Valerie (Val) is the Chair of the firm's Technology law group and Co-Chair of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. Her practice is transactional (mergers and acquisitions / corporate finance) as well as advisory. After obtaining an honours bachelor of commerce degree, Valerie worked in marketing management with a large US based consumer packaged goods company, prior to obtaining her law degree. Val is the former Managing Partner of Lawson Lundell.
She has been involved in transactions for private and public companies including mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate reorganizations as well as licensing, strategic alliances and joint ventures.
Her practice includes acting for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies through to public companies as well as for those who finance technology ventures including venture capital companies. Clients in the technology sector include hardware manufacturers, software developers, e-commerce companies, new media ventures and biotechnology companies as well as venture capital companies.
- In addition to acting as counsel to clients engaged in the technology, manufacturing, forestry, and financial management industries, Valerie's recent M&A experience includes advising:
•Represented a private equity portfolio company in connection with the purchase of a Canadian manufacturer of chemical adhesive products used in construction. While most assets are located in Canada, the deal contained cross-border components with certain assets located in the US.
•Counsel to syndicate of investors in a US$60M Series A mezzanine financing of a private life sciences corporation
•OnCore BioPharma, Inc. on its merger with Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (now Arbutus Biopharma Corporation)
•Catalyst Paper Corporation in connection with its acquisition of two US paper mills
•Private equity firm in its acquisition of a rail services business
•Venture Capital general partner in the formation of a fund focused on social impact business investing including in food manufacturing and renewable energy
•Private equity general partner in the formation of a fund focused on the real estate sector
•Venture capital fund in its acquisition of an interest in a security technology company
•Dassault Systemes in its acquisition of Gemcom Software
•Ballast Nedam N.V., a publicly traded Dutch infrastructure and construction company in its sale of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc.
•Management, in a buy-out of a collection services business backed by a BC based private equity firm
In addition, Valerie’s experience includes:
•Private placement financings for non-reporting technology companies
•Numerous licensing agreements on behalf of technology developers and customers of technology
•Corporate and technology law advice including clinical trial agreements and material transfer agreements to a publicly-traded biotechnology company
•Business formation, structuring and early-stage financings for several technology companies involved in wireless applications, software development and new media
•Numerous pre-merger notification applications and other competition advice in respect of transactions in the forestry, mining, manufacturing and real estate sectors