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 the Chair of the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada, GFL Environmental and Jubilant Draxis Pharma. He is also a member of 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, 2016-2021, in the area of Investment Funds, M&A and Private Equity.