Title: Commercial law

Profile

John Smith

Partner

 

John Smith

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
Canada
Phone:604-631-9120
Fax:+1 604 669 1620
Email:Send an Email
Local Time:Fri. 15:28
Web site: Direct Page

Profile

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.

Recognition and Ranking
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for corporate, mergers & acquisitions and securities law
* Best Lawyers: Securities Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013
* Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for corporate commercial law
* Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized for mergers & acquisitions
* Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
- most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for: corporate commercial law
- consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for: corporate finance & securities law
- repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for: corporate mid-market law
* American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbel Canada's Top Rated Lawyers: 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Canada
* Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated

 

Languages: English

 

Areas of Practice

 

  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public Private Partnerships and Infrastructure
  • Securities

 

Professional Career

 

Significant Accomplishments

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


Professional Associations

Professional Activities
* John has acted as a member of committees of the Law Society of British Columbia.
* John acts and has acted as a director and/or officer of a number of foundations and corporations.

Publications

John has written numerous articles, chaired and participated in numerous seminars and conferences and presented papers on a diverse range of topics. These include:

* income funds
* B.C. securities law reform
* governance and fiduciary issues
* liabilities of directors of insolvent corporations
* socially responsible investing
* various trustee issues



Seminars

"The Keys to Being an Effective Pension and Benefit Plan Trustee: Trustee Responsibilities and Trustee Protection", 19th Annual Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Vancouver, BC (February 27, 2013), Speaker

"Highlights of the New BC Code of Professional Conduct", Association of Corporate Counsel BC Chapter, Vancouver, BC (December 12, 2012), Speaker

"The Keys to Being an Effective Pension and Benefit Plan Trustee: Trustee Responsibilities and Trustee Protection", 18th Annual Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Vancouver, BC (February 22, 2012) Speaker

"Trends", Corporate Governance 2011, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (November 17, 2011), Speaker

"The Keys to Being an Effective Pension and Benefit Plan Trustee: Trustee Responsibilities and Trustee Protection", 17th Annual Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Vancouver, BC (February 23, 2011), Speaker

"Mergers and Acquisitions", Advanced Securities Law 2010, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (January 29, 2010), Speaker

"The Keys to Being an Effective Pension and Benefit Plan Trustee: Trustee Responsibilities and Trustee Protection", 16th Annual Essential Tasks of Pension and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Vancouver, BC (January 27, 2010), Speaker

"The Keys to Being an Effective Pension and Benefit Plan Trustee", 15th Annual Essential Tasks of Pensions and Benefit Plan Trustees Conference, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, BC (February 24, 2009), Speaker


Bar Admission

British Columbia (1982)

 

Education


University of Oxford (B.A. (Jurisprudence) 1974, First Class)
University of Oxford (B.C.L., 1975, First Class)