Barry Reiter is focused on corporate development and governance.
As Chair of the Technology, Media & Entertainment Group, Barry's practice includes representation of start-up, growth and mature companies and private equity sources, international distribution arrangements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, international corporate structuring, private and public financings, stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and the protection of intellectual property rights.
As leader of the Director Protection and Corporate Governance practice, Barry regularly advises boards, directors and management on governance and director protection (directors' duties, indemnification and directors' and officers' insurance) issues. He is an experienced director and has chaired boards and various board committees for public and private companies. Current board roles include: Baylin Wireless Technologies (Lead Director), NexgenRx Inc., HUB International (Advisory Board), the Executive Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ontario Chapter), StarTech.com (Advisory Council), RIMES Technologies Corporation and Canadian Laser Mapping. Barry speaks regularly at director education and certification programs.
Formerly a law professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (1974-1982), Barry has published books and articles on contracts, corporate governance, advisory boards, joint ventures, real estate and the legal process. He is lead author of Directors' Duties in Canada, 5th Edition, published by CCH Canadian Limited in 2012, and co-author of Joint Ventures: Legal and Business Perspectives, published by Irwin Law in 1999. Peer recognitions include selection by Lexpert magazine as one of Canada's 100 Most Creative Lawyers.
•OMERS Ventures LP in connection with its participation in the $24 million financing round of Ranovus.
•OMERS Ventures LP in connection with its participation in the $46 million Series C funding round of Wattpad.
•OMERS Ventures LP in connection with a $100 million investment, led by OMERS and Insight Ventures, in Shopify Inc.
News & Events
• Bennett Jones Top Toronto Law Firm for Technology Transactions
January 07, 2014
American Lawyer and Lexpert magazines have ranked Bennett Jones as the top Technology Transactions Law Firm in Toronto for 2014 in the magazines' annual Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada.
• Barry Reiter Discusses Director Liability and Insurance in Listed Magazine
In Cooper Langford's article in Listed, Who's Got Your Back? , Barry Reiter discusses liability and insurance issues that threaten directors, boards and the companies they direct. Barry is quoted saying, The best thing a director can do to protect themselves from liability is to do their jobs. Be attentive. Be aware of conflicts. Be prepared to spend the time you have to spend. Ask good questions.
• Barry Reiter Talks Syncapse in The Globe
August 12, 2013
In the Globe and Mail article, Syncapse Bankruptcy Puts Social Media Marketers on Edge , Barry Reiter is interviewed the bankruptcy of the Toronto-based social media marketing management company. A former Syncapse board member, Barry is quoted as saying, They (RIM/Blackberry) were far and away Syncapse's biggest customer, and they gradually disappeared as a customer over a couple of years, so that was a giant challenge... The other challenge was that we didn't have as quick or as big adoption by replacement customers as we might have wanted.
• 2014, Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
Barry J. Reiter , recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of technology transactions
•2014, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Barry J. Reiter , repeatedly recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities
•2014, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Barry J. Reiter , most frequently recommended, Corporate Mid-Market
• Some Lessons for Directors From Sino-Forest
Sino-Forest was a TSX-listed company, with a $6 billion market capitalization, that became a worthless stock as a result of allega-tions of fraud made against it by a short seller in June 2011. At the time, Sino-Forest was a Canadian-incorporated forestry company, headquartered in Mississauga but operating primarily in China. Most of its assets and employees, including most of its management team, were in China. Published in Corporate Governance, Federated Press, November 2014.
• Warning Signs for Directors and What You Should Do About Them
In our experience as board directors and advisors, we have seen many issues that have threatened or led to the demise of a company. Warning signs are often present in these circumstances and heeding them may help prevent disaster, protecting both the company and the directors. Published in the July/August edition of the Director Journal, a publication of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
• U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Fraud on the Market Theory in Securities Class Actions
June 25, 2014
A much-anticipated decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. was released on June 23, 2014. While the Supreme Court upheld the fraud on the market presumption of reliance which has made the U.S. a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction for securities class actions, it provided defendants with a potentially powerful new tool for challenging the presumption at the certification stage.