Harj S. Sangra - Sangra Moller LLP

Harj S. Sangra

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 604-692-3022

Harj is one of the founding partners of Sangra Moller LLP. Harj received his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 1984 and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1985.   Harj has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the "repeatedly recommended" corporate finance and securities lawyers in British Columbia.  He is also included in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the categories of Corporate Law (Finance) and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Timber).  

Harj practices exclusively in the areas of corporate finance, securities and mergers & acquisitions.   Harj has acted for both public and private corporations on a variety of matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings and reorganizations. He has led strategic acquisitions by financial investors as well as developed innovative acquisition and financing structures for significant public companies. Harj has led and provided strategic advice to public and private companies on various negotiated and hostile takeovers and proxy contests. He has extensive experience with corporate and financial reorganizations and debt restructurings. He is also experienced with cross-border offerings and acquisitions and European transactions.

Harj has provided advice to public and private companies in various aspects of their corporate governance practices. He has also provided advice to special committees on specific transactions and to boards of directors on their fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities generally. He has specialized knowledge of the British Columbia forestry sector.

Client Comments

"Harj has provided us with exceptional counsel. His business judgment has guided us through a number of very complex and difficult situations. He rates an A+ on all fronts - experience, ease of working with, responsiveness, effectiveness in dealing with others, and clarity of communications. TRICOR would have no hesitations in recommending Hark as counsel and have done so frequently."

"I have known Harj Sangra for over 20 years. He has assisted me with numerous transactions involving the issuance of securities in multiple jurisdictions, the reorganization of companies, and difficult negotiations. His practical advice has been instrumental to many successes I have experienced. He understands business, which separates him from most other practicing lawyers, and is therefore a very effective advocate."

"Harj Sangra is an outstanding combination of legal talent and business skills. He has the business expertise to play a leadership role in planning and negotiating the best possible transaction for his client and the legal strengths to properly structure the deal and minimize the risk of the transaction. Our firm has worked with Harj Sangra on several transactions ranging in size from $200 million to almost $1 billion and we continue to be impressed with his ability to add value."

-Ian MacKay
Managing Director
Raymond James Ltd.

"In my experience, Sangra Moller brings a level of experience and competence in corporate securities law that is generally reserved for only larger U.S. and Toronto-based firms. I have noted particular expertise in U.S. and Canadian securities law, transaction support, and general commercial law. The partners' and associates' efforts to stay deeply engaged with its client's business makes the firm's advice highly relevant and responsive."

-David Ure
Vice President
Mercer International Inc.

"Harj Sangra provides practical, insightful advice. He has a great depth of experience, both from a legal and business perspective. He is thorough and communicates in a way that is effective for his target audience."

-Kelly Stark-Anderson
Tree Island Wire Income Fund

"We feel extremely fortunate to have Harj Sangra and his wealth of experience in our corner. Not only is he an excellent securities attorney, but he has also provided many years of well-reasoned and sound counsel to senior management and the Board on numerous transactions and negotiations. He has proven time and again that he has a keen eye for assessing risk and helping us find practical solutions to mitigate that risk. From my perspective as Chief Financial Officer, his counsel has proven invaluable, and I also appreciate the fact that he is always professional, efficient, and cost effective. "

-David Gandossi
EVP, CFO & Secretary
Mercer International Inc.

"Our recent IPO was handled by Mr. Sangra, and his firm and this was an incredibly positive experience. The entire firm was very professional and collectively they brought a solid breadth of knowledge in all aspects of our legal requirements - corporate, contractual, and securities. They offered creative alternatives and solutions to problems and issues as they arose rather than simply providing documents and a legal framework. They also went well above and beyond expectations working at all hours of the night and weekends when certain deadlines needed to be met. We have since transferred several other companies over to Sangra Moller for our legal requirements. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Sangra and his firm and would be pleased to provide reference information."

-Chad Wasilenkoff
Fortress Paper Ltd.

"Harj falls into the category of excellent in every one of the qualities enumerated above - experience, ease of working, etc. However, the real differentiating factor is Harj's judgment and wisdom, which are not always found in someone who is technically excellent ,as Harj unquestionably is. Harj will add value to any transaction or matter that dramatically enhances the value of his counsel. He is what most people would describe as" street smart." He has common sense. He knows what needs to get done but, more importantly, he knows why something needs to get done. This allows him to provide highly-valued guidance and advice. Our firm is an intense user of legal services. I was a lawyer myself in an earlier life. We know what excellent counsel looks like. We know what significant value excellent counsel can bring to a legal matter. Harj Sangra is without doubt excellent counsel. All of my partners and associates would echo my comments."

-Rod Senft
Mangaing Director
Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc.

"Harjit Sangra has been our outside counsel for over 20 years. We have done many acquisitions in North America and Europe during this period in all different industries. He has always been able to work very well with the other counsel to achieve the best results. He is very creative, diligent, and a real problem solver. I would highly recommend him and his team for M&A work, as well as general corporate activities."

-Jimmy Lee
Chairman & CEO
Mercer International Inc.

Office Location

Cathedral Place, Suite 1000
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2

Practice Areas

Natural Resources Law
Securities Law

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