Tricia Kuhl
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5020

Tricia advises Canadian and international businesses in the pharmaceutical, biotech, cannabis, food & beverage and cosmetic industries on corporate and commercial transactions, equity investments, joint ventures, intellectual property, licensing and ownership agreements, the acquisition and divestiture of products or technologies and regulatory issues relating to Health Canada requirements, data protection, privacy and anti-spam matters.

As the lead of the Cannabis group in the Montréal office, Tricia advises clients in the medical and recreational cannabis industry, including licensed producers, processors, applicants, investors, research teams, product developers, online publishers and equipment manufacturers, on a variety of regulatory, corporate and commercial matters ranging from processing, licensing and import/export arrangements, manufacturing and supply deals and marketing guidelines and restrictions to shareholder and partnership agreements.

Seconded on three occasions to large pharmaceutical companies in Montréal earlier in her career, Tricia has in-depth experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including negotiation and drafting of clinical trial, research, manufacturing, quality assurance and intellectual property assignment, transfer, license and commercialization agreements.

Prior to joining Blakes, Tricia was in-house counsel to a computer software company and a biotechnology company, both formerly publicly listed in France.

Tricia is fluent in English and in French and is both a Canadian and French Citizen.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Cannabis

  • Advised Rose LifeScience Inc. in connection with an equity investment by Tilray, Inc.

  • Advised a license applicant in connection with a private placement

  • Advised Canadian banks and financial institutions on the financing of licensed producers and applicants as well as ancillary businesses in the cannabis industry, including on the regulatory landscape, industry risks, director and officer liability and debt and equity financing considerations specific to the cannabis industry

  • Advised Canadian pension investment managers as to the risks associated with investments in the cannabis sector

  • Advised online media companies in connection with the marketing and advertising restrictions related to the cannabis industry and in the development of advertising guidelines

  • Advised on joint ventures between Canadian and European medical cannabis companies

  • Advised on a joint venture between a Canadian and a Latin American medical cannabis company

  • Advised cannabis companies with respect to restrictions on cross-border cannabis-related activities

Other Commercial Experience

  • Assisted a pharmaceutical company in understanding the legal framework applicable to public procurement in the health sector in Quebec, including application of the European and Canadian trade agreements and the distribution and sale in Canada of medical products developed and manufactured abroad

  • Advised a foreign purchaser in the acquisition of a large portfolio of seniors’ homes across Canada

  • Advised Canadian Tire Financial Services on its strategic partnership with the Bank of Nova Scotia, including the sale of a 20% interest in its credit card business for C$500-million

  • Advised GHO Capital Company, LLC on its acquisition of Caprion Biosciences

  • Advised Canada Bread Co. Ltd. (a unit of Grupo Bimbo) on the acquisition of Saputo Bakery Inc. (a producer and wholesaler of snack cakes) from Saputo Inc.

  • Advised Steve Madden on the acquisition of the intellectual property and related assets of Blondo, a fashion-oriented footwear brand, from Regence Footwear Inc.

  • Advised a global defence company in relation to the sale of its commercial flight training unit to CAE Inc.

  • Advised VSNL (a subsidiary of the Tata Group) on its acquisition of Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd.

PUBLICATIONS
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Cannabis Talk Series - Edibles and Election Edition
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, November 6, 2019.
Speaker: The Business of Cannabis Part 1 – North America: Regulatory Challenges for Investors
Lex Mundi Webinar Presentation, October 10, 2019.
Speaker: Expo Cannabis
Commercializing Cannabis and its Derivatives: Strategic Considerations, Montreal, Quebec, October 3, 2019.
Speaker: C3 and the McGill Research Centre for Cannabis
Potential of Cannabis Research on the Cannabis Industry, September 20, 2019.
Speaker: Cannabis Talk Series - Regulatory and Policy Update; New Markets for Edible Cannabis, Cannabis Concentrates and Cosmetics Containing Cannabis; Risk Management in Debt Financing; Corporate Social Responsibility; and Cannabis in the Workplace
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, June 11, 2019.
Speaker: Key Legal Considerations for Canadian Organizations subject to the GDPR
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, June 4, 2019.
Speaker: Changing the Regulations of Different Uses of Cannabis
7th Annual IBA World Life Sciences Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1, 2019.
Speaker: Innovating in the Medical Cannabis Space
Business of Cannabis, Medical Cannabis Week, Toronto, Ontario, May 7, 2019.
Co-presenter: Artificial Intelligence: What Are the Legal Challenges for Franco-Canadian Partnerships
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, April 9, 2019.
Speaker: Four Months Into Legalization…What Now?
Canadian Securities Exchange, St. James Club, Montréal, Quebec, February 20, 2019.
Speaker: The development of medical cannabis - Emerging in Canada - Where are we in France?
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Paris, France, February 2019.
Author: Cannabis Industry – What’s Next? Challenges and Opportunities
13th M&A Forum, M&A Club, Montréal, Quebec, December 11, 2018.
Speaker: Cannabis Legalization in Canada - What You Need to Know
Lex Mundi Learning Network, Webinar, December 6, 2018.
Speaker: Cannabis: Demystifying Benefits, Identifying Risks
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, May 16, 2018.
Speaker: Cannabis Summit 2018
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 15, 2018.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: One Year of Cannabis: What is the Balance Sheet for Lawyers?
Interviewed by Delphine Jung, Droit-Inc, October 25, 2019.
Droit-Inc., April 2, 2019.
Journal Les Affaires, September 23, 2017.
La Presse, June 1, 2017.
Quoted: Quand l'exécution fait l'acquisition
La Presse, June 1, 2017.
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