Venture Capital

Key Contacts

Druzeta Conrad High Resolution Image Conrad Druzeta
T: 416.777.7466
Hibbard Bruce Bruce A. Hibbard
T: 403.298.8141
Lim Kwang Image Kwang Lim
T: 604.891.5144
Solway Gary High Resolution Image Gary S.A. Solway
T: 416.777.6555

Start-Ups/Emerging Companies

The technology industry plays an essential role in Canada's economy and Bennett Jones acts on behalf of high growth, innovative and emerging companies in all industries. We regularly counsel entrepreneurs starting new businesses, advise on the structuring and formation of new businesses and their capital structures, aid in negotiations with investors, advise on intellectual property and employment law matters, prepare and advise on agreements (and disagreements) among founders and other activities. Bennett Jones additionally has long-standing relationships with organizations devoted to supporting entrepreneurs and has implemented the innovative Kickstart program to help entrepreneurs identify, anticipate and manage potential legal concerns early in the development of their businesses.

Bennett Jones' technology law team provides a focused, industry-sensitive approach to the legal issues governing the development, protection, exploitation, use and enforcement of technology and the special legal issues affecting technology businesses. With public and private sector clients who operate or rely on technology of all types, we offer boutique-styled intellectual property advice supported by the collective strength of a broad and diverse practice.

Due to our broad practice and our ongoing representation of leading companies, funds and investors we are also often able to add value in making appropriate and intelligent introductions to help great young companies find the sources of capital they need and help venture capital funds find those great companies in which to invest.

Fund Formation

Bennett Jones acts as fund counsel in the formation of venture capital and other private funds and has acted on behalf of managers specializing in all investment phases, from angel to late stage,  and multiple industry areas. We understand the life cycle of venture funds as well as the demands of limited partners and the requirements of fund managers.

Venture Capital Investor Representation and Financings

Bennett Jones represents all types of investors and companies, including financial institutions, funds and non-traditional lenders. We have deep and meaningful experience with multiple rounds of equity and debt financings, including early stage SAFE and convertible debt financings, re-financings, add on transactions, exits (including IPOs), buy-outs and dividend recaps. Bennett Jones has extensive experience in acting for venture capital and other investors making investments in, and acquisitions of, private companies in a broad range of industries.

Select Experience

  • District Ventures, in connection with the formation of District Ventures CPG-1 LP.
  • BlackBerry Partners Fund Limited Partners (including Royal Bank of Canada, Thomson Reuters and Research In Motion), in connection with the formation of Fund I and Fund II.
  • Formation of private equity/venture capital funds for Priveq, Ventures West, VenGrowth, McLean Watson and others.

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