- Business Law
- Corporate Finance & Securities
- Cross-Border Transactions
- Franchising and Licensing
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Public Companies & Corporate Governance
- Intellectual Property
- Trade Secrets
- Real Estate
|University ||Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A., 1989|
|Law School||Windsor University, LL.B., 1993|
•Women Entrepreneurs of Canada - Director 2009-2010
•Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation's 45th Circuit - Committee Member
•CATA - Women in Technology
•Toastmasters International - Message Masters Group - Past Executive Committee Member
•Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Ottawa Chapter - Past Executive Member
•Institute of Corporate Directors
•Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
•National Angel Capital Organization
•Law Society of Upper Canada
•Canadian Bar Association
•County of Carleton Law Association
Since joining the firm as a Partner in 2008, Lorraine's practice has focused on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors, from information and communications technology to craft brewing and social impact companies.
Building on her past experience as in-house counsel to two significant multi-national Ottawa technology companies, Lorraine provides practical advice to her clients throughout the life cycle of their businesses, helping them to organize and incorporate, protect their brands, negotiate commercial agreements, complete complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and expand into international markets. Lorraine has assisted her clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms from across North America and abroad, as well as some novel crowd-funding initiatives. With extensive experience in the listing of Capital Pool Companies and the completion of Qualifying Transactions on the TSX Venture Exchange, Lorraine has acted as lead counsel on a number of listings and subsequent financings on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and Social Venture Exchange (SVX).
Lorraine has the business acumen to develop corporate strategic plans and manage intellectual property portfolios, a skill she has recently rounded out by becoming a registered Trade-mark Agent. She has years of experience drafting employment contracts, equity incentive and compensation plans, and corporate governance policies and procedures.
She is one of our Ottawa business lawyers specializing in corporate securities, private equity, technology, copyrights, trade secrets and more. Lorraine provides the clarity and direction to successfully develop, navigate and conclude complex transactions for private and public companies.
Lorraine was selected as a 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award finalist in the Professional Category.
•Lead counsel to LeoNovus Inc. (TSXV: LTV) a leading internet and distributed cloud provider with its SMART MediaPlatform and distributed Cloud with headquarters in Sunnyvale California, in the completion of a non-brokered private placement on the TSXV, for gross aggregate proceeds of $2,231,000 (January 2014)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Securities Alert - May 2015
Dirk Bouwer,Michael A. Gerrior,Robert P. Kinghan,David Lowdon,Lorraine Mastersmith, May 12, 2015
The CSA recently announced it will introduce amendments to the continuous disclosure obligations and audit committee composition requirements of venture issuers (the “Venture Issuer Amendments”) The Venture Issuer Amendments will come into force on June 30, 2015.
Changes to Accredited Investor Prospectus Exemption
Dirk Bouwer,Michael A. Gerrior,Robert P. Kinghan,David Lowdon,Lorraine Mastersmith, May 7, 2015
The Canadian Securities Administrators (‘CSA”) have announced the implementation of amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI45-106”), which are scheduled to go into effect on May 5, 2015 (the “Amendments”). The Amendments implement some...
Better Capital Raising Opportunities for Small Businesses and Start-ups
Dirk Bouwer,Michael A. Gerrior,Robert P. Kinghan,David Lowdon,Lorraine Mastersmith, April 9, 2015
The first source of funding for many small businesses or start-ups is the owner’s network of family, friends and business associates. While other jurisdictions have a prospectus exemption catering to this fundraising opportunity, for several years Ontario has not. The Ontario Securities...
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