Rogers joins the firm’s estates and trusts group as an associate, representing clients in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, British Columbia Supreme Court, and the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Mr. Singerman joins as a partner in the firm’s commercial real estate group, having previously advised on key transactional legal agreements for many complex multi-property and multijurisdictional commercial real estate projects across Canada. Finally, Ms. Marshall will also join the commercial real estate group as an associate, focusing on complex commercial real estate transactions.
September 2019: Don MacKinnon has been named partner at British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Mr. MacKinnon has been a member of the firm’s commercial real estate group since 2018. He concentrates his practice on acquisitions and sales of real estate, leasing, development and financing. He completed his LL.B. at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
August 2019: British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson has added four new attorneys in its Vancouver office. Alexandra Madden joins as an associate in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice group. She received her J.D. from the University of British Columbia. Also joining the firm as an associate in the firm’s family law and estates and trust practice groups is Emily Raven. Ms. Raven as awarded her J.D. by Thompson Rivers University. Erin Barnes has also joined the firm as an associate in its business litigation practice group. She completed her law degree at the University of British Columbia. Finally, Scott McLeod has become an associate in the firm’s capital markets, securities, and mergers and acquisitions practice groups. His J.D., too, was conferred by the University of British Columbia. The firm reports that last year alone it added 21 new lawyers.
October 2018: Leslie Wong, Michael Scott and Polly Storey have joined British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson as associates. Ms. Wong joins the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice group; Mr. Scott, its estates and trusts team; and Ms. Storey, its family law and estates and trusts groups. The firm has also hired students Alex Farkas (securities), Bhagwant Dhaliwal (commercial real estate and general business law), Ethan Plato (family law and higher learning) and Laura James (general business law and securities), each of whom has previously articled with the firm.
July 2018: Michal Jaworski, Don MacKinnon, Michael Wilson, Angela Cousins, Stephen Rukavina, Jeannette Aucoin and David Bowden have joined British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Mr. Jaworski joins as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s higher learning practice group. Messrs. MacKinnon and Wilson will join the firm’s commercial real estate team as associates, with Mr. Wilson also working for the firm’s private company mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Rukavina will join the firm’s tax group; Ms. Aucoin, its family law team; and Mr. Bowden, its intellectual property and technology groups.
March 2018: Andrea Rayment, Avery Saunders and David Ford have joined British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Ms. Rayment joins the firm as its director of professional development, where she will work with the firm’s attorneys at all stages of their careers to help build their leadership skills. She is a certified executive coach and an active member of the International Coaching Federation. Ms. Saunders joins as an associate in the firm’s private company mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate and infrastructure, and construction and procurement groups. She advises private enterprises of all sizes on matters of corporate organization and structuring, and works with corporate borrowers in financing negotiations and drafting documents in operating and credit facilities. Mr. Ford joins as partner in the firm’s private company mergers and acquisitions, information technology and venture capital groups. He specializes in delivering advice on significant corporate transactions for many privately owned businesses, and also has expertise in the technology sector, helping companies generate revenue with their intellectual property or helping them acquire the technology they need.