Skip To Content
Chad Bayne

Chad Bayne

Partner, Corporate

Key Contact: Emerging and High Growth Companies

Key Contact: FinTech

Key Contact: Venture Capital


Contact Information

cbayne@osler.com

tel: 416.862.4708

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2002

Education
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B.
  • University of Waterloo, B.A.Sc. (Computer Engineering)
Language(s)
English

Chad practises corporate and securities law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate/commercial matters in the technology sector. He advises clients in connection with a variety of transactions including acquisitions and divestitures, venture capital, growth equity and private equity financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances and initial public offerings. As a founder and Co-Chair of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Practice Group, he advises various emerging companies operating in the information technology, biotechnology, cleantech and industrial technology sectors, the venture capital funds and investors that finance them and the strategic acquirors who buy them.

Chad has a wide range of industry-related experience in the information technology sector. He was seconded to the legal department of the Canadian subsidiary of a major computer hardware supplier. Further, before becoming a lawyer, he worked as both a software and hardware designer and also founded his own software design and consulting company.

Chad leverages his industry-related experience and computer engineering education to provide tailored advice to technology sector companies in connection with their M&A opportunities, investors in connection with their technology sector investment opportunities and emerging technology companies in connection with their day-to-day activities.

Chad also plays a central role in Osler’s efforts in Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab, Next 36/Next AI, Peerscale (formerly AceTech Ontario), C100, CIX and The Next Big Thing.

  • SnapTravel

    SnapTravel in its $28 million Series A financing

  • Uken Studios, Inc.

    Uken Games in the sale of Bingo Pop to Jam City, Inc.

  • Blue J Legal Inc.

    Blue J Legal Inc. in its US$7 million Series A financing

  • Ratehub Inc.

    Ratehub Inc. in its acquisition of MoneySense from Rogers Media

  • Drop Technologies Inc.

    Drop Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of Canopy Labs

  • Clear Finance Technology Corp.

    Clear Finance Technology Corp. in its US$70 million in Seed and Series A financing

  • Venrock

    Venrock's US$15 million Series B investment in Dapper Labs

  • Growlabs.com Inc.

    Growlabs.com Inc. in its acquisition by AdRoll Group

  • Telmetrics Inc.

    Telmetrics Inc. in its acquisition by Marchex, Inc. for US$13.1 million in cash

  • Setter Inc.

    Setter Inc. in its US$10 million Series A financing round

  • Technology

    • Affinio in its Series B financing round of $11.4 million.
    • Affinium Pharmaceuticals in connection with its sale to Debiopharm.
    • Alphora Research Inc. in connection with its sale to Eurofins Scientific.
    • BDC Capital in connection with the merger of equals between Extreme Startups and Grow Lab.
    • BenchSci in its Series A Financing round of US$8 million.
    • Blackboard in connection with its acquisition of Elluminate by way of statutory arrangement.
    • BNOTIONS in connection with its sale to Symbility.
    • Borrowell Inc. in connection with its $12 million Series A round of financing led by Portag3 Ventures LP, Equitable Bank and White Star Capital and $45 million in new credit facilities provided by Concentra and FirstOntario Credit Union.
    • Citizen Hex in its Series Seed financing round.
    • ChefHero in its Series A Financing round.
    • Chefs Plate in its Series C financing round of $10 million.
    • Deep Genomics in its Series A financing round of approximately US$13 million.
    • Drop Technologies Inc. in its US$21 million Series A financing.
    • Dyadem in connection with its acquisition by IHS by way of statutory arrangement.
    • Finaeo in its Seed financing round of $2.25 million.
    • Fullscript in its merger with Natural Partners.
    • FundThrough in its Series A financing round of $34 million
    • Fusion Pharmaceuticals in connection with its US$46 million Series A financing.
    • Google in connection with various Canadian acquisitions, including AppBridge, Granata Decision Systems, DNNresearch, Bufferbox, Bump Technologies, SocialDeck and Adscape Media.
    • Hashtag Paid in its Series A Financing.
    • Hearst Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Canadian Black Book.
    • Hootsuite in connection with all of its rounds of financing, including the US$165 million Series B financing involving Insight Venture Partners, Accel Partners and OMERS Ventures (the largest venture capital financing of a Canadian software company), and the acquisitions of LiftMetrix, AdEspresso, UberVU, BrightKit, Zeetl and Sales Prodigy.
    • IBM in connection with various Canadian acquisitions, including Varicent Software, Platform Computing, Algorithmics, Clarity Systems, Net Integration, Cognos, DataMirror, Watchfire and DWL.
    • iNovia Capital in Careguide's Series A Financing round of $6 million.
    • Insception Biosciences in connection with acquisition of Lifebank by way of takeover bid.
    • Kensington Capital Partners Limited in connection with Brightspark’s $6 million financing round.
    • Layer 6 Inc. in its acquisition by the Toronto-Dominion Bank.
    • LinkedIn in connection with its acquisition of Careerify.
    • Loopio in its Series A Financing round of US$9 million.
    • Marlin Equity Partners in connection with its acquisitions of Changepoint/Uniface and Longview Solutions.
    • Meta in connection with its sale to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
    • Nulogy in connection with its C$14 million growth round of financing lead by Tola Capital.
    • Numerous emerging technology companies and angel and VC investors (including BDC Capital, Genesys Capital Partners, iNovia Capital, Rho Canada Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, Georgian Partners, Horizons Ventures and Gibraltar Ventures) in connection with various private financing transactions.
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in connection with their joint acquisition of Q9 Networks with Bell Canada, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners for approximately C$1.1 billion in cash.
    • Outside Intelligence in connection with its sale to Exiger.
    • Platterz Inc. in its US$15 million Series A Financing.
    • Preferred share investors in connection with the merger of equals between Dealfind.com and Teambuy.ca.
    • Preferred share investors in Epocal in connection with the structured acquisition transaction pursuant to which Alere (formerly Inverness Medical) agreed to acquire Epocal.
    • Professor Raquel Urtasun in her hiring by Uber to lead a new Toronto-based research and development centre for its Advanced Technologies Group.
    • Q4 in connection with its C$22 million growth round of financing and its acquisitions of Oxford Intelligence and the EuroInvestor IR Solutions.
    • Resson Aerospace in connection with its C$14 million Series B round of financing lead by Monsanto Growth Ventures.
    • Resson in its Series C Financing round of $14 million.
    • Right-Health in its acquisition of Akira Medical.
    • Ritual in its Class B Preferred Share financing of approximately US$43.5 million.
    • Ritual in its Series C Financing round of US$70 million.
    • Rubikloud Technologies Inc. in connection with its US$37 million Series B financing round.
    • Sanja Fidler in her appointment to lead Nvidia's new Toronto AI research facility.
    • ScribbleLive in connection with its C$35 million expansion round of financing and acquisitions of Appinions, Visually, Scompler and Linkdex.
    • Scribble Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of ion interactive, inc., an interactive content platform provider.
    • Sensibill in connection with all of its financing rounds, including its C$17 million Series A financing.
    • Statflo in its Series A Funding of $12 million
    • Tencent in connection with its US$50 million investment in Kik.
    • The Rubicon Project in connection with its US$122 million acquisition of Chango by way of statutory arrangement.
    • ThoughtWire in its combined Series A and debt financing of $20 million.
    • Turnstyle in its US$20 million sale to Yelp.
    • Uberflip in its US$32 million Series A Funding.
    • Universe in connection with its sale to Ticketmaster.
    • Upchain in its Series A financing round of $7.4 million
    • Verafin in connection with the C$60 million financing by Spectrum Equity (the largest venture capital financing of an Atlantic Canadian software company).
    • Vision Critical in connection with its C$76m secondary sale financing lead by W Capital Partners and Georgian Partners.
    • Weathsimple in connection with its strategic relationship with, and planned investments by, Power Financial and its acquisition of ShareOwner.
    • Wealthsimple in its $65 million investment from Power Financial.
    • Xanadu in its Seed Financing round of $9 million.
    • Zoom.ai in its acquisition of SimplyInsight.
    • 360insights in its acquisition of Through-Channel.
    • 500px in its acquisition by Visual China Group.

     

    Other

    • General Motors of Canada Limited in connection with its acquisition of Suzuki Corporation’s interest in CAMI Automotive Inc.
    • Kinross Corporation in connection with its US$150 million strategic investment in Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership and in its acquisition of Aurelian Resources Inc. by way of take-over bid.
    • Lundin Mining Corporation in connection with HudBay Minerals Inc.’s proposed acquisition by way of statutory arrangement.
    • Riverfront Medical Services Limited in connection with its sale to SCM Insurance Services.
    • TMX Group in connection with the formation of FTSE TMX Debt Capital Markets joint venture with FTSE.
    • United States Steel Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Stelco Inc. for approximately C$1.1 billion in cash by way of statutory arrangement.
    • WorleyParsons Limited in connection with various Canadian acquisitions, including The Colt Companies for C$1.035 billion in cash and exchangeable shares, WorleyParsons MEG, HG Engineering and Komex Engineering, and its joint venture with Cegertec.
  • Find More

Chambers

  • Chambers FinTech – Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers in FinTech, 2019: Spotlight Table.
    •  He is an influential figure in the Canadian FinTech ecosystem, and is described as "occupying a unique position in the market – he is famous in the tech scene." Chad is well thought of by his clients for his responsiveness, knowledge and deal-making expertise.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019: Band 1, Startups and Emerging Companies.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018: Startups and Emerging Companies.

Lexpert

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018: Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018: Consistently Recommended, Technology Transactions.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2018: Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2013: Lawyers to Watch.
  • Lexpert Rising Stars – One of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2012).

Best Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019: Technology Law.

Expert Guides

  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers, 2018: Rising Stars.

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Venture Capital Association