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Justin D. Young

Justin D. Young

Partner, Emerging and High Growth Companies

Key Contact: Emerging and High Growth Companies


Contact Information

jyoung@osler.com

tel: 778.785.2748

Office

Vancouver

Bar Admission

British Columbia, 2010

Ontario, 2003

Education
  • McGill University, B.A. (Distinction)
  • University of Toronto, J.D. (Honours)
Language(s)
English

Justin Young is a Partner in Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies practice group. His practice focuses on venture financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate commercial matters for private technology companies. He has acted for hundreds of technology clients across Canada and in the US, from start-ups to TSX and TSX-V listed public companies.

Justin has acted extensively for entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture-backed technology companies, from start-up through their growth trajectory, as well as venture capital funds and strategic and angel investors, including on hundreds of venture capital and other private financings raising over $500 million since 2005, as well as on IPOs and public offerings for technology companies.

Justin also frequently advises clients on private and public M&A transactions, including offerors and targets in friendly and unsolicited takeover bids, arrangements, asset sales, amalgamations and share sale transactions, with transaction values ranging from $2 million to $17 billion.  Justin regularly advises on various commercial and strategic matters, including company formation, shareholder agreements, licensing, SaaS agreements, joint ventures and other commercial relationships.

Justin is a frequent speaker on venture finance and emerging companies, including as a regular Guest Lecturer at UBC Sauder School of Business.  Justin is involved as a legal partner from Osler for CDL West, a Board Member of Open Angel Vancouver and VIATEC and is counsel to the BC CEO Cleantech Alliance.  Justin was named one of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017-2018 in the area of Corporate Law.

  • Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

    Raven Indigenous Capital Partners as a major investor in raising $1 million in financing for Animikii

  • Procurify Technologies Inc.

    Procurify in its $26 million Series B financing

  • Echosec Systems Ltd.

    Echosec in its $2 million secured loan from TIMIA Capital

  • Pangaea Ventures Ltd.

    Pangaea Ventures as lead investor in AEPONYX’s $7.5 million Series A financing

  • Google Ventures

    Google Ventures in its US$15 million investment in CmdWatch Security

  • Beanworks Solutions Inc.

    Beanworks Solutions Inc. in its Series B Financing Round of $10.1 million

  • AvenueHQ

    AvenueHQ in its seed financings, including its Financing Round of $4.5 million led by Pallasite Ventures Inc. and Vancouver Founder Fund

  • Right-Health

    Right-Health in its acquisition of Akira Medical

  • Beanworks

    Beanworks in connection with its $4.5 million Series A funding

  • Campaign Monitor USA Inc.

    Campaign Monitor USA Inc. in its acquisition of Tagga Media Inc.

  • Canalyst

    Canalyst in connection with its $2.7 million seed financing


  • SELECTED REPRESENTATION

    • VFF in various seed investments including its $2 million financing of Pressboard Media and its $3M million financing of Grow Financial as well as its investments in Tutela, Edvisor and ThinkCX.
    • Pallasite Ventures in various seed investments including as lead investor in financings of Ecoation and EZ-Robot.
    • Pangaea Ventures in its financings of Aeponyx, Redlen and Airbone International.
    • Mobidia in its acquisition by App Annie.
    • Aspect Biosystems in its seed and institutional financings.
    • Data Nerds in its $3 million Series A financing.
    • EVOK Innovations in its investments in Osprey Informatics, Rotoliptic Technologies and Ekona.
    • M12 in its investments in Element.ai and HYAS Infosec.
    • Regenurex in its acquisition by Pond Technologies.
    • Vanedge Capital Partners in several Seed, Series A, Series B and follow-on financings, including its financing of Plotly Technologies and of Privacy Analytics and in the disposition of Playnomics to a strategic acquirer.
    • TwoHat Security in its Series Seed financing.
    • Aimsio in its $10 million Series A financing led by STRAIT Capital Corp.
    • Aida Software in its acquisition by Vision Critical.
    • NCSoft in its investment in TGS.
    • Pique Ventures in various Series Seed financings of early stage technology companies.
    • PrinterWorks in its acquisition by WBM.
    • Control Mobile in its $1.5 million Series Seed financing.
       

    OTHER MATTERS

    • Canadian aerospace company in the sale of its U.S. subsidiary and its sale to a Canadian acquirer.
    • Clean technology company in its bridge loan and in its $5 million Series A financing.
    • Junior mining company in its acquisition of Canadian uranium assets from a Canadian TSX-listed vendor.
    • Large multinational energy company in its $200 million disposition of an Alberta-based joint venture manufacturing asset, and the sale of a business line in British Columbia.
    • Leading Canadian private equity fund in its acquisition of an Ontario-based food products manufacturing company.
    • Management shareholder of a private equity-backed medical device company in its sale to a large U.S. private equity fund.
    • Shareholders of an owner management business selling its construction and hospitality assets to a large publicly listed U.S. acquirer.
    • Toronto-based early stage investment fund in its $1 million convertible note seed financing of a Vancouver-based technology company.
    • Toronto-based early stage lead angel investor in a convertible debenture seed financing of a Waterloo-based technology company.
    • Venture-backed company based in Toronto in its acquisition of various related service businesses.
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Best Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017-2019: Corporate Law.

  • Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATEC), Board of Directors
  • Open Angel Vancouver, Board Member
  • North Shore Girls Soccer Club, Volunteer Coach

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of British Columbia

  • UBC Sauder School of Business, Guest Lecturer on Venture Finance
  • Pacific Venture Capital Competition, Judge (2013, 2014 and 2015)
  • Plug and Play Canada, Selection Committee (2013, 2014)