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Shahir Guindi - Private Equity Lawyer

Shahir Guindi Ad. E.

National Co-chair

Key Contact: Mergers and Acquisitions

Key Contact: Venture Capital

Key Contact: Technology

Key Contact: Artificial Intelligence

Key Contact: Private Equity and Pension Fund Investments

Key Contact: Emerging and High Growth Companies


Contact Information

sguindi@osler.com

tel: 514.904.8126

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 1990

New York, 1990

Education
  • McGill University, LL.B.
  • McGill University, B.C.L.
Language(s)
Arabic, English, French

Shahir is the firm's national Co-Chair and a member of the firm’s Partnership Board. He was Managing Partner of the Montréal office for 7 years prior to becoming national Co-Chair. He has over 25 years of experience and is a recognized advisor in M&A, private equity and corporate finance. His private equity and venture capital experience includes advising funds on their domestic and cross-border portfolio investments and divestitures and on their fund formations. Shahir acts for a number of the country’s most successful technology and biotechnology companies. 

Shahir is on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada, GFL Environmental, Jubilant Draxis Pharma, and the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. He also sits on the boards of several other companies and was Co-Chair of Réseau Capital (Québec’s private equity and venture capital association) between 2010 and 2013.

Shahir has received significant industry recognition, including Chambers Canada, 2016-2019, where he is recognized in the area of Corporate/Commercial (Québec) and Startups & Emerging Companies. He has also received top rankings in eight categories of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance & Securities, Private Equity, Corporate Mid-Market, Corporate Commercial, Technology, Computer & IT Law and Biotechnology), and Lawyer of the Year honours in biotechnology by The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2017. Shahir is also recognized by IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2016-2019, in the area of Investment Funds, M&A and Private Equity.

  • Element AI Inc.

    Element AI in its $200 million Series B financing round

  • TeraXion Inc.

    TeraXion in its restructured share-capital and finalized succession plan with support from BDC Capital and CIBC

  • Airgraft Inc.

    Airgraft in its $33 million Series B financing

  • Caprion Biosciences Inc.

    Caprion Biosciences in its sale to Arsenal

  • BC Partners

    BC Partners in the $5.2 billion recapitalization of GardaWorld

  • Dialogue Technologies Inc.

    Dialogue Technologies Inc. in its $40 million capital raise

  • Rideau Inc.

    Rideau in its addition to Engage2Excel Group of Companies

  • Delta-v Capital

    Delta-v Capital in its US$23 million investment in OSF Global Services.

  • Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC

    Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC in its acquisition by Zendesk, Inc.

  • Innovobot Inc.

    Innovobot in its investment in Heyday Technologies

  • Battery Ventures

    Battery Ventures’ $31 million investment in Robotiq

  • Yaletown Partners Inc.

    Yaletown Partners Inc. in connection with Finn.AI's $14 million Series A Financing Round

  • MindBeacon Software Inc.

    MindBeacon Software Inc. in its Series A Financing Round

  • Hopper Inc.

    Hopper Inc. in its Series D Financing Round of US$100 million

  • Caprion Biosciences

    Caprion Biosciences in its acquisition of Primity Bio

  • GFL Environmental Inc.

    Investors led by BC Partners and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in the $5.125 billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Inc.

  • ESI Technologies

    ESI Technologies in its nearly $10 million investment from Fondaction

  • EMcision Limited

    EMcision Limited in its sale to Boston Scientific Corporation

  • Alithya Group Inc.

    Alithya Group Inc., in its going public transaction by way of a business combination with Edgewater Technology, Inc. and completion of a $52.8 million concurrent private placement

  • Frank And Oak

    Frank And Oak in its $20 million Series D Financing

  • Dialogue Technologies Inc.

    Dialogue Technologies Inc. in its $12 million Series A Financing

  • Power Survey International Inc.

    Represented Power Survey and Equipment Ltd. in its Class A2 preferred financing of US$24 million

  • Les Industries Flexipak Inc.

    Les Industries Flexipak Inc., in connection to the sale of 100% of its shares to Transcontinental Inc.

  • PreciThera Inc.

    PreciThera Inc. in its $36 million Series A Financing

  • Element AI Inc.

    Element AI in its $137 million Series A financing

    • Blockstream Corporation in over $100 million of financings.
    • Represented SweetIQ Inc. in respect of its acquisition by ReachLocal, a USA TODAY NETWORK company and a part of Gannett Co., Inc. a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
    • Persistence Capital Partners, in connection with the subscription of Class C Shares in the capital of Rx Drug Mart Inc., a company specializing in the business of acquiring, consolidating and operating pharmacies across Canada.
    • Counsel to Caprion Biosciences Inc. it its recapitalization by GHO Capital Partners LLP.
    • Canadian counsel to Zebra Technologies it is acquisition of the Enterprise business of Motorola Solutions.
    • Counsel to TeraXion Inc. in its sale to Ciena Canada, Inc. of TeraXion’s high-speed photonics components (HSPC) assets for a purchase price of USD $32 million.
    • iNovia Capital Inc., in connection with the formation of its new venture capital fund, iNovia Investment Fund 2015, which raised $175,000,000.
    • Information Venture Partners in connection with the closing of its second FinTech fund.
    • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in relation to the sale of its Technical Security Services Business to AppDirect Canada Inc.
    • HarbourVest Partners in connection with the formation of HarbourVest Canada Growth Fund, a venture capital fund of funds formed as part of the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan. The fund raised over $300 million.
    • MEGA Brands in connection with its US$460 million public acquisition by Mattel.
    • POSCO of Korea and China Steel Corporation of Taiwan in their $1.1 billion investment in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada’s iron ore mine business.
    • Teralys Capital in the formation of almost $2 billion managed fund of funds.
    • Turris Sites in its sale of a controlling interest to InSite Wireless of the United States and a subsequent securitization transaction.
    • SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) in direct equity investments into North America.
    • Jubilant Organosys Ltd. of India in its $250 million acquisition of NASDAQ and TSX listed Draxis Health Inc.
    • Beyond the Rack, in over $80M of financings, including with Highland Capital and Panorama.
    • Formation of the following funds: Rho Canada, Persistence Capital Partners, IGAN, Information Venture Partners, iNovia Capital, Real Ventures, TVM Capital, Lumira Fund II, Lumira Merck, Sanderling, CTI Life Sciences, Tandem Launch Technologies, Cycle Capital and others.
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  • Chambers: Ranked in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide), Corporate/Commercial (Québec) and Life Sciences: Recognized Practitioner (Nationwide)
    • "He has a big presence in this market."
    • "[Shahir is] a real top M&A guy; he is an extraordinary individual. He is a great thinker and can help us put all of the right pieces in place."
  • Lexpert: Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Corporate Commercial Law; Technology Transactions; Private Equity; Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers & Acquisitions; Biotechnology; Computer & IT Law; Corporate Finance & Securities; Ranked in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Commercial Law and Corporate Mid-Market; Ranked in The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers: Ranked in Best Lawyers in Canada: Biotechnology Law, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Funds Law, Technology Law and Venture Capital Law, “Lawyer of the Year” Biotechnology and “Lawyer of the Year” Montréal Information Technology
  • IFLR: Ranked in IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Leading Lawyer, Private Equity; M&A; Investment Funds
  • Who's Who Legal: Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: International - Life Sciences - Transactional and Life Sciences
  • Acritas Stars: Recognized as a Star Lawyer

  • St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Board of Directors

Boards

  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Jubilant Draxis

  • "What public-style private deals mean for buyers and sellers", Update: Sep 17, 2018
  • "How PE buyers can stand out in an auction process", Update: Aug 8, 2018
  • "Co-investment: Why Canadian GPs should take note of SEC’s guidance", Update: Apr 30, 2018
  • "VC and PE firm codes of conduct", Update: July 25, 2017 (co-author)
  • "Venture capital investment in Canada: market and regulatory overview", Update: Jan 25, 2016 (co-author)
  • The Law and Pratice of Down-Round Financings: United States and Canada, panelist at the ABA conference Business Law Section – Spring Meeting, Montréal, April 9, 2016.
  • CEO Vision PDG, Seminar on “Exit Strategies”, Mont-Tremblant (2014-2016).
  • CEO Vision PDG, Seminar on “Capital de croissance”, Mont-Tremblant (2014 – 2016)
  • The Role of State Financial Institutions in the Development of Social Entrepreneurship, Rise Egypt Launch, Harvard Medical School, June 2014.
  • American Bar Association, National Institute on International Regulations and Compliance, Panel on “Regulatory Pitfalls on M&A Deals”, Washington, DC, October 2014.