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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: Emerging and High Growth Companies

Key Contact: Life Sciences


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)
English, French, Arabic

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. He is a leading M&A, private equity and corporate finance lawyer in the Canadian market. 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. He acts for a number of the country’s most successful technology and biotechnology companies.  He is among the most recognized individuals in the fields in which he practices.

Shahir is on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada 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.

  • Dialogue Technologies Inc.

    Dialogue Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of DXA

  • 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

  • NorthOne

    NorthOne in its Seed Funding round of $2 million

  • 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

    • Assisted 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 Dalcor Pharma in its $200 million of Series A and B preferred share financings.
    • Counsel to Caprion Biosciences Inc. it its recapitalization and acquisition by GHO Capital Partners LLP.
    • Counsel to Blockstream Corporation in $100 million of seed and class A preferred share financings.
    • Canadian counsel to Azelis, a portfolio company of Apax Partners, in its acquisition of KODA Distribution Group.
    • Counsel to Cavalia Inc. in its partnership in China with Sinocap Classic Cultural Media (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
    • 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.
    • UBS Securities and the initial purchasers in connection with the proposed initial public offering of Klox Technologies Inc.
    • Pure Energies Group Inc., in relation to its sale to NRG Energy, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion.
    • DataWind Inc., in connection with its $30 million initial public offering and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
    • 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.
    • Accedian Networks in its various financings, including the $25M financing by Summit Capital and Rho Capital.
    • Hopper Travel in its various financings totalling over $100 million, including by Atlas Ventures and Omers Ventures.
    • Investors in Enerkem in over $50M of various financings.
    • Investissement Québec and Desjardins Capital de risque in their acquisition of GFI Informatique.
    • Oz Communications Inc. in its sale to Nokia Corporation.
    • Persistence Capital Partners in the disposition of MedAxio Insurance Medical Services to Gamma-Dynacare and the Medisys Independent Medical Assessment division of Medisys Corporate Health to SCM Insurance Services.
    • Radialpoint, in all of its financings in an aggregate amount of approximately $200 million.
    • 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.
    • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: corporate legal reform project.
    • AXA Private Equity, CBC Pension Fund and Caisse de dépôt in the establishment of two Novacap Funds, namely Novacap Technologies III and Novacap Industries III, in an aggregate amount of $600 million.
    • Investment banks in public offerings in various financings, Caprion, Kangaroo TV, Redline Communications, Diagnocure, Nstein Technologies.
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Chambers

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018-2019, Startups & Emerging Companies.
    • "He has a big presence in this market."
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2019, Corporate/Commercial (Québec).
    • "[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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2018, Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Commercial Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Most Frequently Recommended, Technology Transactions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2018, Most Frequently Recommended, Private Equity.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018, Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2018, Consistently Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018, Consistently Recommended, Biotechnology.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Repeatedly Recommended, Computer & IT Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017-2018, Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2017-2018, Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Commercial Law and Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017, Repeatedly Recommended, Biotechnology.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2017, Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology Law.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2017, Corporate Commercial & Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016, Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Consistently Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market.
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, 2014-2015.
  • Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards, 2004.
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Technology “Lawyer of the Year”.

IFLR

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2016-2019: Leading Lawyer, Private Equity; M&A; Investment Funds.

Who's Who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal: International - Life Sciences - Transactional 2019.
  • Who’s Who Legal: International - Canada - Life Sciences 2018.

Best Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2019: Biotechnology, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Funds Law and Technology Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017: “Lawyer of the Year”, Biotechnology.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015: Montréal Information Technology “Lawyer of the Year”.

Acritas Stars

  • Acritas Stars, 2018, Star Lawyer.

  • St. Mark Orthodox Church, Board of Directors
  • College St. Antoine le Grand, Advisor
  • St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Board of Directors
  • Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Montreal and Eastern Canada, Director

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association du Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association

  • 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.
  • Cherish, Challenge and Change, Panel on Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Arab World, Harvard Law School, Boston, 2013.
  • Canadian M&A Gets an International Flavour, Osler Outlook, Autumn 2008.
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Today’s Capital Markets’ Reality: Perspectives for 2008 and Beyond (Moderator), Réseau Capital, Montreal, Canada, April 2008.
  • Forming and Investing in Private Equity Funds (Conference Chair), The Canadian Institute,  Toronto, Canada, June 2007.
  • A Made in Canada Merger: Caprion + Ecopia = Thallion (Panellist), CANMEDBIO 2007, Toronto, Canada, May 2007.
  • Les structures possibles à l’occasion d’un investissement dans une companie privée, Transactions de Capitaux de risque et d’investissement, Montréal, Canada, May 2007.