INDUSTRY

 

​The Canadian cannabis market has developed into a fast-evolving and expanding sector that is predicted to exceed C$23-billion once the drug is legalized. This has largely been driven by the 2016 Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), the anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by 2018 and the consequent accelerated awareness and demand for cannabis in Canada and globally.

Blakes has vast experience supporting clients entering new and developing areas in Canada. Combined with our expertise in the agribusiness and life sciences sectors, we are well-positioned to advise producers, retailers, financiers, technology providers and others servicing both medical and recreational opportunities in the cannabis market, as well as clients in other sectors whose businesses are impacted by the legalization of cannabis.

With respect to the pending changes to cannabis laws in Canada, the Blakes Cannabis group works closely with the Blakes Government & Public Sector team. With decades of experience, the Blakes Government & Public Sector team includes highly regarded lawyers who regularly represent both public entities and private companies dealing with the public sector. Our team also includes counsel who previously served as federal, provincial and municipal public officials in several jurisdictions. Blakes lawyers possess leading expertise regarding government and public-sector issues and maintain solid working relationships with an extensive network of government advocacy professionals and government contacts, enabling us to efficiently solve challenging issues as they arise.

The Blakes Cannabis group is a national and multidisciplinary group of lawyers with cannabis-specific experience and expertise. Our group is geared to providing clients with the full range of services required to navigate the fast-moving and evolving cannabis market in Canada. The group is comprised of lawyers who are able to advise on financing, public offerings, M&A, regulatory, advertising, labelling and marketing, licensing and regulation, antitrust, legislative process, lobbying compliance, real estate issues, environmental concerns, channel distribution, tax, international trade, anti-money laundering, outsourcing, class actions, employment law and workplace issues, information technology, and intellectual property matters related to plant breeders’ rights, patents, trade-marks, copyright, industrial designs, and trade secrets.
 
Representative Matters

Capital Markets

  • Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. in connection with the initial public offering of North America’s first marijuana exchange-traded fund, Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF.
  • TerrAscend, a vertically integrated cannabis company, in connection with its transformative private placement of common shares and warrants to JW Asset Management, Canopy Growth and Canopy Rivers.
  • Cannabis Growth Opportunity Corporation on all legal aspects of the initial public offering.
  • One of Canada’s five largest licensed producers of cannabis in connection with its follow-on public offering of common shares.
  • An independent investment bank, in connection with a private placement of common shares by a global cannabis company and its related going-public transaction by way of a reverse take-over.

Corporate Commercial/M&A

  • Maricann Group Inc. in connection with a $42.5-million non-dilutive streaming transaction.

Financial Services

  •  A major Canadian bank on the financing of a licensed producer of medical marijuana, including regulatory landscape, industry risks and financing considerations specific to the cannabis industry.latory landscape, industry risks and financing considerations specific to the cannabis industry.
  • A licensed producer of medical marijuana in connection with risk mitigation and other anti-money laundering controls in relation to providing the producer with banking services.

Marketing & Regulatory

  • Computershare Trust Company of Canada on regulatory advice about cannabis and corporate trust services.
  • Various licensed producers of medical marijuana on regulatory matters (including security requirements, pesticides, use of online portals for medical documents, patient registration issues), marketing (including the sale of ancillary products as well as cannabis) and advertising (including use of social media).
  • Various clients in the health-care industry on initiatives and programs with patients or physicians, health-care compliance (including interactions with physicians and clinics), clinical trials, privacy, anti-spam, antitrust, as well as consumer complaint, recall and product liability matters.
  • Various ancillary businesses on the sale of products in the cannabis industry, including regulatory and marketing and advertising issues.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Cannabis, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cannabis, IP Litigation, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3261
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cannabis, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2585
Areas of Expertise: Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5840
Areas of Expertise: Trade-marks, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, IP Litigation, Hospitality & Leisure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Anti-Counterfeiting , Cannabis
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9771
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cannabis, Banking, Oil & Gas, Private Equity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2159
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2634
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Aviation/Aerospace, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Cannabis, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4162
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4025
Areas of Expertise: Leasing, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2355
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Customs & Import Controls, Infrastructure, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Public-Private Partnerships, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4318
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Technology, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3366
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Labour Law, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2667
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, IP Licensing & Agreements, Technology, Outsourcing, Life Sciences, Communications, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Fintech, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Cannabis, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4306
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Customs & Import Controls, Sanctions & Export Controls, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4013
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Cannabis
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4149
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Human Rights & Accommodation, Health & Safety, Employment Litigation, Cannabis
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4105
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, Energy Litigation, Construction, Oil & Gas, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3047
Areas of Expertise: Product Liability, Class Actions, Drugs & Medical Devices, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Procurement, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4252
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Cannabis, Financial Services, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Life Sciences
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