As a founder and Co-Chair of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Practice Group, he advises various emerging and growth companies across all technology sectors, the venture capital funds and investors that finance them and the strategic acquirors who buy them. 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.
Chad is widely recognized as the leading lawyer in Canada for startups and venture capital investors as the only Band 1 lawyer currently ranked in Chambers Canada’s Startup and Emerging Companies Category. Chambers notes that “Chad’s domain knowledge on how the startup and venture capital ecosystem works is unmatched in the country." He is also ranked in Chambers Canada’s Fintech sector where he is described as “occupying a unique position in the market – he is famous in the tech scene”.
Chad ‘s computer engineering background provides him with a unique capability to leverage industry-related experience to provide his clients with top tier strategic advice and guidance.
Chad has advised on some of the most seminal transactions involving technology companies in Canadian history, including IBM’s US$5B acquisition of Cognos, Hootsuite’s landmark US$165M Series B financing, Verafin’s landmark C$515M recapitalization and its US$2.75B sale to NASDAQ, Waabi’s US$83.5M Series A financing and Wealthsimple’s $750M financing.
Chad also plays a central role in Osler’s efforts in Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab which we support at a national level, NEXT Canada (NEXT AI, NEXT 36 & NEXT Founders), C100, Deloitte’s Fast 50 Program and League of Innovators (formerly The Next Big Thing).