Valerie C. "Val" Mann

Valerie C. "Val" Mann

Lawson Lundell LLP

Recognized since 2010

Vancouver, British Columbia

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Technology Law

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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.


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


  • English

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1992


  • B.C. Law Society’s Bar Admission Program - Regular guest lecturer on corporate and commercial law
  • Best Lawyers Advisory Board - Member
  • British Columbia Business Council - Board of Governors
  • Business in Vancouver’s CFO of the Year Awards - Selection Committee
  • Institute of Corporate Directors - Member
  • Queen’s School of Business - Advisory Board Member
  • Vancouver Board of Trade - Member – Economic Development Committee

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Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

76 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Corporate Law, Vancouver, Canada (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Technology Law


  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner in Technology Transactions
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended for Technology, media and telecoms
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
  • Named by BC Business Magazine (June, 2015) as one of BC's most influential women in Business.
  • Named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ (2011 & 2016)
  • 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized as a leading woman lawyer in Canada


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:

Formation of a private equity fund focused on social impact investing in affordable housing sectorRepresented a private equity portfolio company in connection with the purchase of a Canadian manufacturer of chemical adhesive products used in constructionCounsel to syndicate of investors in a US$60M Series A mezzanine financing of a private life sciences corporationOnCore 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 millsPrivate equity firm in its acquisition of a rail services businessVenture Capital general partner in the formation of a fund focused on social impact business investing including in food manufacturing and renewable energyPrivate equity general partner in the formation of a fund focused on the real estate sectorVenture capital fund in its acquisition of an interest in a security technology companyDassault Systemes in its acquisition of Gemcom SoftwareBallast 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 firmTemenos Group AP in its acquisition of Primisyn, a business intelligence software companyInstitutional investors in a joint takeover of a publicly traded timberlands companyDialogic Corporation in its acquisition of Veraz Networks, Inc.Taleo Corporation in its acquisition of Cytiva Software Inc.An electric utility in the $825 million acquisition of an interest in a hydroelectric dam and related assetsAn institutional investor in a $100 million private placement in a forestry companyAn alternative energy company in its financing and acquisition activitiesA US based public clean energy company in a strategic acquisition in Western CanadaA resort company in its financing activities in Canada and the United States and its operational activities in CanadaA private equity fund in acquisitions of manufacturing businesses in Western CanadaA large publicly traded European construction company in its BC-based activities in the resort industryA food products manufacturer and brand company in its strategic acquisitions in North America and internationallyInstitutional investors in a $1.0 billion forestry acquisitionA newsprint and directory company in its acquisition of a recycled paper facilityA pension fund in a series of acquisitions in the hotel industryA BC public company in its $1.2 billion acquisition of a newsprint and directory manufacturing businessA venture capital fund in the formation of a new $235 million venture capital fund which invests in technology companiesNumerous investments by venture capital investors in early-stage technology companiesA large forestry company in the outsourcing of information systems and other non-core functions

In addition, Valerie’s experience includes:

Private placement financings for non-reporting technology companiesNumerous licensing agreements on behalf of technology developers and customers of technologyCorporate and technology law advice including clinical trial agreements and material transfer agreements to a publicly-traded biotechnology companyBusiness formation, structuring and early-stage financings for several technology companies involved in wireless applications, software development and new mediaNumerous pre-merger notification applications and other competition advice in respect of transactions in the forestry, mining, manufacturing and real estate sectors

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