Title: Commercial law


Valerie C. Mann

Managing Partner


Valerie Mann

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
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925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Valerie* is the Managing Partner of Lawson Lundell. Her practice is transactional (mergers and acquisitions / corporate finance) as well as advisory. Valerie (Val) is the Chair of the firm’s Technology law group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. 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.

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.

* Law Corporation

Recognition and Ranking
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for mergers & acquisitions law and technology law
* Named by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100


Languages: English


Areas of Practice


  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public Private Partnerships and Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Venture Capital


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

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:

* 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
* Temenos Group AP in its acquisition of Primisyn, a business intelligence software company
* Institutional investors in a joint takeover of a publicly traded timberlands company
* Dialogic Corporation in its acquisition of Veraz Networks, Inc.
* Taleo Corporation in its acquisition of Cytiva Software Inc.
* An institutional investor in a $100 million private placement in a forestry company
* An alternative energy company in its financing and acquisition activities
* A US based public clean energy company in a strategic acquisition in Western Canada
* A resort company in its financing activities in Canada and the United States and its operational activities in Canada
* A private equity fund in acquisitions of manufacturing businesses in Western Canada
* A large publicly traded European construction company in its BC-based activities in the resort industry
* A food products manufacturer and brand company in its strategic acquisitions in North America and internationally
* Institutional investors in a $1.0 billion forestry acquisition
* A newsprint and directory company in its acquisition of a recycled paper facility
* A pension fund in a series of acquisitions in the hotel industry
* A BC public company in its $1.2 billion acquisition of a newsprint and directory manufacturing business
* A venture capital fund in the formation of a new $235 million venture capital fund which invests in technology companies
* Numerous investments by venture capital investors in early-stage technology companies
* A 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 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

Professional Associations

* Queen's School of Business Advisory Board, Member
* Association for Corporate Growth, Director and Corporate Secretary; Chair of the 2013 Capital Connections Conference
* Canadian IT Law Association, Director (2004-2008) and Co-Chair Private Equity Sub-Committee
* Vancouver Board of Trade, Member - Economic Development Committee
* Institute of Corporate Directors, Member
* B.C. Law Society's Bar Admission Program, regular guest lecturer on corporate and commercial law
* Business in Vancouver's CFO of the Year Awards, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Judging Panelist
* Women in Technology – Minerva Foundation 2012, Selection Committee Member
* Wired Woman Society, Director and Secretary (2004-2008)
* CanWIT, BC Chapter, Director - Finance/Sponsorship (2008-2012)


"Ask the experts: What do I need to know when going through a merger or acquisition?", Business in Vancouver, (January 1, 2013)

Reverse Break Fees - Breaking up is hard (and expensive) to do (November 22, 2011)

The Launch of the .xxx Top Level Domain Name - Protecting Your Brand's Reputation (September 6, 2011), Co-Author

Competition Update: Waste Not, Want Not... Canadian Competition Bureau Challenges Merger (January 28, 2011)

Is There a Chill in the Air? Recent Decisions under the Investment Canada Act (Canada) (December 6, 2010)

Is Canada Open for Business? (November 16, 2010)

New Conspiracy / Cartel Law in Effect (March 29, 2010)

Purchase and Sale Agreements (Insight, March 21, 2009)

Venture Capital Financing - The Canadian Perspective

Maintenance and Support Agreements: By the Way - Sign Here (May 7, 2005)

Venture Capital Investment Terms - Comments to the NVCA Term Sheet (October 27, 2005)

Acquisition Agreements (Federated Press, 2007)

"Electronic Signatures Law, 2nd Edition," Co-author of chapter on Canadian Law (2007)

Valerie has written and presented on various topics related to venture capital financing, technology licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, mergers and acquisitions, and competition law.


Speaking engagements include:

"Deal Spoilers - the 5 Most Common Factors that Derail Commercial Deals" Keynote Panel, Major Business Agreements Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (September 26-27, 2013), Co-chair and Panel Moderator

12th ACG Vancouver Capital Connection Western Canadian Growth Conference, Vancouver, BC (April 9, 2013), Chair

The Annotated Purchase and Sale Agreement Essential Clauses and Managing the Client/Counsel Relationship in Business Transactions Keynote Panel, Major Business Agreements Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (October 15-16, 2012), Co-chair, Speaker and Panel Moderator

General Counsel's role in M&A Transactions, 11th General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Corporate Performance, Federated Press, Calgary, AB (March 13, 2012), Speaker

Making Waves in Technology and Law, Circle of Wisdom, Canadian Women in Technology (CanWit), Vancouver, BC (January 26, 2012), Speaker

The Annotated Purchase and Sale Agreement - Essential Clauses for Acquisitions and M&A Trend Watch Panel, 5th Edition Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (September 20-21, 2011), Co-chair, Speaker and Panel Moderator

The General Counsel and Corporate Acquisitions, 9th General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Corporate Performance Course - Doing Your Part to Ensure Good Corporate Governance, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (April 13-14, 2011), Chair and Speaker

Investment Canada Act Under Examination - A Review of Recent Events, 8th Annual Insight Information Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions Course, Vancouver, BC, (December 6, 2010), Speaker

Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Dealmaker of the Year Awards, Vancouver, BC (December 1, 2010), Co-moderator

The Annotated Purchase and Sale Agreement - Essential Clauses for Asset, Stock and Merger Deals, 4th Edition Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (September 27-28, 2010), Speaker

10th Annual Negotiating & Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (November 2-3, 2009), Chair and Speaker

Looking Out for Your Own: Tips for Directors and Officers in Tough Economic Times, Practical Tips for Tough Economic Times Seminar, Vancouver, BC (May 20, 2009),

2009 Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements, Insight, Vancouver, BC (March 2-3, 2009)

Canadian Financing Forum, Vancouver, BC (2008 and 2009)

2007 IT Can Annual Conference on Technology Law in Canada, Co-Chair

Buying and Selling a Business, Law Society of British Columbia bar admission course, Frequent Lecturer and Author

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1992)



Queen's University (B.Comm (Hons)., 1986)
Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 1991)
Registered Trade Mark Agent (1996)