Justin Dharamdial

Justin Dharamdial

Partner, Emerging and High Growth Companies

Key Contact: Emerging and High Growth Companies

Contact Information


tel: 416.862.4210



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2013


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • Queen’s University, B.Comm. (Honours)



As a partner in Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies group, Justin’s practice focuses on the representation of companies at all stages, as well as the venture capital firms, growth equity and private equity funds that finance them and the strategic acquirers who buy them. Justin has a wide range of experience with mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, corporate governance, general corporate matters.

He joined the firm as a summer student in 2011 and completed his articles with the firm from 2012-2013. Justin returned to Osler as an associate in 2013.

Prior to law school, Justin obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University with a concentration in Finance. While at Queen’s he participated in an exchange to a university in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While at Osgoode, he spent a term at a legal clinic in Toronto, helping clients with immigration and refugee law issues, and worked as a research assistant to Professors Sean Rehaag and Shin Imai.

  • Fusion Fund

    Fusion Fund in connection with COSM Medical’s US$3.8 million seed round

  • Athennian

    Athennian in its $33 million Series B financing round

  • Calico

    Calico in its US$2 million seed financing

  • 7Shifts

    7Shifts in its US$80 million Series C financing round

  • BenchSci

    BenchSci in its US$50 million Series C financing round

  • Canalyst

    Canalyst in its US$70 million Series C financing round

  • Vertu Capital

    Vertu Capital in its acquisition of PathFactory

  • Fraction

    Fraction in its $20 million Series A financing round

  • VTS

    VTS in its acquisition of Lane Technologies

  • Affinio

    Affinio in its proposed acquisition by NowVertical

  • Hoot Reading

    Hoot Reading in its $3 million Seed financing round

  • Alida

    Alida in its $20 million Series D financing round

  • Coconut Software

    Coconut Software in its $28 million Series B financing round

  • Properly

    Properly in its commercial agreement with the Property Brothers

  • Hootsuite

    Hootsuite in its $60 million acquisition of Heyday

  • Voiceflow

    Voiceflow in its US$20 million Series A financing round

  • Deep Genomics

    Deep Genomics in its $180 million Series C financing

  • Clearco

    Clearco in its US$215 million investment by SoftBank

  • Kepler

    Kepler in its US$60 million financing round

  • Waabi

    Waabi in its launch and US$83.5 million Series A financing round

  • 7Shifts

    7Shifts in its US$21.5 million Series B financing round

  • Acton Capital

    Acton Capital in Knix Wear’s $53 million financing round

  • Wealthsimple

    Wealthsimple in its $750 million financing

  • Clearco

    Clearco in its US$100 million Series C Financing

  • Absorb

    Absorb in its US$500 million acquisition by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • iCON Infrastructure in its agreement to acquire Capstone Infrastructure for $480 million
    • Torstar Corporation in its $200 million acquisition of an interest in VerticalScope Holdings Inc.
    • Hootsuite Media Inc. in its acquisition of Memelabs Productions Inc. d/b/a BrightKit.
    • LinkedIn Corporation in its acquisition of Careerify Corp.
    • Shiny Inc. in its sale to The Rubicon Project, Inc.
    • TD Sponsored Companies Inc. in the sale of its funds to Timbercreek Asset Management Ltd.
    • McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited in its going-private transaction.
    • Penfund in its acquisition of JET Equipment & Tools Ltd. and investment in Mevotech L.P.
    • Zelnick Media Capital in its investment in 9 Story Limited.

    Public Corporate Finance

    • Profound Medical Corp. in its $24 million private placement and going-public transaction on the TSX Venture Exchange.
    • Sears Holdings Corporation in its rights offering of common shares of Sears Canada Inc.

    Venture Capital

    • Wealthsimple Financial Inc. in its strategic relationship with, and planned investments by, Power Financial Corporation.
    • First American Financial Corporation, BDC Capital Inc. and RHO Capital Partners in their investments in emerging companies.
    • Emerging companies including Affinio Inc., Askthedoctor.com, Chef’s Plate Inc., Functional Neuromodulation, Ltd., Hootsuite Media Inc., OTI Lumionics Inc., Plooto Inc., Seamless Mobile Health Inc. and Verafin Inc. in their seed stage and subsequent rounds of financing.
    • BDC Capital Inc. in the merger of Extreme Startups and GrowLab to create HIGHLINE accelerator.


    • Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets in its work in relation to the Ontario beer industry.
    • Special Committee of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. in its dual-class share capital  reorganization.
    • KingSett Capital in the negotiated resolution of the proxy contest involving InnVest REIT.
    • Access Holdings in its proxy contest with Tuckamore Capital.
    • A number of public companies in a broad range of corporate governance matters, including reviewing board and committee charters and advising on best corporate governance practices.
    • CycleToronto in ongoing corporate governance matters as a not-for-profit corporation.
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