OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
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Blakes has a national venture capital practice active in M&A, fund formation, early-stage financings and
equity growth financings, including acting for:
 
  • D-Wave Systems Inc. on its C$27-million offering of Class I Convertible Preferred Shares.
  • Norwest Venture Partners and Georgian Partners on their acquisition of a controlling stake of Medgate Inc.
  • Desire2Learn Incorporated on its C$85-million series B funding and debt financing, with participation from Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Graham Holdings, Four Rivers Group, Aurion Capital, existing investors New Enterprise Associates and OMERS Ventures, and Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Georgian Partners as lead investor in the C$38-million Series B round in Influitive.
  • InvestEco Sustainable Food Fund II, L.P. on its investment in in Mama Earth Organics Inc. and its subsequent acquisition of Organic Food Delivery Corp.
  • Zymeworks Inc. in connection with its private placement of Class A Preferred Shares for aggregate gross proceeds of US$61.5-million.
  • CTI Life Sciences Fund on its C$22-million Series A investment in SutroVax.
  • D-Wave Systems Inc. on its C$30-million equity raise with funding from Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, the Harris & Harris Group and DFJ.
  • Georgian Partners, Cisco Systems and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund on series C investment in eSentire, a cybersecurity software provider.
  • Scott Bommer (SAB Capital) on a recent investment as part of an investor group providing C$60-million in new funding to Hootsuite Media Inc.
  • Goodwater Capital on its series C investment in Frank & Oak.
  • Axine Water Technologies Inc. on its series A financing round that saw The Roda Group join existing investors Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and BDC Venture Capital.
  • REGEN Energy on its US$7-million series B investment round led by a significant international energy company with participation from existing investors NGEN Partners and the BDC Venture Capital Energy/Cleantech Fund.
  • Endurance Wind Power on its series C round of financing led by Yaletown Venture Partners.
  • Iris Capital Fund III FCPR on its investment in Beyond the Rack Enterprises Inc.
  • Boreal Genomics Inc. on its series C round with new and existing venture capital investors.
  • GenomeDx Biosciences on its series B round in two tranches led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund.
  • Square Victoria Digital Properties on its series A investment in Checkout51, a digital coupons and analytics developer.
  • Highland Consumer Fund, LLC in connection with its investment in DavidsTea Inc.
  • Skye Asset Management on its multi-tranched minority investment in an early-stage Canadian biotech company.
  • Highland Capital Partners LLC on its investment in Beyond the Rack Enterprises Inc.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Cannabis
Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Venture Capital, Life Sciences, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3316
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Corporate Governance, Venture Capital, IP Licensing & Agreements, Fintech
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4273
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services Regulatory, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Technology, Mining, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4294
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equipment Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pension Fund Investment, Venture Capital, Investment Products & Asset Management, Power, Banking, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2291
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Information Technology, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Venture Capital
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2409
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Private Equity, Automotive, Manufacturing, Power, Oil & Gas, Venture Capital
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