Desmond  Lee

Desmond Lee, Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.5945
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 1998

Education

  • McGill University, LL.B.
  • Queen’s University, B.Sc. (Hons.)

Office

Toronto

Language(s)

English

Biography

Desmond practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on securities offerings, investment dealer regulation and public company issues. He has acted on a wide variety of matters, particularly with respect to businesses having an entrepreneurial focus, and has extensive experience advising investment dealers on securities offerings and compliance with regulations. Desmond participates in a number of practice and management initiatives at the firm, including recruitment and training.

Notable Matters

  • Dundee Industrial REIT – counsel to the issuer in its initial public offering and spin-off from Dundee REIT.
  • Dundee International REIT – counsel to the issuer in its initial public offering.
  • Oncolytics Biotech Inc. – counsel to the underwriters in the issuer’s public offerings of common shares.
  • TransAlta Corporation – counsel to the underwriters in the MJDS offering of common shares and Canadian debt offering in connection with TransAlta's purchase of Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc.
  • Capital Power Corporation – counsel to the underwriters in the issuer’s initial public offering and spin-off from EPCOR Utilities Inc.
  • Jazz Air Income Fund – counsel to the issuer in its public offering of convertible debentures.
  • Cameco Corporation counsel to the issuer in its MJDS offering of common shares and Canadian shelf offering of debentures.
  • Dundee REIT counsel to the issuer in its formation as a REIT, the sale of its Eastern real estate portfolio to GE Real Estate and 22 public offerings of equity and convertible debentures.
  • Extract Resources Ltd. – counsel to the underwriters in the special warrant offering by the issuer, a TSX and ASX-listed uranium exploration company.
  • Lake Shore Gold Corp. – counsel to the underwriters in various public offerings of common shares.
  • IMRIS Inc. – counsel to the underwriters in the initial public offering of the issuer, a provider of surgical imaging solutions, and its subsequent follow-on offering of common shares.
  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank, in Canadian matters relating to its acquisition of Commerce Banknorth, Inc.

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada

Industry Recognition

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2014: Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers 2014
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Repeatedly Recommended for Corporate Finance & Securities
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014: Securities Law
  • Leading Lawyer in IFLR 1000 for Capital Markets
  • Named as Leading Lawyer Under 40 by Lexpert

Publications/Events/Education

  • Canada’s New Rules for Marketing Prospectus Offerings - 10 Things to Know About the Proposed Changes, Osler Update, February 9, 2012
  • 2011 Corporate Finance Review, Osler Capital Markets Review, January 2012
  • Canadian Securities Administrators Publish Proposed Changes to Rules on Marketing of Prospectus Offerings, Osler Update, December 1, 2011
  • The IPO Environment in 2010 and Beyond, Osler Capital Markets Review, January 2011
  • Canadian Capital Markets Update, Osler Corporate Review, October 1, 2009
  • Consider MJDS for Your Next Mining Company Bought Deal, Osler Mining Review, April 28, 2009

Pro Bono/Community Work

  • Canadian Art Foundation, Board Member
  • Images Festival, Past Board Member