John Smith - Lawson Lundell LLP

John Smith

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

John’s practice has substantial transaction-based and project-based components. It also embraces ongoing advisory work to business clients ranging from large corporations to family businesses to fiduciaries. John has also had significant experience in directing major litigation for clients.

John advises clients who operate in a range of industries, including mining, bulk terminal operations, forestry, transportation, and in the financial institution, private investment and energy sectors. In addition, John has advised the Government of British Columbia on Securities Law reform, introduction of ESOP legislation and other matters, and has been involved in privatization and P3 projects.

After studying law at the University of Oxford, John taught law for six years before joining Lawson Lundell in 1981. John was the firm's Managing Partner from 2007 - 2009, a member of the Executive Committee from 2004 - 2006, and serves as Chair of the Conflicts and Ethics Committee.

University of OxfordBA 1974University of OxfordLL.M 1975
International Bar Association Conference, Vancouver, 2010


Selected experience includes:

• Extensive experience with income funds including leading the largest IPO in British Columbia
• Acting for over 15 years for British Columbia’s largest bulk terminal
• Representing a local transportation authority in a P3 project for the construction of a rapid transit line at a cost of $1.7 billion
• Advising a coal company on the development, financing and acquisition of new mines
• Acting on the sale of a Canadian company operating hearing aid clinics in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia
• Counsel to the special committee of the board of a forest products company in relation to the recapitalization of its $1.2 billion debt

Office Location

Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Vancouver Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Securities Law of the Vancouver Metro Area
John Smith has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!John Smith has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Securities Law

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