Cheryl Slusarchuk
Partner | Vancouver, Toronto
Vancouver: 604-631-4242
Toronto: 416-863-5817

Cheryl is an expert in M&A, outsourcing, cloud and technology transactions, particularly with respect to cross-border deals and global rollouts. In that capacity, she focuses on closing deals while bringing value to clients in their M&A/financing deals, their sophisticated outsourcings and their more complex e-commerce activities, including projects involving cloud computing, big data and social media.

Cheryl provides technology-related advice to a broad range of foreign and Canadian clients operating in various industries, including software, digital media, online commerce, financial services, energy and renewable energy.

She is also involved in numerous local and national innovation, incubator and business accelerator initiatives.

Before joining Blakes, Cheryl was a partner at another leading national law firm in the areas of corporate and technology law. Prior to that, she was a partner in the technology/e-commerce group of a large, international firm in the U.S. Cheryl was also general counsel of a NASDAQ-listed international provider of technology and outsourcing solutions. Her responsibilities included an initial and secondary public offering, as well as significant outsourcings and international acquisitions.

Early on in her career, she worked for six years in Australia, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cheryl provides legal services through Cheryl Slusarchuk Law Corporation.


Recent representative matters include acting for:

  • Trilogy International Partners on a US$875-million business combination with Alignvest Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC)
  • Cognizant on their acquisition of Idea Couture, a privately held firm with operations in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Latin America, offering a broad range of digital innovation, strategy, design and technology services and products
  • UrtheCast on a number of transactions, including the C$100-million acquisition of the Earth Observation business of Elecnor S.A. with a concurrent prospectus offering of C$100-million of subscription receipts; and its initial listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange by way of reverse take-over transaction and concurrent financing
  • BlackBerry Limited on a number of transactions, including the purchase by the Rockstar Consortium of Nortel Networks patents for C$4.5-billion; and a US$4.7-billion acquisition proposal from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited with an eventual US$1-billion financing through a private placement of convertible debentures
  • Cross-border licences, distribution and development agreements for financial institutions, energy companies and technology providers
  • Canadian financial institutions, energy companies and public-sector entities in the structuring and negotiation of information technology, licences and business process outsourcing agreements, technology development initiatives, joint ventures procurement and offshoring transactions for IT functions, call centres and business processes
  • Technology and clean-technology companies in the acquisitions of Canadian, European and U.S.-based companies
  • Technology and clean-technology companies on global rollouts and cross-border commercial agreements, such as licensing distribution and outsourcing for numerous countries, including Australia, Brazil, China (Hong Kong and China), France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam and the United Kingdom

Cheryl has been consistently ranked among Canada's top lawyers by numerous publications including:

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Technology Transactions)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Corporate Law, Technology Law and Information Technology Law)

  • Best Lawyers' 2017 Vancouver Information Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Corporate Mid-Market, Technology Transactions, Computer & IT Law, and Private Equity)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Technology, Media and Telecoms)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Information Technology)

Cheryl has also been selected as one of the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" by Lexpert magazine and as one of the "40 under 40" business people by Business in Vancouver.

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