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 $4 million seed funding round of League, Inc.
•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.
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
December 2013 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
• Why (Certain) Lawyers Make Good Board Directors-The Case against Professional Profiling Prejudice
December 2014 William Shakespeare's famous quote dates from the 16th century and remains a widely held view in certain circles. Our recent experience suggests that many board nominating committees seem to share this sentiment (figuratively, fortunately): being a lawyer, or even having legal training, is often perceived to detract from a potential director's candidacy. We think it's time to examine what's good and what's bad about lawyers sitting as directors on non-client boards. Published in Corporate Governance, Federated Press, November 2014.
• Some Lessons for Directors From Sino-Forest
November 2014 Sino-Forest was a TSX-listed company, with a $6 billion market capitalization, that became a worthless stock as a result of allegations 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
July/August 2014 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).