Susan Tomaine
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3384

Susan Tomaine advises public and private companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, as well as on general corporate matters and compliance with securities legislation.

Specifically in the M&A context, Susan has experience advising public acquirors and targets in negotiated business combinations and take-over bids, advising special committees in acquisitions and going-private transactions and advising private buyers and sellers in cross-border private equity and strategic acquisitions.

She also advises on debt and equity financings, as well as private equity and venture capital financings, working with the investing funds as well as companies.

In the area of commercial and corporate law, Susan assists clients with preparing and negotiating ongoing commercial relationships such as shareholder agreements and joint venture agreements.


Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its equity partnership with IFM Investors and British Columbia Investment Management in GCT Global Container Terminals

  • Central 1 Credit Union as a shareholder in the merger of Credential Financial Inc., QTrade Canada Inc. and NEI Investments to create Aviso Wealth Inc.

  • PayPal in its acquisition of HyperWallet Systems Inc.

  • Washington Companies in connection with its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation and related debt financings

  • Kaminak Gold Corporation, a gold exploration company, in its acquisition by Goldcorp Inc. for C$520-million

  • Indochino Apparel Inc., an innovative men’s apparel company, in a C$42-million investment by Dayang Group

  • GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., the operator of four major container terminals in British Columbia, New York and New Jersey, in connection with its C$1.02-billion refinancing

  • Zymeworks, biotech company developing disease therapeutics, in connection with its equity investment and merger agreement with Kairos Therapeutics

  • Lundin Gold Inc., a gold producer, in its US$240-million acquisition of the Fruta del Norte Project from Kinross Gold Corp.

  • QuadraFNX Mining Ltd., a copper and base metals producer, in its sale to KGHM Polska Miedz in a transaction valued at C$3.5-billion

  • T&T Supermarkets Inc. in its C$225-million acquisition by Loblaws Companies Ltd.

  • Fulcrum Capital Partners, a Canadian private equity fund, in various investments, including the acquisition of Petrospec Engineering

  • Lucara Diamond Corp., a diamond producer, in connection with the C$72-million acquisition of the Karowe Mine in Botswana which has produced historic gems

  • HE Parts International, a U.S. private equity-backed competent manufacture, in its acquisition of Morgan Industrial Supply

  • Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, a Canadian cleantech venture fund, in several investments including General Fusion, Axine Water Technologies and Minesense


In 2016, Susan was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver's Forty Under 40, an award presented annually to B.C.'s young business talent, based on their demonstrated excellence in business, judgement, leadership and community contribution. She was also recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Susan has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Corporate Mid-Market - Lawyers to Watch; Private Equity - Repeatedly Recommended)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)

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Panellist: Legal Strategies in Private M&A - How to Pick the Right M&A Banker
CLE BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2016.
Moderator: What's Trending in 2016 - Industry Perspectives from our CEOs
ACG British Columbia 2016 Capital Connection, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2016.
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