Steve’s Expertise

Steve’s Background

I have nearly seven years of corporate/commercial experience, beginning at large Bay Street law firm, Goodman and Carr LLP, followed by nearly five years at a smaller full-service firm, Loopstra Nixon LLP.

During my time in private practice I assisted clients on myriad matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, starting a new venture, reorganizing existing businesses, resolving disputes, protecting intellectual property and negotiating “business critical” contracts.

My Mission

I am here to counsel you on all legal aspects of your business. I will work closely with your current advisors (e.g. accountants) to ensure you get cohesive advice. Where I do not have a specific legal expertise (e.g. litigation) I can help you retain the right legal counsel to help solve your problem.

I will strive to provide you with practical advice aimed at allowing you to meet your business objectives, while managing your legal risk.

I am currently offering the following services:

Start-up

I counsel clients who are starting a business on proper business structure (e.g. partnership, sole proprietorship or incorporation), along with providing support to get the business off the ground, such as:

• Incorporating companies
• Helping you understand the benefits and challenges of going into business with partners and shareholders, including drafting shareholder agreements and partnership agreements
• The rules that govern raising your initial capital

Existing Businesses

I counsel clients on all corporate/commercial aspects of running their business, such as:

• Estate Freezes and succession planning (in conjunction with your tax advisors)
• Amalgamations
• Buying or selling businesses
• Raising new equity or debt capital
• Protecting your intellectual property
• Entering into important contractual arrangements with suppliers and customers
• Helping shareholders and partners resolve disputes before they escalate into litigation

Areas In Which I Can Assist You To Find Other Legal Professionals

For the matters listed below, I will be happy to help you find the right lawyer to solve your issue

1. Employment/Labour Law
2. Real Estate Law
3. Family Law
4. Wills and Estates
5. Personal Injury
6. Litigation
7. Tax Law
8. Insolvency
9. Criminal Law/Regulatory Offences

Education

I graduated from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Prior to attending Queen’s, I received a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television Arts) from Ryerson University.

Selected Experience

Estate Freeze: Counsel to client undergoing an estate freeze of multi-million dollar health care business

Negotiating Sponsorship Agreement: Counsel to a public company entering into a multi-million dollar sponsorship arrangement with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Software License: Counsel to client entering into a license, development and manufacturing agreement with a company based in India

Investment in Fund: Counsel to the Canadian arm of a pension fund ($2.4 billion in assets under management) in respect of the negotiation of a $5,000,000 investment in a hedge fund

Sale of Business: Counsel to Vendors of $3,000,000 sale of manufacturing business

Asset Purchase: Counsel to purchaser of assets from a private receiver

Software Development and License: Counsel to client entering into a multi-million dollar IP development and licensing arrangement

Debt Financing: Counsel to client issuing $4,300,000 debenture

Purchase of Business: Counsel to client completing purchase of $11,000,000 manufacturing business

Business Start-up: Counsel to client for startup of a food manufacturing company